Photography was a blessing because it filled my time.
I never think of the future. I never imagine what comes next.
So much of my sense of who I am is tied to mothering. When they left home, I fell into a huge, empty, black hole. Your children are grown and your career has slowed down – all the stuff that took up so much attention is gone, and you’re left with expansive time and space.
I’ve got nothing left to lose at this point. The work I’ve done is out there.
Once I started on ‘Frances’ I discovered it was literally a bottomless well. It devastated me to maintain that for eighteen weeks, to be immersed in this state of rage for twelve to eighteen hours a day. It spilled all over, into other areas of my life.
Sometimes parts just come along when it’s the perfect time for you to do them.
There was that feminist myth that we can do everything. I don’t think you can.
What I love about photography, and it’s the same thing I love about acting, really, is that it forces you, like, right into the moment, where you can’t be distracted, where you can’t be, like, thinking about other things or ahead of yourself or behind yourself.
When I am home for like a two-year stretch, I get antsy, because I want to work.
For me, acting was always a way to explore emotions – to dip into the well and really try to reach rock bottom down there. That was the most exciting part of it. I hadn’t found anything that really allowed me to do that until I came upon acting.
I do love acting. But to work as a photojournalist would have been extraordinary.
I have made decisions based from purely an actor’s point of view.
I never shot on sets, but if I was traveling somewhere or on location, I would always have my camera, and I’d always be – it’s that kind of fly on the wall approach to photography, though. I don’t engage the subject. I like to sneak around, skulk about in the dark.
Because Shakespeare’s language is so expansive, we’re under this misconception that it’s difficult. But I discovered that it’s easy because it’s so brilliantly written. The words are perfect, and the language is intelligent and very emotional.
I have been a waitress, and I was a damn fine waitress too, let me tell you.
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.