Andrew Garfield on What He Loves (and Hates) About Acting

Actor Andrew Garfield

“I want to know everything about everything, and that’s not possible and it won’t be possible.” – Andrew Garfield

The Hollywood Reporter recently did one of the magazine’s regular roundtables featuring actors who have been named in awards press. One of the featured actors was Andrew Garfield, who has received rave reviews for starring in Hacksaw Ridge. He also starred in Silence, a project Martin Scorsese has worked on for nearly three decades.

When asked during the roundtable what his favorite and least favorite thing was about acting, Garfield actually offered the same response. He explains, “I just like knowing everything I can. I love the fact that I get to train for a year as a Jesuit priest and then train to be a cop and learn how to make a rocking chair. I want to know everything about everything, and that’s not possible and it won’t be possible. I’m not ever going to reach it. Neil Young has a recurring dream where he has the perfect melody — and he wakes up every time and can’t remember it. And that’s what it is for me. There’s something to aspire to always, there’s somewhere further to go. And the thing that I hate about acting is — well, everything I just said. (Laughter.) The longing is so fucking painful sometimes.”

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