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"I remember we'd roll into gas stations in our beat-up van and I'd tell the attendant, 'I'm going to be an actor!'"
River Phoenix on the 3000 mile journey to Los Angeles in 1979.
"We were really naïve. I figured I'd play guitar and sing with my sister and we would be on television the next day."
River Phoenix on the family's arrival in Los Angeles.
"We schlepped forever in L.A. Moved every three months, being evicted regularly for late rent, for kids, for whatever. We just kept it so we'd rather be poor than have any debts, but we had no money whatsoever - it was just day to day."
"Biggest problem was I was terrible for commercials - I couldn't smile on cue."
River Phoenix on the beginning of his career.
"There are some Hollywood kids who are really brats and it's just hard to deal with them. I've been lucky that I haven't been such a brat. I'm trying my best not to be."
River Phoenix during the filming of Explorers.