'David and I Have a SPECIAL BOND'; Her Co-Star in Scream 4 Is Her Estranged Husband David Arquette, Yet Far from Feeling Awkward, an Upbeat Courteney Cox Is Full of Praise Both for Him and the Cult Horror Series. Here the Actress Tells Lina das about the Pros and Cons of Life with a Younger Man, and All Her Hopes for the Future Photographs JAMES WHITE
Byline: Lina Das
ourteney Cox is in mid-sentence when her two cavalier king charles spaniels, Harley and Hopper, enter her hotel suite in Los Angeles's Mondrian hotel. No doubt overexcited by their surroundings, they then engage in what can most politely be termed a spot of canine coupling. Courteney shoots them an admonishing glance before conceding, 'Well, this is a sexy hotel. You can't exactly blame them.' CIt's just the sort of quip that Monica in Friends would have come up with, had the TV series that catapulted Courteney to worldwide fame ever chosen to film a scene featuring amorous dogs. And just as fans adored her character, you find yourself warming to Courteney after a very short space of time. I've been told that she doesn't feel comfortable discussing subjects of a personal nature, so it's a surprise to find her so engaging and open - just the qualities that one would assume would make her such a good, well, friend. Her rat-a-tat conversation races from one topic to the next and she admits that she's 'high anxiety and my brain's constantly going. I'm probably burning calories just talking to you right now.' On today's evidence, stray calories probably have a very short shelf life around Courteney. Dressed in a black trouser suit and flesh-toned blouse, she looks terrific - and, at 46, far younger than her years. 'I'm not going to say that I eat loads of carbs and don't do any exercise because that would be lying,' she says. 'I eat healthily and I work out as much as I can. We're all going to age - I plucked a white eyebrow the other day...there's a lot of white things happening at the moment! But I read somewhere that the skin breathes at night, so I really take care to remove my make-up and moisturise in the evening. Sleep's important to me, too, and when I've slept well, I look better, and even if I don't, I think I do, which helps,' she laughs. Having tried Botox in the past, she admits that, 'Sometimes they do too much or you end up looking weird, and so having Botox doesn't make you feel good about yourself.' She's currently taking a break from filming the new season of her latest comedy series Cougar Town to promote the fourth instalment of the Scream movie series, Scream 4. On its release in 1996, Scream, directed by Wes Craven, was largely credited with revitalising horror - sending up the genre's cliches while knowingly .
Courteney and David on the set of Scream 4 .
deploying them within the movie. A critical and commercial success (the series has grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide), Scream followed the misfortunes of Sidney Prescott (played by Neve Campbell), a high-school student who becomes the target of a succession of knife-wielding murderers, all of whom adopt a white fright mask. The local deputy sheriff Dwight 'Dewey' Riley (played by Courteney's estranged husband David Arquette) and ambitious reporter Gale Weathers (played by Courteney) successfully unmask the villain in each movie. In the fourth instalment, we find Dewey and Gale married and living in Woodsboro. Sidney arrives and as soon as she turns up, the murderer resurfaces, cutting a swathe - quite literally - through the town's inhabitants. Sidney's cousin Jill (played by Julia Roberts's niece Emma Roberts) and Jill's friend Kirby (Heroes' Hayden Panettiere) get caught up in the slayings and Dewey, Gale and Sidney endeavour once more to find out the killer's identity. 'Returning to the Scream fold was great, says Courteney. 'This one was harder, though, because we've all grown as actors and we just wanted it to be the best film possible.' It was on the set of Scream 15 years ago that Courteney met David, so shooting the latest film must hold bittersweet memories for her. Outsiders often commented on the dynamic of their relationship - Courteney was pegged as the more conservative spouse, David as the slightly kookier, younger husband - but the couple married in 1999, defying their critics over the years and candidly admitting that difficult spells in their marriage were overcome with couples therapy. …