a proud Latina and Im not afraid to
show it. The reason I don't normally eat
Mexican food is because it's cheap and unappetizing.
When I was young, my whole family used to
gather around the TV and watch reruns of
Chico and the Man. That show first showed
me how much better it was to be American.
was never accepted into the Latin community
as a Latina girl, and I was never accepted
into the white community as an all-American
girl. Hopefully, I can be an example to
other people who feel like outcasts.
one thing I like about America - they respect
the sportsman. They put them up on a pedestal.
They don't try to knock them down. And that's
a great thing, to be respected by the whole
country. It's so patriotic!
never go bankrupt. You won't see JetBlue
go bankrupt, or Southwest. The American
airline industry, unlike almost any other
American industry, has never taken quality
on board.... The public
cares, but airlines act like they don't.
Airlines never really go bust. They screw
their creditors. They screw their shareholders.
You don't get rid of the dead wood. The
inefficient airline lives on. In England,
you're either alive or you're dead.
And, when you're dead, young,
efficient new airlines can rise up. How
many hospitals could have been built with
that has been shoveled into inefficient
airlines? How many oil refineries? Probably
as many as we need.
can't beat anyone anymore.
expectations are probably bigger in Europe
than they are in America,
largely because it was bigger hit here than
in the States. That said, there's a huge
push behind the film,
and everyone involved is on tenter hooks
to see how it does.
turned down three films
during the making of Gangs of New
York, so I know there is a lot riding
on this for me. There were a lot of phone
calls, meetings, faxes and cancellations.
But that is the price of being able to stay
on a film like this and try and take on
would like to believe
that I would be pretty much the same kind
of person as I am now. I've tried not to
have the kind of life
where I'm only going to parties
or living a very opulent lifestyle. People
won't believe me, but I live very simply,
I wear very casual clothes, and if you wouldn't
see my picture in magazines
or in films,
I would just be another California
girl sitting at a café or walking
along the beach.
like to travel
abroad, I just don't really like the food.
food is the best.
of myself as either American
or Australian really, I'm a true hybrid.
It's a good
thing for me because both of them are really
of a sudden I had a baby, because it went
really quick. It was like, 'Oh! I have a
So, it's great.
I'm just having a great
with my children. They're here in New
York with me.
am not sure that many people in America
like Bill Gates.
a couple of days before my 18th birthday,
and made sure I was in London
it. There's no point having an 18th birthday
it doesn't mean anything as you can't go
out and drink!
thing was - and I am very grateful for this
- there was a lot of travelling
and I got to see some great places - Milan,
Rome, London, a lot of the rest of Europe.
And I appreciated
that - I was being
paid to do something that I would never
otherwise have done. I loved
coming over here for the first time - seeing
all the history.
The thing is that in America
we've got history, but it's basically not
even a scratch on the table, compared to
what you've all got!
was in my second year when someone said
that there was a competition
going to win
contract and a trip to New
York, and I thought
bit of fun......why not?'
little of that's me. Very, very little.
I thought the dialogue's
in it. I liked the way he spoke.
He had a sense of irony, which you don't
get in all American
I liked the levels within him, you know
a working class Englishman
saw a bloke drive past in a Rolls-Royce,
he'd say to himself "Come the social
revolution and we'll take that away from
you, mate". Whereas if his American
counterpart saw a bloke drive past in a
Cadillac he'd say "One day I'm going
to own one of those". To my way of
the first attitude
The latter is right.
say I'm a coal miner. Now, that's a tough
you go into the mines, you don't get that
all day long, and after 20 years you catch
black lung disease. If I were a coal miner
and if I didn't like it, I'd pick up a newspaper
and say, 'What area of the country is doing
Is it Seattle? Is it New
York City?' I'd get my ass moving to
that area and I'd get a job that I like
not going to run for governor
because I'm having too much fun
doing what I'm doing now. I'm the largest
builder in New
York, I'm building things all over the
country, I have one of the top shows on
It's a little hard
to leave all of that.
have made the tough
always with an eye toward the bottom line.
Perhaps it's time
was run like a business.
you could be almost as famous
as Charles Manson. Is there any similarity
between you at the Factory and Jesus
at the Last Supper?
language just like I love all American
things. But I confesse that I don't feel
using complex sentences or big words, hence
my famous minimally expressive
style - all the "gees" and laconic
to interviewers. Most of all, I have developed
as an art
been busy since I started
- since I was a working artist.
If I wasn't showing in New
York I was doing work in Germany, or
I was doing portraits.
Australia and England
we're very much influenced
by the American
We've been watching American movies
to American music
since we were teeny little kids.
I came to America
there was so much promise
stuff and I thought,
I've got it made here. I'm going to kick