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"You can't just wake up the next morning and be the character, it's a slow process. You have to neutralise yourself before you can become another character. I become non-opinionated, refusing to think from River's perspective, and then slowly I add characteristics and start thinking the way the character would. I play a lot of mind games with myself."
"We wanted to make it. We all wanted to be entertainers, and our parents did whatever they could to help us."
"Woody Allen was the first time I really could not figure how something could be so real. I was like "How can anything be this real, yet contrived?" That question is what makes you want to find out."
"Before I came back to America, I thought features were Kellog's commercials and cartoons. Then I saw a western and I thought that companies paid people's families money to kill them. I just believed it."
"I remember we'd roll into gas stations in our beat-up van and I'd tell the attendant - "I'm going to be an actor."
"Biggest problem was, I was terrible for commercials - I couldn't smile on cue."
"When I was old enough to realise that all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard."
"We need an extreme movement because what is happening to animals is so extreme. Some misinformed people claim that animal rights activists are terrorists, but these people are simply ignorant of who the real terrorists are - the companies and industries that torture literally billions of animals each year."
"I would get songs sung to me, like 'Old Man River,' or kids would call me Mississippi and things like that. At the time, I wished I had a name that blended in more with my surroundings. Now though, I've really learned to love it. From fifteen, I really liked it. It felt appropriate. Before that, I don't think it quite fitted me. I had to grow into it ."
"We all have our distinct things. Leaf was the family clown - very witty, very smart. Mom had to work a lot, so Rainbow was the mother and the older sister and trendsetter. Liberty was always the most physical, like an acrobat, very nimble and strong, a really beautiful girl. And Summer was the youngest, the baby of the family, with big brown eyes and blonde hair, more American-looking."
"If I have some celebrity, I hope I can use it to make a difference. The true social reward is that I can speak my mind and share my thoughts about the enviroment and civilisation itself. There's so much shit happening with people who are exploiting their positions and creating a lot of negativity."
"There's nothing more important than the earth, the sky and the water."
"If I could have been born anything - I'd be a Native American."