I used to practice Tony speeches in my bathroom with my hairbrush.
I’ve always felt that I am a better actress when I’m singing than I am when I am just speaking. I think it’s because I’m more comfortable singing. What I am trying to do as an actress is to bring that abandonment that I find in singing, in line with the choices that I make as an actress. I don’t judge myself as much while I’m singing as I do while I’m acting.
“When I was eight, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y.’ When at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings; I decided that I was a feminist.”