6 I grew up a nice Catholic girl in Smyrna, Georgia, a small southern town with friendly people. At Campbell High, I liked to run and laugh and have fun. I wanted to be a veterinarian, because we had tons of animals at home, but the idea of acting was kind of in my mind all the time.
7 I wasnt the most popular girl, though I had many friends and dated quite a bit. The guys I liked best were athletes. I wasnt a dazzling beauty, but I did make a finalist in the Miss Panthera beauty contest, which was a big thrill.
8 Other girls had heart-top lips, which made me so jealous. I also felt restless, without focus, anxious. Three days after graduation I moved to New York to learn how to act.
13 I was an ugly duckling, a tall, unbearably skinny, very intense, weird kid who wore thick glasses and had no sense of myself as a female. I was immature and naive, but I was always a great student.
14 And I skipped ahead in school. My parents and teachers knew I was smart, so they tested me like I was a hamster running on a wheel.
15 When I was fifteen and in the eleventh grade, I was going to high school half a day and a nearby college the other half. So I felt like an alien.
17 R.G. a knife – нож suburban – сельский a drum – барабан a trumpet – труба
18 R.G. a wedding – свадьба to perform – выступать rebellious – протестующий
19 I wanted to be a biker. I had images in my head of punks, motocycles, leather jackets, knives, violence. Maybe because that was so different from my real life. Ours was a normal, middle-class suburban family with five kids.
20 We were Methodists, so there was a lot of singing in church. And we were all musical. I was really into piano, guitar, banjo. And drums. To earn spending money, I played trumpet in a dance band at weddings and bars.
21 At school, I usually performed too. But I was rebellious, everybodys bad boy. And I was a terrible student. I didnt go to classes, just read a lot. I was very much a dreamer.
33 At the first school I attended in New Jersey, I was ostracized. People just didnt like me. This was a time when black meant black power and Afros, and I was light-skinned with long hair, and my mothers insistence that I dress conservatively didnt help.
34 Everybody else wore jeans and ripped sweat-shirts, and there I was standing out in skirts and sweaters, a definite object for harassment. A bunch of girls used to chase me home. Then I transferred to a Catholic high school which was kind of strange, considering I am Baptist and sing in my church choir.
35 Eventually, I began cutting classes to take modeling assignments, and hanging out at all the Manhattan in spots. Between sixteen and eighteen, I partied my brains out. I was a party monkey. I wouldnt want to be in high school again.
36 W.H. to attend – посещать to ostracize – изгонять из общества light-skinned – светлокожий insistence – настойчивость