Bright Lights, Inked City
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.
The self-proclaimed “most known, unknown person in Hollywood,” has appeared in everything from ER and CSI to He’s Just Not That Into You and Gran Torino. With five movies on the horizon, he won’t be unknown for long.
INKED: How did you land such a plum role in Gran Torino?
CORY HARDRICT: It was a regular audition process. I remember showing up and the audition sheet was five pages long with 100 names on each page, and I was like, “Ah, man, I’m turning around and going home.” It was a cattle call. But I went in, did my best, and forgot all about it. Next thing I knew, I was on my honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, and I got the call that I was going to Detroit. I was jumping up and down.
Did Clint Eastwood give you any good advice about Hollywood?
He said, “Never worry about what you’re gonna get, just go in and show ‘em what you got.” That stuck with me. It’s like, don’t worry about the outcome, just live in the moment, do your best, and that’s all you can do.
As a kid who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, how did you get into acting?
My mom dragged me to an audition for an Oprah Winfrey movie. There were 3,000 kids lined up at Harpo Studios, and we waited in line for four hours, but I got a spot as an extra, and I’ve wanted to act ever since.
Let’s talk tattoos. How many do you have?
Two. The first one is my name on my left arm. My brother Nick stitched his name on his arm, and I thought it was cool, but it looked kinda bootleg. The “N” was super small, and the “I” was a capital “I,” so I was like, “I’m gonna get mine professionally done.” My second is a cross with “1954 to 1996,” and my mother’s name through the middle, because she passed in 1996. It’s a way to keep her close to me for the rest of my life. It’s on my right arm, near my bicep.
You’re married to Tia Mowry, one of the twins from the hit ’90s TV show Sister, Sister. Is it tough being married to a fellow actor?
It’s great. I don’t look at it as being married to an actress. We’re both real people, we support each other and love each other, and that’s all that matters. We’re not into the whole Hollywood thing. In fact, we’re so far away from the scene. Our scene is at home with our dog, Chico, just trying to figure out what’s next.
So what is next for you?
I have a BET film coming out called Dough Boys. I’m used to playing “street” kind of guys, but I’m not street at all. It won’t hurt to do another urban movie or two, but that’s probably it for me. There are so many things I want to try.
Thanks to roles on The L Word, Gossip Girl, and the forthcoming gross-out horror film Sutures, Kate French is about to blow up
INKED: Your parents were both models who met on a modeling job. Was it inevitable that you’d model?
Kate French: Well, I’m a lot shorter than them. My dad is six feet, my mom is five foot ten, and my brother is six foot four. I’m five foot four and a half-I don’t know what the hell happened. I guess I felt like I was supposed to follow in their footsteps, but at the same time, I never enjoyed it. Fifteen is a tough age anyway, and being constantly put down or judged based on my looks left me feeling really empty. I stopped my senior year of high school.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
Seventeen. My girlfriend and I had some margaritas and went to this tattoo shop in the East Village. I got an outline of a star on the back of my leg, two inches above my ankle. I’ve since changed it to a different star that my mom designed. I got my second one when I was living in Santa Barbara. I was having trouble meeting people, and one night in the shower I wasn’t doing so well, and the phrase “Remember to breathe” popped into my head. So I got out, drove to a tattoo parlor on State Street, and had them write it on the inside of my right arm. That one’s the most personal to me-it carries the most weight.
And your third?
It’s a pencil drawing of a calla lily on my back right shoulder, done by Dan at Pricks on Sunset Boulevard. Then, recently, I made a stupid bet with my friend that whoever lost at darts had to get a tattoo of the other person’s initials. I was killing him-I totally thought I was gonna win, but I lost. So now I have his initial, “W,” on my wrist.
Don’t you have a Ryan Adams lyric on your ribcage?
Yes. Ryan Adams is my favorite musician, and I’m obsessed with the line “Go on and rain down on us because I give up,” from the song “Blue Hotel.” So I had that tattooed in my best friend’s handwriting on my ribcage.Have you met Ryan?
No. I’ve seen him a million times in concert, but I don’t want to be a creepy fan, like, “Look at my tattoo!” I respect his music so much that I kind of don’t want to know him as a person. Although sometimes I’m like, Wow, I am that crazy fan-I have his lyrics on my body. [Laughs.] But that’s all right.
The blood-sucking vampire from Twilight on wanting more tattoos, causing trouble in boarding school, and dealing with rabid groupies
INKED: Let’s talk tattoos. How many do you have?
JACKSON RATHBONE: I only have one right now, but I definitely plan on getting more. My friends and I were kind of the bad kids in school, the troublemakers. We went to Interlochen Arts Academy, this really great boarding school in Michigan, and there were six of us who were always acting out against authority. The school administration was like, “Stay away from those boys-they’re ‘Lost Boys,’” so that’s what everyone called us. When I was 18, I got a tattoo that says, “I’m lost.”
What kind of shenanigans did you guys get into?
Remember the prohibition era? It was kind of like that.
Did you have a speakeasy in your dorm room?
Let’s just say we had a lot of alcohol on the premises that we weren’t supposed to have. We kept whiskey in shampoo bottles and vodka in conditioner bottles. A few of my friends were actually expelled.
You’re in a band too, called 100 Monkeys. So who’s wilder-the 100 Monkeys groupies or the Twilight groupies?
We’re just so happy to have fans at all. The 100 Monkeys fans are wild-one of my band mates once got molested in a bathroom after a show. The Twilight fans are so amazing-they’re always asking me to sign stuff, like their faces, or their cell phones. I’m like, I don’t want to de-face your cell phone! And I especially don’t want to de-face your face.
Are you signed on for the next Twilight movie, New Moon?
Wait, there’s another one? [Laughs.] Just kidding. Yes, I’m on board. I actually go up to Toronto to start training in a few days.
What other tattoos do you plan on getting?
I’d love to get the Rathbone family crest on my back-it would take up my whole back. Our motto is “Suaviter et Fortiter,” which means “nicely, but firmly.” My dad always taught me that you’ve got to give respect to get respect, and you’ve got to give love to get love. Makes sense, right?
From Terminator 3 and the L Word to steamy PDAs with rock star Pink and actress Michelle Rodriguez, Kristanna Loken, the gorgeous star of the upcoming National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus and Janjaweed, proves she is, and always will be, a woman on top
INKED: You have eight tattoos. Which was your first?
KRISTANNA LOKEN: The cherub my right big toe. I don’t know what I was thinking because I have size 11 feet! But now I have a few on my feet-I’ve embraced the largeness of them.
And your second?
It’s a personal crest on my shoulder, inspired by various voodoo symbols. Each symbol represents a part of myself, and together it makes up who I am.
It’s a very interesting, spiritual, amazing religion. The only reason voodoo got a bad rap is because when slaves were brought over, they were practicing it, and they would put hexes on their owners.
Okay, so talk us through the rest.
I have a star on my left wrist and a moon on my right wrist. I got those at a shop on Sunset Boulevard. My girlfriends were waiting for me across the street at the Saddle Ranch bar, and I walked in with my wrists wrapped up-it looked like I just tried to kill myself. The next one was on my ankle, which I got after I did T3. When I’m done with a job, I like to change something about myself-cut my hair or change the color or get a tattoo or a piercing.
The one on your ankle is a horse running. What does that signify?
Lightness and freedom. The one on my lower back started as a bear paw-the Native American symbol for strength-and then I added a globe to it. I’ve studied spirituality and Buddhism a great deal, and when I was on a silent retreat in South Africa, I saw a beautiful Jesus embracing Buddha, and they were cradling the world. I thought, I want that globe. Then I added angel wings, which I have to admit I copied off an Ed Hardy sweater. I also have the word “Aniccia,” which means change or impermanence in Pali, hanging around my right foot like an anklet. My final one is my husband’s initials in Pali on my ring finger.So are you really finished, or will you get more?
I don’t know if I can say I’m done. My mother would love me to be done. She would’ve loved me to be done before I even began.
You starred on the L Word. Did that help you be more open about your own sexuality and bisexuality?
I really enjoyed being a part of that show because it showed same-sex relationships in a semi-normal atmosphere. Being open about who you are and who you choose to love is vital for our generation. My sister is a lesbian and she’s always taught me that you can love whomever you choose. When you’re bisexual, you’re not one or the other, so you kind of get discredited by both [straight and gay communities] but I’ve gotten letters from girls who’ve said, “Thanks so much for telling me how you feel. Now I feel normal.” And that’s great.
Did it annoy you when the press went crazy over pictures of you kissing Pink and “canoodling” with Michelle Rodriguez?
It doesn’t bother me because to me it’s a non-event. People make a hell of a lot more out if it than how I feel. Those things just kind of happened-they were part of my life. People can respond whichever way they want to. People will either love what I do or not. It doesn’t really affect me.
As the crystal meth-cooking, bad-decision-making derelict Matt on Nip/Tuck, John Hensley has given a fresh face to family dysfunction. He checks in from the Mondrian Hotel to tell us about his ink.
INKED: Your Nip/Tuck character, Matt, does some questionable things. What do you like about playing him?
JOHN HENSLEY: Matt is the one character in the show who changes dramatically from season to season. He makes horrific decisions from time to time-he’s on a very unpredictable trajectory. Working on the show I can say without question they’ve always decided to tell whatever story they want to tell without apology. Are there times the show’s gone in a direction I haven’t agreed with? Absolutely. But the one thing I can always get behind, it’s that they do not give a shit, in the best way possible, about how people react to it.
What’s your take on plastic surgery?
In a weird way, working on the show has softened me to it. Open any magazine, close your eyes and point and there’s a 40 to 75 percent chance you’ll land on someone who’s had work done. We’ve all been guilty of looking for the right answer in the wrong place. For some, it’s in the bottom of a whiskey bottle. For some, it’s at the end of a glass pipe. For some, it might be at the end of a doctor’s scalpel. In a way, I can empathize with the notion behind why some people might elect to do that to themselves.
You have no hesitation when it comes to getting tattoos. Which was your first?
I have three-one on the inside of each arm and one across my back. The first two are from Eddy Deutsche. On my right arm it says “Dark and bloody ground,” which to me represents Kentucky, where I’m from. On my left arm it says “Faith,” which has no religious connection whatsoever. It’s just that if I look back on my life, it’s like whenever I had the faith to take a risk, my foot would land right.
So it’s not a nod to the George Michael song?
It’s not, though I do love that song. [Laughs.] The one on my back is a hawk by Andrea Elston. I’m a big fan of her work.
Will you get more?
I’m sure I will. I’m not in any rush. When I got my first two, I actually wanted to do three, but Eddy very levelheadedly told me, “I think two is enough for your first time.”
We’ll be lining up with everyone else this summer to see the long-awaited big screen version of Land of the Lost. But it’s not because of Will Ferrell-it’s to see Eve Mauro, who’s about to play the hottest Pakuni Woman in cinematic history
INKED: So when did you get your first tattoo?
EVE MAURO: I was in sixth grade-it’s a stick figure on my hip, done with India ink and a needle.
Whoa-there has to be a great story behind that.
There is. It was these two chicks and me, and we were kind of drunk. One of the other girls got a stick figure on her hip too, but the head is coming off the body, so it looks retarded. We did mine first, thank god.
You were drunk in sixth grade?
Yeah, and giving each other tattoos. One of the girl’s grandmas had all this artsy stuff lying around, and she was really old, so we did whatever we wanted. We took a sewing needle and burnt it in a candle and gave each other tattoos. Mine is still there-it hasn’t faded or anything.
What were you drinking?
Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill. We tried Mad Dog 20/20, and it tasted like ass, so we switched to Boone’s. Then when I was 15, I went to a tattoo parlor and got a humongous naked fairy under my belly button. It goes all the way down. For 15, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I figured if I got it below my belly button my parents wouldn’t see it. That was stupid. My dad’s from Sicily and thinks tattoos are for criminals.
Did they ever find out?
I’m sure they did. I’ve seen pictures from when I was 17 and you can see it poking out, but they never said anything about it.
And your third tattoo?
When I came to California I got a griffin on my bicep. It symbolizes divine power. I studied Greek mythology growing up, so I was all into that shit.
Would you ever get any of them removed?’
I’m actually getting the one on my stomach lasered off. I was young-I didn’t figure that if I went to a beach there’d be kids around, and they’d see some naked lady with titties on my stomach, and they’d be like, “What’s that?” I’m not sure what I’m gonna get. I’m thinking of this Sicilian head of Medusa with legs coming out of it, but we’ll see.
Will you get any more?
I’d like to. I want to get some writing around the griffin, maybe one of my favorite quotes, “It’s better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven,” from Paradise Lost.
Have you ever met a fan with a tattoo of your face?
Eww, no. That’d be weird, don’t you think? I’d be like, “What the fuck?” That’s creepy!