If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles – you're lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you're brother and sister. That's what intimacy is, if you're with your soulmate.

I said to Martin Scorsese, 'When are you going to make another film with a woman at the center?'

You can't really achieve anything in three years.

Look, I live in the modern world as much as anyone else.

I never want to work. Even when you're presented with these great opportunities, I think, 'I really love being in my pajamas with the kids.'

My kids don't watch any TV, but they watch videos and films. I'm sure they watch it at friends' houses.

I don't know, maybe my sons will be gay.

I'm really lazy!

I cook a mean Sunday lunch. My idea of Heaven is a lunch outside on a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon. It's the time to gather everyone together.

I guess I prefer to be quite private. It's a myth that actors are exhibitionists.

I feel very comfortable - literally and metaphorically - in my skin.

I think it's always good to take on things that at first seem bigger than you. Then you just try and surmount them.

I admire the work of brilliant actresses such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, who have had such varied careers. They have never stopped working, and they are as great today as they ever were.

My husband went through a phase of giving me vacuum cleaners, sewing machines and Mixmasters. It's ironic. He is encouraging me to develop a hobby, I think.

I suppose the more established one gets, you have what's called a reputation, and so you want to protect that and preserve that. And I think the bravery really comes in one's mid career where you then are constantly trying to move beyond that and move past that, because those so-called successors can become shackles.

The one thing that all great cities have in common is that they are all different.

When you are proud of something you have done, and you have made a film you feel has merit, and it's found an audience and is critically well received, that's a pretty pleasurable place to be. I mean, you don't want it gathering dust at the bottom of someone's DVD collection.

For me, I think the bigger something is, the more difficult it is to make it nimble and fleet afoot.

People are always saying they loved me in 'Titanic.'

Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know.

When I came out of drama school, I was in a shared house in Sydney.

The more you can remove the obstacles between you and the world as a woman, the easier and simpler life becomes.

There is a societal cost of increased pollution, and that's what I'm passionate about as a mother.

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I have to write everything down.

My everyday beauty routine is always rushed and pretty simple.

Fine-tuning a play like 'Uncle Vanya,' which is already well-known to the people playing it, is not so much a verbal exercise as it is a visceral one.

No one is ever who they purport to be.

There are certain people who prize celebrity over substance. That makes the media world go round. The media needs those people to exist.

Being on stage a lot is quite physical.

I think the height of ridiculousness was when I was playing Elizabeth in 'The Golden Age' while preparing to start shooting 'I'm Not There.' I literally finished filming Elizabethan grandeur on Friday, flew to Montreal, and started being Bob Dylan on Monday.

We're constantly morphing into different outward manifestations of ourselves. That's what I find curious about people.

After two kids, I hit the pillow and go straight to sleep.

All cities do face similar, significant trends in the future... most importantly global warming and climate change.

Woody Allen is a great dramatist and a great comedian.

I think that's what I love about my life. There's no maniacal master plan. It's just unfolding before me.

What happens a lot in film, though not so much in the theatre, is that you get stroked and sort of massaged, like a little guinea pig.

I'm not interested in playing characters who see the world through my prism; I think the journey of understanding any character is to see how they tick and how they differ from you.

I discovered early on that some performers live their life in order to act, so all their relationships are simply an experience that they can feed back into their work. Which I find vampiric.

Some ideas, like what you're going to do with your life, take time to form.

I tend to have this perverse reaction to authority and stress: I become more confident and clear when a challenge is enormous.

I think there is a long exploration in American drama of women in particular who, by force of circumstances or because they are predisposed to, choose fantasy over reality.

People tend to look great if they feel great.

I think marriage is all about timing.

Louise Frogley is a brilliant designer. I always find her wardrobe fittings really informative and creative. Together, you kick images and ideas around.

When my husband turned 40, I was obsessed. 'Has he had his medical checkup?' He needed to go to the doctor; he needed to go to the dentist. Any little cough, I was really on him. Then he turned 40, and I thought, 'Maybe that's why I've been so obsessed with his health!'

Things present themselves to you, and it's how you choose to deal with them that reveals who you are. We all say a lot of things, don't we, about who we are and how we think. But in the end it's your actions, how you respond to circumstance that reveals your character.

There's not a long, entrenched tradition of theatergoing in Australia.

If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.

In every war, there's looting.