I don't want to play into the perception that all women should look like fourteen year old boys. I don't want to add to that pressure for young girls. But in Hollywood, there is a constant pressure to look a certain way.
I want to be able to create characters for as long as I can and I want to tell stories for as long as I can but unfortunately I'm not given those opportunities because I'm often boxed into the former category...
I say I'm a rebel. I'm continually fighting against [sexism]. I don't take parts because they're for the sexy girl. I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character.
We come from a somewhat puritanical and chauvinistic point-of-view, so that when we're asked questions about women being empowered by sexuality, we often confuse it with women who are victimized by it.
I grew up driving old pickup trucks on the ranch with my dad, and I still always find myself driving like I'm out in an open field, except I'm in LA on La Cienega in the middle of rush-hour traffic.
I have successfully avoided being stereotyped into a specific category. I've worked very hard at that, and I'm proud of not being easily lumped into anybody's preconceived notions or expectations.
I love things that have a vintage feel to them, just because there's a certain texture to them that we just don't have anymore. In fact I think I've been stuck in the 50s or 60s for a while...
[The Rum Diary] is a prestigious movie and it's got a great, talented cast, so they wanted to make sure they had the right person for the role, but it was a torturous process. It was painful.
For someone like me, who prefers to keep their life as private as possible, it was disconcerting to have to define so much about myself. I don't want to be labeled as one thing or another.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm doing what I love. I'm enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time being a shape shifter and I'm really getting a kick out of it. I love my job.
Im not the kind of person to just sit back and lose something I worked hard on, so, naturally, Ive taken steps to be further involved in a process when most actors arent.
They are very different. Women who are empowered by it and have choices based off of their sexuality, are very different from the ones that are being taken advantage of.
There's something nice and valuable and wonderful about the suspense and the classic horror that doesn't just crutch on blood and the almost pornographic view of fear.
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.
For as long as I can remember, I've been the kind of person who goes against the grain and questions authority, and that doesn't make for an ideal religious follower.
I didn't drop out of school, I placed out of it. I took correspondence courses and ended up graduating early. I did everything I could to get the hell out of there.
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 naturally have some curves, like most women, just unfortunately not like most women in Hollywood. I'm only considered curvy in Hollywood. It's a weird town.
Hollywood actresses age in dog years. I'm 25 in the rest of the world, but I'm about 48 in actress years. I'm just around the corner from my midlife crisis.
When you can find a strong character and a director that does want to protect the integrity of all characters, female and male, then you have a good deal.
I'm not opposed to nude scenes, if they're appropriate. I'm not against them morally. But I personally no longer find movie nudity to be worth my while.
I would love nothing more to participate in a real struggle to find a character, and really delve into and develop a character. That's why I'm an actor.
[Johnny Depp] a wonderful artist, and such a talented person. I got along with him, splendidly. He's charming and wonderful to work with. He's a dream.
I have a '68 Mustang, which is my baby. I've had her for about six years, which is kind of a miracle, considering how many times she's been stolen.
The feminist movement is often clouded with Gloria Steinem's perspective, but I feel like denying women their sexuality is just as chauvinistic.
Hollywood can be a draining industry. For all the glitz and glory and wonderful parts of our business, it takes it's toll on your inner self.
Strength and independence are always something that I'm drawn to in all my characters, no matter how different they are from one another.
You have to do something else by 30 years old, if you haven't found another way to explore your own identity and make something of it.
I'd love to teach a self-defense class for ladies, specifically about running away from psychos in masks chasing them with chainsaws.
I wanted to be a disgusting, oozing zombie, not a sexy, cleavage zombie, which is what I was expecting, given my previous film work.
I am my father's daughter. It was not up to me growing up. I was his hunting and fishing buddy, so I've been shooting my whole life.
I had always been a reader and a skeptic, so when I was old enough to break away from organized religion, it just came naturally.
I'm no mechanic but I can change my oil and I know what to do when I get a flat tire and I can hot-wire it in an emergency.
Many states have laws against cousin marriage, which I think are ridiculous - people should be allowed to make that choice.
I was working with real artists [in the Rum Diary], and that's difficult to do and very rare, in this industry, ironically.
I don't shoot anything. I could never kill an animal. My dad does all the hunting, and he eats everything that he kills.
I don't feel like millions of people are wrong because they love who they love or they were born how they were born.
I have always been very rebellious and gone against the grain. I've always challenged the standards set before me.
I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you're inadvertently admitting it's wrong.
I'm a big horror fan. I'm a genre fan. I like to make these movies. They're my favorite kinds of movies to make.
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 do not hope somebody breaks in. However, if they did, I pity them. I pity the fool that breaks into my house.
I am a proud member of the LGBT community and could never bear the idea that someone could say I was closeted.
I was a lifeguard. It was my summer job growing up, and I never saved anyone. I never had to, thank goodness.
Like most girls, I constantly have to watch my weight, because if I didn't my curves would get ahead of me.
Every article I've read about myself always winds up concluding that I am not, in fact, completely stupid.
Reading keeps me sane. Growing up, it was my scape, my alternative; it provided both rebellion and peace.
I think there's an instinct to make grotesque horror films that are purely carnal, like the 'Saw' movies.
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 approach all of my movies with an open mind and a willingness to dive in and do what's asked of me.
We all appreciated a certain aesthetic, and with that appreciation came a certain stylized presence.
For the most part I pick movies based on the merit of the script, and the merit of the script only.
When I go into making a movie, personally, I don't try to bring other pieces of movies with me.
I've always lived my life the way I wanted and been honest with myself and everyone around me.
I always felt like an outcast at school. I had good friends, but none that I truly related to.
What I really love about the Playboy bunny outfit, is it's all about a woman's silhouette.
Trying to film a movie on a diet is hard enough, I can't imagine how it would be on drugs.
Even though I don't believe in God, I feel strangely compelled to fight the atheist label.
Once you start working out, you feel better and it becomes something you make time to do.
I take the sexy girl parts and try to give them something else and make them a character.
I don't label myself one way or another. I love who I love; it's the person that matters.
It's my job in Hollywood to find roles where I get to be a character not a bathing suit.
Models are just mannequins seeking validation at the hands of sleazy fashion people.
I get tickets all the time and can't stay under the speed limit. I'm bad at that.
I am a rebel, and I relate to the rebel spirit in Chenault [from the Rhum Dairy].
I think my mother realized she had a somewhat unusual daughter pretty early on.
I can sit in front of the TV and watch an old romantic film and be transfixed.
When I run on the beach, it's always in slow motion. That's just how I roll.
Everybody enjoys when a woman is her own character in a movie or otherwise.
It's rare to have even half-meaningful conversations in the film industry.
I've always been a private person and I've always valued my private life.
Every pound for a woman in the real world is seven pounds for an actress.
You feel better when you're eating food that retains nutritional value.
I'm keeping an open mind as always, because that's what you have to do.
I grew up just outside of Austin, and my upbringing was fairly rural.
It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing.
I have been in my fair share of both onscreen and off screen fights.
I come from a place where I find it hard to identify with a label.
I love my horror films and they will always be very close to me.
I'm pretty confusing. But I do have an oil rig in my back yard.
You can't respect yourself if you're afraid to be who you are.
I'm fighting for the right to get married. For other people.
I would never imagine a mate based on a certain sex or race.
I'm strong. I'm smart. I'm not a victim,' to my detriment.
I've been around responsible gun ownership my whole life.
I went to a Catholic school but did not really fit in.
I buy records - vinyl. I have a record player at home.
I am just like any other girl, a sucker for romance.
I'm a good shot and I love guns - I own several.
I was raised by my father; I was daddy's girl.
If you want to do something, you find a way.
I've got a soft spot for true individuals.
Injustice can never be stood for.
Modern cars I don't like so much.
All I've ever needed is myself.
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.
A lot of nudity in my early movies was out of necessity. When I came out to Hollywood, I didn't know anybody, I didn't have any connections. I did what a lot of people have to do in the real world, and just work up from the bottom.