As we mentioned last week, Emmy Rossum, best known for The Day After Tomorrow and Phantom of the Opera has returned to acting after taking time off to cut an album and develop herself musically. The vehicle for her return: the big screen adaptation of anime favorite Dragonball Z - an odd choice for someone bouncing back and forth between music and acting, especially considering Rossum’s big-budget popcorn flicks haven’t fared that well so far.

Well, Rossum explained her decision to join the movie in a recent blog entry on her MySpace page: ”I've been working on a very exciting new film that I'm shooting outside the US. I'm working with the great Chow Yun Fat and I'm very excited about the role, which is so different than any role I've ever played. I love the character and I'm excited to get to share something so fun with you. In prep for the film I've been training very hard, learning how to fight, fire a gun, weapons training and even some martial arts. It's fun to play such a different character when I am such a pacifist in real life.”

It appears Rossum knows what she’s getting into, even though the part is quite contradictory to her own personality. That’s the point of “acting” though, isn’t it? To play roles different than how you are in real life. Maybe some more seasoned actors could learn from the 21-year-old starlet’s example.

For those who prefer Rossum’s musical side, don’t give up. In the same blog entry she talks about the excitement of cutting her first album, ”hopefully the first of many to come as I develop as a woman and as a musician.” So, even if Dragonball doesn’t work out for the actress, she still has the music as a fallback.

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