GUNS & ROSES: In "Life Before Her Eyes," Amurri plays Maureen, a born-again Christian who is trapped in a bathroom with her wild child best friend Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) during a Columbine-like school shooting. "To be hysterical and at gunpoint for three days is really emotionally draining. At the end of it I felt like I had just come out of having some sort of illness," she says of the intensity.
YING YANG: Maureen is certainly a departure from Amurri's Mary in the forthcoming "The Education of Charlie Banks." She was midshoot on the latter while auditioning for "Life Before Her Eyes" and part of the appeal was the 180 she'd have to pull in doing the two films back to back. "I'm a daughter of a politician who is, I wouldn't go so far as to call her a slut, but she's figuring out who she is and that definitely seems to manifest itself physically," says Amurri of Mary. So which role came more naturally for her: good girl or bad girl? "I tend to find the quieter, more reserved parts harder because I feel very comfortable being the more aggressive, audacious character," she admits.