→ It was never about sort of being famous. I just wanted to be good at what I did.
→ It isn’t often that an actress gets to spend so much time on ONE job. In the acting business, you usually go from one thing to another.
→ [on being an older mother] My thing about having another child was, time’s-a-wasting! I thought about being an older parent and what that means for another child, but I was somewhat of an older parent when I had Sarah and Jackson in my late 30s. I have an enormous family with many cousins, and Esmé has an older brother and sister. So, I felt it was okay to do this.
I’d been looking for a more dramatic role. I’ve done comedy most of my career, which I love, but I wanted to expand. And Sons of Anarchy (2008) came along, and is sort of a dream job, really, a dream character to play. It’s so different from other roles I’ve played, and it’s been challenging, which is just what I wanted.
→ [on 8 Simple Rules] After John Ritter died, we collectively wanted to go on. It was a rock-and-a-hard-place position, where it felt really wrong to just leave and end it, but it also felt uncomfortable to continue. There was just no really obvious right thing to do. And the people who make the decisions made that decision to move forward. I thought it was the most honest thing to do, and a way of honoring John as well. I was happy that they decided to let the story unfold as the family loses the father. I did feel like they tried to get back to the funny a little quick. I understand that’s the major thing on sitcoms–you want to get people laughing, but I thought that organically, it could have taken a little more time in telling that real story of the family getting through it. I think we did the best we could. It was just heartbreaking.
→ [on the sitcom Mary] That was awesome. I was the last one to know that that show was not doing well. I thought it was fantastic. It was my first job on television, really, and I was with Mary Tyler Moore. And Danny DeVito was the director; he cast me. And I literally had never been on a sitcom, or even near a sitcom. I had not a clue as to what I was doing. And Mary was very loving and supportive; I just followed her lead, because she’s, you know, the queen. So for my first experience on a sitcom, it was awesome.
→ Generally, I find a lot to be grateful for.
→ I’ve never loved anybody the way I love my children.
→ But I started it when I was going through a transitional time in my life. At the end of it, it really sort of symbolized it. I had made room to change, and room to grow. I recorded it in a little room.
→ I’m very comfortable as a singer. In fact, I think it’s more – I identified my self-esteem, my self more in those ways when I was growing up. I really – it was kind of my calling card as a kid.
→ I do tend to play characters that have a lot of costume and hair change. I sort of like the change of physicality thing.
→ There’s so many great songs already written, it’s kind of really wonderful you don’t have to write your own.
→ I love interpreting other people’s music.
→ I’ve certainly experienced physical pain in my life.
→ Being a mother has been my greatest teacher and also the most self-sacrificing thing I’ve ever done.
→ Each time I seem to go through one of life’s huge things, I want to play music.
→ When you tour with a band, you’re just out there, and it’s just you guys. That’s your little universe. If you do a play, it’s the same deal. That becomes your world, for the cast and crew.
→ I’m a pretty emotional person.
→ When you grow up around it, I just watched my father work really hard. He wasn’t around as much as I would have liked. And when I grew up, I understood why.
→ Music is extremely intuitive, which acting too in a different way.
→ For me it’s also – the music is equally as important. I mean I think as somebody who writes music, there just has to sort of be the marriage between both.
→ I’m a better mother if I’m also doing my work. Some women find a lot more satisfaction from doing the hardest job, which is being a mom. But I like my day job, so I juggle a lot.
→ We all have that desire to be kind of wild and bad.
→ You realize mortality is everywhere.
→ It’s sort of the mixed blessing of being on television for so long in one thing; sometimes that backfires, in that you’re not able to continue on.
→ I don’t like violence.
→ I have teenagers, so I listen to a lot of music. They turn me on to great music.
→ ‘Married with Children’ was racy. It was sexist. It was a lot of things, but mostly it was funny.
→ I always had a struggle, which I still do, when you’re playing a character and it’s not necessarily your morals or your values. You’re playing a character, but the way the media will sometimes ask you if these are your opinions, you know – they make you responsible for that, and I take issue with it because I don’t believe in censorship.
→ I was very rebellious.