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Acting Quotes

Jean Paul Sartre once commented that acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience. When a good actor performs on screen, people get to think ‘I can do that, that’s not so special’ because they don’t feel that he/she forcefully does something. The logic which doesn’t knock on their mind’s door is that it is very hard to act in a way to make people believe that the thing they watch is not a movie or drama but a life. As an age old saying, we all are actors in a play called life. Read these quotes to take a trip through the minds of great actors and get tips on acting from them.

Leonardo DiCaprio

I didn't know what types of movies I wanted to do. I want to do things that are different. I want to take my time with each role.

Nicole Kidman

I love acting, but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo.

Julia Roberts

True love doesn't come to you, it has to be inside you.

Johnny Depp

If you catch me saying 'I am a serious actor,' I beg you to slap me.

Julia Roberts

I enjoy hats. And when one has filthy hair, that is a good accessory.

Keira Knightley

There were three women standing there with their bums facing me, ... Talk about a surreal moment. You're literally choosing the best bum in the bunch.

Jon Stewart

There is no such thing as an impartial jury because there are no impartial people. There are people that argue on the web for hours about who their favorite character on "Friends" is.

Walter Winchell

Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors.

Nora Roberts

Aren't most romance heroes, or heroes in fiction of any kind, generally superior to real men? Same goes for heroines and real women.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Don't think for a moment that I'm really like any of the characters I've played. I'm not. That's why it's called 'acting'.

Nicole Kidman

I love acting but I don't like all of the other stuff associated with it. The interest in celebrities, the press, the Internet, when your identity becomes mixed up in the way people are preceving you.

Julia Roberts

When I was a child I had a crush on Abraham Lincoln. Why I choose to reveal this, I know not.

Charlie Chaplin

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

Keira Knightley

I'm doing a film now with a lot of guys as well, so at the end of that I will be growing a beard.

Halle Berry

While being called beautiful is extremely flattering, I would much rather be noticed for my work as an actress.

George Eliot

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.

Julia Roberts

I think less is more when it comes to kissing in the movies.

Keira Knightley

It's not everyday you get to do a pirate movie, you might as well go for it.

Sophia Bush

I want to get married again and have kids and even adopt.

George Burns

If it's a good script I'll do it. And if it's a bad script, and they pay me enough, I'll do it.

Washington Irving

Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.

Leonardo DiCaprio

I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully people will watch my movies.

Joe Rogan

Have you ever talked to someone, and you're not even really talking to them? Actors are the worst for that.

Julia Roberts

I've never had to pretend to be having sex with somebody. I'm like the queen of the foreplay dissolve.

Chevy Chase

I just went into this business for laughs. I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now.

Richard Burton

An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.

Cameron Diaz

Acting is something different to everybody. I just know that if you watch an actor or actress getting better and better, I think that's them just understanding themselves better and better.

Leonardo DiCaprio

I couldn't deal with playing a character who rides motorcycles and has a leather jacket and is a tough kid, y'know?.

Julia Roberts

The man's [Bush] embarrassing. He's not my president and he never will be either.

Keira Knightley

You never know what people are going to go for and what they aren't. It's an unforeseeable thing. I don't even know what my next movie after 'Pirates' is going to be.

Chevy Chase

I have three daughters. I wanted them to be raised where there are real seasons and where everyone their age wasn't trying to get into movies.

Garrison Keillor

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.

Cameron Diaz

Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories, you know start at the beginning, finish at the end, and tell everything in between. Modelling is just an image.

Julia Roberts

You can be true to the character all you want but you've got to go home with yourself.

Keira Knightley

One of the best characters in English literature.

William S. Burroughs

Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.

Laurence Sterne

An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.

Joe Rogan

After this whole acting thing is over and done, you eventually have to be human. Some people are never human. It's very weird.

Julia Roberts

I'm too tall to be a girl. I'm between a chick and a broad.

Hillary Clinton

If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.

Keira Knightley

I don't have a problem with my body. I'm not just going to strip off all my clothing, but if the part calls for it and I don't think there's any way round, I'm absolutely fine.

James Stewart

I always watch Dean Martin's show... just to see if he falls down.

Sophia Bush

I get to experiment with a lot of looks with my character so that's really fun for me. It's like getting to paint a new canvas everyday.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.

Tom Stoppard

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.

Napolean Hill

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Gene Tierney

My departure from Hollywood was described as a walk-out. No one understood that I was cracking up.

Julia Roberts

On my best day, I am a seven-point-seven. I could be a hard eight if I felt great. If I went on a good run and had on my best pair of jeans, I could feel right on the money.

Keira Knightley

It's all about perfection, isn't it?

Nora Roberts

Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters. Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.

Zac Efron

From day one, I got addicted to being on stage and getting the applause and laughter.

Julia Roberts

You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness.

Keira Knightley

When I was about 5 I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.

James Stewart

I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said, 'Who's that?' But this got me started in acting.

Julia Roberts

I don't get angry very often. I lose my temper rarely. And when I do, there's always a legitimate cause. Normally I have a great lightness of being. I take things in a very happy, amused way.

Keira Knightley

I am really proud to have been asked to work with such an iconic house as Chanel, and thrilled to follow the extraordinary women who have been associated with it before.

Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.

Oscar Wilde

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.

Richard Burton

The Welsh are all actors. It's only the bad ones who become professional.

Gene Tierney

Throughout my career, I was to be cast as a frontier girl, an aristocrat, an Arabian, a Eurasian, a Polynesian, and a Chinese.

Leonardo DiCaprio

I like doing things that scare me. I went bungee jumping, but sky diving is just the sickest thing.

Joe Rogan

If someone plays a brooding actor in a film, people think they're brooding all the time.

Julia Roberts

I don't think I realized that the cost of fame is that it's open season on every moment of your life.

Keira Knightley

All of us can do something to support this fantastic work and it will make a real difference.

Sophia Bush

Life is too short, and I'm Italian. I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.

Anais Nin

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.

Leonardo DiCaprio

The good thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes... It's not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.

Julia Roberts

People came up: I thought you were 6 ft tall. I'm average height - 5 ft 8 ins, skinny blonde. One guy says to me, So, where's the fox from Mystic Pizza?

Keira Knightley

I was terrified of taking on such a well-known character - to the point where I didn't want to do it. But my agent persuaded me and I'm very glad she did.

Quentin Tarantino

I've always thought John Travolta is one of the greatest movie stars Hollywood has ever produced.

Friedrich Nietzsche

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.

Chevy Chase

They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch. You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase.

James Stewart

Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.

Joe Rogan

I'm a huge Groucho fan. There were some great comic minds that would transfer into any generation, and Groucho is certainly one of them.

Julia Roberts

Why is it so weird that somebody didn't recognize me? ... The fact is that whenever I meet somebody, I say, Nice to meet you. I'm Julia.

Pamela Anderson

And I'm not an actress. I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business.

Plato

Life must be lived as play.

Chevy Chase

Most of the films I've done were ruined in the postproduction, not during filming.

Sophia Bush

You have to be born a sex symbol. You don't become one. If you're born with it, you'll have it even when you're 100 years old.

Steve Martin

The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.

Walter Scott

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.

Gene Tierney

The word actress has always seemed less a job description to me than a title.

Joe Rogan

The only time I commit to conspiracy theories is when something way retarded happens. Like Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone.

Julia Roberts

People don't want to see me having sex... I'm the queen of the 'kiss, foreplay, dissolve.' And then the 'Whoo! Good morning, tiger.'

Keira Knightley

I know acting is a profession where one minute, you're hot and the next minute, it can all go away.

Andrew Jackson

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

Sophia Bush

I'm not a celebrity. I don't call myself a celebrity. I'm an actor.

Henry David Thoreau

Being is the great explainer.

Will Rogers

Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.

Joe Rogan

I really never had any ambitions to be a stand up comic. I was talked into it by guys that I used to work out with.

Julia Roberts

I love romantic comedies. I like to watch them and I like to be in them. It's something that's increasingly difficult to find, that spark of originality that makes it different than the ones that come before.

Keira Knightley

Until this movie I have played a boxer, a cowboy, a knight, a prince, an elf and a pirate. I am so glad to have done all of that already, and am ready for this phase of my career.

Eleanor Roosevelt

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

Oscar Wilde

If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.

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