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When I go into a pitch room and I'm pitching something with a writing partner, everybody tends to look at the guy, even if I'm doing a lot of the talking.
So at some point you realize that your life is not just going to start one day in the future, that you're living it.
I think we're always looking for an excuse to connect.
I think what's so attractive about acting is that you get to live several lifetimes in one.
I'd studied theater growing up and loved that, but didn't have many examples of artists around me.
Is there anything worse than being called the 'It Girl?' By definition, there will be a new one in two weeks.
One of my favorite stories growing up was 'A Wrinkle in Time'. I loved that book.
The only thing that's important is that every day I'm waking and doing something that I really love to do.
When I was a kid and going to the movies I was overwhelmed by the way women were always second-class citizens in the film.
I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything.
I think I am looking as an actor to find ways to push myself into places I haven't been before as a human being.
I think we're scared of intimacy - all of us, a little bit.
So writing became a way to get to act in things that I thought were meaningful, and hopefully write stronger roles for other women.
You know, I can't imagine 9 to 5 writing. That takes some stamina.
A lot of people think, 'I'll give acting or poetry or filmmaking a try. And if it doesn't work out I'll go get a law degree, do something else that's more practical.' For me I went the reverse way. I lived the back-up plan.
As an actor, you have an accumulated knowledge base. But there's also something about it that every time you really feel like you're doing it for the first time; you have no idea whether you're capable of it.
I think I realized very early on that you can spend a lot of time constructing a really perfect scene in final draft and just end up throwing it away because you didn't figure out that mathematics of the story first.
I've found myself at one in the morning just sitting at my desk spending an hour returning emails from the day until like two in the morning. It's ridiculous, I should be sleeping, or dreaming, or reading a novel.
Writing so that I can act became a way of having not more control over my future but not having to wait for permission. You can choose yourself. Hmm, who should play this part? I nominate me!
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