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    • Jessica: I end up doing roles where I'm afraid I'm going to embarrass myself, or fail. But then it gives you that extra hit of adrenalin, and you have to step up your game.

    • Jessica: I try not to fake anything.

    • Jessica: I always want to keep doing different things, I don't want to just concentrate on film. The most important thing for me is being an actor. Film, theatre, television- that's the career I want. Actresses have so many ups and downs, and we're not always given wonderful choices. So I always want to find great characters. If that character's on television or stage, I'm going to go there.

    • Jessica: I don't want my life to be controlled by fear, whether it's the fear of being rejected, fear of being loved; I want to run my life with open arms.

    • Jessica: I always try to play characters who are very different from what I am. If the character was a good swimmer or a diver, I'd be interested because in my real life, I am totally scared of water. I would immediately feel compelled to do it because I'm always trying to tackle any fear I have.

    • Jessica: I'm very private. We've never seen a picture of me with a beau. For me, it's about the work. I have no personal life!

    • Jessica: I think a film should be judged on the film and not on the sex of the person who directed the film.

    • Jessica: When something happens, I always check myself and know it's going to go away. So be prepared for it. This is a tough business for actors who are sensitive. If you try to hold on to things, you'll go crazy.

    • Jessica: You know, it's recently come into focus for me why I want to be an actor: It's because of the connection I feel to people.

    • Jessica: (on dealing with fame) I'll be the first unknown that everyone's going to be sick of. People will say, "We have no idea what her name is, but she is everywhere!"

    • Jessica: I was always a little awkward, a redhead, and very freckly. Kids like to make fun of people who are different. I had short red hair and wore workout boots, so I got teased really badly for having red hair and being different.

    • Jessica: I walk the dogs, I play the ukulele, I cook. I'm not a girl who goes to big parties--I'm shy.

    • Jessica: I walk the dogs, I play the ukulele, I cook. I'm not a girl who goes to big parties--I'm shy.

    • Jessica: I was the girl who cut school to go to the park, and the other kids would be smoking and drinking and I'd be reading Shakespeare.

    • Jessica: I'm not the girl at the club on the table. I'm going to be the one in the corner, quiet and so I don't call attention to myself.

    • Jessica: I love fashion. As a young girl I would always save my money to buy fashion magazines and imagine myself doing photo shoots or walking up the red carpet. All those things came true in my life although I like a more retro look than a lot of the latest designer things I get to wear. But fashion is something I love to explore and I whenever I get to go to the big fashion shows in Paris I feel so much anxiety because I'm so fascinated by the art and creativity that goes into creating beautiful clothes.

    • Jessica: My grandmother has been the biggest influence in my life when it comes to acting.

    • Jessica: I'm very sensitive in real life. I cannot not cry if someone around me is crying. I will start to cry if someone is crying, even if it's not appropriate. I have that thing in me, a weakness or sensitivity.

    • Jessica: I always say I am a realist, and my mom says, "No, you just have anxiety."

    • Jessica: There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you're acting because there's no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I've never met before.

    • Jessica: People were confused by me, and at first I was auditioning a lot for the crazy characters or the victim, someone who'd been attacked. Which is great, because usually those are the best acting roles.

    • Jessica: I don't talk about my dating life. But I will say this: in this business it's very tough to maintain a relationship because we're like gypsies - always on the move. And the more you share your relationship with the world the less special it becomes. So I always try to keep my dating life quiet.

    • Jessica: When I first moved to LA, it was very difficult. All the casting directors didn't know what to do with me, with the way I looked. I'm not blonde with tanned skin and tall and skinny. I looked very different - and they said I looked like I was from another time.

    • Jessica: I don't normally get into this, but I'm a vegan. And I try not to, well, I don't want to torture anything. I guess it's about trying to live a life where I'm not contributing to the cruelty in the world... While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.

    • Jessica: I get embarrassed really easily. I get embarrassed even when people sing me "Happy Birthday."

    • Jessica: I don't look modern. I'm not the girl that would walk into the room and everyone goes, "Oh!"

    • Jessica: (on crying during rehearsals for the roles when needed) They'll say, "Save it, save it". I tell them: "Don't worry. I have a bottomless well of tears."

    • Jessica: I don't look modern. I'm not the girl that would walk into the room and everyone goes, "Oh!"

    • Jessica: I was a difficult child because I wanted to be the mom.

    • Jessica: I don't want to be in my car all day. I love getting up in the morning in Venice and walking my dogs down to the café to get my tea, and then perhaps going to a bookstore and sitting and reading, then walking to the beach.

    • Jessica: I have a feeling that very soon I'm going to fail very, very big. I'm going to try something and everybody's going to be like, "What was she thinking?"