Wednesday, May 7, 2008

(When asked why is she always playing teenagers, during a press junket for Mermaids in 1990)

“ “Like, I’m nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?!” ”

“ For a long time I was almost ashamed of being an actress. I felt like it was a shallow occupation. People would be watching my every move. ”

“ You can’t pay enough money to… cure that feeling of being broken and confused. ”

“ I’m not into older guys… To tell you the truth, Richard [Gere] is not the sexiest man alive, in my book. ”

“ In high school, I dressed up as every James Bond girl. I was a teenage Pussy Galore. ”

“ People think that they just want movies like Pretty Woman, when really they – at least the ones that I know personally – have been waiting for something that doesn’t completely insult them. ”

“ I’ve learned that it’s OK to be flawed, that life can be messy, that some days you glide and some days you fall, but most important, that there are no secret answers out there. ”

“ I don’t believe I am influencing anybody but myself. ”

“ Back then, you used to lock people up and throw away the key if they just felt sensitive, or if they rebelled in any way. ”

“ Break-ups are hard for anybody, but it’s particularly tough when it’s being documented and you see the person’s picture everywhere. Most people don’t have that added problem when they break up with someone. ”

“ But I’ve always felt a need to have a life which is completely separate – at least as far as possible – from the kind of illusory lifestyle that comes with being a celebrity. ”

“ I don’t hang out with agents and producers and I’m not into the business side at all. ”

“ I feel my best when I’m happy. ”

“ I have this sense that I didn’t really start growing up until my twenties. ”

“ I love good family films. I think in the context of Sept. 11 it’s important that these kinds of movies are made and reach an audience. ”

“ I think I’m learning to be bolder in my career choices and be more confident in my personal life. I haven’t always felt very secure as an individual, but now I feel I certain confidence and sense of self that gets me through the day a lot better than before. ”

“ I was regarded as the school freak which further reinforced a lot of inhibitions and doubts I had about myself. I was a shy, frightened teenager for a long time. ”

“ I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old. ”

“ I welcome turning 30 because I like approaching the beginning of something instead of the end. I’m at a really good place and feel grounded. ”

“ I’m quite comfortable looking at myself in movies, probably because I’ve been doing it for so long, since I was a kid. So I sort of watched myself grow up and go through adolescence, like, basically on camera. ”

“ I’m quite comfortable looking at myself in movies, probably because I’ve been doing it for so long, since I was a kid. So I sort of watched myself grow up and go through adolescence, like, basically on camera. ”

“ If I showed you scripts from my first few movies, the descriptions of my characters all said ‘the ugly girl’. ”

“ It’s also a question of finding good material and interesting roles. I’m not the only actress out there, and good parts just don’t fall into your lap that easily. But I like most of the films I’ve made recently and so I’m pretty positive about the future. ”

“ It’s an indication of how cynical our society has become that any kind of love story with a sad theme is automatically ridiculed as sentimental junk. ”

“ It’s part of the celebrity process but my life has never been as interesting or as wild as what’s been printed about me. ”

“ It’s really good to be able to think about past loves without having a pit in my stomach, or cringing or feeling heart-broken, or like they hate you. Don’t you think? ”

“ Money doesn’t matter on a deeply personal level. It doesn’t make you feel any happier. But of course I am very aware that I don’t have to worry about earning a living or about those very important practical things that most people have to worry about on a very real level. ”

“ My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I’m very interested in the music scene and I suppose that’s why I’ve ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends. ”

“ Remember, I’m the kind of kid who used to get stuffed into a locker by school bullies. I’ve never felt like I’m a big star at any level of my life. ”

“ So remaking a movie like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town is a really positive statement and I’m so happy I made it in light of what happened after we made it. ”

“ There is so much ugliness in the world that we shouldn’t be afraid to make films which speak about basic virtues and principles of goodness. There is so much violence and unhappiness that gets thrown at us every day in the news that it has to have some kind of negative affect on people. ”

“ There was a time when I was 19 when I really, really, really thought I was going crazy. I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression. ”

“ Weird people follow you in the streets, you can’t sit alone in a restaurant or a cafe and read a book in peace, and I think everybody values those moments of being alone. ”

“ When you finally accept that it’s OK not to have answers and it’s OK not to be perfect, you realize that feeling confused is a normal part of what it is to be a human being. ”

“ You try to get out there and live. I’ve always had good friends who’ve been very supportive and help make me feel good and grounded because I’ve never felt attached to the film industry. ”