"I was kind of introverted. I had friends but they were with many different groups of people, so I was the president of my drama society, but I was also captain of the dance team, and then I was in science fairs and all that stuff. I wasn’t part of a certain crowd; I bopped around. I didn’t have a lot of girlfriends, I kind of kept to myself. I was a really good girl. My parents wouldn’t let me wear makeup or cut my hair or anything like that. That was kind of sacred. That was how I grew up."
I needed a myth. I needed a story to put myself into to understand where I was at, to remind me that it’s OK to be imperfect…. You can be imperfect and still be a hero. That’s incredibly empowering for young people.
You lie when you’re a teenager, I think, because your parents are treating you like you’re younger and you - in your mind - think that you’re so much older. You make up all of these lies because you think it’s what you should do.