ACTING QUOTES

quotations about acting

Acting quote

I find that's one of the great things about acting--you have the opportunity to stand in somebody else's shoes, whether it's someone with mental health problems or someone who lives and works in a small town. Each character faces a dilemma in her life, and as an actor you're able to step into that character's skin, look through her eyes. You leave transformed, a different person, because once you live a little bit of someone's life, it changes you.

SALLY FIELD, Ability Magazine, Feb. 2009

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I love acting because it's this space where dreams can be realized, fantasy comes to life, and there are no limitations on what's possible.

JESSICA ALBA, The Honest Life

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Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.

MARLON BRANDO, New York Times, Jul. 2, 2004

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For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.

ETHEL BARRYMORE, attributed, The Theatre in the Fifties

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The actor is an athlete of the heart.

ANTONIN ARTAUD, The Theatre and Its Double

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The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing.

RALPH RICHARDSON, The Observer

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I give myself to my parts as to a lover.

VANESSA REDGRAVE, Time Magazine, vol. 89, 1967

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An actor can practice anywhere any time with anybody, and most of them do.

ARCHIE GOODWIN, Death of a Dude

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Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

GEORGE BURNS

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Film is a time capsule. If I have a lack of dedication or focus, it's permanently there as a negative reminder.

ADRIEN BRODY, Men's Health, Dec. 2005

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Good actors, never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.

JESSICA ALBA, Elle Magazine, Dec. 2010

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Acting is a marvelous profession ... If you can spend enough time playing other people, you don't have to think too much about your own character and motivations.

DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Hours

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I used to have a certain dislike of the audience, not as individual people, but as a giant body who was judging me. Of course, it wasn't really them judging me. It was me judging me. Once I got past that fear, it freed me up, not just when I was performing but in other parts of my life.

JULIE ANDREWS, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 2000

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There are always going to be more actors than anybody can ever use.

EDWARD ALBEE, WNBC TV interview, Jan. 9, 1966

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A defective voice will always preclude an artist from achieving the complete development of his art, however intelligent he may be.... The voice is an instrument which the artist must learn to use with suppleness and sureness, as if it were a limb.

SARAH BERNHARDT, The Art of the Theatre

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For almost every character I've played in the 43 years I've been working as a professional actor, I've found parts of myself. We are all bipolar in the tiniest essence of what it is. We are all multiple personalities, in a sense, and to be healthy mentally, I think, learning what those multiple personalities are and inviting them in your life is really important.

SALLY FIELD, Ability Magazine, Feb. 2009

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Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting's just waiting for the custard pie.

KATHARINE HEPBURN, attributed, The Book of Poisonous Quotes

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In a close-up, the audience is only inches away, and your face becomes the stage.

MARLON BRANDO, The New York Times, Jul. 2, 2004

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It's not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.

INGRID BERGMAN, attributed, Halliwell's Filmgoer's and Video Viewer's Companion

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Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. Quitting acting, that's the sign of maturity.

MARLON BRANDO, attributed, Halliwell's Filmgoer's and Video Viewer's Companion

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