Sigourney Weaver Interview

From Esquire. Gems:

I changed my name when I was about twelve because I didn’t like being called Sue or Susie. I felt I needed a longer name because I was so tall. So what happened? Now everyone calls me Sig or Siggy.

That whole generation that’s gone now, that lived through the two world wars, is a great example to all of us. They knew how to live. If something bad happened, they didn’t sit at home, eat Häagen-Dazs, and watch a movie. They got dressed up, went out, caroused, and danced their feet off.

Comedy is the most important thing in the world except for justice.

I had such great teachers in high school who made me feel like I could do anything. Then to go to Yale, where these drama teachers made me feel like shit — if I have any advice for young people, it would be, “Don’t listen to teachers who say, ‘You’re really not good enough.’ “ Just teach me. Don’t tell me if you think I’m good enough or not. I didn’t ask you. Teachers who do that should be fired.

When Avatar comes out, it may be like the day we went from black and white to color.

I volunteered to serve food to the workers at Ground Zero after 9/11. There were dogs trained to find living people. The people who worked with the dogs became worried because the day after day of not finding anyone was beginning to depress the animals. So the people took turns hiding in the rubble so that every now and then a dog could find one of them to be able to carry on.

I go on these panels and hear people crying because the public can watch movies on an iPod. Hey, who’s to say that taking your iPod into the forest and watching a little bit of Lawrence of Arabia is not a fabulous experience?

via Esquire.