Category: Actors on Acting

David Oyelowo: “You sort of need to pummel and plow away for longer, as a black actor, to get a degree of fame”

"I have concerns, I have hopes, you know, and that’s what you want to see in a character.” - David Oyelowo

Wendell Pierce: “I tell people all the time, get some training and become a student of your craft”

"I always said I studied to try to develop an acting muscle. The key I always thought to my career would be diversity." - Wendell Pierce

Gillian Jacobs on Returning to Theatre and Why Juilliard Wasn’t For Her

"I wanted to challenge myself again. I wanted the rigor of having to be word perfect, of not being able to pull the panic button and say 'Cut!'" - Gillian Jacobs

Watch: SAG Conversations with David Harbour of ‘Stranger Things’

Harbour talks about working on the series, acting with the mostly-youthful cast, and how the success of the series has impacted his career.

Bill Hader on Becoming an Actor: “I was afraid of failing”

"When I went to the Sundance screening of The Skeleton Twins it was the first time I said, 'Wow, I'm an actor.'" - Bill Hader

Malcolm McDowell: “You’re only ever one phone call away from the part that will change your life”

"Comedy is just telling the truth. It’s the situation really that’s comedic. So really, it’s just finding the timing of that, which is where the laughs are." - Malcolm McDowell

Holly Hunter: “An actor’s career is in a constant state of metamorphosis”

"Acting is a tremendously insecurity-making profession. I always feel insecure and I always feel confident. They’re slammed up against each other and it’s a constant balancing act." - Holly Hunter

Naomie Harris on the Importance of Acting Education

"I feel incredibly lucky that I got the opportunity to make my mistakes, and learn vital lessons at drama school" - Naomie Harris

Logan Shroyer on His Audition for ‘This Is Us’

"To come onto a show as a young actor, I just wanna get better." - Logan Shroyer

Sam Rockwell on Acting, Choosing Roles and One of His First Auditions, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

"I think the thing about acting is, on any given day, we are certain aspects of ourselves" - Sam Rockwell

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Timothée Chalamet: “What scares me is being boring”

"At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just 'be.'" - Timothée Chalamet

‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville: “It’s so easy to make someone bad look good on film. In theatre, there’s no hiding place”

"Filming is different. You’re getting a moment right. You can go in and create something very good, very quickly. That’s a different challenge to having five, six weeks to rehearse a play.” - Lesley Manville

Chadwick Boseman on ‘Black Panther’ and How He Refocused His Career

"As soon as I came to L.A., things immediately shifted for me." - Chadwick Boseman

Bernadette Peters on Returning to Broadway and Why She is Still Trying to Improve Her Craft

"You have to do your best to fulfill the role, not fulfill yourself" - Bernadette Peters

Ellen Pompeo: “Acting, to me, is boring”

"Anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*ckin' skill." - Ellen Pompeo

Annette Bening on Starting Her Career Relatively Late and How It Influenced Her Acting Process

"It took me a long time to feel comfortable working in movies. I felt kind of like I was a stage actress pretending I was a movie actress" - Annette Bening

Jon Bernthal on His Approach to Acting and How Investing Himself into a Role Makes for Better Performances

"One of the drawbacks of playing the Punisher would be the high exposure. There’s a real downside to that as an actor" - Jon Bernthal

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