Jason Odell (photographer),
Alison Prato (writer),
Evan Klanfer (photographer),
Steve Shaw (photographer),
Stephen Stickler (photographer),
JC Dhien (photographer)
After parts in The Big Lebowski to Just My Luck, Bree Turner is about to break out-as Katherine Heigl's wing woman in this summer's The Ugly Truth.
INKED: Tell us about your first tattoo.
BREE TURNER: I got my first one-an abstract figure of a dancer on my ankle-when I was 16. I ate, slept, and bled dancing for 15 years. I was a pretty straight, church-going girl, so the fact that I wanted a tattoo at 16 was big news in my suburban town. My mom and grandma said I could have it, but they had to go with me. I was mortified. We went to Black Wave on LaBrea, in L.A., and I was hoping for some gritty experience, but there I was with my grandma. Not very badass. I looked over at one point, and the owner was showing my grandma photos of the tattoos on his penis. But Grandma was cool and collected, like, "Oh, that's great."
Was she with you when you got the heart on your hip?
No. I got that in college, thinking I was super cool. My third is a butterfly on my lower back. It sounds cliché now, but in 1997 I was ahead of the curve.
And your last one?
I have everyone in my family's initials on my Achilles heel. You're supposed to keep that bandage on for a day or so, but the night I got it I went out dancing at a club in flip flops and shorts. I was out all night and came stumbling home. When I woke up, my ankle was infected. It was the size of a grapefruit. I was like, "Stupid tattoo, now I'm going to have to amputate my foot."
Got any more planned?
I would love to get my husband's name or initials, but he doesn't want me to get any more. He's super straight. But I'm just gonna do it. I go, "I'm your wife! How romantic is that? I'm tattooing you on my body for eternity."
Is he an actor?
No, he's an orthopedic surgeon. He'll tell me about his surgery, and I'm like, "Well, I auditioned for Grey's Anatomy today. I talked about spleens exploding."
Tell us about the public service announcement you did in college."
Oh, man. It was a genital herpes commercial, and the line was, "I have pain, a discharge, and a sore. I thought it was a yeast infection, but it wasn't." That thing ran almost 16 times a day, in heavy rotation. Everyone at school saw it.
Did people assume you had herpes?
Yes! I was like, "Are you guys idiots? It's television! I'm acting!" But you know what? I bought my condo off that commercial. So it all worked out.