I find that actors who are wanting to pursue tv or films don't seem to have much interest in classical theatre.
Painting is a hobby for me.
And I think because there is an essence of me that cares about other people and what other people think then that then makes me seem very sweet and polite.
We are always just trying to be strong and yet in touch with our bodies and the only way you can really do that is to believe in yourself because that's all that you have.
And not to mean that I think I'm some special person, but I think we're all here for a very specific reason and once you figure out what that is then you're on the right track and we're all on the ride together.
I love actors who are wonderful - like John Cusack and Russell Crowe, and wouldn't it be a treat to eventually direct them one day.
When you think about going back to the States you start to become more aware of the violence there and how we pollute the Earth more than the New Zealanders.
I wouldn't say that I'm overly religious, but I have a pretty good relationship with my spiritual being.
I mean, I like to be creative because it challenges me to try to be better than I am as a person and I hope that in some way that that makes someone else think and feel something about themselves that then has given them the opportunity to grow.
Just believe in yourself and to find spirituality that's going to carry you. Because all the rest is just fluff.
For me it's all about creating a goal and fulfilling it.
I'm the type of person who feels I have to prove myself first.
I've been looking at oil paintings from oriental artists lately, and the one artist who's inspired me right now is a man named Hokusai and I've had his book by my bed looking at how he interprets landscapes - mountains and water and flowers and birds.
I've grown so much as a person through playing Gabrielle, much less living in New Zealand and being with all of these people that I can't imagine my life being any different.
In film and television you have to be able to see the whole picture in a different way than you do on the stage because you shoot out of order and you're working with technology.
It's very hard to become an actor in film and television, you have to have such perseverance and you have to really believe that if you have any sort of talent at all, you will find work one day.
But on stage you're able to just take the character from one point to the end and it's a fluid, organic piece. It's about being completely present all the time, right there in the moment.
Actually I have to say when I'm acting, I try not to think about directing at all.
When Xena finished I just really wanted to work with Shakespeare's material.
I think the joy of wanting to direct is having that nervous anxiety knowing your film is about to be shown and you're sitting right there with everyone.
Like when you go to a magic show and you know how they do the illusions. That's how I am when I watch any movies where they have people flying through the air.
Maybe they say they do but I don't think many actors really enjoy trying to do a Shakespearean play.
All the pictures in magazines and all of that is fun but in the end it's all about your soul and who you are and have you connected with the people.
I think you have to have different tools for each job - you know producer is very different from a director and very different from an actor.
But on the other hand, I think as an actor, you tend to want to look at the darker parts of your psyche.
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