When you were 17, what did you want to be?
After I stopped wanting to be a ballerina or a princess, I thought about being a veterinarian, but I really had absolutely no idea. I was the fourth of five kids, and the only girl. I got good grades and participated in all these sports and marching band and I was president of the French Club and I started a community service club. I also went through a prolonged grunge phase, featuring lots of flannels, hair down to my waist, and drawing the anarchy symbol on things. With five children, my parents were extraordinarily proud of me, and very much like, “Whatever's happening, let's not mess it up.”