“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
Chris Pratt on His Failed ‘Superman Returns’ Audition: “It just goes to show that it’s all divinely planned”
The old adage that things have a way of working out for the best still applies to some of the most popular actors on the planet, too.
“That was something that I thought, I can grab onto that. I can run with that.” – Karen Gillan on Her ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Audition
“People sometimes talk about me as being a brand, having a strategy and whatever else. I wish.” – Emma Watson
“that’s what I left wrestling to do, was act.” – Dave Bautista
“I guess the truth is, for me, no matter what recognition I get, I think I am always going to question myself.” – Brie Larson
“Generally, every morning, I have to start from scratch.” – Bill Nighy on Being an Actor
Oyelowo explains how he approached a key scene where he had to give a speech defending his character to his people.
“I see some people that have talent and something to offer but they get in their own f*cking way sometimes.” – Michael Shannon
Michelle Pfeiffer: “I’ve always had this feeling that one day they’re going to find out that I’m really a fraud”
“I still work pretty instinctually—it’s a little bit like hearing the rhythm of the character in your head.” – Michelle Pfeiffer
“I feel being Renton again, he was just waiting inside me to come out.” – Ewan McGregor
“My ambition is to keep the audience guessing…that is my path to a long career.” – David Oyelowo
“It’s difficult to keep an audience engaged unless they see some vulnerability or some weakness.” – Guy Pearce
“I loved shifting from character to character, type to type, emotion to emotion.” – Patrick Stewart on His Early Acting Career
Hedges reveals how a failed audition jumpstarted his career and how he mastered that tricky Boston accent for the Massachusetts-set film.
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