One of the qualities people admire in you is that you always tell
it like it is. Where did that come from?
Growing up, I pretty much had a life that was about lies. I watched my father, who died
when I was 13, be destroyed and a family be destroyed because everybody was lying. So,
I think by the time I was 13, I was committed to trying something new--and that was
telling the truth.
You've taken an unconventional path to mainstream success by
avoiding just the pretty-girl roles
Right, and that's a big risk. As a result, I think it has taken a little longer for
people to catch on to me. Celebrity and stardom wasn't what I was working toward.
I wanted to create a journey in each character, and not a lot of movies give you an
opportunity for that. But I made up my mind that I wasn't going to keep playing just
the blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl everyone was comfortable watching. Now, I'm being
completely rewarded for it.
People ask,'So when did you decide to become an actress?'
I always say, I never decided at all. There were always so many things - writing, dancing,
singing, politics. Our family never had enough money, so all the kids started working to
help out. I got a job at a dinner theater when I was twelve. I always liked playing
different people,making a fool of myself. This is what I'm doing now, but I'm, constantly
changing. I could be a farmer,raise lots of animals, and have a hell of a time doing it."
JANN CARL: With all the headlines and with all the rumors, how
do you stay focused on the work?
Anne: I don't read them. I pay no attention to what's going on in the tabloids.
Absolutely zero.People whisper stuff to me once in a while, or will say something,
I have no idea. I don't pay attention, it doesn't matter to me. People are going to do
it no matter what happens. I live my life, I live it truthfully, I do what I need to do
for myself, I take care of myself. My work is my work, my play is my play. It's not
anything that influences my life, whatsoever.
Women.com: Did you ever consider lying about falling in love
Heche: I'm always honest, whether I'm in the limelight or not. I made a very conscious
decision not to change that. I like being honest. It's easier that way because I don't
have to remember what lies I told.
Women.com: Do you consider yourself courageous?
Heche: Heche: I don't think of what I did and do as courageous. It's just who I am.
Women.com: What words would you use to describe yourself?
Heche: Honest. Fearless. Ambitious. Part of my ambition is doing as many things as I can.
I don't want to get stuck any rut. Even on the soap opera [Another World] I played twins.
It doesn't work as well for becoming a movie star. But for creating a body of work and
wanting to explore all sides of myself, it's worked really well.
Women.com: Is it hard living a normal life as a public figure?
Heche: The whole thing about fame is kind of hilarious. For famous people, Notting Hill
was so great. Julia Roberts's character talks about if you're seen together -- like when I
was seen with Ellen -- that picture will last for a lifetime. Hugh Grant says,
"The newspaper gets discarded," and Julia says, "No, no, no, you don't understand.
Everything I do will be pulled up for the rest of my life." I know that to be true.
She also says, "Fame is not reality," and it's not. But you have to deal with it.
I'm surprised every time someone knows who I am.