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All Quotes by author - Helen McCrory
" Actually, I'm looking forward to being 50. Because to me, that's when a woman is at the pinnacle of her femininity and her womanhood. "
" America is such a nation of suppressed emotion, and when you arrive in L.A., you can smell the fear. It's the most alien country I've ever been to. "
" A perfect weekend in London has to start on Friday night, by going to the theatre, the Donmar or the National. It's a cliche for an actor, but I enjoy going as much as possible. "
" Appallingly, I hadn't thought about it one jot. I never daydreamed as a little girl of getting married and having children. I was as surprised to discover I was getting married as I was to discover I was up the duff. "
" A script is only as good as the director who's making it. "
" As I've got older, I feel more confident in my body, so wouldn't want to tamper with it. "
" Childhood has definitely been invented, hasn't it? I think that's because people had children later, and we appreciate and cherish childhood a lot more. "
" Every time, at any point of my life, I think now is always the best age to be. "
" I can sleep anywhere! I can come off stage during the interval of a play, lie down for four minutes then wake up feeling better. "
" I feel as though my life is bathed in golden sunlight. And the really wonderful thing is that I know it. "
" If I were in politics, I'd make both left and right sit down and make good decisions about national health. It's a huge problem, and it is something we all should be part of. "
" If you're constantly frightened of being unhappy, how bloody exhausting must that be? "
" If you think you are beautiful in a scene, you will come across as beautiful. I don't think looks are important; I think what's important is if someone is sexy. "
" I had a great start in television; the first thing I did was an episode of 'Performance' called 'The Entertainer' with Michael Gambon playing Archie Rice. "
" I listen to Radio 4 all the time. I didn't go to university, so that's my further education. "
" I love dressing up. But I'm very low-maintenance; the week before an event, I'll choose something as quickly as possible and that's that. If I can do my own hair and make-up, even better. I like it to be fun. "
" I love live performance and have huge admiration for people who can really do it. It's the same with music: I'll play a record and think that I'm not really into country or ragga. But, if it's live and the musicians are good, I'll listen to pretty much anything. "
" I love London, and it's a privilege for my children to grow up here. "
" I love theatre because it's just me and the audience. It's the litmus test in acting, to be able to sustain a performance over one, two or three hours. "
" I'm a very positive person. My grandmother taught me that happiness is both a skill and a decision, and you are responsible for the outcome. "
" In the area we live, there's a large show of children who run from one house to another house to another house. That's lovely because it means all the children play together, and all the adults get to sit around and have coffees and read the papers or go to the park. "
" I really love my food. My favourite thing is artichokes. I am not so much interested in desserts or chocolate, though. I also like to cook with my husband Damian. "
" I spent my teenage years in Paris when my dad was stationed there, and I'd look at women in their forties and think, 'That's the age I want to be.' "
" I think change is good because it teaches you that it's nothing to be frightened of. "
" I think it's very important not to grow up with the unhealthy amount of attention that is sometimes put on people because they are 'actors'. "
" I think I was brought up with an innate sense of responsibility because my dad was in the Foreign Office where you were in somebody else's country, and you were aware of your behaviour. And my mum worked for the NHS, so you were aware of your responsibility to your country. "
" It's what people create that makes my heart stop. "
" I used to say that theatre was my favourite thing. But the more I do film, the more I appreciate it. "
" I use my awards as doorstops. Others are in the office or in little cubbyholes in our library - they go between the books, because they actually look like arty pieces. "
" I've become more confident as I have got older. I care less what others think. "
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