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I was in Jersey when the whole World Trade Center thing happened and I felt powerless. So, I went to Hawaii and did a surf movie. It's kind of fluffy.
I was born in Texas and I lived there 'till I was 8. Then I moved to the Dominican Republic with my mom, lived there for two years and forgot every word of English I knew.
Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic.
You can keep knocking me down forever, I'll keep getting up and trying.
The more confidence you have in yourself and the more you believe that you are destined to do what you are gonna do, it will happen.
When I was about, I'd say, 18 or 19 years old, I wanted to be a part of the CIA just because they know those intimate secrets... So I was just always into knowing. I like to know things.
My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like I wont be satisfied unless I know how to use it.
I'm stubborn. I'm hardheaded. I don't do what I don't want to do.
I do what I want, when I want, how I want, and because of that, it has taken me so long to grow into an adult human being.
I knew nothing about the independent film industry. I didn't know much about the industry itself. All I knew was how to watch movies, how to enjoy them, how to hate them, how not to like them.
I would like to see a fierce Fantasia mixed with Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars all in one. That's the kind of movies I want to make.
I am looking forward to seeing my buddy Colin represent in front of Pacino. That's sweet.
The whole surf culture is starting to embrace women a lot more.
I wish that something interesting would come across the desk. I'm bored by what people think is interesting.
At school, I was this tomboy kid who just loved to hang out with her friends and learn curse words, trying to fit in with the cool kids and defending all the kids who got picked on.
When I am scared of something, I run towards it, instead of away from it.
I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.
I trained with an ex-Navy Seal. We shot a lot of guns. Real bullets... I underwent commando training.
Basically I was a rebel growing up. I got kicked out of six schools. But I don't think that it makes you less of an intellect. You know, if you ever crave knowledge, there's always a library.
The Dewey decimal system really works. So that's all I needed to know. Elementary school taught me that.
I enjoy vanity . But I can't stick to any of that lifestyle for too long because, when its true colors come out, it's empty and cold and soulless.
Sometimes I wake up in awe that I'm alive. I can't get over that part, so I guess it makes me kind of like an existentialist.
There's something about strength that I really admire, that I failed to see a lot of when I was growing up.
I think empathy is a beautiful thing. I think that's the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man.
The way I survived growing up in Jersey City was by being funny. It wasn't by being tough. Nobody thought of me as a tough kid, except for the kids I beat up.
I don't have an agent. The only work I get is through friendships that I've already built.
The best part of making the movies... learning from the pros themselves.
I'm a video game fan. I played them before I became an actress.
I just loved storytelling. That's what I thought I would end up doing. I thought I would probably go to school and end up writing for a magazine or something.
I don't see the point of marriage. But when I need my love, I get my love.
My dad was more, "Let's play chess. Read a book, you're stupid." He's more the intellectual type.
Until they come up with an independent woman who's on an adventure of her own, I don't think I'm interested.
Milla Jovovich introduced me to [anthropologist and author of the Don Juan series of books involving shamanic peyote rituals] Carlos Castaneda because I was all into the hallucinogens for a minute.
Berlin is liberation. Architecture, man!
I also love the makers of South Park, because they're political, strong, and they're making all of these comments that would get you shot for if you did it in a drama.
I used to go over to my friend's house and we'd watch VCR tapes, three of them a day, and I was like, "I could come up with better stories than this." And I've wanted to write films ever since.
I had older brothers who would pick on me, and injustice always boiled my blood.
The only place that I'd be worried about being typecast is the independent film world.
I'm always researching ancient religions, and I was also raised Jehovah's Witness, so that kind of scarred me for life.
There's only a handful of directors who really understand what I call the alchemical balance between a man and a woman, in a woman's body, which most people consider the strong woman character.
I thought about making movies. It hit me when I was about 14, 15 years old.
I just never felt like I belonged anywhere. I always had a stick with a little knapsack attached.
Sometimes I'd knock on the door of somebody I was going to school with, so it was like living a double life.
Growing up in Jersey City was interesting. I got to learn a lot about different cultures: I had Hindu friends, Middle Eastern friends, black friends, Spanish friends.
Guys are so predictable. They can't seem to separate fantasy from reality, so I get a lot of bikers and race car drivers hitting on me. They're all just playboys, so they don't interest me.
I've never really been about looking good - I'm just bad at that stuff.
I don't have much history - I've got Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno. That's it. That's the history of Latin women in Hollywood, really.
People don't like talking about it, but if you're Spanish, you feel a weight.
Going to car racing school was phenomenal.
I went to business school but left after four months because I just didn't want to be a puppet of society, stuck in an office, craving some sunlight.