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" Acting is a humiliating job, from start to finish. "
" I discovered Orson Welles in college; my freshman English professor screened 'Citizen Kane' for us, and I wound up writing a 20-page term paper on it. "
" I was an actor who happened to be a kid. "
" I know, it's true. I've played these tortured teenagers. I can't wait to shed that image. "
" People in the CIA, they marry each other. They're like actors! We have to travel without much warning to far-flung places, and it's very hard to communicate what our experiences are like to those in the outside world. "
" Oliver Stone's strategy is to unnerve the actors so as to make them alert and alive. "
" I still have a book club with my friends from when I was 5. That's the privilege of growing up in a place where people want to remain. It's a huge gift. "
" I have this book club, and we don't read one book; we offer up a few suggestions and create a library over time. "
" What I needed was a connection to life that was real and lasting. "
" I actually think in some ways that it might be more challenging to be bipolar because it's so mercurial - it's so ever-changing. You can't get any traction. You can't build on a system. Whereas, somebody who has Asperger's, which is certainly a much more forgiving expression of autism, can create models for coping and build on them over time. "
" I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman. "
" If I took my characters home with me, half of my life would be a misery, I think. No, I tend to compartmentalize work from my life. I'm not terribly method. "
" I discovered Christopher Isherwood in college. His writing style is so direct, warm, and inclusive. "
" I'm happier in my thirties. I feel clearer about who I am and less apologetic about it, and more accepting of my limitations and also more aware of the ways in which I'm capable. "
" Counterterrorism isn't really about the nunchakus, the guns and gadgets. It's about psychology. "
" I'm only realizing now that I was a child actress because I always took myself so seriously. "
" I'm exceptionally open with my own parents, and they're exceptionally open with me. "
" You have to stay hydrated when you have crying scenes. "
" Fame doesn't end loneliness. "
" I don't want to be an actress. I want to be doing good work that is well written and has good people in it. "
" Most people assume that autistic people are not capable of empathy. "
" I've always had a really active imagination. Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Mine just took on a rather demonic form. "
" I've always very earnestly tried to do my best, so I just have to trust that and forgive myself for being fallible. "
" If I hadn't been an actress, I was thinking seriously about going into psychology. It's just really what I'm interested in: the human psyche and how we process information. "
" Maybe philosophy - I love talking about ideas. Or maybe art history. I was thinking about psychology, then I got really afraid because everybody says it's terribly boring. "
" Relationships are a constant negotiation and balance. "
" On a film you can really get away with learning the scene the night before and that's often just not possible with TV, so you have to be a little bit more prepared a little bit more in advance. "
" I could truly have gone through life thinking that women were these venomous creatures. Turns out, they're not. "
" There's certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you. "
" The first time I realised I was patriotic was after September 11th. "
" I think people who make movies and have invested a lot of money in them get frightened that if they challenge an audience they are going to repel them. And I think the opposite; it's really true. "