In the midst of all this, Alanis made her big screen debut, playing God in director Kevin Smith’s film, “Dogma” (1999), replacing actress Emma Thompson.
“Kevin’s a friend of mine–he’s really brilliant, a true artist. I did some acting when I was younger, and he asked me to take part in the movie right after I got off the road for “Jagged Little Pill“. But I didn’t think I’d be of any value to him because I was so burnt out. A year later, he’d just finished casting the movie and there was one role left, a cameo of God. I said I’d love to do it. It’s very funny and sweet. His belief, as is mine, is that God is us. So it wasn’t so much that I had to play a woman sitting in the clouds with my hair flying. It was more being real.“
Alanis had also written and recorded the song “Still” for “Dogma”, which can be heard over the closing credits and featured on the soundtrack album. After playing God in the movie “Dogma”, she was asked if she had ever read the Bible. She said she had, but found it to be “patriarchal and sexist.”
Nominated for a “Best Female Vocal Pop Performance” Grammy for “Thank U”, Alanis appeared, on February 19th 2000, in a pay-per-view concert. It was filmed during the critically acclaimed and successful “5 1/2 Weeks Tour” with Tori Amos, who also appeared in the special.
Between March 21 through April 2, Alanis made also her theatrical stage debut, performing pieces of the critically hailed “The Vagina Monologues“. At the Westside Theatre in New York, she was among a trio of women — Andrea Martin and Shirley Knight — who illuminated Eve Ensler’s play that is based on interviews with a diverse group of women. Praised by the New York Times as “alternately hilarious and deeply disturbing”, it explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas, as described by the show’s producers. Other actresses featured at different times in the play’s run include Winona Ryder, Marisa Tomei, Gina Gershon and Rosie Perez among others.
Meantime, Alanis anticipated to return to the recording studio that 2000 summer to record a new album, with a projected release date of early 2001, while “Jagged Little Pill“ had been cited by Billboard as “Album Of The Decade” (a distinction based on sales and airplay in the ’90s) and “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” earned her the prestigious “Best Album” award and “Best Video” for “So pure”, at the Juno Awards in Toronto, Canada.
The One Tour brought Alanis to foreign cities in such countries as Croatia, Turkey and Lebanon where fan “ambassadors” guided Morissette through their worlds. Z.com digitally captured the tour and has made it available through a series of webisodes at The One Tour official website Alanis.Z.com. The August 17th finale show hopes to reflect The One Tour’s intention of sharing positive messages of cultural understanding and acceptance while encouraging the unity of all people through artistic expression.
Z.com, an Internet entertainment studio offering original online comedy, film, animation, games, live events, and celebrity programming, presented “An Intimate Evening with Alanis Morissette” at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday night, August 17th. The show wrapped up the singer, songwriter and musician’s three-week, eleven-country The One Tour throughout the Middle East and Europe and includes an acoustic live performance, a question-and-answer session with Morissette and an audience participation multi-media presentation.
Morissette chose the Museum of Tolerance for The One Tour finale because the museum has dedicated itself to teaching Los Angeles area youth the importance of accepting diversity and sharing cultures. Morissette created The One Tour with hopes of communicating ideas of unity, international curiosity, compassion and her inspirational music with fans that do not regularly have the opportunity of experiencing live American music. The private event consisted of 300 audience members. Tickets were given away to lucky Morissette fans at a sweepstakes held on Alanis.Z.com. Other attendees were the highest bidders at Amazon Auctions, where tickets were auctioned off daily from August 8th to the 15th. Proceeds from the auction went to The Active Element Foundation and the Museum of Tolerance.