Category: Actors on Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis on His “Final” Role in ‘Phantom Thread’: “The impulse to quit took root in me, and that became a compulsion”

"All my life, I’ve mouthed off about how I should stop acting, and I don’t know why it was different this time" - Daniel Day-Lewis

Adam Driver: “Basically, the only thing I try to do is know my lines”

"I never figure anything out. I do my job. That’s my goal, to be as economical as possible." - Adam Driver

Bryan Cranston, Robert Pattinson and Armie Hammer on Working with Others

"You know, it’s not imperative that you get along with your co-stars; it’s like your in-laws — it just makes things easier" - Bryan Cranston

Margot Robbie: “I do timelines and backstories, I work with a dialect coach, a movement coach and an acting coach”

"I need to be with other actors, then my focus is on what they’re doing and all I need to do is react to it. I’m too in my head if I’m on my own." - Margot Robbie

Lucas Hedges: “I feel like this responsibility to be a great actor, yet I have so much to learn”

"If I don’t go to work, I feel very lost and scared and confused." - Lucas Hedges on Acting

Not Getting Lead Roles Made Emilia Clarke a Better Actor

Clarke says that while she was beginning her career as an actress, she was routinely passed over for lead roles.

Jason Bateman Thinks He’s the “Worst” When Directing Other Actors

"I'm assuming they're doing the best job they can. I'm assuming that they're playing the part the way they want to play it." - Jason Bateman

Michael Stuhlbarg: “I don’t know if I’ve ever played someone who I’ve had absolute contempt for”

"Sometimes the work can be so hard that you have to remind yourself why you took the job in the first place" - Michael Stuhlbarg

Alicia Silverstone on ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ and Working on Broadway

"My agent called and said, 'You need to go on this thing. It’s worth it. You should start preparing immediately" - Alicia Silverstone

Denzel Washington on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and Why He Keeps Coming Back to Broadway

"I’m interested in different challenges, and challenging myself and just trying to get better." - Denzel Washington

Willem Dafoe: “I don’t think you can keep doing the same thing as an actor and be free”

"All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go." - Willem Dafoe

Mandy Patinkin: “I love doing research for any part that I do. That’s one of the most fun parts of being an actor to me”

Patinkin why he specifically sought a comedic project, the dedication he brings to his performances, and when his parents were finally convinced he could make a living as an actor.

Jodie Foster Recalls How She Got Her Role in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

Foster revealed how she landed the role as FBI agent Clarice Starling and why she only worked with her co-star briefly on set.

Laurie Metcalf on Acting: “I love it as much now as I did when I started, and I feel so lucky to be able to do it”

"I think that I experience things much more intensely when I'm acting. I get into the work and feel things very deeply, more so than I do in my own life." - Laurie Metcalf

Elizabeth Marvel: “It’s a lovely time to be a character actress!”

"I view myself as a facilitator more than anything. That’s always been my thinking as an actor. I’m there to facilitate the story and I’m there to facilitate getting the crew home to see their family." - Elizabeth Marvel

Linnea Berthelse on Her ‘Stranger Things’ Audition and Keeping Her Role a Secret for a Year

“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a bad actor; it’s about connecting to the material.” – Linnea Berthelsen Stranger Things is back on our screens with its second season, something fans have been waiting for ever since season one arrived on Netflix in 2016. Returning to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, we discover that there’s a lot of strange events still taking place, and also, a year on, a lot of the central characters have grown up. One character who is struggling with her place in all this, is Eleven (Millie ... Read more

Jonathan Groff on Playing King George III in ‘Hamilton’: “I rehearsed for about a day, and then went into the show”

Can you even imagine stepping into a role in one of the biggest Broadway hits of all time with barely any time to prepare?

Lina Esco on Playing the Only Female Officer on ‘S.W.AT.’: “I have to portray her as someone equal to all of the guys on her team”

"The important thing for me when I read scripts is how much respect I have for the character and how far I can take her" - Lina Esco