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''I feel like I'm totally a good girl. My family was for sure afraid when I first started in this business that I would be corrupted by Hollywood.''
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''It was such a departure from who I am, to play [Sin City's stripper Nancy] who is such a mess. That's what you want out of a role. I was scared, I was freaked-out, I was like, 'How is this going to happen?' I'm not used to being that vulnerable.''
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''I never slept my way through Hollywood, so I never felt like I compromised. Apparently people do it, I didn't. I felt like I never compromised myself because I'm a prude. I don't know. I grew up Catholic. In my head I'm always thinking, Oh god, can my grandma see this?''
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''I was not happy when I turned 31 and 32, I was like, 'This is not good, what happened to my 20s!' But, at 33, I feel better. It feels like it's going to be a good year. I really feel like I came into my own right now.''
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''I was so afraid of being typecast because that means you have an expiration date, or at least that's how I saw it. So I've always been cognizant of that stereotyping kind of thing and being put in a box and always resisted it. And I don't know if it was always the best thing. Maybe I should have done more action, sexy stuff and less of the comedy.''
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''I've learned from all of my mistakes, just so that I don't repeat them. That's such a waste of time and I really hate wasting time.''
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''If you've gone to strip clubs, they're pretty carbon-copy. I went to all of them. It was so depressing, and it wasn't interesting, and it wasn't even fun or exciting. If you're going to watch something, I think it's important to have the larger than life element...and Frank drew that, he drew the lasso and the cowboy hat and that fantasy. You don't see that in any typical strip club, you see that in burlesque. So I just took her as doing burlesque and in the Sin City world it's called 'stripping.'''
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''When I was younger, people treated me like I was just a product or a piece of property. I was just an IP, not a person. And it would really hurt my feelings and people who I thought I had real relationships with, they'd treat me exactly as I was to them, and it would just hurt. And it didn't need to, because I didn't need to put that much on it.''
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''I never believed any of the...press or buzz or any of that. I knew it was BS and manufactured and I knew that stuff was there so people can sell you, sell you in a TV show or a magazine or whatever. I always had that perspective, ever since I was a teenager. So I never got caught up in it.''
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''[As Nancy] I dance with a whip, gun, bottle. I'm drunk in all of them, on pills, shooting a real gun. She's a mess.''
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