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    • Emmy: When I look back on my life, I want to be most proud of the kindness, love, and loyalty that I expressed more than any success I may achieve.

    • Emmy: It's not what I want, which is why I don't have an assistant, personal trainer, chef, or handlers. I just try to be myself. I do everything. It's just me.

    • Emmy: I stay clear of the celebrity lifestyle for the most part. I do my own laundry and shopping. I don't go to restaurants where celebrities hang out and I don't date celebrities. I live a private and quiet life as much as possible.

    • Emmy: I'm not a halfway person. I go all the way, all out. I feel everything intensely. That can be an asset and a problem.

    • Emmy: (on her music from her first album) Everything I sing about in these songs, has happened to me. They are issues I wanted to talk about, things I've been through myself; and I wrote about them with a deep honesty. I talk about what people my age might be going through, such as struggling to find yourself, trying to find love, direction, purpose.

    • Emmy: You create something, and you want to share it with as many as possible. I wasn't thinking in terms of box office numbers but how many people I could reach. It's a privilege to be given such an opportunity, to have so much trust put in me and my goals. I approached what I've done with tremendous planning.

    • Emmy: Classical music will always be dear to my heart.

    • Emmy: (on her role in the TV series Shameless) Yes, it did appeal to me to have a character who isn't in the least vain. As an actor, your own personal vanity can be a massive pitfall in terms of making a character believable. I feel more in this character to have my shoulders hunched and be in tattered clothes and have my hair knotted than I do when I'm dolled up.

    • Emmy: Men only need two things - grilled cheese and sex.

    • Emmy: (on choosing her roles) Actually don't think I have a strategy. I think in terms of instinct, if in my gut it feels like the right character, if I feel it's a story that needs to be told. Of course in retrospect it was an excellent idea to go do something that was not glamorous, because I think people did see me as princess-y after The Phantom of the Opera and Poseidon and big-budget movies.

    • Emmy: I'm not in this business for fame or money.

    • Emmy: I'm on a TV show, which I'm so lucky to be on. It pays my rent, so I don't need to make a ton of money on music, and music has always been my first love.

    • Emmy: (referring to her work on the 1999 TV movie Genius) I think of all my roles, I was best in the Genius.

    • Emmy: Sean Penn and Clint Eastwood have told me that I shouldn't feel that I need to be in the limelight or the spotlight all the time. A career is about longevity, as shown in their careers. So, I really want to only do the best things and work with the best people. That's what I strive to do.

    • Emmy: I like René Descartes' theory about a ball of wax. You can change its form from solid to liquid, but it's still the same ball of wax. With acting, you are the same person in a different form. You can only be what you know, and you only truly know yourself.

    • Emmy: (on kissing Patrick Wilson in the 2004 movie The Phantom of the Opera) In this one scene, it took three days to shoot and it's the scene where my character passionately kisses her fiancé for the first time. It was so complex with the snow coming down that it took three days to shoot. By the end of the three days I'd kissed him so much that my lips had swollen up--so much that I had to use an ice pack in between takes. Hardship, I know!

    • Emmy: I'm convinced wearing those corsets for 14 hours at a time deformed me for life. I was 16 years old and still growing at the time of the shooting. I could barely breathe, and with Christine's intense emotions I hyperventilated and almost passed out. I think her name is Christine for a reason. She is Christ-like.

    • 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: The truth is, I probably didn't want to be friends with some of those girls [from prep school], because I found that a lot of their values were a little specious. Now, of course, all those girls are calling me and being like, "We should have lunch!" and I'm like, "Um . . . don't you remember how you didn't like me that much?"

    • Emmy: I'm a very rational person but I pray every day.

    • Emmy: (in her audition with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the 2004 movie The Phantom of the Opera) He had the most magnificent apartment I had ever seen and I was floored by it. I went in and started vocalizing with the accompanist and Andrew walked in as we were preparing. He didn't say hello, didn't introduce himself, and just sat down in front of me and said, "Shall we?" I thought to myself it was my one shot so I had better just stand up and do it, so I didn't introduce myself, I nodded to the accompanist and I did the two biggest numbers in the show. Then he stood up and said, "That was great. I'm Andrew."

    • 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.