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Born: 1962-02-05
Profession: Actress
Nation: American
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People equate success with youth. And if you haven't had a certain amount of success by a certain time in your life, it's never going to happen. There's a fear about that. So people start lying about their age really young. I've never done that because I think it's so insignificant.

Tags: Age, Life, Success

I'm a typical middle child. I'm the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody's happy. It's hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy.

Tags: Change, Happy, Nature

Acting for kids is like playing house, you know? But growing up in Hollywood, it just made it seem possible.

Tags: Acting, Kids, Playing

I could never play the ingenue, the girl next door or the very successful young doctor. That would be a bore.

Tags: Girl, Successful, Young

I don't really watch my moves all that often; I mean, really, I don't.

Tags: Mean, Often, Watch

I don't want to play the same person twice, that's not why I wanted to act.

Tags: Act, Wanted, Why

I hate parties. I don't like big crowded things.

Tags: Big, Hate, Parties

I just don't plan things. I live a month at a time.

Tags: Month, Plan, Time

I like a movie that the audience actively has to participate in and not just casually observe.

Tags: Audience, Movie, Observe

I love being in therapy. It's just constantly fulfilling for me.

Tags: Fulfilling, Love, Therapy

I love Polaroids and I have a Polaroid camera collection from the '50s.

Tags: Camera, Collection, Love

I loved acting as a kid because I was kind of shy, so it brought me out of myself.

Tags: Acting, Kid, Loved

I used to hang out by the food table at parties because you don't have to talk to anybody. If you do then you can talk about the food.

Tags: Food, Talk, Used

I'd love to have children, and I think marriage is great, I really do.

Tags: Great, Love, Marriage

I've always done roles that really appealed to me on a gut level and which I found inspiring.

Tags: Done, Found, Level

It's very exciting to work with people who inspire you.

Tags: Exciting, Inspire, Work

One of the reasons that I do a lot of different kinds of pictures is because I learn a lot when I'm doing them.

Tags: Kinds, Learn, Pictures

When I find a role I want to play, I just go after it.

Tags: After, Role

Writing, producing and directing, I must say, is incredibly satisfying and gratifying.

Tags: Directing, Satisfying, Writing

Writing, producing and directing, I must say, is incredibly satisfying and gratifying. I've never been happier.

Tags: Directing, Happier, Writing

You know, you really do choose your existence in a way.

Tags: Choose, Existence

I just don't want to talk about my personal life. I feel like it's mine, I'm not trying to promote it. It's nice to have things that are your own, that you value enough that you don't have to use to sell a movie.

Tags: Life, Nice, Trying

I like a movie that the audience actively has to participate in, and not just casually observe. Whatever my part in it, just as an audience member, I find that exciting.

Tags: Exciting, Movie, Whatever

I like to investigate all different kinds of people, I guess, and find out what makes them who they are, and try to be honest in the portrayal, and truthful, and find out how to understand that person, how to communicate that person's experience.

Tags: Experience, Try, Understand

I'd much rather be in a movie that people have really strong feelings about than one that makes a hundred million dollars but you can't remember because it's just like all the others.

Tags: Feelings, Remember, Strong

People can have so many ill-conceived ideas about me based on the parts that I play. I've had guys, when I've been single, come out of the woodwork to date me and I've found out very quickly that they were expecting some kind of whirlwind, some dramatic crazy person - and that's just not me.

Tags: Crazy, Found, Single
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Although filmmaking is collaborative and involves trust, ultimately it is the director who holds the whole picture together in their head.

Tags: Together, Trust, Whole

I always find it extremely hard to remember the act of beginning. I almost deliberately forget it.

Tags: Forget, Hard, Remember

I do believe we're all adaptable, and you're probably more adaptable than you realize.

Tags: Adaptable, Realize

I don't think good films have messages.

Tags: Films, Good, Messages

I think every single person perceives things differently. We are all singular.

Tags: Perceives, Single, Singular

I think it's restrictive to typecast myself as a novelist because I enjoy other forms of expression. I love literature and I love cinema.

Tags: Enjoy, Expression, Love

I think striking the right tone for your story is, if you like, the alchemical work of writing.

Tags: Story, Work, Writing

I'm trying to get under people's skin in a way. I don't like films that go in one ear and out the other.

Tags: Films, Skin, Trying

I, myself, don't like to see a film on Friday night and then forget it by the next day.

Tags: Forget, Friday, Night

It's dangerous to think too much about how a film will be received. Filmmaking is not a popularity contest. Some would disagree.

Tags: Dangerous, Film, Popularity

One of the most ephemeral and important things is atmosphere and tone and it's very hard to put your finger on what creates that.

Tags: Atmosphere, Hard, Put

The concentration of the elite athlete is akin perhaps to the concentration of the writer.

Tags: Athlete, Perhaps, Writer

The great thing about being a writer is that you have a long, perhaps frighteningly long time in which to do your work.

Tags: Great, Time, Work

The most important thing is to have something important to say and finding the means to say it.

Tags: Finding, Means

We stitch together our days and edit out our nights.

Tags: Days, Nights, Together

All this talk about writing is a little bit moot, because it is almost an unthinking process. It is actually a paradox because you are constantly making choices.

Tags: Making, Talk, Writing

I love films where you go into the cinema and loosen the edges of yourself and you hopefully enter into the world of the film. You're watching something unfold before you. I prefer the idea of wonder or intense wonder over shock or something.

Tags: Idea, Love, Yourself

I've never forgotten what it's like to be in your early twenties, which is not a particularly easy time. You've left your family, you've left the strictures of high school, and you're trying to break free and form yourself but you have to support yourself as well. We don't really give enough credence to that time of life and to its troubles.

Tags: Family, Life, Time

The point is the 'me' that you see before you is not the 'me' in my private little space, shape-shifting into the writing role, nor is it the 'me' that works with the actors. Here, at the end of the film doing interviews, I feel like I'm in disguise.

Tags: End, Here, Writing

There is a difference between a voyeur and a tender witness. Maybe I think the audience is more of a tender witness than a voyeur, which has a shady undertone.

Tags: Between, Difference, Maybe

To me, the question of inspiration is an exercise in hindsight. The truth is, inspiration is mysterious at the time. I don't think it's ever a rational process.

Tags: Question, Time, Truth
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