“All performing is about control and discipline versus abandon and just letting go.” – Willem Dafoe
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.
Sam Rockwell on Playing His ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Character: “It’s all in the details”
Rockwell talks about getting into character for his role as an incompetent, small-town cop.
“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
“I’m kind of a workhorse. It takes a toll” – Sam Rockwell
Oldman spoke about playing Churchill and avoiding doing impressions as an actor.
“As an actor, you should feel like you’re wrestling the material, like it’s using up your energy and your resources.” – Domnhall Gleeson
John Carroll Lynch: “I seem to be asked to play complicated people. I bring a certain level of menace”
“If you want to figure out where you fit in the acting ecosystem, you look at where you would have fit into the generation that came before you.” – John Carroll Lynch
“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.
Dafoe spoke about why he seeks out unique projects… and why that doesn’t include television work
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.
“Getting to play a character over a lengthy period of time is always a pleasure, especially if you like the character.” – Dylan O’Brien
Keaton explains why material is so much more important to him than money.
Bill Skarsgard on Playing Pennywise in ‘It’: “It was by far the most exhausting character I’ve ever done, physically and mentally”
“I was equally as excited as I was terrified when I booked the job, because now these people expected me to pull it off.” – Bill Skarsgard
Bautista spoke about why he took the role even though he didn’t initially like the script and what he brought to the character.
“Acting is acting at the end of the day, but playing these kinds of characters, there’s an element of being fearless to play them.” – Andy Serkis
“You allow yourself to let go of the responsibility of having to hit anything.” – Oscar Isaac on Acting
“I discovered that acting was really a study of human behavior; what made people tick. And that fascinated me, and still fascinates me.” – Dennis Quaid