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I think in terms of family, in terms of relationships, in terms of work, competition to be the favorite, to be the noticed, to be the one - I don`t know if it exists for all personalities, but I know for sure it did with me.

In theater, you have a rehearsal period and you know just who to be.

I was always the child who wore her emotions on her sleeve.

I`m just a pack mule. I`ve played leads and I`ve played character roles. Any actress in Hollywood will tell you as your age climbs, the leads thin.

Having a dad in the service was helpful. I was forever meeting new kids, going to new schools, moving to new neighborhoods. I was encouraged when I attended the American School in Germany.

I`m not a big fan of mediocre.

(on winning the Oscar despite low pre-award expectations) "Vegas had me at 12-to-1 odds. I sure do wish I had bet on myself and made a little money."

I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws.

I`m always a little starstruck anyway. So to work with a movie star, which is Brad, I was excited about that; to work with a movie legend, which is Tony, I wouldn`t have passed that up. Just to get to watch him and watch how he works.

All those days of waiting on tables until I could get a role on Broadway, all that time going to school taking lessons, and all those years of being a nobody following a dream-and now here it is.

In the theater, it`s about taking time in a musical segment, a pause in a musical way and then moving on.

The only thing that seemed to me I could do in such a way that no one else could was acting. I thought, I can be a doctor, but there`s going to be someone else who is just as good or better. I can be a lawyer, which I still sometimes think I would love to be, but I think there`s someone who can do it just as good or better. So, being an actor, there will be people who can do it just as good or better, but I`ll have my voice, and no one will have my voice.

Until people get to know me they think I`m a dark, sensuous b*tch.

You`re over there in the corner either thinking about the dead dog or whatever, you`re bringing up your personal life and you need the space, and then somebody throws you a joke. Especially if it`s an emotional scene, you don`t want the joke.

My husband is great, and my mother flies in and helps when I`m on location. (when asked how she juggles career and family.)

(Talking about Lee Krasner, her character in Pollock (2000)): "When she was first married, Lee`s main concern was pleasing Jackson, she was the kind of woman who hung her hat on another man`s peg to find herself, in spite of how brilliant she was in her own right. Their marriage was wonderful, fabulous, and hideous. They fed off each other in ways that weren`t always healthy, but, if they hadn`t been together, Pollock never would have become world famous and Lee wouldn`t have pushed herself to the artistic limits she did. As soon as they split, one of them was bound to destruct".

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