From being a model on “Deal or No Deal” to landing a role in the "Iron Man" sequel to being a Laker girl, there’s not much Brooke Long hasn’t dabbled in. The blue-eyed blonde from Southern California has recently appeared in “The Comebacks,” in which she played the role of Matthew Lawrence’s fantasy girl, and also has a role in the comedy “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brooke to discuss what it was like working with Robert Downey Jr. on “Iron Man 2” and Howie Mandel on “Deal or No Deal.” We also ask her if she’s ever rooted against a contestant on “Deal,” what actor and actress she most wants to work with, and what it was like cheering in the NFL (you’ll never believe what she witnessed at a Chargers-Raiders game) and NBA. She even filled us in on some of her adventurous hobbies, which include bungee jumping, skydiving and rock-climbing.
Bullz-Eye.com: Hey, this is Anthony.
Brooke Long: Hi Anthony, it’s Brooke Long.
BE: Hey Brooke, how are you?
BL: I’m good, how are you?
BE: I’m good! Thank you for sitting down and chatting with us today.
BL: Oh, no problem!
BE: I see that you’re going to be in the new "Iron Man" movie.
BL: Yeah, it doesn’t come out until May 2010 but yes, I did get to work on that project.
BE: That had to be pretty fun, huh?
BL: It was! The scenes I’m in are with Robert Downey Jr., so I got to work with him a little bit. It was a small part, but it was so much fun and he was just really positive to work with, very fun and not at all what I expected.
BE: Well okay, now I have to ask: What did you expect?
BL: Um, I don’t know. He plays very unique characters and he always kind of has a little bit of a hard exterior in his characters.
BL: You know, almost standoffish a little bit? So, I think that’s kind of what I expected and really it wasn’t like that. He was very funny and very focused on work, but at the same time he cracks jokes and has a very fun time while he’s working.
BE: Is he the biggest name that you’ve gotten to work with so far in Hollywood?
BL: Oh, I would definitely say so!
BE: Give me an actor and an actress that you would love to work with in the future that you haven’t worked with already.
BL: Ooh, Matt Damon. I would really like to work with him. I just think that he has done a very wide variety and I like that he does fun projects and enjoys doing comedies and laughing a little bit. He’s done some really classic roles that I really admire.
BE: So you would like to do a comedy with Damon?
BL: Yeah, I mean something fun.
BE: Sure! How about an actress that you’d like to work with?
BE: Julia Roberts, okay. How about Julia Roberts and Matt Damon in the same flick? I think getting those two together in the same movie can be arranged…
BL: Now that would be cool! They’ve worked together before, so it’s possible.
BE: Right! “Oceans 20,” starring you, Damon and Roberts.
BL: “Oceans 15!” (Laughs)
BE: What was the atmosphere like working on “Deal or No Deal?”
BL: Oh, “Deal or No Deal” was the best job I’ve had. It was very consistent, which is hard to find in L.A. We had a great crew; we had a great family on that set and I’m really sad it’s not coming back this fall but hopefully it will be back in the spring.
BE: What was one of the more memorable moments from the show? I ask because, you watch the show and some of the contestants are kind of goofy and…
BL: Oh yeah! The casting department finds some of the craziest people out there! (Laughs)
BE: I know! I’ll be honest, sometimes I find myself rooting against them.
BL: You know, there was only one guy I rooted against because I just didn’t like his demeanor or the way he acted towards his wife. That was a personal thing, although I had something in my case that actually helped him so I was kind of mad at my case!
BL: I really enjoyed most of the contestants though. I thought they were good people with good stories that you just wanted to root for.
BE: So tell me the truth, did you ever know what was in your case? Did you ever sneak a peak?
BL: No, we never know what’s in our case.
BE: You’re telling me you’ve never cheated?
BL: (Laughs) You can’t cheat! People ask that question all the time – you cannot cheat. They have people that sit there watching us and monitoring us. There have been locks that have broken on the cases and cases that have been dropped and what not, and it’s a huge security issue and you have to reshuffle the cases. It costs a lot of time and money and it could ruin the person’s game because if you’re re-mixing the cases, they don’t know if they would have won since you screwed up.
BE: So what’s more protected, the president of the United States or the cases on “Deal or No Deal?”
BL: Probably the president of the United States! He’s pretty well protected.
BE: What was it like working with Howie Mandel?
BL: Great guy – great guy. I know people think he’s a little weird, but you know, his main thing is hand-to-hand contact. I don’t judge him for that because let’s think about how many things our hands touch throughout the day. When people go to the bathroom you don’t know who washed their hands. And people will pick their nose, pick their earwax – you don’t know where their hands have been. They could have just been outside and touched the ground, I mean, it makes sense when I think about it – I’m like, okay, I don’t blame him for not wanting to touch people’s hands. I personally try to wash my hands as much as possible, but not everyone is like that. (Laughs)
BE: People should just avoid all human contact!
BL: Well you know, human contact is what comforts people though. It makes people feel more comfortable and more likeable. It makes a better connection and makes people remember you too.
BE: I see that you’re into all kinds of adventurous things. What’s the bigger thrill, bungee jumping or skydiving?
BL: Bigger thrill? Skydiving.
BE: Skydiving, okay.
BL: Oh definitely. You’re falling to the ground hoping that a little parachute on your back is going to open and save you. (Laughs)
BE: All right – bungee jumping or rock climbing?
BL: Bungee jumping, although rock climbing would be more scary than bungee jumping if you’re free climbing. I don’t free climb! (Laughs)
BL: People who free climb are insane. I see people do it all the time and I just think they’re nuts!
BE: (Laughs) I see that you were a San Diego Chargers cheerleader.
BL: I was!
BE: What was it like being a part of the NFL?
BL: It was the greatest experience. I actually just went to a baby shower last weekend for one of my old teammates. I keep in touch with a lot of the girls and I have to say that they were the nicest, sweetest girls I have ever worked with in my life. It was such a positive experience and I learned so much about myself. I mean, I learned a lot that year in general, but I learned a lot about myself mostly. That group of girls had a positive influence on me and who I am as a person.
BE: You were a Miami Heat dancer as well.
BL: Yeah, I was with the L.A. Avengers, the Miami Heat the San Diego Chargers and the L.A. Lakers. They were all very different. Avengers was the shortest season I had. It was a unique group of girls that I didn’t get as close with. I have one really great friend that came out of that, but I didn’t get as close with the other girls because it was such a short season. NFL – I mean, you’re outside in this huge stadium and it’s an active lifestyle. I absolutely love football, but at the same time the NBA gets some really great crowds and it’s a much longer season so you get to know the girls more. It’s not a job that gets paid very well, but there’s nothing like it. You’re around the same girls all the time and it can be a great experience.
BE: Did you ever see something crazy from the fans?
BL: I don’t remember anyone shouting anything too bad, but I did see someone get stabbed one time at a Chargers-Raiders game.
BE: Are you serious? Stabbed?!
BL: Oh yeah! It was right in front of us in the stands.
BE: Freaking Raiders fans!
BL: Oh yeah, that was definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen while dancing or cheerleading. The fans can be so intense.
BE: I can only imagine – especially Raider fans. So what projects are you working on or what’s ready to come out?
BL: I play Chloe in the movie “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” which is a comedy about a guy that tries to make good with his soon-to-be-married friend after screwing things up at his bachelor party. That’s coming out soon and I hope there will be a lot more opportunities in the future.
BE: Excellent! Well I wish you nothing but the best of luck with your career and I thank you again for your sitting down to talk with us today.
BL: No problem! Thank you!
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