If I weren’t an actress, I’d be: A midwife.
The three qualities that got me where I am today: Stubbornness, playfulness and strategic thinking. Also, good fortune, but I’m not sure that’s a quality.
Moment I felt I’d made it: When so many people loved [my 1993 film] True Romance, even though it was a box-office flop.
Most agonising career decision I’ve ever made: I turned down [1989 film] Last Exit to Brooklyn because I was pregnant.
Change I’d like to see in my industry: More inclusive casting and above-the-line positions for men and women of colour and all classes of people who are discriminated against. I feel like our stories are limited because of our lack of representation, and that’s unfortunate for art.
Last thing you binge-watched? [American comedy series] Baskets [starring Zach Galifianakis].
Movie with the greatest ending: Sunrise [from 1927], directed by F.W. Murnau.
On my bucket list: Morocco.
Song I’d want played at my funeral: “Cosmic Dancer,” by T. Rex.
Food I’m not ashamed to admit I love: McDonald’s French fries.
If I could live in a foreign country, it would be: Greece.
One thing I’m exceptionally good at: Napping.
One thing I’m epically bad at: Spelling.
Superhero power I’d want to have: Mind control.
The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands: Coconut oil. And I love my friend Tara Smith’s Feed the Root, which is a tingly peppermint shampoo.
The three qualities I thought I wanted in a partner: Honesty, humour, intelligence.
The three qualities I know now matter: Honesty, humour, intelligence.
Advice to a woman with a broken heart: Go easy on yourself and take your time to heal. Also, remember that something better is waiting.
This article originally appeared in the September issue of marie claire.