wo_hoo: Do you have a favorite Chinese dish?
Rebecca Romijn: My favorite is potstickers and mu shu pork.
sunset_rider: What can a photographer do to make you feel most comfortable during a shoot?
Rebecca Romijn: I really like a lot of direction and feedback. Some people don't, but I do. Sometimes, photographers can be too embarrassed to say something like, "Your breasts are a little uneven" or, "Lower your hand an inch to cover that little fat part on your thigh." In the end, it only makes for a better picture, so you get over yourself quickly.
mariposa7: Did you know Conan [O'Brien] was going to react so wildly to you, or did he surprise you with his growling? Your first appearance was one of the funniest interviews I've ever seen!
Rebecca Romijn: I had no idea he was going to do that. The man is a kook! I'm kidding. I thought it was pretty funny.
dejanew: Any advice regarding education that you have for models and actors starting out? You break the stereotype so commonly expected of models.
Rebecca Romijn: In my opinion, nobody should be allowed to model until they are 18. I've seen too many 14- and 15-year-olds who have dropped out of high school, live in Paris, go out all night with dirty, old, rich men who give them drugs and treat them like 30-year-olds. I've met models who were illiterate, could barely write their own names. I think it's terrible. I never understand the parents who let their kids leave school and home so young. The agencies always make it sound like they'll look out for these girls, but they don't. In the end, they just want to make as much money as possible, so the younger the girl, the better. I have noticed that the more successful models, in general, are the ones with more education.
tenedor: Have you ever had offers to pose nude?
Rebecca Romijn: Yes. I've been asked to pose nude, but I never have--and I probably never will. I'm very easygoing when it comes to nudity, mostly because my parents are Dutch, and Europeans have a much healthier attitude toward nudity. Americans automatically equate the nude body with sex, but Europeans don't. It's much more natural. In America, nudity has lost its innocence. I won't pose nude, specifically because it is such an issue over here. On the other hand, I like to feel sexy without showing everything. It's usually sexier to leave something to the imagination.
justmarried1227: How do you maintain your looks while enduring the grueling schedule of a supermodel? I find it time-consuming to exercise and eat right--and my schedule is normal.
Rebecca Romijn: Priorities. If I only have one free hour in the morning, I'll jump on the Stairmaster for half an hour and eat breakfast. (I always eat breakfast.) Sleep, food and exercise are my priorities, in that order. Also, I'm a morning person, so I tend to get a lot done early--which means I usually get to bed around 9.
starbound1: How did you get into modeling?
Rebecca Romijn: I was a student at UC Santa Cruz, in Northern California, and I was totally broke. I had a friend who kept suggesting I go visit the Look Agency in San Francisco, which I did. I did some test pictures for them, and then a scout from Paris asked me to go over there, which totally appealed to me. I loved school, but I was itching to travel.
dk929: Do you have a favorite football team?
Rebecca Romijn: Unfortunately, I don't know anything about football.
action_jackson: What book is currently on your nightstand? Also, do you travel to many different places?
Rebecca Romijn: I just started reading Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins. I'm a huge fan. As for traveling, it's probably my favorite thing in the world. It's the main reason I got into modeling. When I started, I lived in Paris for two and half years, and I went all over: North and South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Greenland, Iceland. I couldn't believe I got to go all these places and get paid for it!
scottswan: What kind of music do you like? Do you like Alanis Morissette?
Rebecca Romijn: I'm a big Prince fan, and right now, I'm a little crazy for Radiohead. Yes, I like Alanis. I think she's an amazing writer.
icedoctor: How do you pick your modeling jobs? And who's new line do you like best?
Rebecca Romijn: Luckily, I'm doing other things besides just modeling, because frankly, I'm a little bored with it. I'm in a position where I can pick and choose which jobs I take. Usually, I pick the ones that sound the most fun, the ones that take me to the best places and the ones that pay the most. My favorite new line is Betsy Johnson's new Ultra line.
rancorb: How was it to appear as a guest star on Friends?
Rebecca Romijn: Completely scary! As my very first acting gig, it was a little overwhelming to start out on one of the biggest shows. But the cast was very sweet, David Schwimmer is a doll and the writing on that show is great, so it ended up being fine. At first, I didn't think I'd live through the week. But when we were done, I didn't want it to end.
delibes: What's your favorite movie?
Rebecca Romijn: The Princess Bride and Grease.
jmlover: What was your most embarrassing moment on the runway?
Rebecca Romijn: My most embarrassing moment happens once a year at the Victoria's Secret show. I never get used to walking in front of thousands of people in my bra and underwear.
chiquis: If you weren't a model, what would you be?
Rebecca Romijn: I would work with abused children.
chicagoreporter: I was impressed with your singing ability when I saw you do a Julie Andrews tune on The Tonight Show. Do you have any plans in that arena?
Rebecca Romijn: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have a soft spot for musical theater. Yes, eventually I'd like to pursue more music. I was just joking around on The Tonight Show, but maybe someday I'll take it seriously. When I do, I want to be able to commit to it, and right now, I don't have the time. Someday...
ritzy: Have you thought about how long you'll continue to model? What other fields are you interested in?
Rebecca Romijn: When I was in high school, I used to do my homework, watch TV, talk on the phone and eat dinner all at the same time. Basically, I like to take on as much as I possibly can. I love to be busy. Right now, I'm supplementing my modeling career with lots of other things, branching out into mediums besides print. A straight print-modeling career can only last so long. I'd like to continue with MTV, modeling here and there, and who knows what else. I definitely want to start a summer camp for abused kids someday. I'm also potentially interested in the field of motherhood
jesterfive: What responsibilities do you feel as a model?
Rebecca Romijn: I'd have to say that, in general, models take themselves too seriously. Basically, they are genetic freaks who spend a couple of hours in hair and makeup. I don't think they should take credit for the way they look. They should be thankful for the way their parents look. As far as perpetuating a negative body image and all that: Yes, I've worried about it from time to time. I feel a certain amount of responsibility. But it's hard to say who's to blame--society,
the media, who knows? All I can do is encourage girls to figure out what makes them happy, figure out who they are and then be their own persons, regardless of what their packages look like.
Original article: E! Online.com