On what this role means to her: "It's so encouraging because there's so many people out there who feel and know in their hearts they are actors or storytellers or artists and it doesn't work out. It's so encouraging [to be here]. I would be doing this whether or not anyone was watching. It makes me wonder who I send a check to."
On what this role meant to her: "I've loved the show since I was 8. I saw my mom perform this show when I was 8. It seemed like an amazing challenge to tell a story and tell the story of the desecration and redemption of a soul in 15 minutes on screen. I would have played a musket in this movie, so I was happy to be able to sing a song."
On being worried to feel typecast starting with Princess Diaries and thanking Sally Field: "I never did, but I was aware I was walking a very narrow path. I knew who I wanted to be, but I also knew it was up to me to convince people. I was very encouraged by Sally to know that if you go out there and do the work, people will listen."
On the cast and any casting controversy: "Every single person, whatever anyone thinks about it, gave everything every day. I am honored to be a part of this cast."
On Oscars feelings: "I feel lucky, lucky to be there. I've been invited to the party before and I went home without any hardware. In a way it's wonderful to win something, and it is, but I'm so honored just to be a part of it."