Original Jean Grey actress Famke Janssen featured at Denver’s Comic Con recently and had the chance to reminisce over her portrayal of the iconic character.
“That was so amazing. I never knew…I don’t think any of us had any understanding of how popular our first movie was going to be and that it was gonna live on for 15 plus years,” she said to the crowd in attendance. “And then I certainly didn’t realize…I mean I knew Jean Grey could turn into Dark Phoenix, obviously, and that Phoenix rises from the ashes, but the fact that as Jean Grey or the Phoenix they’ve killed me, I’ve come back, I’m like a cockroach. They can’t get rid of me.”
While a large group of fans would love to see Janssen return, along with the rest of the original cast, she said she thinks her time as Jean is over. Especially now with the focus being placed on Sophie Turner’s version of the character.
“It’s the gift that keeps on, kept on giving. I think we’re done, but it was really great while it lasted and it lasted for a long time. It’s been nothing but a pleasure working not just as Jean Grey, which was such an honor because comics were so fantastic already, but then the entire cast who I got to play with, all my fellow actors, thespians who are so talented. It was just a wonderful experience. I’m very grateful.”
Even though she may be done playing the character, there’s always the possibility of being asked to reprise her role. Would she be interested in coming back? “Jean Grey is a part of me,” she says assuredly. “I would definitely come back to play her whenever they ask me.”
Thanks to Comic Book Movie.