I fell into this business by accident. It wasn’t something I ever aspired to be: an actress. It just happened. It has evolved into an insane passion…a creative outlet. But nothing more. It’s my hobby… one of the ways I express myself as an artist. And the day it becomes a job… a career… I will quit.
Don’t start acting because it is the cool thing to do or because you want to be famous. Start acting if you feel that is what’s right for you. Start acting if you believe in your heart that you are a good actor. You also need to be dedicated, otherwise you won’t get anywhere.
All it takes is to pick up that one piece of trash you pass everyday on your way to work. Or to turn the water faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth from afar. Or to compost. Or to buy 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Or to utilize vintage stores and secondhand markets. Or to fully devote yourself to only buying vegetables from local sources. It is remarkably easy to incorporate sustainable choices into our everyday, busy lives.
They have a 45 miles per hour minimum because people go too slow. Back in L.A., I was like, ‘Slow down, you guys!’
On her experience filming ‘The Descendants’ in Hawaii
I don’t have a plan. I’m not strategizing my next move until a movie comes along that really fuels my soul.
We lived on the Lower East Side, halfway through, we ended up breaking up. He moved back to California and I stayed for the rest of the time by myself. I worked full time at American Apparel and had a ball.
On traveling from Los Angeles to New York with her boyfriend
I came into my own there, it was the one experience in my young adult life that grounded and centered me.
On filming in Hawaii
I’m fine with saying the normal ‘F’ and ‘C’ words, but famous and celebrity are off-limits in my book, I just think they are nasty words, unless you’re George Clooney or a few other select people.
I think as human beings and artists, they are three of the most incredible people in this industry. I would love to meet them under the right circumstance so I could tell them how great they all are. O
On Natalie Portman, James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
I don’t buy meat from Whole Foods, I order it direct from a farm. I mean, I’m like extremist.
I had never been to Hawaii before, and the second I landed there I was like, this is home, this is me. My body’s from L.A., but my heart is from Hawaii. I’ve been there so many times since filming and established such phenomenal friends there, and the islands have this incredible energy that’s not really tangible.
I think everyone has a pain and a bitch in them. I don’t often use that side of myself because I really don’t have reason to, but the reason I don’t get bummed when I don’t book a role is because every character is written for a certain person, and you never know who that person is until they show up.
In my free time, I almost exclusively wear casual clothes like jeans and t-shirts: anything comfortable and no couture. It’d be impossible to climb trees wearing heels and evening gowns!
Every now and then a freshman would yell ‘Amy’ across the quad, but someone would yell back ‘Shut up, freshman.’
On being recognized at school
I was never very rebellious. I never did things to rebel against society, or against my parents, but I did think I knew everything. I thought I knew it all and had it all figured out, and that was it. Then, one day, I woke up and realized I was a dot in this universe, and that quickly dissipated.
The thing about George Clooney is that you never hear about him being a very philanthropic man. You hear little bits of sweet things that he does, but you don’t hear a lot about it. I have never met a more generous, philanthropic human being, in my entire life. He will do anything for you. There are small things that he does on a daily basis, for anyone and everyone, that just blew me away. He’s so incredibly down-to-earth.
Nothing really attracts me to this industry, to be perfectly honest. I look at acting as an art, and that’s all it is for me. It’s just fun. I’ve been doing it since I was young because I wanted to, not because my parents wanted me to.
Every teenager has their own path and I guess issues are relative, because your issue is what you make it out to be and what you know, what your range of consciousness allows.
Lana del Rey—I think she’s amazing. Foster the People is pretty great. And Bon Iver—I know his music is really slow, but for some reason it’s inspiring. He makes me want to keep going when I’m working out. (On her favorite artists)
I’ve taken acting classes my whole life, and I always say I’ve never learned anything about acting in acting classes, but I’ve learned more about myself than I could ever imagine.
I love the art of acting, but I couldn’t care less about film really, or the materialistic side of the industry, money or fame – I just love being on a film set.
People seemed surprised that I didn’t find going from TV to film difficult, but I just saw it as an opportunity to try something different – regardless what medium, it’s still acting. It was an easy transition, like going from middle school to high school.