Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.
I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented.
Alexander Payne's very specific. His scripts are always complete when you start working on them.
I think that being in an environment is a much richer experience than just working on a soundstage.
The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy.
It was also wonderful to have the prospect of playing with Jack Nicholson. It was a terrific part, a terrific script, with Alexander Payne and Jack Nicholson. You can't get any better than that!
Jack made it very comfortable for me on the set. We'd met socially before but never worked together. You know, he's very professional, very disciplined and he's always prepared and knows his lines.
I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play - a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.