Juliette Lewis: You Ask The Questions

How would you like to come back if you were reincarnated? And have you acquired any groupies yet?
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What's the worst thing about being the only female in a rock band?

It's absolutely great being the only woman in this band! We have played some really crazy gigs in Berlin and Sweden to great crowds - it feels amazing to be up there on stage. I get to feel really sexy, and I get to hang around with really cute guys who rock! Being the only woman doesn't affect me at all. I love everything about it.

Of all the movie roles you have played and the movies you have starred in, which are your favourites?

I have to say the film is The Other Sister, because that was the hardest role I have ever had to play. I was playing someone who was mentally handicapped, which made it really hard to get into character. How to play my character scared me, so I felt really proud when it was finished. I thought it was a great movie. And then Cape Fear was also very solid. I was 18 when I made that movie; everybody thinks I was younger because I was playing young.

You dropped put of high school when you were 15. Do you regret that?

No, I don't. It's not for everyone, but it worked pretty well for me. I learnt all I needed to from high school before I finished. The public-school system in America isn't actually all that great. And I'm doing what I always wanted to do in life, so it's pretty good. But you never stop learning, and I'm still always learning, so I don't feel like I missed out.

Do you believe in reincarnation? If so, who or what would you like to come back as?

I guess I would come back as another human being, but I've no idea who. I can't see myself as any other animal. If I had to be someone from the past I'd probably be Hercules, just to be inside a man's body for a change. But yes, I do believe in reincarnation.

The Rolling Stones are playing a sell-out world tour. What do you hope to be doing when you are 60?

It does sound like a nice idea to be playing a sell-out rock tour at that age! I would love to be doing that, or writing something on a ranch somewhere. I think I will definitely still be rocking when I'm 60 - but I'll just do it in my own way.

Which other singer would you like to perform with?

I would love to sing with Lucinda Williams, Jack White and Beck, who is great. They're all amazing artists and their music keeps me company.

Have you and The Licks acquired any groupies yet?

I think we have! They're the people who wear home-made shirts that say "Lick me" on them. I like to call them "Licks lovers". I have seen them at loads of the gigs we've been doing in Europe: they're as cute as can be and they give me presents. People get creative with these presents. I've been given a rubber duck, a pair of boxer shorts, a painting and a bullet - people are really imaginative with the gifts they give us and I'm hugely grateful both for the presents and for the surprises. I never know what we will be given next.

Now you have kicked your drug addiction, what do you spend your cash on?

What a stupid question! I did have a drug addiction 10 years ago, but it was never a cocaine addiction so it doesn't follow that I necessarily spent loads of money on it. I did do drugs, but cocaine was just not the drug of choice. And anyway, I'm only really little so I actually didn't consume that many drugs. I never needed much so it was quite a cheap habit! Drug addiction costs much more in how it corrupts the soul than in how it corrupted my bank account. For me, talking about this is a bit like talking about junior high school. It feels like such a long time ago.

If you were a world leader for a day, what would you try to do?

Oh, man. I'd like to think the answer was quite easy... not engage in war like our leaders do now. I would ban all psychiatric drugs and refuse to take any funds from pharmaceutical companies for any of my campaigns and probably try not to have a war... I don't know, that's a heavy question.

Have you ever turned anything or anybody down that you regret?

Turned anyone down? I don't know. There's been times that I probably could have met people or gone to gigs that I didn't, and I regret that. I wish I had gone to more shows as a kid, you know, like The Cure, or seeing The Police or Blondie when they played at home in Los Angeles. I should have gone to more of those rock shows when I was a kid, and I didn't because I was too introverted and I actually didn't get out that much.

Do you worry about the stigma that often attaches to actors-turned-rock stars?

No, because none of them have been Juliette! Ha! Just kidding. But I do front everything with an attempt to be fearless and defiant, and I love obstacles and challenges. If the road was easy, it sure would be boring, don't you think?