"When I was three, I used to tell my mom I had a fire in my brain to act."
"I started acting when I was seven. I had a couple of lines in this play called Sophistry with Ethan Hawke. I studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and that really gave me an opportunity to perform before live audiences. There's absolutely a difference between that and working in film... like you can mess up in film and not worry about it."
"I want to always be able to do things that I'm passionate about. I always want to be proud of my work. I always want to be a truthful person."
"If I find something that is just ripening, I grab it. The nice thing is, I’ve been very fortunate with other actors. I can go directly to an actor and say, 'Let’s do this together' and it happens. Whereas, if it’s something like a big studio film with a lot of girls fighting over it, whoever’s film has made the biggest box office is most likely the prime suitor for the part. I kind of avoid that stuff. It’s better for me to burrow underground and then pop up."
"The most important thing to me is that the character is something I can play. I can’t play a cheerleader. It’s going to come out awful. Some people are good at that. I think I look for projects that are unusual, films I haven’t seen before. Also you look for films that remind you of films that you like and then what director’s going to be working on it. Where’s it shooting?"
"I love when I see a movie and it's like you're not even in the theater, but you're right there with the characters, in their world, and going through the experience with them. That's what I hope to take away when I watch a movie, and I hope that's what people experience when they see a film - any film - I'm in."
"When you're doing an independent film, it's more like you're doing it just for the love of film making, whereas a lot of the times when you tend to do big-budget movies, it's more about getting the money back and making stars out of people.
"I want my career to be filled with projects that I have fun doing and feel emotionally attached to and passionate about. As far as exploding into stardom or whatever, the one good thing about being more recognizable is the power you get in the industry. You can do those projects you're really passionate about, and you don't have to take things just to work."
"I'm the kind of person that doesn't put up with bullshit. Does that make me uncommonly mature? I don't know. I think you mature with experiences, and how other people view you and your maturity really depends upon when you have those experiences. If you have them at the age of 13, you're gonna seem really mature, and if they happen when you're 75, you're gonna seem immature. I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and an awareness of other people.
"I'm so tired of hearing casting directors ask if I have a sore throat. The people who have told me that my voice is distinctive, it's unusual, those people have always been close to my heart."
"Unfortunately, because it's adults writing these scripts, it's tough. The problem is that adults portray kids like mall-rats, and not seriously; after all, we're just like little adults and people with feelings too. Kids and teenagers just aren't being portrayed with any real depth. I'm getting sick of reading ridiculous scripts about mall-loving teenagers, but we won't go too deep into that. Let's just say we've gotten some painfully bad scripts, on a weekly basis. And these range from huge studio projects to nothing projects; it's just painful.
"With people my age, there's not much respect for elders. But I'd like to think I'm not like that. It's so interesting to listen to what older people have to say. Your grandparents, your parents, it really affects the way you look at things."
"I like to play pool too; that's about as extreme as I get. My boyfriend is like my mentor. Although I did beat him once, actually. It was the most exciting time in my life."
"I'm actually not that type of music listener, Britney Spears type culture thing but I was telling someone earlier that it's not like I don't know the words to "Hit Me Baby One More Time," I think we all do because there are such few words. I don't have anything against it, if that's what you choose to listen to and be a part of, then so be it."
"I think that I sort of see other actresses are kind of proud of the way they look and show it off. That's never really been my style. I really don't think that it's disgusting or wrong, if you're 18 you're 18, it's your body, it's your right to show yourself, however, I don't really take a part in that. I like to look nice, but I think that there's ways of doing it that are more tasteful than just wearing a bikini wherever you go."
"I don't think there's any kind of preparation for sudden celebrity. I think you almost have this slight nervous breakdown when that kind of media attention happens. I mean, you're doing the same kind of thing that you do all the time, only you have to make these weird adjustments. Like, you're buying a slice of pizza and somebody's outside photographing you which is weird - that's not normal! It's very uncomfortable."
"Bill Murray is not an incredibly sexy guy in the way that Jude Law might be seen as a sexy guy, but it doesn't really matter. But if I was heinous looking in [Lost in Translation], do I think that people would want to see us together? No. Probably not. Age has a lot to do with it. Men age like wine, and women seem to wilt—in the eyes of an audience."
"I like clothing. I can shop like none other. You'd be surprised!"
"Whatever you see on my face in a movie is the way I feel. I'm not lying to you."
"I want to be a part of the history of film-making. I would like to accomplish something more than looking pretty in a gown. That's the Christmas present I most want."
"I don't think people are monogamous by nature. It's not practical, and it takes work. But when it does work, it's so wonderful, because you trust the person, and you're with him through thick and thin."
"I can look at an actor everyone's crazy about and say, 'Yes, he's hot.' But everybody I've ever found sexy, for me, has been unusually sexy. I think what makes somebody's sexuality interesting is if you have to dig to get there."
"I never think about putting my sexuality just out on the table. 'Sexy' is something that's quiet and private and shy. And I think every person who is comfortable with who they are is - in some way - sexy."
"Every boyfriend I've ever had, when they wake up in the morning and I'm singing Gypsy in the shower, has been like, 'You loser'."
"I'm enthusiastic about everything. If I'm going to be with someone, I need him to be as enthusiastic as I am about, like, the carousel in Central Park or stupid things like naming a plant. I name everything."
"The perfect gift is cashmere socks. They are the greatest thing ever. A pair of thick cashmere socks will make anyone happy. I learned this when I bought a pair for myself. Now I give them to everybody. Sometimes you realize that the best presents are the ones you buy for yourself."
"When you're making a movie or if you're working hard at any job, you have to treat yourself. Nobody's really taking care of you, so it's a good idea to buy yourself a piece of jewelry or a cashmere blanket. It's like, I earned this. If you wait around for someone to give you wonderful socks, you may miss out. Shopping is a great way to pat yourself on the back when no one else will."
"That was the first time I realized I could manipulate my own emotions."
- On The Horse Whisperer
"I came home and I thought I was going to die. I was in agony. I had muscles that had atrophied. I couldn't run any longer and it was only the first day. But, actually Ewan was in the same boat. He had black and blue marks all over him. So, it wasn't so bad since someone else was in agony."
- On filming The Island
"I was driving through Los Angeles and I look up and see the biggest photo of me I have ever seen in my life on a massive ad space. I screamed and slammed on the brakes. I couldn't believe it. It's very strange to see my cleavage the size of a brontosaurus. My breasts were huge. I had long hair and my goodness, I couldn't get past the cleavage."
- On an ad for The Island
"My breasts are the stars of the film, really. They should each get an Academy Award."
- On Match Point