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  1. Science fiction is one of the smartest genres around because you have to have so much forethought.
  2. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself the typical sci-fi genre fan. I do have a lot of sci-fi shows that I enjoy, but I wouldn’t call it my favorite genre of all.
  3. I have this ridiculous chip on my shoulder, having been a dancer, that I feel like I really ought to be able to do everything myself — but there are some things I very clearly cannot.
  4. I went to Indiana University for college for a couple of years, where I double majored in dance and journalism, and after my sophomore year there, I went to the San Francisco Ballet school for the summer, but then they offered me a scholarship to stay for the year.
  5. A lot of professional dancers become professional when they turn 15 or 16 years old, when they’re still children. So you’ve trained every single waking moment up until that point for a career that could maybe only last 10 years, maybe longer if your body holds up, if your injuries are kept at bay.
  6. The worst beauty advice that I have ever taken has been from people who have told me that sunscreen isn’t necessary. Not true!
  7. It’s a very insular world, ballet. I feel if I had stayed much longer, it would’ve consumed me. I performed six days a week and rehearsed 10-plus hours a day. And you only see the people that you work with.
  8. I always tell other actors that work begets work. You never know where your next job is going to lead you, down the road.
  9. I love to work. I know that sounds ridiculous to say because all people love to work, but I love the homework that goes into acting. I love figuring out different ways of playing a scene. I love the energy of being on set. I love not getting enough sleep because I have to wake up early in the morning.
  10. Jen Murray, my stunt person, is totally comfortable getting thrown into a cabinet and onto the ground or getting hit by a car. I, on the other hand, am not. Nor would it look great on film, so she does it.
  11. As a dancer, I know couples that have stayed married but separated to dance on different continents. Dance in general, but ballet in particular, is such a finite career. You can’t do it later in life, and it’s something that I think a dancer has to have some selfishness to fulfill.
  12. Acting is fascinating to me. I love unlocking the mysteries with characters and finding out what would be the most intriguing aspect of that character to exist in. Figuring out a person and getting to be a different person every day, hey — that’s pretty lucky. I don’t have to wake up and be Amanda if I don’t feel like it. You know, that’s fun.
  13. If I could say what my dream role to dance was that I didn’t get to do, if I had to choose one, it would be Giselle in ‘Giselle.’
  14. I think it would be fair to say that most female dancers have dealt with, whether it’s an extreme, or minor complex in eating disorders. So the first thing I would say to girls who are feeling that way is you’re not alone. You’re far from alone. You’re the majority. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with what you’re feeling.
  15. Ballet is a finite art — your body won’t let you do it forever, so I wanted to do it while I could.
  16. I don’t know who these people are who think they can just move to L.A. and get a job the next day — that does not happen.
  17. I think that, like any kind of career, there are many different people involved in the ballet world.
  18. There is this idea of a perfect dance body — which I don’t have. I’m lucky that I’m not the exact opposite of the ideal, but I don’t have amazing feet, perfect hyperextension, or really flexible legs.
  19. After I finished ‘Center Stage,’ I went back to San Francisco, and I danced for seven seasons with the San Francisco Ballet.
  20. Every dancer has injuries, and your injury could happen that season that you were getting that one part that you’ve wanted to do your whole career. So you have to appreciate every single moment until it happens.

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