I was this person with this weird last name from New York that no one had ever heard of. But my screen test I guess, according to him, was the best. So I got the part, which was incredible.
There`s just such a premium on hurrying, and the camera is the be all and end all, and the actors had better hurry up and get it right and get it done.
I think that we need to look hard at our beliefs and be responsible about how we speak out.
I know this is kind of corny, but we thought about renewing our vows again because I think my mom would really love it if we did that in Arkansas, where I came from.
I take the fact that films cost a lot of money very seriously, but once in a while to have somebody say, This is a big scene, take your time with it, is important. That`s John Sayles.
There`s a certain arrogance to an actor who will look at a script and feel like, because the words are simple, maybe they can paraphrase it and make it better.
I helped found Artists for New South Africa, but it used to be called Artists for Free South Africa. Alfre Woodard and a bunch of us started this.
It`s usually, my people speak to your people and then they speak around each other and trade calls for weeks.
I`d already made the decision before I`d even read it-just because it was John Sayles. Then when I read it, the themes were actually themes that have been a big part of my life.
Anything to do with the South resonates with me, because I`m Southern.
I love being in the business I`m in-I do love being a part of a group of people that work well together. I love it when there`s a connection.
It was a few days later I came out to Hollywood for a screen test, and so did a lot of other people. So, I really didn`t think I would get it. I was definitely the one that was least likely to get it, because everyone else was an already established star.
That`s what happens to people, they start not seeing each other. They start not seeing the truth. And sometimes they start chasing the wrong thing.