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    • Emmy: Everything in the world moves so quickly that it's hard to slow down for a second, to reach out to someone in a real way. I think that falling in love and finding someone to trust is difficult and scary.

    • Emmy: I'm heavy on preparation... some actors come to the set and don't know what scene they're playing, but that would make me crazy. It's not about control but perfectionism - my biggest vice and one of my biggest assets.

    • Emmy: I didn't go through high school in a normal way, and I think I left school before anything got really, really catty. I mean, Hollywood can be pretty catty too, which is why I don't hang out with a lot of actors. That's the way it is: Hollywood is like high school.

    • Emmy: The adult roles are a lot meatier - you're not always just the daughter or the girlfriend or whatever.

    • Emmy: (on her debut album) I think too many times you come across lyrics that sound like you've heard them before or you can't really relate to them. And I think that I write songs that sound fresh and sensual in kind of a layered, lush way. But I also think that they are real, and that's why I wanted to call the record Inside Out.

    • Emmy: (on her most memorable moment as an actress) Probably sharing a tuna-fish sandwich with Sean Penn. [It was] on the set of Mystic River. It was just like; sh*t, this is it... This is amazing.

    • Emmy: You know, one thing no one talks about are the thinny-thins in our culture right now. It really kind of bugs me and really confuses me. I don't think that's something to aspire to... They have relatively nothing to offer the world besides the fact that they look very, very thin... It's not something that girls should idealize. It's not even sexy.

    • Emmy: I guess being sexy is cool. I'm cool with that, if people think that I'm sexy. It's not something that I really try to achieve; I just try to be myself and that's just kind of the honest answer.

    • Emmy: I love doing films. I love connecting with people in that way and I love telling stories. I also love live performance and I love this music and I want to share it with as many people as possible.

    • Emmy: I guess the reason I love music so much is because when I found the opera – when my second grade teacher sent me over there – I really felt like I found my place in the world.

    • Emmy: Parents should teach their kids to be realistic, strong and self reliant. Tough love was a strategy that my mother utilized and it really helped me know where the boundaries were. This helped foster a sense of security in me that is really wonderful.

    • Emmy: I know that I am my worst critic. I know that if I can walk away from the set at the end of the day and feel that I did the best job I could and feel proud, that's what will satisfy me.

    • Emmy: (on how Opera has prepared her in being an actress) They taught me a combination of heavy preparation and in the moment spontaneity because there's no such thing as a second take in live theater. They teach you to be prepared and to respond naturally in the moment and I think that's something I've taken with me too.

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