I just have a great life. I know great people. I've had great relationships - all different kinds of relationships. I am so lucky to be on the little golden path that led me to all this.
I went out in my goddamn underwear too!
I've sort of grown into my cuteness.
I had lunch the other day with my niece, Emma, and she said, 'You're so smart, Aunt Julia.' And I wanted to say, 'I'm not smart - I'm 41! You're 17!'
[Never underestimate] the power of dinner.
I certainly take work as a joyous responsibility.
I do think that I am fundamentally the same relatively simple person I've always been. I just have this flashy, wacky job [actress] that confuses people into thinking that I'm somehow ultrafascinating.
You know that place between sleep and awake? The place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you... Peter Pan. That's where I'll be waiting.
I'm just an ordinary person who has an extraordinary job.
You know when people are stupid, it frustrates me.
I am an actor and of course I respond very positively to flattery.
Why is it so weird that somebody didn't recognize me?... The fact is that whenever I meet somebody, I say, 'Nice to meet you. I'm Julia.'
I prefer to act with friends. I mean you start off as strangers always with someone, but to really find a relationship that you enjoy personally and creatively, it's fantastic.
In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.
I'm definitely a practicing Hindu.
The babies are amazing ... They begin each day all warm and sleepy, smelling of promise.
The man's [Bush] embarrassing. He's not my president and he never will be either.
I don't think fame changes people. People change as they gather more experiences and information about life.
Because of being married, I've met people and experienced all these little things that have nurtured my life - not so much changed it, just nurtured it in a way that's astounding.
People came up: 'I thought you were 6 ft tall.' I'm average height - 5 ft 8 ins, skinny blonde. One guy says to me 'So, where's the fox from Mystic Pizza?
Sometimes people think of actors as marionettes - everybody else makes the decisions for us - and, you know, really, making this decision [of which roles to take] is the only thing you lay claim to.
I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something.
I don't get angry very often. I lose my temper rarely. And when I do, there's always a legitimate cause. Normally I have a great lightness of being. I take things in a very happy, amused way.
I'm too tall to be a girl. I'm between a chick and a broad.
Babies aren't really born of their parents. They are born of every kind word, loving gesture, hope, and dream their parents ever had.
It's very important that we expand our use of clean energy and make a long-term commitment to it.
Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat.
I would like to learn to play the cello. I would like to paint. I would like to fully understand the concept of pi.
An Oscar is a total honor. It's thrilling, and on the one hand, it means a lot of things, and on the other hand, it doesn't really mean anything. It's a moment in time.
I didn't know the odds were so stacked against me. I went for TV shows and never got them. But I kept glued to the pursuit. I was the biggest fool in town, but ultimately I was the biggest fool in town with a job.
What a relief. I didn't have to check the toilet for anything or the light bulbs or the phone. It was just good old-fashioned friendship.
I only put clothes on so that I'm not naked when I go out shopping.
I can't wait to have kids; I just can't wait to hold a baby in my arms.
Something that's such a joy in my life every day - cooking - is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world.
The jobs don't get married. The people get married.
Some great friendships can be formed because you see one another at your best and worst.
God dwells within me. As me.
I wouldn't do nudity in films. For me, personally... To act with my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary.
~I try to call my mother, Betty, with more regularity because I think, What if Hazel didn't call me for two weeks? I'm able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.~
I couldn't be an ingenue today, because the business has changed. I remember when you could dress for a premiere just by putting on a cute top. Now you have to be perfect and fabulous in every way, or you're ridiculed.
Part of the reason why some of the relationships I've had in my past worked for so long is because when you're making movies, a huge gap of time can pass when you don't even see the person.
I'm so lucky to be crazy happy in my life. And I think it's not so much that I'm happier now than ever; it's that I'm more content. I'm in the harbor of my life.
You never know how stylish a movie is going to be and I think this movie has a great sense of style. The way that it is shot and our costumes and everything, it was just terrific.
How lucky we are that we love each other so much that we burst into three pieces.
Don't forget I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.
Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty
If you're at the sink washing the cup, wash the cup. Don't worry about everything else. ... We forget to appreciate the simplest moments of the day, the sublime in the ordinary.
I'm tall and smart. If you're aggressive and energetic it can be intimidating for people who aren't very smart themselves.
'Snow White' is an old fairy tale, so obviously the idea of vanity and obsession with youth is long-standing. With today's science, people have become crazy with trying to move their face around. It's bizarre.
On my best day, I am a seven-point-seven. I could be a hard eight if I felt great. If I went on a good run and had on my best pair of jeans, I could feel right on the money.
I'm too tall to be a girl, I never had enough dresses to be a lady, I wouldn't call myself a woman. I'd say I'm somewhere between a chick and a broad.
I wouldn't have believed it. I still barely do, truthfully. I'm so continually fortunate that I keep coming across these smart, interesting, creative people who pick me. It's just stupendous.
I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open season on every moment of your life.
I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded.
I love romantic comedies. I like to watch them and I like to be in them.
Some people are antagonized by the truth.
Look beyond the paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.
It's amazing what can happen if you just put your arm around somebody.
If your friends won't tell you the truth, who will?
The only time I've ever gone against my instincts, I've regretted it. It was only really one time.
It's funny when people say, 'I don't think Julia likes me.' Honey, if I don't like you, you're going to know about it.
I'm an utterly average, total geek.
I am very fulfilled in my home life, and what films do for me is to create an ironclad structure that, in my life as a mom, does not exist. It is a shapeless blob of happy chaos.
Your face tells a story and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office.
I guess when all is said and done, if there is one last commentary on me, I would want it to be said that I participated in my life. I was a full participant.
I think people who come into my home feel comfortable and welcome and loved. And the biggest thing in my living room (the fireplace) is in and of itself an expression of love.
In my life I think I made really solid decisions, and I would stand by them all over again.
When you end up happily married, even the failed relationships have worked beautifully to get you there.
Whatever happens is going to happen, whether you're sitting by the phone anxious and worried about it or not.
[On refusing to do nude movie scenes:] There are certain people who should know what you look like naked. I just don't think your high-school algebra teacher should be one of them.
It's amazing what can happen if you just put your arm around somebody. It's the truest thing and the simplest thing that does the most good a lot of times and I hope that we can all just reach out to each other.
People don't want to see me having sex... I'm the queen of the 'kiss, foreplay, dissolve.' And then the 'Whoo! Good morning, tiger.
I'm a regular person with an extraordinary job.
Wit is the key, I think, to anybody's heart, because who doesn't like to laugh?
The key to beauty is always to be looking at someone who loves you, really.
True love doesn't come to you it has to be inside you.
We've all been broken at some point. Forgiving ourselves or another person helps us move forward.
Life is so precious. Please, please, let's love one another, live each day, reach out to each other, be kind to each other. Peace be with you. God is great.
Loving what you do is the secret to everything.
You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness.
Magic to me is you make a movie and it's all great and it clicks, and at the end of the day you feel like you're having an experience that is positive and that you're learning from.
Every actor wants to win an Oscar, full stop. It doesn't mean you try to design things around how to accomplish that because that's impossible.
The things that are correct for me will come to me at the time that I am interested in them and have the capacity, the understanding, to do them.
I just have a great life. I know great people. I've had great relationships - all different kinds of relationships.
I am completely happy with my life. I love everything about it.
Whenever you are faced with someone who has made far more errors in judgment and far more mistakes than you, you have a tendency to get on your high horse.
I was fortunate to work a lot, and I worked hard, and I was very devoted to that, and then I earned this jewel box of a life that I felt completely entitled to.
Going to the theater is such a joyous experience.
I was lucky that I made a few movies in a row that people really responded to - not me, particularly, but the films as a whole were appreciated.
I think that I am a deeply optimistic person.
My life at home gives me absolute joy. Having so much time there with the family has just been incredible. My life has changed and I work less, but I was never really one to work too much.
Sally Field taught me to do needlepoint on 'Steel Magnolias,' and a standby painter on 'Pelican Brief' taught me to knit. I'm pretty good at it now!
It's increasingly rare for me to find things that challenge me as an actor because the challenge of my personal life, and how fulfilling I find it, is tough to compete with.
People don't come up to me very often. Everyone is always in such disbelief that I can go to the market.
The kind of energy I attract is very calm.
Two of my three siblings are older, so I suppose I learned from them and became a very avid reader at a young age, which I think enough cannot be said for what you can discover through literature.
I have very smart parents. I feel I learned a lot from both of my parents and life experience.
I don't spend a lot of time in the mirror.
I don't wake up with some sense of fabulosity.
Actually, I'm not crazed about what I eat.
Seeing Shakespeare in the Park, for me, it's just this side of feeling like you've witnessed some kind of magic. It's this spell that you're under, to be part of that!
Going to the theater is such a joyous experience. My dad would take my sister and me to plays when we were very young, like six or seven years old.