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Born: 1963-06-10
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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I see myself at a certain age as not being able to play the kind of parts that would keep me stimulated, and I can't imagine my life ending professionally the moment that I've got to go to the plastic surgeon and have my face rearranged.

Tags: Age, Life, Moment

I want to be involved with young people in some way. Teenagers. Because that's the most vulnerable time. I have a fantasy of becoming a teacher one day.

Tags: Teacher, Time, Young

I was a complete unknown when I did 'Karate Kid.' I'd just done a pilot for a TV show called 'Call to Glory.' And I sat down with John Avildsen and brought still pictures from the show. I brought pictures! At that point, I would've been happy to be in a dog-food commercial.

Tags: Done, Happy, Show

I was on my own at Wellesley, surrounded by a lot of young women who were motivated and intellectually curious. I started to read because I was required to do so for class, but I soon found myself enjoying the seclusion of the library. I came to see reading as an important way to learn about people, including myself.

Tags: Learn, Women, Young

Like, that was weird in 'Hamlet 2,' because I played myself there, fully myself, but then I realized, 'Oh, I'm not playing myself. I'm some weird version of myself.' So as an actress, you're always playing something, I don't even know who I am, how could I become me? I don't know what that is.

Tags: Become, Playing, Weird

My mom had started to go to work when I was nine or ten, so I was aware of women trying to find their own identities by working. But I was still influenced by men to such an extreme. I wanted to play their games and wanted to compete in their world and be like them.

Tags: Men, Women, Work

People love to talk about how the '70s are the only time they made movies about characters, and adult movies, and complicated people. But in the '80s, they got away with some of those too.

Tags: Love, Movies, Time

Robert Kennedy was such an inspiring figure. His interest in politics seemed to come not from a desire for power, but from a need to help our society live up to its ideals.

Tags: Politics, Power, Society

The hard thing about 'The Saint' was that my character was supposed to die, but then they reshot the ending based on tests and she lives. I created the character based on her dying - she would never have been as innocent otherwise. So I didn't have high expectations for that film.

Tags: Character, Die, Hard

The movie I'm really excited about that I had really fun doing is 'Feed the Dog.' It's with Nat Wolff and Selena Gomez. It's really fun. It's raunchy, like 'Superbad' meets 'Risky Business,' kind of. I got to be a really fun character, an out-there Mrs. Robinson-type character. I get to seduce Nat.

Tags: Business, Character, Fun

Today I still feel like the most illiterate person ever to have roamed the campuses of Wellesley and Harvard, where I later transferred. I remain intimidated by all the books I haven't read, but over the years I've come to realize that being a student is a lifelong adventure.

Tags: Read, Realize, Today

What keeps this industry challenging as an actor is that you never know how something will turn out. The ups and downs are constant. You're never just smoothly sailing along. You're always going to be on loose footing. That's what ultimately now I expect and accept and that doesn't scare me as much.

Tags: Accept, Actor, Expect

I understand now that the vulnerability I've always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can't experience life without feeling life. What I've learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it's a strength.

Tags: Life, Love, Strength

I don't have high expectations anymore. Maybe they've just been beaten out of me.

Tags: Anymore, High, Maybe

It would be really wonderful if people connected to the loneliness of what it means to be a human being in the world today.

Tags: Human, Loneliness, Today

When you get into your 40s, it's all about lighting. It's hard. You have to face whether the way you look is your self-worth or not. Once you get beyond that, it's all about what's in your heart.

Tags: Hard, Heart, Once

Every experience makes you grow.

Tags: Experience, Grow, Makes

Growing up with three boys in a heavily male-dominated world, I especially needed to express myself as a woman.

Tags: Growing, Three, Woman

I don't think 'Cocktail' was a perfect critical success, but it touched a vein in our culture.

Tags: Culture, Perfect, Success

I feel like my first conversation with someone, I really get a good feeling about who that person is and mainly about how open they are.

Tags: Feeling, Good, Someone

I may be the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next to me.

Tags: Door, Girl, May

I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me.

Tags: Door, Girl, May

I spent my whole life trying to play the games males play.

Tags: Life, Trying, Whole
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I try really hard to give my kids as much independence as I can, caring mostly about their character: Are they kind? Generous? Do they work hard?

Tags: Character, Hard, Work

It took a lot to get attention in my family. No wonder I'm an actress.

Tags: Attention, Family, Wonder

Sometimes when I read about my rebellion in print it sounds a little overrated.

Tags: Read, Sometimes, Sounds

The darker, more complex and emotional the part is, the easier it is for me. But I don't take any of that stuff home with me at the end of the day.

Tags: Emotional, End, Home

After Leaving Las Vegas I did assume that things would get a lot easier than they've been. But it's just been a mirror of the way my career's been from the beginning, so for it to have changed would have been strange. My career has never been perfect.

Tags: Career, Leaving, Perfect

After three major movies, I was like, 'Oh, I guess you're supposed to get a publicist?' Girls that are in the business now that are successful are more savvy.

Tags: Business, Movies, Successful

Almost six years ago, before I was given the incredible opportunity to be in 'Leaving Las Vegas,' I was going through a long period of artistic confusion. I'd spent years doing work that hadn't pushed me enough, and I was beginning to wonder if I had any talent.

Tags: Enough, Leaving, Work

As the only girl growing up among three brothers, I was always afraid of being excluded. If there was a game to be played, a sport to be learned, a competition to join, I was on my feet and ready. I didn't spend much time alone for fear that I'd miss out.

Tags: Alone, Fear, Time

Every film is a crapshoot. It's a mystery when a movie comes together. I've never been able to figure it out. I don't know how I make my choices. The only thing you can do is know there's something about a character that you really want to experience.

Tags: Character, Experience, Together

Everyone at 'CSI' has been so great to work with, and so great in terms of scheduling. There's a real feeling of family on that set... I've grown to have so much respect for the cast and crew - they're been together so many years and still care about the show and each other.

Tags: Family, Great, Work

For many years, I decided not to do television because I have three children, but now my youngest is finally old enough to be in kindergarten. So I'm not feeling that kind of tug of not being with her as much.

Tags: Children, Enough, Feeling

I did 'The Karate Kid,' then I just went back to college. I didn't know how much money it made and I didn't have a publicist. I didn't have any sense of the business part of it.

Tags: Business, Money, Sense

I have worked with another first-time director who was not that open, and it was probably one of the worst experiences I ever had, so my antennas are really out.

Tags: Another, Open, Worst

I really love 'Soapdish.' I wish 'Soapdish' had more of a moment because I felt that that is a really strong, funny movie. Kevin Kline is hilarious in that movie.

Tags: Funny, Love, Strong

Secondly I would like to make continuous efforts of stabilising cross Strait relations, eventually reaching peace across the Taiwan strait and stability and security in the Asia Pacific region.

Tags: Eventually, Peace, Security

The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, from now on we must all embrace each other, creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance.

Tags: Election, Love, Tolerance

We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations.

Tags: Door, Give, Together

We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective, to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.

Tags: Accept, Decision, Positive

Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.

Tags: Great, Peace, Wisdom

Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.

Tags: Falls, Forest, Tree

We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.

Tags: Arrogance, Behavior, Irrational

I believe in the greatness of our democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Greatness

I believe in the greatness of our people.

Tags: Greatness

I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy.

Tags: Confidence, Democracy, Great

Over the next four years, I will continue to listen to different views and accept different suggestions.

Tags: Accept, Listen, Next

Taiwan is an independent sovereign country.

Tags: Country, Sovereign, Taiwan

The election result is not a victory that belongs to me or my party.

Tags: Election, Result, Victory

The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.

Tags: Big, Democracy, Strength

The results of the two referenda demonstrate the majority view of the Taiwanese people.

Tags: Majority, Results, View

The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean.

Tags: Democracy, May, Road

We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating basic human rights into our new constitution.

Tags: Deal, Human, Rights

We have had a long wait for democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Wait

We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.

Tags: Belief, Effort, Reform

We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives.

Tags: Lives, Place, Strive

Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service.

Tags: Age, Service, Voting

Even if I were knocked down by one gunshot it wouldn't affect our democracy and I wasn't knocked down and I have great confidence in our democracy and in Taiwan and in the people of Taiwan.

Tags: Confidence, Democracy, Great

However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy.

Tags: Happy, History, Positive

I believe that this is not only the view of the people on both sides of the Strait. It is also the common expectation of the US, Japan and the international community.

Tags: Both, Common, Community

I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan.

Tags: Confidence, Daily, Great

I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure.

Tags: Failure, Life, Past

If we really love and cherish Taiwan, we should hold our hands in unity to protect our country and our democratic values with the most humble and tolerant hearts.

Tags: Country, Humble, Love

In the 1999 resolution regarding Taiwan's future passed by the Democratic Progressive Party, it is stated very clearly that any change to the status quo of Taiwan must be decided by the people of Taiwan through referenda.

Tags: Change, Future, Party

It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return.

Tags: Democracy, Path, Road
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