"No, I've done a few. God, I don't know. I don't get cast in them very often."
"Are you funny?"
"You don't think so?"
"Probably not. I don't know. But I tend to get cast more in dramas. I think it's my eyebrows. I look very serious. I look stern even when I'm not stern. If I'm not feeling cross, I look a little bit cross. I can't help it. It's just my face."
And that face has opened a few doors.
Jennifer Connelly was born in upstate New York, and spent part of her childhood climbing trees in the little town of Woodstock. "I was kind of a tomboy," she said.
Tomboy or not, she did clean up pretty well. Connelly started modeling in grade school, and that led to her being cast -- at age 11 -- in Sergio Leone's 1984 epic, "Once Upon a Time in America."
Smith asked, "Did you have any idea how incredible that was at the time?"
"I had no clue what I was doing," Connelly said. "Not that I do now, but I really had no clue what I was doing!
"There were so many first things. It was my first time on a movie set. And it was my first time out of America -- we filmed in Italy. And it was my first kiss. I had to kiss this boy in the scene. And it's the most chaste thing you've ever seen, but I was just mortified that it was in a movie. The whole thing was larger than life, and magical, really magical."
Not all of her roles after that were quite as magical, but her turn as a desperate drug addict in "Requiem for a Dream" established her as a serious actress.
And "A Beautiful Mind" would make her a household name. Starring opposite Russell Crowe, she played the wife of the brilliant but tortured mathematician John Nash.
"How emotionally draining was that movie?" Smith asked.