- On winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama series: "I am still in shock. I didn't prepare a speech, because I truly thought, 'There’s no f*cking way. There's no way I'm going to be up there.' Even when I heard my name, my first instinct was, 'They've got it wrong.'"
- On her role as Claire Underwood on the Netflix drama House of Cards: "I don't see Claire as cruel. I see her as calculating. She's a businesswoman. If you get in her way, or you mess up, or you’re late for work, you're out. Sorry. That's just the way that CEOs run their companies. That's why they're successful."
- On working with Kevin Spacey on the show: "We just have so much fun together. Sometimes we have to take breaks because we are giggling so much, and the makeup gals have to dry my tears and redo the makeup."