My grandfather was a politician and lived in Washington, D.C., so as a kid, I used to go to D.C. every other weekend.
I went to an all-girls school for part of high school, and the idea of boys was amazing to me; like, all I ever wanted to do was kiss boys and be around boys.
I took Meisner for a long time. I use a lot of sense memory and, well, I wouldn't say Method, but I can't really avoid getting into character.
I'm a combination between extreme insecurity and extreme confidence.
You remember where you were doing each scene. 'Oh my God, it was so hot that day.' It's kind of cool to see a movie that you haven't seen in a long time and reflect on that stuff.
It's never a done deal until it's a done deal.
I do consider myself to be a smart, tough girl.
I'm a huge fan of Steve Martin. He's hilarious, but he has this depth to him and this way of dealing with the difficult things in life with a sense of humor that I think has helped me as an actress.
When I was first starting out as a kid, I tried to pad my resume with everything I had ever done - ice-skate, carry a tune. I can't dance for my life, but I can learn, so I'll tell people I can dance. I play the piano - I'm a really good pianist, actually.
Boundaries move with time. It's like being the oldest child. Your parents don't know what to expect, but by the time the little sister comes along, it's like, 'Oh, staying out late with a boy - no big deal.'
I think I've learned not to take everything so seriously and just try to focus on the work the most.
Following your heart and working really, really hard is the best thing you can do, and just try not to be too hard on yourself.
Having dinner with somebody you've looked up to your whole life is quite a memorable thing. Like, 'Wow. I'm having dinner with someone who is a huge inspiration to me.' That's intense.
I'm pretty consistently fit because I think it's an important part of my work, but I will ramp it up just because I have been enjoying myself a little bit too much.
I love to travel, and I think being whisked away somewhere for a vacation is a pretty amazing date. But, I'm really into the basic movie and dinner. It's not where you are but who you're with that really matters.
I'm really easily affected by horror films. I have pretty strong reactions to them.
I love stories about people that, whatever situation they're in, you can relate to them in a way.
I had done a lot of running in 'Texas Chainsaw' and sword-fighting in 'Percy Jackson,' which taught me to fall properly.
I'm not afraid of falling and getting up the next day with a few bumps and bruises.
When I have no appointments, I spend the day in pajamas and go to the dog park in pajamas. I'm very casual.
Going to the darkest place you can to make yourself really upset and adding that with the physicality and running around, you can work yourself into hysteria that way.
My mom used to model when she was younger, before she went to law school, and I think she thought it was pretty cool. I think my parents saw that acting ultimately made me happy, even though it was a rough ride for a little bit.
I never even went to Jekyll & Hyde's restaurant. I loved the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, though.
To be an actress and act crazy is really fun for me, to be able to be acting like you'd never be able to act in your real life and scream and freak out. It's an interesting test for an actor.
You do run and scream and cry and work yourself up into hysterics, and then you get back to the hotel at the end of the day, and you feel really off and really strange. And that's because rationally, even though you know everything is OK, you have put yourself through this traumatizing experience, and your body is still going.
Charlize Theron is perfect. She holds herself with so much poise and grace. I don't know if she looks so good because she has the best body or because she has the confidence to feel comfortable in what she's wearing.
I'm very into fantasy films.
I love yoga.
Finding a stylist is a little like finding a date; you have to find who is right for you.
I never know what's going to happen or what opportunities are going to be given to me. I've found with the opportunities that I've been given have made it possible for me to explore different characters and exciting stories.
I was obsessed with Nancy Drew growing up - I couldn't get enough.
'True Detective' did change my career.
When I did 'Percy Jackson,' people told me, 'Oh, you're going to be so famous... you're not going to be able to walk down the street... it's going to be huge,' and it wasn't - although it was big for my career.
'Gremlins' is one of those eternal movies that stands the test of time and that everyone loves and knows.
Growing up, when I was younger, I didn't feel all that tough or smart or strong. As I got older, I was able to discover my own strength.
There are a lot of people who give you their opinions on what to do.
It made me feel cooler in real life to know I could be The Rock's daughter.
Everyone has the opportunity to do a horror film. There's something great about it as an actor. You have to go to places you'd normally never go and be put in situations you would never be put into. You don't get the opportunity in a lot of films to have this kind of acting. It's an interesting challenge.
I've really fought to get into rooms, and I'm a big believer in auditioning. It's hard, because I'm insecure, but I have an intense desire to prove myself to people.
You never know what's really going to hit.
Voiceover work, I really enjoy. I don't get to do too much of it, but I've been doing more lately, and I like it because you get to do a bunch of options, one after the other, and you can go as big as you want or as small as you want, and you don't think about it sometimes.
I've been pretty lucky. Every single thing I've done has meant so much to me and has been like a stepping stone to something different.
It's wonderful that we're portraying women in this way so that young women can see that women actually are strong and capable of accomplishing all kinds of things.
Not to get too deep, but I think one of the reasons we embrace superheroes and this world is that these are just normal people that have incredible powers that are relatable in some ways - in that we don't have great super powers, but there's strength within us that we can utilize in our lives. Ultimately, they're just normal people with problems.
For some reason, I find jogging incredibly boring, but yoga is the only thing I've been able to consistently do over the years. I think it's because it also is sort of a mental exercise and calms you and refocuses you. So I find that that's great, and sometimes someone will drag me to a spin class or on a hike.
Now that I have a dog, I frequently have to take him out and get some exercise, which also gets me exercise.
My mom lives in New York still in the home that I grew up in.
I'd love to do a period piece.
I'm a believer in challenging myself and overcoming challenges by doing things I've never done before.
It's really amazing when you discover how strong you actually are and what you really can accomplish.
You take some creative license when you make a movie, and things can be a little bit different.
I feel like it's very important to connect with the people who are passionate about what I'm doing.
I'm honored that people would think of me for any big role that is talked about a lot.
Every single thing you do, you don't really have expectations.
I knew the name; I knew who Leatherface was. But I hadn't seen any of the films, mostly because I'm a scaredy-cat.
I didn't expect anything crazy to happen from 'True Detective.'
My mom is a big scaredy cat, and I inherited that from her.
When I was 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, I had so many people I looked up to and was so inspired by all these different people. It's cool to be in that position.
I was lucky because when I'd done 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,' I had to have extensive weapons training.
I get really frightened easily.
One thing I got to do that was awesome was hang off the side of this Ferris wheel and do that stunt myself.
There is nothing better than a really cool mystery: you don't know what's going to happen, so you keep turning those pages or watching that series.
That's a very scary thing to think about, being trapped in a coffin.
It's really amazing to see what you imagined brought to screen.
I'm just really excited to be doing what I love, and I think that's the best part about all of this.
That would make a great Instagram photo - me and David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
It's cool to be a female character who gets to be really strong and tough.
Television is going through a transformation where you're basically able to do big, long movies in television.
I wasn't all that familiar with the 'Texas Chainsaw' franchise, and I knew who Leatherface was, but I had never seen any of the films, so I didn't know what the meaning behind it was.
When you're with another actor who's also been through five hours of prosthetic makeup, and you're eating another person's neck, and fake blood is being spurted out at you for two minutes, it's incredibly fun, and you're in character for that time. You can't really believe that that's your job.
I always wanted to be a blonde, and it was really cool to do that for a while.
I don't call him 'The Rock' to his face.
There's a method to the madness in filmmaking, where everything's very specifically laid out, the shots and what they need - but there also can be a freedom to allowing the actors to find genuine moments.
It's odd seeing yourself on screen at all.
I feel like now my kids can run around and say, 'My mom was the Rock's daughter.' I don't have kids yet, but my future children - I just feel like it's the coolest thing ever.
I'm a big believer in sort of sense memory, like using something that you've experienced in order to put yourself in the position that the character is in.
I love my rabbit, my family rabbit.
I feel like I'm still at a point where I have a lot to learn from watching myself, so I find that it helps. But it's always weird.
All the money my mom spent on lessons paid off.
What's the good of Twitter if you can't tweet cute... Twitter's so silly. I tweet about my rabbit a lot.
I Instagram and tweet a lot about my dog. I think he is one of the most interesting things about my life right now. All my motherly instincts go toward this dog. I love the dog.
If you had told me ten years ago that I would be able to go and make out with Will Forte one day and then Woody Harrelson the next, it would have blown my mind.
I'm a huge fan of Bill Macy, so working with him in any capacity was exciting for me.
I really like Rag & Bone because they make simple pieces that last.
I watched 'Alien,' and I watched 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' the Swedish version. I watched the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' and I watched the Jessica Biel version and watched Jessica's performance.
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' I did an episode on, and that's one of my favorite television shows ever, and there are these shows that I watch so regularly.
For my first acting gig, I was a hand model for a Barbie commercial that was only going to air in Asia. And I was constantly trying to get my face in the shot.
Horror films are very effective to me; they have an impact on me. I think that real life things scare me a lot more.
I think, for different types of things, more rehearsal is very important.
When I first got here, I thought L.A. sucked. I hated it. I had this pretentious Manhattan thing. But now I've made such a life here, and I'm so happy here. They're just really different places. I can't really compare them because there's great things about both of them.
For whatever reason, I am just very attracted to mystery stories, solving mysteries. I was a huge fan of 'The Jinx.' That's such a satisfying show because it's all... I don't want to give it away to anybody, but it's really amazing.
I got a dog. I take him on hikes, and I go to yoga all the time and drink green juice - very cliche actress.
I'm not a great student, so I don't know that I would have been a great detective. Part of my brain sort of works that way, like wanting to figure out puzzles and figure out what happened and why people do the things they do and who they are and how it happened.
Nobody is all good or bad.
Any time you do a movie, there are going to be war wounds that you end up getting.
I think I'm sort of method in a sense, and I enjoy, you know, trying to find that reality in fake emotion.
My mom wears a lot of gold.
When you're trying to sustain a high level of intensity and panic, sometimes it actually helps to have something happen that makes you really afraid because even if in real life it wouldn't make you that scared, to take that little bit of fear and be melodramatic about it, I guess, and convince yourself that it's worse, can be effective.
I love the 'Percy Jackson' movies. That was my big break. I love the people I worked with. It was a really magical experience for me.
My favorite go-to is Topshop. They have great stuff.