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Lena (Character)
from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Lena: [in her first letter to Tibby] I think we may have been very, very wrong about the pants. The one time I wore them I almost drowned...

Carmen: [voiceover] It would be easy to say that the pants changed everything that summer. But looking back now I feel like our lives changed because they had to, and that the real magic of the pants was in bearing witness to all of this and in somehow holding us together when it felt like nothing would ever be the same again.
[pause]
Carmen: Some things never would be
Lena: But we know now that no matter how far we traveled on our own separate paths...
Bridget: Somehow we would always find out way back to each other.
Tibby: And with that, we could get through anything.
Bridget: To us. Who we were, and who we are. And who we'll be.
Tibby: To the pants.
Lena: And the sisterhood.
Carmen: And this moment, and the rest of our lives.
Carmen, Lena, Bridget, Tibby: Together and apart.

Carmen: Is it fair to bribe the driver to turn around and go back home?
Bridget: Oh yeah, with what money? Cause Tibby is the only one of us working this summer.
Tibby: Hey, hey, hey. I actually stacked my last shelf at Wallmans, thank you very much.
Lena: Congratulations!
Bridget: Does this mean there's gonna be a ceremonial burning of the smock?
Tibby: No, actually, Duncan took the smock, but I do have my nametag.
Bridget: Can we burn it?
[they all laugh]
Lena: Hey, how did your suckumentary turn out?
Tibby: Uh... uh... well, it actually evolved into something quite different than I expected, so...
Bridget: What are you gonna call it?
Tibby: [thinking for a minute] Hmmmm... Bailey.
[Tibby smiles and looks to Carmen, who smiles back approvingly]

Bridget: [excitedly] Oh my God, Lena!
Lena: [holding a picture of her and Kostas fishing] I know, isn't he gorgeous?
Bridget: I was referring to you holding a fish!

Lena: You don't even know me.
Kostos: But I'm trying to. Can't you see that?

Lena: Papou, I need to say something to you. You can pretend that you don't understand me, but I know you do. People have always said to me that I take after Yia Yia, that I have her face and her smile, but what no-one ever sees is that there's this whole other part of me that's just like you: quiet, and-and stubborn, and afraid of showing too much... and then I met someone who changed everything and he showed me that I can take a chance even when it's only for a moment...
Yia Yia: Lena!
Papou: Shh,
[Greek dialogue]
Lena: You had that same moment once, when you met Yia Yia and you risked everything for it. That was your chance, Papou, and I'm asking now to have mine.
[long pause]
Papou: [in English] Go.

Bridget: Don't you know that all the beaches in Greece are nude?
Lena: *What?*
[Lena knocks over a sales rack]

[from trailer]
Lena: All my life, everybody has seen me a certain way. What do you see?

Kostos: Some people show off their beauty because they want the world to see it. Others try to hide their beauty because they want the world to see something else.
Lena: And what do you see?
Kostos: Everything.
[they kiss for the first time]

Lena: [in her letter, after Kostas accuses her of being afraid to love him] He's right, Car. I am afraid. There's a part of me that wants to let him in but then I feel myself put this wall up and I don't understand why. Maybe that's what strikes me most about Kostas: that despite everything he's suffered he can still look at life in the most uncomplicated way. I've never known that kind of faith. It makes me so sad that people like Kostas and Bridget who have lost everything can still be open to love... while I, who have lost nothing, am not.

Carmen: Rule number 8, no double-cuffing the pants.
Tibby: Oh, good rule! That's so tacky... and you know what else is tacky? Tucking your shirt in when you're wearing a belt...
Lena: Ok, I do NOT do that any more, I did that ONE time.

[after rescuing her in the harbor]
Kostos: [Greek dialogue]
Lena: I'm sorry, I-I don't speak Greek very well.
Kostos: [in English] Well, we'll have to work on that, won't we?

Lena: [Lena is trying the pants on at Deja Blue]
Carmen: [shocked] Oh my God! Lena!
[whispers]
Carmen: You have a body!
Lena: [Lena stands in front of the mirror]
Carmen: [smirking] Lena Kaligaris, you have a body!
Lena: I do not!

Lena: Rule #7: Any removal of the pants must be done by the wearer herself.
[looks at Bridget]
Lena: [Bridget pretends to be offenced]
Lena: [laughs] Yes, you!
Bridget, Tibby: [laughing] Touche!

[Lena is trying on the Pants]
Carmen: Ay dios mio, Lena, you have a BODY!
[shocked]
Carmen: Lena Kaligaris has a body!
[everybody laughs]
Carmen: [laughing] When did this happen?
Lena: [annoyed] Shh! Stop it! I do not!

Lena: And Tibby... Well, Tibby kind of marches to her own drum. I'm kind of jealous of her.
Kostos: Why?
Lena: Well, because she knows who she is.
Kostos: Don't you?
Lena: I don't know. I think I know who I wanna be.

[Carmen is on the phone when her father is leaving]
Young Carmen: Lena, I don't think he's coming back this time.
Young Lena: It's gonna be OK, Carmen. I'll come over first thing tomorrow. And Tibby and Bridget, too. Just stay on the phone with me until you fall asleep.

Young Tibby: [filming] "What were they thinking?" Take 7.
[walks towards the camera]
Young Tibby: What were they thinking, having another baby at their age? And what was I, just some... experiment of their hippy days? And now it's time to start their real family?
Young Tibby: [turns to young Bridget] Go ahead!
Young Bridget: [walks towards the camera] They're out of their minds!
[goes next to young Tibby]
Young Carmen: [walks towards the camera] This sucks!
[goes next to young Bridget]
Young Lena: [makes a step forward] Totally...
Young Tibby: Cut!
[turns to young Lena]
Young Tibby: Lena, don't you see this is a tragedy? Can I get a bit *more* enthusiasm?


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
[from trailer]
Tibby: So Kostos isn't married. Why can't you just stop thinking about it and follow your heart?
Lena: Because... he broke my heart!

Kostos: We are no good at not loving each other...
Lena: I tried. I tried, but I couldn't.
Kostos: I tried too...

Lena: How do you say "lost pants" in Greek?
Yia Yia: Greek girls do not lose their pants!

Leo: Interesting jeans, Lena.
Lena: Oh... Yeah. It's a long story.
Leo: I like long stories... Well, maybe you could tell me over dinner sometime.
Lena: I like dinner.
Leo: Yeah?
Lena: Yeah.
Leo: Great.