My first kiss was when I was 7, and it was scandalous because he was 10! I only did it so he would pick me on our neighborhood baseball team. And at the time, I thought it was great, but then it s*cked because he didn`t even pick me!
From a very early age, I remember thinking that adults were always acting like a**h*les. I couldn`t understand why I had to respect them. My pre-school teacher forced me to write right-handed when I was left-handed. I didn`t get why I had to change. Nobody could give me a reason. I have had a big problem with authority ever since.
My grandfather was the only Mexican at his college, the only Hispanic person at work and the only one at the all-white country club. He tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn`t speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose.
The most important thing I have learned in life was that being a teenager wasn`t forever. I had a hard time being a teenager.
My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you`re doing.
The movies that I do are usually physically demanding in one way or another. It`s a good way to keep your health on track. Especially when you`ve been on-set for 14 hours, it`s nice to relieve that stress in another way than having to rely on a big meal and wine.
Men`s magazines have nipples so why don`t women have a magazine where men show their penises? There`s Playgirl but not a fashion magazine like Elle. If there was a magazine like that I`d buy it. Nudity`s not a big deal to me . . . I`ve said I won`t go naked in any of my movies, because I don`t want to. But that doesn`t mean I don`t want to see other people strip off!
(July 2004) I just don`t have a great feeling about what we`re doing in Iraq. I don`t know why we`re there. Didn`t we just give the power back over there? Why are we still there?
(oeing raised by young parents) We all grew up together. My parents were so young. My dad hates it when I talk about our past, about not having things, living with grandma, wearing thrift-store clothes, cutting coupons.
I have my own spiritual thing, but am not part of an organized religion. I think religion is very special and individual to each person.
I just didn`t like the damsel-in-distress thing. I could relate to young girls wanting to see her take care of herself. And because I`m so good at action, I talked the writer and producer and director into throwing together a little fight sequence. It ended up taking three more weeks to shoot it. But at least I`m not tied up and asleep until my knight in shining armor comes and saves me. So I thought it was cool.
It`s porn (Good Luck Chuck (2007)). There were all these actresses who got conned into being completely naked. Some were strippers, probably. But every day when I was done, I ran away. I was like, "Bye". As long as they didn`t disrespect me, I could give a rat`s butt.
I don`t hang out with the Hollywood cool people. I`m not out trying to make friends with people because they`re famous.
It`s not always so great to be objectified but I don`t feel I have much of a choice right now. I`m young in my career. I know I have to strike when the iron is hot. I look forward to the day when I can do a small movie and act and it`s not about me wearing a bathing suit or chaps.
I wasn`t given a whole lot in my life. I was on the bottom of the class system. But I got wisdom. I never just did what people told me. I questioned everything. When I look back, it is really no surprise that I started working at 12.
(on racial stereotyping) My father is Mexican and very dark; my mother is very fair. I used to always get (script) breakdowns for things like Maria, the janitor`s daughter who hangs around with white kids. I was born in the United States. I never thought about it until the industry made me think about being a Latin girl. It seemed like such a bizarre thing.
(on growing up in L.A.) I never really belonged anywhere. I wasn`t white. I was shunned by the Latin community for not being Latin enough. My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn`t want his kids to be different.
What happens when the looks fade?. If I don`t establish myself as someone who can act a part rather than look the part, I will soon be finished.
Men are much bigger divas than women. When I used to do the action scenes in "Dark Angel" (2000) I would have to play it rough. If you hit an actress accidentally, she would usually take it on the chin and say, "Don`t do that again." But with the guys, they would put ice on it, take a 20-minute break and ask for X-rays. It was unbelievable. I would tell them, "Come on, man, get over it." That`s actors for you.
My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me. So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I did grow up in a Mexican-American culture, but my mom (who`s of French and Danish descent) was there the whole time. I mean, I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don`t speak Spanish. So, to say that I`m a Latin actress, OK, but it`s not fitting; it would be insincere. If you`re going to look genetically, I`m actually less Latin than Cameron Diaz, whose father is from Cuba. But she`s not getting called a Latin actress because she`s got blond hair and blue eyes.
One of the reasons why I chose not to be a devout Christian is because a lot of people gave me a lot of grief for just being a woman and made me feel ashamed for having a body because it tempted men. I didn`t understand what that meant because I was like, "God created this . . ." Yhat was a hard time in my life.
I don`t need to be in the press or seen. Just because I`m not in magazines or because I`m not in a movie doesn`t mean I`m going away. It just means I have some sense of integrity.
I used to come to Beverly Hills for auditions as a kid and think, "Why don`t I live here? Why don`t I drive that car?"
Living in L.A., everyone likes to mold you and change you. I don`t care about fame, I don`t care about being a celebrity. I know that`s part of the job, but I don`t feed into anyone`s idea of who I should be.
(on learning Spanish) I have a great accent because I grew up hearing it in the neighborhood. But I have no idea what I`m saying.
There is always an unspoken problem about casting Latina actresses. I have heard Jennifer Lopez talk about how it was for her, always being up for the role of the Latina chick.
Thank you to the fans. I do movies for you. Practice safe sex and drive hybrids if you can.
I love listening to Coldplay. But sometimes I listen to it too much and it depresses me. I call it a "reflective" mood.
I`m really good at being sarcastic with guys. That`s the best way to hang out with them, because that`s what guys like. They don`t want the quiet, prissy little things.
I like Spongebob Squarepants. He`s goofy, like me.