People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am. Sometimes they think I'm Helen Hunt. Sometimes they think I'm Laura Dern.

I get cold - really cold - when I travel.

I certainly didn't have a nanny.

Tanning is tricky, because a lot of people just look orange.

I just have to concentrate on doing what I do.

You have to relish the challenge of television.

If you have two parents who have to work, who want to work, you need to have someone to guide your child.

Comedy is a way to make sense of chaos. It's a way of dealing with things that are overwhelming, that threaten you; it's a way to survive and get closer to the truth.

Fame didn't happen to me in my 20s, it has been a gradual thing which probably makes it easier to deal with.

I believe that no matter what you do in life, if you learn the basics through theater, it will help you in everything else - problem solving, communication, discipline, all of that stuff.

The only really conscious decision I made was to cast my net wide and if the work was good, to do it.

I am very lucky, because for the most part people are very nice to me, and I am still able to go about my life and ride the subway and all that.

I'm noise-sensitive. It's always better for me if things are quiet, so I can concentrate.

I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me.

I always laugh to myself when I listen to some really big A-list star saying that they are just a normal person.

I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.

Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked - but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.

Cancer is so much bigger than a TV show.

I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.

People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am.

The thing about death is that it's honest.

I had a good imagination and I still have one; a child-like imagination that hasn't gone away.

You know when someone's over-flattering you in a way. You smile but you can't believe it.

My castings sort of go in phases. There'll be several icy professional parts - a lawyer or a cop. And then there'll be the intelligent-but-wounded group and then the period things. It goes in sequence.

History's a resource.

I'm profoundly lucky. I really like it. I really like my work. I've liked it since I was 5 years old.

I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody.

Just because you're not famous, doesn't mean you're not good.

I don't want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I'm 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!

I'm not someone who likes to have my picture taken, let alone see it plastered all over the place.

I've seen the greatest actors in the world, transcendent talents, who can't find a home.

My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them.

A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart.

It's very hard to put forth a film that's about love and the joy of love and for it not to be patronising and not make people nauseous or make them roll their eyes.

It's always nice when you do something and it's well received as opposed to the other way which God knows happens to everybody. When the good times come around, you take a deep breath, appreciate it, but not take it too seriously.

I crave a cone of silence every once in while.

I have an instinct to want to be part of a group of people. I feel safe there. That's why I was in school for so long.

I hope that anyone I worked with wouldn't exploit our relationship.

The entertainment industry is terrified of silence.

What people can survive and what they don't survive is shocking to me. Someone can go to Iraq and be blown to bits and survive. Someone can trip and fall on the street and they die - that's that.

I find the whole disdain for ageing crazy.

I don't think I'm exactly gregarious, you know. I'm not usually known as the loud person in the room.

I could have gone to the gym for three hours a day and bought into all that, but I just wasn't interested.

I'm sure my father had more to do with my career than I would like to give him credit for. I would love to think it was all me!

My parents were divorced and I would spend weekends with my father.

I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.

A lot of what is publicized now is really pretty trivial stuff - you know, what I eat for breakfast, where I have my pedicures, questions that I just cannot for the life of me understand why someone would want to know that.

I love working closely with people.

Courtroom dramas can be boring.