I think people probably think I self-start, but I don't... I'm an actor, and I like to be of use to the director. To be a muse.

We didn't do cotillions or anything. My family made fun of the pageants.

I'm the character actor in Hollywood movies, the girl who has to be annoying so the guy can go to the other girl.

With 'Dazed and Confused,' I got the high school experience I didn't get to have.

Sometimes I go to movies, and it's just a bombardment, and I'm not entertained by them - I'm assaulted by them! And I know I sound like such a drama queen, but I find that really strange.

I want to do horror and action, and I'm only being slightly facetious.

I don't Twitter, although sometimes I think that I should.

Being an indie queen, people think I have all these choices. Like I've just been sitting around waiting for the best indie film that I deem acceptable.

I love 'Fishing With John' so much.

Chris Guest has his own form. It's a way of working that is really intense, and you can commit a lot, and you focus a lot. You get to bring a lot. You get to bring things maybe you haven't seen before. You're asked to care a great deal for these people who you're playing and create heart and empathy.

I feel like there's such a responsibility, when you make a film, to enlighten people, to make them think, to make them laugh, or even just to be entertaining.

I'm an actor, so I like costumes.

But it's fun to be something, have that, and you don't have to be real. It's like, comedians. They go on and they're doing all these jokes. I would be like that if I were more awake.

I care about being creative and expressing myself.

They're like a weird couple. If you were to personify the artichoke and the oyster, they would have a great date. They would totally get along.

I think to do a proper independent movie, in my experience, it takes 22 or 23 days to shoot. That was 'Party Girl' or 'House of Yes.' But now with the digital camera, the budgets have gotten smaller, and the days have gotten shorter.

It sounds so dramatic, but I'll say it: Hollywood just doesn't know what to do with me. And it's not for lack of trying.

What's the difference between a personality disorder and a personality? You know? That's what I wanna know!

I've seen deer. I have lots of woodchucks on my property. And bluebirds. Foxes.

I wouldn't say I was a queen. Maybe a little elf.

You can get money and make a really cheap movie. You can, from independent financers who are just giving you money to support artists. This is what was happening in the '90s, and I was very fortunate to be a part of that.

I love the romcom. I thought I had a career playing the best friend. What happened to that? It's really sad to me.

I like soap opera acting. If it's done really well, there's nothing better. It's old school. It's like what those melodramas in the '30s and '40s were like.

I approach these people from a standpoint of love. How were they loved? How do they love? What's going on in their heart? There's that that I think about with every role.

I like bears. I like bear people. I like bear-type men.

I kind of grew up in the indie world, and now that sort of writing and material is on television.

I was reading this book called 'Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind.' It's really, really good if you want to believe in that stuff.

You know, it's a really adult thing, for some people, to choose to not be with the one that you love.

The five patients in 'Rethinking Cancer' share with us the path of their recovery: the courage to take their own lives in their hands with a natural approach to healing their bodies.

There are all these scripts where the women, if they're working, are prostitutes and lawyers with an angry streak who'll kill you. It's a reaction to women leaving their men and men being angry about it and saying it on some subconscious level.

There are so few stories being produced that are human. I suffer with the loss of that. I feel kind of out of place, even though I've continued to work.

I just want to balance myself holistically and see what different foods do what to me.

I like to support local record stores.

Louis C.K. was able to make it happen. His producers don't bug him. He's able to go into his cave and write exactly what he wants to write, and there are no decisions made by committee, and you have a singular voice, and everyone's like, 'Oh my God! We love this.'

When my parents were dating, they were very poor, so my dad couldn't take my mom out. They would go to the grocery store and pick out funny looking vegetables. When I grew up, we'd still go and find the ones with personality.

I make a lot of soups, and I love stews. My mother's a big foodie. She went to culinary school in New Orleans and has an oyster-artichoke soup recipe that has no cream in it but it tastes so creamy.

I'm kind of a robot in a way. Or a Tron.

The sound of a golf game is very different than the sound of a football game.

My first lead role was probably 'Party Girl' in 1994.

I like the two worlds coming together in the Internet space, which is so up for grabs... It all struck me when I heard about Twitter and Instagram, how it's like notes you pass in class. If someone's passing you a note, you really should be doing something else, and instead you're like, oh, 'What are you doing?'

Hey, the TV was my friend. As a child, I always said, 'I want to live in there someday.'

It hasn't really made it easier getting film work. It's not like I can call up a studio or a producer and say - insert haughty voice here - 'It's Parker. I guess you might know me as the indie queen. I'm wondering if you have any projects for me to be in.'

I get to enter into the world the director has created: to live these different lives on top of my own life.

I had dreams of conehead aliens when I was little. Before 'Saturday Night Live' did it. And then they came out with them, and I went on to be a glorified extra in the movie. When everyone else was laughing, I was scared.

It's really fun to see a movie that you've heard about that's really good.

I learned how to play mandolin for 'A Mighty Wind!'

Every time I do something, I worry it's my last job.

My grandmother is this amazingly theatrical woman. She acted like a movie star, as far as looks and attitude, kind of like Susan Hayward.

Being in a Woody Allen film. I cherish it.