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Vivica A. Fox Says She’s “Thrilled” and No Longer “Stripping for Tips” in “Independence Day” Sequel


Vivica A. Fox in “Independence Day: Resurgence”; Claudette Barius/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) — It’s been 20 years since the original film debuted, but Vivica A. Fox is still excited when talking about her role in Independence Day: Resurgence.

“I was thrilled. I felt like that same young girl who twenty years ago got that call that I was going to be in one of the biggest summer blockbuster movies — those same feelings came flooding back again,” Fox tells ABC Radio.

The movie, the sequel to 1996’s Independence Day, features a few returning cast members, with a few additions and minus Will Smith. Their goal — to once again save Earth from invading aliens. Fox admits she was disappointed after hearing Smith wasn’t taking part in the long-awaited film.

“There has been talks about doing the sequel for the last five years. The fans have literally been requesting this sequel for 15 years. So for five years you hear it’s going to happen, it’s gonna happen, it’s not going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s not going to happen and then I heard it’s gonna happen and then I heard ‘oh my gosh’ I don’t think Will Smith is going to do it. And I was like, sorry, selfish actor, damn, there goes my story line,” the actress tells ABC Radio.

But even without Smith, Fox says she’s happy with the result and her role as Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller, mother to Dylan Hiller, who was only a boy in the original movie.  Now, he’s a fighter pilot.

“Dylan has now grown up and so have I,” says Fox. “My character is no longer working the pole, which is a beautiful thing. She’s going to be a hospital administrator, so she’s not stripping for tips. OK, so you guys will be happy to hear that. So she’s a hospital administrator and she’s in there saving lives, and doing good things.” 

Independence Day: Resurgence is in theaters now. 

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