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"I live in an adult World, but I'm a kid. I love the work. But I no longer have a group of friends to hang out with regularly."

"I have a huge, active imagination, (and) I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman."

"I'll never wear a thong again. I'm a Speedo gal" - on her shocking swimsuit scene in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996).

"Usually, my social life and my sanity and my health are the things that are sacrificed" -on her non-stop work schedule.

Filming SHOPGIRL: We shot during business hours. It's so unfortunate I couldn't really shop and act--my two favourite things were colliding.

Rachel McAdams is a really amazing actor. Lovely.

Robert DeNiro's just so charismatic and so formidable as an actor. I mean the dude knows how to fill a scene.

Charlie Cox... I love Charlie," gushes Danes, putting that to rest. "We got to be really good friends, which was merciful because we were attached to each other for many months. He's such a beautiful actor, he's incredibly open and truthful and funny and intuitive

On Michelle Pfeiffer: "I'd worked with Michelle when I was a kid (on To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday) so we already kind of had a sense of each other," Danes says. "But she's obviously alarmingly beautiful. Disarmingly beautiful. And really funny in this. And actually gives a really subversive performance which I don't know if people will expect. And she's really very focused - I think maybe a little perfectionistic."

I would like to have a family, but I'm trying not to make any plans, because when I do, everything goes wrong

"I was a very confident child. I knew I wanted to be an actress from the age of 5. Madonna was my original muse -- around 5, I saw her perform on TV, and I realized that performing could be one's vocation. Then, at 7 or 8, I realized that most actors don't make a lot of money, and I amended my plan. But at 9, I seized my destiny. I made a formal announcement to my parents that I had to be true to my art. Money or no money, acting is my calling."

on Stage Beauty: "I was intimidated. There was the accent, the period of the film, and I had to act badly. I kept laughing during those scenes because I was god-awful. I've worked so hard to be good, and now I had to work even harder to be bad."

on Arnold Schwarzenegger: "My line about Arnold is that he doesn't get in his own way. He is not apologetic about achieving his goals. And when you have that attitude, it's amazing what one can accomplish. He wanted to give me relationship advice. I was having trouble with a female friend, and he said, be really forthright and do not accommodate her needs excessively. I took his advice and we're not friends anymore. So there you go."

"I was told that my going to college wouldn't be good for my career. I think that's nonsense. It's good to empower yourself by cutting yourself off from this business every once in a while."

"It's unbelievable how much money you can make in this business. It's scary!"

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