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In Hollywood, a lot of acting feels like grandstanding.
– Marcia Gay Harden
In theater, you have a rehearsal period and you know just who to be.
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.
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 played Laura Bush in a Tony Kushner piece, and afterward, I think my phones got tapped.
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.
Everybody says ‘Good Morning’ in Harlem because it’s true! And that’s lovely.
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.
I relate to people and roles that are about the arc of human experience, things that everyday people deal with every day.
I was always an exhibitionist. I liked it when everyone laughed. But I didn’t do plays in high school. I was too nervous.
I love physical comedy. I adore comedy of any kind.
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.
I loved playing Anne Bancroft, because she was so wonderfully arch.
With any tween, you have issues, from what they are going to wear to school, to how do you get them to speak politely, to how regularly they lose their contact lenses.
Doing theater is such a specifically energetic and almost acrobatic work.
Isn’t it nice not to have to compartmentalize yourself?
It’s important that kids learn, but I really don’t like all the testing, testing, testing.
I do pottery.
I’m not a big fan of mediocre.
My work often takes me away from my family for long periods of time, so I’ve really come to appreciate the time I do spend with them.
It’s hard to balance work and family.
You know what I miss? I miss myself, that time to just do things for myself.
Back in the days of Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis, beauty wasn’t the be-all and end-all it is today.
I had a science teacher in middle school who inspired me… simply because she acknowledged me and made me feel that what I had to offer was worthy.
I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws.
Reading is a joy for my kids, and to swing in a hammock on a lazy summer day reading a good book just goes with summer.
We can be incredibly disconnected in this day and age with computers and cell phones.
You want to know how I’m feeling? Just look at me, and I’ll tell you how I’m feeling. Nothing is hidden. I’m all out there. I cry like a baby, I get upset, I stamp my feet. I’m not stoic.
My schools were quite diverse – those who serve their country come from every race and religion – and so the military schools I attended were a wonderful melting pot.
Everyone thinks offers are always pouring in. Offers have never poured in. Never. I was auditioning a lot, but I didn’t get the jobs.