Rebecca Romijn Stamos Photograph by James White
EW Staff
January 13, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Despite walking naked through the snows of northern Alberta, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (who plays azure-skinned, clothing-averse Mystique in ”X2”) always maintained a stiff (frozen?) upper lip. ”They put down fake snow on top of the real snow — basically potato flakes,” the 30-year-old actress reports cheerfully. ”So between takes, there’d be three people — including Ian McKellen — scraping gummy, disgusting potato goo off my feet.” Sounds lovely.

However, she did have reason to get the blues — a five-hour makeup process. ”I would get very moody on the set,” says Stamos. The trigger: gawking crew members and, well, just about anyone with functioning eyes. Luckily for her, Stamos soon forged solidarity with another person of color. ”I think for the Blue People — Alan Cumming and myself — we both felt like circus freaks.” On a set full of mutants, that’s saying something.

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