Do you believe in angels?

"I Have Five Guardian Angels"
Oh, yes. Of course, I do. I had somebody tell me once that I had five guardian angels. And I was like, really! Five of them, eh? Okay, I'll take it.

My son is 12, and he knows that I believe in angels. I think they're all around us. Maybe that's magical thinking, but it's just something that I grew up believing in, and I think I sense it. I think they're there and I think that we have--whether they're guardians or guides. I don't know. These are kind of wonderful questions that will never be answered.

What is your image of one? Is it similar to the one that you played?

Dreaming About Angels
I try not to have real images because in my generation in growing up, we saw all these fantastic pictures of beautiful angels with long, flowing hair and big white wings and flowing white gowns. And I don't really know that it's that specific. I think it's more--it's a spiritual energy.

I had a really funny dream one time, where I saw three of them in this dream. You know, sometimes you have really involved dreams that go on and on and on. And I was at Notre Dame in Paris and I had been taken back to the past, to the Middle Ages, because I wanted to see what the Middle Ages looked like. And, so, I woke up with these three images of these beings that were there. And they were not flowing, not in big white--well, they did have wings, but they were more like people. I thought, oh, I wonder if that really was them.

And what do you think?

Well, I try not to think about it too much. I try just to feel what I was supposed to learn from that.

Turning to "The Astronaut Farmer," is there anything in your life that you've dreamed of so badly, like Charlie Farmer's dream of going to space; anything that you just couldn't let go of it, despite whatever obstacles you'd face?

On Being a Professional Actress
That's how I've lived my life. My dream was to be a professional actress. It wasn't about fame or money, because I knew that that would sort of come along with that if you were going to act in movies. Money I knew would be sporadic. I was kind of prepared for that. But I loved movies. And that's what I wanted to do. And I think that's one of the things that I came here to do, was to communicate through that medium and to be creative in that medium.

And so, I've attained that. And I just want to be able to keep doing that as long as long as I can. It's a career. You know, I want it to be a life-long career.

And the other was to have children. I really wanted to be a mother. I only had one, but that's fantastic.

So I have my dreams. It's a matter of maintaining them and nurturing them. Because you don't just get your dream and then you move on. What do you do with it when you have it? So, you have to nurture it and maintain it.

You found your biggest fame in the last few years. Looking back, how do you think your perspective is different now than when you first started out? Is your attitude toward finding fame is different having done it, you know, after 20 years of acting?

It's pretty much the same. I always thought that you'd have to be a good business person to protect the artistic side of yourself. But I think I'm a better business woman now, certainly, than I was then.

The thing is, you can't really seek fame. You know, it's not really [something] that comes along with it just because of the medium. It can't be your driving force because it doesn't really do anything for your artistic side. It does something for your film if it's widely popular. And that's great for not just me, but for everyone involved in making the film.

But that's why I love film, because it's not just about the actor. I like working in groups. I always have, since I was a child. I like working as a team. And making movies is an enormous team effort. And I like that I'm just a small part of that.

If you do theater, theater, in the end is just about you. It's just about the actor and the writer. But the performance is about the actor and the audience. But film is about all these different craftsmen that all go into making that image that you ultimately see on the screen. And I love that.

So, that's more my focus. Your focus can never be fame. You have to handle that in a really healthy way. You can't ever let that be your focus or concern.

In "The Number 23," Jim Carey's character becomes obsessed with that number and believes a book called "The Number 23" forecasts his future. Do you believe in that sort of numerology or the power of numbers?

No. No. I have no belief in numerology at all. Perhaps I don't know enough about it. Jim [Carey] has an interesting theory about "The Number"-- it's that he's not haunted by it or obsessed with it. He thinks it's delightful. And perhaps it's just like a little tap on the shoulder, sort of letting us know that there's something much larger than us at work. There's maybe a higher power.

But I think it's just a wonderful mystery that will never be solved. And my mother has a wonderful saying that she says, "God has a wonderful sense of humor." And I think that perhaps this is just God's little wink at us. It's true. He does. God has a great sense of humor.