I didn't want to become an actress because the competition with my mother would have been to much to live up to.
I am much more radical in my beliefs than my products represent me to be.
These same people seem to forget that mother also took a lot of chances with the type of roles she played.
In America, they are paranoid about ruining the reputations of people once they are dead and cannot answer back. They have this fascination which to me seems cruel and morbid. I do not want any part of it.
I like to extend myself as an actress and David really helped me.
But my mother loved The Elephant Man, and my father gave David Lynch a scholarship to study in Rome.
A lot of the advertisement is done by saying: first of all, have a complex about who you are.
When David left me I became totally brokenhearted.
There is this idea that you have to play heroines or women who succeed.
I am now at an age when they wanted me to play her mother.
Although Dorothy in Blue Velvet was humiliated and hurt by men, basically I could react to how she felt.
But I don't really see myself as a role model. I'm not a dictator, or someone who wants to be adored!
Taking my clothes off for a film doesn't come naturally to me, but once I had agreed to accept the role I knew I must go through with it.
If we are completely honest with ourselves, everyone has a dark side to their personalities.