Was life ever weird for you in the sense that you're an actress, but you
still went to a regular high school?
Heather: It wasnt weird, it was just different. Ive always
had a really strong awareness about myself and Ive always stayed
with people that would have positive influences upon my life. Thats
about as normal as it got. Of course being a public figure and going to
a public school is going to be a little awkward, it was pretty normal.
PZO: I understand that you had a band of your own (in high school). What
bands or artists are your biggest musical influences?
Heather: God, it was quite a range from Ani DiFranco to Lisa Loeb to Janis
Joplin to Jim Morrison to Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra.
For music, I always like to keep my mind open to it and allow it to influence
my music and what I create and what I sing.
PZO: What's the worst and best part of being an actress?
There is no worst part. The best part for me is just making people feel
and think. Making a change in the world in the most positive way. I love
when people come up to me and talk to me and tell me how a film I have
done has affected them and changed their life. It means the world to me.
For me, there is no worst part.
PZO: What kind of roles do you see yourself pursuing in the future?
Heather: A variation. God, Id love to play every kind of role. Like
a character that Angelina Jolie did in Girl, Interrupted to
playing a boozed up, sex craved teenager. I wanna play everything, I wanna
do everything. There isnt one particular role I want to be stuck
in. I want to play a lot of diverse roles, I dont want to be one
of those actors that stuck in a certain type of role. I dont want
to be the pretty girl or the weird, rebellious girl.
I wanna do everything and I will do everything.
What roles have you turned down maybe that you didnt like?
Heather: For me it always comes down to if its a good script or
not. If its a good character or could I relate to it or not. Also,
how would I make it work. One thing I wont do is get naked. Theres
a lot of scripts out there that requires nudity. Ive had scripts
that were really well written, but with nudity. Ive asked if they
could take it out and they just say no you have to do. All I can say is
no thanks. For me, I respect myself too much. I feel theres too
much gratuitous nudity out there.
PZO: Where are the weirdest places people have recognized you in?
Heather: Oh god, Ive been recognized in bathrooms. That has to be
the weirdest place because its a very awkward setting.
PZO: If you weren't acting, what would you be doing?
Heather: I really dont know. Maybe psychology because I really love
people. Maybe a social world or something that has to do with traveling.
PZO: Can you relate to the character Dawn in your movie "Welcome
to the Dollhouse"?
Heather: I think everyone can. Everyone went through that awkward stage
of adolescence and being in that weird middle ground of not knowing who
you are or what you want to be. And having people not relate to you because
they cant even relate to themselves and so they pick on those people.
I think everyone went through that point in their own life.
In your new movie, "The Princess Diaries", you co-star with
many hot, new actors. How was it on set?
Heather: It was great. It was like a family atmosphere. Between Anne Hathaway
and Robert Schwartzman (now Robert Carmine) and Mandy Moore it was a lot
of fun. It was like going away to summer camp. And working with Julie
Andrews, Hector Elizondo, and Gary Marshall, it was a lot of fun and I
learned a lot. It was just a great experience.
PZO: Any funny moments on the set?
Heather: There were a lot of little things. Were a klutzy much,
so wed fall and trip a lot. Also, when wed mess up lines and
things of that nature. Gary (Marshall, the director) kind of mumbles sometimes
so we couldnt always understand what he was saying. And wed
walk into these were directions and places. I remember this one time that
I had a banana out is what theyd call it. Its when you have
to veer to the right, then veer back, and then walk off. And I didnt
understand what Gary was saying so I just walked off to a bush and I just
stood there, on camera, waiting. Then Gary called me over and played it
back for me and you see me just standing there next to the bush. Everyone
had a good laugh out of that. Little things like that.
Who has been your favorite person to work with? Why?
Heather: Oh god, I dont have a favorite. I can tell you, for instance,
Mandy and I have become really, really close and Im very, very happy
to have worked with her. That I have acquired that friendship. The same
with Kirsten Dunst. Shes really sweet, I love her. Julie Andrews,
of course. All of the actors I have worked with I respect them and I hold
them all equally in terms of working with them.
You have been in some big movies with big time actors. Did you feel any
pressure from them? Or star stricken?
Heather: No. If I did then I wouldnt be doing my job. I give them
respect and admiration. In these types of situations I just look at them
and see that theyre just normal people.
What do you consider the biggest turnoff?
Heather: People with no humor. People who cant laugh at their own
mistakes. I hate liars. Im all about honesty.
PZO: What one store would you like to win a shopping spree for?
Heather: FAO Schwarz. Im like the biggest kid out there. I like
little dumb things like the game Bop-It. I love Bop-It,
its so great. Im like a little kid in a candy store when it
comes to toys.
PZO: Who's your favorite Scream character and why?
Heather: Id have to say Deputy Dewey. I just love that guy. Hes
just quirky and funny and cute and hes very, very smart. Theres
this really cute, vulnerability about him. Hes not small-minded,
hes just simple minded. And thats why I like him best.
PZO: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Heather: I have a new movie coming out called "Sorority Boys"
[AKA "Dog Catcher" co-starring with Barry Watson] which is going
to be hysterical and I cant wait for it to come out because Im
so, so proud of it. Right now Im just mellowing out. Im reading
some scripts and figuring out what I want to do. I took a little break
to kind of relax and unwind. In September I will be starting to work on
a couple of new things.