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[on working as an actor] I've realized that as an actor you have to just keep working really hard and studying your craft. I think I thought maybe things would be easier after the first Academy Award, that I would get better job opportunities, but then you really realize that there's not a whole lot of great quality out there, for women especially. It's not just something that women say; it's the...
She won the lead role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry
(1999) after hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. She told director Kimberly Peirce
that, like her character, she was also 21 and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she winningly responded: "But that's what Brandon ...
Frequently portrays women who attempt to achieve their goals in life despite the odds and obstacles that get in their way.