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Pain doesn't have a face and pain doesn't have a certain way of adjusting. Pain is universal.

Pain doesn't have a face and pain doesn't have a certain way of adjusting. Pain is universal.

Every role is a potential lover. I ask: Are they someone I want to wake up to in the morning and go to bed with at night? Do they question my assumptions about life? Consume me to distraction? Make my cry, then clown to make me laugh again? If I say yes, then it's all I need. ---->>>

I don't think that a vote for Barack Obama is a symbolic thing. I think it's much more than that. It's not just a black man. It's not just a feel-good vote. It's the idea of electing someone who really does want to make a difference. ---->>>

Black women are supposed to be 'strong,' but the burden of carrying our race and carrying our families adds the pressure. ---->>>

I'm not married, nor do I want to be. I'm the loving kind but not the marrying kind, though I am romantic. ---->>>

I think a film is a failure if it doesn't have an emotional effect. That's the film's failure. Not if it doesn't deliver a message, but if it doesn't have emotional effect or visceral effect. ---->>>

I think that when a film does its job, it poses questions rather than gives answers. It should act as a frustrating counselor who, at your bidding for advice, says, 'What do you think?' I think that's some of what the culture critic Greg Tate meant by art leaving a 'metaphysical stain.' ---->>>

Too many people I've loved dearly have left this earth. And some I've lost are still here breathing the same air. That grief can be comparable if not worse in its consumption. ---->>>

I love playing different characters and things that are challenging. I'm not interested in safety at all. That's what makes me get up in the morning. ---->>>

Sitcoms are incredibly limiting. When you do a sitcom and it becomes a signature part for you, it's harder to do something else; but if you do a drama, you can get lost in it and have a role to do other things. ---->>>

The roles that I feel I get, or handed to me, or whatever, are not that interesting. I don't think it's a problem that's specific to black women. I think it's a problem that's specific to movie-making in America. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-21, 1969
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Occupation: Actress
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Aunjanue L. Ellis (born February 21, 1969) is an American film, stage, and television actress, and producer. She began her acting career in theater, and made her film debut in Girls Town. She later had leading roles in a number of independent movies, and co-starred in several mainstream films. Ellis is best known for her roles in films Men of Honor (2000), The Caveman's Valentine (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), Ray (2004), The Express (2008), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) and The Help (2011) (wikipedia)