My roles are in some way like children to me. You don't ever really want to scrape one off your shoe.

My relationship with aging is cozy. I'm not trying to play 29 and holding on with white knuckles, you know?

I believe that the female perspective is a very healing and circumspect one, and we have a right to equal voice.

Some people fascinate me. They really worship at the altar of their careers, you know? And it's terrifying. It's sort of like setting a table and waiting for someone to come along and whoosh - push all the plates onto the floor.

The stage always terrified me. The live audience is just one thing I bewilderingly look back on and say, 'How did I ever participate in that?'

I wish I could always look like I've just finished a really good laugh.

I don't want to live in a bubble, in my craft or in the world... I can't, I would be cheating myself out of my generation and the world we live in.

Every film is its own experience, its own planet, its own family. It seems infinite when you're working on it, and then it's suddenly very finite, and it's done.

You can't get work without working.

Self-respect is a commodity worth cleaving to.

I think it's lovely that women are afforded attention on the stage in terms of their inner journeys, their emotional lives. That's the great harvest, the great writing available to women. Whether that makes it to the screen, that's a whole other conversation.

Because I tend to kind of hide under the sheets when it comes to reality television. I've seen probably one episode of maybe five different shows, and that's about it.

I rehearsed 50. I kind of stared at it a long time. I wasn't going to let it terrify me.

Anyone who's had a finger pointed at them and been told they're pretty or attractive, there's a power that comes with that. But beauty for a woman becomes cumbersome because it's always being equated with youth.

You have to realize, making movies is the weirdest thing you could ever do. It's a contrivance, but you're attempting to reach people's hearts in the dark, and there are so many factors that are out of your control.

Essentially, my hero-role model is Muhammad Ali, because when I watched this one fight of his with my dad when I was a kid, and I watched him not go down... I think him just taking a lot of blows and not going down, it was so moving.

In five years, I had done 13 films, which I think broke Elvis's record.

I never wished that I was a superstar. Hell, I never even wished that I was an actress.

What women represent to the male is, historically, a big burden. It's a lovely dream, but it's the stuff of literature, art, and everything. Living up to what the male psyche projects onto the female is the stuff of books. You'd need a lot more than an interview to go into it!

When you're a young child, you pick a totem animal, and you just identify with it to the point of wishing you were that animal.

Love is saying you're sorry. It's the opposite of those cherub posters that say, 'Love is never having to say you're sorry.' Wrong! Love is three sorrys a day. If you haven't met that quota, something's wrong.

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase.

To be honest, relationships with the opposite sex are the most challenging things I've done. You lose your compass, gravity changes, you don't know what's up or down, you're trying to figure it out. You're trying to make everybody happy, including yourself, and it's just... it's humbled me.

I don't really know how to relate to a long-term day-in day-out kind of comfortable relationship.

For me, I don't even like to promote my films but I have to because it's in the fine print of my contract.

So now I'm left with cigarettes, and I'm trying to scrape that off my shoe and then I'll be done.

When I really young yet feeling very old, I offered up a lot of myself to the press; I knew it was good copy.

I think fun is an important part of the entertainment industry, and it should be. Anybody who's not incorporating some of that into their work needs to take a break, go away, and have an attitude adjustment.

I was raised by free-spirited people, though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.

When I was growing up in New York City, my father was a taxi driver for a time.

I think that directing is the ultimate martyred task of filmmaking, that it has nobility to it. It takes three years to make a film, for the most part. I think it requires the attentiveness of a mother hen.

I was the only kid in Manhattan I knew whose parents had a car.

Some days I want to get the boob job, some days I want to get the eye lift. Then other days, I'm like, 'Absolutely not! Have some integrity!'... But it's all about what makes you happy.

It's all so confusing and incestuous and curious, the trail that actors wander through in the course of their careers and how stories overlap. It's funny.

I loved acting, I started as a child and it is interesting because I didn't compare myself to others that were doing the same thing. I just felt that I needed to stay focused and stay out of trouble.

I'm done saying 'I'm sorry I wasn't who you needed or wanted me to be' to everybody in my life.

A lot can change in the editing room.

I want to sit down, and I want to laugh. Nothing works better for me than watching somebody slip on a banana peel.

I grew up watching Wonder Woman; I grew up watching Batman. I grew up watching George Reeves as Superman.

I think, certainly, directing is a visual medium, but it's also about communication, and a lot of times, great directors are lacking in communication skills, which is rather shocking to discover that.

I don't know what it is, exactly, but there's a negative drag on film sets after the second week or so, a mutinous vibe because the infinite capacities of the directors and everybody else become quite finite and everybody's under the gun and it becomes work.

All the lessons are in nature. You look at the way rocks are formed - the wind and the water hitting them, shaping them, making them what they are. Things take time, you know?

It's nice to have a pause to parent and to be more present at home, teaching them how to drive cars and navigate boys and all this sort of thing.

When I was 12, all I wanted was to be good at school, and to do something admirable, something you can't take away from me because I'm not popular or beautiful enough.

I don't have a game plan. I never did, and it's too late to have one even if I wanted to.

But I do love horses. They are such an expression of joy.

I'm fascinated by how Hollywood has changed since I started. Today it's about immediate delivery. There's less risk and less art.

I've always had this unresolved desire to prove that I could get a Ph.D., or contribute something else to the world.

We live our whole lives, and in our dying moment, we have to ask ourselves, 'What did we really care about? What impact did we make on the world?' The older I get, the more I realize the answers have to do with how we affect and love the people around us.