Years before Pamela Anderson Lee made breast reductions chic, a wanna-be comedienne named Janeane Garofalo quietly went under the knife to change her bra size.

"Getting a breast reduction to prepare for my career was no different from people who work to get good grades to get into a good college, to get into a good graduate school, to get a good job," confesses Garofalo in Marie Claire. "I was a 36C or D, and at 5'1", I knew that being a small person with big boobs standing in front of an audience was not going to be easy."

Garofalo, who had the procedure at age 20 while she was a student at Providence College, says paring down to a B cup was "the best thing in the whole world, like a new lease on life." The operation wasn't painful, she says, but there was some scarring.

"I do have some unfortunate scars that I don't like anyone to see," says Garofalo, who next hits theaters opposite Jerry Stiller in The Independent. "Maybe one day I can get them to blend in with the tattoos on my stomach."

Garofalo says it was also during college that she lost her virginity to the first person she fell in love with. "I was heavy, but he didn't give a s---," she recalls. "He loved me. After that, I realized I wasn't afraid of sex anymore."