HOLLYWOOD is like Pittsburgh, houses on hills, cracked concrete, bars, and very few people walking the sidewalks. But instead of broad-leaf trees, rain, and brick houses, there are palm trees, adobe houses, and blue skies.
The first day in Hollywood I had to act in a film called Shoplifting from American Apparel. I didn’t have a big part. I had to basically walk around Hollywood Boulevard and say random things. It was a small crew of six people and only three cameras. I had never had any desire to act before, but someone asked me to be in the film, and it sounded exciting, so I said, “Yes.” Acting is strange because everyone is looking at you, cameras are looking at you, the director is studying everything you are doing. It is really gratifying to one’s attention needs. I don’t think I had ever had so much attention laid on me in my life. Actually before I went to Hollywood, I lost 15 pounds and put all kinds of moisturizers on my face to make it look beautiful for the camera.