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" After the play of 'Fleabag,' we had conversations with different channels and with film companies about whether 'Fleabag' should be a half-hour sitcom, an hourlong, serialized drama, or a film. And I knew that it couldn't be a drama because I wanted to hide the drama - that had to be the surprise. I knew it had to be comedy. "
" As women, we get the message about how to be a good girl - how to be a good, pretty girl - from such an early age. Then, at the same time, we're told that well-behaved girls won't change the world or ever make a splash. "
" Every single performance of 'Fleabag,' I would learn so much from the audience reaction or how you could change it all the time, and I loved that sense that the performance is ever-growing and changing and could be affected by the audience. "
" Every time I see the rails of my photo shoots, it's like Dr. Seuss, or as if they've skinned Muppets. "
" Fleabag knows men and women are equal and should be treated as such, but what she's confused about - and what I was confused about - was the idea that wanting bigger boobs doesn't mean you don't want equal rights. "
" Having full faith that you can write something completely insane, and your actress will ground it and make it feel real, is a very liberating feeling. "
" However much people want to politicize every movement of a controversial woman in life or on the screen, we just have to keep being personal and truthful, or we will explode. "
" I always knew that if I was ever going to perform something that I wrote in front of an audience, I was going to do the thing I most like to experience as an audience member, which is to be tricked. "
" I always knew that saying the unsayable was going to be a powerful thing. "
" I always want to go darker, and I'm always being advised to stay on the lighter side. "
" I can't deny 'Fleabag''s a very personal piece, but it's not autobiographical. "
" I change my mind every five minutes. I'm very brutal with my own process. I throw everything away very quickly, and then I have to go out and rummage through the rubbish in the middle of the night to try to find a bit I'd written a week ago. "
" I'd been waiting to turn thirty my whole life. For some reason, when I was eleven, I was like, 'I know thirty's going to be good. Get through those twenties!' "
" I'd go so far as to say I was bullied into writing, but sometimes you need that. "
" I'd like to think Fleabag's honesty makes her heroic in spite of her actions. "
" I don't think the challenge is asking an audience to like a character; it's inviting them to try and understand them... then making that journey entertaining and worth their while. It's a classic trick, but it's human, and it allows characters to have more depth. "
" I don't think there's an actor in the world who ever expects to get a call from the 'Star Wars' casting director - least of all me. "
" I don't think you can be a good actor and want to please, because so much about performing and acting is surprising people. "
" I feel liberated being around women who are liberated. "
" If you go into the mainstream with a female perspective that seems to resonate with a lot of people, you have a political agenda imposed on you: you are told that you are a feminist. "
" If you hear somebody say something absolutely horrendous about their own life, in quite a flippant, offbeat kind of way, when you meet people clearly trying to be strong and brave, the ones who are really good at it are the ones who break my heart the most. "
" I had such a supportive family, and I think that affects your life in such a profound way; it fortifies you completely. "
" I just find all that stuff incredibly funny. I love a fart. I'd do anything for a good poo story. "
" I just kind of like to feel myself into stuff by writing scenes and seeing what characters end up saying. "
" I just love any kind of language that can change the energy in a room. There are no limits for me, as long as it feels like it's being used in a particular way to garner or elicit a very particular reaction so that you can then use that reaction later for something else. "
" I'll never get bored of seeing flawed women on the screen. "
" I'm a massive control freak. "
" I'm just constantly on the verge of bursting into tears with joy. "
" I'm obsessed with audiences and obsessed with the journey that an audience goes on. "
" I really desperately want to write and direct my own movie. "
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