By nature, I'm a very positive person, and because I'm happy in myself, and in my life, and I've got a great husband, and beautiful children, and I have a job that I love that calls for a certain amount of emotional expression, I get to realise a lot of my dreams and aspirations.
Life is short, and it is here to be lived.
It's very easy to be judgmental until you know someone's truth.
I'll eat one cookie, not a whole box of cookies. But I'll still eat the one cookie... sometimes two, or even three. But not the whole box.
Glamour to me is about remaining graceful and understated.
It doesn't matter how old you are or what you do with your life, you will never stop needing your mum. And I will never stop needing mine, so thanks, Mum.
Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest.
It's funny when someone says to you 'you're hot' and all that, because I don't think of it in that way.
You can't choose who you fall in love with, you know?
The good and bad things are what form us as people... change makes us grow.
I burp, I fart. I'm a real woman.
I feel very strongly that 'curves' are natural, womanly and real.
What I am very, very moved and struck by is that so many people in the world are often living a life that they hadn't planned for themselves. And they wake up one day and say, 'Hang on. Who am I? Is this really me? Is this what I really wanted?' And also, 'Can I change it? Have I got the courage to change it?'
The countryside, particularly, is very good for my head.
I am not a hypocrite.
I am insecure. If you ask me, everybody is.
Every woman has a mother, and every woman will have an issue with that mother and things that mother did or didn't do. It just depends on how you choose to process the lessons that you learned from your own mother.
The things that make me happiest in the whole world are going on the occasional picnic, either with my children or with my partner; big family gatherings; and being able to go to the grocery store - if I can get those things in, I'm doing good.
My children can't see many of the films that I've been in because I'm always either dying or taking my clothes off.
Loving someone is setting them free, letting them go.
It doesn't make any sense... that's why I trust it!
I am very strong. When you have children, you have to be.
Thank God I'm in touch with my emotions enough to be able to pick up my children, kiss them all over and say 'I love you' over and over.
You see, I was never a big fan of contemporary movies because they always make actresses and actors look too perfect.
I need to be looked after. I'm not talking about diamond rings and nice restaurants and fancy stuff - in fact, that makes me uncomfortable. I didn't grow up with it, and it's not me, you know. But I need someone to say to me, 'Shall I run you a bath?' or 'Let's go to the pub, just us.'
In films I might look glamorous, but I've been in hair and make-up for two hours.
Kitchens are so important. They're the heart of everything.
I was always quite good with accents - I always had quite a good ear - so from the age of about 13, I used to do a lot of voiceover and dubbing for foreign films.
Ah... romance to me is spontaneity. It's not diamond earrings; it's a bunch of daffodils that's freshly picked from the field.
I suffered from 'No one will ever fancy me!' syndrome, well into my teens. Even now I do not consider myself to be some kind of great, sexy beauty. Absolutely not.
My life has taken me down several different paths I never expected it to take me down. Not in a million years.
I wouldn't dream of working on something that didn't make my gut rumble and my heart want to explode.
I'd much rather be known as some curvy Kate than as some skinny stick.
My favorite breakfast probably in the whole wide world, real treaty favorite breakfast, is eggs benedict.
I often look at women who wear great jeans and high heels and nice little T-shirts wandering around the city, and I think, 'I should make more of an effort. I should look like that.' But then I think, 'They can't be happy in those heels.'
I've decided I am going to start loving my backside because I don't know anyone who does that.
I like the idea of, not shocking people, but just throwing people off. Doing something that makes people go, 'Whoa, whoa, she did that next? Wow, didn't think she was gonna do something like that next.'
There's more to life than cheek bones.
I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.
I will tell you that when I was heavy, people would say to me - and it was such a backhanded compliment - they would say, 'You've got such a beautiful face,' in the way of, like, 'Oh, isn't it a shame that from the neck down you're questionable.'
A lot of the girls were awful, very catty. It was a competitive environment that I didn't like. You have no idea of the anorexia I saw around me.
I hope I'm always learning something.
One thing I love about being back is English rain. Looking out of the window now, it's raining, and the sky is dark; I love it. To me, those are reassuringly English things. I love it when it rains.
I don't go to the gym because I don't have time, but I do Pilates workout DVDs for 20 minutes or more every day at home.
Mum and Dad were very much friends and up for life. There was no anxiety for anything when I was growing up; they just taught me to be me.
One of the things that I was always, and still am, is quite resourceful.
I like exposing myself. There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress who absolutely believes in exposing herself.
I think heartbreak is something that you learn to live with as opposed to learn to forget.
When you're 21, you think, 'Oh God, when I'm 36, oh God, that's nearly 40 and I'll look really old and wrinkly by then.' And actually, I quite like the way I look.
To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed enormous amounts of grain and fat, which causes their livers to swell to many times the normal size.
There's a lot of judgement that can come from outside sometimes, and there's media scrutiny that is placed on a lot of women in the public eye, and I just couldn't care less. I really couldn't care less.
When I first read the script for 'A Little Chaos,' I just loved reading it, as it is a really lovely, accessible, contemporary period film.
Growing up, I had a very happy childhood, with two parents who are still very much together.
'Holy Smoke' is very brave because I don't think it's easy to watch.
Ah, my dad's whistle. On holidays when I was a kid, we would all be off in the rock pools along the beach. When it came time to go, we'd hear the whistle and we'd all come running. Like dogs!
Before 'Titanic,' yes, I had done some things and, yes, I had been nominated for an Academy Award, but I had never been sort of world-famous. And I suppose, yes, I am really famous now. But I feel embarrassed to say that because it's just a bit daft for me.
I did absolutely grow up in a world surrounded by people who were always performing and being flamboyant.
I have moments when I'll stare at a script and say, 'I don't know what I'm doing!' But then I push myself into that feeling because I think panic is important.
The highest compliment I could ever receive about my kids - and I can say that this does happen frequently - is when the in-flight crew say to me, 'Your children are wonderful. They are so well-behaved.' Every time I am told that, I could weep.
So I won an Oscar. It's amazing. I've got that for the rest of my life for a performance I am proud of. It nearly killed me. I am really proud of the film. That's it, moving on.
I have always wanted my children's dads to be involved in their lives. Not just the day-to-day aspect, but the emotional shifts that they go through, when little things pop up - they need to be included, absolutely, and for the children to feel that they are.
Since I was 13 or 14 I've always felt older than I actually am.
Real luxury is having the time to read endless stories in bed with my children. And I get that all the time. I'm so blessed.
I'm not very technically minded. I mean, I don't know how to do e-mail on computers.
I resent that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner. I've got a lovely husband and children, and I didn't lose weight to find those things.
The happiness I feel in having a family has brought me a real beauty.
There are moments to indulge and enjoy, but I always know when it's time to go home and wash my knickers.
I have always lived an ordinary life, and always will. It's who and what has to do with my job that makes it 'unordinary.' I cook, go to the supermarket, pick my children up at school.
When I think about somebody like Keira Knightley, whom I don't particularly know, I see somebody who is working hard, really trying to challenge herself and make smart choices in spite of people criticising her size and performances.
When I was heavy, people would say to me - and it was such a backhanded compliment - they would say, 'You've got such a beautiful face,' in the way of, like, 'Oh, isn't it a shame that from the neck down you're questionable.'
I don't know why I'm suddenly playing nasty people. It is very fun, though, and it isn't real, at the end of the day.
Whenever I go to L.A., the make-up artist or hairdresser will end up having a conversation about how fat they think they are, and I really just can't take it seriously at all.
The whole concept of 'grounding' children is utterly stupid - they just go off and rebel and don't like you. When my kids eventually come along, I don't want them to not like me.
'Revolutionary Road' is a fascinating study of the human condition of a fragmenting marriage and the torment that these two people put themselves through in their efforts to try and find happiness and try and stay together, actually.
I was a wayward child, very passionate and very determined. If I made up my mind to do something, there was no stopping me.
I was the kid who never won the races. I never jumped the highest. I wasn't on the list of the high-achieving.
People still do fall in and out of love and can and cannot express what they feel and are very much pained because the person they love is with somebody else. That's happening the whole world over, and I think it always has been.
I'm really happy in my own skin.
One of the reasons I've never done intensive psychotherapy or any of that stuff is that if there's anything in me that needs fixing, I want to know that I can rely on my own intuition to fix it.
I really believe in, 'Move on, live and let live, forgive and forget.'
I want to end up like Judi Dench. I want to have nice consistent work, doing lovely things, no matter how big or small they might be. I'd like to turn into a wise old thing.
I know the true meaning of getting by by the skin of my teeth; I do. It doesn't matter whether you've got money or you haven't, whether you're famous or not. This is the case for all women, actually; you have to carry on. You always have to carry on. And you can, because you have to.
It's what you feel, what is in your heart that matters most.
I do endless chopping and preparing things. I really find that relaxing. I do a lot of thinking as I am chopping and cooking.
With a bright-red party lipstick, just go with lots of mascara and keep everything else clean.
Oh, I had, 'No one will ever fancy me!' I had that well into my teens. Even now I do not consider myself to be some kind of great, sexy beauty. I don't mind the way I'm ageing. No reason to panic just yet. I think I look my age, and that's fine.
I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well and feel happy. Plus, I want to have fun.
I'd rather do theatre and British films than move to L.A. in hopes of getting small roles in American films.
I hate people thinking I'm some pretentious fraud.
I never had a desire to be famous... I was fat. I didn't know any fat famous actresses... You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid. Because you always think that you just look a little bit wrong or a little bit different from everyone else. And I still sort of have that.
Single mums do come in for a hard time. Society is incredibly judgmental. I know this.
Guy Pearce played Mike in 'Neighbors'. I would fake illness to stay off school and watch the one P.M. show, and I would also watch it again when it was repeated at 5:25 P.M. Obsessed.
Who doesn't love to be surprised?
I like to do my own make-up.
I think I can see more clearly now - about how the pattern of past experiences has shaped who I am and the characters I have played - and I'm grateful for that.
There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress that absolutely believes in exposing myself.
To back away from fear is the worst thing you can do. Fear shows.
I'm obsessed with 'Top Chef'.
Foie gras is sold as an expensive delicacy in some restaurants and shops. But no one pays a higher price for foie gras than the ducks and geese who are abused and killed to make it.
It's true that you need much time to get rid of the fat girl you once were, but you know I am sincerely grateful for my buttocks.