Meg Ryan was nice [ in When Harry Met Sally] … the writing was good … but it was really kind of a boy’s club, I mean, there was Bruno Kirby, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal – talk about your testosterone trio!
What I really like is the marriage of both [writing and acting] – for instance, with Postcards. I don’t actually act in it, but I worked on it with Mike [Nichols] as I went along, creating the character, so it was a bit like acting for me.
I like the community of acting better than the prison of writing. I like sets.
I’m the wife Spike Lee deserves. A white woman, which he says he would never be with, so let’s get someone really white. I am Spike Lee’s wife from Hell. I’m white and weird and I won’t pay enough attention to him. If he does any more of those angry interviews, I’m going to write him and see if he wants the wife he deserves.
I’m really grateful that I could write. But I don’t even mind it going on around me.
I have tons of stuff that, you know, seems like it’s a well-constructed sentence but it is not how people talk, it’s how people write. So that’s why I think it’s sometimes easier for me to write for actors because I know what’s frustrating about, you know, sentences that come out just perfect. Well, who talks like that? And who of us don’t overlap each other? Except on the radio, hopefully.
I don’t want to be caught … ashamed of anything. And because generally someone who has bipolar doesn’t have just bipolar, they have bipolar, and they have a life and a job and a kid and a hat and parents, so its not your overriding identity, it’s just something that you have, but not the only thing – even if it’s quite a big thing.
Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, anything…I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill. It’s better than being bad at being insane, right? How tragic would it be to be runner-up for Bipolar Woman of the Year?
Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.