Category: Actors on Acting

Dylan O’Brien on His ‘Maze Runner’ Injury and Working with Michael Keaton on ‘American Assassin’

"Getting to play a character over a lengthy period of time is always a pleasure, especially if you like the character." - Dylan O'Brien

Billy Eichner on His Unsuccessful Past as a Child Actor: “I was too tall. I was too this. I was too that”

Eichner reveals that he turned to comedy because his initial forays into acting proved unsuccessful.

Eddie Izzard on Creating a Character: “I should be able to come off script and improvise”

"The better you researched it – the better you are into the character before you land on the set, the easier it’s going to be. " - Eddie Izzard on Preparing for a Role

Mackenzie Davis on Breakthrough ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Role: “It was one of my very first jobs. I was so nervous”

"When I started this job, I remembered looking up “how actors prepare for parts” because I just didn’t know!" - Mackenzie Davis

Michael Keaton on Choosing Roles: “If you overthink the money part, you tend to mess it up”

Keaton explains why material is so much more important to him than money.

Bill Skarsgard on Playing Pennywise in ‘It’: “It was by far the most exhausting character I’ve ever done, physically and mentally”

"I was equally as excited as I was terrified when I booked the job, because now these people expected me to pull it off." - Bill Skarsgard

Sophie Turner on Falling in Love with Acting and Playing Sansa on ‘Game of Thrones’

"To be able to flesh out a character for over eight or so years has been really amazing." - Sophie Turner on Playing Sansa Stark

Kit Harington on Playing Jon Snow: “You take every scene as it comes”

"You just look like an actor wanting to change the character if you then go back and betray what your first instincts were." - Kit Harington

Dave Bautista on Shooting the Low-Budget Film, ‘Bushwick’

Bautista spoke about why he took the role even though he didn't initially like the script and what he brought to the character.

Griffin Newman on ‘The Tick’: “When I got the call back and I moved along in the process, it made me more desperate to be part of it.”

"My lifelong quest has been to figure out how sad you can make things, and also be funny." - Griffin Newman

Aidan Gillen on Auditions, ‘Game of Thrones’, and Having a “Pinball” Career

"I've never been good at auditions and I've never really gotten many jobs from auditions." - Aidan Gillen

Ewan McGregor on Playing Two Characters on ‘Fargo’: “It’s a great challenge as an actor, and there’s something very satisfying about it”

"...the challenge for me really as an actor was to try and play the two parts without it being a hindrance to the audience." - Ewan McGregor

Sterling K. Brown on Becoming an Actor: “You get bit, and you just keep chasing that”

"I was used to being 'that dude from that show, who got shot in that episode'" - Sterling K. Brown

Richard Dreyfuss on Winning an Oscar: “You’re riskier when you’re on the hunt”

"I had no doubt of my eventual success." - Richard Dreyfuss

‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser on Getting Cast as Barb

"I had never booked anything, gotten close calls, and then one day I got an email about this new show called Stranger Things, asking for a tape." - Shannon Purser

Watch: SAG Conversations on Broadway with Andy Karl

Karl recalls his highs and lows on stages and reveals the charming side that has made him a huge star.

Watch: SAG Conversations with Alexander Skarsgard of ‘Big Little Lies’

Skarsgard talks about his career and work on HBO's 'Big Little Lies'

Jane Lynch: “I was 40 by the time I started making money at this”

"I love to act; it's my calling if there's such a thing." - Jane Lynch

Andy Serkis on Performance Capture: “You can’t be vain and do this”

"Acting is acting at the end of the day, but playing these kinds of characters, there's an element of being fearless to play them." - Andy Serkis