Unfortunately, any girl - unless you're playing the action hero - is going to end up at some point handcuffed, gagged, and waiting for the hero to save her.

It could be partly my taste. It's just my belief that there are female characters that will benefit from not being vulnerable.

It's much easier to play supporting roles because that's what I do in my life: I support my son.

I was very good until I left home to go to a little college in West Virginia, and then I started to break some rules.

We appreciate quiet living. It's not exactly a Hollywood way of life - I couldn't stand living out in Hollywood because you can never escape from the business. All people ever do is talk about movies. At least in New York you can have some other life.

I don't think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you're the character you're trying to be.

Adulthood is not a goal. It's not seen as a gift.

I'm a character actress, plain and simple... Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again.

In comparison to other women in the world, perhaps I'm seen as smaller. But I've never had a problem thinking of myself as a large woman.

That's another great thing about getting older. Your life is written on your face.

Yale? I was at Yale on a scholarship.

The last scene in 'Moonlight,' that's one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen on film in my lifetime. You see two men showing such tenderness towards each other. And it's bold; it's deep. It's complex. It's profound.

Cinematic icons of the police detective are more male role models than female.

If, when I leave this earth, I'm remembered for 'Fargo,' so be it. But I think old Marge Gunderson is gonna get a run for her money with Olive Kittredge.

Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again.

When you lose a spouse, you're a widow or widower; when you lose your parents, you're an orphan. When you lose a child, there's no word in the English language for that position, that place that you're left.

We don't need a lot of initiatives for women in film; what we need is money.

If you want to talk about cultural appropriation, we have to go back to the Greeks.

At least three times a week, I'm approached by someone who says something about 'Fargo.'

It's like some weird excuse for high school kids to vomit. It's not good. It's stupid. I'm sure that's not what St. Patrick's Day is supposed to be about, but who knows.

My son smelled like a cinnamon bun, and that smell entered into my biological being, and it became an imperative that I keep him alive at all costs, so then there's this monster - this tiger or lion - that comes forward in you to protect them. And it doesn't stop. It doesn't matter if they become men or women.

Because of my own insecurities about the way I look, I do sometimes sabotage the looks of my characters by making them as homely as possible. I've never done a glamour part. I'd like to some day, though I don't know if I could pull it off.

I think awards are good for the movie. They can bring a new audience to the movie. I've always claimed that things like that don't get you work. Work gets you work. That's my blue-collar, protestant work ethic.

I was often told that I wasn't a thing. 'She's not pretty enough. She's not tall enough. She's not thin enough. She's not fat enough.' I thought, 'O.K., someday you're going to be looking for someone not, not, not, not, and there I'll be.'

I'm from working-class, blue-collar America, and I don't believe that people in that socioeconomic strata wait until they're 40 to have children.

I think that ageism is a cultural illness; it's not a personal illness.

Who can worry about a career? Have a life.

Unless it's a flat-out farce, an actor can't play comedy on film.

I want to separate my professional life from my personal life. I want to live a normal life and be a normal mother.

I know I'm profane. And outspoken.

I would disagree that America is any more racist or ridiculous than anywhere else.

The fact that I'm sleeping with the director may have something to do with it.

I went to my school careers counselors and said I wanted to be an actor, and they didn't know what to do. They showed me catalogues with pretty campuses and said, 'Oh, look, there's a theater building. Why don't you go there?'

My father was a minister, and it was more my mother that had the responsibility of making sure the family put out an outward of appearance of living what he was preaching. She was the PR.

I have not mutated myself in any way.

There is simply too much of my life that is involved in my work that I couldn't replicate in any other way.

The only power you have is the word no.

I think that there's a clinical mental illness called depression, but I believe that post-industrial America has been narcotized by progress. There's a cultural malaise - mental illness or no - that everybody suffers from at some point in their life.

I learned how to read in second grade, and I entered a summer contest at my local library in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you read more books than anybody else, you got your Polaroid up on the bulletin board, and I did.

My name is Frances Louise McDormand, formerly known as Cynthia Ann Smith. I was born in Gibson City, Ill., in 1957. I identify as gender-normative, heterosexual, and white-trash American. My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash.

We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. There's no desire to be an adult.

I wasn't into sports, but I was really into Shakespeare.

The crew on 'Three Bilboards,' by the way, is one of the best I've ever worked with. And that's not hyperbole.

I've always known that I'll have a career for the rest of my life because they'll always make movies about men, and men need women in their lives. But, when it comes to telling a woman's story, they're complex, circular, and not genre-driven.

I buy books, I have shelves of books. I love to read.

I've given just as much of my life to that, and I practiced it with the same zeal, as I have acting. And I think that many of my skill sets from being a housewife I used for producing. Because you don't stop until it's done.

All the skills of housewifery are the ones I'm using as a producer.

Certainly, a lot of the films I've worked on have ended up good movies, but they haven't always been the best experiences.

It was really fascinating for everyone involved in 'Fargo' that Marge Gunderson became the iconic character she did. I think it was something about the cultural zeitgeist and what was happening with women in the workplace.