Christina Ricci

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We hear a moan comin'—and it ain't from a black snake.

When Christina Ricci cruises into theaters as Trixie May 9 in the big-budget, live-action Speed Racer, she'll no doubt acquire a whole new fan base as the globe's geeks descend upon their local multiplexes.

"I try not to think of that stuff," Christina told E! News at the film's L.A. premiere Sunday. "I just go about my business."

But the 28-year-old, who—thanks to smaller films such as Monster, Pumpkin and Prozac Nation—already has quite the cult following, admits it wasn't always just business.

There was a time that she "went to lots of clubs" but still managed to stay out of the gossip rags:

"At that time, there weren't as many paparazzi," she says. "There wasn't as much media attention then, so I was actually able to go through that phase without people paying attention to it."

Fair enough, but this next remark definitely got our attention. When asked about who she thinks looks good in the sand...

"Jessica Biel has a pretty nice body. She's got that perfect volleyball-playing-at-the-beach body. She belongs at the beach, really."

That moan we spoke of earlier just came and went.

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