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With acting, it was really more of a general kind of experience of really just loving being in the theater.

I was exposed to the arts, but there was no one in my family who was an artist.

All of us have read the stories about young people in Hollywood and all the challenges they have to confront there, and I think that artistically, I really didn`t understand the commercial side of the film business, so I went back to a purely artistic setting.

Politics itself is so unsexy, isn`t it? But when the politics in creative works are really explored - not used as a vehicle - the results can be really interesting.

Unfortunately, very often in roles you`re only wanted to stand there and be sweet. That`s why I`m drawn back to roles in theater.

I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I`m actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago-I put the time in!

I`ve just been really lucky to not be too much of a stereotype.

I am really not of the school of naturalism. I like style, and you can use more style in theater than in film roles. I love to sink my teeth into a part.

A man like Wilde was not free to live out of the closet as a homosexual, and women in general were not able to be truly themselves; there was no place for a woman`s voice to be heard or for her to express her sexuality.

Not to get overly psychological about this, but it`s probably why I became an actress in the first place: for that kind of freedom and refuge, as well as for the fact that I just love acting so much.

Singing really oxygenates your blood. You stretch your lungs and take in much more air into them than before. It`s really good for your health.

I don`t prefer much of film over stage. The only thing I prefer is the paycheck.

I don`t prefer much of film over stage... The only thing I prefer is the paycheck.

I really don`t like when things are all polished and perfect - the perfect love story and the hair is perfect.

You express different energies at different times in your life.

You have your structure, but within it, it gets fuller and you can highlight other parts of the performance.


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