(about her father) - "Just because you donate sperm does not make you a father. I don't have a father. I would never give him the credit or acknowledge him as my father."
[On Being A Teen Idol] "This is what I've waited for my whole life."
(High school) "My biggest complaint is school when it's Send-the-roses day, somebody's always left out. I always got roses, but I would give them to someone who hadn't gotten any."
(Horror Movies) "I'm always the one who gets killed. And I want it to be really gory. Body parts all over the place. Mangled! "
[on Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon]: "They're unbelievable. They're an inspiration to young love."
[On job pressures] "There's so much pressure on all of us right now. On Katie Holmes, on James Van Der Beek and myself, to do these movies, and do as much as you can because there is the slight feeling that one day your phone will stop ringing. It's not about the craft, per se. It's so easy to fall for it all because people remind you constantly that as fast as it comes, it can go. And I think there is this sort of paranoia, this need to keep working. And I know that I felt it, and for the first three years of the show, I never had more than a week off, except for Christmas. That was it".
(On being 'skinny') "How can women be as thin as we are? We have personal trainers to work us out. We have specially prepared meals."
[on the Internet] "I got a computer and I'm learning how to use it. I collect antique books, so I used it to get my copy of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' and I use it for travel, to look up customs. I went to Fiji, and I looked up all this stuff before I went, like 'Don't wear a hat in someone's house because it's rude, and don't wear shoes.' You've got to think there's something better I can do with my time than log on to the Internet and say, 'Ooo, let's find out about me!' I think that would frighten me a little bit."
"It makes me think of women who don't shave their legs." - on what the word "feminist" means
[On her kissing scene with Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions (1999)]: "It was a great kiss. It even had a saliva trail."
One of the greatest gifts my job has given me is that my mother, who gave up her entire life for me, doesn't have to work any more. I'm now in a position to repay her for her devotion.
I am militant about drugs. You want to do 'em? You're out of my life.
[on posing nude] "Right now I can't picture posing, but I don't believe in saying never... There might be a time when I got pregnant and felt really beautiful and wanted to have a nude picture."
"I would go to college to be a journalist. I always wanted to write for Time or Newsweek." (On what she would do if she wasn't acting.)
You'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try.
I don't understand why James Bond has to be a man all the time. When Pierce Brosnan retires, why not one of us?
[on why she was happy to get married:] "I'm so grateful I don't have to go looking for a man on a Saturday night. I was always terrible at chatting up men." [December 10, 2003]
[about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997):] "To me, the scariest elements of horror films are the things that could really happen. And what is more scary than high school? ... What I like about the show is that it reminds you it's O.K. to be different. What people think isn't necessarily true. If people walk away with half of that, we've done our job." [New York Times, April 27, 1997]
[on playing Kendall Hart on "All My Children" (1970):] "I seduced my stepfather, and when he wouldn't sleep with me, I slept with the stable boy, cried rape, and my mother stabbed him with a letter opener. Then I went to jail for perjury, burned my parents' divorce papers, and locked up my little sister. I think that was all in the first week." [New York Times, April 27, 1997]
[on attending the Professional Children's High School in Manhattan:] "Everybody there had a talent, and everyone was respected. If somebody didn't like you--they didn't talk to you! They didn't make fun of you, punish you. You could, you know, mess around with how you dress. You really had that chance to find yourself, and I thank God for that school. I went to that school feeling amazingly untalented. That school was my lifeline. Let me tell you something--talent night at our school? There was nothing like it."
Horror films are where women can shine and have a chance to lead. They always save the day in these films.
[On gay marriage] "I have good friends, gay couples, who've been together for 18 years. It drives me crazy that in the eyes of the law, their love isn't acknowledged when I have girlfriends who have married four times by the age of 25."
[On religion] "I don't believe in organized religion and I never have."
No, that's what bothers me. That's how they think. Okay, this is a summer...I remember that it used to be you could see great movies any time. Now it's like summer is for blockbusters, fall is for the movies that they can't fit into any other time, that's like September. Then Oscar movies start, it used to be post Thanksgiving. Now the awards are earlier so it starts earlier. January is when they dump movies. And it's just so... it seems to me so obvious that wouldn't it be better for the marketplace to have these movies spread out? Not just people don't only go to the movies in summer time. If that was the truth, then in the summer time they would count the whole week's worth of the box office but it's still only a weekend. So why does it matter...sorry, I get a little upset. It's just frustrating.
Basically I only like to choose films that I don't understand. As long as they're greater than my mental capacity, I figure I gotta be doing something artful, right? Isn't that what makes something art when you don't understand it?
I wish, and I wish so much for the film industry right now. I wish so much for originality and I wish so much and I think that we're caught in this difficult cycle right now because our studios are corporations now. I keep talking about the old 1940s, where one guy with a cigar and a scotch made decisions for a studio and now because there are all these computer corporations basically, technology companies and there's so much else that goes into a decision that it's very difficult to get films that are different that are off the beaten path made. It's much easier to get something unoriginal made than to get something original.
"Simply Irresistible (1999) was just a bad choice - and for that it was a great learning experience. I wasn't ready to make that movie. I was too young. The script was not ready. I knew in my heart before I left to make it that I should back out".
"I hope positively. One thing about the show was it was never categorized. It was drama, comedy, action, horror, all of those things combined. And I just want people to remember it as a fabulous run, a fabulous seven years." - how she would like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and her work on it to be remembered.
In this day and age, everything is so cross-marketed that the lines have blurred in my opinion between what is an actor and what is a celebrity. What is reality? All you have to do is pick up a magazine or turn on the television and you can get ideas from places that five years ago you couldn't.
"That's so weird. It's one of those things that's like you go on location and you're there for a week getting ready. Here it's like you're walking the dog, you're paying the bills and then 10 minutes later, you have to go to work. It's a very sort of odd- - I'm grateful for it and so glad to actually film a movie in Hollywood. Although some of these locations are pretty far. I could probably fly to some of them"- Working in LA filming the movie Southland Tales (2006).
"It's funny in the sense of he'll say to me, 'You don't understand. You're doing a movie. I've been on my feet all day.' I'm like, 'For real? For real I don't understand?' So that's kind of odd. And the times are funny because I'm on nights and he's more organized in terms of...or last week he was getting out of the house at like 3:30 in the morning." On her doing movies and Freddie doing his show.
"Do a sitcom. Don't do a one hour. That was actually my advice. He was going to do a one hour. I was like, 'Are you crazy? You know what people make for sitcoms and how little they work, right? You see all of our friends on sitcoms.'" - Her advice for her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr..
You know what? I only see myself doing films that interest me and that are a little bit off the beaten path. I will go wherever that takes me. I just - - I always say it just can't be generic. I can't be the girlfriend or the wife or the - - you can't play the characters that I've been blessed to play and then do that. I can't be the girl in the film.
I think the best piece of advice I've ever gotten is to trust myself and go for my dreams. I got that from my mom.
Being sexy is being confident. It's important to know you don't have to have silicone breasts falling out and a thigh-high skirt. Sometimes you meet people and they think, 'Another cute little blonde actress.' That's not who I am. - on rather being known as clever than sexy
You can't be selfish and have a child. Right now I want to live my life and have fun. I want to go sit in my Jacuzzi and drink wine all night. (on not wanting children at this point)
I had to twist his [Freddie's] arm and leg to see Moulin Rouge! Although he enjoyed it once we were there. In fact, there was a moment during the evening when I swear I thought he was going to leave me for Nicole Kidman but then, who could blame him? I'd probably leave him for Nicole if she asked. She's hot!
It sounds clichéd, but when women turn 30 they find themselves. You become more comfortable in your own skin. Last night on Letterman I wore this skintight Herve Ledger dress. Two years ago, three years ago? I would never have worn it. - Gothman Magazine.
For eight years I had the pleasure of portraying a character that was the very definition of a powerful woman. In my opinion, one of the greatest examples in history of entertainment.