Empathy is at the heart of the actor's art. And in high school, another form of acting tookhold of me. I wanted to learn how to be appealing. So I studied the character I imagined Iwanted to be that of the generically pretty high school girl and I researched her deeply, that isto say shallowly, in Vogue, in Seventeen, and in Mademoiselle Magazines. I tried to imitate herhair, her lipstick, her lashes, the clothes of the lithesome, beautiful and generically appealinghigh school girls that I saw in those pages. I ate an apple a day, period. I peroxided my hair,ironed it straight. I demanded brand name clothes, my mother shut me down on that one. ButI did. I worked harder on this characterization really than anyone I think I've ever done since. Iworked on my giggle. I lightened it. Because I like it when it went, kind of "ehuh" and the end"eheeh", "ehaeaahaha". Because I thought it sounded child-like, and cute. This was all aboutappealing to boys and at the same time being accepted by the girls, a very tricky negotiation.Often success in one area precludes succeeding in the other.