My very best friend died in a car accident when I was 16 years old. That was the hardest blow emotionally that I have ever had to endure. Suddenly, you realize tomorrow might not come. Now I live by the motto, ‘Today is what I have.’
I think I’ve always had a certain amount of skepticism of this whole ‘shut up and smile’ theory. I haven’t ever swallowed that pill so easily, although I tried.
I have always been very rebellious and gone against the grain. I’ve always challenged the standards set before me.
One of the biggest challenges in my job is letting go of the movie once you go home at night, and knowing you can’t do anything to your performance once you’ve laid it on film.
It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing.
Young women from a very young age are taught that life will be easier if you can just turn on the charming smile and say very little and be complacent and docile and sweet.
Injustice can never be stood for.
It is really hard when you spend your life living out of a suitcase. But it really does weed out superficial people – if someone is still with you after the second movie, then they’re probably a good one! I like to trust people in general – it’s the southern girl in me.
I was raised by my father; I was daddy’s girl.
I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart, opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful. Even more, I would love to see women held to different standards, other than the superficial ones that we’re held to.
Models are just mannequins seeking validation at the hands of sleazy fashion people.
I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong.
You know, I’ve kind of been lucky enough to always work with established actors or big names or people that are really popular or infamous for doing what they do and doing it well, I guess.
I’ve got a soft spot for true individuals.
I am a firm believer that you can have the body you want, only to the extent that you’re willing to work for it.
I grew up just outside of Austin, and my upbringing was fairly rural.
I don’t feel like millions of people are wrong because they love who they love or they were born how they were born.
If you want to do something, you find a way.
I’ve always been a private person, and I’ve always valued my private life.
You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are.
I’m a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan.
You feel better when you’re eating food that retains nutritional value.
Even though I don’t believe in God, I feel strangely compelled to fight the atheist label.
I want to be an artist. I don’t want to be a celebrity.
I would never imagine a mate based on a certain sex or race.
I’m thankful for the work that feminists like Gloria Steinem have done. I am a feminist, but the geography for women today is vastly different than it was in the ’60s.
It’s my job in Hollywood to find roles where I get to be a character not a bathing suit.
All I’ve ever needed is myself.
School was a waste of time for me. I was bored and left at 16. I started taking correspondence courses at college instead. I did incredibly well. I won an award for my grades.
I don’t know if I’ve owned a piece of technology that I hated – I don’t think I would have owned it then.
I grew up in Texas, and people love their American-made muscle cars there. I grew up around people who loved cars and took care of cars and my dad’s a big car nut, so I learned a little bit about cars – how to love them, most importantly. I think that from the time I could remember, I’ve always envisioned myself in a vintage muscle car.
I have been in my fair share of both onscreen and off screen fights.
I am just like any other girl, a sucker for romance.
I went to a Catholic school but did not really fit in.
I think there’s an instinct to make grotesque horror films that are purely carnal, like the ‘Saw’ movies.
I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character.
I am a proud member of the LGBT community and could never bear the idea that someone could say I was closeted.
When I go into making a movie, personally, I don’t try to bring other pieces of movies with me.
Modern cars I don’t like so much.
I buy records – vinyl. I have a record player at home.
I seem to be stuck in the ’60s, and my favorite music, cars, and women’s fashion come from that era. And the sense of social rebellion. It was a good time for a lot of things.
I get tickets all the time and can’t stay under the speed limit. I’m bad at that.
Every article I’ve read about myself always winds up concluding that I am not, in fact, completely stupid.
I can sit in front of the TV and watch an old romantic film and be transfixed.
I think my mother realized she had a somewhat unusual daughter pretty early on.
Once you start working out, you feel better and it becomes something you make time to do.
I watch what I eat and drink.
I come from a place where I find it hard to identify with a label.
Everybody enjoys when a woman is her own character in a movie or otherwise.
I love my horror films and they will always be very close to me.
I think there’s a part when you sign your soul to the devil and start working in Los Angeles that you also sign away that you could be a human being in anyone’s eye. You’re like a robot!
I’m a good shot and I love guns – I own several.
It’s rare to have even half-meaningful conversations in the film industry.
I’ve worked really hard to bring something more to ‘pretty girl’ roles over the years. I consider it a challenge.
I am constantly struggling to show people that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the chance to be more than how they look.
I’m looking to find good stories, not big commercial pieces of work.
I did nothing to look the way I look. The genetic cards that anyone is dealt are not in their control, so to take pride in my looks would be a mistake. And besides, in L.A. there’s always someone more beautiful!
I get a stack of scripts, like, once a month, and most of the time, you find these placeholder girls that are there to provide a bounce for the male character. So we know he’s funny because she’s serious and she’s mad at him. We know he’s strong because she needs saving. So really, her job is to validate this personality trait of our hero or male.
I feel like I’m constantly fighting against my exterior, or this exterior presentation of myself, because of how I look or perhaps because of who I’m with.
I have a fiercely independent spirit.
We didn’t take Charlize Theron seriously until she did ‘Monster’ and became physically ugly. I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart, opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful.
I used to be very interested in the history of women’s rights in this country and in other countries. I tried to learn as much as I could about it, and more than anything, I would be called gay. It was phenomenal. But if a boy has something to say, he is appreciated; he’s even popular. If a girl says something, it’s instantly a threat.
Can you ever imagine yourself in a situation like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, where the world feels like they have a stake in your private life? I would never want it.
I think the main struggle for women in Hollywood and women in my position is to fight for true representation in the media and accurate representation of our many diverse qualities in stories.
When only one or two percent of filmmakers are female, you can’t help but have some kind of bias.
If I were a man, I’d be allowed to play roles that were compelling and drove an audience to an emotional response.
I try to search for roles where the character is not dependent on how she looks, but it is hard because I didn’t know anyone in this industry, so I started as an extra and fought.
My favourite thing is to do crossword puzzles. I do the ‘New York Times’ one every morning. Then I go to the barn to see my horse.
I don’t imagine myself, my work, or my life, fitting into any kind of standardized path. In fact, the idea of there even being a standard freaks me out a lot.