"It's really fun to act like a bimbo. But it's fun to act like a bimbo only when people know that you really aren't one."
"I get so protective of David (Lynch), like an older sister or something, which is so absurd. He's not waiting for us to get the movie because he doesn't think the cinema is about 'getting it'. I think he believes - which I've found very rare in filmmakers - in the intelligence of the audience, that they're intelligent enough to discover the film and what it means within themselves."
My mother opened a bank account for me when I made $60 on my first day of work as an extra. She's that kind of mother.
Luckily, I was raised by people who'd already seen all the yuck stuff, which is why they originally didn't want me to act. I understood the difference between getting a part at a Hollywood party and getting a job.
I made a commitment to myself; that I wanted to be an actress, and I wanted to do films that make a difference. It has to move people.
It's a strange world, as David Lynch would say.
It's always been a desire of mine to work with my parents.
Wild at Heart made a few people angry-they thought I was exploiting women by showing that when a woman says no she really means yes.
There's something so accessible about heroes who have faults.
What do you say when someone has truly inspired you? How do you express to an artist how deeply their work has affected you?
I'm interested in flawed protagonists. I was raised on them.
I've always loved film more than theater.
The really courageous and bold thing is to make movies about human behaviour.
I wanted to go to Jupiter. That was my plan from day one, and David Lynch gave me the ticket.
I really don't consider myself to be a conventional Hollywood star. I've never really been marketed by the big studios to do mass market box office films.
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