Actress-turned-singer Juliette Lewis has shattered her wild rock 'n' roll image by giving up sex and alcohol.

The Juliette And The Licks frontwoman has been celibate for 10 months, because she wants to channel her sexual frustration into her music and devote herself to the band, without the pressures of a romantic relationship.

She also believes her music career has improved since she quit drink, because it distracted her from composing rock anthems.

Lewis explains, "I never get drunk. I don't like the idea of losing control. My rock escapism days are behind me. I don't want to be distracted from my music.

"And celibacy is my new thing. I'm really into feeling everything, trying to confront my feelings that could be sexual desire, or sublimation - trying to use anger in artistic ways.

"There is no other way. Hard work is something I'm committed to. I have been all free of men in the last 10 months and I'm like, 'Life's great, I don't like anybody'. Work becomes your boyfriend."

01/05/2005 21:13