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    • Elisabeth: I think every role I try to find something that I can relate to, even if it was the smallest thing. With Polly in Girl, Interrupted, what I identified with... was the feeling of maybe displacement and not feeling like you belong. With Zoey, what I find is that we have a similarity in that we're both getting used to coming into the public eye, and even though we might deal with it in a slightly different way, I think I'm more comfortable with it because I chose to be in the public eye. But it's still that same strange feeling.

    • Elisabeth: I think I've always sorta been drawn, I think a lot of actresses are, to Shakespeare's Juliet, just because she goes through so much in that play that it'd be such an incredible arc for any actress to play -- going from the virginal, innocent, naive young girl to such an incredible despair, I think, is one of the saddest moments in literature... would stretch so much more than anything else. So, hopefully, one day...

    • Elisabeth: (on her character in "The West Wing") I think what I enjoy most about playing Zoey is the fact that she's a lot more comfortable and open than I am. That's one of the wonderful things about acting, is that you get to do things that otherwise you would never dream of doing.

    • Elisabeth: I think every day there is some new actress comes out and inspires me to do something else... like Hilary Swank. After she did Boys Don't Cry, I felt this yearning to go out and be even half as good as she was.

    • Elisabeth: I hopefully I have a long career ahead of me. So, frankly, I'm not in any hurry.

    • Elisabeth: (on her role in "Girl, Interrupted") I think the fact that she was disfigured was one of the most intriguing things for me. It's very rare for an actress my age to be offered a role of such substance, and there was no way that I was going to turn it down.

    • Elisabeth: I think my guideline has been to find things that inspire me. And as long as I stick to that, I don't think I'll have any problems crossing over to becoming an adult actress.

    • Elisabeth: I've worked with a lot of great people, so I've gotten a lot of great advice. But I think the one I use the most, I picked up from James Lapine, who directed Earthly Possessions. He told me to take every sentence and figure out exactly what the thought was behind that sentence, and to have a specific thought for every line. And that was something that really opened a lot of doors for me.

    • Elisabeth: I think it's very much a sort of inner feeling that you get when you figure out exactly what that character is thinking. And I think that if you can do that, which is a lot harder than it looks, that's the moment when you really get it. And if you can get that across to the audience, you've done your job. Sometimes you never really know if you've gotten it, and sometimes you never figure it out until you see the final product.

    • Elisabeth: To go from Girl, Interrupted, where I had to cry every day, to a TV show like West Wing where I get to laugh and joke around every day, has been a welcome relief.

    • Elisabeth: There are so many people who go through life thinking, am I insane? Is this crazy what I'm doing or thinking? I hope teens that battle with these questions will see the film and realize they're not as crazy as they once thought because the characters in this film are going through the exact same thing.

    • Elisabeth: (on meeting her "Girl, Interrupted" co-star Winona Ryder) Being that Heathers, Beetlejuice and Age of Innocence are some of my all-time favorite movies, she [Winona Ryder], of course, is one of my idols. I was so nervous to meet her, but she was ten times nicer than I thought she would be.

    • Elisabeth: There's nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.

    • Elisabeth: I think one of my biggest influences is Bette Davis. I've seen almost every one of her films, and she's been very inspiring to me.

    • Elisabeth: To play somebody who had such a unique problem and a unique mind was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.