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Tiffany and Debbie Gibson Talk <I>Mega Python vs. Gatoroid</i>: The Reunion Decades in the Making

The reunion is of course referring to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, who have apparently never actually really worked together, despite being the Britney and Christina of the '80s. Who knew! Well, Syfy, apparently, who teamed up with Asylum to create the most epic made-for-TV monster movie starring former teen idols ever: Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, airing this Saturday at 9 PM. The two stars (again, the human female ones, not the mutant monster ones) participated in a media call to discuss the movie, as well as how much they think people fantasize about them (kind of a lot!), and I called in to give you the highlights.

What's it like to be doing a movie together after all these years?
Tiffany: I think it's great. Who would've thought that pythons and gators would unite us? It was awesome for me to be able to get to know Debbie more, because we've really never had a chance to sit and talk.
Debbie Gibson: Yes, I mean back in the day, we were both kind of running so fast, that running just as fast as we can, to coin a phrase. And we would cross paths, doing a TV show here or there or whatever. But it was really like ships in the night. And like Tiffany said, this was a chance for us to really work together. We just had crazy good fun. Like at one point we were ducked under a table slathered in like whipped cream and banana cream pie and we looked at each other and went what? What is going on here?

When filming the fight scene, how therapeutic was it given how much the media has made over the rivalry?
DG: I think it'll be more therapeutic for people to watch who have fantasized about that happening. I know that this is not what you want to hear, but I really never did have the desire to slap Tiffany in the face.

Were there any special preparations you had to do for the role in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid?
DG: I went and played with some snakes at the local nature preserve. I mean, pretty much that was my goal, and I ended up not having to really handle a lot of snakes. But I did want to find something likable about them, some reason why I was going to bat for them.
Tiffany: I would like to say it was more in-depth for me. I handled a baby alligator, but that was just because I thought it was cool, really.

When you guys signed up for the project, did you ever push for having any songs in this movie or making it a mini musical?
DG: Well, I don't think it would've been appropriate if our characters busted out into song. But in the eleventh hour, I literally wrote and produced a song about a week and a half ago. We ended up both contributing songs to the movie.

What was the most memorable part of filming Mega Python vs. Gatoroid? Was it the whipped cream scene?
Tiffany: That was probably most memorable for me.
DG: For me, too. I kept joking that there were a bunch of men sitting around at Syfy saying "We want Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to rub whip cream on each other's breasts. How can we make that happen? Well we'll create a movie around it." And Tiffany has fabulous breasts, so it was perfect. But really, that seriously was probably the funniest, most memorable day.

Are you looking forward to watching yourselves, or are you the kind of actors who hate that?
Tiffany: I normally hate it. I really do. Especially in film, because it's a newer thing for me. But I'm pleased with the way this came out. I'm happy with my work in this. And that's a really cool feeling. I mean, not to discredit Ms. Deborah, but, you know, the python and the gators are the stars. So I couldn't wait to check it out and see what they've done with these creatures. And also I have to say -- my makeup artist -- when you're in good hair and makeup, you don't mind watching yourself. And she really hooked us up. I mean it was awesome. I'm like, "Oh, yes."
DG: Yes, we got to be a little -- it was like sexy Syfy. And we did get to be glamorous. They made us look as good as can be. And it's pretty glamorous for a Syfy movie.

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