• The thing I like about acting is being able to lose yourself completely in someone else. I’m not that comfortable when I get recognized.

• I don’t really want to do the Hollywood thing. I think you ought to try to say something with your movies.

• I don’t care if people like my character. I just want them to think about the movie’s message.

• When I feel strongly about something, I’m not so quiet.

• Judging people you don’t know for things you don’t understand is just really stupid.

• When I was 12, I realized I was very uncomfortable having my parents on set. So I told them that, and they understood.

• It’s much simpler to be tortured on camera or to be filmed losing your mind. Whereas a script that has characters who are honest, witty and genuine… is often much harder to act.

• As a girl, you’re supposed to love Sleeping Beauty. I mean, who wants to love Sleeping Beauty when you can be Aladdin?

• I’m a tomboy from Nova Scotia.

• What I like about the film [Juno] is that it tackles an issue that we often treat as this really heavy, dark event and we look at it with a different perspective. She’s extremely independent. She finds adoptive parents before she even tells her parents. I just think it’s nice to not dwell in darkness.

• I’m a total shrimp, which makes me look younger. I’ll be able to stay in that area longer, which is good, because there’s more competition in your 20s. [on her slight frame]

• I come in at night and expect to see some transparent slut at the top of the stairs. [On her 19th century Halifax home, a former brothel]

• It was an intense movie and the response was polarized — which was great, because it stuck in people’s minds. That film has helped me immensely. [On Hard Candy.]

• The quality most important to me, in the films I make, is honesty.

• I loved that this girl was mature in some ways, and naive in other ways. Juno is different from what we normally see in films about teenagers — but at the same time she has a lot in common with most of the people I knew in high school. There are a lot of really intelligent teenage girls and boys who are unique and don’t just listen to and dress like Britney Spears, and who don’t just want to fuck the hot guy.

• For the role in An American Crime, when I played someone who was starved and tortured, I lost a lot of weight, and my body and my mind were drained. After that people told me, You really need to do a comedy. And I said I am — I’m playing a 16-year-old who gets pregnant!

• You can choose who you want to be the hero [in Hard Candy], but you’ll be second-guessing yourself — there’s just no right answer. Our society is obsessed with finding good and finding evil, but I think we’re all capable of anything.