photographed by Ruven Afanador
On not getting an Oscar nomination for her performance in Cake: "I know a lot of people were sorry," she says, speaking the day after the nominations. "I feel I've gotten such wonderful love — I had almost more phone calls and flowers than I did for any other nomination [in the past]. I feel very happy. Life is quite extraordinary."
On moving forward and being 45: "Time moves really quickly these days, I don't know why," she says poignantly. "How many times did our parents say, 'Stop wanting everything to rush'? You want summer to be over, you want Christmas to be over, you want this to be over, you want everything to be over just so you can get to the next thing. And boy, you really wish you'd listened to a lot of the things they said."
On Brad Pitt and the media's ongoing obsession with their divorce: "We're not in daily communication," she says. "But we wish nothing but wonderful things for each other. Nobody did anything wrong. You know what I mean? It was just like, sometimes things [happen]." She throws up her hands in exasperation. "If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bullsh*t. There's no story. I mean, at this point it's starting to become — please, give more credit to these human beings."
On being in charge: "I'm a control freak. I like to be in charge of everything. My life was so out of control growing up, it's very important today for it to be in control." Even now, she says, "I have to bite my tongue sometimes if I'm on a movie, when I think I can figure out how to make this problem that they're having go smoothly. I just bite my tongue, especially with a [bad] director. Some directors are just like — oh, God, oh God, oh God! I [have to] just suffer through this."