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By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I think from my earliest childhood, I liked to tell stories, put on plays and write things. It's funny to think of it as an "artistic bug" because I didn't necessarily want to be an artist. It's just who I was and how I communicate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I quite enjoy a high-waisted cotton panty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

And I think the female creative urge is intrinsically biologically linked to our ability to give birth to a child, even if we've never... I've never given birth, but I feel like it's part of our psychology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I would not wear any clothes that had a brand name on them, and I only read books that were canonical.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

There are people a lot smarter than me investigating nature versus nurture who would have a lot to say about that, but I think it's an enormous privilege to be born into a family where my parents had enough time to read to me and listen to my stories and foster my imagination. It's a privilege to have time to investigate your imagination. And not to have, like, an amount of stress on you as a kid that prevents you from maturing creatively.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I don't feel like it's a time to be shy about raising my voice, and I don't think that the things I'm raising my voice about should be alienating. If it's alienating to a "fan base," then I'm not responsible for that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I'm used to very low-budget situations. In 'The Exploding Girl,' we were literally changing in Starbucks because we didn't have trailers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

On a personal level, just for me in my own work, I would say the most interesting thing has been getting to work with the people that I've worked with.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

It's fun for me to be with someone who loves reading as much as I do, because he'll give me things to read that I wouldn't normally seek out, and I think vice versa.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I am proud and embarrassed by how incredibly self-confident I was in my late teens and early 20s. I know that there were other things going on, too, but I had an overwhelming belief in myself. Like I said, I'm embarrassed by it and proud of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I think even probably the people we look up to the most, and think are on the Mount Olympus of actors - they're still experiencing nervousness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I find playwriting really painful. I love it, or I wouldn't do it, but I don't love the theater as much as I love movies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I don't feel like I possess a particular political intelligence, and when I read work that does, I feel like somebody else is going to have the right political thing to say. As a citizen, I feel an enormous need to respond, and immediately post-election, I felt like, What is my work worth? Should I quit what I'm doing and go work on the 2018 election now? How is what I'm putting into the world meaningful?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I have mad luck. I'm super-good at games like backgammon or anything that requires rolling dice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I guess I always like being asked questions about influence or inspiration, like, "What are you reading? Who are your heroes? Is there any one person you want to shout out to now?" I really love paying it forward with love and attention, because that's what I like to read.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I was 14, when I wanted to be an actor. My parents were basically like, "This is a very hard life, and you have to be really serious about it, and show us that you're serious about it. You can't drop out of school." They strongly encouraged me not to act professionally until I finished college, which I didn't. And I think they should have been horrified! It's a really hard life. I'd be really scared if I had a child who wanted to be an actor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I feel lucky to receive such critical attention and praise when you're in a show that's going to last a month, it's just easier when audiences are more receptive. I've done two new shows this year, so I'm always excited to work on something a little older, traditional and structured.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

A lot of what I've had produced are plays, and I just don't want to do that. It's different than a movie, where you only have to act the scenes the one time, and you have other collaborators helping you make it better, so you don't feel as obsessed with your own mind. Plays you have to do every single night, and the thought of that is agony to me. There are days when you hate your own work, and you don't want to be confronted with that, have it coming out of your mouth or listening to somebody else say it to you. There are days you want to leave the theater and get a drink.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Wildlife was the only thing we've written together with Paul Dano. It's based on a book by this author Richard Ford, who just published a memoir about his family that's really wonderful. Paul fell in love with his book, and we optioned it ourselves, and he took a first pass at writing it. He asked me for notes, and then our note session devolved into an argument really quickly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I was a vegetarian for a really long time, from 7 to 23, so I feel like some things aren't that weird but they seem weird to me, like blood sausage or snails. Those are things I've eaten now that, years ago, it would have been totally improbable that I would have eaten.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

There are a lot of words that I knew first as a reader, and I never put the pieces together in my brain. The word segue I thought was pronounced "seeg," I think until I went to college, which is horribly embarrassing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I've worked with a lot of really famous people. It stops being weird really quickly. For me, at least.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

When I would get close on a part but wouldn't get it, I would be like, "They made a mistake," which is not how I think about things now. I both admire it and I'm grateful for the modicum of health, knowledge, and humility that I have acquired over the last 10 or 15 years.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I will say they were horrified when I wanted to be an actor. It wasn't a showbiz-y family, and my parents are real introverts who don't go to a lot of Hollywood parties and are most comfortable in their pajamas in our sweet little home. Part of the reason I wanted to be an actor and not just a writer is because I felt much more extroverted than that - I love to be around people, and feed off people's energy, and collaborations. If I hadn't had their example, I wouldn't have been so serious, but I also wouldn't have wanted so much to find another creative outlet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Nothing's going to come to you by sitting around and waiting for it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Too often in the theatre people can't wait for intermission to get some chocolate or something. But with Come Back, Little Sheba I just hope people leave feeling like they've spent a really good two-hours in that house with us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I just don't care that much about how famous I am. I care a lot about our world, and whether our planet will survive. It seems really low-stakes how many Twitter followers I have, in the grand scheme of things. In 80 years, who will care?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I've definitely gotten to work with female directors, and I feel lucky because of that. I just feel like more voices should be represented.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

When my sister decided that she wanted to act, I was so nervous for her. She's doing great, but I have a lot of friends at every level of success as an actor, and we all go through periods of time where they feel like their worth isn't within their own control. That's a horrible feeling for an adult to have.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Zoe Kazan

There's part of me that's grateful for the delusion, because it takes a very hard shell to get started as an actor, and I don't have a very hard shell.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I wouldn't wear makeup, and I didn't like to let boys open the door for me because I felt like it was sexist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I would not wear any clothes that had a brand name on them, and I only read books that were canonical. I wouldn't wear makeup, and I didn't like to let boys open the door for me because I felt like it was sexist. My heart was in the right place, but I was such a tiny dictator about it. It's embarrassing to me now because I was so rigid. It's such a rigid way of looking at the world. There's something very young about that mind-set.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Lena Dunham or Miranda July, those people are sort of thinking about their work in a slightly different way than I do, where their whole body is a seed of what they're creating. I can't imagine watching Miranda's movies with anybody else playing her role, she's so integral. But for me, it feels more like every story is really individual. If I thought of something else, or thought it should be my body representing it, I'd fold my body into it. But most of the time I'm writing to get something out of my body.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I think action should be revealed through character, so if you have a plot problem, it's probably a character problem.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I had a real feeling of being fated to be an actor and do my work, and I remember so much speaking up in a room full of people who authentically knew as much or more than me, and feeling like I was absolutely equal, and what I had to say was important.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Most of the things I'm talking about are essential human rights. I don't think it should be political to say that children should be able to have lunch at school when their families can't afford to feed them properly, or to say women should have access to basic health care, or that Muslims deserve equal protection under the law, or police shouldn't be killing black people and getting away with it - it shouldn't be a political thing to say. A lot of people on the right standing behind Christian values should be standing with us, because equality is a basic tenet of Christianity.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Never underestimate a good sleep.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I find playwriting to be incredibly difficult compared to screenwriting. Part of it is that I grew up watching movies and not watching plays.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I think, a lot of times, directors assume that whatever they get from you the first time, whether it be at an audition or on set, is all that you can bring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I think the written word is my first love. I was just a very imagination - centered child and a big part of that imaginary life came from reading.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I've never stolen anything. Well, that's not entirely true. I once accidentally took a gift card from a store in a mall. I was carrying it around to show my mom because I thought it was funny, and I forgot to show it to her and left the store carrying it. I had a complete nervous breakdown, like, 20 minutes later and went back to the store in tears. So that's where I stand in terms of my ability to steal something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I am very much in the instant-gratification camp. I am too much of an actor not to be. I am used to doing my work and having someone comment immediately. So I think that I'm a little hooked on that gratification structure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I don't feel like I have a super straightforward relationship with the idea of fame. It makes me sort of level things out in my own brain almost immediately when I meet someone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I hate going to bed. I read scripts, clean, listen to the radio - I've fallen asleep to 'This American Life' more times than I can count!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I'm always disappointed after an audition when I don't get a part and I hear, "Oh, she was too X, or too Y," and it's too much of a quality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I stopped Googling myself a long time ago. I'm sure there's plenty of misinformation out there, but I am blissfully unaware of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

Part of the challenge of being a girl living in the 21st Century, looking back, the danger is to not judge your character by your own standards.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I grew up with my grandfather [Elia Kazan] being famous in a way that's not like Beyoncé, but famous in a relative way. It made me feel weird about the way that we treat people that are famous, and it made me feel weird about fame in general.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I read a lot of plays as a kid, but I didn't see that many plays, so I feel better-versed in film history and film structure. I just think it's easier to think in pictures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Zoe Kazan

I've gotten incredibly lucky with the people I've gotten to work with. It's made my mind better, and it's made me a better person.