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Other Been Movie

Sometimes you feel all alone. You come out of a meeting, and something sexist has been said to you: That movie will never be made with that female lead. And you think, 'How am I ever gonna get another job?' When you hear other women having the same experiences, it makes you feel like, 'Well, I'm gonna keep going, and we're gonna fight this system.'

- Allison Schroeder

Want Build Cake

You want to have a good cake? Get two engineers to build it.

- Allison Schroeder

Hidden Explain Figures

There was an email forwarded to me from a first-grade teacher, and she said she was teaching them civil rights for MLK weekend, and a little first-grader stood up, and he said, 'I can explain segregation,' and proceeded to explain all the scenes from 'Hidden Figures.' And I died because that's everything.

- Allison Schroeder

About Show I Think

I think a lot of times people look at me and say, 'Well, we can't possibly hand a show over to her to run.' It seemed like executives would be worried about me controlling a room and having power, and I'd say, 'Oh, I can control a room. I can give an order like nobody's business.'

- Allison Schroeder

I Think Woman Shut

I walked into an international economics tutorial, and the professor said, 'I don't know how to teach a woman.' I said, 'It's the same as teaching a man.' I just sat down, and he had no choice but to start teaching. When I handed in my first paper, I think that shut him up.

- Allison Schroeder

Thought Normal Drills

They used to time our elementary fire drills so we could watch the launches. I thought that was normal. I thought every kid watched every NASA launch.

- Allison Schroeder

Think Love Which

I don't think I've ever been called up for an action film with a male lead - which is a shame. I'd love to take on Bond.

- Allison Schroeder

Surrounded Hiring Rooms

There's so many gatekeepers to getting in front of showrunners or executives. If we pull those middlemen out, and we get women in rooms with the executives, the people hiring, it seems to break down barriers. Because they can no longer say, 'There just aren't any women to hire,' when you're surrounded by fifty of them.

- Allison Schroeder

Will Advantage Start

When you start early, and you're writing for free, there's a lot of producers that will take advantage of you... It is seared in my brain forever.

- Allison Schroeder

I Think Woman Imprint

I think you leave your imprint on every screenplay. I like to bring my experience as a woman to all my female characters that hopefully makes them a little more layered and complex.

- Allison Schroeder

Think Going Over

You think NASA is going to be cutting edge, but they've got so many buildings that are just left over from the '60s. It's old.

- Allison Schroeder

Surrounded Cats Sofa

I write in my pajamas on my sofa surrounded by my cats. It's a bit isolating.

- Allison Schroeder

Think I Think Audience

I think a broader audience is really amazing. If there's no need for curse words or darkness, why go there? Why not make it PG?

- Allison Schroeder

Before Role Same Thing

Little girls and little boys need to have role models to look up to and know that, 'I'm not the first one. I'm not having to do this for the first time ever. Others have blazed the trail before me, and I can follow in their footsteps and do the same thing.'

- Allison Schroeder

Bus Yellow Hop

In high school, I was selected for NASA's Math & Science program. I'd hop on the yellow school bus and head up to Cape Canaveral.

- Allison Schroeder

Literally Software Mercury

I interned at NASA for five years, and I grew up in Cape Canaveral, and my grandfather was an engineer on the Mercury capsule, and my grandmother was a software engineer. I literally grew up playing on the Mercury capsule prototypes.

- Allison Schroeder

Tend Hitting Points

I'm a stickler for structure. So I tend to make sure I'm hitting certain points in the script and that I'm progressing and moving things along. You know, are the characters keeping the plot moving along? And are they true, and do I know their motivations?

- Allison Schroeder

Film School Screenplays

When I switched to screenplays - 'cause I had done musicals and plays - the first assignment in film school was, you have to write a silent film. And it's tremendously helpful to learn how to do that because dialogue can be a crutch. If you can master a silent film, you're golden.

- Allison Schroeder

Very Stories Tell

People tell me I'm very ambitious right now. But I just have a lot of stories in my head, and why can't I do them all?

- Allison Schroeder

Need Show Slaves

In a lot of movies, African-Americans are either maids or slaves, but that's not all they were. We need to show that. And we can't keep erasing history.

- Allison Schroeder

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Like Honey

Tiggers don't like honey.

- A. A. Milne

Think Like Doing

When you boil down the real facts and statistics of what carbon dioxide is doing to this planet... to not feel like you have to do something... I don't think you're human.

- A. J. Buckley

Think Like Movies

I really like suspenseful movies and movies that make you think.

- A. J. Cook

Like Love Movie

I really like 'The Three Kings' DVD. I love that movie and all the extra footage and documentaries.

- A. J. Cook

Like Project Particular

'The Fight Club' DVD is great. I like anything that has really good extras because as an actor, it's really great to see the behind-the-scenes stuff and see how different actors approach their particular project.

- A. J. Cook

Like Almost Role

It's so easy to get used to playing a role. Then all of the sudden when you're tossed out of it, it's almost like you have to remember how to act again!

- A. J. Cook

Like Some Dedicated

I have some amazing fans! They're just so dedicated and so nice and so sweet. I'm, like, no one and I'm just starting out, and these people appreciate your work and it's nice to hear that.

- A. J. Cook

Like Need Asians

We need more diversity - we need more African-Americans on screen, Latinos, Asians, different religions. We have to be better about reflecting what our world looks like.

- Allison Schroeder

Give Muslim Asians

People's identities as Indians, as Asians, or as members of the human race, seemed to give way - quite suddenly - to sectarian identification with Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh communities.

- Amartya Sen

Proud Tell Asians

I'm proud of my roots. There are not many Asians in the music industry so it's important for me to tell people where I'm from.

- Coco Lee

Been Asians Asian American

Working on 'Fresh Off the Boat' has been really enlightening to me because it's made me actually think about the roles that Asians and Asian-American women have played in media. Not because I didn't think it was important before, but because before, I was really focused on just paying my rent.

- Constance Wu

Bad Movie Asians

I felt pretty good growing up. I didn't feel a lot of prejudice or racism. But I do remember, if there was going to be a movie or a television show with Asian characters, I would go out of my way to avoid them, because they portrayed all Asians as either ridiculously good or ridiculously bad; you know, the whole Charlie Chan-Fu Manchu thing.

- David Henry Hwang

Very Codes Asians

People like to say that East Asians in general, and Japanese in particular, are not very expressive: there's that term 'inscrutable.' But often, Europeans just don't get the Asian codes. Believe me, the message is being expressed OK.

- David Mitchell

Think Possible Asians

I didn't think it was possible for Asians to be actors.

- John Cho

Like Need Certain Way

I don't like labels. I don't understand the need for them. When you define yourself a certain way, people have expectations.

- Eddie Huang

Need Rest Sad

Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don't know the answer, I know only that I can't.

- Elizabeth Wurtzel

Need Strong Leaders

Strong people don't need strong leaders.

- Ella Baker

Need Definitely Joy

We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.

- Ellen DeGeneres

Think Need Shift

The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.

- Ellen DeGeneres

Work Need Your

Regardless of your support, you need to make work.

- Ellen Gallagher

Need Separate Impact

Black history isn't a separate history. This is all of our history, this is American history, and we need to understand that. It has such an impact on kids and their values and how they view black people.

- Karyn Parsons