Talent is a very potent aphrodisiac. When someone is incredibly gifted, I find them incredibly sexy.
I don't like a lot of rehearsing.
I have to watch the news or my day is not complete.
That's the hardest part of acting: when it is ultra-personal, when it is deeply personal, and there's no lying involved. You can't fake it, you can't get by it. This is dealing with the most primal instincts and emotions that a mother can have.
If my gravy train stops at SAG, honey, it's been a great ride.
I think it's always harder in a film to convey intimacy.
I'm really a director's actor. I rely heavily on a director.
Even though I'm a free spirit, I like to keep my friends and my lovers separate. I have extraordinary friends, but I don't want to see them naked.
The odds are not in your favor the older you get, especially if you're a woman in this business.
See, the SAG awards caught me totally by surprise.
Why are comedic parts for women the exception, not the rule?
I have stunning friends. I value my friendships as I value my family.
The majority of work I do is in independent films, where you're lucky if you have five takes.
New Orleans. Born and raised. I lived there until I was 19.
I always try to approach character first and foremost viscerally.
I like to think of myself as a free spirit. I've never married. I'm not conventional in that way. But I do like romance. I've been fortunate enough that I've had great love, and I've dated remarkable men in my life. I'm very thankful for all of that.
But I have had the luxury of working on good films with great people.
I'm obsessed. I've always needed to know what's going on but now it's a must.
I think it kind of took being a character actor to kind of now enter into leading ladies.
I'll read a script maybe twice, but I'll think about the role more than I'll rehearse lines.
I think it would be hard to go the distance in this business without a sense of humor.
And I have a really great agent and I know it's almost an oxymoron to say you have a smart agent. But she is and she has a beautiful aesthetic and she has guided me.
I love writers. All of my best friends are writers.
But no, had I been successful in my 20s I would have been just fine. But it is nice to defy the odds.
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