(on fiancé Jason Sudeikis) I thought, 'He won't be interested in me. I'm not a contender.' He was so cool, so funny - I was such a fan of his and had always fancied his speed and his intelligence. He's a brilliant actor with a brain like lightning. I thought, 'I'm not beautiful enough or his type.' ... He seemed to really see me, see through the bullshit. He said very few words and couldn't keep eye contact. He was so handsome, and he could dance.
(on ex-husband writer Tao Ruspoli) I had grown up with Tao; we had just drifted. I felt I had something to prove. If you fall off a horse, you get back up. I am not a quitter. I hung on for as long as possible, until it was more hurtful to stay... I'm so grateful for the pain and the heartbreak. It gave me the courage to leave and brought me to the great love of my life.
When you choose to be an actor, you are going against the odds.
So many people have said that to me, that what they really like about Alex is what she brings out in Marissa, and what this situation brings out in her, a hint of happiness and another side to her character.
Once I took a bus from my home in Maryland to Philadelphia to live on the streets with some musicians for a few weeks, and then my parents sent me to boarding school at Andover to shape me up.
Now I'm doing a film festival for kids and writing a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan.
I was a handful growing up
I got an internship with the casting director of The Girl Next Door. I would hold the clipboard and help them in their casting sessions and get them lunch.
I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
But even if I'm left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.