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[on getting rejected for roles] I have to say that I didn't ever really see it as rejection, per se, and I don't know why. I guess if I saw it as rejection, then I would allow myself time to focus on something that seemed negative, instead of realizing, "I have an audition tomorrow," and I was auditioning a lot, and, "If I focus on why I didn't get that, then I'm not going to be able to be ...
She won the lead role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry
(1999) after hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. She told director Kimberly Peirce
that, like her character, she was also 21 and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she winningly responded: "But that's what Brandon ...
Frequently portrays women who attempt to achieve their goals in life despite the odds and obstacles that get in their way.