or else I would just act in front of the
mirror, so I actually like having an audience
being effected by stuff that Im in.
entertaining and they all happen to come
out this year and the more, the merrier.
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.
it was all about putting six people
together in one setting and watching their
evolve. In one way, we were the first "Reality"
series before Big Brother and Survivor ever
came along. Those shows
just took the concept one step further and
obviously the public has gotten very involved
enough in the beginning, I remember going
out with Schwimmer and people
came up to me and asked
me if he was on Friends.
did waitress and I was not great,
but I loved
it. I loved it because I love interacting
and I love food.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner - all those
things combined. I liked my job,
but I was a bit klutzy and forgetful.
find their real instincts. Every now and
then there's an artist
who does and who makes something new and
actually thickens the texture of life.
But it's very rare. You have to be able
to be really free
to find yourself in that way, without any
moral or religious
dont think people
are born artists;
I think it comes from a mixture of your
surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.
It is not hereditary, thank goodness.
also help me find and realise ideas.
I look for the suggestion of one image as
it relates to another. I look at hundreds
of very different,
contrasting images and I pinch details from
them, rather like people
who eat from other peoples plates.
When I paint,
I want to paint an image from my imagination,
and this image is subsequently transformed.
I was seventeen I thought
I might be a star. I'd think about all my
heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix...
I had a romantic feeling
about how these people
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yachts and private
planes and big limousines wont make
more, and it sends out terrible messages
to the people who work
for them. It would be so much better if
was spent in Africa
and its about getting a balance.
not enough to build these institutions.
We also have to change
the way people
it when people
tell you how good
you are. And that's the danger, you inhale.
Everyone will tell you you're a genius,
which you are not, and if you understand
that, you win.
usually has about a shelf life
of ten years before people
get sick of seeing you. It's a good
thing to have a job
to fall back on and I really do enjoy
I was Tom
bodyguard. They'd come up and go, "Is
it okay if I go up and ask for an autograph?"
It was good.
I'd charge 'em three
bucks a person. Yeah, you gotta make
some money off of that.
I was a young
fellow, I used to learn
the dialogue backwards.
The point is that in a conversation
between two people,
you can't have already made the decisions
about what you're gonna do. You gotta be
very light on your feet. That leads you
into areas where conversations can have
a much bigger, grander meaning.
I was a little kid, I used to really embarrass
I wouldn't do it on purpose, but they'd
have guests over from overseas. I'd be sitting
there listening to this strange way of speaking.
We had this Canadian guy who used to goldmine
in Alaska, and every now and then, he'd
go down to Australia and thaw out. I just
started doing his voice, and it must have
annoyed the hell out of people.
They'd start talking and I'd talk back to
them in their voice. They could obviously
hear that I was doing them. "I don't
you watch too much TV."
instance, I think
one shouldn't always talk about "the
government" but about the people
who are in the government. One shouldn't
always generalize. But if someone hates
us from the bottom of their heart, they
will see exactly what they want to see in
for what you want to know.
Don't say what other people
This is a conversation
that I'm having with you right now. So I'm
just telling you right now, okay, just put
your manners back in.
do it because it's fun.
I'm not a great mountain climber but things
like that excite me. I think a lot of people
are going to think that stuff is special
effects, but it's not. I'm on the mountain.
Throughout the fight scenes, when things
come dangerously close, that's all real.
just want to help
I'm a helper. For instance, I myself have
helped hundreds of people get off drugs.
In Scientology, we have the only successful
drug rehabilitation program in the world.
It's called Narconon.
haven't deliberately set out to play the
bombshell in my movies.
In fact, it's probably been quite the opposite.
After the success
of The Mask, I wasn't offered all that many
blonde bombshell parts, to be honest.
I think people
from the beginning that I could actually
walk and talk at the same time.
doing what I'm doing and I'd get out of
it if I hated
it that much. I've said it many times
before: There are much worse
in the world,
dealing with things that are phenomenally
you're constantly searching for that great
Also, being a history
buff and learning
in our past and amazing things that they've
done, I came across a book
about Howard Hughes and he was set up as
basically, the most multi-dimensional character
I could ever come across. Often, people
have tried to define him in biographies,
but no one seems to be able to categorize
it's a risk
to do a movie
of this calibre on a subject matter and
a point in history
very familiar with. It's a tough subject
- so salary-wise
you have to make sacrifices to make a certain
film happen. I would have been an idiot
to pass up the opportunity
with Mr Scorsese.
has been a lot more intense on everyone.
Not just entertainers,
as we know of, with one of our ex- presidents.
It's one of those things where people
in the public eye are put a lot more under
where my face was put on every magazine
cover around the world
and the movie
was such a phenomenon, I really had no control
over that. So for the last couple of years,
media-wise I've been trying to regain some
in what people
say about me.
growing up, I always felt that environmental
issues were constantly overlooked, and I
band together for various causes which seemed
to come and go, and it was almost like they
were going in and out of style.
is the kind of thing that when you fall
in love, you know
immediately. I love a lot of people
am a silly
person, I joke a lot and I'm very light
hearted, so I was able to go into this,
saying that I'm going to show the world
that I have a sense of humour,
that I'm not this rigid person and I'm not
about my image
and what people
are so many people
that have encouraged
and assisted my skiing through the years.
They know who they are and I hope
they know how grateful I am to them. No
single individual has been as supportive
and instrumental as my wife. Dawn has been
my biggest critic
(everyone knows how sharp she keeps here
pencil) and yet she has managed to coach
"the uncoachable". On or off the
water she has been my greatest
asset. One last thought would be that "the
family that foots together stays together".
not one of those people
you talk to who studied and loved
so and so. I loved the idea
of studying everyone. So I would go from
watching Saturday Night Live to a big deal
before cable was watching The Tonight Show
and getting so excited when there a comic
was on. It was such a big deal. I remember
watching Garry Shandling for the first time
and Jerry Seinfeld and watching their differences.
I also had a couple of Steve Martin's albums.
All of those things put together and SCTV
I guess collectively influenced
me in different kind of ways.
we have made a movie
are going to find funny
and something that can be a shared experience
for the entire family
in a way that's emotionally
as a story but also works as a comedy and
captures the spirit of the holidays
all kind of rolled into one.
has to be some kind of order and some moral
code. I don't know
can function withouta belief
in a deity.
seems to be connected with action.
keep moving. They make mistakes,
but they don't quit.
like to be in control.
I'm quite a bossy lady. But producing
is a nightmare.
It makes a lot of people
particularly when they realise the producer's
boyfriend is the star of the film.
if someone gives you a hug it's from the
heart. I've had these blokes in Hollywood
hug me trying to make out I'm their friend
and as soon as I turn their back they take
out a big bunch of knives and stab me in
the back. I feel
sorry for these people
because they are so shallow.
thought I'd become a funeral director when
I wasn't going to be an actor..
I would be good
with the grieving process and with trying
to get them to talk about and understand
who this person was.
don't think the money people
have ever thought I was normal, but I am
dedicated to my work
and that's what counts.
especially in our business,
we meet a lot of people
and sometimes you spend so much time
being nice to strangers
So, you know,
just keep a clear head [and] be nice to
These things happen all over the world
but what a great
backdrop to have Hollywood in our movie.
No, but I know people
who divorce a lot
.and have really
nice houses. But I didn't model the character
on anyone in particular. And if I did, I
would never tell the name.
are made, and disappear, over the lifetime
of a single generation. Today, a person
in essence takes his wealth from society
just for the duration of his or her lifetime.
The next generation has to create it anew.
for a fact the work
is going to dry up, and people
will get bored
of me. That's not bitterness, just the truth.
requires me to be very observant, which
means being able to sit in cafes for hours
and watch people.
think I always disappoint
because they always expect
someone very pretty, very done.
recognise you in the street and they know
you but you don't know them. It's a little
but nothing to complain about.
is the common denominator. In society
we choose to black out the traumatic things
that happen in this world
whether it be child
molestation or something else as horrific.
There is a brothel halfway across the world
in a country where they are prostituting
out five year-old girls. Do we want to face
that as a society? Do we want to acknowledge
that that exists? No we don't.
don't know. I think
more on their lives
and the problems
we were talking
about earlier that maybe we'd be living
in a better place.
I don't watch the TV
shows that are about that. I don't read
that make things up about people.
I know what the truth
is. I don't sort of indulge in my own fodder.
I don't really care what they write
it also true
to say that were in a very vain,
very appearance conscious world
on a whole?
inside the plane! I never have time
to unpack; I'm always leaving in two days
again. I travel
a lot, and at the beginning it was really
The first time I went inside a plane, I
was 15 years old and I had so much fun.
I like to travel all over the world
[about] new cultures.
Not that many people
have the opportunity
to do that.
that's what needed to win
an Oscar for me. Personally...I think there's
other things you can do to show people
that you have talent.
you kind of mix around with different
and you become different you know
what I mean? You kind of are that person
when youre in that group of people.
I just sit there and kind of observe what's
going on around me and see if other people
I know what that looks like and I don't
want to be that kind of person. It's bad
will always be interested in relationships
and infidelity and sex
and everything connecting to things going
on in their own lives.
period. LA is a difficult place to meet
people anyway, and Hollywood
is such a small community. But I don't make
it a rule
just to date other actors
and people in the entertainment
industry. It could work out with me and
a dentist. It could work out with me and
is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people
They didn't bother to find out who and what
I was. Instead they would invent a character
for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They
were obviously loving
somebody I wasn't. When they found this
out, they would blame me for disillusioning
them and fooling them.
wearing a scarf and a polo coat and no make
up and with a certain attitude
of walking, I go shopping
or just looking at people
But then you know,there will be a few teenagers
who are kind of sharp and they'll say, "Hey,
just a minute. You know who I think
that is?" And they'll start tailing
me. And I don't mind. I realize some people
want to see if you're real.The teenagers,
the little kids, their faces light up. They
say, "Gee," and they can't wait
to tell their friends.
And old people come up and say, "Wait
till I tell my wife."
their whole day.
that if you take your clothes
off, somehow you must have loose morals.
There's still a negative
in our society
who use a strength
that's inherent - their femininity - in
any way that might be considered seductive.
I tend to like slightly darker things --
have levelled that on me before and I accept
that because in my opinion, if I mention
best books, there's always something
that's involving slightly darker element
of out psyche. I like seeing people under
I like seeing what happens to people when
they're under pressure.
know, Ill get recognized when I go
for a cup of coffee. Ive been
working a lot, so I havent really
noticed things changing,
or anything different
life. Yeah, people
me, and its all very sweet and
very nice, but its not an imposition
in any way. In fact in London,
where I live, everybody leaves me alone.
Nobody recognizes me. Thats the way
Id like to keep it.
wants to understand
Why dont we try to understand the
song of a bird? Why do we love
the night, the flowers,
everything around us, without trying to
understand them? But in the case of a painting,
they have to understand.
one of those people
because of genetics. It's the truth.
fact that people
break down and cry when confronted with
shows that I can communicate
those basic human emotions..
the people who weep before my pictures are
having the same religious
I had when painting them. And if you say
you are moved only by their color
then you miss the point.
was something of a leader
in my neighborhood. Much the way it is today,
either liked me a lot, or they didn't like
me at all. In my own crowd I was very well
liked and I tended to be the kid
yourself with people
that are full of ideas,
and people that are not going to be "yes-men."
Surround yourself with smart,
think every painting
should be the same size and the same color
so they're all interchangeable
and nobody thinks
they have a better painting or a worse painting...
Besides even when the subject is different,
want the same painting.
was doing down the drain. The people
who used to magazine illustrations and the
covers were being replaced by photographers.
And when they started using photographers,
I started to show my work
with galleries. Everybody also was doing
window decoration. That led into more galleries.
I had some paintings in a window, then in
the 1960s, I think, people
forgot what emotions
were supposed to be. And I dont think
theyve ever remembered.
who buy art
now are these younger
kids who have a lot of money.
fact is that in Australia, like in England,
we have a government-run
drama program, so you´ve got people
who are seriously
their craft and have a great
That extrapolates into a great attitude
its all said and done I would like
to look back and think
that I help
to make modelling
a possibility for a greater number of people.
I dont do things that I will regret
in the future.
I tend to err on the side of caution. Not
to mention the fact that the present world
I reside in would not have been possible
without my past. I am most proud of being
able to represent my family
and community with honour and dignity.
nothing better than sitting outside on the
deck at La Bottega on a hot summer's day
surrounded by magnolia trees and white lanterns.
The range of people
who go there is just so diverse and the
range of food
on offer is a real treat.
It's the perfect place to pop in to after
was just a word that never popped into my
head. Functional, yes; fashionable,
lovely. But to hear "chic" from
Karl of all people
was beyond exciting.
just show pictures
Thats not all there is. I saw people
to survive and making it. I saw families
holding together. I saw kindness and beauty,
not just bombing and death.
I heard beautiful stories, but thats
not what the media
shows us. I want to go back live
there again some day. Its a beautiful
country and it has an amazing culture
If you are going to tell a story, tell the
story about GE
that hasn't been told is the value
of an informal place. I think it's a big
I don't think people
have ever figured out that being informal
is a big deal.
the worst thing a person does is fire
somebody. Or lay somebody off. It's the
most unpleasant moment of a leader's
That's why people
don't do it.
hang around with good
you play a lot of golf, and you have a pretty
That's what success
is all about. It's getting people you like,
who want to take the hill with you, who
want to win,
who have the passion.
This is not rocket science.
and enormously drawn to extremism by people
who had blown their lives
or who had taken their lives outside the
normal conventions of society.
kind of talks about how great '70s' movies
are and the wardrobe that we had, the feel;
you kind of can see people's
attraction to it. A lot of it was taking
a look at old Starsky
& Hutch episodes, because even though
I'd grown up, that was one of the first
cop shows that I was into.
not going to be in a movie
are being shot
which eliminates almost all roles.
I just won't do it. I don't believe
in it and I believe that the imagery
of films is very powerful,
more powerful than people give it credit
for being. And to say it's a reflection
of society is a cop-out. So it's not what
to do because I can't justify
it in terms of the way I lead my life.
dealing with millions of people
everyday, and it's very easy for something
to be misinterpreted,
so my intention is always, regardless of
what the show
is --whether it's about sibling rivalry
battering or children
-- for people to see within each show that
you are responsible
for your life,
that although there may be tragedy in your
life, there's always a possibility to triumph.
have been times
when I have been unhappy,
but I realize that I created that unhappiness
because I was so busy worrying
about the next thing. I was worried about
how I was going to fit into a certain image
that other people
had of me. But not any more. I feel
I'm back in control
of my life
now, personally and professionally.
was in the middle of a show
with some white supremacist, skinheads,
Ku Klux Klan members, and in the middle
of that show, I just had a flash, I thought,
"This is doing nobody any good, nobody."
And I had rationalized the show by saying,
need to know
that these kinds of people are out here."
I won't do it anymore.
couldn't do the kinds of shows
that I see some other people
do, I just couldn't. I've reached a level
of maturity in this work
There was a time,
when I first started
out, that it was far more exploited.