My talents fall within definite limitations. I am not as versatile an actress as some think.

An actress must never lose her ego - without it she has no talent.

My mother told me never explain, never complain.

Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable.

I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn't a star, just an actress.

Forget it. I'm a star. I wanted it. I worked for it. I got it.

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As an actress people always tease me like: if there's anything you can do to make yourself unattractive you will do it.

For me, as an actress, being a dancer has helped me. I've done it with my feet bloody.

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When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.

I tend to be a lazy actress, unless I'm pushed.

I've done a lot of serious roles, but they're, like, independent, so it's harder for them to come out. The big ones have been comedies, but I would love to get a big drama to let people see the other side of me, that I am a serious actress.

As an actress, I'm drawn to emotion and expressing the human condition in all its forms, and I'm fortunate to have thoughts and feelings at my fingertips.

I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way.

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.

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.

I don't know what would have been worse: If Mira had come home one day to say she was gay or an actress.

Demi Moore is a terrific woman and a hell of an actress.

The inability to listen and to depict in the countenance what others have said has spoiled many a good actress.

The very women who object to the morals of a notoriously beautiful actress, grow big with pride when an admirer suggests their marked resemblance to this stage beauty in physique.

An actress must be a woman whose emotional perceptions are true, and to make them so, she must have a fine contempt for any art or thought that betrays them for something false.

I got all the schooling any actress needs. That is, I learned to write enough to sign contract.

I have an older sister named Haley and she wanted to be an actress.

So I wanted to be an actress. It's really funny the way that some people don't give kids enough credit for like really being driven, and really wanting to do things so badly.

I started in London, as a kid. My mother knew I had sort of an inbred talent. She was an actress, so I inherited it from her. But I think I got a lot of it from my grandfather, who was a great politician.

As an African American actress, there are people who have been staples in my life that opened a door that I can walk through. I hope that I can have that impact.

As an actress, there were so many months, years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit.

I didn't picture myself as a movie actress.

I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, "Well somebody has to be in them," so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise.

My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.

My job as an actress is to make things work and come up with reasons of my own and not just fill in the blanks for anybody else, you know what I mean?

You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They're so not me. That's why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress.

I came to L.A. to work and become a better actress, not to be a star.

Being an actress is similar to trying to fit in with the popular kids in high school. You're expected to drive the right car, wear the right clothes and say the right things.

Having my son, I mean, I feel already that it makes me a better actress.

Just the feeling and the love that expands in my being is more than I ever thought possible.

When people say 'You're so beautiful' it makes me want to kill myself! As an actress you want to be seen for what you do, for the characters you can play, otherwise I'd be a model.

I don't think I would ever have been able to be an actress had I not started at nine years old. I would have been the last person to stand up and say, 'I'd like to star in the play.'

I feel as though my career really hit its high point when I was cast as a supporting actress in 'American Wedding'. I thought the script had a lot of depth and intelligence, and it really just jumped off the page.

People think that I changed my name. I could've been an actress, a superhero, or a stripper.

I've always thought of myself as more of a character actress.

I've tried to do different things, but I've always been under the radar and that's how I like it. I've been really blessed to work this long and I just hope I continue to get better and better and better and better.

I like to look like a person. It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great!

Dakota Fanning is my favorite actress.

Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I've never really had to research a role. I'm literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress.

You could say I'm a character actress.

Or maybe a character actress who does peculiar, interesting lead roles. Does that make sense?

I think every day there is some new actress comes out and inspires me to do something else... like Hilary Swank. After she did Boys Don't Cry, I felt this yearning to go out and be even half as good as she was.

I think my guideline has been to find things that inspire me.

And as long as I stick to that, I don't think I'll have any problems crossing over to becoming an adult actress.

I'm a trained actress and I can do it, but I think that you have to prove yourself.

I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent.

This is my calling, not my career.

I regard myself as an actress but, obviously, not in the Dame Judi Dench league.

That isn't a problem because I don't think we are ever likely to be up for the same part!

So I kind of lost track for a while, then I came back, I pulled myself together and I decided when I was 15 that I'm going to get sober and I'm going to become an actress.

Blythe Danner is somebody whose career I admire.

She's a great actress and does good work, but also has a life of her own. I love my job but, at the end of the day, I want to come home and watch a movie and drink a bottle of wine with my husband.

The three things I said when I came out of school were I want to work consistently, I want to do good work and I want to be paid fairly, and that's happened. But I didn't become an actress for the money. I do it for other reasons.

That's why I do what I do, and that's why I wanted to be an actress from the time I was six years old. If I can't effectively move people, then I would prefer not to do it.

Becoming an actress takes a lot longer than being a star.

I don't want to be a star. I want to be an actress. I want to build a career.

The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic, blonde actress with the funny voice.

You can tell five minutes into it what a girl is after, when she starts asking how much money I make or tells me, 'I wanna be an actress.'