My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of.
It's very hard for me to get a new car. It's really hard for me to get a new house. It's really hard for me to move on from the things that give me stability.
People are always surprised when I say that I'm an atheist.
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
I had a certain career as an actor that I think was quite personal as well, and had a lot of integrity, but I wasn't writing my own things or directing my own movies.
It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.
I'm a technician. I don't go for the get-into-the-role stuff. I read the lines and play the scenes.
I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
If I make two movies my entire life, and they're two movies that - whether they make a lot of money or two people go to see them - they speak of me, then I consider them incredibly successful. I don't need to be Steven Spielberg.
Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.
I'm interested in directing movies about situations that I've lived, so they are almost a personal essay about what I've come to believe in.
I feel at various times in my life that I've been at a point where I had to choose between a death sentence and a life sentence. And I want to live. What do I do to live? What do I do to be vital? And the answer is always creativity. The answer is always art.
I never know what's going to move me. I'm always surprised. And it's always a mystery to the people who work with me.
As an actor, I'm attracted to drama; as a director, it's humor - because it's the story of my life, and I can't be that serious about it. Being alone is a big theme in all my movies, both as a director and as an actress.
I saw leaving college as an opportunity to do something different with my life. I always thought that becoming an academic was going to be my path.
I will always love psychology, and the basis of psychology is family.
I like to be in a different place when I make a movie so that I can't really focus on anything else, and that is your world.
I have, in some ways, saved characters that have been marginalized by society by playing them - and having them still have dignity and still survive, still get through it.
My mom was always late. It drove me crazy as a child. So I'm always on time - or early.
I think 'destiny' is just a fancy word for a psychological pattern.