"I was a regular teenager who sort of
floated through life. I was a tomboy - all
my fiends were boys. I had braces and
permed hair and was chubby till I was
about 15. I was also really tall and all my
friends came up to my armpits!
I was a real dork."
What was it like for you to
find out that the man who
raised you wasn't actually
your real dad?
"Everybody thinks I grew up with this
rock'n'roll lifestyle. But I grew up in a
small town with my mum, and had a
secure and happy childhood. When
I was 10, I found out that my father ['70s
rocker Todd Rundgren] wasn't my real
father. My real dad [Steven Tyler from
Aerosmith] used to come and visit us a
lot and I noticed that his daughter Mia
[now a model], looked a lot like me. Later,
my mother told me that Steven was my
biological father. It was strange. It's been
amazing to get to know him as an adult."
How did you first get into
modelling as a career?
"When I was 14, my mum's friend [model
Paulina Porizkova] got me all dressed up
and took pictures of me - It was fun.
It just sort of happened after that.
I hated modelling. I did It for the money
and for the adventure of being able to
travel to a lot of exotic locations. Then,
when I was 16, some movie people
called and asked me to audition
for them, which I did. Later,
there was a photo of me
in a newspaper and an
agent saw it - the next
thing I knew I was in his
office with my mum and
he signed me.
A few months later,
I got my fits film."
What did you want
to grow up to be?
"When I was a kid, all
I wanted to be was
a singer I didn't know
anything about acting
because I grew up
Your parents are obviously cool because they're musicians, but
were you ever embarrassed by
them when you were growing up?
"My mum used to take me to
school in our blue Volkswagen car.
She would drive right up to the
front, still in her pyjamas, and drop
me off while honking the horn,
saying, 'Bye, honey', And if I had
been a brat, she would say, 'You
better behave or I'll walk you to
the door!' My mother and father
and Todd were always sort of,
I don't know if wild is the right
word, but they were definitely
different from your normal mum
and dad. Very creative."
Did you do things your
mum didn't like?
"My mum had all these beautiful
clothes and make-up, and in the
bathroom all her jewellery was
pinned to the wall... It was more than
a girl could ever dream of! When she
went out, she'd always say. 'Don't get
into my stuff; and the first than I would
do was go mad dressing up."
When was your first kiss?
"I didn't have my first kiss until I was
14. I had boyfriends but I don't think
it was real love."
Were you o good student
when you were at school?
"I was a big oaf in class. I was always
hyperactive and I had attention deficit
disorder and dyslexia. But I was always
happy to be in school. I loved to learn
and I loved to talk - I was probably just
annoying! I was always half-adult and
half-idiot. When I was around adults,
I'd be mature but when I was around
my friends, I'd just go nuts with
excitement. My principal understood
and was always really kind to me -
he helped me graduate."