"I didn't want to play the gorgeous girl. I came from the world of beauty pageants and modelling and right away when people heard that I got discounted as an actor," W magazine quoted her as saying.
"I took on roles early on that really didn't rely on my physical self at all and that was a good way to sort of get some credibility within my industry," added the actress, famous for the Die Another Day scene in which she walked out of the sea in a bikini.
The 50-year-old said had a hard time convincing film director Spike Lee to cast her as a "crack ho" in his movie Jungle Fever.
"Spike Lee wanted me to read for the part of his wife and I read that part fine enough, but then I said to Spike, 'You know I really am eyeing this crack ho role, can you please let me audition for that?' And he said, 'No, no I don't see you as the crack ho," she said.
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