Alanis all jazzed for new role
First she was a singer who acted, now she’s an actress who sings.
Alanis Morissette is returning to the big screen, this time playing an actress in a movie based on the life of Broadway legend Cole Porter.
Just One of Those Things is shooting in London, England and is due out sometime late this year. It stars Kevin Kline as Porter and Ashley Judd as his wife and, building on the success of last year’s Chicago, will present the composer’s life as a Broadway musical.
According to an e-online report, Morissette will sing Porter’s Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love. Canadian jazz diva Diana Krall and her fiance Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow and Britpop singer Robbie Williams are all slated to perform songs in the film, which was written by Jay Cocks (Goodfellas) and directed by Irwin Winkler (Life as a House).
Morissette played God in Kevin Smith’s Dogma and turned in a memorable guest appearance on Season 3 of Sex and the City. She told the Sun in a pre-Juno Awards interview she wanted to do more such roles and would be heading to London this summer to film her part with Kline.
“I’m playing an actress that he casts,” she explained.
According to Morissette’s website,, she has planned a two-week European tour which will take her to sites in Austria, Germany and Italy in July.
In September she will head to Brazil.
Morissette has also started to work in earnest on a followup to her third album, Under Rug Swept. Her website features several photos, taken last month, of her working in-studio. Included in the online scrapbook are shots of Morissette snuggling with her Vancouver-born actor boyfriend of 18 months, Ryan Reynolds.
Reynolds, who accompanied Morissette back home this spring for a weekend of Juno Awards-related activities, has been getting a lot attention on his own lately.
The 26-year-old is in theatres now, starring with Michael Douglas in The In-Laws, and has wrapped production on a hi-tech thriller named Foolproof.
And Elle Canada magazine just named the star, who broke out with roles in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and ABC’s Two Guys and a Girl, one of their Top 10 Canadian “Boys of Summer” in the June issue.
“We met a few years ago when Alanis came to a taping of my TV show,” Rey-nolds told the magazine. “I love her more than anything on this great, green, spinning shit wheel!”