Interviewer: Anna, we see your
face everywhere these days. With such a busy,
schedule, how do you manage to set priorities?
Model: My personal life comes
first, then there's everything else - like
work. I have my contracts and I do some magazine
shoots because they're what keep it all going.
But I've also learned to say no to certain
I: Not everyone's lucky enough
to be able to turn down work.
M: I used to have trouble doing
it - you get pressured a lot. But I've realized
that I have to take a break once in a while.
I: When did you really start
to feel well known?
M: After I did my second Vogue
cover, I realized I'd arrived as a model.
But it's really been the television and especially
my Pepsi commercial. Some people never look
at a magazine, but everyone watches TV.
I: Now you're quite a celebrity
yourself. Just how much do you think the public
is entitled to know about you?
M: Well, even on my show we
try to make fun of the image. I think it's
important to realize that I don't wake up
looking like that. It's after a few hours
of hair and makeup and great lighting - and
retouching if I have a pimple. I'm pretty
used to being in the center of activity, but
sometimes I wish I could be just another girl
at the gym working out. People don't need
to know what I eat for breakfast. They need
to know that I work hard. And that I have
fat days and ugly days.
I: Having previewed your new
exercise video, we find that hard to believe.
M: Oh, I have to work out. Some
models don't, but I'm not one of them.
I: We hear you were also involved
in the off-camera production.
M: Actually, I executive-produced
it. That was a whole different role for me.
I had the final say on everything from the
cover design to hiring the director. That
was great, but it was also my responsibility
if something didn't work out.
I: Does all the TV and video
mean you're giving up on a film career?
M: No, I would never rule it
out. But I do find that I have an easier time
being myself than playing a role. With acting,
I don't know when I'm good or not. But with
TV, I know.
I: People are always curious
about celebrities' behaviour when they're
away from the cameras. What's your "normal"
evening at home like?
M: It depends on which house
we're in. In New York, I'd be in the bathtub
- I'm a real bath person - or reading or talking
on the phone. If we're in the country house,
where there's more room, I'd probably be in
I: Somehow, we just don't picture
you running out to the supermarket to pick
up a few things!
M: I do it. I don't get recognized
as often as you might think - but I certainly
don't go to the grocery store in full hair
and makeup. That's asking for it.
I: Do you have any plans for
the future that we should know about?
M: Well, the video comes out
in October, so I'll be working on promoting
that. And I'll be doing more with MTV and
the Fox network - we're talking about doing
a show on women who do really daring things,
like parachuting and mountain climbing. I
have my work with Revlon for a few more years,
too. And of course, we'll eventually think
about starting a family.