But I think it is always difficult to have high expectations of yourself or anyone else.
So, you know, parenting is a very intimate and amazing experience and one of the best experiences of my life.
When asked if I consider myself Buddhist, the answer is, Not really. But it’s more my religion than any other because I was brought up with it in an intellectual and spiritual environment. I don’t practice or preach it, however.
Motherhood definitely took the focus off of my work. And I didn’t mind. I had a few panics when I thought that if I wanted to work I couldn’t get a job anymore and then I would get one once in a while and it would make me feel better.
For a writer, they say write what you know. As a performer, you find it in yourself, in your heart. You relate to the character. You try to live it, try to have it be real for you.
I was not particularly bright, I wasn’t very athletic, I was a little too tall, odd, funny looking, I was just really weird as a kid.
Even, today, when people tell me I’m beautiful, I do not believe a word of it.
We never left a set until we’d trashed it.
I never ever slept again after my first pregnancy.
And also I think particularly as a female, you’re taught to be defensive your whole life. You’re taught not to be aggressive.
Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.
I love and adore being a mother. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.
It is better to have a relationship with someone who cheats on you than with someone who does not flush the toilet.
I used to be more paranoid and stressed, constantly worrying about my Plan B. But the truth is I don’t have one.
Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world. What I have learned is that I like all religions, but only parts of them.