Juliette Lewis Dated Brad Pitt
February 13, 2012 by staff
Juliette Lewis Dated Brad Pitt, Given the wayward intensity she has brought to movies such as Cape Fear, Kalifornia and Natural Born Killers, it would be disappointing to discover that Juliette Lewis was staid and conventional off-screen. Thankfully, this is not the case. In person she proves as refreshingly off-the-wall as her most iconic movie outings would suggest.
Lewis has never done things the easy way. At 14 she sought and won legal ‘emancipation’ from her own parents in order to bypass US child employment laws. Within four years she was Oscar-nominated for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear and in a relationship with Brad Pitt.
Her career picked up momentum with movies such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Strange Days and From Dusk Till Dawn.
Then, in 2003, she put movies on the back burner to launch herself as a rock star, going on to perform and record two albums with her band The Licks. Her new band, the New Romantiques, have just released their first album.
Recently returned to acting, she stars as a rebel skater in Drew Barrymore’s roller-derby drama Whip It. Now aged 36 and single, Lewis lives in Los Angeles.
I walk into a restaurant and people stare as though I’ve just landed from another planet. Every time I walk out in public it’s like the alien freak show has arrived. It does have its advantages. I hardly ever get bothered by the paparazzi, probably because of some of the more edgy characters I’ve played in movies. They’re expecting to meet the crazy girl from Natural Born Killers, and I’m not that girl – really I’m not.
I feel no connection with celebrity culture.
I’ve always been the opposite of mainstream. I march to my own beat. It’s the only way I know. So many actors and musicians seem to be only interested in what’s expected of them and they join the dots accordingly. I don’t fit into any narrow categories as an actor or a singer. I’ve never been like Angelina Jolie, who at one time was spewing out this prototype Bad Girl stuff for people to consume. I’ve never boxed myself in that way. People can create boxes for me by all means, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to step inside them.
Movies made me feel like a hamster on a wheel.
I came close to quitting. I’ve always loved the creative part of making movies, the actual acting, but the business end of it is a vast churning machine that’ll swallow you whole unless you’re careful. You find yourself at yet another promotional function, stuck in a corner with someone you’re meant to be impressing, and the room is alive with fear. I needed to get away from the movie business and feed my creative fire through music. After five years of rock ‘n’ roll, I’m ready to hurl myself back into acting with a passion. I want to hear that lion roar again.
I was a roller-skating virgin, but Drew Barrymore changed all that.
I’ve been on some tough movie shoots – Natural Born Killers called for serious, extensive fight training, and it was painful at times. But that was nothing compared to the gruelling preparation for Whip It. As a first-time director, Drew left nothing to chance. We’d be up early for an hour of yoga followed by an hour of extreme strength training.
Then the roller skates would arrive and we’d work on stunts for six long hours. This went on for two months. When we got down to filming I discovered that I’m not nearly as physically tough as I imagined. Basically, I don’t like to be hit, and being hit is a major part of roller derby. The entire cast became obsessed with comparing bruises. My hips and knees took a big pounding. But Drew, who directed while skating in rainbow tube socks, won in the end – she had one on her hip that was eight inches long and five inches wide.
Dating Brad Pitt isn’t the most interesting thing that ever happened to me.
It amazes me that people are still fascinated that we went out for four years. I was a teenager at the time. It’s a lifetime away. I was in my high-school years and it was a wonderful, loving relationship with a fun, smart guy. Then it was over and he went on to become incredibly famous. The far more significant relationship was my marriage to an incredible pro skateboarder (Steve Berra). But no one wants to know about that. All these years on, there’s nothing I can say or divulge about Brad Pitt that would be remotely interesting to any intelligent being.
I might be a rock ‘n’ roll queen, but that doesn’t mean I’m not also vulnerable.
On stage with my band I’m fearless. I’m like a great big firework pointed at the sky. Off stage, I have the same hang-ups as any woman.I used to fool myself that drugs were a way of connecting me to the world. But they had the complete opposite effect. If I learned one thing from taking them it’s that death and apathy aren’t good places to call home – they’re not even good places to visit. It took me a while to realise that it was things like making music that connected me.
The devil is monotony.
That’s why I love the idea of long-distance relationships. It means that you only get the best bits and you don’t spend enough time together to get on each other’s nerves. But there can be such a thing as too much distance. I’ve just broken up with a guy because I’m based in LA and he lives in the UK – 5,000 miles apart proved to be too much. So I’m single again, and that creates a longing in me that feeds my creativity. But there are times when being alone aches too much and kills my soul. I’d sure like to have a partner, but I’m unlikely to meet the right person living in LA. I’d be better off chasing construction workers in London. I have a preference for blue-collar types. I like hard-working guys who can lift the heavy things that are too much for me.
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