Why Pregnant Rosanna Arquette Left “Pulp Fiction” Screening in 1994: Baby Was 'Kicking Like Crazy' (Exclusive)

"I got all freaked out because of some of the guns and violence stuff," Arquette tells PEOPLE amid the Quentin Tarantino film's upcoming 30th anniversary

Rosanna Arquette
Rosanna Arquette

Rosanna Arquette is proud to have been a part of Pulp Fiction nearly 30 years after its release — but she didn't see it in its entirety for about 15 years!

In a chat with PEOPLE ahead of her appearance at the 15th TCM Classic Film Festival opening— where much of the Pulp Fiction cast will reunite — Arquette says she was pregnant with daughter Zoe Sidel at the time the Quentin Tarantino classic premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994. While she couldn't make it to France, she later attended a screening while she was still expecting.

"I didn't go to Cannes, I was really pregnant, and I just remember seeing [the movie] all finished, and I was with my mom," says the actress, 64. "My baby just started kicking like crazy and I got all freaked out because of some of the guns and violence stuff."

"So I actually left and never saw it for years," she adds. "It's an amazing movie, but I couldn't [stay] because I was so in my mom mode, so I was protecting... I said, 'This is too much for my baby.' "

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<p>Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic</p> Rosanna Arquette and daughter Zoe Sidel in Westwood, California, on Dec. 10, 2019


Rosanna Arquette and daughter Zoe Sidel in Westwood, California, on Dec. 10, 2019

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Arquette — who plays Jody, the wife of drug dealer Lance (Eric Stoltz), in the movie — said she thinks Pulp Fiction stands the test of time for many reasons, including Tarantino's "fantastic" Oscar-winning screenplay and the "wonderful," talent-laden cast.

"At the time [of production], we're just in there, we're rehearsing, we're working with a great director, but didn't realize how huge it would become. Which it really did," she tells PEOPLE.

As for how Tarantino, 61, ran his set, "Quentin is very specific, and so we rehearsed a lot and that was good," she says. "There were no bad vibes. It was just a good vibe all along. I think he started the whole thing where everybody worked for scale and just did the work."

She also says that the filmmaker "came to me" for the part of Jody, "and we met at Swingers and had a milkshake and he just offered me the role."

"It was a great movie to be a part of," Arquette adds.

<p>Moviestore/Shutterstock</p> Rosanna Arquette as Jody in <em>Pulp Fiction</em> (1994)


Rosanna Arquette as Jody in Pulp Fiction (1994)

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While she hasn't been in regular contact with Tarantino as of late, Arquette says she "would love to work with him again," and was even in talks for the role of Elle Driver in the Kill Bill films at one point.

But "everything happens for a reason," and the part of the villainous, one-eyed nurse ended up going to the "fantastic" Daryl Hannah.

"I can't even imagine being anywhere near as good as Daryl was in that role," Arquette tells PEOPLE. "So it was meant to be."

For now, the actress is "excited" to attend the TCM event on April 17 and reunite with some of her Pulp Fiction castmates, including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

"I'm looking forward to seeing [them]," she says. "I'm proud of [Pulp Fiction], but I also love Turner Classic Movies. So it's really cool to come and have that film open it, because it's such a groovy festival."

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