Sometimes it鈥檚 difficult to separate the actor from the role 鈥 especially when you鈥檙e a little kid like Christina Ricci鈥檚 three-year-old son Freddie, who had an unexpected reaction to seeing her in Casper.

Ricci told People that her son actually learned about her career from other people. 鈥淸Freddie]鈥檚 come home from preschool and been out in the world and said to me, 鈥楳ama, are you a movie actress?鈥 And I didn鈥檛 say that to him,鈥 she said. 鈥淧eople mention it to him, clearly. I have to then explain to him what it is, and we鈥檝e shown him movies.鈥

Although the actress said that 鈥渋n the beginning, he didn鈥檛 want to see anything where Mommy looked different,鈥 he eventually 鈥渟tarted actually requesting [films].鈥

While Ricci has starred in some projects that wouldn鈥檛 be appropriate for her little one 鈥 such as her current thriller, Distorted, with John Cusack 鈥 she does have a few kid-friendly films from when she was a kid herself. 鈥淲e showed him Casper,鈥 she said. 鈥淭hen we realized he hadn鈥檛 developed that ability to discern reality from fiction.鈥

Ricci starred in the 1995 film as Kat, a young girl who lives with her father (played by Bill Pullman) and befriends the ghost who dwells in her house. Now, after seeing the movie, her son thinks that his mom experienced an IRL haunting when she was young. 鈥淗e started asking me about my childhood with my best friend, the ghost,鈥 she said, laughing. 鈥淎nd we were like, 鈥極h! Too soon.鈥 For a while, he was asking me a lot about ghosts and living alone with my dad and being a ghost and we were just like, 鈥極h no!'鈥

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