Category: Actors on Acting

Sam Rockwell on Typecasting and One of His Worst Auditions

"I’m kind of a workhorse. It takes a toll" - Sam Rockwell

Rachel Bloom: “The way that I learned comedy was not rigid, but this very specific technique taught by the Upright Citizens Brigade”

"I went from being a person who was doing moderately successful videos online and working as a moderately successful TV writer and aspiring to do this to having a Golden Globe." - Rachel Bloom

Lee Pace Hosted ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Table Readings at His Home: “It finds its way into the work”

"I come from theater, and that’s my favorite part of doing a play, just rehearsing it." - Lee Pace

Gary Oldman on His ‘The Darkest Hour’ Performance and His Acting Heroes

Oldman spoke about playing Churchill and avoiding doing impressions as an actor.

Pierce Brosnan: “When you see great acting and good acting, it’s just intoxicating”

"It’s a capricious old game, the world of being an actor. The pitfalls are many, and you have to be tough as old boots to stay at the table." - Pierce Brosnan

D’Arcy Carden on the Complicated Audition Process for ‘The Good Place’

"I’d never done an audition like this before. For one, we didn’t get a script. And two, the sides were fake. " - D'Arcy Carden

Eric Stonestreet: “A tried and true process of who gets jobs is based on personal taste”

"In TV, I never wanted my size to be the butt of the joke, or my bigness." - Eric Stonestreet

Domhnall Gleeson on Acting: “I think the key is not to be comfortable”

"As an actor, you should feel like you’re wrestling the material, like it’s using up your energy and your resources." - Domnhall Gleeson

Sonny Valicenti of ‘Mindhunter’ on His Audition and Potentially Playing a Serial Killer

"The character that I play, and the behavior that he exhibits, was kind of all that I was told." - Sonny Valicenti on His Audition

‘The Tick’ Star Griffin Newman on Acting in a Superhero Suit

"You very quickly realize there’s a certain iconography and a power to wearing one of these suits." - Griffin Newman

Why Idris Elba Believes His “best performance is yet to come”

"There was a time when I was a job actor and I didn’t know what I wanted to learn from it – I just wanted to get paid." - Idris Elba

Frances McDormand on “Being the Other” Actress

McDormand talks about her unique approach to her career and uses her latest acclaimed role as an example.

J.B. Smoove Tells the Story of His Audition For ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

"You don't know how the universe is gonna work for us. But all this plays a part in our journey" - JB Smoove

Watch: Denzel Washington Explains Why He Passed on a Role Early in His Career

Washington explains why he turned down a role -- and how it worked out for the best.

Eddie Izzard on Learning to How to Be an Actor

"The bottom line of drama is to be truthful, the bottom line of comedy is to be funny, and they are different." - Eddie Izzard

Willem Dafoe on Choosing Projects and Why He Doesn’t Do Television

Dafoe spoke about why he seeks out unique projects... and why that doesn't include television work

Evan Peters Explains Why ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Has “Pushed Him to the Limit”

"I've never worked this much in my life, period, and I've never been in the show this much and had so much thrown at me." - Evan Peters

Jason Isaacs on the Highs and Lows of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

"Weirdly, I don’t look at the lines ever before I go to set. You can always absorb it during rehearsal." - Jason Isaacs

Idris Elba on Acting in Aaron Sorkin’s Directorial Debut: “I winged that performance, if I’m honest”

Elba makes two surprising admissions about his lack of readiness for the role and his belief that he wouldn't be on Sorkin's radar.

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