Happy Anniversary, SFX!
I never dreamed when I appeared on the cover of SFX’s first issue that girls who weren’t even born yet would cosplay as Tank Girl at conventions. I autograph their arms and they tattoo it on there and they come back the next day to show me later. They still love that movie.
I always thought there was more to heaven and earth than we can wrap our brains around, but I was never a comic book geek. But I paint and I draw, so I appreciate the art. And after looking at the Tank Girl comic book by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, I just knew the movie was going to be a blast. That it would be perfect and sexy and f unny and badass. That it would have all the things that guys got to do, that women didn’t get to do in movies.
The movie didn’t make that much money, because MGM didn’t keep it out long enough. The stupid ratings board rated it R, and there’s not one thing that’s R in the movie. Seriously. There’s no nudity. It’s not scary. It’s goofy. So I really believe it was given an R because it was a female protagonist who was talking shit.
Now I’m on Orange Is The New Black, with plenty of female protagonists, where women are talking to each other and
not talking about their love life. They’re just people talking about their life. Which is what women are – they’re human beings, not just the person in a movie to prove that the lead guy is straight.
I’m super proud that I was your first cover girl, SFX. And I hope I can deserve that coveted space one more time before it’s all over with. Twenty years! Good job. I’m really proud of you! Come on. What lasts twenty years?!