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" I'm positive and I smile a lot, and I'm kind of a banana, but serious work just seems to find me, so I'm not going to argue with it. "
" I'm really lucky to be married to a perfect person. "
" When I was little, I used to work with my dad on the engine of his car. Mostly this was a matter of me handing him wrenches. "
" The truth is I quite like to dress in jeans and a woolly jumper. "
" I like laughter around me. "
" I'm really grateful for how my career has unfolded. "
" When I was doing theater for all those years in New York, I did a lot of classical theater, wearing big corsets and big dresses and doing dialects. It's interesting that once I moved to TV, I'm playing these scrappy, contemporary toughies. "
" My dad is this very sensible guy who never let me feel that anything was beyond my station. "
" My mother is French, my father is Texan. "
" Every role that you play comes with its own set of challenges. "
" I know as an actor there is a certain liberation auditioning for a role that has no beauty requirements. "
" I don't know how people chew gum all day long. "
" I grew up in Houston, in a pretty urbane setting. "
" A lot of cop shows, because they have the restraints of having a new case every episode, the victims often become these kind of nameless, faceless plot points, and as an audience we don't feel anything for those people. "
" Crime shows are really popular, in general, but usually, at the end of every episode, you have to let go of the people that you've invested in and then, the next week, get somebody else. "
" I haven't been offered a lot of comedy. In theater, I've done quite a bit of comedy or dramas that included a lot of funny stuff. But in my TV work, those aren't the roles that I've been offered. "
" I can't worry about whether roles will be there for me when I'm older. They're there now, and I'm just not going to panic. "
" I personally love a cliffhanger - I think it just extends the pleasure of viewing. "
" AMC has a track record for finding actors who have been working actors but not names yet and casting them. "
" People say to me, 'Oh, being a mother must make you a better actor,' and I think, 'Well, I never sleep, I have very little time to think about anything except when I'm actually there.' I wonder whether that makes me a better actor. I think it must on some level. "
" When actors are the real deal, all that star whatever goes right out the window and you're there to tell a story. "
" It's kind of part of human nature to want to know the truth or want to be in on the secret. For stories that focus in on that - like whodunits - it's easy to get drawn into. "