In the new kids film “The Spy Next Door,” which opens Friday, Tulsa’s Amber Valletta
plays a mother of three, who unknowingly enlists a babysitter who’s also an undercover international spy on loan to the CIA.
“Do me a favor, can you watch my kids?” Valletta’s character asks Jackie Chan, the martial arts legend who plays the undercover spy.
Chan replies, “They’ll be perfectly safe with me.”
Valletta then gently taps Chan on the cheek and says, “It’s not them I’m worried about.” “The Spy Next Door,” according to IMDB.com, is the former supermodel’s 22nd film
Since 2000, the Booker T. Washington High School alum has starred in Hollywood hits, such as Harrison Ford’s “What Lies Beneath,” Nicolas Cage’s “The Family Man” and Will Smith’s “Hitch.”
In a Thursday USA Today interview, Valletta said, “I still feel like I’m fighting to get jobs, and I’m fighting against A-listers. I’m still not quite there yet. It’s been a tough transition. “There’s times where I was like, 'Why in the hell am I doing this?’”
Lately, Valletta has noticed a trend in her film roles, which includes the divorcee mother in “The Spy Next Door.”
“I’m always being made plain Jane, which is so funny because I come from fashion and was made to be so glamorous, and now in film, they don’t make me ugly, but they try to keep it simple and normal, which is fine,” she told USA Today. “But it would be nice to be in a film and look really good and be next to the most hot guy! I’m putting it out there.”
In her private life, Valletta has a 9-year-old son, Auden, and she’s
married to pro volleyball player Christian McCaw.