In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress that doesn’t have anorexia rumors! I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I’m invincible. I don’t want little girls to be like “Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!”.
I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal.
I never felt like I completely, 100% understood something so well as acting.
The miserable ones are the ones where all the girls auditioning are in the same room. There’s no talking in those rooms. I’ve tried. Yesterday, I had to do an interview. I was in a horrible mood. I couldn’t think of basic words. I could see my publicist in the background, mouthing things to say. They want you to be likable all the time, and I’m just not.
Where are the Robert Redfords and Paul Newmans of my age group? I love James Franco, but where’s the next James Franco? Where are the hunks who can act?
It’s always been about the script and the director, for me. There are directors that I want to work with and that I admire. You can love a script, but if it doesn’t have a good director, it won’t be that. I like to adapt to a director’s way of working. I love doing that. Each director is so different, and you have to adapt to this new way of doing something. That’s what’s amazing to me. That’s why I love directors. I don’t want the director to have to work around me. I think it’s more fun for me to come in on their thing.
To you it looks emotionally straining, but I don’t get emotionally drained, because I don’t invest any of my real emotions. I don’t take any of my characters’ pain home with me, I don’t even take it to craft services. I’ve never been through anything that my characters have been through. And I can’t go around looking for roles that are exactly like my life. So I just use my imagination. If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part better, I had to lose a little bit of my sanity, I wouldn’t do it. I would just do comedies.
Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like “How can you remain with a level head?”. And I’m like “Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.”.
There are actresses who build themselves, and then there are actresses who are built by others. I want to build myself.
I’d like to direct at some point. But I don’t know because 10 years ago I would have never imagined that I’d be here. So in 10 years from now, I might be running a rodeo.
I look at Kristen Stewart now and I think, “I’d never want to be that famous.” I can’t imagine how I’d feel if all of a sudden my life was pandemonium.
I’m doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can’t stand it when actors complain.
I hate saying, “I like exercising.” I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like “Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.” I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?
I always felt dumber than everybody else (in school). I hated it. I hated being inside. I hated being behind a desk. School just kind of killed me.
I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds… I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.
I like when things are hard; I’m very competitive. If something seems difficult or impossible, it interests me.
I think it gets so much easier to let things roll off your back. It’s such a business of hurry up and wait, and if you let it get to you it will drive you absolutely insane. Like “Why was I called in at four in the morning and I haven’t been used until one in the afternoon?”. And “Why are we shooting this a million times when we have five other scenes to shoot?”. But you get to the point where you just say “This is filmmaking. This is what you get paid for. Everybody is doing the best they can. It’s what you have to live with.”.
Don’t worry about the bitches – that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life.
My parents saw me so truly happy that they sacrificed everything for my happiness. Without my family, I would be nothing.
I have this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to play. I worry about them – if someone else gets the part, I’m afraid they won’t do it right; they’ll make the character a victim or they’ll make her a villain or they’ll just get it wrong somehow. … When I get like that, anything’s possible.
When I first got to New York, my feet hit the sidewalk and you’d have thought I was born and raised there. I took over that town. None of my friends took me seriously. I came home and announced, “I’m going to move to New York,” and they were like “Okay.” Then when I did, they kept waiting for me to fail and come back. But I knew I wouldn’t. I was like “I’ll show you.”.
I never play characters that are like me because I’m a boring person. I wouldn’t want to see me in a movie.
Maybe one day, I’ll turn into an asshole. But there are too many out there already.