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" And when I get bored, it's like the worst parts of me come out. I really veer to self-destructive tendencies quickly. "
" I have mad luck. I'm super-good at games like backgammon or anything that requires rolling dice. "
" I remember being two, maybe, and hearing my mum's typewriter in the other room and sticking my hands under the door and screaming, 'Mum! Mum!' I was so angry she wouldn't come out. I got used to it quickly. "
" I think movies have much more magic than the theater. Theater can be a magical experience, but movies thrust their subjectivity on you in a more profound way. "
" I hate going to bed. I read scripts, clean, listen to the radio - I've fallen asleep to 'This American Life' more times than I can count! "
" When I look back, I can say that the summer when I was 19 was a formative time for me. But at the time I just thought I was making tofu every night for dinner and going to work. "
" I really love people. I love to meet people. I'm curious about people. "
" Every role requires its own set of tools, and I think, because of that, it is very hard to ever feel totally prepared or totally able. "
" You set up the story, but the characters start talking, and they go places that you didn't expect. You have to follow. "
" If I ever feel that acting is just soul-sucking and I don't want to do it anymore, I could stop. "
" I took a writing class in college, liked it, and my first year out of school I couldn't get a job, so I wrote a play. "
" I'm used to very low-budget situations. In 'The Exploding Girl,' we were literally changing in Starbucks because we didn't have trailers. "
" I love to walk around New York. Honestly, that's like the best thing, to walk over to Park Slope and go visit my friend Betty and take her dog out in the park or go walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I really dig being outside and getting to see everybody in the street. "
" I don't like pretentious films or pretentious people. "
" Sometimes I feel that the people I'm writing are more real to me than the people around me. When you take that imaginative leap, you're living so much in that world. "
" Anytime that I've felt uninspired, I don't force myself to sit down and write. I only do it when I feel the impulse. "
" My hero is Michelle Williams, who I grew close to when we did 'Meek's Cutoff.' She's an extraordinary actor and mom. "
" I read a lot of plays as a kid, but I didn't see that many plays, so I feel better-versed in film history and film structure. I just think it's easier to think in pictures. "
" I encourage everyone to read James Baldwin and Malcom X and Aldous Huxley. To read Primo Levi. To read 'Silent Spring.' To read Toni Morrison. To read Zora Neale Hurston. "
" The causes for my eating disorder ran along the usual lines: depression, an inability to express my rage, a desire to exert control, a desire to feel less, a desire to have my body express the things my voice could not. That, and I had gotten in the habit of believing it was better to take up less space. "
" People really do make the assumption that I had some weirdo Hollywood upbringing, but my parents are incredibly down-to-earth people who worked really hard to raise us in a way that was health. "
" I don't have a lot of patience for boring arthouse movies. "
" I never wanted to be a playwright. "
" In New York you can just walk out and be among people. You're on the subway among people, you go to cafes, you can talk to people. "
" I think action should be revealed through character, so if you have a plot problem, it's probably a character problem. "
" There's something really earnest inside me all the time. It's not a cool or fun way to be. Sometimes I would like to experience being someone who's not wired the way I'm wired. "
" Writing-wise, I like to have a lot of things on the burners at once, because when I hit a wall, I like to move on to the thing I haven't hit a wall on. "
" I grew up in L.A., and I don't think I've seen L.A. onscreen in a way that felt real to me. There are definitely movies, but they are few and far between. "
" I'm a very serious person. Unfortunately, sometimes. "
" Nothing's going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it. "
" I think film writing, you're thinking in pictures, and stage writing, you're thinking in dialogue. In film writing, it's also, you only get so many words, so everything has to earn its place in a really economical way. I think for stage writing, you have more leeway. "