I got a question today, I won`t say who, "What`s the most shocking thing about you?" I was like, "What?" Is this for a senior column in the yearbook? Senior quotes, or something? I didn`t know what to say, I was like, this is silly, what does it have to do with anything? Anyway.
You know what? This is very funny, I went to my audition for that way back when, and I called up one of my good friends and I said, "I just had this audition and it went really well," I was telling him about it and he said, "What`s it called?" I told him One Night with the King, and he said Elvis?
I feel like I`m the kind of person who knows I`m doing exactly what I should be, I know that this is the right job for me, I`m in the place I`m supposed to be.
I feel great purpose in what I`m doing.
I think what needs to happen, you can`t just pretend, you can`t just duplicate an idea, you`ve got to make it somehow you. And if it`s you, then you`re just doing, "Here`s my five-step plan to crying." I`ll do this, to do this, and then I`ll fabricate tears, or whatever the case may be.
I played one sorority girl, Sorority Girl B. That`s okay to start there, we all have those things happen, but I`m looking well beyond that. I actually just got an opportunity to read for the Coen Brother`s new film opposite Heath Ledger, and it`s a long shot at this point, but I`m just trying to break the top twenty.
Just be easy going and cool, laugh it off, I guess. I think it`s only when it`s something offensive that there`s a problem. But I haven`t experienced that, so I guess we`re OK so far.
They both work together, but my acting and my abilities are the most important thing, and they have to be my number one focus. If these guys get me into a room and that`s not my number one focus, it`s not going to even matter. It doesn`t matter if I was on a red carpet, or the cover of a magazine, if I`m not able to produce the kind of quality of acting that I want, I`m not going to get where I want to be. So that`s the most important thing, but you`re right, I have a good handle on the situation, I know where it goes, is I guess, the right way to put it.
I`m also one of these people, and this is true, when I was a little girl, I was probably four or five, we were visiting my grandmother in Luxembourg, and I decided that Christmas break that I knew what I was going to do. I wanted to be an actress, I didn`t even know what it meant at the time, besides being famous, the money and all that.
I even have a schedule for myself in which I spend X number of hours studying either material or a script I`m working on, or something I`m doing with my coach. Then I take a break, and then I`ve got things that I`m doing for myself, to better myself and to grow as an actor. Whether that be a class, or studying music, or things I do that make me better.
We`re getting a lot of very, very positive feedback right now, and welcoming of me. So it`s good, but no one`s seen the finished project yet. Who knows, I mean some movies go straight to video, and you always have that fear of that happening in the back of your mind. Even with The Bedford Diaries, with the whole show and the networks changing, we were kind of nervous for a second, like, oh my gosh, not going to come out.
(about the movie The Work and the Glory): Faith is a huge part of the story, but it`s not a story sending this whole "Go to church" message, or "Believe in Jesus Christ" message, anything like that.
It was a very small, humble film, shall we say, and it had a very niche audience, and maybe somewhere in Utah we`re big stars, but that`s as far as it goes.
I thought, maybe we ought to rename it (the movie One Night with the King) because of how it sounds.
With the Coen Brothers film, I was given the opportunity to play this trailer park girl, someone from Southern Texas, just like 15 miles from the Mexican border, and this girl literally says stuff like, "I knows you was crazy when I first saws you done setting there." Just a completely different world, and I was really proud of my team for giving me that chance to be so different than people would expect me to be. I worked very, very hard on it, and I just learned a lot in the process of preparing for that.
I want to challenge myself beyond that, I don`t want to gain fans just because they saw me in my bra and underwear. I`m working hard to be more than that, to be more than the pretty face or the hot girl.
I think the eyes are a huge part of it, because there are girls that are a lot younger than me who have been through some things I have never seen, and may look older or more mature.
I think that to really be successful you need to realize that yes, you`re an artist, you`re creative and you`re developing yourself to be all these individuals, but the bottom line is you`re a product that is being marketed. If you`re going to create a successful business or commodity you have to realize that`s another element or aspect of what you`re doing. So, it`s not the most important aspect, I think the product is definitely going to be the most important thing, but advertising and how you`re placed in the market makes a huge difference. I think a lot of younger actors maybe just don`t know about that, or don`t understand it. Or get caught up in all of the partying and all of the fame and the money and all of these other things that are a part of it, yes, but need to be handled a certain way to be a success.
I`m very driven and happy with what I`m doing so I have no reason to think I ought to be someplace else.
I think it`s one of those things where you have to feel peace about it, you know? You`re not waking up in the morning conflicted or distracted by other things. I wake up everyday and I`m completely focused on what I want to do.
I`m very lucky to be busy with the show, The Bedford Diaries, and I`m just being bombarded with auditions, which is great.
I think that one was so small, and it`s very specific, it`s not going to be something on a grand level where people are going to be like, "Oh, she did all these religious movies." And I think with One Night with the King, when it does come out we will hopefully hit a larger audience. But two things, it`s historical, it`s a story that not only hits Christianity but the Jewish faith. It kind of goes across both, it`s not just one or the other.
None of the actors were Mormon (on The Work and the Glory), I don`t really think that`s the point, necessarily.
I think there are always people like that, who end up on TV and wherever and you`re like, Wow, how did they get on there. We all have our good and our bad days, even shooting. You have a great series, but you have an off day, maybe someone watching it caught you on your worst scene of your life or day, you never know.
It`s a personal thing for me, but it`s also a team decision, it fits me more to be down the Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts road, than someone who would be in a "Maxim" magazine, or something like that.
That`s what I play on TV. Not even TV, my roles are always like, 17 to 20-year-olds, or right in there. So it`s funny, because that`s what I deal with on a daily basis.
I just knew that I wanted to make the stories on TV, I wanted to do that, I thought it would be so fun, and I had all the personality traits so it made sense. As I`ve gotten older the things that people have told me I`m good at or come easily for me have fit perfectly. So, it`s all working out so far.
We got caught up in the mix with the networks, with CW TV coming, and we were worried that they weren`t going to air all of our episodes. It`s like, "Oh no, something else that might not come out!" So, One Night with the King will come out when it does, and when that happens it will be perfect, it`ll land right when it should.
(about the movie The Work and the Glory): I think the story is more inspiring you based on this girl`s character, how she led her life and the decision she made, and why she made those decisions are definitely faith-based. But, it`s not shoving it down your throat. It`s not trying to make you do something after the film. I hope it will maybe inspire people to think twice, or...
I just got a puppy a year ago and I picked her up in Oregon, and I had to stop through Utah to get there, Salt Lake City, and I didn`t even think about it, it was a very early flight, and we were on the plane. The girl ahead of me and her boyfriend kept looking at me, and while she was hugging her boyfriend she kept looking at me over her shoulder, and I was kind of weirded out. Then she said, "Are you the girl in The Work and the Glory?" I was like, "Oh my gosh, we`re in Utah!" It totally hit me that we were on a plane full of Mormons, many who had probably seen the movie, and I just thought, "Oh my gosh, my first celebrity sighting." It wasn`t my very first one, but it was kind of funny, and I said that yeah, I was.
I think the first of them (her movies), being The Work and the Glory, it`s a very sweet, simple story, more about two kids in love and the whole Mormonism is our conflict. Can you be with this guy because he believes in this or not, kind of thing. My character goes for it at the end, because it`s a Mormon film.
My group of friends, we`re not crazy but we do have a lot of fun, but we`re not partyers or ravers or those types of folks. We all get together at each other`s house, and we watch movies, have a good time. Very easy going crew. We like to bowl a lot, we go bowling all the time. But no, they`ve been amazing, very supportive and always very excited about everything that`s happened each step of the way. So far it`s been good. They`ve been great and I`ve been blessed, and if you asked me if I like LA, I never thought I would`ve said yes, but I love it, and it`s because of them a lot more than anything else, the friends I have here and not LA itself or what LA has to offer.
I have a great group of friends, very solid. I lot of them are doing the same thing, or other things like it and are doing very well. So, everybody`s awesome so far.
I`m not going to say you don`t get upset from time to time, but you just have to take it in stride, and know that it`s all going to happen the way it`s supposed to. You`ve got to have faith.
I really believe that as individual as we all are, you can give one sentence to fifty different girls and they`re all going to be completely different on that one sentence, and it`s going to be about those producers who don`t really know what they want, and one of those people shows them what they want, or they know exactly what they want and one of those girls is that. It`s just that simple. You can`t really start going crazy about, "Is it how I look, I can do that I`m an actress, I can dye my hair," if you`re right, you`re right, and you`ll get it.
I haven`t experienced the "She`s either pretty or she can act," so far. I think that most of my situations I`ve been challenged to have to perform and absolutely be a great actress regardless of how I look. But have I experienced not having to play, we`ve had a couple of roles like that so far, but it`s mainly just a matter of opinion of the casting director to say, "Do I want to present this girl to the producer or not based on what I see." Yesterday I did something where it said the girl had downplayed natural beauty, so you go in with your hair in a pony tail and not a lot of makeup, or no makeup. I think it`s more just a matter of opinion. I think it may start to get more difficult when people start to know you with a certain look. For example, the show coming out for the WB, my character is very polished and put together, she`s pretty, that kind of good, clean cut girl. That`s great, but if I want to play something else, I have to convince them to see me that way. I think it`s more difficult later than it is at the start.