Jessica Beil Does 'Elle' June 2007

On being famous: “I can’t even go to the dry cleaner by myself anymore. You’re seen in public with anybody that you might not even know and you’re speculated about. It makes everything hard because you can’t even go to pick up a prescription without somebody trying to snap a photo of what you have in your Long Drugs bag. Thank goodness I’m a nice person.”

On still struggling to get parts she wants: “Parts that I want aren’t going to me. Like The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. I don’t want to say there’s nothing I love that I can’t have. But there’s still the occasional script that the director doesn’t want to see you for. They want that top tier of girls.”

On having “Her Moment’: “The scary thing is that if it’s ‘your moment,’ that eventually disappears. I think about reaching for ‘the moment,’ but never really achieving it. That way I’m always striving.”

On being named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ by Esquire magazine: “I thought the Esquire cover was going to be really positive for my career. But it wasn’t, really. [One director told me] ‘I’m not looking for the sexiest woman; I’m looking for the girl next door.’”

On celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday in March 2007: Someone said, ‘You have five years till 30.’ I started to think, Wow over the next five years my life could really change personally.”

On being considered ‘buff’: “This is the thinnest and the least muscular I’ve been in a long time. I’m so lean and feminine.”

On posing topless for Gear Magazine at 17: “I was all over the place. I was being a rebellious teenager.”

Source: ICYDK via Elle

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