Linney, a presenter at the Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, January 2009
|Born||Laura Leggett Linney
February 5, 1964
Manhattan, New York City, United States
|Education||Brown University (BA 1986), Juilliard School (1990)|
|Spouse(s)||David Adkins (m. 1995â€“2000)
Marc Schauer (m. 2009)
|Parent(s)||Romulus Linney (deceased)
Miriam Anderson Perse (nÃ©e Leggett)
|Relatives||Romulus Zachariah Linney (great-great-grandfather)|
I'm profoundly lucky. I really like it. I really like my work. I've liked it since I was 5 years old.
What I hope in my ideal world is that with each project, I'll either get to work with a really great script that would force me to grow, or work with a really great actor who will make me better.
You know when someone's over-flattering you in a way. You smile but you can't believe it.
I'm not someone who likes to have my picture taken, let alone see it plastered all over the place.
What I love about a play is that it's such an investment because only time can create a lot of what happens onstage.
The only really conscious decision I made was to cast my net wide and if the work was good, to do it.
I tend to make low-budget movies but, yeah, I make more money than I ever thought I would make.
My castings sort of go in phases. There'll be several icy professional parts – a lawyer or a cop. And then there'll be the intelligent-but-wounded group and then the period things. It goes in sequence.
For me to have the opportunity to stay with one character for, God willing, a long period of time, is really exciting.
I have an instinct to want to be part of a group of people. I feel safe there. That's why I was in school for so long.
I believe that no matter what you do in life, if you learn the basics through theater, it will help you in everything else – problem solving, communication, discipline, all of that stuff.
I am very lucky, because for the most part people are very nice to me, and I am still able to go about my life and ride the subway and all that.
I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.
You can watch someone on-stage cry and cry – but in the audience you feel nothing. It's easy to become indulgent. For me, what's important is the story first.
I am very aware that playwrights, particularly good ones, have a intention for everything they write. Language and punctuation is used specifically, and most of the time actors can find wonderful clues about character in the rhythm and cadence of the language used.
If you have two parents who have to work, who want to work, you need to have someone to guide your child.
Comedy is a way to make sense of chaos. It's a way of dealing with things that are overwhelming, that threaten you; it's a way to survive and get closer to the truth.
I mean, the idea of losing a parent is really inconceivable. I think there's just an undertone of dread about the subject, so people don't talk about it and don't prepare for it.
I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me.
My experience is that's rare – that you have a script that is… what they call 'film-ready.'
At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.
A lot of what is publicized now is really pretty trivial stuff – you know, what I eat for breakfast, where I have my pedicures, questions that I just cannot for the life of me understand why someone would want to know that.
Fear, anxiety and neurosis: that's just in the suitcase when you're an actor.
I had a good imagination and I still have one; a child-like imagination that hasn't gone away.
It's always nice when you do something and it's well received as opposed to the other way which God knows happens to everybody. When the good times come around, you take a deep breath, appreciate it, but not take it too seriously.
I could have gone to the gym for three hours a day and bought into all that, but I just wasn't interested.
I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress.
I don't consider myself a celebrity and I don't consider myself a star.
I'm lucky because I don't like being in the sun a whole lot, just because the repercussions for me – I feel it, I go very red.
I'm sure my father had more to do with my career than I would like to give him credit for. I would love to think it was all me!
I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.
I think the way we talk about cancer has really evolved. I remember the way my grandmother used to talk about it, like a death sentence, no-one would even mention the word.
I always laugh to myself when I listen to some really big A-list star saying that they are just a normal person.
It is always good to explore the stuff you don't agree with, to try and understand a different lifestyle or foreign worldview. I like to be challenged in that way, and always end up learning something I didn't know.
I don't want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I'm 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!
Fame didn't happen to me in my 20s, it has been a gradual thing which probably makes it easier to deal with.
It's very hard to put forth a film that's about love and the joy of love and for it not to be patronising and not make people nauseous or make them roll their eyes.
I had learning disabilities, and I couldn't express myself in the written word.
I don't think I'm exactly gregarious, you know. I'm not usually known as the loud person in the room.
I've seen the greatest actors in the world, transcendent talents, who can't find a home.
I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody.
People's view of cancer will change when they have their own relationship with cancer, which everyone will, at some point.
If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film.
My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them.
Some people's personalities are so compelling that they command attention.
I can scarcely stand to have a manicure. I have to have them because you don't want to look like a disgusting human being – it's self-care and it has to happen, but I get very restless.
All the things that most kids hated, I loved. I loved that things were asked of me and that, much to my surprise, I was able to do them. I loved the 10 o'clock bedtime. I loved the responsibility.
I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.
What people can survive and what they don't survive is shocking to me. Someone can go to Iraq and be blown to bits and survive. Someone can trip and fall on the street and they die – that's that.
People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am. Sometimes they think I'm Helen Hunt. Sometimes they think I'm Laura Dern.
When your life is being threatened there's an instinctive urge to fight. You fight for the time you have, for your relationships.
I just want to say, 'Go work! It doesn't matter what it is. Work begets work. Just go!'
I'm noise-sensitive. It's always better for me if things are quiet, so I can concentrate.
Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked – but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.
What I find so interesting about people is the choices they make, and how that effects their behavior, their sense of self and their relationships.
With big, emotional roles it's very easy, especially if you've grown up in the American school of acting, to exploit your own pain. You have to be careful about that, because 9 times out of 10, your pain is not appropriate to the character.