(Interview with W Magazine, Feb 07)
W Magazine: Are you at all surprised by where you are now?
Ellen: If I had ever thought that my career would have reached what it did before it dropped, much less then come back…I'm truly in an amazing, amazing place in my life. But I don't want to say I'm surprised, because at the same time, I created it, I thought it, I wanted this. So when I look back on it, every single thing I'm doing is what I've wanted, and I believe that you get what you want.
W Magazine: Do you worry about another reversal of fortune?
Ellen: I don't anymore, but I used to. But then I thought, I came back once, I'll come back again. I know that I'm strong enough to come back…especially as a woman. Not too many women have a tremendous amount of opportunities to work. Even if you're a beautiful woman, this whole business is youth-oriented. Everything is about No. 1, youth, and No. 2, beauty.
W Magazine: This year three grandes dames of acting—Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench—are nominated for best actress. A watershed?
Ellen: I hope it's a turning point. It's insane that we celebrate youth and lack of experience. I mean there's nothing wrong with celebrating youth that's just brilliant, like Dakota Fanning, like a freak of nature kind of thing…. [But] there are people, some not talented at all, who we celebrate. And then you have these brilliant actresses who can't get work.