ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DUBBED INTO AFRIKAANS ON YOUR WEEKLY TV SERIES?
Really, I didn't know that. That's kind of exciting really.
YOU WON TWO AWARDS FOR YOUR "FAMILY" SERIES. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR FEATURE FILM ROLES? DO YOU THINK THESE HAVE BEEN THE BEST SHOWCASES THAT YOU COULD HAVE HAD?
When I read each script of what I have done I thought they were pretty good. I don't know if it's the best I could have done from TV to movies but it's what I did and I enjoyed watching them all.
WHERE DID YOU GET LULU?
Lulu has been my dog for 9 years.
WAS SHE GIVEN TO YOU AS A GIFT OR DID YOU BUY HER?
She was given to us by someone who was going to take her to the pound so I took her.
WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF YOUR BROTHERS?
Jimmy and Tommy. They are 20 and 17.
I KNOW THAT SINGING HAS BEEN ONE OF YOUR GREAT AMBITIONS. COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR EXCITEMENT AT DOING YOUR PIRATE FILM WITH CHRIS ATKINS.
I like singing. I don't think I am a great singer or anything but I do enjoy singing and think that maybe I can get better if I start taking lessons, which I am at the moment. I am excited about singing. I love to sing. Maybe that's why.
YOU ARE NOT THAT CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR VOICE?
I don't think that I am a great singer, no, but I think that I can carry a tune.
DO YOU FEEL ANY NERVOUSNESS ABOUT THIS MOVIE SINCE IT'S SOMETHING OF A DEPARTURE FOR YOU?
No. Should I? I want to do different films all the time. I don't want to have to do the same kind of things all the time. That's why I am doing it; it's different to do.
HAVE YOU BEEN TO AUSTRALIA BEFORE?
No, I had never been. I was very excited to go.
I IMAGINE THAT YOU AND YOUR BROTHER JIMMY ARE VERY CLOSE SINCE YOU HAVE WORKED TOGETHER IN THE PAST. ARE YOU STILL VERY CLOSE?
Oh, yes. We will always be close.
THERE WAS ALSO A LETTER SENT IN BY A READER CRITICIZING YOU FOR SAYING THAT YOU DIDN'T WANT TO BE A SEX SYMBOL AND YET THEY THOUGHT YOUR CLOTHES WERE SEXY. DO YOU EVER TRY TO BE SEXY?
No. There were about seven different outfits for the shoot before they decided which picture to use on the cover of US. There were seven different outfits and about 17 rolls of film taken. Out of all the outfits used they decided to go with that one instead of one of the others which were a lot better. I don't know what their reason was for putting that one on the cover. I didn't have approval of the cover. Maybe there was a misunderstanding between the interviewer and I.
THERE IS A ROMANCE THOUGH?
I have a boyfriend. I don't want to call it a romance.
DO YOU WANT TO SAY WHETHER YOU LOVE HIM OR NOT?
Of course I love him. I care about him when we are together but I don't like to exploit it by calling a romance or the new item or something like that. I don't like that to have to always talk about my personal life and have the whole world know because that's something I try to keep with me.
DO YOU LIVE AT HOME?
I live with my aunt in my own house. That's my aunt Holly and she lives downstairs. There is a whole downstairs area with its own house and the upstairs area is a separate house too. It is almost like two separate houses. It's in the Valley.
THE TRANSITION FROM TV TO MOVIES, DO YOU FIND IT MORE DIFFICULT OR MORE BORING SINCE THE TV PACE IS SO MUCH FASTER?
I don't find it different at all except that movies take more time and they seem to spend more time on doing it. That's fine because it makes it even better sometimes. I love TV too and there's no difference between either to me. I love them both.
"THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA" WAS YOUR FILM DEBUT AS A SINGER, IS THAT CORRECT?
DID YOU TAKE THE ROLE BECAUSE OF THAT?
It excited me the fact that I had a chance to sing in a film but that wasn't the reason for taking the role. The reason I took the role was because I thought it was a good part; I thought it would be enjoyable for the pubic to watch plus it did excite me the fact that I could get up and sing. I thought that would be fun.
DOES YOUR MUSIC LEAN TOWARDS COUNTRY AND WESTERN OR POP ROCK?
Pop rock more than anything else. I am not really into Country music although I enjoy the song "THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA."
HOW WAS THE LONG FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA?
Well, we stopped in Tahiti on the way and made it in two trips -- five days in Tahiti to start getting used to the time difference and then on to Australia.
YOU ARE 19 AND IN THE "GEORGIA" FILM YOU PLAY THE PART OF A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL.
At the time I was only 17 when we were filming. It's not like I just finished it yesterday and I am 19.
WOULD YOU BE MORE COMFORTABLE PLAYING THE PART OF SAY A 21-YEAR-OLD OR STICK TO YOUNGER ROLES?
I feel comfortable with things that are good. It doesn't matter what age it is as long as it is good and a good part.
DO YOU THINK YOUR LOOKS WILL ENABLE YOU TO PLAY OLDER PARTS BECAUSE YOU STILL LOOK 16 OR 17?
I can play probably from ages 15 thru 21-22. If I wanted to I could probably do it.
WHAT WILL BE YOUR AGE IN "THE PIRATES"?
ORIGINALLY YOU CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME AND I READ THAT JIMMY MADE UP WITH HIS FATHER. HAVE YOU DONE SO ALSO?
There was never any making-up to do. My father and Jimmy and I have always gotten along. Just because we were all separately very busy doesn't mean that we were with each other enough of the time. There were never any kind of problems. The Enquirer wrote up that there were always problems with my family and I but it's not true. My father and I have always gotten along; my brother and my father have always gotten along. Right now they are seeing each other even more because my brother has a lot more time to see my father. My father had lived on one side of the valley and we lived on the other side; he had his career and we had our career and at the time we didn't get to see each other a lot. We saw each other on birthdays, Christmas and plenty of times but there wasn't a lot of time and right now they are seeing a lot of each other because my brother has a lot of time but there is no mending. There was never any kind of problem to fix really.
WHAT IS YOUR FATHER'S CAREER?
He builds homes. He is a carpenter.
DID YOU SIT BACK AND PLOT A CAREER OR HAS IT JUST UNFOLDED?
I take things as they come.
DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR OR IS IT ALL SELF-PROPELLED?
I usually make the final decision but my mother and my manager do a lot of work.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MODERNIZE "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE" SINCE THE LYRICS ARE A LITTLE OLD-FASHIONED?
We are changing some of the songs. The old-fashioned Pirate tunes are all going to be the same; some of the love songs that I sing towards Frederic or that Frederic sings to me are going to be changed. I don't find it appealing to listen to opera maybe because I am young. A lot of people like opera but I don't really like it. I don't really enjoy sitting and listening to that kind of music and I thought that maybe the people going to see this movie wouldn't enjoy it as much as more contemporary music.
YOU WILL KEEP THE MUSIC THOUGH AND JUST CHANGE SOME OF THE LYRICS?
We are keeping most of the music. There are going to be some songs that are changed.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU BUY NOW AS A LUXURY THAT YOU COULDN'T AFFORD TO BUY BEFORE?
I always buy clothes.
WHAT IS YOUR FEELING NOW ABOUT YOUR WORK IN "FAMILY"? DID YOU ENJOY THE TV VERY MUCH AND DO YOU WANT TO GO BACK AND DO ANOTHER SERIES SOMEDAY?
I enjoyed doing "FAMILY." Right now I wouldn't want to do a series because it takes away too much of my own life. When I work on a film I have two months to work on it and then I can take some time off. On a series you have to work all year round so it is a little harder on you but it depends upon my career as to whether I would ever do a series again -- what kind of time I had but I wouldn't say no to it. I wouldn't say yes or no right now. It would depend on what was going on.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL HOBBIES THAT YOU AND YOUR BOYFRIEND SHARE?
We like to water ski and get tanned.
DO YOU BOTH LOVE ROLLERCOASTERS?
Yes, he loves rollercoasters too. Who doesn't like rollercoasters though?
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS AT ALL?
Sharks out in the middle of the ocean.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD?
I used to have Barbie dolls and I remember playing with them.
DO YOU FEEL THAT SOMEDAY YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED AND HAVE CHILDREN OR DO YOU FEEL THAT IS STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS?
I don't think about marriage right now. I am only 19 and I am not really thinking about marriage and kids but I am sure that within 10 years I would love to have a lot of kids and have a nice husband and live in a nice area but I probably wouldn't want to be acting a lot if I had kids. I would want to devote more of my time to them.
JODIE FOSTER TOLD US THAT SHE IS VERY STINGY WITH HER MONEY. HOW ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU LIBERAL WITH YOUR MONEY?
I work for my money, of course, everybody does. I am not a hoarder of my money and, then again, I don't spend it ridiculously. I have a good time. I do spend money and I do enjoy life, yes. I feel that why make money if you can't have a good time and spend it. What's it all about?
WHAT IS THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT THING THAT YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR OR SAID THAT YOU MUST HAVE THAT?
The most extravagant thing is probably the Jaguar that I bought. That's probably the most extravagant thing, personally, I have done with my money. When it comes to investing for good reasons that's not the most extravagant thing I have done. I don't call investing money in property extravagant; I call cars or houses or boats extravagant so the most extravagant thing I have done so far is probably to buy the Jaguar I have.
DO YOU HAVE A BODYGUARD WHO FOLLOWS YOU WHEN YOU GO PLACES?
I bring a lot of friends wherever I go so I don't need a bodyguard. I would rather have my friends than a bodyguard.
IS THERE ANOTHER ACTRESS YOU FASHION YOURSELF AFTER OR LOOK UP TO?
I look up to Jane Fonda. I look up to a lot of people; Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine. I really think that Sigourney Weaver is very good too. I haven't seen anything she has done lately but I have a feeling that she is going to be very good. I mean that she is going to be one of the hottest things. I think she is a lot like Jane. I think they should do a movie together. That's who I fancy for. When it comes to actors, I think that Robert De Niro and John Savage are the hottest guys around.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO READ? WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LIKE? HOW DO YOU LIKE TO DRESS?
I don't wear tuxedos. I did a circus show with my brother where I wore a tuxedo because we had to match each other but I don't wear tuxedos normally. I like to read scientific books; I think they are very exciting. I also like to read love stories when I do read. I don't read a lot because I am too busy to read. I don't like to sit down that long to read. I like all kinds of music. The music that is playing on the radio off and on now within the last couple of years I enjoy a lot. I like now music; I don't really like country music. I like water skiing, snow skiing and all sports really. I like Benihana's Japanese Restaurant -- that's my favorite restaurant.
OF ALL THE COUNTRIES YOU HAVE VISITED, WHICH IS THE MOST MEMORABLE?
The place I had the most fun was Hawaii. Every time I go there I have a ball. I love Hawaii, New York and LA.
IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR MOVIE THIS YEAR YOU ENJOYED THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO MENTION?
"RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK"; I saw it four times. I thought it was great.
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF GOING ON THE STAGE?
Yes. I have thought about it. I would like to but nothing has come up so far.
WERE YOU A GOOD STUDENT AT SCHOOL?
MOST ACTORS OF YOUR AGE DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE DO WITH THEIR MONEY. HOW COME YOU ARE SO INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT INVESTMENTS AND YOU HAVE THIS AWARE APPROACH?
I am just interested in knowing where the money is going. I would like it to go to safe places, good places. It actually is very exciting to learn about all the things you can do and accounting and financial business. I think it is a good thing to know. That really is why I am interested.
SO YOU DON'T WANT TO ALWAYS RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE?
Oh, no. I don't like that at all to have to rely on people.
DO YOU ALWAYS SEE YOURSELF AS BEING AN ACTRESS OR MAYBE DOING OTHER WORK LIKE DIRECTING?
I would like to direct. I know I could do that. I am also interested in hairdressing; I love to cut hair.