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" Adulthood is not a goal. It's not seen as a gift. "
" I learned how to read in second grade, and I entered a summer contest at my local library in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you read more books than anybody else, you got your Polaroid up on the bulletin board, and I did. "
" I'm from working-class, blue-collar America, and I don't believe that people in that socioeconomic strata wait until they're 40 to have children. "
" The crew on 'Three Bilboards,' by the way, is one of the best I've ever worked with. And that's not hyperbole. "
" The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it. "
" A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story, and that's why long-format television has become so great for female storytelling and for female performers and directors and writers. "
" I wasn't into sports, but I was really into Shakespeare. "
" Unless it's a flat-out farce, an actor can't play comedy on film. "
" I was completely naive about the business of being an actor. My family didn't go to the theater or to the movies. We watched television like every 1960s small-town American family, and I certainly never thought about being on TV. I thought I was going to be a classical actor in the grand tradition. "
" Because of my own insecurities about the way I look, I do sometimes sabotage the looks of my characters by making them as homely as possible. I've never done a glamour part. I'd like to some day, though I don't know if I could pull it off. "
" I never read books - and still don't read books - to develop them. "
" I can't do the frappuccino. It's too sweet. I need it straight. "
" We appreciate quiet living. It's not exactly a Hollywood way of life - I couldn't stand living out in Hollywood because you can never escape from the business. All people ever do is talk about movies. At least in New York you can have some other life. "
" In my theater work, I've had much more three-dimensional, broader-stroke characters. "
" I would disagree that America is any more racist or ridiculous than anywhere else. "
" I think that cosmetic enhancements in my profession are just an occupational hazard. But I think, more culturally, I'm interested in starting the conversation about aging gracefully and how, instead of making it a cultural problem, we make it individuals' problems. "
" Even though I'm an actor, I've gone to productions where there has been someone whose work is known in film, and you can't take your eyes off them. It unbalances the production. Whether they're good or not, it doesn't matter. "
" I went to my school careers counselors and said I wanted to be an actor, and they didn't know what to do. They showed me catalogues with pretty campuses and said, 'Oh, look, there's a theater building. Why don't you go there?' "
" Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again. "
" Certainly, a lot of the films I've worked on have ended up good movies, but they haven't always been the best experiences. "
" I don't think of myself as a movie star and I can pretty easily convince other people that I'm not a movie star. "
" There's only two givens with choosing acting as a profession: one is you will always be unemployed, always, and it doesn't matter how much money you make, you're still always going to be unemployed; and that you have no power. "
" Who can worry about a career? Have a life. "
" I was too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too blond, too dark - but at some point, they're going to need the other. So I'd get really good at being the other. "
" Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 - sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. "
" No actor has complete freedom. "
" I know I'm profane. And outspoken. "
" We don't need a lot of initiatives for women in film; what we need is money. "
" Guess what? I am an ordinary person. "
" I portray female characters, so I have the opportunity to change the way people look at them. Even if I wasn't consciously doing that, it would happen anyway just because of how I present as a woman, or as a person. I present in a way that's not stereotypical, even if I'm playing a stereotypical role. "
" I can do a good John Wayne. "