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CLINT EASTWOOD

“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”……”You have to feel confident. If you don’t, then you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.”……”.I just make the pictures and where they fall is where they fall. If somebody likes them, that’s always nice. And if they don’t like them, then too bad.” CLINT EASTWOOD

CLINT EASTWOOD

ANGELINA JOLIE

“if i make a fool of myself who cares? I’m not frightened by anyones perception of me.”………. “I always play women I would date.-Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
photo by Gage Skidmore

 

JEFF BRIDGES ON CREATING THE CHARACTER

“What are the aspects of yourself that line up with the character? You magnify those and the ones that don’t match up you kind of kick to the curb.”

JEFF BRIDGES
photo by Gage Skidmore

ZOE SALDANA

“I don’t believe actors who say they don’t bleed into their characters. It’s absolutely impossible not to.”…..”Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin.”………”I’m very accepting with my age. It’s like notches on your belt: experience, wisdom, and a different kind of beauty. There comes a day when you’ve become comfortable in your skin.”…….”People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood.”…….”I don’t understand labels. I don’t need anybody to tell me I’m Latina or black or anything else. I’ve played characters that were written for Caucasian females, I just want to be given the same consideration as everybody else.” Zoe Saladana

Zoe Saldana
photo by Gage Skidmore

 

MERYL STREEP

“I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
”…”I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.”……”All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.”……”I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.”…….”We are who we’re going to be when we’re very old, and when we’re very old we are who we were when we were 8.”…….”I’m a pain in the ass to all of the costume designers with whom I work because I have very strong feelings about the subject.” Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
photo by Montclair Film

 

DEALING WITH REJECTION

“For the actor taking rejection personally is like agreeing to play football and then wondering why the other players keep trying to tackle you. As soon as you realize its all part of the game you can learn to let it go.” – Doug Warhit, Acting Coach

TALENT PLUS DISCIPLINE

There’s a lot of talent in the world. But I think talent is very ordinary, very common. There’s plenty of it. However disciplined talent is very, very rare.”- Irving Stone

ANNE HATHAWAY ON GROWING AS AN ARTIST AND A HUMAN BEING

“A lot of people have told me, ‘You’re not this and so can’t play that,’ and I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been told I’m not sexy. I just go: ‘I’m a lot of things. Just because I don’t wear my sexiness overtly doesn’t mean that I can’t become that girl for a role.”…….“I don’t take anything for granted.You probably always have to remind people that you’re there, that you have something to offer, maybe something beyond what they could imagine for you.”……“I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don’t find very interesting anymore.”……..“There’s something very addictive about people pleasing. It’s a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate.” ……”Finding yourself takes as long as it takes, and I’m still in the process. It’s not as if I’m sitting in the lotus position ready to dole out advice. Some days are still like, Whoa, I just fell off this cliff again! But learning how to be kind to yourself while you’re discovering who you are is something I wish for everybody. Not having all the answers, not knowing what to do, and making mistakes — those aren’t reasons to beat yourself up.” ….. I want to work with people that frighten me and excite me, and characters that I don’t believe I’m the best person for the part but I’m still gonna try anyway. Those are my favorite roles.”……”Quite frankly, I didn’t become an actor to become a movie star. I have never dreamed about being the most famous person on the planet. I just want to do really good work.” Anne Hathaway

ANNE HATHAWAY
photo by
Jenn Deering Davis

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SISSY SPACEK ON WHATS IMPORTANT FOR THE ACTOR

“It’s not seeing myself 40 feet tall on a movie screen – it’s the work. That’s what thrills me.”……”I feel like if I don’t get a film and somebody else does, then that film never belonged to me. The ones I get belong to me.”…….”It’s really about the work – if you are doing it for the right reasons – really to illuminate the human condition.”……”I’m drawn to ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, which is a big part of the human condition.”…….”I think the movie business, you meet people, and you work intensely with them, and you have these relationships – there’s an intimacy to it and a familiarity to the relationship because you’re having to let go of all your barriers so you can let people in and work with them.”……”My roots allow me to let go of the fear of failure.”……”I’ve always been a people-watcher, and as an actor, later, I just mined all those little details.” -Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek
photo
by David Shankbone

 

THREE TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JACK NICHOLSON

THREE TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JACK NICHOLSON: “Once you’ve been really bad in a movie, there’s a certain kind of fearlessness you develop.”…..”If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain’t – take two!”……”Most of the early part of an actor’s career, you do the jobs you get.”……”Just let the wardrobe do the acting.”…..”I wanted to be the best actor possible. I worked very hard at the craft of it.”…..”A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear.” -JACK NICHOLSON

JACK NICHOLSON
photo by Angela George