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Born: 1958-05-29
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.

Tags: Famous, Human, Soul

Yes, I know I've played these women, but I'm not really conniving at all.

Tags: Played, Women, Yes

I remember hearing someone say that good acting is more about taking off a mask than putting one on, and in movie acting, certainly that's true. With the camera so close, you can see right down into your soul, hopefully. So being able to do that in a way is terrifying, and in another way, truly liberating. And I like that about it.

Tags: Good, Someone, True

I am really looking forward as I get older and older, to being less and less nice.

Tags: Forward, Looking, Nice

I have perfected the art of putting my feet on my husband's lap during awards ceremonies so he can rub them.

Tags: Art, Feet, Husband

I think we as celebrities have a lot more control.

Tags: Control

My parents were very supportive. They went to every show. And they never told me not to do what I was doing.

Tags: Parents, Show, Supportive

Oh, honey, I'm from Oklahoma! This is who I am - middle-class all the way!

Tags: Honey, Oh, Oklahoma

And if there's anything movies can do in a way that I just love, and I love as an audience is, 'Show me something I don't know about. Show me something I haven't seen.'

Tags: Love, Movies, Show

By the time I was in high school, Roe v. Wade had passed, so that was also happening; girls were getting pregnant and getting abortions - and that happened in my school too.

Tags: Getting, School, Time

I didn't do a movie until I was almost 30. I'm grateful for that because it gave me a chance to be an adult in the world and do work in the regional theater that very few people cared about. I loved it and I wanted to do that stuff.

Tags: Grateful, Wanted, Work

I didn't picture myself as a movie actress. I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, 'Well somebody has to be in them,' so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise.

Tags: College, Remember, Thinking

I don't see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you're not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it's not like something you can win in that way.

Tags: Mean, Time, Win

I knew I wanted children in my life. The acting was always in relation to it. Life at home is chaos. They're wonderful. They're such interesting human beings. I just love it. I'm lucky.

Tags: Home, Life, Love

Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn't mean that I'll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: 'Isn't that that Bening woman?'

Tags: Love, Saying, Woman

The tension I feel is the moment they say, 'Action!' Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment.

Tags: Action, Moment, Movies

We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?

Tags: Lives, Perfect, Trying

We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that's something I've experienced, but we're all just doing the best we can and we're all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed.

Tags: Best, Sometimes, Trying

A certain luxury when you get to writing a novel is to have the space to have your characters just banter.

Tags: Characters, Space, Writing

But in a 24-hour day, the 25th hour is also the impossible hour, an hour that doesn't exist, that can only be created by the imagination.

Tags: Exist, Hour, Impossible

Every adaptation requires that the screenwriter make difficult choices - and in particular, difficult cuts.

Tags: Adaptation, Choices, Difficult

Fiction novels, that's my game.

Tags: Fiction, Game, Novels

I like having my own story remain my story.

Tags: Remain, Story

I think, in a weird way, the reason I was drawn to screenwriting and the reason I really love doing it is because I love writing dialogue.

Tags: Love, Reason, Writing

I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.

Tags: Game, Growing, Master

I'm just not a natural teacher.

Tags: Natural, Teacher
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I've never flown a kite.

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Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying.

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With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion.

Tags: Deadline, Movies, Wait

And I didn't grow up wanting to be a director. I grew up wanting to be a writer, so for me, that was always the goal - to be a novelist, not a screenwriter. And I think, again, if I didn't have the novels, maybe I'd be much more frustrated by not having directed yet.

Tags: Again, Frustrated, Goal

It is actually a lot harder to sit down and write from A to Z. But for me at least, it's the only way I can do it, at this point, with any moderate success.

Tags: Point, Success, Write
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