January 08, 2007 12:00 PM

“My dad used to bounce me on his knee when I was 3 years old and say, “Movies, movies, movies.”


“For a six-month period when I was a kid I was really into these brown cowboy boots. I liked to wear them no matter what [else] I was wearing. I’d wear them with shorts in the middle of the summer in Ohio. I just didn’t care.”


“When I was young I was playing on the steps and my mom yanked me and I bit my tongue. I had to get 11 stitches.”


“I was cast as Joseph in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in junior high. By the time we started performing, I was in the middle of puberty and cracked my way through the entire run. To this day, it gets thrown in my face every time my head gets a little too big.”


“I put an onion in the washing machine when I was 2 years old. It ruined both the clothes and the machine.”

—EMILY WATSON (Miss Potter)

“Growing up I was obsessed with Pippi Longstocking. On a daily basis I would put a wire hanger in my hair so the braids would [stick] out, draw freckles on myself with a pen and sit at the bay window posing like Pippi.”


“I don’t allow them to tell funny stories about me because I will sue them. I will take them to court—because I play hardball.”


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