That was an interesting journey in that I really found my voice and I realized I was not my body, there was so much more to me and my friends and family were going to love me regardless of what size I was and I was the only person who was really keeping herself imprisoned with this bullshit. My gosh, how many women do I know either haven't experienced an orgasm or faked it most of the time and can only get off by getting themselves off? For a woman to make love and have an orgasm, you have to be safe. ” Kimora Lee Simmons asked me if I had cobwebs on my coochie … It was then amazing to walk through the doors of intimacy with my now husband [Matthew Sutton].
After being told by doctors to take a year off and rest, Rourke temporarily retired from the ring.
Did I have a gut feeling that this was totally inappropriate? I have a great deal of compassion for that suffering because I think people do that trying to fix the inside. I got away with it for so long because in the industry I was in, there is an expectation to show up a certain weight, so that was the perfect cover for that disordered eating. There's some sense of fake power in that performance. What was amazing to me during my celibacy was how uncomfortable it made people.
Yeah, but like so many times, I just shoved it aside and I just needed to obey. It's a very vicious disease that takes a lot of work to change and it's so prevalent in our culture ... The orgasm stuff is an infinitely more interesting discussion for me, too. You don't have to experience vulnerability, but really there is no power -- it's empty. I kept getting this comment, “But you're in your prime.” I was like, “So what? Continue my life having meaningless sex with strangers?
In the 2008 film The Wrestler, Rourke portrayed a past-his-prime wrestler, and received a 2009 Golden Globe award, a BAFTA award, and a nomination for an Academy Award.
fighting some of his early matches under the name Phil Rourke.
Soon after he temporarily gave up boxing, a friend at the University of Miami told Rourke about a play he was directing, Deathwatch, and how the man playing the role of Green Eyes had quit.