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Joan Allen was born on the 20th August 1956, in Rochelle, Illinois USA, of British and German descent. She is an actress who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Elizabeth Proctor in the film “The Crucible”, playing Laine Hanson in the film “The Contender” (2000), portraying Colonel Margaret Rayne in the TV series “The Killing” (2014), and as Claire Warren in the TV series “The Family” (2016). Her acting career has been active since 1977.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Joan Allen is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Joan’s net worth is over $8 million, accumulated through her successful career in the entertainment industry.

Joan Allen Net Worth $8 Million

Joan Allen is the youngest of four children born to James Jefferson Allen, who was the owner of a gas station, and Dorothea Marie, who was a homemaker. She went to Rochelle Township High School, after which she enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, where she began performing in plays alongside John Malkovich, but later she transferred to Northern Illinois University, from which she graduated with a BFA degree in Theater.

Her acting career began initially on the stage, when in 1977 she joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble, together with Malkovich, appearing in a number of productions, such as her role of Hellen Stott in “And A Nightingale Sang”, for which she won a Clarence Derwent Award in 1984.

In the following year, she moved to the big screen, making her debut appearance in the film “Compromising Positions”, as Mary Alice Mahoney. In 1986, she was cast in two films – “Manhunter” playing Reba McClane, and “Peggy Sue Got Married” portraying Maddy Nagle. By the next decade, she had also starred in the role of Vera Tucker in the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man And His Dream”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Since then, her career has only gone upwards, as well as her net worth.
During the next decade, Joan’s name became more and more recognized, and she was soon able to acquire high profile roles in popular TV series and films. By the mid- 1990s, she had won the role of Zeena in “Ethan Frome” (1991), played Bonnie Waitzkin in “Searching For Bobby Fischer” (1993), and appeared as Margaret Roberts in “Mad Love” (1995). In 1995 Joan was also selected for the role of Pat Nixon in the TV series “Nixon”, starring alongside Anthony Hopkins and Powers Boothe. Her next major role was in the 1997 film “Face/Off”, with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in leading roles. All of these added a considerable amount to her net worth.

The new millennium didn’t change too much for her, as she continued to line up success after success, earning roles in such TV and film titles as “The Notebook” (2004) playing Anne Hamilton, “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007) as Pam Landy, and “Georgia O’Keeffe” (2009) in the title role. To speak further about her career, she was also selected to play Claire Lachay in the TV series “Luck” (2012), and in the same year she reprised the role of Pam Landy in the film “The Bourne Legacy”. Most recently, she appeared in the TV series “The Killing” (2014), the film “Room” (2015), and in the TV series “The Family” (2016). Her net worth is certainly rising.

Thanks to her accomplishments in the film industry, Joan has earned a number of recognitions and awards, including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on “Nixon”, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress for her works on “Yes” and “The Upside Of Anger”. Beside that, she has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy, three Golden Globe and three Academy Awards.

Speaking about her personal life, Joan Allen was married to actor Peter Friedman (1990-2002), with whom she has a daughter. She is currently unmarried.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Family 2016 TV Series Claire Warren
Room 2015/I Nancy
Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power 2014 Narrator (voice)
A Good Marriage 2014 Darcy Anderson
The Killing 2014 TV Series Colonel Margaret Rayne
The Bourne Legacy 2012 Pam Landy
Luck 2012 TV Series Claire Lachay
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011 Video Game Delphine (voice)
Good Sharma 2010 Veronica
Georgia O'Keeffe 2009 TV Movie Georgia O'Keeffe
Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009 Cate Wilson
Death Race 2008 Hennessey
Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh 2008 Documentary Catherine Senesh (voice)
The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 Pam Landy
Bonneville 2006 Carol Brimm
The Upside of Anger 2005 Terry Ann Wolfmeyer
Yes 2004/I She
The Bourne Supremacy 2004 Pamela Landy
The Notebook 2004 Anne Hamilton
Off the Map 2003 Arlene
The Mists of Avalon 2001 TV Mini-Series Morgause
The Contender 2000 Laine Hanson
When the Sky Falls 2000 Sinead Hamilton
All the Rage 1999 Helen
Pleasantville 1998 Betty Parker
Face/Off 1997 Dr. Eve Archer
The Ice Storm 1997 Elena Hood
The Crucible 1996 Elizabeth Proctor
Frasier 1996 TV Series Lydia
Nixon 1995 Pat Nixon
Mad Love 1995 Margaret Roberts
Josh and S.A.M. 1993 Caroline
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Bonnie Waitzkin
Ethan Frome 1993 Zeena
Without Warning: The James Brady Story 1991 TV Movie Sarah Brady
In Country 1989 Irene
Tucker: The Man and His Dream 1988 Vera Tucker
The Twilight Zone 1987 TV Series Sally Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
The Room Upstairs 1987 TV Movie Ellie
American Playhouse 1987 TV Series Ann Deever
Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 Maddy Nagle
Zeisters 1986 Lala
Manhunter 1986 Reba McClane
Compromising Positions 1985 Mary Alice Mahoney
Evergreen 1985 TV Mini-Series Iris Friedman
Say Goodnight, Gracie 1983 TV Movie
A Wedding 1978 Extra (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Georgia O'Keeffe 2009 TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who Will Write Our History 2017 Documentary post-production Narration (voice)
Manhunter: Courting a Killer - An Interview with Joan Allen 2016 Video documentary short Herself
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2008-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Making 'Room' 2016 Video short Herself / Nancy
Waking the T. Rex: The Story of SUE 2010 Documentary short Narrator
Independent Lens 2010 TV Series documentary Herself - Narrator
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini - Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Death Race: Start Your Engines - Making a Death Race 2008 Video documentary short Herself
Death Race: Behind the Wheel - Dissecting the Stunts 2008 Video documentary short Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999-2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2008 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cinetipp 2008 TV Series documentary Pam Landy
The Bourne Ultimatum: The Evolution of Nicky 2007 Video short Herself
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' 2007 Video documentary Herself
Trumbo 2007 Documentary Herself
The Bourne Ultimatum: T4 Movie Special 2007 TV Movie Herself
HBO First Look 2000-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rape of Europa 2006 Documentary Narrator
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Creating 'The Upside of Anger' 2005 Video documentary short Herself
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
California Entertainment Weekly 2005 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Charlie Rose 1998-2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Today 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Bourne Supremacy: Matching Identities: Casting of 'The Bourne Supremacy' 2004 Video documentary short Herself
The Bourne Supremacy: On the Move with Jason Bourne 2004 Video short Herself
Anatomy of a Scene 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller 2001 Video documentary short Herself
American Experience 1999-2001 TV Series documentary Herself - Reader
The Big Show 2001 TV Movie Herself
The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play & One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2001 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Presenter (uncredited)
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Inside 'Manhunter' 2001 Video documentary short Herself
Under the Hood: Making 'Tucker' 2000 Video documentary short Herself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge 2000 Documentary Herself
New York: A Documentary Film 1999 TV Series documentary
Saturday Night Live 1998 TV Series Herself - Host
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Winner: Supporting Actress of Year
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Previous Winner
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role / Best Ensemble
Late Show with David Letterman 1996 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Working in the Theatre 1989 TV Series documentary Herself
The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Voices & Visions: Robert Frost 1988 TV Movie documentary Mrs. Frost

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spotlight on Broadway 2013 TV Series Heidi Holland
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Kattan 2003 TV Special Miss Wallace (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Room (2015)
2012 Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival
2006 Distinguished Actor Award Costume Designers Guild Awards
2006 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 Nellie Tayloe Ross Award Jackson Hole Film Festival
2005 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 Peter J. Owens Award San Francisco International Film Festival
2005 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress Yes (2004)
2004 Susan B. Anthony 'Failure is Impossible' Award High Falls Film Festival
2003 Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement Hamptons International Film Festival For her acting career.
2001 Spotlight Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
2001 Alan J. Pakula Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards The Contender (2000) · Rod Lurie (screenwriter)
· Gary Oldman
· Jeff Bridges
· Christian Slater
· Sam Elliott
· William Petersen
· Saul Rubinek
· Philip Baker Hall
· Mike Binder
· Robin Thomas
· Mariel Hemingway
2000 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year
1999 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Pleasantville (1998)
1999 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1998 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Actress The Crucible (1996)
1998 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1998 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Supporting Actress of the Year
1998 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1997 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1997 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1996 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1996 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1995 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1995 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1995 STFC Award Society of Texas Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1995 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film Room (2015)
2016 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actress Room (2015)
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) · Joshua D. Maurer
· Alixandre Witlin
· Anthony Mark
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) · Joshua D. Maurer (executive producer)
· Alixandre Witlin (executive producer)
· Tony Mark (producer)
2009 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Death Race (2008)
2007 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year The Upside of Anger (2005)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2006 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story The Upside of Anger (2005) · Kevin Costner
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Upside of Anger (2005)
2005 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Yes (2004)
2002 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Mists of Avalon (2001)
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie The Mists of Avalon (2001)
2001 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Contender (2000)
2001 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead The Contender (2000)
2001 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress The Contender (2000)
2001 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Contender (2000)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama The Contender (2000)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role The Contender (2000)
2001 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Contender (2000)
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama The Contender (2000)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress - Drama The Contender (2000)
2001 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress The Contender (2000)
2000 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress The Contender (2000)
2000 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role The Contender (2000)
1999 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actress of the Year The Ice Storm (1997)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Comedy/Musical Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1999 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Funniest Scene Pleasantville (1998) · Reese Witherspoon
1999 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Pleasantville (1998)
1998 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama The Ice Storm (1997)
1998 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Face/Off (1997)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress - Action/Adventure Face/Off (1997)
1998 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Ice Storm (1997)
1997 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Drama The Crucible (1996)
1997 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Crucible (1996)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Crucible (1996)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nixon (1995)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Nixon (1995) · Brian Bedford
· Powers Boothe
· Kevin Dunn
· Fyvush Finkel
· Annabeth Gish
· Tony Goldwyn
· Larry Hagman
· Ed Harris
· Edward Herrmann
· Anthony Hopkins
· Bob Hoskins
· Madeline Kahn
· E.G. Marshall
· David Paymer
· David Hyde Pierce
· Paul Sorvino
· Mary Steenburgen
· J.T. Walsh
· James Woods
1996 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nixon (1995)
1996 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nixon (1995)
1996 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Crucible (1996)
1996 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Crucible (1996) · Daniel Day-Lewis
· Winona Ryder
· Paul Scofield
· Bruce Davison
· Rob Campbell
· Jeffrey Jones
· Frances Conroy
· Charlayne Woodard
1995 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nixon (1995)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Pleasantville (1998)
1997 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1996 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)
1996 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Crucible (1996)
1995 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Nixon (1995)


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#Fact
1 She was awarded the 1987 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Burn This" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 Is left-handed.
3 Her father was of English, German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry. Her mother's family was German.
4 She was nominated for a 1990 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Reckless" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
5 She was awarded the 1986 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "A Lesson from Aloes", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
6 She was awarded the 1983 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "And a Nightingale Sang", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
7 Studied acting at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston under Glendon Gabbard.
8 Parents: Dorothy Allen, a housewife, and Jeff Allen, a gas-station owner. Her father died in 1995.
9 Joan has two sisters: Mary Allen (b. 1940), Lynn Allen (b. 1954) and a brother named David Allen (b. 1943).
10 Graduated from the same university as Dan Castellaneta, Justin Mentell, and Matt Ricci.
11 Chosen as Most Likely to Succeed by friends when graduating from high school.
12 Mother was a homemaker and father was a garage attendant.
13 Is the youngest of 4 children.
14 Her Boston terrier is called Nora.
15 Won the 1988 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for her Broadway debut in Lanford Wilson's "Burn This." She was again nominated the next year (1989) in the same category for Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles.".
16 Has worked with two "Hannibal Lecters." She appeared in the first Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), with Brian Cox. She later played Pat Nixon in the film Nixon (1995), opposite Anthony Hopkins. Brian Cox later appeared with her again in The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
17 Ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
18 Mother of Sadie Friedman (born 1994), with Peter Friedman.
19 Transferred to Northern Illinois University in 1976 whence she graduated.
20 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. [1986]
21 Has won many Stage awards and won a Tony in 1989 for her debut Broadway performance in Burn This.

#Quote
1 It's such a great feeling to make people laugh. I know I've made people cry or want to slit their wrists, but to make people laugh is a very intoxicating, wonderful thing.
2 Acting gave me the opportunity to do outrageous things. It allowed me to be sad, happy, angry and lustful, even if it was just vicariously.
3 I think there's been a tendency to place me in what has been characterized as the "moral center" of the film. In films like The Ice Storm (1997), The Crucible (1996) and Nixon (1995), that's the sort of the persona that emerged.
4 How do we escape who we are? I think going to college, I felt freer. I loved the clean slate. I wasn't known as the sort of nerdy, studious girl. I met gay people for the first time in my life. I needed that expansion from a very conservative little town.
5 I was the good girl. The straight A student, on the honor roll, part of the choir . . . I played the cello badly. I did plays.
6 I think I knew acting was what I wanted to do. But I was from this small town and there was no place for an adult to recognize it. I think the cheerleading thing was a way of performing. There was the boy element, but more important was the performance element. Once I got to high school and auditioned for a play and got in, I thought this was really what I was looking for. Once that had got cleared up, from 13 on, that was it.
7 I'm hard to pin down. I tend to look different in films. I get recognized sometimes. But I just live my life. I get on the bus, I get on the subway, it's not a problem. I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingénue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer or Jessica Lange. I'm a bit quirkier than that.
8 Over 50% of Americans don't agree with the administration [of President George W. Bush]; that's a lot of people. But they don't get the press. I know myself and my friends in New York were devastated after the last election [2004]. We could hardly stand up it was so devastating. And those are the people that I'm around a fair amount.
9 I was a very good girl for a long time, that's what really drew me to acting. The stage was the perfect place to be outrageous, to be sad, to be angry, to be all these different things.
10 To tell you the truth, if Oliver Stone had wanted Pat Nixon to wear a G-string and swing from a chandelier, I would have played it that way.
11 I was very shy, but was desperate to meet boys. So my sister told me to be a cheerleader. I didn't make cheerleading squad, so I thought, "Why not try out for a play?" As soon as I did I found out I absolutely loved it. I could cry and scream and laugh, but in a controlled environment.


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