Women who stay true to themselves are always more interesting and beautiful to me: women like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe and Anna Magnani - women who have style, chic, allure and elegance. They didn't submit to any standard of beauty - they defined it.
True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.
If we are completely honest with ourselves, everyone has a dark side to their personalities.
I live in New York, and the only live animals you see are cockroaches, rats and pigeons, which I admire immensely. When I see an animal that thrives in the garbage, I feel relief; in our urban environment, other animals are dying out.
The reason of my life is not to be the most beautiful woman in the world.
My perfume, Manifesto, was based on the scent of basil.
I was always interested in animals, but when I was little, animal behavior was still a new science. It was available to become a veterinarian, it was available to study biology, but not specifically animal behavior. In the '60s, Jane Goodall was the founder of this new science.
But I don't really see myself as a role model. I'm not a dictator, or someone who wants to be adored!
Before Darwin, our world was very religious. People saw altruism as something given by God for us to be good so that we could go to Paradise.
But my mother loved The Elephant Man, and my father gave David Lynch a scholarship to study in Rome.
I didn't want to become an actress because the competition with my mother would have been to much to live up to.
To be an icon is a big job - it's beyond acting. And sometimes it pays, and sometimes it doesn't.
Food is a big part of my culture, so everyone knows how to cook. When I came to America and asked a babysitter to softboil an egg for my son and she didn't know how, I was shocked.
I always have parmigiano-reggiano, olive oil and pasta at home. When people get sick, they want chicken soup; I want spaghetti with parmesan cheese, olive oil and a bit of lemon zest. It makes me feel better every time.
When I grew up in Italy in the 1950s, it was still very agricultural. Food was very important; produce was very important. Everyone made their own olive oil. It took me a long time after I moved here to understand that Americans are much further away from their food.
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