'Scream 4' star Courteney Cox on David Arquette: 'We're probably better now than we were during that movie'

Courteney Cox reprises her role as tabloid reporter Gale Weathers in Scream 4, out this Friday, but it’s a very different Gale than we’ve seen in the other films. “Her life is pretty dull and she wants some excitement,” says the Cougar Town star. “She’s been married to Dewey for like 10 years. She’s been writing books. She’s completely tapped out and going through a major dry spell. Sidney comes into town to promote her book.” And that’s basically when all hell breaks lose and folks start dyin’. EW talked to Cox about the movie’s difficult production, her memories of the original film, and the status of her relationship with husband David Arquette.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you remember reading the original Scream script for the first time?
COURTENEY COX:
Oh yeah. I went after it! I wanted to play that part. I loved it. I thought the script was funny and scary, and the opening with Drew Barrymore was insane. I was such a huge fan.

Why did you want to do Scream 4?
I just enjoy doing all three of them. That’s where I met David. Each Scream represents a huge turning point in my life: I met David on 1. We did not like each other on 2. We got married right before on 3. And [Cox and Arquette's daughter] Coco was born right before 4. This series of movies means a lot to me. I loved Scream 1 so much and the thought of being able to do it again with the original cast, Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, just bringing that back was really exciting to me.

How was the production of this one in comparison?
I would say the first Scream was the easiest production. This was par for the course for all the other Screams. It just seems like it’s just the way it goes when you make these Scream movies: the scripts aren’t ready, they’re difficult, the scripts aren’t ready, it’s ever changing. The only one I remember being real simple was the first one.

Probably because the script was done.
Yeah. I remember we socialized a lot [on the first film]. We actually had fun, we went out. I remember Wes hanging out and we used to go to this Italian restaurant in Santa Rosa. Wes wouldn’t have had a moment to have one bit of social life during this last film.

In the movie Dewey and Gale are going through marital issues and you and David were going through your own issues during production — was that awkward? Or cathartic?
I don’t think it was cathartic. The thing is David and I love each other so much and we get along so well.

You’re so affectionate with each other.
I love him so much. We are the closest of friends. I would say we’re probably better now than we were during that movie. The movie was just a little bit of a tough time. I don’t have the fondest memories of those particular moments during that film.

Does that make it hard to watch?
No, not at all. It’s not hard to watch because we’ve moved past that phase. Some times were really fun. Some times we had a ball there! But it definitely was the beginning of some issues.

Does that at all cloud the filming for you?
No. No. Because we did have a great time no matter what, but there were some awkward moments. I don’t remember us ever getting into a fight. It wasn’t like that.

You told me last summer that you bonded more with Neve Campbell on this film than any of these previous ones. Why is that?
I don’t know. For some reason, I just think maybe our lives are different now. We really had a great time. I did get to know her for the first time, and now she will forever be my friend and I feel very close with her. We’re getting older and the kids were much younger. Before she was the kids’ age and I was the older woman. Now I’m the much older woman and she’s more where I was.

What’s your relationship with Wes like?
I feel like Wes was very instrumental in David and I getting married. I feel Wes is like family. We even kind of argue like family. We’ve just known each other so long. It’s almost like I could have been his kid and now I’m grown up. I don’t think this was his easiest shoot either. It was intense. All the way around. But I think he did an amazing job.

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  • Jose

    Awh, that was a sweet interview.

    • Jean Guy Levesque

      Look at that picture of COX, what happened to her face? Plastic surgery catwoman syndrome is destroying middle age white women in hollywood. Vive la Quebec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shawna

    I’m confused. Isn’t her daughter like 8 or 9 yrs old? How was she born just before Scream 4?

    • Adalynn

      I’m confused by this too. Coco is like 7 or 8 I think. She was pregnant when Friends wrapped, which was 2004.

      • Adalynn

        Oops “she” being Courteney not Coco. Not clearly stated, my bad.

    • Drew

      Yea that threw me off. Maybe she met she was approached to do the movie right before she was born. Good interview. I like Courteney. I’ll always have a soft spot for all the “Friends”.

    • Dave

      Yeah, I was confused by that too. Her daughter is 6 or 7 years old now. And they didn’t even start talking about making Scream 4 until about 2 or 2.5 years ago.

      • Hen

        Publicly, maybe, but who knows about the deep, dark behind the scenes.

  • Johnification

    It warms my heart to hear about a longtime couple actually reconciling before divorcing. There is still hope in this world.

    • John

      they’re not reconciling and they’re not divorving, either.

  • Le HIROSHI

    Based on the featured interview on which my comment is being based : ), I think she tells it like it is – NOT in the PR sense of Oh-we-are-all-friends-forever BVLLSHIIT we read sometimes.

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    Good luck to her.

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    Thanks for the up.

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    PS: I think it was just heavy makeup, which in this case is just fine.

  • e4ia

    I think I’m more than ready for Cougar Town to return. Come on ABC!

    • Dave

      Right? When is it coming back? First Mr. Sunshine took its place, and now some Happy Endings nonsense is starting. I want Cougar Town!

      • Tom Bergeron

        For reals!

  • BRETT

    Great interview. I’m pretty sure she meant that she had the baby between 3 and 4. With each movie was a different change in her life, that’s what she was trying to point out. I am beyond excited for this film.

  • nicnic

    This marital strife and separation is starting to smell like a publicity stunt for the movie.

    • Michael

      That’s unfair to say. We (the general public) really have no idea what’s going on between David and Courtney, but only what the media has said/portrayed it as. Only the two people in their marriage (i.e. them) can really say what’s wrong or going on.

      • Michael

        And by the way, I am really looking forward to both this movie’s release as well as the return of Cougar Town!

    • Pillow Pants

      Yeah, just like Brad, Jen and Angelina…there weren’t any real marital problems there…it was just a stunt. And what a great sport Jen was, taking one for the team.

  • Kai

    What a great interview! Much luck to Courteney and I can’t wait to see Scream 4!

  • Player87

    When I see what Courtney Cox has done to her face, I scream.

  • SaraJ

    I love Courtney Cox. She is so awesome, through and through. I’d watch her in any show (good thing Cougar Town is a good one!) or movie. Much success to her.

  • jpratm

    Love Court !!! Hope he and David work it out !!!

  • Sharon Swearingen

    What is correct spelling Courteney or Courtney Cox

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