If my accomplishments frighten someone, it's nothing to do with me - that's to do with them. But the men who are in my life see me as a person - as a woman - not as a character I've played.
I did a school play when I was 10 where I played a cold germ infecting a whole classroom of kids. The play was called 'Piffle It's Only a Sniffle.' I'd never had so much fun. It was a thrill.
Most people look at ageing as a disease. They do. They have prescriptions and places where you go to eradicate it.
There is no need to feel defeated at 40, 50 or 60. I'm having the greatest time in the second half of my life.
Joyce Carol Oates