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5 New Melissa Leo Quotes: Hailee Steinfeld 'Pimping,' Helena Bonham Carter 'Shoving Me'

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Oscar frontrunner Melissa Leo says stardom is "oddly fascinating, a little uncomfortable, and tremendous fun." "Sounds like a push-up bra," says interviewer Thelma Adams.

In Thursday's exclusive Marie Claire Q&A, Adams gets some striking quotes from Leo, who's just as scrappy as her character in The Fighter, only more glamorous.

On her fellow Fighter cast member -- and so far less successful supporting actress friend and rival -- Amy Adams: "The night of the SAGs, I told her that I don't know if I could do it if underneath the bright smile I sensed jealousy."

On the girl most likely to take the Oscar from Leo: "Hailee Steinfeld I met in an airport doing her pimping, er, I mean promoting in some town, with her mother ... She is the real deal, very dear and grounded."

On Helena Bonham Carter: "At the [Oscar] luncheon [Feb. 7] I got to finally meet Helena Bonham Carter. She wouldn't take my compliments. She was shoving me toward the Oscar statue, and I was trying to do-si-do her closer."

On her glamour ads: "I don't think I did a bad. I'm deeply sorry if I offended. That's ignorance on my part. I operate from instinct, and my instinct guided me in the choice to do this."

On how weird campaigning is: "I don't know much about this Oscar thing, I mean it. I'm not even a girl that got dressed up and went to the prom or even dated a lot."