I create a workbook by which I go through and write down everything every other character says about my character, what I say about myself and others
"I still work pretty instinctually—it's a little bit like hearing the rhythm of the character in your head." - Michelle Pfeiffer
"Even though you're on a giant movie with a huge budget and strange costumes, you're still on a hunt for the truth of the character..." - Chris Evans
"There’s so much to nonverbal communication that I have yet to really understand as an actor" - Woody Harrelson
Dern reveals that she is simply following the advice given to her by her actor parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, decades ago.
"When people ask me, ‘What was your big break?’ I say it was going to Julliard." - Laura Linney
"It’s difficult to keep an audience engaged unless they see some vulnerability or some weakness." - Guy Pearce
"The only thing that works is hours and hours of saying them over and over and over again" - David Oyelowo
"Start with yourself and see what kind of lines up with the character" - Jeff Bridges
One way Mahershala Ali - especially while working on multiple projects at once -is that he makes music playlists for each individual character
"On Game of Thrones, [Drogo] doesn’t say much. So how do you convey him? There’s nothing in the script." - Jason Momoa
"A lot of people say, ‘What’s more important: acting, singing or dancing?’ And I say, always acting." - Sutton Foster
"I have to find an identifier, a silhouette which immediately radiates something for me." - Tom Hardy on Creating a Character
"I’ve always stuck to a similar approach with each job. Show up on time and prepared, and pay attention." - Viggo Mortensen
"I listen to music of the time and I only deal with family and friends that are on the film" - Octavia Spencer
"I really think about acting in two different parts. There’s convincing and not convincing acting." - Tom Hardy
"When I suddenly feel like I can't find my footing, I listen to a song or look at a photograph or read an essay, and reconnect with what I felt the essence of the character was." - Greta Gerwig
Ritter speaks about her relationship with Ballentine, how her support helped her survive in LA and how it has made her a better actress.
Ali points out that having anxiety or fear about a role shows that he's getting close to finding his character.
"What would I do if I was in the circumstances of that man, that woman, that child, that android?" - Tom Hanks