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It is all that an actress can hope for. The experience was very organic. I was able to be creative. In comedies, you go for the joke, and embellish. Action films are about action. They're not about performances.


After Halle Berry does her films and Latifah does her films, it's left to all the black, Latino and Asian actresses to fight over a couple of roles. I opted for some TV. There just not a ton of work in film.


I'm a Catholic girl from Omaha, and then all of a sudden they spring this scene on me. Afterwards I had to go to confession. I said, Forgive me Father, for I have just bared my ass in front of the world. How many Hail Marys will it take to absolve me of that!" - on her strip scene in Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)


I have the Samuel Jackson mentality, of working as much as possible. I think about Halle (Berry) and (Queen) Latifah, and they are the only two black actresses that work consistently. It scares me.


Thank God for J-Lo. All of a sudden big asses are de rigueur.


I didn't want to act. I thought it was a cheesy profession--but when I was a junior, I got an internship at a modeling agency. When my internship ended, they said, 'We'd be interested in representing you.' I was like, 'If you think someone will pay me to be cheesy, sure, whatever!'


I want to be Miss USA or Miss America. I would bring the trophy back to Nebraska. My interests are agriculture and corn. Hey, I'm just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I'm having fun, I'll do it. When it stops being fun, I'll try something else. Maybe I'll open up a chain of Popeye's Chicken.- On what she'll do next


The black community in Hollywood is very small and close-knit. Everyone has a common goal: to make a two-hour movie in 30 days. We watch each others' scenes. There is a natural chemistry. You can't have a crazy diva walking around saying, As long as I'm lit well . . ." Or, "I only care if I do well."


I like directors who have worked as actors. They know the experience.


I still hear things like 'Gabrielle, you gave the best read! If we decide to go black, you're at the top of the list.' I've actually been told, 'Gabrielle, you're absolutely perfect for the role, but the role is a girl who's most popular in school.' I've been to the point where I brought in my yearbook. 'See how popular I was? It really can happen.'


I have no problem with that! I'd rather be that than Quasimodo. Or a method actor - on her status as a sex symbol


Halle's success has come more from blockbusters. But, yes, she is a source of inspiration. When she makes money, black actors make money.- On Halle Berry's success


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