“I think my experience as a kid working at the opera was very imaginative and very escapist for me. You’d go in a stage door and leave the weird world of Manhattan behind and go into this amazing world of costumes and different centuries of music, and it was very larger-than-life, and exactly where I wanted to be. I think it really trained me, not only to have a respect for the material and the person who wrote it.”
"My mother’s bipolar, and my father’s an alcoholic. He takes what he pleases and he offers nothing. No money, no support. I’ve done what I could to help raise my siblings. I wish I could’ve done more. I’m not asking for your pity or your admiration. I just want to be able to give these kids everything they deserve because they’re great kids. And they deserve better."