The only concept or experience or core belief that I can attribute my other-ness to is that I just started out a weirdo and I stayed a weirdo. And it took me a long time to embrace my outsidership and see it as a strength rather than a weakness.
And I was the only black kid in my school for almost all of my childhood, until I was a teenager. So imagine, if you will, being 6 feet tall by third grade, so essentially being a living maypole.
Yes, I do get recognized in public. It's pretty nice.
I might not agree with myself in a year.
I was this weird little bookish giant.
I went to private school for two years, then Aptos Middle School, and I finished at McAteer. Several of my classmates at those schools are my friends today.
People challenge my nerd cred all the time. I just show them the photo of me winning my middle-school science fair, wearing my Casio calculator watch and eyeglasses so big they look like they can see the future.
Bravery is the engine of change.
It's a thrill to star with such great actors like Kevin Bacon, Kelly Preston, and Garrett Hedlund.
The more people who come forward and talk about how much they love gaming, how much they talk about individuality and diversity, the more gamers of color that come out and gay gamers that come out and everybody talking about what they love - that's what the community has in common: a love of gaming.
I think, like most gamers, I talk a good game.
Sunday is like this entertainment scrum for me, because I've only got a day, one day of fun. So I want to have brunch, and I want to see a movie, and I want to watch 'Game of Thrones,' and I'm trying to watch 'The Sopranos' from the beginning, and I want to play four hours of video games. So, it's, like, as regimented as my work life.
I married my college boyfriend, so I've been with him since I was a kid.
I won't apologize for choosing my career over kids.
I wasn't mentally prepared to take care of them, I was focused on my career. And then when I got to be in my 40s and I thought about having kids, I wasn't able to have kids naturally. I don't regret it.
I was with someone at 19, and I was married at 23, and I didn't want kids when I was in my 20s.
I feel if you believe in equality, you have to believe in it for everybody. And that's the way I've always lived my life.
The whole principle of coming out is that everyone knows someone who's gay. The minute someone comes out, no one can be a bigot, because someone they love is gay.
One thing about creativity is, when you feel confident and respected, you're more likely to pitch more interesting stuff because you're not as precious with it. You feel like, 'This is going to land, and I'm going to be supported in this.'
Marriage is a blood sport. Marriage is jousting. It's disembowelment. It's just terrible, terrible visceral injuries. It's not for everybody.
Marriage is hard. I'm not gonna lie.
It's very hard when you love someone very much to also start to realize that maybe you want different things for your lives.
My husband and I met when I was a teenager, and I've been with him for more than half of my adult life.
I'm sure you can imagine it's pretty frustrating to have people talking about your private life who don't know anything about it.
You know, I read graphic novels but not encyclopedically.
You rarely see women being nice to each other on television anymore.
God, I mean I had so many people tell me, 'What you're doing doesn't work.' I used to have to get on stage and apologize for talking the way that I speak.
I think people assume that because I talk the way that I talk that I grew up with money, and then I've had to say, 'No, I grew up poor.' And then I was like, 'Why do I have to play this game where the only black experience that's authentic is the one where you grew up in poverty?' I mean, it's ridiculous.
Standup comedy is inordinately difficult. If doing something else for a living will make you equally happy, choose that instead. I'm serious. Comedy is punishing.
Pursuit of perfection is futile. Instead, I prioritize and often realize goals or tasks I've been aiming for just aren't that important.
I am constantly re-evaluating my goals and trying to strike items from my to-do list that aren't critical.
I tell jokes, chat with people, and make stuff.
Every culture is very important. Dartmouth has always been dedicated to diversity of culture.
I didn't mind being in a school with a small African-American population. The African-American-community was very tight, and that was great. But I also wanted to interact with other types of folks.
Dartmouth is a small school with high-caliber teaching. Our classes were all taught by professors, not teaching assistants. I felt like that was a school where I could make a big splash. The opportunities would be grander and more robust for me there than at a school with 40,000 students.
Dartmouth represented a great opportunity. I wanted to go to the best possible school I could go to.
I'm surrounded by geniuses, which is really not good for my own personal self-esteem!
Chris Parnell's a genius, so he'd be amazing on 'Who's Line.'
I see the first 'Bourne' movie as really kind of a fulcrum in changing the modern action film, where things are really gritty and really character-driven. Think about how the entire Bond franchise was completely radicalized by Bourne.
I remember leaving the first 'Matrix' movie feeling completely radicalized, completely changed. I think we all, from our ordinary lives, like to think about putting ourselves into these extraordinary situations and wonder how we'd respond.