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" At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them. "
" I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody. "
" The good thing is that I'm always honest. "
" You can watch someone on-stage cry and cry - but in the audience you feel nothing. It's easy to become indulgent. For me, what's important is the story first. "
" I get cold - really cold - when I travel. "
" I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable. "
" I just have to concentrate on doing what I do. "
" If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film. "
" What people can survive and what they don't survive is shocking to me. Someone can go to Iraq and be blown to bits and survive. Someone can trip and fall on the street and they die - that's that. "
" I don't think you should exploit your own pain. "
" I tend to make low-budget movies but, yeah, I make more money than I ever thought I would make. "
" The thing about death is that it's honest. "
" I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me. "
" I had learning disabilities, and I couldn't express myself in the written word. "
" A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart. "
" Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked - but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships. "
" I mean, the idea of losing a parent is really inconceivable. I think there's just an undertone of dread about the subject, so people don't talk about it and don't prepare for it. "
" Courtroom dramas can be boring. "
" The goal seems to me at times just to be business first. "
" For me to have the opportunity to stay with one character for, God willing, a long period of time, is really exciting. "
" My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them. "
" I believe that no matter what you do in life, if you learn the basics through theater, it will help you in everything else - problem solving, communication, discipline, all of that stuff. "
" What I love about a play is that it's such an investment because only time can create a lot of what happens onstage. "
" Some people's personalities are so compelling that they command attention. "
" I just want to say, 'Go work! It doesn't matter what it is. Work begets work. Just go!' "
" I always laugh to myself when I listen to some really big A-list star saying that they are just a normal person. "
" My parents were divorced and I would spend weekends with my father. "
" Doing the right thing has power. "
Doing The Right Thing
" I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress. "
" You have to relish the challenge of television. "
" I certainly didn't have a nanny. "