Isabella Rossellini Goes Under Water In ‘Green Porno 2′

by | April 21, 2009 at 10:28 PM | TV News

Have you ever wondered how a limpet has sex? Well even if you haven’t, famed actress Isabella Rossellini has returned to the Sundance Channel for ‘Green Porno 2,’ a fascinating look at how ocean life procreates. In the original ‘Green Porno,’ Rossellini acted out the sex lives of insects in 1-2 minute shorts, and she has now headed under water. Before taking the dive, she sat down with Fancast to talk about her love of animals, tips for being green and what it was like to have a penis.

Is this supposed to be sexy?
They’re supposed to be funny. I’d like the first reaction to be a laugh, and the second reaction to be “Oh I didn’t know that about animals.” That’s what I like in a minute and a half.

Do you have a fascination with animals and sexuality?
It’s not so much the sexuality. I’ve always been interested in animal behaviors, since I was a little girl. I always had dogs and cats, and I trained dogs for the blind. I was always in the garden, lifting rocks to see worms, and looking at bugs. I was always interested in that, it was sort of a hobby. This opportunity came at Sundance, and Robert Redford thought the Internet could be the opportunity to re-launch the short film format, which died out. It was a very popular format during the Silent Era, all the way up to the ‘60s. Redford is always trying to expand films and different ways to create films. He thought, let’s create short films, and now we can have an outlet for that, which is the Internet. He came up with the idea to do films that are 2 minutes long, and he’s very dedicated to the environment, so he said if there was anything that can be environmental, it would marry better with Sundance.

I was very interested in animal behavior…and I thought not too many people were interested in animal behavior, but everybody’s interested in sex! So if I can make a little series about how animals have sex, because its so scandalous and different…then it works. We did the first series, which came out last summer, and it was hugely successful. We had millions of hits. So now we’ve done a spring season. We’re now working on the Fall series – which is about animals we eat- Bon Apetit, Green Porno. And we also have a book coming next September – The Green Porno Book.

Do you have any tips on being green or how you’re a friend to the environment yourself?
Yes, I do what we can modestly all do- which is try to change your car – try to buy a Hybrid which is slightly more expensive. I try to eat as much as I can organic, because not only do I think it’s healthy, but you would want to support that industry. The problems are so big that you can’t really solve them individually. I think what you see that’s interesting is I see a very big difference between the older generation and the younger generation. The older generation feels that nature is resilient, that nature is there for us to use, we can take everything. The younger generation, for example my children, have a completely different view. They see it as fragile and they see life species as something that you can lose. You can wipe out an entire species easily.

So there’s a real generational difference, and hopefully the new generation has a different morality and might be able to be more effective in protecting the environment. One of the big questions that I’m often asked, is should an animal or an environment, or a plant or a habitat- should it be saved it it’s advantageous to man? Or if it isn’t advantageous to man, should it be saved? This is a very big, fundamental, moral question. And I think that even in that, you can see a separation in the generations. The older generation would say, if we don’t see an advantage to man, let it die. But I think the younger generation would say let’s protect it, because we are not the only ones that occupy the Earth.

What was it like to have a penis?
It was a paper, six-feet long penis! A lot of people ask me that – how is Green Porno pertinent to human beings, or what did you learn about human beings? Well I know what we learned – we learned of the infinite vanity of our species. Our species always makes it where if it isn’t relevant to humans, it’s irrelevant. And I think we probably are the most vain of all the species.