I've never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I'm a more balanced person honestly when I'm working.
What's interesting is, there's always a lot of talk to young people about finding their passion, following their passion. But I remember reading somewhere that a lot of people don't have a passion. And there's this pressure to have one. It's perfectly fine not to have one.
I think all actors have a sadomasochistic streak, because acting is kind of brutal, you know.
You know what I'd like to do? I'd like to play a bag lady.
If you're working on something that isn't very demanding, isn't very fulfilling, then you have all this energy to burn, and you can go crazy.
I know that I want to wait for something that I really feel great about.
If I really want to do something, I'll go in and do whatever the director feels that he needs me to do.
If I do a move I don't like, I don't want to get so upset with myself.
Being from Orange County is in a lot ways very much like being from the Midwest.
I don't really know what Hollywood is. I've never really known.
I think that I am a compulsive person, but now I'm learning to put those compulsions into healthy things.
I used to do drugs in high school. I've been living in L.A. for almost 10 years, and shortly after I arrived I cleaned up pretty much. Stuff goes on on the set, stuff goes on at parties.
I decided I needed something that I could feel as passionate about as acting, and something in which I could completely lose myself. I started painting, and I'm still doing it.
I went to court-reporting school to study stenotyping. After awhile, whenever anybody spoke, in my mind my fingers would be punching it out. Even two years after I quit, my mind still did that.
I liked getting up at 4 in the morning, driving on the freeway, and going in and stocking shelves and laughing with the stock clerks.
When I first started out, I said to myself, if this doesn't happen there will be something else that I can do. That seemed possible because I knew how to do so many different kinds of jobs.
I never wanted to have to take a job because I didn't have any money.
I've been working since I was 14, and my father, being very conservative, has always been strict about my having a savings account.
I am basically very private, and I'm really nervous about doing publicity.
Every time I set up an interview, I say, "That's it, this is my last one. I'll do this because I committed to doing it, but I'm never doing another one."
I'd been taking singing lessons and I had taken dance, because I loved to dance, but I had never considered myself a professional at all.
Maybe I haven't done enough movies, but haven't found that men are more difficult than women.
I've worked with very few actors who have been at all difficult.
Women are brought up to think it's acceptable to pay attention to their faces. Men translate their discomfort into their behavior.
I think there is a major difference between actors and actresses. All of the men I've worked with have been really difficult, whereas the women have always been extremely cooperative. I began thinking about that, and I think it comes down to a question of comfort with vanity.
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