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" I liked that idea. Someone who's trying to perform herself and not succeeding. "
" Who can I trust? You have to invest in somebody and chances are you're probably going to invest in somebody who's going to deceive you. I've been conned a couple of times, but now I'm a little more savvy. "
" I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes, but I wasn't a religion major really. "
" You're not going to do good work if you're not choosing something because it inspires you. "
" I don't see that many movies lately that are actually about something, that are trying to challenge something about the way that people interact. "
" A play is much easier to maintain your personal life with because if you're rehearsing, you're working like from 11 to 6 or 11 to 5 and you get to have your whole morning and your whole evening. When you're doing the play, you have all day. "
" I think Secretary's funny, it is about sex, and there's a lot of sex in it, sex is the key, but you're talking about a lot of other complicated things. "
" There was something to me that was really compelling about that woman, already knowing she couldn't get pregnant. When I made that movie I was maybe 24, and to be 24 and already know you can't get pregnant, that was really interesting to me. "
" A big part of being an actress specifically is feeling entitled to your artistic opinion, feeling that it means something, and being able to stand by it. "
" Most people are interested in seeing 27-year-old women who are in movies somehow connected to sex. It's interesting to everyone. Especially little movies that are having trouble getting made, there's always sex. "
" Having an education is invaluable. "
" I want to have some effect on the way the world works in whatever way I can, and I also want to have the power to help get the movies that I think are important made. "
" I feel there is no shortage of real interesting women's roles. But I found them and did all of them just now. "
" I'm still trying to figure out what the right line is between myself and the people I play. Sometimes I go too far one way or too far the other. "
" You have a right to your opinion about the work that you're doing. An artist is as equally important as the director. If you believe that, you can work in any circumstances. "
" We were lounging around in this beautiful house in LA, and I'm coming from NY, so sometimes when we weren't working I would just sit on those folding chairs. "
" I think sex is very interesting for most people, but I'm interested in sex as a way of communication, I'm not that interested in the fantasy version of a sex scene. "
" I made a movie where I played a girl that just got out of prison and we shot it very very quickly but very intensely-that took me a long time to get over. "
" On a film, I was always acting. I was either changing my clothes really quickly and wiping off the lipstick and putting on the other lipstick and then working constantly, constantly. "
" I feel so gratified about having finished college. I learned how to articulate myself. It gave me confidence more than anything. And also the ability to analyze the text. "