Body image – what we’re supposed to look like – is made so unattainable that all girls are put in this position of feeling inferior. That’s a horrible thing.
Bitterness is so ugly. I don’t want to go there.
I always get hats but never have the nerve to wear them. Hats are a thing that are really stylish, but you have to have the confidence to pull it off.
I still find it interesting that there could be a point between a young guy and a girl when they decide to hold hands as they walk down the block. At some point, they decide to make the leap from pushing and insulting each other to doing something tender and possessive and showing the world that.
It definitely sharpened my interest in language, the way people used language, slang words, speech patterns. There’s a big advantage to being the outsider.
Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
To tell you the truth, in the old Jewish shtetls, if your husband died, sometimes they’d have you marry the brother, and my grandparents were actually stepbrother and stepsister.
If you look at all the pictures of women in magazines, everybody’s got a forehead that looks like a billboard. Completely blank.
Bitterness is so ugly.
Hollywood is the dream factory, and no one dreams about older women.
A lot of my movies were completely destroyed by the censors, who can be pretty arbitrary. They’re not completely fair with how they treat one person vs. another.
You could go out with a camcorder tomorrow and make a movie with virtually no money, but promoting a tiny low-budget movie costs $20 million. And the money they spend on the big movies is astronomical.
I don’t know what goes on behind my back… I always feel like, if you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything.
There are a lot of people in Beverly Hills who come from the Middle East, who are very much a part of the Beverly Hills fabric, and their kids grew up with the privileges of Beverly Hills. And yet they still have to deal with a lot of the prejudice against them for being foreign-born.
I sometimes think it’s better to go with a bad movie that is true to a certain point of view than to take something and make people try to like it when they’re not supposed to.
I just wanted to do something about the teenage experience; it’s such a wonderful and horrible time of life.
I’ve always hated the way Hollywood has portrayed accountants. They’re always little nerd balls, wimpy, afraid of everything. Growing up with accountants, I don’t see them that way.
Teens are the target demographic for everything in pop culture.
In junior high, I really wanted to be popular. Suddenly there were parties with boys, and I wanted to be part of that. There was a group of girls, and I wanted to be friends with them.
I was in a special class, where you skip a grade – you go from seventh to ninth. But I got kicked out. You had to maintain an 85 average, and I didn’t. I was too focused on trying to be popular.
Blood probably tastes like salty water, right?
I’m obsessed with history, especially WWII and the Jews in Europe during the Holocaust.
There was one vampire movie that Gerard Butler was in, ‘Dracula 2000,’ and they touched on something interesting, but it only worked in the context of that particular movie, which was that the original vampire was Judas.
I hope they remake ‘Look Who’s Talking’ – then I’d make some money!
The way things have changed. The pictures in the womb they have now. They’re just amazing. They’re just like a snapshot of a person.
I know I mispronounce things constantly, because maybe I read more than I talk, but I don’t know the proper way to say a lot of things, even though I know what they are. But then I know I look like a moron.
When I first got my driver’s license, I was hit by a drunk driver. He was coming off of a freeway, and I was hurt pretty badly from somebody driving really fast.
In Hollywood, whenever you do anything, it seems like there’s going to be 30 of them. When I did ‘Look Who’s Talking,’ people went: ‘Oh but there’s going to be this baby movie and that baby movie.’ I can’t worry about that. I can only do what I want to do.
When new things come along, some people always want the newest of the new – ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for!’ – and some people don’t want or need the change – ‘I like my old one.’
After Gmail, if you have AOL, people are like, ‘Are you still with this?’ What does it matter what e-mail you have?
There’s something you do when you’re completely confident that just can’t be replicated when you know you’re doing something wrong.
Any time I wind up in the lane where you can’t quickly turn off of it and it’s turning into the freeway, I just start screaming until I’m off of it.
I went to art and design high school with a lot of people taking fashion. They would get up in the morning, and what they put on meant a lot to them.
Over-the-knee socks remind me of the 1920s, silent films, and the stars of the era who wore the rolled-down stockings. They sort of referenced that in ‘Cabaret,’ when Liza Minnelli was singing ‘Mein Herr,’ and I love the way she looks in that scene.
I get offered: ‘Here’s a girl who’s mad at another girl for having a wedding on the same day.’ That’ll be a big hit, but I don’t want to do that.
When you have somebody writing or acting for you, you have to be free to have them hate you so you can get your ideas across without worrying.
There’s a whole vampire community online – those are some crazy people.
In one respect, I like the freedom of using all the people that I love instead of being dictated by the studio to use the hot person of the moment.
Everything you try to do in life, of any value, people are going to be saying, ‘No, no, no.’ You have to have the ability to not see that or hear that.
Some women are great, and you wouldn’t have been able to get to where you are without them, and others are doing what they can to undermine you.
With electronics, they just get smaller and smaller.
I like being able to tape things and then having them home waiting for you, but just dealing with the Time Warner Cable people will drive you insane.
Unfortunately, if you’re going to say anything that’s in your head, you’re going to get some kickback.
I attended Art & Design High School, and at one point, you had to write about what you wanted to be when you grew up. I wrote that I wanted to be a writer for ‘Mad’ magazine.
I didn’t go to Hebrew school.
The building in the Bronx where I grew up was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors. My two best friends’ parents both survived the camps. Everyone in my grandparents’ building had tattoos. I’d go shopping with my grandparents, and the butcher, the baker, everybody in the whole neighborhood had tattoos.
I wasn’t bat mitzvahed.
The Bronx always seemed very dreary to me.
For me, New York is home because that’s where I’m from.
I wasted most of my 20s being so frustrated I forgot to have fun. I was so concentrated on one thing – ‘Must make movie.’
When I did ‘Fast Times,’ I felt very close emotionally to the characters. I liked those characters because they all had to work, so they were dealing with adult problems even though they were very immature, and I could relate to that.
I wanted to do something about a really optimistic character: a character who was so optimistic, no one could burst her bubble.
I wanted to do something in the style of a comedy of manners.
I don’t think people know ‘Nosfuratu.’
I really live in my own kind of universe.
I’m real excited by a phone where I can look at my kid and talk to her face.
Everybody who worked in film misses holding pieces of film, holding it up to the light, and seeing exactly where something was image-wise.
I’m just not happy with Hollywood.
I spent my entire youth in front of a TV watching old movies, and as soon as I was able to get a subway pass, when I was 14, I joined the Museum of Modern Art and was there all weekend watching old movies.
Sometimes people say, ‘Oh you did one of my favorite movies,’ and I will ask them what the other one is, and it’s always something that I totally hate.
For my money, the movies of the ’70s were just amazing.
I can’t stomach most of the movies about women.
I’d rather see what young people are going through than see things explode.
A teenager has to decide what they’re going to do with their life, and that’s one of the most important decisions that you’ll make.
I’ve always tried to figure out what people think of themselves and what they think they’re projecting.
When I was 20, I had these furrowed lines between my brows because I was always angry. And I was 20. I don’t think that was a mark of age; it was just my personality.
NYU was my comfort zone.