Quotes

GROWING UP
“Laughter and fun. I really think the greatest medicine for anything is laughter. My family – I think we should be in a loony bin sometimes. But I think that’s what held [us] together. Growing up, you’d think we were the Brady Bunch. We went to Disney World; [we did] everything together.”

“I’m a late bloomer, my looks came pretty late and success happened at the age of 30. But I’m pleased about things not coming to me immediately because it makes you appreciate it when you finally get it.”

“I grew up as an ugly duckling. They used to call me prieta fea, because I was the only one of my family’s four girls with dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin. Growing up I was the ugly one, because I was the odd one.”

SOAP DAYS
“Believe me, it’s very difficult for me. Not that Doug Davidson [Paul] is anything gross. I just hate kissing [on-screen]. I don’t like kissing other people that I don’t have those intimate feelings [for]. To me, kissing is a very, very intimate part of a relationship. I think it’s one of the most intimate gestures you can make and so when I’m doing it with someone I don’t have those feelings for, I get uncomfortable.”

“I was supposed to throw this pencil holder on the side of Christian [Jules Leblanc] so it would look like it hit him, but it didn’t and in the scene — when you’re in it — I was so emotionally involved I threw it right at him and all the pencils hit Christian. I thought, ‘Oh my God I just took his eye out’ and I kept going because I didn’t want to stop because they would have to redo everything and then at the end I was like, ‘Oh my God, are you OK?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’ I didn’t mean to throw it at him! It’s just that’s what you’d do in life — you aim. We were hysterical. He said ‘I was really scared. I was going to run away.'”

“Some soap actresses can turn it on like a faucet. Oh, Melody Thomas Scott, she’s an amazing crier. She’s like, ‘What eye do you want it out of?’ But I didn’t have that, and I would fear scenes that called for it.” (on crying on cue during her soap days)

ROMANCE AND DATING

“Your inner sex goddess would begin with the Brazilian wax. And try dating a younger man – that’s worked for me!”

“Missionary! I love the closeness of missionary, because I love kissing.” (on her favorite bed position)

“I need constant attention and affection. I’m a huge fan of PDA. One guy I was dating, he was always like, ‘Jesus Christ, you’re suffocating me!’ Because I was constantly kissing him. But I think it’s great. I want to be making out at the dinner table and making the people around us uncomfortable. Ha, ha, ha.”

“I love men. I love being in love and having romantic dates.”

“I’m a fabulous date. I make sure I look good. I like hearing what a guy has to say and I make sure the evening is a real laugh. I like to laugh.” (on going on a date)

“I’m definitely no Bridget Jones. I don’t believe in that whole ‘oh there are no decent men out there’ thing. Get real girls – there are loads of gorgeous guys on every street corner.”

“I don’t agree with all the boundaries we put on everything. Women are forever discounting men for all sorts of silly reasons – too old, too young, wrong haircut. Give the guy a chance and he may surprise you. I’ve definitely been pleasantly surprised by my choices and I’ve always had plenty of choices.”

“I’m like Blanche on The Golden Girls (1985). I have a good head on my shoulders but, once in a while, a man will come and knock the sense out of me”.

“I think funny men are the sexiest people alive. If a guy doesn’t make me laugh then there’s nothing.”

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

“Teri Hatcher was naked…Marcia Cross is gonna be in panties and a bra. Nicollette [Sheridan]’s always in panties and a bra. So I’m not the lone lingerie-wearer.”

“As soon as I read the script I knew it was pretty special. The creator of the show asked what I thought of the writing as a whole. I told him I had no idea because I’d only read my part. He laughed and told me I’d got the job. He thought my answer was completely Gabrielle.” (on how she got the part as Gabrielle Solis)

MISCELLANEOUS

“My only real requirement was that the house be very livable. I wanted people to be able to put their feet on the couch and on the coffee table. I wanted the kitchen to be big enough for eight women to be in there cooking. It’s a modern Mexican house. Every room is a different color – very lively and personable. I don’t want things you can’t touch. If it breaks because you look at it, I want it out.”

“The only flaw in my house is that I am very little, and so Robert hung everything very low. Tony is 6 feet, 8 inches and he and his basketball friends hit their heads on every light fixture in the house. I mean, wham, right in the head from a hanging light. And Tony just laughs and in his French accent he says, ‘Robert, you did not remember that she dates a basketball player.'”

“The other turning point for me as a woman was when I got married and divorced. That made me wake up one day and say, ‘You’ve got to grow up.’ I was very selfish in my marriage and really didn’t understand the sacrament of marriage or take responsibility for what it meant. I just kind of threw it away, because I wasn’t ready or mature enough for the responsibility.”

“He plays by nobody’s rule and I love that.” (on her crush Johnny Depp)

“There are designers I don’t wear. They were so mean to me when I was a nobody. Now everybody’s sending stuff.”

“My boobs are small, but…I have no desire to tamper with that. I like working out and that’s hard to do when you’ve got big ones bouncing around!”

“I love being a woman. I love the sexiness we get to exude. But the best thing about being a woman is the power we have over men.”

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