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Quotes

  • “What a world we live in. I want to be incredibly close to the heart of it all. To live honestly, truthfully and to be completely present is the ultimate enterprise. And right now, I couldn’t possibly ask for anything more. I am a very lucky girl.”

  • [on Glee (2009) compared to other high school television shows] “I think that it shows that regardless of who you are and what group you belong to, there are so many emotions behind each person in high school. Sometimes with teens, writers or directors change them and make them be simple individuals–you’re either the jock or the popular kid or the nerd. Everybody has those shades to them. This show, it really expands upon vulnerability and excitement and anger–all the experiences that you probably actually go through in high school.”

  • “Every day is an opportunity to fall or hurt yourself.”

  • “I definitely wasn’t cool in high school. I really wasn’t. I did belong to many of the clubs and was in leadership on yearbook and did the musical theater route, so I had friends in all areas. But I certainly did not know what to wear, did not know how to do my hair, all those things.”

  • “I think that as an artist, the more that you can do to diversify, and kind of challenge yourself, the more you grow.”

  • [on having a nose job] “I had convinced my mom to let me go to my first party. I was able to be there for an hour with two of my friends . . . [but] it accidentally turned into an argument and instead of the girl punching the guy, she wound up to the side and punched me . . . [there was] blood everywhere. The first time I didn’t go to the doctor because I didn’t want to tell my mom what had happened and she would never let me out of the house. I found out about it a year ago because things were getting worse and everything was getting really nasally and I went to a doctor. He said, “When did you break your nose? You have a horrible deviated septum.” And the second time, I couldn’t get it fixed because we were in the middle of doing this concert tour and we were filming. We had a day off and I met up with some of my friends and we were dancing. And again, there was another collision of sorts–I must be turning too quickly, people don’t see me coming or something–but it’s fixed now!”

  • “I started ballet when I was three, and the movies that my mom would show me were all musicals. And that was something that was so prevalent in that era of film was musicals. So I thought maybe I could do it. I just moved to this new school, I was like, “Nobody really knows me; this might be fun to get involved in,” and so I auditioned and I got it, and that’s the first time I sang and I was so nervous and it worked out. And then in middle school there was a few summer theater camps that I did, but it wasn’t really until senior year of high school that I got into the acting class full time and loved it and knew I wanted to move to L.A. and took it one step at a time and took acting classes every day and auditions and smaller roles.”

  • [on her personal style] “It’s rather quirky. Mainly, it serves the purpose of one or more of these things: comfort, transformation, curiosity, playfulness. All depends on my mood that day.”

  • [on getting through stress] “Keep going on hikes, keep having your friends in your life, keep that downtime sacred as well because as hard as you work in any job, it’s really nice to have the relaxing de-stressors. Stress is the worst thing. That’s the ultimate demise of any good thing.”

  • “Sometimes you can incorporate things that you’ve experienced in your life and use that. And other times you know what that feeling is of hurt, of love, of anger, of depression, and you do whatever it takes to get there in your mind and use it to your advantage, whichever way it works best.”

  • “When you’re sad, you’re not sad. You are merely oblivious to the good things in your life. There is always a crack of light in the darkness. Find it.”

  • “I think it’s important to keep your personal life to yourself as much as you can. It protects your sanity and you need to have boundaries. And it helps that enchantment of watching an actor. If you know someone’s favourite colour or what they like to do on a Sunday, you won’t fall for the character as much.”

  • “Photography has definitely been my favorite way to remember things. At least for me that’s how my brain processes things, of memories or moments – if I take a picture of it I can remember so many more details. I think it’s about choosing the exact picture in my head that signifies or symbolizes a moment – almost as if you’re using film. It’s almost archaic.”

  • “Year by year I learn more about myself, and I think that confidence and honesty and just really being true to yourself is probably the most beautiful thing that you can do for yourself and the people around you.”

  • “Laughter is key. Dancing a must. Because oh, how we do love both things! But most important, possess the ability to be present, be true to your deepest wishes, intentions. Do good unto others, to yourself. Being true to yourself is one of the greatest attributes. Happiness ensues. Be present. Be kind. Be patient. Be honest. Find moments to be silly. The results will always be rewarding.”

  • “Growing up I wanted to be a mixture of Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. Apparently I told my mum when I was eight that I wanted to be an actor.”

  • “I have equal parts film and digital cameras in my collection. I think that there are ways to Photoshop photos so that they look like you shot them on film, but is that as rewarding? It just depends on the person.”

  • “There is always a crack of light in the darkness. Find it.”

  • “Raise your hand if you’ve spent nights crying yourself to sleep, raise your hand if you’ve felt as if you’d rather hide in bed all day than face the people that make you feel small or powerless! Raise your hand if you’ve felt as if you’d rather lie to people than tell them the truth about who you really are, because at least you wouldn’t be the victim of hateful behavior or prejudice! And raise your hand if lying feels almost as bad.”