We don't have to pretend to be something that we're not.
I feel a huge responsibility to anyone who's younger than me, in helping them take the road less traveled, or finding no road at all and blazing a new trail.
There's no magic numbers in birthdays in my life, there are no milestones, there's no event. Every birthday has to be celebrated to its fullest, even if it's with one person or with 20.
I've never had good fortune with sequels. Everyone says this time is going to be better. And then I've done them and they've just been not - they weren't better.
I do believe in choice, the freedom of choice and carving out your own happiness.
I admire actresses who are good to women. I don't like the ones who just don't like women. You can feel it. They're degrading themselves.
It's the rare happening when actors get together and you have chemistry, connection, just something that works, that's bigger than what's on the page.
I'm like the queen of planning and scheduling and I'm trying very hard to stop it. I just want to finish what I'm doing and go home. I want to have a weekend. I want to have breakfast, a stack of pancakes.
I'm a huge lover of going to the theater and having that experience of people in the room. Any time you go to an experience like this, you hear it in a different way because sound systems are different.
I realized that being an actor was something I never owned up to, in a weird way. I would be a hostess or a waitress or a house restorer before I would consider myself an actor, because I never thought I was good enough.
We don't trust anyone who does anything nice. That's just the sad world we live in.
It's such a joy to be able to play someone who is angry. It's a joy and a relief. Having to be nice all the time is exhausting and boring.
I'm very musically inclined. My parents were opera singers. As a young child, I could hear operas and I knew if they were sad, or if they reminded me of something, or they brought back a memory.
I rely on music heavily, just in life and in my work.
You don't have to give birth to someone to have a family. We're all family - an extended family.
You hear sounds and orchestration, it's ... the fastest way, I think, to your emotions, even if you don't understand the language of the song.
I realize that once I stopped fighting the technical process of how to move my body, I made it choreography.
I don't need any more stories. I have enough stories. I need a life.
I still love being creative. I still love the aspects of working together with great, talented people. But it's a weird dichotomy; I'm being blessed with more opportunities, but I'm going to be taking less of them.
The Hollywood I know has allowed me the opportunity after opportunity to keep doing new things and not send me out to pasture. I don't want to go to pasture. It's cold. I'm allergic to grass. And the cows are mean.
I've always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do.
Sure, I've done movies in which I was embarrassed by my performance, or might not have cared for a co-star. Then I'd have to tell lies, like, 'Oh, we love each other; everything was perfect!'
I can't selfishly take journeys anymore because I have to take a little boy along with me.
I'll do anything for free stuff.
I don't think we are the only planet that has life.
I've never been a blind romantic.
Lemons clean everything. It's the greatest disinfectant.
Crushes are wonderful-they make you feel like you're two years old, and you say the stupidest things.
It's nice we work in a place where you're allowed to keep coming back to have new experiences together.
Ironing is comfort. It's control. I'm a nutty person who likes to make sure everything is in its place.
I know when I'm getting ready to mess up, I'm going to do it full-on.
You grow up and share life experiences. That's one of the best parts of this business. You share how you're mellowing out and your new sense of self.
I've done all my tricks. I'm tired of myself.
I got away from comedy because it wasn't being done in the way that I loved and the way that I could do it. It made me sad because I felt like it wasn't appreciated and no one was writing it so, 'I'll abandon it.
I keep saying, 'Don't change. Be who you are,' but society is really strong in their opinions.
I love good romantic comedies. There just aren't a lot of them. But, I love comedies, and I'll never stop doing them.
Ryan Reynolds and I can be doing a scene facing the camera and somehow our back and forth and our rhythm, we know when to stop and when to volley, when to make the sound. It's like music.
I was a little worried that the familiarity would be a little weird, but I think for me everything is musical in my life. For me, timing is a rhythm.
All the knowledge that I have doesn't necessarily make me brilliant, but I love acquiring knowledge and then sharing it with everybody else.
I mean, yeah, Anne Fletcher was a choreographer, but she was born to be a director. You need to have the ability to figure out people's rhythms. It all starts from the script.
I'm difficult on every single level. I'm aware that I can be annoying.
I go to bed wearing a very baggy one-piece cheetah suit, just because it makes my son laugh. My sexy lingerie has been locked in a drawer for a while.
I don't like to fly. I've never been a good flyer. I have a lot of friends that have permanent nail marks in their arms... The moaning that comes from me when there is turbulence. It's awkward for everyone around.
Anything sweet, really sweet, that I have was nothing that I planned.
Women should do a lot more fighting. I don't think it's fair that we can't get into a good fight.
I don't like guys who will lie down and take it. I want someone who'll fight back. I like people who can argue well.
There's something sexy about a gut. Not a 400-pound beer gut, but a little paunch. I love that.
I'm not a fan of reality shows, but I am a fan of people who use their brains and skills and hard work to outsmart people, not to steal someone's man or get drunk on TV.
There's so many different ways to cheat. People think infidelity is the way to cheat. I think it's sometimes far worse to emotionally cheat on somebody.
I'm simply the mom who makes the lunch, drives to school, finds where the toys are, washes the clothes, and I'm here to play. And that's all I should be.
I've been in enough films where the studio wanted that extra little cuteness to make it sellable.
I didn't have a teenage or early-20s experience that was free and without worry. I missed the screw-everything, have-a-good-time phase.
I hate the term 'rom-com.'
I don't know if I always want to be in front of the camera. I love producing, I love the camaraderie. I love the adventures. I love the stress.
I don't want to be seen as the kind of person who does things and then expects publicity in return.
I've lived next door to people all my life. I don't know how cute they think I am.
I don't understand why there needs to be a love interest to make women go see a film. I think society sort of makes us feel that way - that if you don't have a guy, you're worthless.
You can't really dance properly to James Brown. If you dance to James Brown, you look like an idiot. There's a lot of jerking.
I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you.
I like lists, I'm controlling, I like order. I'm difficult on every level.
Y'know, every relationship is different. There are good marriages, bad marriages, connected partners, unconnected partners.
There weren't roles for females in comedies for a really long time.
If you can't categorize a film for a studio, it's really difficult for them to wrap their heads around it and give you the money.
I don't want an opportunity to go missing because of my lack of organization.
Nothing makes me happier than dancing. It transforms me. It's the only time I let out what is inside and I feel completely sensual and sexy and alive.
It's sad when you say a $30 million film is an inexpensive film, but it is.
Go find your joy. It's what you're going to remember in the end.
On the Hugh Grant romance rumours: We're not dating and I'm not pregnant. We have not kissed or touched. We have not fought and broken up.
I can't cry on demand. I need to feel what I'm feeling. I can't just say, 'Give me a moment' and then cry.
Now, I love men, but I don't need to always be talking about them.
Actually, they [ Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump] are doing pretty well on their own. They don't need my character to step in.
I think a lot of actors, comedians, musicians, artists are drawn to this world, because you're allowed to excavate whatever it is that you're struggling with, and hopefully turn it into art.
My mother was ahead of her time as a woman.
The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying.
I never realized that as a woman I would be looked at as less than until I was pretty deep in this business and realized, 'Oh my God. I'm being treated this way because I'm female.
I was raised in Washington, DC in a household where one parent was a Republican and the other was a Democrat, so I got both sides.
I don't ever want to come home saying, 'I should have spoken my mind. I shouldn't have let someone say something that I didn't feel was right.'
I'm a good actress. That's why you know me as likable.
Yeah, I'm nervous. I'm wearing heels in public for crying out loud.
I love people in elements that they're not used to.
The costume designer designing clothes that helped the comedy in The Proposal, that sold the character. Each and every detail was so perfectly thought of, what wouldn't be here? That's a lost art.
People who do comedy really are the nastiest people on the planet.
People order clothes out of a catalogue, put it on an actor and everything is generic.
I don't want to be seen as the kind of person who does things and then expects publicity in return. I look at it as, I happen to have the means, I have the energy and I have the passion to do what I want to do.
I really am thankful that I got to do The Proposal movie the right way with people who taught me how to do comedy better.
I love humor. I always will fall back on humor. That's something that I think you can't ever get enough of and, if it's done well, it's great. When it's bad, it's horrible.
You don't. It doesn't work. One day, you wake up, and you've learned how to store it, and you go to another part of the heart.
Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?
Motherhood is beautiful. Everything [my son] does makes me so happy.
There is something sexy about a computer nerd.
I'm just having fun. And giving a sort of second shot at childhood and life - and I need to be present to do it.
I don't want to not enjoy where I am at this very moment. So, every time I plan something the exact opposite happens. I hope that I'm always satisfied and content like I am right at this very moment.
If you don't have kids and animals, you don't truly know what life is about.
I don't understand women who try to be glamour queens.
I was actually looking at comedies and wondered, 'Why is every comedy for a women a romantic one? I was so done! Then I said, 'Could I look at every script Jim Carrey rejected?' It didn't center around me getting a man.
It's such a joy to be able to play someone who is angry. It's a joy and a relief.
I now know that anything sweet, really sweet, that I have was nothing that I planned. If you don't have kids and animals, you don't truly know what real life is about.
Not everything has to be immediate.
I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity. And it shouldn't be an oddity.
Does age matter? Time doesn't matter.
I've always been very skeptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once; I want to do it the right way.
It's just too much if you make your career everything. It is everything when you're doing it. But you have to find things you love just as much.