I quite liked that she said "she fights for what she believes in and is courageous and I think those things are sexy" cause it could be said about a guy too (replacing she with he obviously) unlike "you'll want to protect her."...
Why does being sexy matter? Nolan North isn't asked, "Man, where's Drake's shirtless scene?" but this poor excuse for an interviewer says he wishes "the shorts" weren't gone? Damn it, Crystal D. You want to make Lara a person? Stop objectifying her and this actress.
Whether you want to believe it or not, Lara Croft has been a sex symbol since she first appeared on the PS1. The creators themselves acknowledge this. It may be somewhat of a re-imagining but it's still Lara Croft, and that baggage doesn't disappear.