- 'It's probably the first time the tabloids got my life right!'
- ''The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.'
- 'I wish all men were like dogs.'
- 'I understand now that 'special love' exists between two people when the passions lie beneath the surface.'
- 'I think it's always best to be who you are.'
- 'I know that there is a God - the God within me that's always present and will protect me. I'm not afraid to climb any mountain, because I know that I'm protected. Even if I fall and die, I'm still protected. My faith is on that level.'
- 'Just to be true to myself, which is why I did this movie. I figured everyone was going to freak out and say, 'Why would you do that after Dorothy Dandridge?' My answer is 'Because I can.' And that feels really good to be comfortable saying that.'
- 'While being called beautiful is extremely flattering, I would much rather be noticed for my work as an actress.'
- 'Secretly part of me has always wanted to try cocaine, but I just couldn't imagine sniffing anything up my nose. It seems like that would hurt.'
- 'Blackness is a state of mind and I identify with the black community. Mainly, because I realized, early on, when I walk into a room, people see a black woman, they don't see a white women. So out of that reason alone, I identify more with the black community.'
- 'The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry.'
- 'Oh, my God. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. ... It's for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.'