"I think that for a long time, there have been rules about how women can and can't be treated. As a way to achieve equality, which for hundreds of years was impossible, these rules were set up. They were very important, necessary, and helpful, but they include — and, I think, mistakenly include — what is OK to desire and want, to find sexy and to be moved by. Those rules were necessary for a while, but now they're not for a woman my age. Now, I think it's my responsibility to expose the ways in which they're no longer helpful."
"It's always about what your first big movie is, that anybody knows about. And that movie is about transgression. I mean, that movie is overtly about what it means to transgress, and how it feels, and how you can live as a transgressor."
"I've been a Planned Parenthood supporter my whole life — since my mom took me to a rally when I was in sixth grade. It's chilling to think of this resource being taken away. I have a 5-year-old daughter, and I'm pregnant with my second child. I know when my children are older, I will be taking them to events like the one I went to with my mom. I hope we'll be celebrating our freedoms and rights, not fighting for them once again as we are now."
"It's like those kooky couples who have been together for 10 years but go out to a bar and pretend they’ve never met, just to keep things spicy. . . . With this play, I have spent less time thinking about the fact that we are having an affair and more about what it means to use your heart and really love someone. That is a very interesting thing to explore with your own husband."
"When I watched [Hysteria], I was flushed, and people in the audience were hysterically laughing. And it came out of not being used to seeing stuff like that, and even I felt that way. And the first movie I made was an S&M movie. I do not think of myself as prudish at all. I'm interested in sex; I'm curious about it. I think of myself as pretty open. But I was surprised by my own response and the audience's response, every time I've been around the movie or been interviewed about it, and how, kind of, uncomfortable it still makes us."
"I don't want to speak for anyone else, but it seems to me that S&M is about two things: being brave enough to play with power and realize it's moveable and malleable, and also the desire to be overwhelmed and to be overwhelming. Which is no different than any other kind of sex if it's any good. Both apply to all kinds of intimacy. It's just a little more obvious with S&M."
"I hate it when Peter does a love scene. He's very understanding; it doesn't seem to bother him [when I do one]."