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"I'd never worked with Gena so it was a golden opportunity. We've both had a similar pattern of experiences as actors." --"Playing by Heart" co-star Sean Connery to The Boston Globe, January 17, 1999.

"I think now that I look back on it, the key was we were both so obsessed about wanting the same thing. We also just had a natural chemistry between the two of us, which was so apparent at the beginning and lasted until the end. . . . No one believed in me more as an artist than my husband did."---Rowlands on her marriage to John Cassavetes to Cindy Pearlman of The Chicago SunTimes January 21, 1999

"I love independent filmmaking. I don't agree with a lot of it, but that's not the point. People in independent film have a passion; they're not in it for the money. I'm very proud that John [Cassavetes] had a part in it."---Gena Rowlands quoted in Premiere's "Women in Hollywood" issue, 1999.

"Glamour was NEVER my game. I just HATE that thing about beauty. There's always someone out there better looking or worse looking. Beauty and glamour are not real things. To depend on them is very hard on anyone, but particularly hard for attractive girls." --Rowlands quoted in W, May 1998.

"Their personalities are not alike. John's much more volatile and all over the place - noisier too. Nick is a bit quieter. He handles everything with humour. But one thing I notice is that they both adore actors and have the utmost patience with them. I was happy to see that and, believe me, it's not always the case.

"The main difference is that there was no improvisation in Nick's film. One day I didn't get one of the lines quite right. It would have passed in most places. But Nick is very precise about language. John, on the other hand, dictated his scripts. He very seldom wrote them down. He had a writing secretary who was with him for many years. It always amazed me. He had the most formidable memory I have ever encountered."---Rowlands on the differences between being directed by her husband and her son, to the London Times July 7, 1997

"I don't see how anyone has the patience to direct anything. I know it's a question of temperament but to me it would be torture. People ask you questions all day long, and not particularly interesting ones.

"The art director is saying, 'Do you think that the colour of this suit is all right?', and the photographer is saying, 'I think we should gel the windows', and an actor is saying, 'I don't want to wear make-up.' These are questions that would make me want to shoot myself in the head. Not creative, wonderful questions about your character. So you have to have extreme love and patience, and I don't have that." --Rowlands to the London Times, July 3, 1997.

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