For The Emperor's New Clothes book and CD project, Hart assumed the role of the Imperial Princess, the puckish, independent daughter of the befuddled Emperor. "She's a total tomboy," Hart explains, "she's one of those tough-headed kids who doesn't want to go out with Mom and Dad, who doesn't want to be seen with them ... She's a completely different character than the characters I've played." Hart also contributes her voice to the Starbright World online project as narrator of all of the "help" text.
Amazon.com: What are you reading right now?
I read a lot of scripts. Actually, I want to read the new Stephen King. I just bought that yesterday. Last year I went to school, last semester, in the spring; I did a correspondence course with NYU, and I read a whole bunch of autobiographies by women. It included the skater who lost her husband, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Audrey Hepburn's autobiography. I just love reading autobiographies; I love the fact that they're real and that this really happened to someone.
Amazon.com: What book do you want your friends to read?
There's two. I think everyone should read The Little Prince at least once a year. And my favorite book is Bastard Out of Carolina.
Amazon.com: What book would you rescue from a burning house?
The Little Prince
Amazon.com: What book would you like for your birthday?
Any Jane Austen hardcover. I've read all of her stuff, but I don't have hardcovers.
Amazon.com: What was your favorite book growing up?
James and the Giant Peach
Amazon.com: What book did you hide from your parents?
Our Bodies, Ourselves
Amazon.com: What book has most influenced your adult life?
Probably Pride and Prejudice. The lead character, Elizabeth, her determination, just--she was kind of pig-headed but she was also very sensitive and vulnerable. I love the way Jane Austen writes women; they're real characters.
Amazon.com: If you could be a fictional character for a day, who would it be?
The Little Prince.
Amazon.com: What poem or book line can you recite by heart?
"If a body catch a body comin' through the rye.
Amazon.com: What is your most dog-eared book?
Probably My Sergei. That book really got to me, really touched me. I ended up trying to get in touch with her to invite her and her daughter to come down to the set of Sabrina. I called her agent. I was so intrigued by the love story. It's so intense, it's such a Romeo and Juliet story--but it's true.
Amazon.com: If you could change the ending of a book, what would it be, and how would it end?
My Sergei would have ended with her letting him go. She still seemed miserable, and I understand that completely, but there's also so many other things to live for.
Amazon.com: Which author would write your biography?
J.D. Salinger. The way he writes is so raw and natural. I don't think I'm all that different from Holden Caulfield.