I never try to avoid ‘Ugly Betty’ fans, as I love them.
I don’t go anywhere without my iPod, laptop and at least one book.
From an acting perspective, I would say that you should always try to make your own stuff. Always be ambitious about your own projects and always know better than anyone else what you’re good at.
I worked on three independent movies in close succession and… I really learned from those directors how to stay on budget, make your days, get it done, keep everyone happy, which is a huge thing in a movie, and to steer the ship.
I would have to say the most challenging thing about directing is the sheer stamina because… as a director, you’re always doing something. Someone always needs to talk to you. There are always decisions to be made and every day for as long as the movie goes on. So it’s a marathon… You don’t have to look nice, but it’s all day every day.
Don’t feel you have to stick to plans, because something better might come up; and try to blend in, because you see more. I’ve learnt that the principles of moving around a big city are the same everywhere; only the people and streets are different.
I go for cosmopolitan cities, and I like to be in the middle of everything.