Hope's mother used to take Hope and her siblings to cultural events, museums and other activities after church on a Sunday.
Hope lives in New York (2008).
Hope was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in June 2004.
Hope auditioned for Baywatch in 1989.
Hope portrayed the mother of Anton Yelchin twice, in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) and Charlie Bartlett (2008).
Hope studied cognitive science in college.
After college, Hope directed plays and started a theater troupe in Chicago.
Hope's mother is a librarian. Her father, William Davis, was an engineer. Hope is second of three children.
Hope has two daughters, Georgia, born on August 31, 2002 and Mae, born on December 30, 2004.
Hope played the role of Esmeralda in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real on June 1999 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Hope stands five feet seven inches tall.
When she was in fifth grade, Hope was called Hope the Dope and those who teased her had a rhyme made for her -- "Hope the Dope, ate a bar of soap, bubbles here, bubbles there, bubbles in her underwear".
Hope's first acting memory was in front of the whole neighborhood when she and Mira Sorvino presented a play they wrote called The Dutch Doll. She was eight or nine years old then.
In 2003, Hope received the Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the movie American Splendor. That same year, she received the NYFCC Award for Best Actress for the same movie.
Hope has a wheaten terrier named Charlie.
Hope: (About the future) I've kind of arrived at the place where I want to be, and I'd love to stay here for a while. I love working on independent films, and I love doing theater. I'm pretty damned content.
Hope: I'm not as nervous as I used to be. The first time I went onstage, I was just terrified. I had to be slapped.
Hope: Happy, sexy girl. How come I don't get to play those parts more often?
Hope: I love acting. It's my whole life. I actually can't think of anything in the world I would rather do. This is my dream. And I love the nomadic existence. I'm not good at staying in one place for a long time and doing the same thing day after day.
Hope: (on being a mother and playing the part of a parent who lost a child) I'm sure that made it very easy for me to connect to the character -- just the fact that I have kids.
Hope: (on "About Schmidt") How you see this movie and what it will mean to you will depend on how old you are. I think the film is easy to watch because it's so funny and so beautiful.
Hope: Everyone I know is weary. Everyone I know in New York is exhausted all the time. They're lives are chaotic.
Hope: (on doing a sex scene with Michael Vartan) You're so humiliated that you go deaf and blind when the camera starts rolling, and then you wipe it all out of your mind afterwards. But you know what? I kind of enjoyed myself, in a very actorly sort of way.
Hope: (on being a sucker for a good tear-jerker) There's nothing I love more than a good cry.
Hope: I would be afraid to go on a blind date. Just calling up strangers and sitting with them? Really!
Hope: (on the first time she was on set with Jack Nicholson) I had butterflies! I was really nervous... But then Jack walked onto the set and all my fears evaporated. He just knows how to disarm people in that way.
Hope: (on a gift from her husband) It's like my little secret thing, and I snack and I read my book with this little light. It's this moment of total serenity and peacefulness. It was like exactly what I wanted, my Itty Bitty Book Light.