I never thought I could make it as a real model. You know, fashion-oriented modeling. ‘Cause I’m better at full-body poses. It’s all right so long as the photographer doesn’t come on to you and expect something for nothing. I’m trying to make a living. I like to have a professional attitude. Of course, if the guy can pay me, then hell yeah. Here I am for him. I’ll sell my ass. Do it on the street occasionally for cash. Or I’ll be on the cover of a book. It’s when you start doing things for free that you start to grow wings.
03. Third favorite movie: My Own Private Idaho (1991) dir. Gus Van Sant “I always know where I am by the way that the road looks. Like I just know that I’ve been here before. I just know that I’ve been stuck here, like this one fucking time before, you know that? Yeah. There’s not another road anywhere that looks like this road - I mean, exactly like this road. It’s one kind of place. One of a kind… like someone’s face… Like a fucked up face.”
My favourite project to date has been My Own Private Idaho. I miss River Phoenix so much, it was incredible working with him! To think about him not being with us anymore blows my mind. Gus Van Sant was brilliant to work with too. I loved his film Drugstore Cowboy because it was almost surreal, and that’s why I wanted to work on one of his projects. He deals with the filthy underbelly of American society.
"River was totally different," Van Sant continues. "He has this kind of Mozart quality of just burying himself completely in research. He does it through a sort of osmosis; everything you give him feeds into this plant that’s growing out of the information he’s got. He tape-records things, and talks to people; he has his own sources. It’s more tactile: River will create something out of mixed media – film, writing, records, people talking, this whole wild thing. With Keanu, you give him a book, he’ll read the book. River might read part of the book, and if he’s interested he’ll read the whole book. Keanu will read what you give him like you were giving him instructions: he follows them."