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There are girls, people in the industry who just kind of flip through magazines and pick out guys, like, "I'm gonna date him". I could never do that. I don't think being set up works. I'm big into fate.


(On the changes that will follow her life and career after being cast as "Lois Lane" in Superman Returns (2006)): I'm ready for this. I'm just glad my 'breakout' wasn't a gigantic film. I feel solid in myself now.


I'm in love with what I do but it's not the only thing that fulfills me.


I think probably trying to please too many people. Sometimes I get so caught up in making other people happy that I just sort of forget about making myself happy and you obviously need to make yourself happy.


As an only child, you either become a loner or you learn to put yourself out there, which my parents encouraged.


I don't really get star-struck, but I do get talent struck. If I meet somebody that I think is just wildly talented and brilliant, that's when I start getting nervous.


The other day a friend called and told me they made a porn film using the title of my first movie. I guess you know you've made it when there's a porn parody of a movie you've done.


You promote your films; it's part of your job. You do the magazine covers and stuff, and then I try to live a really normal life. I definitely don't try to make it into any more craziness than it is.


(Talking about modelling her Lois Lane performance on Katharine Hepburn): I watched a lot of Hepburn (Katharine Hepburn) to prepare for Lois, particularly The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). Hepburn (Katharine Hepburn) is a great model for how I see Lois - strong but fragile.


(Talking to Conan O'Brien about the experience of living in Sydney while shooting Superman Returns (2006)) I love Sydney. I became really attached to the city while I was there. The atmosphere, culture and the people are just so amazing. I went for a cruise on the harbor, and the view of the city is one of the most amazing sights I've ever witnessed. Also, everyone there is in shape, you go to the beaches and everyone just looks so fit.


Everybody makes mistakes, including role models, so you should just learn and grow from it. Even the best role models do screw up and learn from their mistakes, and I think it is just completely unrealistic to say that role models are perfect. Personally, I think perfection is boring, and secondly, I just think that it's okay to make mistakes.


(On the experience of living with her co-stars during the filming of Blue Crush (2002)) Of course everybody had their own little thing. My worst thing was ice cream, I was so intense about that. I insisted that no one touch the Ben & Jerry's Half Baked. If they did, it was a full-out showdown.


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