The World According to Jennifer Tilly

updated 12/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/15/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

She's picked up an Oscar nomination (for 1994's Bullets over Broadway) and hooked up with a psychotic toy (in 1989's Bride of Chucky). Now Jennifer Tilly—or at least her head—costars as a fortune teller trapped in a crystal ball in Disney's The Haunted Mansion. We're not sure Tilly, 45, can predict the future, but she's refreshingly candid about the Hollywood life.

ON HER CAREER:
"Eight times out of 10 when I get recognized, it's for Bride of Chucky."

ON HER OUTRAGEOUS FASHION CHOICES:
"If you're Nicole Kidman and you're wearing a plain black dress, your picture's going to run because you're Nicole Kidman. But if you're Jennifer Tilly and you're wearing a plain black dress, it's never going to run anywhere."

ON HER FIGURE:
"I'd love to be 15 lbs. lighter, but I get hungry."

ON HER FANS:
"After Bullets, I got this huge gay following. I guess I was so over-the-top with those pink feathers. I think gay men like the way I present myself because I'm a little like a drag queen."

ON HER UPBRINGING:
"We were hippies. We moved to Canada because my stepfather didn't want our family to be part of the government war machine. He was sort of like David Koresh. He made me drop out of Girl Scouts because he thought they were teaching us to be little soldiers. And I was like, 'I just want to make brownies!' "

ON HER SISTER MEG, 43 (THE BIG CHILL), WHO GOT HER BREAK FIRST DESPITE BEING SLOWER TO TAKE UP ACTING:
"Everyone assumed I was following in her footsteps and I didn't want to be like, 'No, she was copying me, honest!' "

ON WANTING TO HAVE A CHILD:
"Obviously I've got to get a move on."

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF HER RECENT SPLIT WITH BEAU DODD MITCHELL, 37, A RESTAURANT DESIGNER:
"Since my boyfriend moved out, I have more room for my clothes."

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