“Well I think it’s amazing that my daughter’s with me — how cool is that? But I would say that the beginning of motherhood, for me and a lot of women I’ve spoken to, feels like, how am I going to do this ‘other thing’ called motherhood, as we’re busy finding our own lives? But with some time it starts to integrate, until every thought you have is, how am I going to do this as a parent, or for my or with my children? And, how am I going to be of service as a parent? Your life shifts instantaneously. I was always an activist. I cared deeply about environmental health, particularly for families and children, but then you become a parent, and it’s not that your priorities shift; it’s the amount of intent starts to shift in a really interesting way.”
“I feel like Jaya’s modeling to me more than I’m modeling to her most of the time.”
“Well, she’s holding a revolution in her hands [her iphone]. She’s also holding a detriment, because it can be part of a lack of communication, and that’s something we have to work on. But it’s also a place where they’re sharing, literally, everything and connecting to people around the world. So she’s teaching me in a really profound way, by modeling: ‘You don’t wait for the country to change; you start the revolution right here.’
You don’t wait for the country to change; you start the revolution right here.
“LISTEN. I know I am. That character came from somewhere. And people are like, ‘Interesting, playing that role, did you feel like you related to her?’ And I’m like, uh, that’s why my name says ‘co-created by.’ It’s definitely an internal brainchild for myself and Mike White — that feeling of angst.”
“Which I think there will be. And I am hearing rumor that even the director that did Recount might be cooking something up, which might be amazing, because he did such a beautiful job with that. But yes, if there were…”
“Well, it’s middle school behavior that we’re so divided. Entering a room with this sort of scarcity belief system, and it was always that way for women: Maybe they’ll let one woman in, and maybe it’s me, so protect what I have. Or, you know, there are 15 guys to one lady at this party, I’ve got to make sure that guy likes me. And now, we are making it together. We are making it happen. We are creating a platform as activists. We’re taking over the boardrooms. We’re the ones.
Women are making it happen. We are creating a platform as activists. We’re taking over the boardrooms. We’re the ones.
“And Obama’s farewell speech to Jaya, and your generation, nothing was more applicable to this time. We grew up when it was like, ‘Well, hopefully some very well-educated white man will show up and know how to fix this problem.’ And, like in Hamilton, which obviously we all worship, you see that historically that is not the truth; the truth is that immigrants come together and try to reinvent the story. So Obama said to you guys, you want a country? Grab a clipboard and become an activist. Run for office. And that is it now. I hope that momentum continues.”
“She’s a feminist!”
“I just couldn’t be any more excited than anyone reading. I loved being a part of Big Little Lies. I am so rabid about Twin Peaks, I worship David Lynch; he broke the mold as an artist and for television forever, and so what he’s about to bring back is nothing like what anybody’s ever seen, but also it holds Twin Peaks in it. It’s also for a new generation. Like my son’s friends go, ‘Stranger Things was so CRAZY, we’ve never seen anything like it!’ They’re in this 15-to-25-year-old audience that didn’t see the original. I’m like, okay, guys, get ready to. I loved it, but get ready, you’ve got to watch Twin Peaks and catch up, and get ready for something you can’t believe was on television.”
“I feel like it’s been a time of paralysis for a lot of people, you know? We work so hard — does our voice matter, can we make a difference? And it takes so much effort. Everything feels like it takes so much effort. The reason I wanted to join this campaign with Johnson & Johnson and with the United Nations is the idea that protecting the health and wellbeing of families can start with you and me, right now. That one mom, or one daughter, can get on social media, and with one Like or post in this seven-week period, Johnson & Johnson will give a dollar to these five nonprofits that are beautiful. One of them being Girl Up, which I’m so excited about, as well as Unicef and the U.N. Population Fund, protecting children from malaria.
Every single child in this country deserves health care. That is not a partisan issue. Everyone deserves a healthy planet. That is not a political issue.
“Exactly! I know! Or, watching Jimmy Kimmel. He inspired me to then get on my Instagram and share that my son had a surgery at birth and it was life-threatening and we were in terror. I was sitting in rooms with families who didn’t have as much ease knowing if they could get health care or not. And that’s what Johnson & Johnson is doing. They’re saying, we’ll donate money if you share your story; you can Like or you can just share something from your own family that makes a difference. That’s so exciting, that we can use our voice; we can get on our phone — it takes two minutes!"
“And we’re active on the cause because we went through heartbreak. Because we all know loss. Because our grandmother raised us to be the people we are, because she didn’t get the education she wanted. We are a family, and no one can tell anyone in this country different. And anyone who believes we are divided is looney tunes, because we are a family of people. Every single child in this country deserves health care. That is not a partisan issue. Everyone deserves a healthy planet. That is not a political issue. For our children and our environment, we are one family. And we are one click away from sharing our story and making a difference. That? That’s a blessing.”
“Yes! You guys supported a short film that I was part of for Courtney Hoffman, Good Time Girls. It really turned out awesome, and the assistant costumer was Jaya Harper! Wasn’t it an amazing experience? Jaya’s been on so many movies with me where it’s me and one other girl — other than Big Little Lies — on the set. And it was all women; we literally had two men working on it. And it was a Western! We’re developing it into a feature now. I’m really excited; we’re amassing a great group of women. That’s the thing that’s so exciting about being in this area right now. Every room you walk in, women are running the story.”