Being understood is not the most essential thing in life.
On her role in Taxi Driver (1976), when she was 13: "I spent four hours with a shrink trying to prove I was normal enough to play a hooker. Does that make sense?"
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.
It's not my personality to be extroverted emotionally, so acting has been helpful to me.
I could tell you the criticism backward and forward about Little Man Tate (1991). But it didn't bother me as long as they were talking about the work and not about 'she has fat thighs' or something. But I fared really well with 'Tate,' so I shouldn't be complaining.
"Kids talk like sailors now. Adults don't want to know." -- at age 14.
On the advantages of being an actress who is months from turning 40: "They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend - you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip." -- April 2004
If I fail, at least I will have failed my way.
On "Foster Child", her brother Buddy Foster's unauthorized biography about her: "A cheap cry for attention and money filled with hazy recollections, fantasies and borrowed press releases. Buddy has done nothing but break our mother's heart his whole life."
On devoting more time to parenting her sons than film work: "There's something so pure about the ways boys love you."
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.
Acting, for me, is exhausting. I'm always more energized by directing. It's more intense to direct. I can pop in and express myself, then pop out again. It's a huge passion for me.
I love to see theater but not to work in it. Too messy, and I have a bit of an inferiority complex.
What I didn't realize is how completely consumed I would be by my sons. I didn't know that the rest of my life would become so little a priority.
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