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Laura Dern has been in more movies than you might realize. Like many actresses, she started off with smaller roles on movies like White Lightning and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

She recently spoke with The Guardian about the moment she realized she wanted to be an actress.

“My dad [Bruce Dern] was shooting Family Plot with Hitchcock, and my mom was shooting Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore with Scorsese and, believe it or not, at the end of that summer I was, like, ‘I think I want to be an actress.’ ”

Dern Has Been In Hollywood Forever

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Her career took off around the time time she appeared in Rambling Rose. That role was also controversial, as she played a domestic servant in the Great Depression. Her character develops feelings for Robert Duvall's character, the father of the family she works for.

Mother-Daughter Duo

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Dern and her mother, Diane Ladd, both appeared in Rambling Rose. For their efforts, they were nominated for an Academy award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

What's more, they became the first mother-daughter team to be nominated for an Oscar for the same movie, and in the same year, no less.

Dern is also a supporter for Down syndrome awareness, and is an activist for several other causes.

The Stories She Must Have

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Given her family background, it's no surprise she's seen a lot of things in Hollywood, including what she calls "horrifically inappropriate" activities that took place on film sets when she was between 12 and 16.

"Like, yeah, I'm doing an audition sitting on a bed with a 40-year-old filmmaker reading together a love scene, and I'm 13, but I know how to get out of this door, and I know I'm safe – but anything could have happened. What was I doing there?"

Dern says it was "mere luck" that she wasn't assaulted herself.

Jurassic-Sized Roles

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Once Dern hooked up with David Lynch, she got even more recognition for appearing in movies like Blue Velvet, the TV version of Twin Peaks, Wild At Heart and Inland Empire.

Many know her from starring in Jurassic Park, as one of the researchers who visits the island where dinosaurs are being created.

One of her recent high-profile roles was in HBO's "Big Little Lies."

Taking Off

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Interestingly, Dern has expressed a love of airports.

"Yeah, I love airports. You know, watching people say goodbye, and what they're saying is not at all what's on their face. I remember being a kid, like, fascinated, and my kids have definitely adopted my people-watching obsession."

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