Conversations: Isabella Rossellini Discusses Her 'Green Porno' Project

Isabella Rossellini stars in's "Green Porno," a short film series about the sex lives of various creatures -- from a praying mantis to a dragonfly.Video by
Sunday, March 29, 2009

If you were one of those people who had Isabella Rossellini on your "Five celebs I'm allowed to sleep with guilt-free" list, please just stop reading. And never visit, and certainly never click to "Green Porno," because that's where you will find the "Blue Velvet" erotic goddess 1) dressed up in insect costumes (flies, bees); 2) simulating sex acts with giant fake bugs.

"Green Porno," a series of one-minute movies that are part of an effort to rejuvenate the short-film genre, is graphic, disturbing and often hilarious. The first season debuted last year and went viral online. In season 2, which premieres April 1, Rossellini will focus on the boudoir activities of sea creatures -- think barnacles, starfish, whales and limpets.

-- Monica Hesse

Animal sex. Why?

I've been interested in animal behavior since I was a little girl. It's my hobby -- I raise dogs for the blind, I train them. . . . I thought, if I do sex life of animals, everybody's interested. Because even if people are not so interested in animals as I am, everybody's interested in sex.

What are the particular actorly challenges associated with playing a nonhuman? We hear the worm costume was beastly.

The earthworm was the hardest one. I had a costume that was 35 feet long, and I couldn't move my arms, and I had to be at an angle lifting myself [in a stomach crunch] for hours. If I had a scratch I couldn't scratch it. . . .

I think that partially I do all the roles because I wouldn't know how to direct an actor if he asked me: "What is the motivation here? How do I characterize this?" That's why I have to work with myself. I couldn't ask another actor to do this.

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