Summer 98
Volume III
Issue 3

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by Ian Spelling
Photograph by Jeff Katz

Jessica Steen loves her day job. The talented, attractive actress who shared the small screen with handsome Antonio Sabato, Jr. in the short-lived series "Earth 2" and gave funnyman Michael Richards his first screen kiss in the film Trial & Error, stars next in the much-hyped summer blockbuster Armageddon, where she gamely co-pilots a space shuttle laden with the testosterone of Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck. SMOKE caught up with the energetic, Canadian-born actress, whose other credits includes the series "Homefront" and episodes of "ER" and "Touched By an Angel," at home in Los Angeles, for a chat about Armageddon, her obsession with video cameras, and fire twirling.

Just how big a film is Armageddon?

The story focuses on a group of people determined to prevent an asteroid from smashing into Earth and destroying a good portion of the planet. Liv Tyler plays Bruce's daughter on the ground, but once the film takes flight, you're the only lady in sight, right?

Did you speak with real astronauts as part of your preparation process?

Did you get the chance to go into a real shuttle while you were at Cape Canaveral?

Hypothetical question: You're on a shuttle with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck. Disaster strikes, you can only save one guy, and you must forever roam the skies with this one guy, because the ship can never come home. With whom do you get lost in space?

You're stalling, Jessica. Tick, tock. Tick, tock.Tick, tock.

What made you want to become an actress?

If you could be any other actress in history for just one day, who would you choose?

You co-starred on Steven Spielberg's science fiction series, "Earth 2." The show didn't last very long, but it still has an incredible following, doesn't it?

What are you up to when you're not acting?

Fire twirling? We won't even go there.

You've called yourself a video freak twice now. Can you define that for us, please?

SMOKE - Summer 98

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