Mary Elizabeth Winstead For Complex, 2012

I read that these pictures of Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Death Proof, The Thing remake) are decidedly of a woman that Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers would never hang out with…

Maybe that’s true, but the girl in the Complex Magazine interview is another exception. The same Winstead the nerds adore, thus the “geek chic” thing and role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Here’s what she had to say:

On being a sex symbol: “It’s an issue of what we’ve come to think of as ‘sexy’ in our culture, from the things that we’ve seen on billboards and stuff like that. There’s this image of a hot woman with squinty eyes and pouty lips that has been trademarked as ‘the sexy look,’ and that’s not my look. I like to think I’m sexy in my own way.”

On what she finds sexy: “It’s more about a sense of humor and kindness. In a guy, that instinct to take care of another person is always very sexy to me—a guy who’s chivalrous, in that old-fashioned way.”

On playing Mary Todd in Vampire Hunter: “The main thing that’s changed, of course, is this fictional element that there were vampires at that time. But everything else is historically accurate, so I got to do a lot of research about Mary Todd.”
On Quentin Tarantino: “During the shooting of Grindhouse, I watched a lot of those old grindhouse films from the ’70s, and there’s one that Quentin introduced me to called Welcome Home Brother Charles. I loved it because it was so insane. It’s about this guy who kills people with his…um, penis.”

On never wanting to do a nude scene: “When you’re starting out as an actress at a young age, you have a more self-righteous view of things, like, “I’ll never do that.” Once you get older, you realize those things aren’t as important as you thought they were.”
“I have so much respect for many actresses who’ve done nudity. Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine is one of my favorite performances of the last few years. When I see something like that, I say, ‘OK, I totally understand why she did it.’”

“I’m not the kind of person who’s just going to take her clothes off casually and be totally cool with it. But I am more open to it now. All I want is to be true to the character. If it’s important for there to be nudity in that case, then I don’t feel like it’d be right for me to say no.”

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