For a long time I did not want to do television because I did not want to get stuck playing the same person. I wanted the ongoing challenge of a variety of roles.
Jack made it very comfortable for me on the set. We'd met socially before but never worked together. You know, he's very professional, very disciplined and he's always prepared and knows his lines.
I want to be defined by my own essence.
I hope I look skinnier in 3D. I hope I don't look three times as fat. That'll be disappointing.
I have to pay the bills just like everybody else, but it also pays my soul to work.
After winning the Oscar, I was committed to do 'Fried Green Tomatoes,' but I didn't know what the next thing would be after that. It was a scary time. But the advantage of TV is the regular work. All you need is a hit series, I guess.
I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play - a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.
Drama comes more naturally to me. It's the comedy you really have to delve into.
I went from years of honing my craft to sudden recognition. It was quite a life changer.
The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy.
I'm not a stunning woman.
The roles I was lucky enough to get were real stretches for me: usually a character who was older, or a little weird, or whatever. And it was hard, not just for the lack of work but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you.
Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.
I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented.
It was also wonderful to have the prospect of playing with Jack Nicholson. It was a terrific part, a terrific script, with Alexander Payne and Jack Nicholson. You can't get any better than that!
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