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NEW YORK Actress Bijou Phillips is fed up with
being cast as the bad girl.
Phillips, 27, who has appeared in a raft of films over the
past eight years, says she is always being typecast due to her
reputation of being a "wild child" during her teens.
"A lot of the time I end up playing the bad girl. I would
love to play the sweet, innocent nice girl down the street, but
I don't know if it will happen," Phillips told Reuters in an
interview ahead of the June 8 opening of her latest movie,
Phillips, the daughter of the late 1960s rock star John
Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, became a favorite in
tabloid headlines as she hit the New York party scene in her
teens after starting to model at age 13 and leaving home.
She gave up modeling at the age of 17 to embark on a music
career with her debut album "I'd Rather Eat Glass," a reference
to her former profession. She is currently working on her
second album but acting is now her main focus.
But controversy was never far behind her. She posed nude in
Playboy magazine seven years ago, and pleaded no contest in
2004 to a criminal charges after a fight with Playboy Playmate
Nicole Marie Lenz in a Los Angeles nightclub.
Phillips, however, often photographed with sibling
"celebutantes" Paris and Nicky Hilton, says her wild days are
behind her -- but it is hard to shake this image.
"This has stuck with me and the parts they offer me. There
is an image of me out there, but I would love for everyone to
let me grow up and play adult roles," she said.
Phillips says she avoids the celebrity scene and has
cleaned up her act.
"You have to stay away from people who have that kind of
attention. I've been down that road and at the end of the day
it only hinders your career," she said.
"When you want to grow up and do some real work the things
you did -- even though they did not seem a big deal -- that
gave you a bad girl image, reckless, drugs, whatever, do play a
part in the long run, and in the end it is hard to shake that."
Does she regret her past?
"No. It is what it is," she said.
"But now I own a house with my boyfriend (actor Danny
Masterson), and then I go off and play the bad girl. I would
love to play something that I relate more to now."