Indie film queen Lili Taylor, 39, prefers dark roles—like Factotum‘s chain-smoking alcoholic Jan. How does she keep her edge?
TAKE A STAND I’d rather play someone dark and complicated than someone one-dimensional.
DON’T GO METHOD If I’d smoked regular nicotine [in Factotum], I would have started smoking again. I smoked herbal cigarettes.
WORK WITH FRIENDS I’ve known Matt for about 20 years, so it felt familiar. Any kind of depth to the relationship helps [the acting].
TAKE A BREATHER I’m kind of tuckered out right now, so I’m going to relax. I want to hit some water. I like to frolic.