lot of your career as an actor is having a rich life, going out and
having experiences that are real so you have something to draw on. If
you're constantly in the cycle of work, work, work - it's really hard
to grow. Actors and actresses that take time off to lead interesting
lives are much more interesting to watch.
Robin Tunney - from interview on making
> photo: with Cole
Hauser in "Paparazzi" (2004)
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it was kind of like you'd spilled your guts and had nothing else, and
he'd say, "Okay, do that again." I've never felt that exposed, and I
think that's what every actor is ultimately after - to be completely
exposed and raw.
Rachel Weisz- about being directed by Darren Aronofsky in The Fountain
[Interview, Sep 2005 //
photo from "The Constant Gardener"]
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| The inner me is still the same person today as then [the
thought at that time that I was going to be part of Hollywood... But I always had a sense of destiny...
always thinking, "How can I do something of worth? How can I
communicate deeply and meaningfully to a lot of people?"
seemed the farthest thing from me, because my interest was in art, in
painting. It was never the money, the fame I was after, but meaning.
Kim Novak .. [Hollywood Life,
> on the set of
"Vertigo" Oct. 12 1957 -
photo by Richard Miller
related quote: "Creators have trouble maintaining meaning. Creating is
one of the ways they make life feel meaningful. Not creating is
depressing." - from book: The Van Gogh Blues
by Eric Maisel, PhD
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wanted to go deeper inside myself [about taking a self-imposed hiatus],
and I did meditation retreats and yoga, and made real connections with
people who were liking me for who I was as a human being... I came out
with a real fearlessness and a joy for what I do. ...
know that place of being an actor and wishing and wanting for things to
happen for you, but the truth is that it happens inside.
Daphne Zuniga .. [LA Times/TV Times
Aug 7-13 2005]
> Torrey DeVitto, Daphne Zuniga, Sarah Foret in TV series "Beautiful
> related topics : meditation.....solitude....yoga
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Lisa Kudrow plays
Valerie Cherish on "The Comeback" on HBO - "a faded former sitcom
star.. desperate to revive her career..."
tragedy," says Kudrow, "is that this woman needs something, and has
expectations, that cannot be fully realized. And to keep herself in
such an unforgiving environment, she goes back and forth between being
really strong, and stupid about what her priorities are."
> related topics : self-esteem....self-limiting
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so much in my 20s and I really burnt the candle at both ends.
wasn't too picky about what I did and I was lucky that I did some
really good films, but I also did some really rubbish films.
think part of the downside about being so successful and winning the
Oscar at the age of 26 is that I sort of became insouciant about the
things that I chose.
thought "Oh, I'll just try this, it'll be fun or I'll do that for the
money..." Things like that now I would absolutely never do. ///
work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you
gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs.
[imdb.com bio] /
photo: as Sylvia Plath in "Sylvia"
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It's like what was said in [the book] "The Alchemist" - "When you seek out your own
personal legend, the universe conspires to help you along the way." And maybe
that's what's the cause of all of this right now.
Terrence Howard - about his success with "Hustle & Flow"
strenuous job every day of your life to live up to the way you look on
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when I am working on a set, I have all the inhibitions and shyness of
the bashful, backward child... Unless I have something very much in
common with a person, I am lost. I am swallowed up in my own silence.
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Newton on ambition,
and life being more than film
thing is, I really think that I'm a good actor.... So I can do
something that I don't think is artistically that impressive or
interesting and I still think that I'm going to be able to work again.
don't have that kind of fear, or think that a film is going to destroy
my career, because the truth is, I've got more to give.
might be more difficult to get the next gig, but... I'm in it for the
challenge, and it's never easy for me to get films because I don't do
not planning the right tactics. I think that you can do that, it's a
real game that you can play, definitely, and you've got to do those
magazine covers, get to those parties, meet and greet those people, but
I just can't do it.
I don't have that incentive, and I don't have the energy for
much more self reflective... I think it's to do with having started out
really young in this business and realising early on that my happiness
did not lie with the business, quite the opposite.
had certain difficult times which I had to deal with which actually
made me very skeptical about the film industry and as a result of that
I looked away from it for my happiness and ended up meeting my husband.
in a weird way it's been a really good thing because it means I use the
film industry as a pleasure for work and that kind of thing and it's
not a pursuit to make me feel happy in my life.
Thandie Newton - darkhorizons.com interview
by Paul Fischer, April 27th, 2005
> photo at left: with Matt Dillon in "Crash"; at
with Vin Diesel in "The Chronicles of Riddick"
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| Lauren Bacall on actors
in an age of mediocrity
I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages
and it suffered. I don't
regret it. You make choices.
If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that.
If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can't have it
women with minuscule talent are willing to sacrifice everything for
their careers. Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a
lot to do with acting.
think of stardom. If you photograph well, that's enough.
I have a terrible time distinguishing one from another. Girls
wear their hair the same, and are much too anorexic-looking.
We live in an age of mediocrity.
Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie (Humphrey
Bogart), Jimmy Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.
Bacall .. [imdb.com 5 April 2005]
photo at left from To Have and Have Not (1944)
right: AP photo
by Ann Johansson
> Lauren Bacall's memoir: By Myself and Then Some
Allen on stage vs film
from the theater world, where the words are sacred, to film, where they
are decidedly not, Joan Allen found herself on sets thinking, "What are
people talking about, changing the lines, are they out of their minds?"
And the technical requirements of film "just made me wild,"
used to be terrified on film sets, because I didn't know how you did
the technical part and got the emotional part to come together at the
are yanking at you and putting on lipstick -- how do you focus? I think
it really took me five years before I understood how it all worked."
from article A wealth of proposals for a good Wife - Joan Allen proves
she's not just a faithful companion. By Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times,
March 15, 2005
> photo at left from book Great Women of Film - by Helena Lumme, Mika
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