We watched it and I thought, it’s amazing. It’s beautiful. I like it more than the clothed version. I don’t know what to tell you ... I mean, listen, when girls look like that?
Paula Patton Quotes
I don’t know who my idols were growing up. But Denzel [Washington] quickly became my mentor, whether he knew it or not. When I worked with him on Déjà Vu I’d only done one other film. I know he’s a man, but he’s one of the great actors of all time. He didn’t teach me by telling me anything, but just watching and listening to him. I thought to myself, “I wanna do everything the way you do it.”
I like to become as many different people as I can. I didn’t become an actor because I wanted to play myself. I really mean that. I think I’m pretty darn dull, but I think playing other people is a blast. I love the experience of all these people going into a theatre and dreaming the same dream together. I want to make people happy or sad or think and take them out of their head, their life.
Robin got me ready for every single acting audition I’ve ever done. We read lines together when I’m working on movies. He’s my coach. I listen to every song he writes and help however I can, and I’ve written songs with him.
[Julian] is getting to be such a big boy. Where did the time go? The minute you have a child, time speeds up. I feel like he just came out. Just like his Dad, he loves to sing. He wants to perform all the time. He wants to be like Daddy. He's such a special kid. Of course, everyone says that about their kid.
[Robin] loves me so much and the feeling is mutual. The best is when you love someone deeply and those feelings are equally returned. Also, Robin is really there for me. When times are good or bad or sad or happy or boring, just having somebody by your side to help you through means everything. I know I can count on him standing right next to me always.
[Robin Thicke] is so sweet to say that. Just thinking about that really shakes me up. Whitney is irreplaceable, and I would be honored to play her, but I think it is a bit early to talk about a movie right now. Her life was so incredible, and it would be a challenge to play that role, and I love a challenge. I have tremendous respect for Whitney, and her passing is still very saddening to me.
It’s a hell of a lot of fun to be sexy. I love to play dress-up in skimpy clothes.
I want to be peaceful, but I have a lot of violent rage inside of me. Mission: Impossible was great for helping me get some of that out without really hurting anyone.
Making Mission: Impossible was a dream come true. It challenged me as an actor because it’s so technical. Any time you’re challenged you get better. I learned so much from working with Tom Cruise—it was remarkable. Also, I got to do my own stunts, and that felt more freeing than anything I’ve ever done. To be able to be that physical was exciting.
He makes me feel beautiful. That's the best thing about having a partner—there is someone to tell you, 'Stop it. You look great!' Of course, he can't say anything else—he's been trained.
It wasn’t the best childhood, in some respects, and I would escape by creating my own fantasy worlds. I would put on these plays in my parents’ backyard, and I would act out all the parts, and for me it was a way to get away from being who I really was.
I have. But it’s a funny thing about nudity. I was watching this documentary, and Juliette Binoche, who has done a lot of nudity, said it feels totally natural at the time, but it’s the way it’s exploited afterward -- put on a poster, or a scene put on the Internet. It gets disembodied from the story.
If you’re an actress and even one person knows your name, you’re lucky.
I think movies do it better than any other form. A movie is painting, it’s photography, it’s literature -- because you have to have the screenplay -- it’s music. Put a different soundtrack to a comedy and it’s a tragedy. A movie combines all those forms and forces you to pay attention for two hours with a group of people. And people aren’t as well-read anymore, so we share a common knowledge through movies.
I think the age we’re living in is starting to get scary. And think about it: All the technology we have is there to keep us busy. Before, if your phone was busy, your phone was busy. You had no cell phone. Now people work 24/7, their BlackBerry keeps them busy, and e-mail -- and when do they have time for other pursuits? When do they have time to be politically active?
Surveillance is real. I just found out they put computer chips in people’s clothing to figure out how to market to you.
I grew up, and I didn’t have – you know, didn’t have a great childhood. Probably like a ton of people. And movies are my way of escaping.