Ali Larter On: Stripping, Fighting, Whipped Cream Bikinis and More
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
I'm a natural-born tomboy. Growing up, others girls wanted to dance and help their mums with the cooking. I liked to play soccer with the boys. Or I'd be off on my own, tilting mirrors towards the sun in order to burn armies of ants. That was my idea of fun.
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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