“All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go.” – Willem Dafoe
Browsing: Actors on Acting
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.
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
“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
“Sometimes when actors don’t get the part, it’s not always about an actor being a…
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
“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
“I come from theater, and that’s my favorite part of doing a play, just rehearsing it.” – Lee Pace
Oldman spoke about playing Churchill and avoiding doing impressions as an actor.
“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
“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
“In TV, I never wanted my size to be the butt of the joke, or my bigness.” – Eric Stonestreet
“As an actor, you should feel like you’re wrestling the material, like it’s using up your energy and your resources.” – Domnhall Gleeson
“The character that I play, and the behavior that he exhibits, was kind of all that I was told.” – Sonny Valicenti on His Audition
“You very quickly realize there’s a certain iconography and a power to wearing one of these suits.” – Griffin Newman
“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
McDormand talks about her unique approach to her career and uses her latest acclaimed role as an example.