Michael Shannon on ‘Nocturnal Animals’: “From Day 1, I felt pretty locked into [the character]. It’s pretty mysterious”
"When you’ve got really great writing, it makes it easy." - Michael Shannon
"Start with yourself and see what kind of lines up with the character" - Jeff Bridges
"It didn’t occur to me to try acting it until I was, for an actor, relatively pretty old — 22 or 23." - Viggo Mortensen
Michael Fassbender on Finding a Character: “If I can make them logical to myself, then I apply them, and that’s really it”
Fassbender talks about his parents' concern about his action aspirations and why he reject the idea that he is an "intelligent actor."
"Breathing life into a character means celebrating and recognizing the fullness of them..." - Scarlett Johansson
Casey Affleck on Finding a Character: “It’s such an internal and complicated and still mysterious process”
"The fun part for me is endlessly talking about why does he do this, or why does he do that, or why doesn't he? I...
Mendelsohn spoke about playing one of the Empire's nefarious villains in the latest Star Wars film.
"I want to know everything about everything, and that's not possible and it won't be possible." - Andrew Garfield
"I do love movies but I love making them more. I've never found something professionally that engages me as much as that." - Ryan Gosling
Aaron Eckhart on Playing a Real-Life Individual: “I was always watching, always talking in his voice.”
"They're going to be judged based on your performance by millions of people." - Aaron Eckhart on Playing a Real Person
"I love the idea of doing a lot of takes because there's so many different ways that you can play scenes" - Adam Driver
Bryce Dallas Howard: "And my grandmother said to me, "Do you know what the rate of the average working actor in SAG is, in terms...
Natalie Portman: “I think you can’t judge your character when you play her, or else you wouldn’t be able to”
Portman speaks about the challenges with playing the famous First Lady.
"People ask me, 'Why aren’t you sweating?' And I say, 'Because I am making myself effortless.' The physical is key." - Aaron Eckhart
Viola Davis on Returning to ‘Fences’: “It was a chance and an opportunity to fix some things I never got right on stage”
"You know when you’re not getting it right, you know when you’re coasting." - Viola Davis
"When we did the screen tests, there were six of us all in this room waiting to audition. It felt like The Hunger Games." -...
Miles Teller: “Look, it’s tough when you’re a young actor. People aren’t really seeing the career that you’re going to carve out”
"I knew it was time for me to kind of evolve. Look, nobody tells you that. You just have to say now's the time." -...
Amy Adams: “I thought to be an actress you had to make people pay attention to you, and that’s just not my energy”
"I think the more people are concerned with me, the less they can invest in my characters." - Amy Adams
"It’s not about wanting to show I’m versatile. It’s just feeling that excitement of not knowing who a character is but figuring it out and...
"To do your best work with anyone, I think you need to feel safe and comfortable." - Actress Naomie Harris