AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre With the strong reviews for “Intervention,” might there be another chance at Oscar? “I never thought I was going to become major, major,” she said. “The Oscar nomination came out of nowhere. I did my own little campaign. I did my own ads. Overnight, I had the paparazzi, who would take pictures of me if I hung around long enough looking hopeful. Once in a while, `Entertainment Tonight’ would ask me something if no one was around. Then everyone wanted my opinion about everything! It was hard to realize my social status had changed.” Jennifer is best known for her comic roles, in films such as “Bullets” and “Liar Liar,” and as the voice of Bonnie Swanson on “Family Guy,” but “Intervention” gives her a chance to show her dramatic chops. She plays a woman confronting the possible disintegration of her marriage as her husband goes through drug rehabilitation. “I do a lot of comedy. Comedy is fun, and I like to make people laugh. This entire movie was improvised, and everyone came up with their own characters. When I’m faced with that situation, I like to come up with the kind of character no one casts me as.” Once famously dubbed the hardest-working actress in Hollywood, she has six films in the can waiting for release. One of them is “Silver Valley,” which Jennifer amusingly describes as “the most expensive movie China ever made.” Interviewing Jennifer Tilly is a lot like being at a really good party: You hear lots of great stories, you laugh a lot, and it all ends far too soon. All I needed was a drink! Jennifer was calling from Puerto Vallarta to talk up her movie “Intervention,” which won Best Feature honors at the San Diego Film Festival last month and earned Jennifer the Best Actress prize. “Actors – we always love to get awards,” admits Jennifer, nominated for an Oscar for Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” in 1995. “It’s really nice to get validation, and we worked really hard on that film. The entire movie was improvised, and everyone came up with their own characters.” “The whole movie is in Chinese except my scenes. It’s a sweeping epic. The Chinese girls in scenes with me had to learn to speak English phonetically.” Not only does she do a lot of work in independent films, but she attends professional poker tournaments throughout the world. She won the World Series of Poker bracelet in 2005 and regularly appears in televised poker events. “My boyfriend \ is a professional poker player, and I have an alternative career. I won the gold bracelet, and it’s like winning an Olympic gold medal. Poker is one of those amazing games like chess where you never master it. It’s been hard having two careers. … I have literally in my hallway eight suitcases that have not been unpacked. I’m always on the go. I’ve always been a workaholic.” For an extended version of the Jennifer Tilly story and more celebrity news, go to Greg Hernandez’s daily Hollywood Joe blog at blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!