Courtney Love loves how "uncompromising" Sean Penn and Gwyneth Paltrow are.

The controversial musician-and-actress admires many different actors.

Courtney likened her own talent to that of Sean's, who she sees as the male version of herself.

"I have always felt that if I were a man, I'd be Sean Penn," Courtney told American magazine Contributor. "He and Gwyneth [Paltrow] are probably my two biggest inspirations when it comes to acting. They are both so uncompromising and consistently amazing in their work."

Courtney has enjoyed a colourful past. The 48-year-old was famously married to late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, with who she had daughter Frances Bean. Famously known for her nonchalant attitude and wild antics, Courtney revealed an anecdote about the time she met acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Billy Wilder.

When the Academy Award-winner paid her a compliment by comparing her to screen siren actress Carole Lombard, Courtney misread it completely.

"I was once taken to an amazing dinner at Billy Wilder's apartment and he told me I reminded him of Carole Lombard," Courtney recalled. "I was rather shocked that such an amateur thought of me as funny."

The Hole frontwoman has recently turned her hand to fashion design. After almost five years in the making, Courtney's clothing line called Never the Bride is now available for purchase.