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TWO TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER SEAN PENN

“I’ve always operated under the notion that audiences don’t always know when they’re being lied to, but that they always know when they’re being told the truth.”……….”I live in the energy and rhythm of the character. To some degree, that’s true of every actor I’ve worked with.”…..”Sense of self, and the way one shares it, is perhaps the most valuable and poetic gift in the arsenal of one’s life and craft.”……”I love stories about people who are smart enough to know that what they’re doing is destroying them, but that knowing that doesn’t help them.” 

SEAN PENN
photo by Sachyn Mital

FOUR TIME EMMY WINNER LUCILLE BALL

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave”……………..”I cured myself of my shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me nearly as much as I gave them credit for… when I stopped being prisoner to what I was worried about which was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.”…….”All actors and actresses, no matter how talented or famous, have ups and downs in their careers. It’s just the nature of the business. You have to learn to roll with the punches, and not take them personally.” ……..One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. “Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”…………”Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” -LUCILLE BALL

LUCILLE BALL

EIGHT TIME EMMY WINNER CLORIS LEACHMAN

“Let whatever’s going to happen, happen. Don’t judge it before you do it. Sure, sometimes it will be terrible, but sometimes it will just be amazing. That’s where the gold is.”……….”Some parts stay with me for weeks afterward. It’s these people that I play. They get under my skin, and I just can’t let go of them. I have immersed myself into their lives and into their beings so much that they feel like a part of me.”…….”The reason I am a good actress, I think, is because the times when I didn’t have a good part… and you think, ‘What the hell do you do with it?’ You have to figure something out.” Cloris Leachman

CLORIS LEACHMAN
photo by
Louise Palanker

 

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

“Whether it’s a double take or a spit take or an extra-long pause before a reaction or a line, I try to be as cognizant as possible about the technical end of it. So I think the physical stuff works easier for me than maybe for others who are more just going on instinct.”………….”I have more artistic control in a smaller show. But it doesn’t really matter. Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still make a big impact.”……………”I enjoy being a hyphenate. I’ve always thought of my career as a plate spinner in the circus.” NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
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NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
photo by
Krisin Dos Santos

JOAN CHEN ON STEREOTYPE

“There are a lot of stereotypes to be broken which I think a lot of us are doing. What I do is, as soon as people try to pin me down to one kind of part, I’ll play a very different kind of role, so it explodes that stereotype.”……….”There are many ways you can make money. Certain ways will make you happy, certain other ways will make other people happy. But if you go in only because there’s money in there, you’re bound to fail.” JOAN CHEN

JOAN CHEN
photo by jchan7388

photo by jchan7388
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JOHN LEGUIZAMO ON FINDING INSPIRATION

“Bryan Cranston has got such an incredible light touch. He comes in egoless, but with bold opinions, and he wants to play. He wants to play. And that’s what I’ve seen in great actors all my life and what I’ve always tried to nurture and keep in myself is that joy of playing.”………….
“I was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken when my math teacher said, “You’re failing in school, you’re messing up, why don’t you just try this?” I said, “Alright, let me try it,” and I started going to acting classes and I loved it. I thought, “I may not make it but I love doing it.”…………………”I like helping people achieve their dreams just like people helped me.”…….When you feel the world is against you or you give up hope, you look at your heroes and say, “They were able to do it. They had hard times and a lot of opposition, but they got through it.” Then you feel, “I can do it too.” -John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo
photo by
David Shankman

 

MICHAEL CAINE ON FILM ACTING

 “A majority of movie acting is relaxation.  If you’re knocking yourself out, you’re doing it wrong.”…………….”An actor relaxes in front of the camera by concentrating, and knowing that you have no enemies on set, everyone’s on your side and doing their best to make you look your best for the movie.’………Theater acting is an operation with a scalpel, movie acting is an operation with a laser……..”Film acting is, in large part, reacting and listening.” Michael Caine

Michael Caine
photo by
Manfred Werner/Tsui

 

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT ON TRYING TOO HARD

“As soon as you are trying to be funny or dramatic, that’s when things start feeling fake and boring.”…………”I stopped getting nervous a long time ago, so any time I do get nervous, which is rare – about work, anyway – I always take that as a really good sign.”…………..”The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is inspire someone else to be creative.” -JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
photo by Gage Skidmore

 

VIOLA DAVIS ON VANITY

“Vanity destroys your work. That’s the one thing you have to let go of as an actor. I don’t care how sexy or beautiful any woman is. At the end of the day, she has to take her makeup off. At the end of the day, she’s more than just pretty.” ………………….“You cannot live to please everyone else. You have to edify, educate and fulfil your own dreams and destiny.” …………”Acting is not rocket science, but it is an art form.What you are doing is illuminating humanity.” VIOLA DAVIS

VIOLA DAVIS
photo by Gage Skidmore

 

MARILYN MONROE ON FAME

“Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live.”…………………”If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”…………Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.”…………”It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”………..
“Dogs never bite me, just humans.” MARILYN MONROE

MARILYN MONROE
photo by Tony Hisgett