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All Quotes by author - Maxine Peake
" A few things make a person stylish: honesty, imagination with a sprinkling of humour. I still keep an eye on trends, but I don't follow them any more. "
" After my mum and dad got divorced, I was entitled to free school dinners, but my mum said, 'Under no circumstances,' because she was proud. "
" As a human, if you're in a scary situation, you pretty much forget about everything else! You just try and survive. "
" As I've got older, I've got slightly more fussy. You've got less time; you need to use it wisely. "
" At drama school, I was told, 'Lay off the chips, or you'll never play Juliet.' Sometimes, in the stock room of the set of 'Dinnerladies,' I'd put away three or four Mars bars while waiting for a scene. Then, at 24, I lost five stone. "
" Cooking, you can keep. I've not the slightest interest in it. "
" Crying does not equal good acting. "
" Everybody's in a situation; everybody has a story. It's about finding out why. "
" Every job still feels like the first time. "
" Food is important in working out a character. How she eats is a window into her temperament. If I think she likes her food, I'll put on a few pounds, or lose a few if she lives on her nerves. "
" For me, I'm still always that kid from Bolton. "
" For me, politics is about passion. It doesn't matter what you know; it's your actions that count. I meet people who say they're socialists, and that's not what they carry out in their everyday life. "
" Generally, I am losing faith in telly, as we do have good dramas but not as many as there should be. "
" I actually used to compete at show-jumping when I was a young'un. "
" I am an actor. I love acting, and I absolutely love what I do, but I don't want it to be every waking hour. "
" I care about my work, but I don't care about getting it wrong. The more you do, the more you realise nobody's going to die. "
" I didn't have my first serious boyfriend until I was 23. Then after that, I went out with a guy I'd been best friends with all through drama school. "
" I do, in a strange way, care deeply what people think. "
" I don't have massive ambitions to be anywhere other than in this country doing good work. "
" I don't really engage with that world of technology, which might be to my detriment. "
" I'd rather go down with an almighty bang than play it safe. "
" If I dress up, I try to wear something that's still a bit me, but then I regret it when I see that everyone else has dressed up more and looks amazing. "
" If I feel like if there's a few too many people on that path with me, then I want to jump off and find another one. "
" I find these dramas fascinating - it's a world that many of us fortunately don't dip into. The legal system is all around us, but the majority of us don't have to go into a court, so it's a way into another world that is unusual. "
" If I were to appear in a programme like 'Sex and the City,' I'm sure I'd be cast as the downtrodden one staying at home and having seven children while the others jet-setted around the world. "
" I get angry about the way women are forced and bullied into what the male ideal is. "
" I get easily distracted and become a bit of a giddy giggler. I'm not good at taking myself seriously, and laughing at myself helps ease the pressure. "
" I get very irate with actors when they talk about how distressing it all is. I mean, it's only acting. Please. "
" I have recurring dreams about losing my temper, which become quite violent. I dread to think what that says about me. "
" I joined the Communist Party when I was 18. When I was 10, there was the miners' strike, and the Cold War was going on; it was quite a potent time to get involved in politics. I got involved through my grandfather, who was a member. "
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