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Christina Ricci takes a whack at 'Lizzie Borden' role: 'I really love a crazy person'

Christina Ricci seems like a nice, normal, beautiful woman. And she is! But let's face it, there's always been a little something extra to the actress, particularly when you examine her long resume of dark, funny parts.

It's a sensation she touched on during her visit to TODAY Thursday to promote her upcoming Lifetime miniseries "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" — in which she plays the title character, who's just been acquitted of giving her parents around "40 whacks" each with a hatchet.

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Christina Ricci on macabre roles: ‘I really love a crazy person’

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"If you do the things that you naturally gravitate towards, then there’s going to be a throughline through your career, and all your choices are going to reflect really who you are and your tastes," she said. "I really love a crazy person. Nothing is better to me than someone behaving really poorly like right over there."

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The crazy-loving carries over to her being a new mama, but in a very good way. Ricci's son was born last August, and she can't get enough of him.

"Everyone told me how much I would go nuts and love him," she said. "But you can't describe that feeling until it happens. It's a crazy, just joyous feeling, and I never knew quite what it was going to be like!"

"The Lizzie Borden Chronicles," an eight-part miniseries, premieres on Lifetime on April 5.

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