Born: February 5, 1964 in New York City, New York, USA
With big, emotional roles it’s very easy, especially if you’ve grown up in the American school of acting, to exploit your own pain. You have to be careful about that, because 9 times out of 10, your pain is not appropriate to the character. You can watch someone on-stage cry and cry – but in the audience you feel nothing. It’s easy to become indulgent. For me, what’s important is the story first.
A lifetime of work, particularly where you get to see an actor grow and change, is better than becoming a rock & roll movie star.
[on how she has benefited from receiving Oscar nominations]: It’s helped me to keep working, quite frankly.
dir. Ivan Reitman
dir. Clint Eastwood
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