"I'm 50-50 on glamour stuff. I'd rather put on a pair of jeans and get on my Harley and act like a guy."

"I don't know how you really prepare yourself for celebrity. You can't buy a book and read up on it and go, oh, so that's how I deal with it when they go through my garbage, or when the paparazzi follow me, that's what I have to do. It's something you just cope with when it appears."
E! Online, February 2001

"Women have conquered the world. And with everything we go through, it's about time we had a female president. I don't think we're that far away, but it should have happened already. I wouldn't be surprised if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs - I really admire her."

When speaking about her Father's death and the incident surrounding it, "I was always mama's girl, and I always felt like her protector"

"At first I found it really hard using 3 different English accents: South African, faking the American, faking the accent required by the job. I decided to make it easier for myself and just do one. I haven't lost my culture, just my accent."

"When all the Hollywood hype falls away, what is left? The work . . . living and breathing a character. When you find that core nothing else matters."

"Fur isn't necessary. It doesn't make sense to me to let animals suffer for fashion."

"I've always been very proud to be a South African and I've always been very honest to people about that. And whatever I can do in my power I promise you I will do. I don't think it's too much pressure. I think it's our duty as citizens of this country. You don't have to win an Oscar to do something good for your country. We all can do that. If I can be an encouragement for that I'll be glad to be that."