- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Advice compiled and condensed from actual sources by Kelly Jane Torrance, who composed the questions.

I made a terrible mistake. No, I haven’t gotten back together with Samantha Ronson. (Or have I? Even I can’t keep track anymore.) What I’m talking about is my decision to turn down a role in “The Hangover.”

The script didn’t do much for me. It seemed like another of those guy-centered comedies, and I’m used to being in girl-centered movies. I thought I’d really have to get out of my comfort zone for this one. Well, the movie turned out to be the summer’s biggest comedy and, so far, it’s the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year. Heather Graham was happy enough to play a stripper and now millions of people are reminded of who she is.

How can I keep from missing such great opportunities in the future?

- Lindsay Lohan

Dear Lindsay,

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

- Thomas Edison

I was worried I might lose my gig in the megasuccessful “High School Musical” movies a few years back when some nude photos I sent to my boyfriend Zac made their way to the Internet. I didn’t - and in fact, it only seemed to bring me new (older) fans. So I’ve decided to go all the way and strip on the big screen - I’ve just signed to play a character named Blondie in a movie that has scenes set in a brothel.

Now that I’ve committed, though, I’m feeling a bit nervous. It was one thing to pose naked for pictures I expected just my boyfriend to see. It’s another to actually do a movie nude.

- Vanessa Hudgens

Dear Vanessa,

Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.

- John Berger

I don’t think there’s another woman - or possibly even man - who’s under more pressure than I am right now. I’m facing tough grilling by some of the most powerful people in politics. One of them told me I will pass as long as I don’t have a “meltdown.” Now that he’s said that, I’ve started worrying that I will. After all, I’m being forced to defend just about everything I’ve done in my career, including just two little words I uttered at a speech eight years ago. Do you have any tips on coming through an experience only a few people in a generation have to face?

- Sonia Sotomayor

Dear Sonia,

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man. It is more powerful than external circumstances.

- Seneca

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