British newspaper The Daily Mail recently sat down with Ali Larter. Here are a handful of quotes, all from the mouth of this Heroes star, and all interesting to read:
You never know when you're going to have to fight or take your clothes off. So my research for Heroes has been invaluable.
I worked with a few different martial arts trainers to make myself completely believable in the fight sequences and I was amazed how gruelling it was.
The stripping was even more demanding, if anything. In one of the episodes of Heroes, I end up stripping in a bar. I thought, "If I'm going to do this I'm going to be the best goddamn stripper the world has ever seen." So I really threw myself into it. Four hours a day for a whole week I was up and down this lap-dancer's pole. By the end of it I had a new-found respect for women who do that for a living.
For my first-ever movie scene I was completely naked except for a bikini made of whipped cream (pictured). That was my first scene in Varsity Blues and I had no clue what I was supposed to do. I knew if I started crying it would be hard to stop – so I cried for seven hours solid before filming started. The scene must have worked OK because so many people remember it.
If I could have a special power in real life I'd love to fly. I seem to spend more and more time on planes these days. It would be just wonderful to be able to flap my arms and take off to wherever I needed to be.
When a door closes I always find another one to kick open. I was brought up to believe that there is no such thing as failure as long as I'm trying my best. So I've had a 'blood, guts and glory' approach through my whole life. It's enabled me to live the kind of life I want to live. No one's going to tell me no – and if you do tell me no it only gets me more fired up to prove you wrong
Ninety-nine percent of movie work is about accepting rejection. That can be hard to take and it's the reason I took a break from acting a few years ago.
For awhile, I was a grown-up kid running around Hollywood drinking lots of champagne. That was fun for a while. Then it stopped being fun and I had to get out. I was starting to feel the pressure of it, along with a disillusionment with the celebration of superficial things that Hollywood specializes in. I needed a break from it all to get some perspective.
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