What does one supposed former infatuation junkie have in common with Dr. Quinn, medicine woman? They're both flag-waving Americans now.
Alanis Morissette, the Canadian-born emasculator of "You Oughta Know" fame, and Jane Seymour, the British-born former Bond babe and star of TV's long-running Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, were among the 9,000 immigrants sworn in as American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center last Friday.
"It can be difficult to travel and being an American will make it easier to travel over borders," said Morissette in a statement.
Along with the passport privileges, the 30-year-old Jagged Little Pill popster was grateful for the protection her newfound First Amendment rights afforded her.
Added Morissette: "I'd like to make political comments and not have my chops busted by people who say I don't have the right to comment [because I was Canadian]."
Seymour, who has resided in the U.S. since 1976, expressed similar sentiments, noting her desire to participate more fully in her adopted country's political system.
"I've realized I've been living here longer than in my home country. America has given me unbelievable opportunities," the 53-year-old said. "I realized that with the U.S. elections, I wanted to vote and I couldn't. I felt the time had come to participate more fully."
But the process wasn't easy.
Seymour, whose credits include the 1973 007 film Live and Let Die and such TV movies as War and Remembrance, confessed to feeling slightly nervous about taking the test--especially after her hubby, the American-born actor James Keach, flubbed several practice questions.
"You have to know about 100 different facts about America and you learn them and then some computer decides which 10 you have to answer. If you get seven right you pass," Seymour told ContactMusic.
"My husband's American and an expert on the Constitution and Bill of Rights and all that. He said, 'Don't worry, I'll do it with you. What are the questions?' The first four I asked him, he didn't get right!"
But she did. And during last week's ceremony, the TV-movie queen waved a small American flag and cheered as she was sworn in.
Her twin nine-year-old twin sons, John and Kristopher, told the Associated Press they were happy they're mom was finally one of them.
"She's not an alien anymore," said John.
As for Morissette, the rocker was feeling far from ironic on her swearing-in day.
"There was a turning point during the ceremony where I felt connected to this country in a way that I didn't quite expect," she said. "America has been really great to me and I have felt welcomed since the day I came here."
Morissette reportedly felt so connected to her adopted nation that she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at a concert later that night.
Of course, neither Morissette nor Seymour are totally renouncing their roots. Both are retaining dual citizenships.