Interview With Kristanna Loken

AE: And now you’re the global ambassador for MyLifE?
KL:
Right, just this past summer, they asked me to be the global ambassador
to the MyLifE project, and since then we have done so much, including putting
together a fundraiser that just took place in Berlin.

AE: I understand it was a lingerie auction?
KL:
Yeah, we wanted to do something a little different, so we decided to do
a lingerie auction, and then we also did a five-course dinner. Diesel was the
sponsor for the lingerie, and the event drew over 400 people to one of the city’s
top clubs, Bangaluu. It was a big success — so much so that we’re planning to
have a similar event in L.A. this fall. … I don’t care if you’re gay, straight,
old or young, who doesn’t love a lingerie auction?

AE: People sometimes roll their eyes about
celebrities and their pet causes, but this sounds like it’s really a big part
of your life.
KL:
Oh, it is. It absolutely is. People can roll their eyes if they want,
but at least you’re doing something. People always say: "What can I do? I’m
only one person." Well, the glass is half-full or it’s half-empty. I mean,
what can you do as one person? You
can make a huge impact, and I really feel strongly about that. I really do. And
this is just one of the causes that I’m a part of. I’m not going to bore you
with the others … or maybe I should.

AE: [laughs] Sure, just name them.
KL:
Okay, I’ll be brief. There’s the ROCK Foundation in Romania, which I
got involved with when I shot BloodRayne.
There are a lot of displaced infants in Romania, and we’re working to help them.
… I also am working with a nonprofit that helps educate children on how to care
for their juvenile diabetes. It’s called Circle of Life Camp, which is located
in upstate New York around the area where I grew up. And I should say, all of
these groups were formed by amazing women who have inspired me and influenced
my life a lot.

AE: Tell me about your latest movie, Lime Salted Love. I know it’s coming to
New York on March 1.
KL:
This was the first film that I produced and also star in. It’s going to
screen at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and I’ll
definitely be there for the event and after-party.

AE: I understand your character in Lime Salted Love is more grounded than
some of the other larger-than-life characters you’ve played.
KL:
Yeah, it’s definitely a very human, emotional story. My girlfriend
Danielle Agnello wrote it; she and I have been really good friends since we met
in acting class. It’s kind of an avant-garde piece, a bit like Mulholland Drive meets 21 Grams, edited out of sequence like Memento — if you can follow that
[laughs].

It’s a
tangle of people’s lives, set in L.A., and how childhood traumas really shape
you as an individual and also your sexuality as an adult. There’s an underlying
love story between my character and Danielle’s character, and there’s a love
triangle because her boyfriend is involved.

AE: Because it’s the first movie you
produced and starred in, it must be especially close to you.
KL:
Absolutely. We put so much into this, especially Danielle. … I think
the film will really affect people. It’s not uplifting. It’s certainly not a
feel-good film, but it is very provocative. It’s about people trying to get
through life and deal with their inner demons.

AE: You’re only 28, but you’re already taking control of the projects
you take on. That’s a really privileged position to be in at a young age.
KL:
I think you have to stand up and really believe in projects if you want
them to get done. The monetary gain shouldn’t be the driving force of doing
your own creative work; the gratification that you reap is so much greater. I
only want to do good work from here on out in my life; whatever’s in the past
is in the past. But I certainly haven’t seen that many scripts that are really
that amazing, and if I have to create my own projects … it’s a hell of a lot
harder, that’s for sure, but why not?

AE: So why did you sign on for The
L Word
? How did that part fit into your plans?
KL:
They came to me and asked me to be a part of it, and I thought, "Sure,
why not?" It was fun, it was exhilarating, and it was liberating to be a
part of that, and also to have it be such a part of me.

AE: In what way?
KL:
Well, just to be able to show same-sex relationships in a kind of
quote-unquote truthful way. I mean, sure, everyone’s life is more glamorous on
that show, but it wasn’t exploited necessarily. It’s a risqué show, but it was
fun to be a part of that; it’s a pioneer of its kind. There’s no other show
like it.

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