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" It's fun to work on location because you get the look and feel of everything, but it's nice to be on a stage because you can control the elements. "
" Growing up, I loved Morticia Addams and Lily Munster on one hand, and Jeannie from 'I Dream of Jeannie' on the other. Two completely different ends of the spectrum, kind of like me. "
" You know, I never really paid attention to sports, which, coming from the mecca of football in Texas, is kind of odd. I played sports, but I was nerdy. Having a single mother, the pressure was on me to get good grades and a scholarship and go to college. "
" Honestly, as an actor, all I need to know, the way I kind of look at a scene, is like a puzzle. There are certain puzzle pieces that are bigger than others, and all I need to know is if this is going to fit here to make this part of the puzzle work. "
" I always had that adolescent notion that I had to get out of Texas. But I'm really glad I grew up there. It's where I learned to look people in the eye, to be straightforward and polite. "
" It doesn't matter what people say or what the rules say or what you're supposed to do, you go after what's in your heart. "
" The goal as an actor is to constantly surround yourself with amazing artists who challenge you and make you grow. "
" I was captain of the volleyball team and the basketball team, and I ran track. "
" I don't really like 'acting' - I like things to feel as natural as possible. "
" I have an incredibly dark, mysterious, witchy side and another side that's very bubbly and cheerleader-esque. "
" My role is to just tell the highest degree of truth with every character and every story. From there, I have no clue whatsoever how things are going to turn out. "
" I'm a girl in boy's clothing. I like to get a little rough. I prefer mud to makeup. That's me in a nutshell. "
" I hate girls who complain, 'Oh, guys are looking at me!' But I love it when guys check me out. It just feels great. "
" I've learned a lot with every character, everything from being a cop, to a lawyer to a tattoo artist. And underneath that stuff, I've been really able to find myself through the characters. It's served as a cheap form of emotional therapy. "
" Once, I started cheering for the wrong team. I was hot, and I heard 'Touchdown!' and I started doing high kicks, and I looked around and nobody else was cheering. "
" I came from a single parent household. And I had a bad example of what a husband and father could be and how irresponsible a father could be. So because of that, I didn't want to get married or have kids. "
" I never thought I would be one of those wacky chicks who say, 'I loved my labor,' but I loved every part of it. It was the best day of my life. "
" Once you're sort of pigeonholed into something, it's quite difficult to get out of it. I have no aversion to playing a gay character again, but it would definitely have to be the right role. "
" I'm not one to be messed with. I can be bad when it needs to happen. "
" My favorite workouts are the ones that don't feel like I'm working out! So, dance is a big one. Another is any kind of isolated moves, like ballet moves. Anything that works the glutes and legs - sign me up! And I like to blast the music. I have to get lost in the music. That helps. "
" My parents divorced when I was 10, but when my father was there, he was trying to create almost like a little prison for me. "
" To sit next to Walter Hill, and to be able to exchange ideas back and forth, and for him to be able to tell you that he likes what you're doing - I don't know. I kind of pinch myself. "
" My views on equality are pretty obvious. I mean, I did play a highly complex lesbian techno DJ on TV, but I know it's not always easy to come out and tell the world where you stand. "
" I think it's important to love what you do and have a good time with it. I go to work every day and have a blast. "
" My father left when I was really young, but he's still living. There are things I wish I'd said that I didn't and I don't think I'll ever get the opportunity to say. He's battled addiction problems his entire life. I wish things were different. I wish there were a way my son could know him, know the good parts of him. "
" I actually got more attention from one episode of 'The Sopranos' than I did from two years of 'The L Word.' "
" I'm attracted to playing characters that have flaws. "
" I'm a wife and a mother. I don't want to be immature; I have to be ready at all times. "
" My great-great-grandfather was a shah back in the 1800s. Unfortunately, I don't have any gold coins or jewels to show for it. "
" Just because we are women doesn't mean the only roles we can play are that of the finger-shaking girlfriend. "
" Cheerleading was my way in. It was one of the most rigorous audition processes ever. It definitely groomed me for Hollywood. "