physical challenge is no less daunting than an emotional one-and there
were emotional challenges in River Wild.
Acting is not about
being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently
different, then finding myself in there.
All an actor has
is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any
All that attention
to the perfect lighting, the perfect this, the perfect that, I find
Art is food.
Enough people write
about me every day without even interviewing me.
(North Node in Aries conjunct MC)
Everything we say
signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts
on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.
(Mercury in Gemini)
are a waste of money.
For me, clothes
are kind of character; I don't follow fashion or understand trends.
Having been let
out of the barn once, I know I wouldn't be happy if I were home all
(Moon in 10th house)
How you first meet
the public is how the industry sees you. You can't argue with them.
That's their perception.
I always feel like
I can't do it, that I can't go through with a movie. But then I do go
through with it after all.
I always thought
I was so fat, and I was not fat! And then I think, Oh, I was so young!
I believe in imagination.
I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would
be was already inside me.
(Neptune in Libra)
I can't stand most
things that I see.
I choose to work
on things that put a positive energy out, because otherwise I don't
know why I am alive.
(Jupiter on Descendant)
I couldn't care
less about fashion. If I had taken any clothes home, they would have
remained in my closet for the rest of their existence.
I didn't have any
confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress,
and I still do.
I don't know why
I don't watch a lot of movies; I can barely keep up with the things
my friends are in. There isn't enough time in life.
I don't like to
be gone all weekend and at night too. Because for 20 years, I've had
children who are in school.
I get a trickling
few scripts that I'm lucky enough that some of them are great. I don't
get loads of scripts.
I had this sort
of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired
me, so I'm honored to be that way for young actors.
I have a holistic
need to work and to have huge ties of love in my life. I can't imagine
eschewing one for the other.
(Venus T-square Nodes. Sun in Cancer.)
I have a very busy
life, and not many people who have a career and four kids go out a lot
to the movies.
I have a very good
life-I'm lucky enough not to be deprived.
I have four to five
months, tops, per year to give to my acting work.
I have the power
to pick what I want to be in of the things that are offered to me-most
of which are dreadful.
I have to start
out with nothing each time. And reinvent the wheel. It's very, very
I have varying degrees
of confidence and self-loathing. Usually I have a lot of doubt.
I love costume:
in my next life I'm going to be a costume designer!
(Moon in Taurus. Neptune in Libra.)
I need to go where
people are serious about acting.
I stopped picking
these wild locations and my husband and I decided to stay in Los Angeles.
I think the most
liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern
with my looks as they pertained to my work.
I think there is
a kind of career path that demands a certain thing that not everybody
wants to give.
I think your self
emerges more clearly over time.
I want to feel my
life while I'm in it.
I was a really big
expert on acting before I started acting. Now I'm much less of an expert!
I was just interested
in making a human being as contradictory and messy as we all are.
I'm a pain in the
ass to all of the costume designers with whom I work because I have
very strong feelings about the subject.
I'm curious about
other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what
it would be like to be you.
(Venus in Cancer in 12th house. Jupiter on cusp of 7th house.)
I'm never so sure
as I was in my mid-20s.
I'm not comfortable
at all on the first day, or the second day. But then we go to the bar
and everything gets straightened out.
I'm older. There's
some sort of seniority. As a matter of fact, the seniority ebbs as you
I'm thrilled when
I get nominated. I don't count how many and I don't remember how many
I've had. I just know it's a lot.
If I am not confident
that I can portray the character perfectly on screen, I won't even try.
is not soon enough.
(Sun conjunct Uranus)
Integrate what you
believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and
ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
(Venus in Cancer T-squaring the Nodes. Jupiter conjunct Descendant.)
people don't come to you for advice. Especially the ones who are related
It does make me
feel good when someone says, That was so wonderful, and I'll remember
it all my life.
It takes more time
than I care to give to my career. I have enormous responsibilities at
home-I have four kids, and that's a big job.
(Sun in Cancer)
It's been a long
and really interesting journey with a lot of amazingly talented people.
It's bizarre that
the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the
It's fun playing
Motherhood has a
very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
My attitude is,
Why not try this? So I go from thing to thing like any actor does, with
my little bag, my dopp kit.
(Sun conjunct Uranus)
My family really
does come first. It always did and always will.
(Sun in Cancer)
My feeling about
fears is, if you voice your fears, they may come true. I'm superstitious
enough to believe that.
My husband hates
to be written about in my movie stuff.
My job is usually
to express emotion as freely as possible.
(Mars in Gemini)
Obsession is an
attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good
at one thing and smart are attractive, if they're men.
People say, When
you have children, everything changes. But maybe things are awakened
that were already there.
Personality is immediately
apparent, from birth, and I don't think it really changes.
Scripts leap out
at you, the ones that are really ambitious.
Show business has
been really, really good to me because I can work and take a lot of
time off, and I'm extremely undisciplined person.
(Saturn in Virgo square Chiron)
Some people are
filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't
think anything's going to make a difference.
Sometimes with my
children, I remember exactly how I felt as the child in this situation,
not just how it feels to be me.
The critical reaction
is satisfying. When other actors like you, that's really good. I really
like it when young people like my work.
thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but
me cleans the kitty litter.
The more people
that go to the movies, the better, and the more good vehicles for women.
The more you are
in this business, the more humbled by it you become.
of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it's
a completely random process.
The reason I chose
the movies that I did was based on where they were being filmed.
The work is the
most fun; it seems illicit how much fun it is.
The work will stand,
no matter what.
The younger group
of women have wide opportunities right now to go through good material
and get it made.
There are wonderfully
talented actresses. It's a really rich field. There isn't as rich a
field of material.
There's no road
map on how to raise a family: it's always an enormous negotiation.
We are who we're
going to be when we're very old, and when we're very old we are who
we were when we were 8.
You can't get spoiled
if you do your own ironing.
You just have to
keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he
just says, Keep going. Start by starting.
You win an Oscar,
it can double the audience that you had before.
Your life matters,
and sometimes children listen and the lessons go in.
I like who I am
now. Other people may not. I feel freer now. I don't want growing older
to matter to me
gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”
“I am thrilled
and honored to be nominated, and also aghast that anybody could imagine
that I could surpass the unsurpassable Katharine Hepburn in any category
whatsoever. But it's lovely to even be mentioned in the same sentence.”
doesn't reward people of my age, either in day-to-day life or for their