"I'm first and foremost an actor, because I love to act. I'm obviously not an actor for [awards]," she says. "Of course it's extremely exciting, and it represents that, wow, maybe I'll get to be in a couple more movies."
Ellen says the recognition has also given her a sense of choice, allowing her to choose roles she is really passionate about. "And that, [to] an actor at any age, is a massive gift."