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“I can’t do Los Angeles. I’ve always been the anti-Barbie. I don’t want to be in a place where almost every woman walks around with puffy lips, little noses and breasts large enough to nourish a small country. As a kid I wanted attention, so I started praying for glasses because everyone had ace vision in my family. Then one day my eyes started going bad and never stopped.”

“Proportions. Gigantic proportions. I was speaking about L.A., and my comfort level in L.A. The conversation started that I’m so focused on the physical when I’m in L.A. You cannot [not] be. My concentration is skewed when I spend any length of time here. I feel like my focus changes and I become so much more concerned with appearances and spend so much more money here on fashion… which I love. It’s important, but not as important as it gets as when I’m here. I like myself better when I don’t focus on these things.”

“It’s terrifying to be the lead. There’s a moment of excitement, and then pure terror.”

“I’ve been trying to get movies made for my entire career and since I got nominated for an Oscar I can get any movie made.’ I thought, that’s a great way of putting it. It’s a lot of who notices you. As far as what people are telling me now, it’s all about zero expectation. There’s nothing more for me to say about it. I’m just grateful.”

“Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning.”

“I’ve always believed that if you are precise in your thoughts, it’s not the lines you say that are important – it’s what exists between the lines.”

When that call from Sundance comes in, it’s sheer happiness. If you’re a gardener, if you’ve ever planted anything. It’s like that little bud emerges. That’s what Sundance means to me. It’s that sun illuminating on the little bud and everyone’s dancing in celebration.”

“As an actor, you’re sort of the court-appointed lawyer of the character. And that’s what used to draw me to scripts — something in a woman that I wanted to defend, something that I recognized or wanted to understand, something that turned my head. Now that I’m a mother, I think it’s more the message of a film, or the questions that they pose about life — that’s the magnifying glass through which I look at them now. But at first it was all about the character.”

“Every year around awards season there’s talk of how many great roles there are for women. But there’s really this dearth of roles out there for women.”

“It never occurred to me to be an actress. But then, in my late teens, I was benched in soccer, and my best friend convinced me to try out for the school play. I had had my heart broken, and the play was a melodrama called The Vampire, and it was a great emotional outlet.”

“I’ve always been lucky in that none of the TV shows were popular. I’ve never gone beyond 13 episodes. I did TV because independent films pay very little and I needed to live. But I’ve never wanted to be locked into a series, even when the part was interesting. I became an actor to play all sorts of different roles in films. I left my agents because they were focusing on television.”

“I think I want to quit acting after every movie. Each time I have to decide whether or not I want to go back to the struggle of seducing people into believing that I am an entirely different individual. It’s especially challenging when Hollywood would like me to be the same bland character over and over again.”

“I really don’t feel a need to be famous, but I do feel a need to make a difference, to shed light on human emotion through acting. It sounds strange, but I don’t recognize myself in the women in most films. And I should be up there somewhere. We all should.”

“There are some times when I think acting can be a noble profession.”

“I have the best husband a wife could possibly have. He’s the best father my children could have. He’s able to focus on his writing and producing. We just take the kids with us and we ship them back and forth but we are there as a family.”

“Yeah, I have it in my contract — there’s got to be at least one hot male.”

“I think it occurred to me in my senior year in high school when I was benched in soccer. I didn’t want to sit there, so I auditioned for the school play and got the lead. I’m not an attention seeker; I wasn’t looking for fame and fortune. I wasn’t sure while I was there. I found I was really comfortable taking on a different personality. It saved me from myself, in a way.”

“As a child, I think, I used to dream in Ukrainian, but no longer.”

“That’s my favorite part. That’s what I look for in scripts — not so much what people say but what they perceive.”

“You can tell a lot about a person from the state of their herb garden, and mine is not in good shape. I just want a weed whacker in my hand. I need to spend time in my own shoes.”

“It is terrifying to put yourself out on the line and do what everybody else spends their entire life trying to hide, to portray all the inconsistencies and mysteries and negatives of life. There’s always an element of fear in the roles I choose. But I use it as fuel.”

“It’s very important to me to connect with nature. In my downtime I obsess over earthworms and moss and goats. That’s my way of becoming centered again after each role.”

“I don’t feel like I’m exposing myself. It’s not my body, it’s the character’s body I’m exposing. If it feels gratuitous, I won’t do it. I’ve put my foot down before.”

“I think I want to quit acting after every movie. Each time I have to decide whether or not I want to go back to the struggle of seducing people into believing that I am an entirely different individual. It’s especially challenging when Hollywood would like me to be the same bland character over and over again.”

“I don’t have to make decisions there like, Should I wear Kenzo or Prada? I mow the lawn on my tractor all day. It’s much cheaper than therapy.”

“And unfortunately – well, not unfortunately – the truth of it is that you have to balance the kind of career that I have, which is small, independent films that nobody sees, like Higher Ground, which are real projects of the heart, with things that will keep your digits up. Safe House is that kind of an opportunity for me. It’s not so much for credit, it’s also for stability. You earn very little money on independent films and I’m the provider for my home, so I do have to think of taking one for the accountant time and again and that means studio pictures.”

“How do I survey the ol’ 40s approaching arid landscape of work opportunity? Hmmm. I can’t get my knickers in a twist about my age and ageing in an industry that caters to the ids of 14-year-olds.”

“I’m from the school of, if you want more, you have to require more from yourself. I’m just going to advance confidently in the direction of my dreams. F— ‘em. As I age, I want to see stories about women my own age; inspirational, illuminating stories. I’ll develop them, I’ll produce them, I’ll direct them, I’ll finance them, I’ll distribute them if I have to.”

“There are women who make things better, there are women who change things, there are women who make things happen, who make a difference. I want to be one of those women. If I turn 40 and overnight become frustrated with the scarcity of roles, I’ll vent through my pen and write myself some roles.”

“It depends on the subject matter. No, I won’t harm someone else to get my own experience but I am demanding. I demand a lot from myself. Am I ambitious? I used to be afraid of that word but now I think ambition is a good thing. My ambition is to be inspired perpetually and I don’t think it’s too much to ask. I won’t take anyone down for it, but I will go white-knuckle for it.”


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