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    • Kristen: People always tell me, 'Don't work so much', but I can't help it. I feel like all the things I've done are important to get to this adult stage and now I'm getting all these adult offers, so it's working.

    • Kristen: When I'm an old lady, I'm going to have my pick of the young men. They'll be like, 'She's Miss Mary Jane!' The young boys will think I'm a hot old lady.

    • Kristen: When you spend your entire life as a child actress, being told where to go and where to stand, you're performing constantly for people. It definitely breeds the kind of person who's dependent on other people's approval.

    • Kristen: It's important to me that I don't get trapped in the whole teen scene, because I feel that you can get lost in those kind of movies, and they aren't really about the actors; they're about the selling of the concept, and how much money it makes.

    • Kristen: If you're successful at a young age, no matter the profession, there has to come a time when you reevaluate everything, what it means to you. 'Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?'

    • Kristen: I've been lucky to find people who want to work with me, whom I respect and like, but the truth is there aren't that many good projects out there. And we make way, way too many movies. So it's not always going to happen with every project. But I try and wait it out.

    • Kristen: I've always used my own personal emotions and things that I've gone through in my life to build a character. The work that I do before a film feels almost like therapy, between me and whoever I'm playing.

    • Kristen: I've always had a process that I do before I even get to set or go to the location. I work privately, and it almost feels like therapy between me and who I'm playing. So I have this inner life that's there and it gives me a confidence, too, that when I'm playing the role I know every question.

    • Kristen: I'm a person who likes to hang out. I would never go on a blind date. That sounds like the most uncomfortable thing on the planet earth. It's like, 'Hi. Nice to meet you. So, what kind of music do you like?' Date ended.

    • Kristen: I know kids are supposed to go through these awkward stages, but I just never even thought about that. I was too busy worrying about getting my education while I was working.

    • Kristen: I feel like everyone directs their own career according to their taste, what they migrate to emotionally and what kind of artists they want to work with. And I'm lucky enough to be in a position where I can wait six months for a project that really interests me.

    • Kristen: I don't really relate to myself as The Girl in the Magazine. Which is dangerous for me, too, sometimes, because I don't think all the time, 'Well, look to see if people are following me home.' Sometimes I'm a little bit more free than maybe I should be.

    • Kristen: I can't imagine having a real personal thing, like divorce and marriage, all those things, being in the public eye. I try to not talk about anything personal, and then nobody has the fire to throw back at you, like 'You said this back then!'

    • Kristen: A lot of people my age who are working right now have never acted; they get a show and suddenly they're making millions. It's always those people who get it fast who have the most trouble staying grounded and being themselves.

    • Kristen: Every movie I do, I always use things that have happened in my life. Funny moments, anything. If it just sticks out I'll write it down and use that, too, because it has to come out of you. But no one can work when they're depressed. I don't think I'd physically be able to do it if I were depressed.

    • Kristen: After 'Melancholia' and 'On the Road,' I wanted to do a comedy. And I did so many comedies when I was younger, but if you're not consistently in those movies, people don't always think of you for them.

    • Kristen: A lot of moms give their kids line reads. My mom wasn't put in that position because I always had an acting teacher helping with the feelings rather than how to say something.

    • Kristen: After 'Melancholia' and 'On the Road,' I wanted to do a comedy. And I did so many comedies when I was younger, but if you're not consistently in those movies, people don't always think of you for them.

    • Kristen: A lot of people my age, they grew up with me onscreen. I think that's helped keep a certain amount of longevity. When you grow up with a person, you feel like you know them.

    • Kristen: You really can't explain how you do the things you do. I can't, anyway. I love certain actors, but sometimes they say the stupidest things about technique. I don't want to say something stupid.

    • Kristen: Pristine vulnerability is just so boring to me. The performances that I love are ones like Gena Rowland's in 'A Woman Under the Influence,' where women are allowed to be messy and imperfect. It's that kind of woman that has always inspired me to seek roles that are a little out of the box. I just haven't always had the opportunity to do them.

    • Kristen: I try not to do scenes a certain way, because then I become conscious of it, and it dosen't come off as realistic. I try to make it so that I'm not really aware of what I'm doing.

    • Kristen: I would love to work with Quentin Tarantino - he's my number one. My ultimate. I would love to work with Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne - Pedro Almodovar wouldn't be too shabby. There are so many good directors, but those are some of my favorites.

    • Kristen: I really want to do a film in another language. My dad's from Germany, so it'd be really cool to do a film in German. I'm not quite fluent, but I can get there. And my accent's pretty good. I wouldn't feel too out of my element.

    • Kristen: I like people more undone than made up. Patricia Arquette is the ultimate. She's not anorexic or perfectly tan, she's not trying to be anything but what she is, and that's the most sexy thing.

    • Kristen: The performances that I love are ones like Gena Rowlands in 'A Woman Under the Influence,' where women are allowed to be messy and imperfect. It's that kind of woman that has always inspired me to seek roles that are a little out of the box. I just haven't always had the opportunity to do them.

    • Kristen: When I have time off, my friends and I will go to Universal Studios, the movies, out to eat, and shopping. I'm happiest when I'm just hanging out with my friends... it really doesn't matter what we do.

    • Kristen: You don't really know who you're going to fall in love with at what time in their life. They can be the worst off they've ever been in their life, but you can't help who you fall in love with. That's part of the excitement of life - new people, new experiences.

    • Kristen: You can never get enough of 'Jeopardy.'

    • Kristen: When you feel good is when you're not afraid to feel the worst.

    • Kristen: When I'm working, I always listen to music to zone everyone else out.

    • Kristen: What actor do you really take seriously who becomes a singer? It's kind of ridiculous. I can't think of anybody.

    • Kristen: The more I see and know about life, the more ideas I have and the more I want to make art.

    • Kristen: The hardest job an actor can do is all this pretend, all this screaming and being scared for your life.

    • Kristen: Most people ask me questions based on a previous interview. That's not an interview. It's like they're just saying my quotes back to me.

    • Kristen: It's such a private thing - 'my process' - I can just say that the work that I do is like therapy between me and the character.

    • Kristen: It's hard to get lost in a scene, to get into a character when everyone's standing around you on the set.

    • Kristen: It's always nice when people appreciate your work because it means you've affected them, which is great. And so that feels good.

    • Kristen: If I saw 'Virgin Suicides' or 'Eternal Sunshine,' I'm so proud to be in those movies. They are such great movies. I felt so free on those sets.

    • Kristen: I've been an REM fan since I was a little girl. I would jump around to 'Stand' in the mirror.

    • Kristen: I'm the kind of person who buys a new thing, wears it so much and then is totally sick of it.

    • Kristen: I'm always looking for that movie that feels like it's hitting me where I need it.

    • Kristen: I'm not a very 'this is planned out' person when I get to set. 'This is how I'm going to do it' - I'm never like that.

    • Kristen: I'd like to be taller. I'd like my baby fat to leave.

    • Kristen: I would have loved to have been in a Hitchcock movie.

    • Kristen: I want to play an action hero. I'm ready for roles that totally aren't me.

    • Kristen: I used to feel like I had to be the best at what I did, but I realized I don't have to be the best. It's so freeing. I've never been this happy.

    • Kristen: I think you see in people's eyes what they've been through. Anything in their lives shows up in their eyes.

    • Kristen: I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don't, I think that's weird.

    • Kristen: I think every woman goes through a relationship where she is with a guy that is really not right for her. You get lost in it.

    • Kristen: I think for everyone it's good to have your own personal work on a character and a film before you even start rehearsing, to have an inner life.

    • Kristen: I love to produce, and I've directed two short films.

    • Kristen: I liked the girly cartoons. I was very much a girly-girl.

    • Kristen: You know how people say awards don't mean anything? Hello! I think the energy around them makes everyone cuckoo.

    • Kristen: The filmmaker is really important to me: it could be their first film; it's not just about their reputation, but I have to really believe in them.

    • Kristen: My mother told me that when I was born a wave of feeling came over her. She just knew that I was destined to be an actress.

    • Kristen: I've never had a teenage rebellion; I'm not that type of person. I always work out my problems in a conscientious way.

    • Kristen: I've always been someone who is pretty hard on herself. But I've lightened up a lot.

    • Kristen: I would always rather do a mediocre script with a great filmmaker than a great script with a mediocre filmmaker.

    • Kristen: I was a very imaginative and theatrical child and wasn't afraid of being in front of a camera.

    • Kristen: I think it's best to date someone who doesn't do what you do.

    • Kristen: I never read comics as a kid. I guess I was lazy and watched cartoons instead.

    • Kristen: I feel like I could never walk around a film half-naked. I definitely wouldn't want to see that.

    • Kristen: I hate red-carpet photographs!

    • Kristen: I don't want to be 'box-office girl,' but I don't want to be 'that indie girl' either.

    • Kristen: I don't think roles help you resolve your issues. I just think they're good markers.

    • Kristen: Being an actress doesn't make you popular in school.

    • Kristen: Everybody smokes! Models, actresses, everyone! Don't they realize that it's gross? I understand it's an addiction, but it still pains me to see my friends do it.

    • Kristen: I'm not someone who feels the pressure of someone else's expectations. That's a very young way to feel.

    • Kristen: I really think the key to a film is the chemistry of people.

    • Kristen: I can't wait to have kids one day. I want to have kids and a farm with lots of animals on a lake.

    • Kristen: I built my entire career off of teen comedies. I was in 'Bring It On'.

    • Kristen: I attract a different kind of boy when my hair's red. I get more quality men - like a more thoughtful, nerdy dude.

    • Kristen: When I was younger, I always did movies that teenagers would watch, not adults. I did 'Crazy/Beautiful' or comedies like 'Bring It On.'

    • Kristen: It's weird doing red carpets; it's uncomfortable. But you can have a sense of humor about it.

    • Kristen: I just don't want to be the damsel in distress. I'll scream on the balcony, but you've got to let me do a little action here.

    • Kristen: I feel very lucky that I don't have to rely on a man to give me financial security. That's a big deal.

    • Kristen: You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you're excited for the day? That's one of my main goals in life.

    • Kristen: I really wanted the MTV Award the most, It was a golden popcorn container and it looks really neat.

    • Kristen: My grandmother lives with my mother in a gorgeous house in the San Fernando Valley. I am afforded these luxuries, and I'm very young.

    • Kristen: Why would I cry over a boy? I would never waste my tears on a boy. Why waste your tears on someone who makes you cry?

    • Kristen: When you're little, you're open to things. It's not like you get into this rehearsed zone when you're a child. At first you play different sides of yourself. And I think it will be really exciting one day to have a character to go into that's not anything like me whatsoever.

    • Kristen: When you have a beanpole body, everything looks cute. Like Alexa Chung. I like her style, but she's really tall and skinny, so everything looks good on her.

    • Kristen: I was a very extrovert kid. It felt normal to me to act. I always went to regular schools. I've never been catty or a prima donna, so I never had problems. I always had my seat at the cafeteria when I came back from acting.

    • Kirsten: I feel like everyone directs their own career according to their taste, what they migrate to emotionally and what kind of artists they want to work with.

    • Kirsten: I'm never going to say anything about who I'm dating unless I'm married or engaged.

    • Kirsten: I'm a good assistant. That's why I don't have an assistant, because I'm so on it that no one can be as on it as me. I know that.

    • Kirsten: I wanted to get an angel wings tattooed on my back, as a guardian thing.

    • Kirsten: I don't gossip about myself.

    • Kirsten: I don't live in the spotlight, and I don't live my life in front of the paparazzi. I live very comfortably and quietly as possible.

    • Kirsten: I don't live in the spotlight, and I don't live my life in front of the paparazzi. I live very comfortably and quietly as possible.

    • Kirsten: What are you going to do if it's the end of the world? You better go out having fun instead of stressing about it.

    • Kirsten: I'd like to grow up and be beautiful. I know it doesn't matter, but it doesn't hurt.

    • Kirsten: I'm happiest when I'm just hanging out with my friends... it really doesn't matter what we do.

    • Kirsten: I'm very mature for my age, but I'm also innocent in a lot of ways.

    • Kirsten: When you get older, you feel better about yourself. You're not worried what other people think about you, in general. You just get more comfortable in your skin.

    • Kirsten: I was a big Guns N' Roses fan when I was seven. My friend who lived across the street had long dark curly hair and I had long blonde hair, so I'd dress up as Axl and she'd be Slash, and we'd rock out in front of the mirror singing 'Patience.'

    • Kirsten: When I go away to do a movie, I bring the blanket I've had since I was a little girl. It helps me sleep. I also always bring my laptop so I can E-mail friends. And I bring my dog, Beauty, wherever I can.

    • Kirsten: Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you.

    • Kirsten: In high school I had a boyfriend who was super into rap, so I was into Too $hort and Wu-Tang for a little while. And my best friend's older brother would sometimes drive us home in this pimped-out truck, and he'd play all his dirty rap music. We thought we were really cool.

    • Kirsten: If I'd trusted myself and listened to myself all the times that I ignored myself, I would have been fine. But everyone has to learn their lesson, and now I've got it.

    • Kirsten: I don't try to be sexy, but if you are sexy it comes out. If you're not, you're not.

    • Kirsten: On every film I do, whenever there are other girls my age, I think it's definitely up to me to set the pace. That's because I've had a lot of experience, and I think there's always a certain amount of professionalism that should be maintained. If I was catty or whatever, it would just make the whole shoot unpleasant. And what's the point of that?

    • Kirsten: I think the best thing about my job is that I have my life documented, which not many people get to have. They have a photo here and there and maybe some video footage from a birthday. My kids will be able to see me growing up.

    • Kirsten: I don't find I'm manic at all. I'm very chill.

    • Kirsten: When I was little, I put on plays for my family at Sunday dinner, and I would direct them and have all my cousins, my brother, and my best friends in it. I was a very imaginative and theatrical child and wasn't afraid of being in front of a camera. It was like make-believe to me.

    • Kirsten: The real secret to total gorgeousness is to believe in yourself, have self confidence, and try to be secure in your decisions and thoughts.

    • Kirsten: Doing 'All Good Things' really felt like I was acting for myself rather than anyone else. It gave me a freedom I'd never had before, or knew I had, to do whatever I want to, and to argue my opinions and not just feel like the cute girl on set or the girl in a boy's club. I figured out how I could be both. And it's been different ever since.

    • Kirsten: Confidence is very sexy. You could be not cute at all and have such confidence.

    • Kirsten: You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you're in the most sad, confused time of your life. You don't fall in love with people because they're fun. It just happens.

    • Kirsten: Mum's the one who helped me get where I am. She'd drive me every day to New York City to go to auditions. My dad [Klaus] was supportive but he didn't think the TV commercials would lead to anything. He didn't realize my mum and I were on a mission. But he's proud of me.

    • Kirsten: I was never considered cool. I was even a cheerleader, but I didn't like cheerleading. I did that to be cool. It all seems so silly now.

    • Kirsten: I love what I do and I don't want to stop. This is all I've ever wanted.

    • Kirsten: People always tell me, 'Don't work so much', but I can't help it. I feel like all the things I've done are important to get to this adult stage and now I'm getting all these adult offers, so it's working. Now, I'm going to be more careful and just take time off and be very selective.

    • Kirsten: People talk so much trash about me. But I talk trash about other people, too. So all's fair, I guess.

    • Kirsten: I've tried drugs. I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does. I think America's view on weed is ridiculous. If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place.

    • Kirsten: (vowing to never date another actor) I don't ever want to date another actor again. This quote is probably going to come back in my face, but I know someone who has a great saying, 'There are no actors, there are only actresses.' Sometimes creative people can be very dark and destructive. I'm only saying bad things. I do know a few actors who are good and sweet and adorable.

    • Kirsten: (on growing up in show business) I am a much more confident person in what I believe in and more opinionated. When I was younger I could be manipulated by other directors and wanted to prove myself to other people. Growing up in this business is not the easiest thing - even though I always had supportive friends and family. But at 16 you are like, "Oh, I am famous" and when I was 11 I didn't really choose it. It just kind of happened.

    • Kirsten: I'd never put any daughter of mine through acting because, while I loved acting and was happy working as a child, looking back, my happiness always came from pleasing other people. Acting was never a dream for me. It was the only thing I knew - it was just my life.

    • Kirsten: (on studying art) I have my student ID - it's so exciting! I was showing it to my girlfriends in a restaurant recently. I'm like, 'I can get money off movie tickets now!' (Art is) so private and I love it so much and it's like a little secret in my heart. It's really about finding your style, rather than 'Hold the pencil like this.' I just need to learn the tools so that I can do the things that I want to do.

    • Kirsten: (on why she didn't take the role as Angela Hayes in the movie American Beauty) I absolutely didn't want to kiss with Kevin Spacey. Come on, I was fifteen! It freaked me out. And then I also had to lay butt-naked in a bath between rosebuds... no way!

    • Kirsten: In movies, I hope women aren't always portrayed as sex symbols. People like Drew Barrymore are paving the way for girls my age. Hopefully I can pave the way for young actresses, too.

    • Kirsten: Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you.

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