Heather Criticizes Catholic Church
"Organized religion, in my experience, has been destructive," says sexy actress and Austin Powers star Heather Graham, 30, in the February issue of Talk magazine.
"Why do I have to do what all these men are saying? Why is a woman's sexuality supposed to be so evil?"
She adds that the Catholic Church stifled and stigmatized her sexuality as she was growing up, clouding her view of what relationships should be.
"I was afraid to put myself on the line. I would always try to go out with someone who liked me more than I liked them. That way if they hurt you, you say, 'Oh, I was never really into them,'" Graham says.
"I wanted someone to pursue me so that I didn't have to worry about getting rejected."
The leggy blond actress adds that she's only gotten "braver as I get older."
The outspoken star, who rocketed to fame as a roller-skating nymph in Boogie Nights, says she loves flaunting her sexiness on the big screen in roles that push the envelope.
"I don't want to play the girlfriend, that's just so... boring," she tells Talk.
"I think it's just scary because sometimes, as a woman, you think, if I do the sexy-girl thing, does that mean I'm only that?
"Sometimes it's how men see women, as either the Madonna-or-the-whore thing..."
Graham hasn't spoken to her parents in six years, reportedly because they objected to the sex in some of her films. Her uninhibited scenes in Two Girls and a Guy had to be trimmed to avoid an NC-17 rating.
And even though her folks, an ex-FBI agent and a children's book author who once urged her to become a nun, have attempted to make contact, she's staying away.
"I know how it probably looks to people: Oh God, I'm not talking to my parents, and why don't I?" she laments.
"But at the same time I think that you have to take care of yourself. Surround yourself with people that think good things about you."
Graham, whose past loves include actors James Woods, Ed Burns and Kyle MacLachlan, is currently dating nine-years-younger Aussie hunk Heath Ledger, who starred with Mel Gibson in The Patriot. – Albawaba.com.