24 March 2000

16 questions for Leelee Sobieski at 17

TALK ABOUT BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE at the right time: Leelee Sobieski was having lunch in her school cafeteria when she was spotted by a casting agent for Interview With The Vampire. Although acting wasn't part of her grand plan (she had hoped to become a writer or painter), the 11-year-old agreed to audition for the role of Claudia. Despite losing the part to Kirsten Dunst, Sobieski was hooked. After a few cereal commercials and TV movies, she got called up to the majors, scoring parts in Jungle2Jungle, Deep Impact, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, Joan of Arc, and Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut.

And although there have been times when she was referred to as "that kid who looks like a younger Helen Hunt," Sobieski has become her own woman. She currently stars as a sensitive 17-year-old in Here On Earth, a weighty melodrama about the hopes and fears of teenage romance. She'll be seen next in My First Mister, playing a young woman whom Albert Brooks becomes smitten with. The considerable intelligence she radiates on screen showed through in the intense reflection with which she answers questions.

drDrew.com: What's your favorite thing to do when no one else is around?

Leelee Sobieski: Pick my nose!

drDrew.com: Name a guilty pleasure.

LS: Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! Ice cream is something I love. It doesn't matter if other people are there, but I actually prefer eating ice cream by myself. My favorites are Hdagen-Dazs' Dulce De Leche and Coffee.

drDrew.com: What's your greatest fear?

LS: Being stupid.

drDrew.com: Name your favorite body part.

LS: My breasts! [Laughs]

drDrew.com: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

LS: I would have, like, all knowledge like a computer chip. I would know everything.

drDrew.com: What was your worst day job?

LS: I'm only 17 and have been working as an actor since I was 11, so I don't know. I guess my two hardest film experiences were Joan of Arc and My First Mister.

drDrew.com: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

LS: Warmth.

drDrew.com: What's something you're good at that's totally useless?

LS: I like to program radios. Like car radios. I have a keychain collection, maybe that's easier.

drDrew.com: Name your favorite fictional character.

LS: I think Joan of Arc was incredible.

drDrew.com: What song best represents the soundtrack of your life?

LS: There's not one single song, but I like Massive Attack's "Lately." It has nothing to do with my life, but I just love it, it's like porno music with a beautiful voice.

drDrew.com: When you were a kid growing up, who did you imitate when you stood in front of the mirror?

LS: Scuttle the seagull from The Little Mermaid.

drDrew.com: What is your motto?

LS: It's not my motto, but I like the Cicero quote, "No one dances well soberly unless they've lost their senses."

drDrew.com: Name a book you've read recently and liked
LS: I just finished reading "Anna Karenina" and now I'm reading "Catch-22." I like both of them a lot.

drDrew.com: Name a film you've seen recently and liked.

LS: I think the last film I was really impassioned by was either All About My Mother or Boys Don't Cry.

drDrew.com: Name an album you've heard recently and liked.

LS: I've been buying a lot of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and Nina Simone.

drDrew.com: What will you remember most about the '90s?

LS: I think when I'm older I'll remember having the strangest time. So many things happened. It was just a roller coaster.

[from drDrew.com, 24 March 2000]