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• Clearly they haven’t seen it, but I guess a lot of superheroes wear capes. I only remember because I have a dog, and one Halloween I gave him a little Superman costume, and it had a cape. But poor Jean Grey –and Phoenix– never had a cape.

(About Comic books): We were more likely to be reading Tintin, personally I found comics a little confusing; I was more into novels. With a novel you simply read from left to right, but comics have all those little balloons, and I never knew where to look.

• Playing psychos is fun, they give you the license and freedom that you don’t have when you play a normal person. Because, with a psycho, there’s no limit, you can absolutely ham it up.

(What she likes about acting): There is something childish and fun about it.

(In training for her striptease scenes in 2001’s Made): I found a woman who taught me how to strip at home, in the privacy of my own environment, with nobody else watching me. That was quite an experience, because she taught me how to lap dance, and I practicd on her. It was funny.

• I’m a firm believer in taking risks in life, because you’ll never get anywhere unless you do, and the more risk involved the greater the outcome – or the worse, but you never know so you’ve got to go for it.

• Looking back, boy, has there ever been a stigma in being a Bond Girl. That’s what my mission in life is, just to prove them wrong. That’s why I have such an urge to keep going and proving that. It’s so silly. What on earth does the way you look have anything to do with whether you can act or not.

(In an interview to People Weekly magazine, July 31, 2000): I felt different born into a family with two sisters who are blonde and blue-eyed, with me being the only brunette.

• My dream is to find a guy. Someone who can tell me a different bedtime story every night.

• We’ve always been ready for female superheroes, because women want to be them, and men want to do them.

• I’ve never dated, I’ve always just had boyfriends.

• I would rather not work, than to be in a movie that nobody’s watching.

• I don’t want to be exploited. That of course, as an actress, is a real challenge, not to be exploited. So I’m just going to keep looking for as many different types of roles as I can find in different genre movies. That’s my goal, my aim. I like doing that. I’ve had a pretty varied career so far.

• I don’t even like talking about dating. It’s like having a stamp on your forehead: ‘I’m available and I’m looking’.

(on her character’s change in “X2” (aka X-Men United)): I love darkness. I am attracted to the dark side of life! I thought it was really interesting that Jean Grey went through some changes in this film.

• As long as corruption exists, human trafficking will likely flourish I`d like to give something back on an issue that matters to me.

• I love scary movies. The Shining and Don’t Look Now are two of the best.

• I love the first two X-Men movies because I thought that Bryan Singer did such a great job. He elevated that whole genre. He’s a very talented director.

• I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it’s great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished.

• I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I’ve probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It’s been an incredible ride and I love it and I’m just going to keep going and doing what I’m doing.

• It’s never been important to be a huge star or to have some breakout role. If you’re the lead, you get a lot more screen time and you get a lot more chances to develop that character more thoroughly than you would if you do it in a little supporting part.

• Just because you’re of the same sex, what difference does it make? Get married to whomever you want.

• Robert De Niro… It seemed like a pretty cool thing to do to put his name on my resume next.

• The only way to do is just to go for it, otherwise it ends up looking phoney.

• Triple tonguing? It was sort of invented. It wasn’t in the script. It was something that I came up with.

• Everybody gets typecast in movies, but you have to make wise choices. I’d say around 90 percent of movie casting is about the way you look, so you have to fight that. If producers had their way, I’d only be in action films, but I’m interested in a more varied career than that.

• I always feel like I want to do my career my own way. I never follow anybody’s path, what they’ve done.

• I don’t know how to cook and there’s so much work involved you have to buy the groceries and prepare them. I like it when people cook for me, or I’ll just order some take-out.

• I like to go from mainstream movies to more artsy films. I don’t sign on for the money. Maybe I should, but I don’t. There’s always a good reason for doing something.

• I live in New York. I don’t really particularly want to move to LA.

• You don’t ever know with films. You just hope for the best, but sometimes it’s a bit of a crapshoot.

• There’s certain things I try to avoid, as an actress, just to keep my world from being as narrow as it could be.

• The great thing I think when you do independents is that people are really there for the same reason. They’re not there because they got a lot of money and they want to just go home and get it over with. They’re there because they believe in the script or the director or the cast or whatever it is, and they want to make it work.

• The Dutch are a very practical people.

• Once you achieve a certain level of success or fame, it becomes really difficult to go against type.

• Netflix is something I watch.

• My French is still good. That’s a beautiful language and I’m happy to speak it.

• In studio films, everything has to be boxed in, everybody needs to know beforehand – this is comedy, this is sci-fi, this is drama – and what’s the point of independent film if you don’t get to experiment?

• If you do well as an actor, a good director will pick up on it, and keep it in the film.

• I’m trying to fight typecasting as hard as I can, while I have time.

• I think there’s a big misconception out there about actors and the choices they have.

• I’m 5′ 11″ as I proudly say – just so I don’t have to say six feet.

• I started as a model in Holland and Chanel took me to New York when I was 19, after which I decided to stay.

• I think every movie is its own little world, and a director certainly sets the tone.

• I personally like to do independent films.

• I love stories about two people who are doing illegal things, who we really enjoy watching despite the fact that we know they are doomed in some way.

• I look a certain way. I have a very specific kind of look.

• I like the work that I get to do.

• I keep pushing buttons and trying to grow as a person and as a filmmaker.

• I enrolled in an acting workshop and my first acting role was on the TV soap opera ‘Melrose Place.’

• I don’t watch TV.