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The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.~Aaron Sorkin


Character People Speak

When I was in school, sport was given utmost importance. I think it's fantastic for character building, for team playing, and I think it's a great profile for a nation. One in every six people on Earth is an Indian, and I look forward to the day when we can compete with the heavyweights of the sporting world and do well in the medal tally.~Abhishek Bachchan


School Day Character

A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing - when words won't do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern.~Aaron Sorkin


Best Character Words

I'm involved in some action scenes, so they'll train me for that. I'll be working with my acting coach to prepare for my character.~Aaliyah


Character Me Acting

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.~Abraham Lincoln


Adversity Power Character

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.~Abraham Lincoln


Tree Character Shadow

Even on your hiatus, you feel like you need to keep the character in the back of your brain.~Adam Driver


Character Brain You

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.~Aeschylus


Attitude Character Men

Good character consists of recognizing the selfishness that inheres in each of us and trying to balance it against the altruism to which we should all aspire. It is a difficult balance to strike, but no definition of goodness can be complete without it.~Alan Dershowitz


Good Character Balance

I am the character you are not supposed to like.~Alan Rickman


Character I Am You

So you can't judge the character you're playing ever.~Alan Rickman


Character You Judge

Any actor who judges his character is a fool - for every role you play you've got to absorb that character's motives and justifications.~Alan Rickman


Character Fool You

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.~Albert Einstein


Attitude Character Becomes

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?~Alexis de Tocqueville


Money Character World

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'~Alfred Hitchcock


Character Motivation Me

When you believe in God, you've got to believe in the all-powerful God. He's not just God, He's the all-powerful God and He has total control over everyone's life. The Devil, on the other hand, is a real character that's trying his hardest to tear your life apart.~Alice Cooper


Life God Character

Sometimes in my class I have people come in and do monologues inspired by people they know and I always find that to be useful to do specifics about somebody and then you're actually doing a character and not doing some random old lady or something.~Amy Poehler


Character People Doing

Don't let anyone make you believe the length of your skirt is a measure of your character.~Amitabh Bachchan


Character Believe You

You know when you watch old movies, it's always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air.~Amy Sedaris


Character Small Remember

When the OutKast sound changed and I started producing my own records, I would mirror what I thought that character doing that music would look like. As the sound got a little wilder, freakier and funkier, so did the clothes. Then when the sound got more sophisticated, the clothes changed again.~Andre Benjamin


Music Character Mirror

When I was in theater I was forever trying to inhabit a space which puts yourself under the microscope as an actor and your personality and your take on life, but actually through another portal of a character.~Andy Serkis


Life Character Personality

Originally, I thought, 'Gollum's such a fantastic character, why are you doing him CG? Surely you need to be able to humanise him as much as possible - he's so full of pathos and real emotion.'~Andy Serkis


Character Doing You

I don't see a difference between playing a performance capture role and a live action role, they're just characters to me at the end of the day and I'm an actor who wants to explore those characters in fantastically written scripts. The only caveat is a good story is a good character.~Andy Serkis


Good Day Character

'Cinderella' the cartoon scared me. I watched the bits with the mice, and the scenes with the stepsisters ripping her dress apart scared me. Cinderella was never even my favorite character in 'Into the Woods.'~Anna Kendrick


Character Dress Me

There's barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian-Wests haven't been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world's spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.~Anna Wintour


Strength Good Character

Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.~Anne Frank


Power Character Greatness

The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.~Anne Frank


Character Brainy Hands

Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.~Arnold Palmer


Success Strength Character

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.~Arnold Schwarzenegger


Life Strength Character

I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.~Arthur Conan Doyle


Children Parents Character

He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid.~Arthur Miller


Character Human Attention

The power of faith will often shine forth the most when the character is naturally weak.~Augustus Hare


Faith Power Character

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.~Augustus Hare


Character Information Own

I am not sure how much good is done by moralising about fairy tales. This can be unsubtle - telling children that virtue will be rewarded, when in fact it is mostly simply the fact of being the central character that ensures a favourable outcome. Fairy tales are not, on the whole, parables.~A. S. Byatt


Children Good Character

I'm a character actor.~Aaron Paul


Character Actor

Religion forbids us from assuming a God-like character. This is especially true in politics and government, where limiting the power of the state, division of powers, and the doctrine of checks and balances are established in order to prevent accumulation of power that might lead to such Godly claims.~Abdolkarim Soroush


Power Character Religion

For an entire populace, change, growth, and spontaneity were dangerous. Acting upon a personal desire, whispering a hidden longing, revealing your true feelings - all the human actions we think of as essential to a character - had be censored by the self lest they be punished by the state.~Adam Johnson


Change Character Growth

Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center.~Adam Johnson


Character Book World

There's no way the writing staff of 'Game of Thrones' haven't read 'The Art of War.' There's definitely an influence on 'Game of Thrones' from this book in both a general way and on the character of Lord Baelish and his strategies.~Aidan Gillen


Art War Character

I do what I can, but I'll always give it a shot. You're not going to see me playing a Welsh character any time soon, not because I wouldn't love to. I went up to Wales once and read for a film with Rhys Ifans, and haven't been asked back since. We did have a nice time on the train on the way back.~Aidan Gillen


Love Time Character

I wrote three mysteries and then a contemporary spy novel that was unbelievably derivative - completely based on 'The Conversation,' the movie with Gene Hackman. Amazingly, the character in the book looks exactly like... Gene Hackman.~Alan Furst


Character Book Three

Romeo is the most misunderstood character in literature, I think. He's hardcore to play because he's displaying the characteristics of Hamlet at the beginning, and, well, then everything else happens.~Alan Cumming


Character Beginning Play

I think I present a different side of a male character: a side that is not John Wayne-like, a side that is, in fact, destructible. To some people, that is refreshing, and to other people, especially if they don't know me, it may be disturbing.~Albert Brooks


Character May People

The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves.~Alice Miller


Children Parents Character

I think each character is different for me, but I am a director's actor. So if I get the right vision and right guidance from my director, I think sky is the limit for me.~Alia Bhatt


Character Sky I Am

When you're with another actor who's also been through five hours of prosthetic makeup, and you're eating another person's neck, and fake blood is being spurted out at you for two minutes, it's incredibly fun, and you're in character for that time. You can't really believe that that's your job.~Alexandra Daddario


Time Character Job

You wanna do a lot of backstory for your character - as an actor, you wanna research that. But on the show, it's fun to remain in that naive place as you go along, and be able to continue to discover things about your character as the writers come up with them.~Alison Brie


Character Fun Research

Whenever I've done a sketch in which I'm asked to play a mom, my brain goes to Minnesota. It makes the character seem matronly, warm, the kind of person that takes care of you and brings you Campbell's soup when you're sick. It's a great shortcut.~Allison Tolman


Mom Character Great

In real life, we do things out of character, constantly. A couple of days ago, my shoes were hurting, so I walked barefoot through New York. Someone who has known me my whole life would think that was so out of character. But I did it because of the circumstances.~Allison Williams


Life Character Shoes

My whole background is character acting: weird costumes, fat suits, playing men, playing animals - I've never played anyone with whom there's any overlapping Venn diagram.~Allison Williams


Character Men Acting

It's my job in Hollywood to find roles where I get to be a character not a bathing suit.~Amber Heard


Character Job Find

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.~Andre Maurois


Character Destiny You

What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels, the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary, and sought to make Him utterly believable, a vital breathing character.~Anne Rice


Son God Character

I think it's very important to write a demythologized woman character. My characters are flawed. They are no better than they should be.~Anne Enright


Woman Character Important

If you can just actually let the character be for a bit, then you get the right sense.~Anne Enright


Character You Sense

This character's entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn't recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn't read, because she doesn't read English.~Arthur Golden


Woman Character Book

During all of my writing career - this includes when I was writing plays and my other screenplays - I don't recall ever writing a negative character, which does not mean that my characters aren't flawed or do not make mistakes. In actual fact, they all are quite flawed.~Asghar Farhadi


Character Mistakes Writing

I used to live in Pillgwenlly, and there was this old Italian pizzeria that used to be there with a really amazing character who ran it.~Asif Kapadia


Character Amazing Live

A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.~August Strindberg


Life Character Man

I am super-proud to have a sort of famous character in my background that if you're a certain age, he was probably a part of your youth. I think that's pretty cool.~Adam Brody


Age Character Cool

I don't have a classical-music mentality. I haven't been taught that way, and it doesn't fit my character, either.~Agnes Obel


Character Way Taught

Few characters in history are indispensable.~Albert Bushnell Hart


History Characters Few

I remember once seeing a guy in the grocery store who looked so much like my character the Archangel Gabriel, I wanted to go up to him and say, 'Hey, put that Red Bull down. You've already got wings.' My friend had to sternly remind me that he was a stranger and I did not, in fact, create him.~Alexandra Adornetto


Character Remember Red

I think that's how any actor would make their performance convincing: by bringing an element of themselves into the character.~Alfie Allen


Character Performance

Character actors aren't a brand in the same way that high-profile leading men are.~Alfred Molina


Character Men Brand

Psychologically, I'll always be a fat girl because that's what my character is built on. I always got a buzz out of people telling me I was ugly. I went out of my way to un-beautify myself. I didn't want anyone's approval.~Alison Moyet


Myself Character Girl

Not in our make-up, to be sure - not in the pose which is preceded by the tantaras of a trumpet - do the essential traits in our character first reveal themselves. But truly in the little things the real self is exteriorised.~Ameen Rihani


Character Little Things

I really believed that if I could play that character, who is grounded in the earth and the history of the United States - not the kind of role I usually play - it would help me change the perception out there and my own perception of what I can accomplish as a performer.~Andrea Martin


Change History Character

There's a horrible fallacy that exists in the popular discussion of fiction these days: the idea that a successful central character need be 'likeable' or 'sympathetic'. It is surely more important that they be human, no? More crucial that they breathe?~Andrew O'Hagan


Character Successful Human

We started a movement... to build character, citizenship and confidence in young people.~Andrew Shue


Confidence Character Young

I feel more European than Belgian. However I do think that my Flemish roots have an impact on my character and culture.~Ann Demeulemeester


Character Culture Roots

If you change a character too much, the audience falls out of love with the character, but characters need to evolve and grow over the years.~Angela Kinsey


Love Change Character

Green Arrow was a very complicated character to take on because he has archaic weaponry. Catwoman, I think is more of a simple archetype to grasp, so it will be about nuance. But I think you need three or four issues before you say, 'Ah ha! Now I really know how to write this character!' You're carrying them around with you.~Ann Nocenti


Character Simple Green

I'm very much about stories that are fast but character development that moves slow.~Ann Nocenti


Character Development Fast

The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character.~Antonio Tabucchi


Character Important

That's right; I was watching 'From Russia With Love', one of my favourite Bond movies, and suddenly thought that I'd love to see a version of this from Tatiana Romanova's point of view. Or, better yet; what if she was the hero? What if this was her story, and Bond was just a side character?~Antony Johnston


Love Character Hero

My process is kind of intuitive - I think about how a character will speak according to their station and personality, occasionally making notes with guidelines for their mannerisms, and then I just sort of crack on and write it.~Antony Johnston


Character Personality

Our main character is Klem Ristovych, the most senior detective in the MCPD. Klem's a dinosaur, the oldest cop working the Fuse, and nobody can believe she hasn't retired yet. Hell, she can hardly believe it herself. But what else is she going to do? Sit at home and watch soap operas all day? She'd throw herself out of an airlock first.~Antony Johnston


Home Day Character

I have a new show now called 'The Bridge,' where I play a guy who's a real-life guy. My character's based on the life of a guy named Craig Bromell who was a cop for 12 years and then became head of the police association, so basically the president of the union for 85,000 cops.~Aaron Douglas


Life Character Police

I always try to make each character my own.~Aaron Lazar


Character Try My Own

For 'A Little Night Music,' I did try to get little bit more beefed up for that because I thought that would help me carry myself around the stage in that character.~Aaron Lazar


Music Myself Character

When I step into a character's shoes, I don't judge them. I make a conscious effort not to look from the outside in but look from the inside out, and when you do that it allows you to feel and sense things more, and act and react from a core, you know?~Abbie Cornish


Character Shoes Step

I'm about my characters.~Abel Ferrara


Characters About

Well, you know, I never want to feel like I have a set plan of what I'm supposed to do. I kind of like to go script by script, and if I like the character and like the story that's why I want to do a movie.~Abigail Breslin


Character Plan Want

I never want to play the same character twice. I like to do different roles. I have fun with that.~Abigail Breslin


Character Fun Want

With 'Smoke Signals,' the character was so much like me growing up. I lost my parents, and I wish I'd had an opportunity to find out where they were. So I was reflecting on how I grew up, that feeling of abandonment. That whole film was a reality that I always held back and kept to myself.~Adam Beach


Myself Parents Character

Acting has made me embrace my childhood. It's become some weird form of therapy. It's like I have a place where I can release all of these emotions. When I was playing Ira Hayes, I didn't have to think about the death of my parents directly. It's just there. I can blend it into Ira's character. I can use Ira's emotions as an outlet.~Adam Beach


Death Parents Character

It's much easier to come back as a recurring character. Because you already know his traits and who he is and what he's about.~Adam Beach


Character You Know

The process of rehearsal means you learn so much and really get the chance to develop your work on a character.~Adam Garcia


Work Character Learn

The Russo brothers are the best people ever, and they cast me in 'Happy Endings.' I did text Joe Russo to say, 'I don't think my character dies, so if you need a local news cameraman to show up in 'Captain America 2'... I know it doesn't make sense, but just hear me out on this!' He was really cool about it and turned me down right away.~Adam Pally


Best Happy Character

I think the least stereotypical gay character on television is probably Matt LeBlanc on 'Episodes.' He just plays it so straight-faced. They never talk about the fact that he's such a huge gay person.~Adam Pally


Character Gay Television

I don't think I'm capable of giving a character every possible victory, no matter how much I love them, without feeling as if their ending isn't genuine to their actual trials.~Adam Silvera


Love Character Victory

I saw 'Six Degrees of Separation' because my brother was in it. It was a watershed experience. It was theatrical and scary, and New York functioned like a character. John Guare became a hero for me.~Adam Rapp


Experience Character Hero

I'm always writing from some difficult place and seeing how the character survives... or doesn't.~Adam Silvera


Character Writing Place

Everything has to be clean and orderly when I sit down to write. I have candles going, and small objects that remind me of what I am working on, or bring me into the world of the character.~Adriana Trigiani


Character I Am World

The fact is I'm choosy, but mainly about a man's character. He has to be interesting, funny and clever. I don't even mind if he's not very good-looking.~Agyness Deyn


Funny Character Man

Generally, I think most of my writing tends to have some kind of magical element to it. That's the way I can access the emotional life of the character.~Aimee Bender


Life Character Writing

I would say that it's mainly about the director. It's a hard quality to find, but I always know whether I want to do something or not. The character is important to me, as is getting to work with people that I feel like I can learn from and make a great movie with.~Alden Ehrenreich


Work Character Great

Each film and each character is a completely new set of challenges. It doesn't feel like you can rest on something you may have done well in the past.~Alden Ehrenreich


Character May Past

There's a character that I play onstage, and I can't let him loose in the supermarket when I'm buying my beans on toast.~Alex Kapranos


Character Play Him

What your character does for a living is one of the most important choices you can make in a screenplay, even if their job is tangential to the story, because it tells you everything about the condition of their life. Are they doing what they love? Are they doing what they hate?~Alex Kurtzman


Life Love Character

The thing is when you play a character it's the persona you bring across from a book to film, or book to script to film. If I play Frank Sinatra, there's gonna be things I do in a movie that Frank might not have done, but it's the personality that comes across.~Alex Pettyfer


Character Personality Book

I never think about the next movie. I always think about the situation I'm in now, but you do think about an arc someone can go. I love Johnny Depp, I love 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' but I never wanted to play the same character over and over again.~Alex Pettyfer


Love Character You

Look, every actor has a different way of preparing or creating a character and yeah, we all are from different backgrounds.~Alex Pettyfer


Character Look Actor

It's a hard thing to age a character because you can't really suddenly give someone gray hair.~Alison Bechdel


Age Character Hair

Mrs. Miniver was an ordinary middle-class English housewife, a character created by Jan Struther when she was commissioned by the 'Times of London' to write a weekly 'cheer-up' article in 1937.~Alistair Horne


Character She London

I think, to me, I was always taught you never approach any character as a villain. Every human being on earth really believes that they're doing the best thing. We all have our rationalizations.~Alysia Reiner


Best Character Earth

I like to take a character and develop it.~Alison Lohman


Character Like Take

But, you know, it really depends on the character. Age doesn't really matter.~Alison Lohman


Age Character You

Often, I'll read a script and the female character's an extension or serves some sort of purpose in terms of the male character's narrative and it just isn't fully formed. But they will be very beautiful. Whether a secretary or a doctor or a vet, they will be very beautiful.~Andrea Riseborough


Beautiful Character Doctor

Allowing alternative narrative modes in popular entertainment may seem obvious, yet when you turn a pilot into the people upstairs and the main character isn't after what she wants by the top of page two, you get treated as if you've failed at writing.~Andrea Seigel


Character May Writing

Actors look for characters. If they read a well-written character, and if they think the director's not an idiot, they're going to sign up and do some acting.~Andrew Dominik


Character Acting Look

Bitumen, the new national staple, is redefining the character and destiny of Canada. Rapid development of the tar sands has created a foreign policy that favours the export of bitumen to the United States and lax immigration standards that champion the import of global bitumen workers.~Andrew Nikiforuk


Character Destiny Champion

I'm like a magpie. I use lots of different things to build a character.~Andrew Lincoln


Character Different Build

If you think of the people who are funny in your life, you'll note it's not because they tell jokes, it's because of their character. If you develop characters, then you'll know them, and you'll know how they'll speak. The comedy will come out of the character.~Anne Beatts


Life Funny Character

I refuse to work evenings or weekends. If a script sees my character meeting for dinner, I put a line through the words and make them meet for lunch.~Armando Iannucci


Work Character Words

I find it an easy way into writing pieces is to think what the character's voice is like, and start from there.~Armando Iannucci


Character Writing Start

I have about as much control over how I look as the guy who's short and looks more like a character actor - we both have the same drive to be actors and we both have the same drive to assume these different characters, it's just harder for me to get the chance because they look at me and say, 'Oh, he's this type,' and they stamp me.~Armie Hammer


Character Short Chance

When we were discussing 'Holby City, 'I told the producers that I wanted the Art Malik character to be honourable, and my other requirement was that he be a Muslim, because we need Muslims on TV.~Art Malik


Art Character City

When I was working on Eye of the Beholder, I played a character who is so aloof that my whole lifestyle became very aloof. If someone knocked on my door, there was a part of me that went into a rage, because I wanted to be isolated and alone.~Ashley Judd


Alone Character Eye

When a character bears the same name as the author it's just an invitation to have some fun.~Arthur Phillips


Character Fun Name

With the work that I do as a director, I've got dialogue, camera movement, and character blocking to help create a tone to the piece. In photography, those elements are somewhat void so that tone becomes a bit more subtle but still equally important.~Aaron Ruell


Work Character Help

I've been recognized very seldom. I think I just look different in person than I do as the character.~Aaron Stanford


Character Look Think

So my character on 'Tyrant' is a chap called Barry Al Fayeed, and he is the second son of a fictional Middle Eastern dictator. But, he has grown up since he was young in America. He's trained as a doctor. He's married a beautiful American girl, had two kids, so he's very much an American.~Adam Rayner


Son Beautiful Character

I get less and less sketching done at shows, as more and more people want to come up and talk or get stuff signed. Most requested character? Probably Catwoman.~Adam Hughes


Character People Want

I love it when you like a character, and then she does something you don't like, and you hate her for a while - then you love her again. I'd like to see her have unlikable moments that the audience understands and sympathizes with.~Adelaide Kane


Love Character Hate

I like the idea of a character that you wanna like even though you know he's making immoral choices throughout the film.~Adam Wingard


Character Choices You

Also, I'd like to play an athlete again, while I'm still physically fit, or a musician, like Nat King Cole, because I play the trumpet and sing. I'd like to incorporate that into a character.~Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje


Character King Play

The only way I know how to deliver is to focus; some people can turn it on or off - I'd rather stay in character.~Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje


Character Focus People

I create a playlist for each and every character that I play.~Adhir Kalyan


Character Play Create

What I try to do with the accent of any character I play is not necessarily to do something that's generic - an Indian accent and that's how it sounds, for example. I think the accent needs to sound authentic on this person.~Adhir Kalyan


Character Play Think

Perhaps because my background is theatrical, I have a great affinity with the classics. Hamlet has always been a character of great interest to me and a character I would really love to play. Or a character in a Tennessee Williams play, maybe Tom in 'The Glass Menagerie.'~Adhir Kalyan


Love Character Great

In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.~Adelbert von Chamisso


Character Eyes Blue

There are writers out there who say they're writing a second series, and then you pick it up and it feels exactly the same, only the lead character is blonde instead of brunette.~Alafair Burke


Character Writing You

My approach is always the same. I try to be as honest as possible. Find the real honesty and humanity in the character because even a fictional character is supposed to feel real. And my job is to find that reality and bring it to the screen.~Aldis Hodge


Character Honesty Job

I see myself as a character actor, and I've always been drawn to playing characters that are different from myself because acting is escapism for me. I've never been that comfortable playing people that are like me.~Alessandro Nivola


Myself Character People

I started off as an actor thinking that I would be this Romeo, this dashing leading man. It turns out that I'm a character actor.~Alessandro Nivola


Character Man Thinking

The characters are not allowed to change if you write a sitcom; they're not allowed to learn anything. There's all these sorts of rules, and you go, 'I just want to be able to write one character and then leave that behind.' Also, as a performer, and I may regret saying this, but it would be my own personal hell to be trapped in the sitcom.~Alice Lowe


Change Character May

'Flaubert's Parrot' is an amphibious book in which what appears to be a personal essay about Flaubertian writing is gradually, delicately transformed into an extremely sad novel in which the differences between character, author, and narrator are less clear than they appear at first glance.~Alvaro Enrigue


Sad Character Book

I always start from scratch with a character - they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people.~Amanda Burton


Character Great People

Acting is fascinating to me. I love unlocking the mysteries with characters and finding out what would be the most intriguing aspect of that character to exist in. Figuring out a person and getting to be a different person every day, hey - that's pretty lucky. I don't have to wake up and be Amanda if I don't feel like it. You know, that's fun.~Amanda Schull


Love Day Character

I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren't the only roles for people like me, normal girls.~Amber Riley


Character People Me

First of all, the actor needs to get out of the character's way. You follow the character without judgment or prejudice or preconceived ideas.~Amy Ryan


Character Ideas You

Losing yourself in the character opens you up in a way that no amount of precise preparation can.~Ana Gasteyer


Character Yourself Losing

'Ugly Betty' has been the most important thing I've ever done, easily. I was able to do more with one character than I can ever imagine doing again - Hilda was hilariously funny and emotionally deep... I really got to showcase what I could do with a character.~Ana Ortiz


Funny Deep Character

As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever plot a story. I try to write it from the character's point of view and see where it goes.~Andre Dubus III


Character Philosophy View

Imagination, it turns out, is a great deal like reporting in your own head. Here is a paradox of fiction-writing. You are crafting something from nothing, which means, in one sense, that none of it is true. Yet in the writing, and perhaps in the reading, some of a character's actions or lines are truer than others.~Amy Waldman


Character Great Writing

I love escaping into character. It's a chance to try on people that you wouldn't be brave or stupid enough to be in real life.~Andrea Corr


Life Love Character

Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.~Ann Beattie


Woman Character May

Good and bad are really arbitrary words when it comes to character.~Anson Mount


Good Character Words

I don't care about sympathy. I care about playing a character who's understandable and clear.~Anson Mount


Character Sympathy Care

It's really rare that you come across a Southern character that's not stereotyped, vilified or aggrandized.~Anson Mount


Character You Rare

I love the long-form format of television. I love being able to develop a character, over a long period of time.~Anson Mount


Love Time Character

In the years since I worked with John Hughes, there were many years where I literally had hundred of doors slammed in my face because I wasn't that kid anymore, and I wasn't a character actor, and I wasn't a leading man, and I wasn't whatever Hollywood was looking for.~Anthony Michael Hall


Character Man Looking

I've been lucky to play characters that are really broad.~Anton Yelchin


Play Lucky Characters

There've been many a season where I couldn't get work, and I think that you learn character development and you learn how to really want what you do in life when you can't really do it.~Anthony Michael Hall


Life Work Character

My favorite part is the preparation because you read on the page, you get this character.~Ashley Scott


Character Preparation You

There are many movies which come with an attitude of black and white. I am good and you are bad. And there are many movies that are also trying to see the reality as it is or to discover what really is behind the character or events.~Ashraf Barhom


Attitude Good Character

Moana is definitely a Disney character, which is something that I totally love. She's totally bad butt: really awesome. I think she really embodies it because I, as someone who has grown up, been born and raised on the island of Hawaii - so, the Big Island - I love my culture.~Auli'i Cravalho


Love Character Culture

Moana is such an amazing character. She's brave; she is so empowered. She knows what she wants, and she's not afraid to get it, and I think that's something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.~Auli'i Cravalho


Love Character Culture

In voiceover, all you have to worry about is your voice and practicing with your voice and then being able to understand what the situation and whatnot is happening. And you have endless amounts of film to perfect the character.~Atticus Shaffer


Character Worry Voice

When I get a role, I try to delve as deeply as possible into the character.~Alanna Ubach


Character Try Possible

I don't think my looks are modern. I always imagined I'd end up doing Chekhov, Ibsen and Shakespeare all my life and never play a contemporary character.~Alex Kingston


Life Character End

On 'Glee,' we often tackle the tough topics that young people face - in fact, my recurring character, Wade 'Unique' Adams, is a transgender teenager who finds herself navigating a lot of the same problems many young people face around the globe.~Alex Newell


Character People Unique

When you get into a film, it is one story and one set development of a character, and you are able to delve into one character for a short period of time and discover everything about them.~Alexander Gould


Time Character Short

Does my character hate Bree? Well, let's just put it this way. Bree hasn't seen the last of me. I gave that drunk gal a ride home a few episodes ago and she turned on me!~Alfre Woodard


Home Character Hate

And very often the influence exerted on a person's character by the amount of his income is hardly less, if it is less, than that exerted by the way in which it is earned.~Alfred Marshall


Character Influence Way

It is common to distinguish necessaries, comforts, and luxuries; the first class including all things required to meet wants which must be satisfied, while the latter consist of things that meet wants of a less urgent character.~Alfred Marshall


Character Class Meet

In film, the camera can get an array of shots so the audience can see the emotion the character is giving off. Using close-ups on the character's face really helps get the message across. On stage, you can't do that. But the stage has that live feeling that you can't get anywhere else because the audience is right there.~Alice Eve


Character Giving Live

On-screen relationships are the best because you don't have to worry about saying the wrong things. And if the guy's got a girlfriend, or I'm not attracted to him, it's even better. It's just my character kissing his character.~Alicia Witt


Best Character Worry

I just have that cop gene going on. I like strong women. I think a lot of women relate to strong characters, and a cop is still a strong character.~Ally Walker


Women Character Strong

I like strong women. I think a lot of women relate to strong characters, and a cop is still a strong character.~Ally Walker


Women Character Strong

I was a supporting character in other people's lives, which seemed right and familiar to me. I was also an outsider: English in the U.S., American in England, dogged yet comforted by that familiar feeling of alien-ness, which occupied that space where my sense of self should have been.~Allegra Huston


Character Self Space

When you're playing a character, as an actor or actress, you can't judge them for what they do. You really have to find what is in them that you have compassion for and fall in love with that character, regardless of what they do or how they behave.~Alyssa Sutherland


Love Character Compassion

I think that I have this core group of fans that fell in love with the character I played on Buffy and now they're following me to everything I do. They're very dedicated and loyal. I'm very lucky.~Amber Benson


Love Character Me

I think specifically because of the character that I played, people are very connected to her. I used to get letters from young gay and lesbian and trans-gendered kids saying, 'I didn't kill myself because of Buffy'.~Amber Benson


Myself Character People

I feel there's something about becoming a character that helps people understand themselves.~Amy Carlson


Character People Feel

Honestly, I get character ideas from the most inane places. Sometimes a song will give me an idea. Sometimes I will just hear a snippet of conversation that ends up having nothing to do with the book that emerges.~Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Character Book Me

Fame and success and titles stay with you, but they wear out eventually. In the end, all that you are left with is your character.~Ana Ivanovic


Success Character End

If you like quick put-downs and aggressive interactions with the audience, you will probably not enjoy the rambles of an unusual character act making jokes about cats for an hour.~Amy Hoggart


Character Cats Enjoy

To me, the psychology behind the character is critical. So I work very hard to get into the mind of the man that I'm going to be playing, because number one, I want to understand why he's doing what he's doing. It's essential, it's absolutely essential.~Andre Braugher


Work Character Man

Wong Kar Wai is a very intense character, very personable, and I believe in general he does not like and he would not want his actors to show their true looks and their true personality on screen.~Andy Lau


Character Personality

I guess that in a lot of ways, my writing is more of a character to me than something that I feel personally attached to.~Angel Olsen


Character Writing Me

Jake from 'Two and a Half Men' means nothing. He is a non-existent character.~Angus T. Jones


Character Men Nothing

Instead of focusing on my looks I focus on the character that I am playing.~Anil Kapoor


Character Focus I Am

I played crying people in corsets for a long time, but I went into acting to be a character actor.~Anna Maxwell Martin


Time Character People

I don't want to play the same character seven times. I think people would probably get bored of it.~Anna Popplewell


Character People Want

You have to get it in your brain that you don't belong to yourself as an actor, but that you belong to the director who creates the character.~Anne Parillaud


Character Yourself Brain

A lot of cable television is shot on a single camera. Our eyes are more trained to that. It takes the camera off the crane, away from observing the action, to becoming a character in the story along with everyone else. People are getting used to that.~A. J. Bowen


Character Eyes People

There is always going to be a little bit of me in each character.~Abraham Benrubi


Character Me Always

I prefer working, period. I think that I like doing film more just because when you get a script, you have the story from start to finish, so you can really find the character's arc, and when you walk away from it, you know you're sort of powerless to what happens.~Addison Timlin


Character Finish Walk

In theater, you go in-depth with your character, so coming to the States, it was inevitable to dig into the pilots I liked. I knew what characters I was going to be reading for, so I would dissect them and really get involved with them.~Adan Canto


Character Reading You

In some ways, what I learned is that you can take a character and breathe with them, and it's up to the audience to interpret rather than you putting moral stamp on the character.~Aden Young


Character You Moral

When people come up to me and say, 'Oh my God - you're that character,' I feel like replying, 'No, I'm just like you; it's just a job.'~Antonia Thomas


God Character Job

Empathy is not as complicated when you have some aspects in common with your character; it's not impossible to know someone who's like you in many ways but different in one. This is true especially if you are a reader. Reading makes you accustomed to inhabiting other lives and sensibilities.~Antonya Nelson


Character Empathy Reading

Make your characters believable, and your reader will believe what they believe.~Arthur Slade


Believe Will Characters

The chance to play a character with a split personality is an actor's dream.~Ashley Bell


Character Personality

As an actor, I think it's always important to separate yourself from your characters because, when you include yourself in a character, you're taking a liberty that you don't really have unless you're life is that incredibly close to the character.~Ashley Rickards


Life Character Yourself

At the beginning of 'The Hills,' I couldn't watch myself because I'm very critical and would pick myself to pieces. But with movies I feel like it's different because you're playing a character. So it's like watching yourself but not watching yourself.~Audrina Patridge


Myself Character Beginning

With voice overs... you're not thinking about the camera. So your voice becomes this thing that you can manipulate. And depending on the character you're doing, it's all concentration on your voice.~Avan Jogia


Character Thinking Doing

I always do whatever is best for the character.~Avan Jogia


Best Character Always

I did an episode on the TV show 'Awake,' and I thought, 'Wow, that's really hard.' To do that so fast and to do that, if it's very successful, for nine months out of the year, for a bunch of good years, that's challenging. But, it was interesting. It's a good show. You'd have to have a very good character, I guess.~Ayelet Zurer


Good Character Successful

I feel respect is in your hands as an actor when portraying a character, particularly when it's from the Indian subcontinent. I do make a conscious effort to do so and often talk to the directors especially about the heavy accent when it's not needed.~Ajay Mehta


Respect Character Effort

I would like to have opportunities in my career to do parts that people would remember - either the whole character or certain moments that they personally could really connect to or were really affected by it deeply.~Austin Peck


Character People Moments

It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.~Alan Jay Lerner


Character You Face

Anytime you have an opportunity as an actor to really grow along with your character, I think that's a real gift.~Alan Ritchson


Character Opportunity Gift

On 'Master of None,' the majority of the episodes were just one story, and that was by design because we really wanted to focus in on the character of Dev and get the audience in his head.~Alan Yang


Character Focus Design

My manager got the script for 'Under the Dome,' and I read it and just fell in love with the character. I grew up on Stephen King, and I love his whole aesthetic of the classic American story with supernatural events happening, so it just made sense.~Alexander Koch


Love Character American

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.~Alfred Jarry


Life Character Conflict

It is tragic that the Fuehrer should have the whole nation behind him with the single exception of the Army generals. In my opinion it is only by action that they can now atone for their faults of lack of character and discipline.~Alfred Jodl


Character Discipline

It seems everyone wants to know if I have an eating disorder, and playing an anorexic character on 'Make it or Break It' probably didn't help much. To set the record straight, I certainly do not have an eating disorder. I think as anyone can gather, I love food, and it is not just a front to cover up the fact that I don't eat any.~Alice Greczyn


Love Food Character

Generally, if a good script comes in I read it, and if it appeals to me, it appeals to me. And it doesn't have to be anything - it doesn't have to be the main character, it doesn't have to be a huge part. It could be a nice cameo - anything that I think is good and surrounded by good, enthusiastic people.~Alison Doody


Good Character People

I don't want to work just for the sake of working. Generally, if a good script comes in, I read it, and if it appeals to me, it appeals to me. And it doesn't have to be anything - it doesn't have to be the main character; it doesn't have to be a huge part.~Alison Doody


Work Good Character

I put a lot of myself into my characters when I write.~Alison Tyler


Myself Characters Write

The actor should not play a part. Like the Aeolian harps that used to be hung in the trees to be played only by the breeze, the actor should be an instrument played upon by the character he depicts.~Alla Nazimova


Character Trees Play

For me, the world is a stage, and we are all playing the character we have chosen to play on that stage. It is the job of the photographer to capture the drama of the performance.~Alix Smith


Character Job World

I just love to act. I like to get away, totally play a different character, someone you can get really involved in knowing. I've gotten really involved in some characters and written down little summaries of where they live and what their families are like.~Amanda Peterson


Love Character Live

If the character is really well-rounded, and it's a really strong character, and if the writing is just fantastic, that's the thing that will hook me in, certainly.~Amanda Abbington


Character Strong Writing

I love acting... I really do. I love crawling into another character's skin. That's something that I've always, always, always, always wanted.~Amanda Tapping


Love Character Acting

Usually when people see me, they see me as more of the soft-spoken one rather than being the witty, smart-tongued character.~Amy Acker


Character People Me

I had been struggling with how to create a child-like protagonist's voice without making it sound as though I was 'dumbing down' to the character. They are able to see events, people and places with an intensity and open mindedness that adults lack.~An Na


Character People Voice

My character was obnoxious, had stinky feet and wore things like purple tights and a yellow top. I hated the clothes.~Andrea Barber


Character Yellow Clothes

Well, you know, what's better? To play a character who stays stuck in the same baggage year after year, or to play a character who gets beyond that and goes to a new level?~Andreas Katsulas


Character Better You

A part of being an actress that is sort of frustrating is that the writers get to tell you about your character.~Annabeth Gish


Character You Tell

Playing the misunderstood character has been really interesting to me. But I think after too long, that also becomes a little bit of a cliche. Or that's all you're expected to do. I didn't want that to be the totality of what my career was.~Anne Dudek


Character Me Career

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.~Antiphanes


Character Poverty

My body can't demonstrate. It isn't willing to explore movements the way it used to. I've always had to find the movement in myself then show it in myself. If I've got the sense of movement for the character, I expect the dancer to get it too.~Antony Tudor


Myself Character Body

Early in my career, I'd plan something out for my characters. But I've learned that if you know who your character is and you go on instinct, it won't be wrong. It's never wrong. It's just different.~Ari Millen


Character Plan Career

The universal narrator knows all and can enter a character's head any time he chooses.~Arthur Herzog


Time Character Head

I believe that a large part of the training in the regional theaters is in imitation of the British style of acting. The British orientation is textual; they start from the language and work toward the character.~Arthur Penn


Work Character Training

When you have a book as material as it is, it's a lot easier to create a character because you have so many resources to draw upon when acting.~Asa Butterfield


Character Book Acting

I used to be on 'The Bold & The Beautiful'; that character, Bridget Forrester, is dear to my heart, and of course, the reruns of that you can see.~Ashley Jones


Beautiful Character Heart

Persuasion is achieved by the speakers personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided. ~Aristotle


persuasion character

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion ~Aristotle


character persuasion