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Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

Birthday: 12 February 1980, Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 153 cm

Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a law ...Show More

Christina Ricci
[on smooching Johnny Depp] We actually had some sex scenes, which was very strange. In front of 20 p Show more [on smooching Johnny Depp] We actually had some sex scenes, which was very strange. In front of 20 people on the set, with someone who was 27, who you met for the first time when you were nine. It was a little weird. Hide
Everybody asked, 'How do you feel about playing a bitch?' And I'd say, 'If you knew anything about h Show more Everybody asked, 'How do you feel about playing a bitch?' And I'd say, 'If you knew anything about human nature, you'd realize that for this girl, being like that is a total front for being unhappy'. Hide
I stopped feeling fabulous around age eleven. I got much less confident and more angsty; I think it Show more I stopped feeling fabulous around age eleven. I got much less confident and more angsty; I think it had to do with boys not liking me. Hide
I spend a lot of time with my mother. When I'm doing movies, she's always with me. We spend days bei Show more I spend a lot of time with my mother. When I'm doing movies, she's always with me. We spend days being bored in an apartment together waiting for someone to call and say I'm needed for a shot. Because we're together so much, we have to get along. We have to find ways to get to know each other. We've gone through a lot of stuff, you know, and I think we're pretty close. Hide
I think the main reason a lot of child stars don't make it is that it's hard to see someone as cute Show more I think the main reason a lot of child stars don't make it is that it's hard to see someone as cute and then all of a sudden see them as having more depth. I guess I was just lucky that, when I was little, nobody thought I was that cute. Hide
You have to excuse me because I AM a teenager, so I'm allowed to sound illiterate and make stupid co Show more You have to excuse me because I AM a teenager, so I'm allowed to sound illiterate and make stupid comments like 'I'm not into hard-core feminism'. Hide
I'm not perfect-looking and I don't say the right things, I'm a little different, nothing really spe Show more I'm not perfect-looking and I don't say the right things, I'm a little different, nothing really special, but I guess I come across as a little more real to people and that comes through on the screen. I know I look young, but with the right make-up I can look older. I definitely feel older. Hide
For years, I hated myself. I covered the mirrors in my house. I literally couldn't have a mirror in Show more For years, I hated myself. I covered the mirrors in my house. I literally couldn't have a mirror in my room. I still can't sit in a restaurant or someplace where I can catch my reflection. I get so paranoid. Hide
I like playing people who are so afraid and ashamed of who they are and so disgusted by everyone aro Show more I like playing people who are so afraid and ashamed of who they are and so disgusted by everyone around them that they decide to become the ultimate extreme of what they're afraid they are. Hide
[on going to college] For a while I wanted to go, but I didn't like people telling me that I had to. Show more [on going to college] For a while I wanted to go, but I didn't like people telling me that I had to. It was as if I had to prove I was intelligent by going to college. That really pissed me off. So I applied and got into a really good college - Columbia - and that proved it. I said, That's fine, I don't need to go for four years to prove to you people that I'm smart. It seems to me that so many young actresses do that - it's like we're told that the really smart actresses took four years off and went to school. But they're not such smart actresses. They just did what they really wanted to do in life for those four years. Everyone talks about Jodie Foster going to Yale. Yeah, she's amazing. But I don't need to prove that I'm intelligent by doing the same thing someone else did. Hide
My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that Show more My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it's incredibly romantic. Hide
I'm not mainstream-looking. I'm not very skinny. I'm not ...like....beautiful. The point of mainstre Show more I'm not mainstream-looking. I'm not very skinny. I'm not ...like....beautiful. The point of mainstream movies is to cast someone that everyones' going to love. Because of my persona, I'm controversial. I don't do anything in my real life to deserve that. I don't drink, I don't do drugs. But studio people don't want to put me in their movies. They think I might offend. Hide
I'm very shy. I can't even act that well when the camera's not on. I get really embarrassed. I'm very shy. I can't even act that well when the camera's not on. I get really embarrassed.
I got ugly. Throughout my childhood, my favorite rejection was 'She looks too healthy.' They wanted Show more I got ugly. Throughout my childhood, my favorite rejection was 'She looks too healthy.' They wanted that really gaunt, runaway girl kind of look. I was like, 'Mom, I thought you could never be too healthy.' She said, 'Ignore them'. Hide
All my other relationships have been three months. I used to always cheat on my boyfriends. For no r Show more All my other relationships have been three months. I used to always cheat on my boyfriends. For no reason...Just to create a little drama. And now I don't need that. I don't need that. I don't need any more drama. Hide
[on how the Black Snake Moan poster was exploitative of women] The way that movie was marketed was p Show more [on how the Black Snake Moan poster was exploitative of women] The way that movie was marketed was probably one of the most disappointing and upsetting things that's ever happened to me in my career. I have no interest in exploiting women any further than they've already been exploited...All they [marketing bosses] cared about was college-age boys going to see it. Hide
[in 1995] I can be young and cute when I want to be, and I can be really mature when I want to be. I Show more [in 1995] I can be young and cute when I want to be, and I can be really mature when I want to be. It's kind of weird, like I'm the incredible changing girl, which is good because I can relate to adults and to people my age. Hide
There are two sides of me. One is the professional side. When I'm working, I'm not a kid - and can't Show more There are two sides of me. One is the professional side. When I'm working, I'm not a kid - and can't be. Otherwise no one would take me seriously. When I'm not working, I think I'm a normal 15-year-old. [1995] Hide
I certainly hope I'm not still answering child-star questions by the time I reach menopause. I certainly hope I'm not still answering child-star questions by the time I reach menopause.
I don't have any training, and I don't believe in training. Of course, people who don't have any tra Show more I don't have any training, and I don't believe in training. Of course, people who don't have any training always say that. Hide
[about Marilyn Manson's band] I hate the things they preach. They found a gimmick that sells. The fa Show more [about Marilyn Manson's band] I hate the things they preach. They found a gimmick that sells. The fact that they're making money off all these teenage kids who actually believe in their message is disgusting. Hide
I remember when I was little, all the mothers saying once you're 13 you have to stop working because Show more I remember when I was little, all the mothers saying once you're 13 you have to stop working because there are no roles for teenagers. But I think I was lucky because just when I got to be a teenager, there started to be a lot more roles for kids my age. For a while it did look like I would have to keep doing kids' movies to stay in the business, but then when I was 15, The Ice Storm (1997) came along. Hide
[on fame and Hollywood] There's a part of me that really loves it. I like going to fancy hotels. I l Show more [on fame and Hollywood] There's a part of me that really loves it. I like going to fancy hotels. I like it when you feel glamorous, someone dresses you up and you go to the big premiere. The other stuff is kind of icky. I have a friend who does casting. Someone will walk in and he'll say, "So good to meet you," and then they'll walk out and he'll say, "She's a little big around the middle." That part of it is disgusting. Hide
If I hadn't gone into acting, I would have been one of those weird runaways on Hollywood Boulevard. Show more If I hadn't gone into acting, I would have been one of those weird runaways on Hollywood Boulevard. No, it'd be uglier. I'd probably be dead. Hide
I don't think I'll be reformed until I'm well into my fifties. I don't think I'll be reformed until I'm well into my fifties.
[about her crush on Josh Hartnett] I know he's got a girlfriend, but I could so corrupt him. He woul Show more [about her crush on Josh Hartnett] I know he's got a girlfriend, but I could so corrupt him. He would be a hot date, and that is what I need right now. I have met him, so I know what I am talking about here. He's a nice, home-loving boy with a great body and great eyes. And when he reads this, he's probably going to run a mile. Hide
I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to play catch up or being half-heartedly enthusiast Show more I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to play catch up or being half-heartedly enthusiastic about a project. I really want to do things that actually make me happy, instead of feeling like I'm whoring myself out. So I'm really considering doing television, because I'd probably get to play a much more satisfying role on a regular basis, as opposed to getting one great part every couple of years. Hide
My first kiss was with the most chivalrous little boy I ever met in my life. It was in kindergarten. Show more My first kiss was with the most chivalrous little boy I ever met in my life. It was in kindergarten. There was this kid who was really a jerk, and he wouldn't let me get on the school bus. He was about to hit me when this little boy named Nicky shoved me down, stood up and took the blow. So Nicky instantly became the kindergarten stud. The day he got hit for me, I lined up all the little girls, and everyone kissed him. That was my way of thanking him. Hide
I never did drugs - they made me feel awful physically. Of course, I experimented, but soon I though Show more I never did drugs - they made me feel awful physically. Of course, I experimented, but soon I thought, 'This is not worth the shame spiral the next day'. I'm the kind of person who, if I went to a slumber party and smoked a cigarette, I assumed my parents were going to die as punishment. So I'd have to call my mom, tell her I'd smoked and feel really bad. Hide
Things were all about appearances. We were supposed to be socialites when we grew up. She's not like Show more Things were all about appearances. We were supposed to be socialites when we grew up. She's not like that now, but my mother used to say things like, 'When you're older, you can go on a scotch-and-steak- diet'. My dad was also very image-conscious. [on being brought up by her parents] Hide
Remember who you are. It's really okay to be who you are. Remember who you are. It's really okay to be who you are.
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