"I'm Method trained. How is this character like me? What does she think of her mother? What does her mother think of her? It's like construction, and then, yes, you hope you're talented and that the universe aligns and captures the kind of laborer's work you've done and whatever else sprinkles down on you, and it's all caught on film or onstage."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Ellen Barkin on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Ellen Barkin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Ellen Barkin on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Ellen Barkin on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Ellen Barkin on Dalai Lama
"But one of the hardest things for me to do was to access anger. I could do it on stage. But when I did it on film it was hard for me. That probably has to do with the intimacy of film. And my own personal issues with expressing anger. So I had to learn how to do that."
"With all of the divisiveness that is going on in the country we live in, so much of it is based around just fear of the other. And anyone who does not look like me, walk like me, talk like me, have sex like me, they're the other and I'm afraid of them. And hopefully we will learn that it's just not scary. There's nothing to be afraid of."
"Gabriel Byrne is an extraordinary human being. We have two extraordinary kids and we work at it. We were always friends. He stuck by me through very hard times, and I hope he'd say the same about me."
"A successful marriage isn't necessarily one that lasts until you're dead."
"Skinniness is not your friend when you're over 40. I'd like to gain a good 10 pounds, but I did always have a fat, round face that plagued me when I was young. When I started to make movies, I couldn't look at myself."