The new romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" -- which stars Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon-- has one of those magical ensemble casts. Every member of the group-- including Ryan's sheet of abs-- is an impressive talent. However, only one in particular can say she's won an Oscar, been nominated for two others and had Lady Gaga go on record saying she'd be her actress of choice for a biopic! If that's not street cred, we don't know what is. Marisa plays Kate, an energetic, recovering alcoholic who finds herself as the beneficiary of Carell's newfound pick-up skills. We'll leave it at that so we don't give too much away. But this film proves that Marisa can do comedy as effortlessly as she can take on a film like "The Wrestler." We talked to Marisa about her style on and off camera as well as fun facts our Facebook fans wanted to know.Marisa Tomei
Your character Kate is, well, a little kooky. What made you want to sign on to the film?
I just really wanted to work with Steve and play with him. He's such a master of comedy. I just love doing comedies, that's what I really want to do. And kind of only what I want to do. They just don't come along every day.
You have a love scene together. How was that to film?
He improvises a lot so we tossed the ball back and forth. We had a very generous schedule so we could really play a lot and then they could pick and choose. We improvised the physicality. It wasn't like on the list or anything.
Like the part where you jumped on the couch?
No, I just did that!
Kate's a teacher and she seems to love dresses with flourishes and bold colors. How did you come up with her look?
The costume designer created her blue dress. We couldn't find what we were looking for, and I actually had a dream about it. I came in and said, "I know this is really weird, but I dreamt the color of the dress," and we collaborated and she knew what to do with the cuts and then she put that little ruffle on the bottom. When you're doing comedy, especially physical comedy, it's interesting for clothes to have movement. And there's something a little funny about the ruffle.
How would you describe your style off camera?
I don't really have a way to describe it. I like a mix of things. I go to flea markets a lot. I love the 26th Street flea in New York.
Red carpet dressing is a whole different matter. I loved the vintage Charles James you wore to the Oscars but who are your favorite designers when you have to face the cameras?
Zero Maria Cornejo and I like Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Preen.
How about accessories and shoes?
I like the Nicholas Kirkwood stuff and then when I'm in NYC I like anything that has a cork bottom so I can walk around. I actually get sandals from North Miami Beach where a lot of the older women live. I get the kind of shoes they wear because they're easier on the pavement.
What' s the best thing that you bought this summer?
A pair of Maria Cornejo sandals. They're really handmade in a nude color.
Here's a question from our Facebook fans. If you could eat anything without gaining weight, what would you eat?
I would eat pizza that my brother makes. He grows his own tomatoes. He makes his own dough and he makes the sauce. He made cheese once! He's insane. He has a meat grinder now so he can mix the spices and grind his own meat. He lives in LA,. I'm actually trying to get him to open a place. I would eat his food everyday.