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It's very satisfying to put yourself in someone else's shoes and to try and feel what they might feel. What is most exciting is when the emotional and technical experiences come together, and you're able to stay in your emotional state and at the same time be thinking, "O.K., I should stand up quite slowly now because they've got to follow me, and I've got lines," or whatever. That's quite a cool feeling.
People were surprised by your singing abilities in Moulin Rouge. Would you ever consider a singing career?
SANTA ROSA, CALIF.
No. I like to play guitar, and I like to plunk away on the piano. But I wouldn't hold your breath.
You have never shied away from doing nude scenes. Now that your daughters are growing up, do you have any regrets?
Carol Gilbert, CELINA, OHIO
I have no regrets about anything I've done. I've never done a nude scene for the sake of it. There's obviously films that my children haven't seen--Trainspotting, The Pillow Book, Young Adam. But they'll see them when they're older, and I don't have many worries about that. I'm sure they'll be fine.
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