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All Quotes by author - Greta Gerwig
" Acting was always the first love, but a lot of people want to be actors, and my goal was, 'Come hell or high water, I will be a part of this world, however I can.' So that just led me to throwing myself into every aspect of narrative storytelling I could. "
" 'A People's History of the United States' was actually a very big book for me. I read it in high school, and I felt like my mind was really blown by it. I think the truth is I read it because it's referenced in 'Good Will Hunting.' "
" As an actor, I just go off the director. I never ask how big the part is. I don't look at it from the perspective of, 'Is this going to be good for my career?' I just look for directors, and I think part of that is I knew I always wanted to be a director. "
" As a writer, I think I'm mainly interested in contemporary themes, so when I create my own stuff, it's inherently that. But as an actor, I would like to do lots of different things. I would love to play someone completely different from myself in a costume drama. "
" Books and theater were the way I understood the world and also the way I organized my sense of morality, of how to live a good life. "
" Courage doesn't grow overnight. It can be a long process. "
" Everybody is always in the middle of their own opera. "
" For me, the French new wave is Truffaut and Rohmer. Godard I sometimes have trouble with because he's very much of a director's director. I feel Truffaut is such a humanist, and I always go in that direction. "
" For Mike Mills, I learned that having dance parties and crying with your cast does not make you a weak director, it makes you a strong director. "
" From Noah Baumbach, I learned to have a strict no cell phone policy on set. There is nothing that bums you out more than looking over and seeing somebody on their smartphone, and that goes for actors and everyone else. "
" From Rebecca Miller, I took the idea that the director needs to arrive every day an hour ahead of everyone else and walk through the entire day. "
" Getting bad reviews or doing something that's not great is also really good for you as an actor. It also makes me feel as an actor that I've earned my stripes a bit. "
" Greta Gerwig always seemed like a name that was mine. My mother did a good job. "
" Having health insurance made me feel like a real person. Up until then, it felt like I was getting away with something, and if three things went wrong, it would all fall apart. "
" I always feel like a vague failure in L.A. - it always makes me feel like I should somehow be different than I am. And I don't know why. "
" I always have a soft spot in my heart for New York designers and independent designers, people who are doing the fashion equivalent of what I'm trying to do in film. "
" I'd applied to graduate school for playwriting, and I got rejected by every school. I felt that theatre was closed but that, when it came to film, the door was very slightly ajar. If I have any virtues, it's that I'm good at walking through doors that are slightly ajar. "
" I didn't know the city at all, but I was so happy to be in New York I cried. I was so excited. "
" I don't know any woman who has a simple relationship with their mother or with their daughter. "
" I don't really decide what the core of the story is before I write. I write to figure out what the story is. And I think the characters end up talking to you and telling you what they want to be doing and what is important to them. So in some ways, your job is to listen as much as it is to write. "
" I feel like a good pair of diamond studs goes a long way. They make everything look dressy, and you just seem more put together. "
" I feel like every year there's a thing about 'not enough roles for ladies!' and, then, also an article, like 'The Year of The Woman.' I think that we all just know in our hearts they're underrepresented. But that doesn't mean that there aren't amazing moments. "
" I feel like I'm an actor that likes to have lots of points of connection. "
" I feel like movies are presents, and credits and fonts are bows and wrapping paper. I like everything to feel like it was given a lot of time. I hate it when I watch movies, and it seems like they just went and picked a font and, like, called it a day. "
" I feel like, when I play characters, I create a space in myself that feels like the character and that doesn't go away. Somehow, you carry that with you. You let it go, but a little piece of it remains. "
" I feel so part of the filmmaking community. It's amazing how much people support each other. "
" I get nerdy and nervous around not only great actors, but great directors and DPs I love. "
" I had dreams, but I didn't have the sense that they would necessarily work out. They seemed very far-fetched. "
" I have a fundamentally hopeful view about people, and that might merely be a reflection of the fact that I've lived an incredibly privileged life in a very wealthy nation without a lot of the struggles that most of the world has to face. "
" I have very intense feelings of joy or sadness. I used to not like that so much because I was worried it was girly, and I wanted to be more stoic. I think this happens a lot. When you're 16, there are qualities you wish you didn't have, and then when you're 30, you're like, 'Thank God I have that; otherwise, I'd be living less vividly.' "
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