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" The reality is when you open a door, there is no sense in closing it - so I would never say, 'I'll never act again.' But it's definitely not my priority. "
" I'm very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don't even like the word 'feminism' because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I'm not interested in trying to pretend to be a man. I don't want to embrace manhood; I want to embrace my womanhood. "
" I used to cry myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered at and disrespected me. "
" I'm a very stubborn woman and I'm from a very stubborn family of headstrong women. I have sisters, so the women rule the coop in my house. "
" In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don't accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth. "
" I'm from Canada, and New Zealand feels like you took all the best bits of Canada and squished them onto a tiny island like Hawaii. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the South Island. "
" A creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. "
" I lived in grass huts in a jungle in the Philippines for three weeks with tribal people. "
" That's what happens in Hollywood. People are like, 'I want to hate you, because everyone else seems to love you.' But the reality is this: I'm a simple person who's not interested in attention and who just wants to go about her business. "
" I think I'm not always what I seem. Most people, when they get to know me, say, 'You know, when I first met you...' People initially think I'm a snob because I'm intensely private. "
" I'm a pretty skeptical person, and I'm a realistic person. "
" I see kids and young adults walking the streets of L.A. with this enormous sense of entitlement, who seem to think that if they are basically good people and pay their bills, then the world will be good back to them. And I think life isn't always like that. "
" Your mind and soul are the kings of your physique way more than any exercise you do. "
" The people on my mum's side of the family are atheist intellectuals who are ueber-proper. My dad's side of the family are missionaries who are more comfortable sitting around in sweatpants than they are in a five-star restaurant. But those two influences converged in my life. "
" In my world, I don't believe in forever promises. I don't think it's realistic. "
" When I got the job on 'Lost,' I was a broke university student living in the crappiest part of town, with a duct-taped back window on a broken-down car. I existed on peanut butter and tea. "
" My heart is in helping people and in the less materialistic side of things, but there's the side of me that's more polished. "
" I just like short hair on women; I think it's cool. "
" I am a classy dame. "
" After about five hours of pushing, my midwife and my birthing assistant said, 'You know, we have a few suggestions.' And I was like, 'Really? After five hours of pushing you have a few suggestions? You couldn't have told me five minutes in?' "
" Even if you're unhappy, just pretend that you're happy. Eventually, your smile will be contagious to yourself. I had to learn that. I used to think, 'I'm being fake,' but you know what? Better to be fake and happy than real and miserable. "
" If you can't sit in a cafe quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story? "
" I'm a good Canadian girl. I miss all that good stuff. I miss tobogganing and I miss snowboarding, but I've also learned to surf and I've become a water baby which I used to be relatively terrified of the water and I kayak all the time now and I'm able to run year round on the beach which you can't obviously do in Canada. "
" Every woman is after a kind of classy image. "
" I love being outside - that's where I'm the happiest. "