When we shoot 24 there are so many things I have to worry about from the script to technical things to my performance that I don’t have a second to be bored or take anything for granted. We produce 24 hours of film a season which is like making 12 movies.
When I was younger my whole sense of self-worth was based on whether or not I was working which was awful. And I had a baby at 20 years old so it wasn’t just about me. At around the age of 30 there was a stretch where I wasn’t working – certainly not on anything I liked anyway – and I started to do other things.
There’s a confidence that comes from youth and not knowing better. But there comes a point as an actor when you do know better and that is when the fear starts.
There are a lot of movies I’d like to throw away. That’s not to say that I went in with that attitude. Any film I ever started I went in with all the hope and best intentions in the world but some films just don’t work.
I think that the day you’ve figured out the differences between women and men is the day that you’re no longer attracted to women. It’s the difference that is so fantastic and frustrating and angering and really sexy.
I did a play called Throne of Straw when I was 11 at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. It became really clear to me at that point that I enjoyed acting more than any other experience I was having.
I’ve had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father – he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression thought he could be a movie star. So go figure you know?
Youth is an amazing thing: I think back on when we did The Lost Boys and I didn’t think I could do anything wrong.