"Men who love their mothers treat women wonderfully. And they have enormous respect for women."
"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."Ellen Barkin on Eleanor Roosevelt
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."Ellen Barkin on Marilyn Monroe
"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."Ellen Barkin on Friedrich Nietzsche
"The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."Ellen Barkin on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."Ellen Barkin on John Lennon
"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."
"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."
"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."