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KRISTEN WIIG

“It’s a mystery to me what makes people laugh.”…….”When you go out of your comfort zone and it works there’s nothing more satisfying.”……”There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I’ll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be ‘comedies’ and not ‘female’ or ‘male,’ and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”…..”It sounds so cheesy, but there’s something very powerful about looking in the mirror and asking yourself a question. Because I think it’s really hard to lie.” KRISTEN WIIG

KRISTEN WIIG
photo by Courtney

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOREST WHITAKER

“I can play a man who’s despicable. But I’ll still look inside him to find a point of connection. If I can find that kernel, audiences will relate to me.”……”I want a director who can let me feel that he’s listening and watching and that he’s got me covered. That security is really important for me because sometimes you go into a vulnerable space, and you want to be able to look to somebody because you get insecure: ‘Did I do that right?'” ……..”As an actor, I’ve always wanted to do characters that would help me find my connection with others and connect all of us together. You always want the energy of the character, the spirit of the person, to enter you. I’ve been doing this for 26 years and some of the things I’ve done are always with me.”…..”I stay true because whatever the project is, I’m still looking for inside of that character. It’s the thing that connects him to me and to everybody else. So, the search is the same. It’s to unveil the truth, and that’s how I stay true, because my purpose isn’t altered.” –

Forest Whitaker
photo by Spakhrin

FOREST WHITAKER

 

MARTIN SHORT ON KEEPING YOUR LIFE AND YOURSELF IN PERSPECTIVE

“Just be your biggest fan. Maybe that sensibility will catch on to others. Cut yourself some slack and know you’re doing the best you can and you’re working as hard as you can. Just be proud of that.”………..”I’ve chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about.”……. “I’ve had some tragedy in my life, absolutely, but I don’t know one human being who hasn’t. You either learn from it and become empowered by it, or you become a victim to it. It’s life, after all.”……”The mark of the man is how he responds to situations. You’re not going to avoid tough times. We’re all over the barrel some of the time. What are you going to do about it?”…….”Comedy is so subjective. If you trip and fall down, some people will laugh, and some people will say, ‘Oh, physical comedy is so pedestrian.’ Some people look at Three Stooges as lowbrow; some people consider them artists. No one is wrong. It’s just a personal take.”                                

MARTIN SHORT
photo by
John Mathew Smith

             MARTIN SHORT

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER LUPITA NYONG’O

“As human beings, we aren’t as individual as we’d like to believe we are. And I think that’s what makes acting possible. Despite the fact that I have not experienced something, I have it in my human capacity to imagine it and to put myself in someone else’s shoes, and to take someone else’s circumstances personally.”…….”There is something about acting that’s mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through.”………”I want to be uncomfortable – acting is uncomfortable.”……”It’s so funny, you go to acting school thinking you’re going to learn how to be other people, but really it taught me how to be myself. Because it’s in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person’s circumstances and another person’s experience.” -Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o
photo by Gordon Correll

 

ELIZABETH BANKS ON COMEDY AND BEING FUNNY

“When you live in a leading lady’s body, which I do, you have to constantly prove that you are funny.”…………”I think comedy has to be very fearless, or it just gets bland.”
“Comedy often comes at the expense of others, and to do that smartly, you don’t want to make fun of vulnerable people. You want to make fun of people in power, and so you need to really understand the dynamics of power.”………..”.Comedy requires that you understand as much as possible about the viewpoints of all people and everything that’s going on around you. It genuinely requires a true point of view, a real sense of your own view of things in the world.”……..”Every once in a while I play a true idiot, and they’re really fun to play.”…… “It’s okay to lose. Losing teaches you something. Having to try and going through the trials and tribulations to actually overcome, to get there to win, to triumph, that’s what makes life interesting.” -Elizabeth Banks

ELIZABETH BANKS
photo by Kevin WalsonElizabeth Banks

 

ALEC BALDWIN ON RELYING ON “GOOD LOOKS”

“When I told my parents, ‘I’m going to be an actor,’ they screamed and wept and freaked out.”……..”Let’s face facts, this is visual medium, there’s a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don’t make a career out of that anymore as an actor.”……”There’s three things: there’s masculinity, there’s intelligence, there’s sensitivity. You’ve got to bring those three things to a leading man’s role: masculinity, sensitivity, intelligence. In some people, there’s a little too much in the mix of one or the other.”          

ALEC BALDWIN
photo by Joella Marano

-Alec Baldwin

BEYONCE ON GOAL SETTING AND OVERCOMING SETBACKS

“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”………”The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”……….”We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.”……..”If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” -Beyonce

Beyonce
photo by Alex Johnson

ADAM DRIVER ON MAKING YOUR CHARACTER LIKEABLE

“There’s such an emphasis on having a character be likable. I don’t think it would be helpful if I worried about that. I mean, not everyone’s likable.”…… “There’s so much emphasis on Daniel Day-Lewis and his process, which is appropriately his own. But I was just blown away by his generosity as an actor. He’s so giving as an actor that he just naturally commands the focus on set.”……”I’m constantly thinking about the role, and there’s an infinite amount of questions you can ask yourself about a character to the point that it’s hard to find the boundaries of when to not work.” -ADAM DRIVER

ADAM DRIVER
photo by dtstuff9

MARK TWAIN

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”…….”There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”…………”Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”…….The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A person who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” MARK TWAIN

MARK TWAIN
photo by AF Bradley

 

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