You don’t have any kind of sense of being foolish when you are acting. When you’re younger you don’t want to look a fool, so you don’t do things that might make you vulnerable.
I’ve been in the studio experimenting on making a CD of my own. I’m trying out different producers, styles, sounds. With music, as opposed to acting, you are not playing a character. You are showing people who you are. I really want to have my spirit in it.
Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.
Suddenly, I realised: this was what I wanted to do. I didn’t know how to do it; I just knew acting felt right.
Initially I probably didn’t even call it acting, but dressing up or something. As a kid I think you fully imagine the world in which you want to inhabit, so you put some clothes on and just kind of freely imagine this world, and it’s a total imaginary world.
There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring.
If we ever do end up acting just like rats or Pavlov’s dogs, it will be largely because behaviorism has conditioned us to do so.
Acting is the physical representation of a mental picture and the projection of an emotional concept.
Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come – and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance.
Literally, I think I’ve quit acting three or four times, only for a few days. Maybe for a few weeks.
I went to college for one semester, and I took every subject I could, and I ended up failing. So I thought to myself, Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved expression – and that’s when I started thinking about acting.
It’s got to do with putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.
About 10,000 years ago, males and females were acting equitably and were treating one another as equals, and then males took over the power, because they have physical power and physical strength.
The good thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes… It’s not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.
I don’t mean to sound – I don’t want it to come out funny, but I don’t like show business. I love – I love acting in films. I love it.
The one thing I learned the most about acting is it takes a tremendous amount of courage to go there and stand still. It takes courage and guts to step out of your mind frame and depict something.
I’m not done with acting but do find my hands full with my current responsibilities. Soon, sometime soon.
People do more important jobs than acting in film that should be recognised, but for some reason it’s big money, so people are elevated in status. If I was a bus driver, I’m sure you wouldn’t be interviewing me.
I guess Species was a movie made for me and hence I bagged the role. In fact even when acting, I never thought the outcome would be so good which I think it was! The entire role was a challenge. I was to be this strange yet sexy thing which was challenging!
Not taboo – it’s just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd – they’re movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
I think I’m an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist.
Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. Quitting acting, that’s the sign of maturity.
I think theatre helped, only because it was acting experience. I got to work with a lot of directors.
For me, acting was a way of releasing all of this stuff that I had inside – and a way for me to tell the stories of the people I knew, so that their spirit could live through me.
I feel lucky. I think acting can help to keep you young. It does make you feel there’s meaning in your life.
It’s fun being able to suit up and go and kick butt and not have to worry about memorizing dialogue. It’s a whole different way of acting because you’re not depending on the words at all, you’re really depending on everything else that you have.
I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.
Acting is easier than skating in a way and harder in other aspects. In skating, you get one chance, and with acting you get to do it over and over.
I had heard about how people struggle and how hard it is to get into acting. But I did not care because it’s something I love.
We’ve got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. Your guy’s acting like he’s king. His dad was at a 90 percent approval rating and he lost! And the same thing can happen to him!
Shakespeare in Love… such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I’m a sucker for the accent.