'True Blood's' Carrie Preston works outside the Hollywood system

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Zap2it: What kind of projects does your production company usually do?

Carrie Preston: We choose to do works that tell a story of people who might not get told in a wider, more "Hollywood studio" kind of system. I feel a lot of times that the films that are made specifically for the gay audience can be a little limiting. Maybe they are more explicit sexually, or they're things that you can't share with your family. We like to say that we make gay films you can take your mother to and women films with a "broad" appeal.

Zap2it: Is that why your recent film "That's What She Said" has an all-female cast?

Carrie Preston: There are so many "bromance" films that are all-male except for maybe one female that the main protagonist wants to have sex with. That's pretty much how women are represented in those films, and we wanted to make a female response to that. The things I do that are more fringe are because I want to give a voice to characters that wouldn't otherwise have a place in our film and TV culture.

Zap2it: When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

Carrie Preston: Oh, I knew immediately. I remember at one point, I think I was 13 or 14, I looked at my mother and said, "Do you think I can do this for a living?" and she said, "Well, honey, somebody's gotta do it and I don't know why it can't be you."
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