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Acting
• “I started to do this at age 11. At age 20, I might say, this is enough.”
• “When I’m working they pretty much treat me like an adult, but then when there’s a break everyone else goes to their trailers and drinks beer and I like, go to school.”
• “I don’t know if acting is what I want to do for the rest of my life, it’s just what I’ve, you know, ended up doing when I was little, and I’ve kinda grown up with it.”
• “There’s so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life.”
• “Danny [Aiello] told me: ‘Don’t do televisio’.”
•´”There is a lot lacking on the intellectual side and on the values side when being an actor.” (Seventeen, November 1999)
• “I’m not planning to be an actress as an adult, I’m planning other things for my future.” Source: Venice Magazine July 1995
• “I don’t think I’d be able to deal with just acting, because I don’t know if you get to use your brain that much. You do, for certain roles, but not most. Acting is more of a hobby for me.”
• “There’s a big intellectual aspect that’s kind of lacking, ” she says of acting in films.
• “I didn’t have this undying need to be an actress. I didn’t have that fire in me ever — at any point. And still, I don’t think I have that within me.”

Films and Media
• (On Lolita) “I don’t think there needs to be a movie out where a child has sex with an adult.”
• (On Lolita) “I think there’s enough exploitation out there that it’s not nescessary to do more.”
• (On Lolita) “Let me tell you, this movie’s going to be sleaze.”
• “Young actors often don’t think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarassing family, friends, and even strangers.”
• (On violence in the media) “We live in a violent world, but since the success of films like Pulp Fiction (1994), it seems every movie has some violence in it, and it’s now being used as a form of comedy-audiences are now being encouraged to laugh when people get their heads blown off. I just don’t like hearing people laugh at violence.”
• “It’s horrible to be a sex object at any age, but at least when you’re an adult you can make the decision if you want to degrade yourself.”
• “I don’t go wagging my boobs around in people’s faces” – Rolling Stone (USA) June, 2002
• “I couldn’t be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn’t be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much.”

Heritage
• “My contemporaries in Israel have a love for life that’s amazing. There, there is not the luxurious and rich existence of material goods of Hollywood films, every day they struggle to survive, but they still have an enthusiasm difficult to find elsewhere.”
• “My grandfather was a Polish Jew and a socialist, and as a youngster he helped to organize special camps to teach agriculture to all the young men that where moving to Israel, where in 1930, they created the first kibbutz.”

Herself, Health & Relationships
• “I was in a relationship recently with someone who yelled at me for being too much in my head, you know? He said I was thinking too much about everything”.
• “I usually run three or four times a week now. Pretty boring, but it’s so worth is. It’s done wonders for my mood”.
• “I basically have a little boy’s body. They tell me, ‘OK, this is where we’re going to push up your cleavage,’ and I’m like, ‘What cleavage?’”
• (on traveling through Morocco with a guide and sleeping in tents) “They knew that I am Israeli, and yet they still opened the doors of their houses for me, offering me tea, they all were nice and hospitable.”
• “As I look back on it, I’m glad that I had this false image. I was who everyone else – my parents, my friends, society – wanted me to be. I was a pleaser, someone who wanted to make everyone happy, to not let anyone down. Now, I’m not like that.”
• “I’m pretty much a boring Goody Two-shoes. I’ve definitely gotten drunk before, I don’t think it’s possible to go through college without getting drunk, but I don’t really like it at all. I actually tried my first cigarette last year at school. I just figured, if many people are smoking, there must be something to it, and before I pooh-pooh it I should at least know what it’s about. I took one puff and I was like, OK, I was right. There’s nothing to it. They’re just wrong, it’s disgusting.”

Miscellaneous
• “Cute is when a person’s personality shines through their looks. Like in the way they walk, every time you see them you just want to run up and hug them.”
• “I’ve never tried smoking. I don’t drink. I’ve never tried drugs.” (Australian Dolly August 2000)
• “Politics is easy to segue into from acting. I’m very interested in it, though I would never run for office. But after this, anything I do is going to seem very bizarre to me.” (Interview October 1999)
• Told the November 1999 issue of Mademoiselle magazine that she wished she knew David Letterman because, “He seems to be so smart, but you never get to hang out with him after the show.”
• When asked by German Cosmopolitan (3/00) if she would like having herself as a daughter she rolled her eyes and [jokingly] replied, “Well of course. I am a good person, nice, smart, witty, trustworthy, know nice people, don’t do drugs and earn a lot of money.” [German Cosmopolitan March 2000]
• On what she likes about her parents: “They have made it quite clear that they believe I can be great. Had my parents expected less of me, I would not be the person I am now. And I am very happy with myself.” [German Cosmopolitan March 2000]
• When asked about her prom dress: “A designer is going to give me something to wear. It’s the most amazing perk I have.” [1999]

School & Career
• “I also feel I’m a positive role model by not putting my education on hold.”
• “I want to use college to explore what other careers I might be interested in.”
• (On acting) “I’m taking it day by day. Right now I like acting, but if something else sparks my interest in college, I’ll do that. It’s so limiting to say, this is it for the rest of my life. There are so many things that interest me – I love math, science, literature, languages.”
• “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” [said in 1994]
• “I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults.”
• “No, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I love acting, but I don’t know if there’s something out there that I love more. That’s what college is going to be about for me – checking things out.” (Interview October 1999)
• When asked by Seventeen magazine what advice she had for teenagers going off to college she said, “I would say practicing laundry. It’s so hard.” (November 1999)
• “Right now I supplement that through being in school. I’m not sure I’d be happy if I was just acting. I haven’t explored a lot of other avenues. Hopefully I’ll figure it out by the end of school, so I know what I want to do with my life.”
• “I don’t really know if acting would have ultimately become my passion as an adult, or if there’s something else I would have found had I not been in the pizza shop. That’s what college is helping me investigate.”
• “I’m ready to ditch the movies and keep at the books. There are so many other things, and it would feel limiting to say, ‘Acting is it for me.’… I love psychology. That’s what I’m studying right now. It would probably be difficult, because of my current occupation, to become a clinical psychologist, but I could certainly do research. And I’d like to have a family someday, too.”
• “I’ve wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, a vet – these are things I’ve said in interviews. Before that, I wanted to be a mermaid and a fairy”.
• “At college I began to do research for a professor and so I became part of the organization promoted by the Queen of Jordon: the Foundation for International Community Assistance. That offers microcredits, offering small loans of money to women who want to start their own businesses. The interest is very low and the results are extraordinary.”