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" Acting is the business of truth, so that we can see ourselves reflected back and learn. "
" Acting, it's hit or miss. Make them laugh, make them cry; hopefully they have a little entertainment. "
" An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes. "
" An actor's life is fairly lonely. "
" As an actor, you live a little bit of a cloistered life. It's a lonely life. You oddly, strangely find yourself all alone, quite often, with a lot of time to think. "
" Being an actor on a movie set is like going to the playground at recess. "
" Docudrama is not really my game, but it's interesting to play real people; it's interesting to play 'real.' "
" Ever since Marilyn Monroe was transformed from one of the prettiest girls you could ever hope to see into an icon, everyone has been trying to repeat that icon. And now the entire industry is filled with, and by and large run by, wannabes. "
" Hire me for the next picture. I don't have to just play down-and-out trailer trash and mean, old, wicked, old nuns. I could play a princess or a queen. That's all I wanted to do. Because campaigning does go on. It's a part of selling the film. "
" I always wanted to play a nun, and to play the Reverend Mother was a thrill of a lifetime for me. But, generations back, my family were not churchgoers, which is an unusual thing in the United States. "
" I am a smoker, I'm ashamed to say. I had given it up for many years, then picked it up again. It's a horrible habit. I struggle with myself all the time. And I love to smoke. "
" I am that lucky woman who has been living my life all my life. Anything can happen now. Anything. And it will be only whip cream and delightful things. Even in the conflict and the hardship. "
" I can nap with hustle and bustle around me; I can nap quietly all by myself. It's something I've always been good at. "
" I do get a fair amount of scripts; I got 'Frozen River' kinda just that way. I have a hard time turning my back on anybody who says they have something for me. "
" I do wish everyone would call me Leo. It's not that I don't like Melissa. But the more I hear it called out, the worse it sounds. "
" If I'm going to get an ice cream cone two or three times a week, then it's a pleasure. No guilt. "
" I got none. I mean, I have no religion. I like the quote unquote 'Virgin Mary,' but no Catholicism. "
" I haven't had a lot of experience with glamour. I've never had to mask myself, as many now not-so-young actresses have had to do. Female actors in that regard have a different lot in life than male actors. "
" I have some close friends I keep in touch with. I knit. I watch a little too much TV. I ski, if the weather's right for that. If I can find a group of buddies, I go rock climbing. "
" I know that one of my difficulties as an actor is to try to do too much, from all those years ago when my acting took place live on a stage. It was just my shiny face there, so you've gotta be super careful how much over-expressing you're doing with your eyes and nose and so on. "
" I know what it meant to me to play the Reverend Mother, a role I've, in some ways, prepared a lifetime to do. It's why I took the part. "
" I live in the country, and I live a fairly natural, holistic life. Sometimes I get put up in hotels where they use chemical sprays to clean things, or there are chemicals used that I stay away from. "
" I'm a very lucky girl who gets to act for a living! So why sit around griping and grousing about what's not there. "
" I mean, the unfair treatment of women and black people and Indians and other groups, that's real. Mistreatment of other people because 'I'm better than you are' is such a sad part of the world. "
" I'm interested in what the fans think, in what would make them feel connected to the Wayward Pines they had grown to love. I had a lot of fun thinking about the first season. "
" I'm not a particularly ambitious actress. I love to go and do my work, head down in the dirt, and be the character. "
" I'm not particularly fond of the hybrid writer-director or actor-director. "
" I'm very old-school. I like a director to direct me. I like to be the actor. "
" I rarely know too much about anything I'm getting involved in. "
" I think the funny thing about acting for me - and I hold it in a very holy, spiritual way - not to be overly fundamentalist about it, but it's that important to me - is that it is an ancient healing art. "
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