There was something about being in front of audiences when I was in elementary school plays that gave me a thrill. It was like the rush you get from a roller coaster drop.
There are all kinds of other things I could do, things I would probably like, but only acting would give me emotional fulfillment.
The Oscars have become such a big deal these days that it's just used as adjective.
The name game is frustrating. Agents will say, They love you, but they're going to offer it to Julia Roberts first.
Sometimes I feel limited by people's perceptions of what I can and cannot do, or what I do or don't look like.
Once you've found something you know how to do, it makes you feel you don't have to be intimidated by someone.
My father taught me how to substitute realities.
I'm doing things that are more artistic again, more close to the material that I love. I don't disparage those things that I did. They're just not as much reflective of who I am.
I'll talk to myself out loud a lot.
I try to become more humble and more myself with every year. There was a while when I got famous where I was so confused and my head was spinning.
I have learned to pare down what I do and still be effective and strong in a role.
I hate it when people use sex as a weapon against the people who are engaging in it. It's so hypocritical.
I had started off, before I ever got an acting job, working at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions as a reader. I was always interested in that side of the camera.
I had been looking for a New York apartment, but I said, Why not give LA a go
I could have seen myself going into academia, but I don't love it I just like it.
Being is like pretending.
Acting is what happens on the way.
It's the relationships between people that are more important than the sort of far away fantasies of what the good life is, the world of supermodels and Bud ads.
I always feel I can play a role - just give me the time to do the preparation and I'll be it.
I have a hard time getting motivated to do something that seems like a career move. I've gotten into vague trouble with my agents for turning down work that I thought was exploitative.
I hope that doing truthful portrayals of people in a variety of circumstances gives people a kind of subterranean link to those characters.
I was offered one of the roles in a big project that shall remain nameless. I thought the whole thing encouraged violent sex crimes toward women. It made horrible, ghastly rape violence seem sexy. I just didn't want to sign my name to it.
These are women who are beaten, raped, sold . . . mentally dominated, threatened that their families will be destroyed, ... They have no other options.
When I was 5, my mother threw a party, and a friend and I wrote and performed a play called The Dutch Doll.
They used to take important social topics and sort of sex them up to make people want to watch them, and I think that this film handles it with the gravitas that it deserves,