Best Quotes About Actress

For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros. -Ethel Barrymore

An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything. -Whoopi Goldberg

I lied to everybody. I lie very well, being an actress, naturally. -Lynn Fontanne

An actress must never lose her ego – without it she has no talent. -Tom Lehrer

I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way. -Barbra Streisand

I don't think of myself as a character actress – that's become a phrase which means you've had it. -Bette Davis

I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears. -Bette Davis

In government, one actress is enough. -Evita Peron

I had no desire to be an film actress, to always play somebody else, to be always beautiful with somebody constantly straightening out your every eyelash. It was always a big bother to me. -Marlene Dietrich

Increasingly, stars are recruited from the ranks of professional models, with the result that today's starlets are better dressed and better groomed than ever before, though it is doubtful if they are better actresses. -Rita Hayworth

The most difficult thing in the world is to start a career known only for your looks, and then to try to become a serious actress. No one will take you seriously once you are known as the pretty woman. -Penelope Cruz

I was always a singer and a dancer, and I always wanted to be an actress. For me, it's all just one thing. -Jennifer Lopez

Everybody smokes! Models, actresses, everyone! Don't they realize that it's gross? I understand it's an addiction, but it still pains me to see my friends do it. -Kirsten Dunst

I'm a pretty girl who's a model who doesn't suck as an actress. -Cameron Diaz

I started out as a lousy actress and have remained one. -Brigitte Bardot

If you really want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, dahling. Be an audience. -Tallulah Bankhead

Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil. -W. C. Fields

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine. -Marilyn Monroe

People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: They pretend they are someone else. -Bette Davis

For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Being a motion picture actress is the pitch of ecstasy. -Norma Shearer

Obviously, I'm not a trained actress, and right now I'll come out and say I'm glad I'm not. -Jenny McCarthy

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success. -Samuel Goldwyn

People go 'You look a lot like Minnie Driver.' Once I said, 'Thanks, Minnie is a great actress.' But, it blew up in my face. This person said, 'Nah, didn't like the last movie she did.' -Minnie Driver

When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous. -Katharine Hepburn

I don't want to say, 'This is where Im going to be in five years and Im going to get there no matter what.' I want to leave it open. I'm not a desperate actress dying to star in a B movie in a bikini. -Brooke Burke

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

I really can't complain about actresses who get paid to be dumb. Most of us can't get paid to be smart. -Aaron Allston

I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress. -Laura Linney

If you're an actress or a musician, everyone thinks you're hot. -Natalie Portman

From now on, I approach the cinema as a business woman. I intend to be in more action movies because, apart from Angelina Jolie, no other actress stands out in this genre. -Milla Jovovich

I've learned to take jobs as an actress that is meaningful to me because I've never taken a job for the money. -Emmy Rossum

As a mother, you feel much more vulnerable. And when you're vulnerable, you're a much better actress. -Kate Beckinsale

Body language is essential for an actress, even if you don't use your body in an athletic way. Just to be free, to use it like your voice. A body can be small and have incredible violence. A body talks. -Anne Parillaud

I had never even thought I'd be an actress – I was supposed to be a lawyer. But the motivation is the same: when you act, you defend a role; you have to be convincing. It's the same career. -Anne Parillaud

I really always felt that I was going to be an actress. I had a lot of confidence in the fact that I would do well from a very early age. I didn't know how tough the business is. -Susan Lucci

All you have to do is to look like crap on film and everyone thinks you're a brilliant actress. Actually, all you've done is look like crap. -Helen Mirren

I don't know where I'm going to be in three years. Because I have the feeling that the future is so full of possibilities, to stop being an actress, to do something else… for me, the future is just a huge bunch of discoveries. -Audrey Tautou

I think if you work as an actress and are supposed as a character to be in love with some actor, then to some extent you do have to be in love with him. -Dorothy Stratten

I don't like being compared to anyone or being in a class with someone. I'm a teen actress and therefore I'm competing against Hilary Duff. We're different people like everyone else. -Amanda Bynes

Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn't mean that I'll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: 'Isn't that that Bening woman?' -Annette Bening

In the U.S., with very few exceptions, actresses older than 35 are simply discarded. -Amy Irving

My biggest ambition is never to be bored. I'm not aggressive enough to strongly run after being an actress. -Anjelica Huston

There are a lot of good actresses out there. -Benicio Del Toro

My mother was against me being an actress – until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra. -Angie Dickinson

I don't want to be famous as a movie star and have the whole world love me, I want to be a creative actress. -Juliette Lewis

I think I can be beautiful with all the little stuff done, and I can be ugly. A lot of attractive actresses can't be ugly. -Juliette Lewis

I want to do everything right now! This very minute. I am impatient, but yes I have goals. To be a real well-respected actress whom people know they can rely on to do a good job… whether they like me as a person or not! -Lynda Carter

My mother told me never explain, never complain. Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable. -Jennifer Jones

I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me. -Mary Tyler Moore

Hollywood sold its stars on good looks and personality buildups. We weren't really actresses in a true sense, we were just big names – the products of a good publicity department. -Ann Sothern

I find it difficult to explain, but I'm quite ashamed of being an actress. -Kristin Scott Thomas

I find it very difficult to be two different characters at the same time – actress and mother. -Kristin Scott Thomas

No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth. -Ellen Terry

I used to get some ego thing out of saying I wasn't a star, just an actress. Forget it. I'm a star. I wanted it. I worked for it. I got it. -Valerie Harper

You're always compared to someone, especially when you're a French actress. -Virginie LeDoyen

If you didn't know that I am an actress, I don't think you could tell from my lifestyle. I cook and cook and cook. I like to be with my daughter. She's 16, so of course I bore her. -Karen Black

My favorite actress of all times is Bette Davis in Dark Victory. I have seen it six or seven times, and I still cry. -Bettie Page

I've always wanted to be an actress, ever since I was a little girl. I've always played the mom and I play my sister as the daughter. I wanted to be an actress on television and movies instead of just around the house. -Dakota Fanning

I've been a ballerina since I was two, but I've always wanted to be an actress. -Dakota Fanning

My favorite actresses are Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts and Julie Andrews. -Dakota Fanning

I'm an actress who likes a strong, communicative director. -Kristin Davis

As an actress, I have to be objective about myself. If I don't criticize myself, there are plenty who will do a find job of it for me! -Loretta Young

As an actress, emotions are my business, my stock-in-trade. As such, I've dealt with them nearly all my life. -Loretta Young

I'm a video game fan. I played them before I became an actress. -Michelle Rodriguez

When I wanted to be an actress, I never wanted really to be the kind of actress I became. -Rachel Ward

I never really thought about being an actress or being anything like that. I was always a bit scared as well because of the thing about models becoming an actress and all that. -Gisele Bundchen

I'm not an actress, you know. I don't know what's going on. And I'm supposed to be the villain. -Gisele Bundchen

As an actress I find the most enjoyable part of acting is really just to please the director. I just want to please my director. -Joan Chen

Not to get overly psychological about this, but it's probably why I became an actress in the first place: for that kind of freedom and refuge, as well as for the fact that I just love acting so much. -Marisa Tomei

I had very little confidence in myself as an actress. -Maude Adams

Someone I've always admired is Catherine O'Hara… I think she's one of the best actresses in the country, not only comedy. I just think she's just a step aside from everybody, she's just wonderful. -Fred Willard

I'm a character actress, plain and simple… Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again. -Frances McDormand

I don't know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It's more than talent and beauty. Maybe it's the audience seeing itself in you. -Joan Blondell

Don't get married to an actress because they're also actresses in bed. -Roberto Rossellini

When two characters or two actresses are together for a while there is bound to be chemistry developing. -Joan Van Ark

I am only an actress when they say, 'action' and I stop being an actress when they say, 'cut'. I am a normal person outside of acting. -Paz Vega

Believe me, when an actress is told that her very name is synonymous with bad acting, she's had it. -Piper Laurie

Everybody thinks about Bo Derek as being this extravagant looking lady but she is also a wonderful actress. -Wayne Rogers

Playing good girls in the 30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress. -Olivia De Havilland

I hope Britney doesn't get bummed out that Lindsey is a better singer. It is not Lindsey saying it, it's me. Lindsey would never say that. She's an actress first. It's just a bonus that she can dance and sing. -Virginia Madsen

I'm just a pack mule. I've played leads and I've played character roles. Any actress in Hollywood will tell you as your age climbs, the leads thin. -Marcia Gay Harden

I really enjoy acting. At home I can't even finish a sentence, and here I am reading these wonderful lines. I think it must be every housewife's dream, to be an actress part-time. -Meg Tilly

We were the laughingstock of that first season… It was with great relish several years later that I received a TV Guide award for favorite actress on television. -Roma Downey

At an early school, when I was about 5, they asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Everyone said silly things, and I said I wanted to be an actress. So that was what I wanted to be, but what I was, of course, was a writer. -Tanith Lee

I like working with actresses, and I like women a lot, not for obvious reasons, but just in that that there's so much about what they bring to the scene that keeps it so interesting. Their instincts are so different, and they never explain them to you. -Ryan Gosling

I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit. -Bea Arthur

I got my dailies every day, although I couldn't always look at them because I was usually preparing for the next day's shoot, both as an actress and as the director. -Debbie Allen

From the time I was very young, maybe five or six, I thought a lot about being an actress. I didn't tell my friends about my ambitions, though, especially when I got older, because I thought they would not receive them well. I never talked about what I wanted to do. -Louise Fletcher

I don't know what would have been worse: If Mira had come home one day to say she was gay or an actress. -Paul Sorvino

I would like to remain an actress, but am very anxious to direct and produce. -Megan Gallagher

I've been told before, and I tend to believe it, I'm not like most actresses out there. -Moira Kelly

Money's not important to me. Movie star acknowledgement is not important to me. I don't want to be a big studio actress. I don't want to be in the limelight. -Moira Kelly

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang. -Ruben Blades

The only thing that I could think of to do was to be an actress. -Sally Kirkland

My favorite actresses were Geraldine Paige, Anne Bancroft and Kim Stanley. -Sally Kirkland

I made a conscious decision back then that I would rather be the best actress who ever lived than the most famous one. -Sally Kirkland

Always wanted to be an actress or work with animals and now I get to do both. -Julia Barr

I suppose that if I could have quit, I would have, because in those days I never wanted to be an actress, the acting was something to do while I waited for a chance to study writing and directing. But I guess I was just meant to be an actress. Because, here I am. -Judy Holliday

I hated the whole idea of being an actress. I used to throw up before every performance and cry afterward. -Judy Holliday

He didn't maintain my illusion of myself, he gave me an illusion of myself. Before I met him, I never thought of myself as an actress. Boy, he sidetracked me in a great way! -Judy Holliday

The only actress they didn't test was Garbo. Must have been her accent. -Judy Holliday

I know it's popular to say this because she's the woman of the moment, but Halle Berry. Not only does she have obvious audience appeal and star quality, but she's a damn good actress too. -Paul Kane

Now supposing I had the part of a young woman to give out, one that wanted some excellent acting. If I were to go to the stage for my actress I would have to take a matured woman, one who would act splendidly, but who would look too old for the requirements. -D. W. Griffith

It takes two years on the stage for an actor or an actress to learn how to speak correctly and to manage his voice properly, and it takes about ten years to master the subtle art of being able to hold one's audience. -D. W. Griffith

The only other thing that interested me as a kid was being a bricklayer. So if I hadn't become an actress, I would probably be a bricklayer. -Nikki Cox

I don't enjoy the life of an actress, but I don't want to go into that. -Claire Bloom

Security has no place in the life of an actress. -Claire Bloom

I don't think actresses' lives in general are very good. -Claire Bloom

Why, when I was a child, I didn't say, as most children do, that I was going to become an actress. I felt that I was an actress and no one could have convinced me that I wasn't! -Antoinette Perry

There are a lot of great actresses out there. You learn to appreciate each one for what they offer. -Victoria Pratt

I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star. -Ally Sheedy

Some actresses seem to thrive on chaos, and I've often wondered if they felt they had to be that way in order to perform well? -Marie Windsor

I'd say my happiest moment as an actress came when I learned I'd won the Look Magazine Best Supporting Actress Award for 1956 in The Killing. -Marie Windsor

I never had any desire to become a well-known actress. -Rebecca Miller

I know Raft did have some genuine affairs with actresses. -Cesar Romero

I was out dancing with one actress or another. And that got press. Even when it didn't, the whole town knew I was a dancing fool, and since I couldn't very well dance with a man, they saw me dancing with a lady, and they assumed the rest. -Cesar Romero

Since it was too difficult to get into the Screen Actor's Guild in New York, I moved to Miami in 1982 and started a successful career as a television commercial actress, obtaining my SAG card there. -Donna Rice

I think that's what's great about being an actress is you get to learn so many different things like that, like learning a little bit of Tibetan here, learning a Southern accent there. -Jaime King

I've been very lucky. I wanted to be an actress, but I didn't really have the drive to sell myself. Fortunately I had a terrific agent in New York who kept me going from job to job. -Blythe Danner

I'd like to work with any actress from whom I can learn-one who has had many experiences with many directors and is willing to share some of her knowledge with me. -Fred Savage

Terry's mother worked in the film industry for many years. She always wanted him to marry an actress. -Marta Kristen

I had a happier experience of the city as an actress than I had had as a model. -Saffron Burrows

My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading. -Alicia Keys

I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses. -Anthony Michael Hall

You know, acting is very fascinating. But being an actress is not, because you become so concentrated on yourself. -Beatrice Wood

The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress. -Beth Henley

I didn't know whether I wanted to be an actress or a singer then. -Julie Harris

Challenge America grants go to the towns and hamlets of this sprawling country, where big touring companies will rarely go, and major actors, actresses, writers and artists may never appear in person. -Louise Slaughter

I remember feeling that Michael was extremely sensitive when it came to that moment. Most directors are and they usually rely, at least in my experience, on the actress to take over. And Michael is a gentleman. -Madeleine Stowe

The best thing about being an actress is getting good concert tickets. -Sara Gilbert

It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer, not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a way now than when I first came on the scene, because I'm part black. -Carly Simon

I didn't want to become an actress because the competition with my mother would have been to much to live up to. -Isabella Rossellini

I like to extend myself as an actress and David really helped me. -Isabella Rossellini

The Bollywood distribution system is so corrupt that they have trouble making money off movies. So they sell shoes that an actress stepped in. If they turned up the amps some, maybe they could sell the actresses. -Bruce Sterling

Actresses are nightmares. I don't hang out with any of them. That's a problem with my profession. I try not to be like an actress. -Gina Gershon

I know the pressures of being the daughter of a great actress. But it's inspiring. You learn so much that other people don't get to learn until later on. My father being a director, I learnt a real work ethic. -Natasha Richardson

I'm not the kind of actress that goes home with the character. I mean, you're thinking about the work or the next day's scenes, but not staying in character. But as a film goes on, you become more and more fragile, emotionally. And physically too, actually. -Natasha Richardson

A film is a director's vision… there is, however, much input an actor or actress can have. -Natasha Richardson

I think I'm a better actress for having friends and interests outside the theatre. I wouldn't want to live my life surrounded by other actors all the time. -Penelope Keith

In my early years, there were a number of experiences that made me decide I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. There were a number of issues I wanted to address. And I wanted to use my career as a platform. -Cicely Tyson

I don't condemn anyone for making their choices. If someone chooses those roles, fine. But not for me. When someone stops me and says, You're the reason I became an actress, that lets me know I made the right decision. -Cicely Tyson

When I told my mother that I wanted to be an actress, she said, you can't live here and do that, and so I moved out. I was determined to prove her wrong because she was so sure that I was going to go astray. And that's the juice that kept me going. -Cicely Tyson

That's the thing with animated films – I often feel that puppets get the better parts compared to us normal actresses. -Helena Bonham Carter

Normally, an actress has to work to bring out her male side. In our case, the dynamic is reversed. The actor playing her modelled himself on Sharon Stone. -Edward Hall

It was really fun being in Tara's trailer, working on my lines. Tara is such an amazing actress. She's so good at what she does. I learned a lot from watching her. -Carson Daly

Making pictures, for an actress, is like betting, for a gambler. Each time you make a picture you try to analyze why you won or lost. -Hedy Lamarr

A big part of being an actress specifically is feeling entitled to your artistic opinion, feeling that it means something, and being able to stand by it. -Maggie Gyllenhaal

Ten years ago, it was really difficult for a young actress to walk onto a set and disagree with the director and having that be OK and have a conversation about it and everyone be cool with it. -Maggie Gyllenhaal

Having been an actress before becoming a producer has helped, because I realize the needs. -Shelley Duvall

But the privileges that one has enjoyed and exploited can sometimes turn against you: nobody thinks of you as a director, you are always an actress. -Sophie Marceau

It is something actresses need to go through and I think they look forward to being naked in a movie. I don't know why, but it is something you need to exhaust from yourself. -Sophie Marceau

Honestly, I am not trying to discourage anyone from becoming an actress, but if you want to become one be prepared to face everything that comes – along with it. -Amber Tamblyn

I remember when I first started in the business, I lost a lot of friends. Some were jealous, some were annoyed at the fact that I was an actress. -Amber Tamblyn

For me, it's a compliment to be compared with Marilyn, the unforgettable actress, the most beautiful one of all. But, curves aside, we have very little in common. -Eva Herzigova

You can't be a model at age 60, but you certainly can be an actress. -Eva Herzigova

Hollywood will accept actresses playing ten years older, but actors can play ten years younger. -Greta Scacchi

You know, I had my mother and my father convincing me that he would be going back to Hollywood and he'd be back with the actresses and dating them and that he wasn't serious about me at all. So I had him saying one thing to me and my parents telling me something else. -Priscilla Presley

Well my taste wasn't very good when I first started out. But later, when I began to appreciate the art of acting, I would say the actress I most admire is Vanessa Redgrave. -Ellen Burstyn

Oh, she didn't schlep me. I schlepped her, actually. I was the one who wanted to be an actress. -Ellen Muth

I'd like to do a comedy with Emma Thompson. I admire her as an actress so much. I love her. And I didn't know it until recently that her whole career started in comedy. -Gene Wilder

Outside of being an actress, I feel like being out is the biggest way that gay people can change perception. There are people that give millions of dollars to gay organizations but are closeted to their own families. -Jill Bennett

I believe that every role that I have done this far has had quality and content. My roles have been very demanding and every role has been a challenge and a learning experience that has helped me mature as an actress. -Natasha Henstridge

I started off as a model and struggled for some time until I got a break as an actress. I was too stubborn to let go and was sure I was in the right place at the right time. I just fought and I think that's how I am where I am today. -Natasha Henstridge

I don't have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets. -Amy Weber

I didn't choose to be an actress. -Francesca Annis

I'm an actress, not a pinup. -Francesca Annis

When I was starting out, young actresses had the studio system to protect them. Now you have a host of sharks, from your agent to your publicist to your lawyer. -Francesca Annis

As an actress, it appeals to me because I love the idea of playing those in-between moments, the sort of behavioral stuff that one might not normally see. -Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The road Cordelia has travelled, the journey she has taken up to now has been such a joy to play as an actress, because there have been so many chances to do so many different emotions. -Charisma Carpenter

Well, I was lucky in that my being an actress totally overshadowed my having some kind of a… legacy at Yale, so that was kind of great. -Jordana Brewster

I felt totally released from the need to make it as an actress. I had experienced complete fulfillment in something that had nothing to do with me being in the spotlight. -Patricia Heaton

Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood? -Joe Jackson

I loved working with Jamie Lee Curtis, and I felt she was a wonderful actress even that early in her career. -Donald Pleasence

Being an actress is to be in tune with the fantasies of a man. What woman never dreamt of that? -Jeanne Moreau

Demi Moore is a terrific woman and a hell of an actress. -Mark Goddard

I'm not a movie star. I'm just an actress. -Monica Bellucci

Irreversible is not glamorous at all. I try to do different things because I want to grow as an actress and I like to take risks. -Monica Bellucci

My sister wanted to be an actress, but she never made it. She does live in a trailer. She got halfway. She's an actress, she just never gets called to the set. -Mitch Hedberg

I was never looking back in regret. I never thought, Oh, why didn't I become an actress? or Why did I just go paddling along after John? I've always walked along right by his side, and he's always supported everything I do. -June Carter Cash

The doctors must tell you that one of the risks of surgery is that you might die. This poor doctor was talking to an actress. It was very dramatic to me. To him, it was just a thing he had to say. -Patty Duke

And they didn't have to get into a lot of legal speak or talk ER terms, they were real people. I think that's why so many actresses were attracted to it. And it was just about problems that you could identify with so much, right off the bat. -James Denton

I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That's why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I'm not going to be cast again. -Judi Dench

When I was in kindergarten, I had one line in a little play. I said, I am Patrick Potato and this is my cousin, Mrs. Tomato, and I heard laughter. I wanted to be an actress from that moment on. -Doris Roberts

You know I'm an actress, not just a funny lady. -Doris Roberts

I don't know who the actresses all are. I've never heard of Kate but I'm sure she'll do fine. -Margot Kidder

At some point we have to stop and say, There's Marlee, not, There's the deaf actress. -Marlee Matlin

Anne Baxter was a very good actress, Donna Reid was great. You couldn't name an actress I wasn't crazy about. -Richard Widmark

I am an actress and acting is my passion… period! -Christine Lahti

I wanted to be an actress. In college I was a serious feminist and very political. I was determined to get one thing out of my career and that was respect. I didn't want money. I didn't care about fame. -Christine Lahti

It was not really a career choice that I had to make. It was something I knew right from the beginning. I had to be an actress… period. -Christine Lahti

Sure I faced the troubles and challenges that most actors and actresses face until they get noticed, but I was always confident of myself and my capabilities. -Christine Lahti

Acting is glamour but writing is hard work, so I'm going to be an actress. -Jacqueline Susann

I am happy as happiness goes, for a woman who has so many memories and who lives the lonely life of an actress. -Lillie Langtry

I look to longevity. I just consider myself an actress and getting good roles. If being a 'superstar' gets me good roles, then that's a positive thing. But my goal isn't just to be a superstar. It's to act for a long time. -Penelope Ann Miller

I'm in so many Charles Bronson films because no other actress will work with him. -Jill Ireland

Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens. -Satyajit Ray

My hard work and excellent training entitled me to be a better actress than some of my competitors. -Pola Negri

The thing about acting is you don't want to let on how enjoyable it is or then everybody would want to become an actress. But it really is. It's a pleasure to go and exchange your identity. -Gena Rowlands

Today it's almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power… I wouldn't hesitate right this minute to hire a talented woman if the subject matter were right. -Ida Lupino

When I was straight, I had the courage and energy to become an actress. I owe my career to my will to stop using. -Kirstie Alley

I don't see myself being an actress forever. -Carrie Snodgress

Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique. -Hattie McDaniel

I work with Sally and I can see Sally doing that. She is very aggressive. Very fun loving and charming… and pushy in a very competitive way and a very healthy way and a very good actress. -Dabney Coleman

For most of my career, I've played roles that were written for other actresses. -Victoria Abril

The actress they'd hired had refused to appear naked in front of the camera. I didn't like to appear naked either, but the first thing I did was take off my clothes and jump into the pool completely naked. -Victoria Abril

I am going to be a great actress. -Vivien Leigh

I think Edith Evans is the most marvelous actress in the world and she can look beautiful. People who aren't beautiful can look beautiful. She can look as beautiful as Diana Cooper, who was the most beautiful woman in the world. -Vivien Leigh

I'm not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity. -Vivien Leigh

When I was at school at Paris, I had special lessons from Mademoiselle Antoine, an actress at the Comedie Francaise, and I was taken to every sort of play. I felt very grand. -Vivien Leigh

An actress who has the gift of swaying the emotions of an audience, of compelling tribute of tears, or of moving the public to joyous merriment, cannot always be satisfied to set aside her whole career, in the work that she loves, simply because she is married. -Billie Burke

I think when an actress marries she should leave the stage. She cannot be happy if she is married and remains on the stage. She must care more for her art or for her husband. -Billie Burke

There is no reason why marriage should necessarily compel an actress to forego her career. -Billie Burke

If I wasn't an actress I would run a fortune 500 company. -Sela Ward

You can tell when an actor or actress cares about their work. It's really clear. -Jeffrey Katzenberg

It's quite hard for me being an actress because I actually don't like attention. -Julie Christie

I do not admire young actresses whose foreheads cannot move. -Kathleen Turner

I figured as I got older, the good roles for women would be in the theatre. So 15 years ago I started building a Broadway career to try and develop the chops to be accepted as a great theatrical actress. -Kathleen Turner

I think Europeans have enough tradition and respect for the experience and body of work of an actress that they don't sell out to the new ones. -Kathleen Turner

What we need is more women writers, writing for older women. There are some actresses who have production companies and create their own material, and I truly admire that. -Kathleen Turner

I made a commitment to myself; that I wanted to be an actress, and I wanted to do films that make a difference. It has to move people. -Laura Dern

I was raised by an actress, and I watched all those women turn 60 and ask, Shouldn't get face work? My mother and Anne Bancroft said, We're not going to fall into that. -Laura Dern

I was the first actress in the family, and I am still the only actress in the family. I shouldn't be saying it, but it slipped out! -Eva Gabor

We were using Brooke as an actress; she was playing different roles: a liberated woman, a teenager, a vamp. -Calvin Klein

I've grown up so much here. It's been two years. I've become a woman here, I've become an actress here. -Elisabeth Rohm

A Latin teacher told me I might make a good actress, and that stuck in my memory. I did some modeling, and Polanski gave me that small part. -Jacqueline Bisset

At the time, 1980, people regarded actresses involved with production with a certain amount of fear, resentment and anger. -Jacqueline Bisset

Having this other career in music made me work harder as an actress. It's made me more professional. -Mandy Moore

I just don't want to be known as the actress who can sing. I want to be known as the singer who can act, too. It's great cross-promotion. -Mandy Moore

Lately I did a film called All I Want for Christmas and it was well received. This gave me a new point of view and a new respect for my work as an actress. -Sarah Polley

It's not that I don't want to become famous or that I'm obsessed by my work as an actress, but it's all about not limiting myself, such as putting myself in a little jail that I can escape from. -Sarah Polley

Being a human being is all about experiencing all of the wonders of the world and therefore as an actress, I'm open to any opportunity that may enrich my horizon. -Sarah Polley

I have very happy memories of fairy tales. My mother used to take me to the library in Toronto to check out the fairy tales. And she was an actress, so she used to act out for me the different characters in all these fairy tales. -Mike Myers

I'm only realizing now that I was a child actress because I always took myself so seriously. -Claire Danes

Good actresses can often accomplish miracles, and it is possible to be someone you've never been or will be. But in a sitcom, there's no time. -Patricia Richardson

So now I feel I'm lucky in the respect that I can sort of pick a little more carefully, which is tricky because as a black actress, there aren't that many roles to pick from. -Rachel True

And while I might not always agree with the viewpoint I have to portray, because I play a district attorney, as an actress I can always tell myself that my character is trying to take the moral high ground. -Lara Flynn Boyle

There were many good actresses in my time like Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds, but I was the only dancer. -Leslie Caron

You have actresses like Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, who have roles specially written for them. -Leslie Caron

I like every single actor or actress in the world, because we never know what the conditions are like when they are working. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and root for them like a psychotic sports fan. -Judd Nelson

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people whose works I admire as actors or actresses, or musicians. And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors. -Laura Bush

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

I used up every cent I earned as an actress. -Gene Tierney

As an actress, I was trained to show emotion I did not feel, or no emotion at all. -Gene Tierney

I'm a more mature actress now. -Eliza Dushku

Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century. -Denzel Washington

Every actress has a line she'll draw, where she'll say, 'This I will do and this I won't.' For me, everything has to be important to the story and the director has to be able to tell me why. -Sheryl Lee

The most frustrating thing for me as a singer is that people have pinpointed me as an actress who suddenly woke up one day and decided that I wanted to sing. -Marla Sokoloff

You always hear actresses talk about how unromantic it is to act a love scene or a sex scene – which it is. You're doing it with all these lights on and cameras flying around and people on the set. -Sheryl Lee

It was scary, and I knew what it was like to be an unemployed actress again. -Hunter Tylo

I told him that I can play it if he wanted to write it, and I would be willing to try and go there emotionally. I did not know as an actress if I would be able to get there, because when you feel really deep emotions or pain, you don't want to go back there. -Hunter Tylo

Truffaut loved actresses, and he was very intense. All the actresses I knew wanted to do a film with him. -Catherine Deneuve

I'm not always the nicest person to meet, because I forget very easily that I'm an actress when I'm not working. -Catherine Deneuve

Being an actress is a very physical thing. If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films. -Catherine Deneuve

I have been involved in some films other actresses would not have done. -Catherine Deneuve

I think male roles are generally much better written. So for actresses, we're always dealing with trying to inject a role with more truth than the writer possibly had in mind. -Judy Davis

As an actress, you're already disregarded for a lot of the parts by the people who are setting up those shows. You don't need your agent to be doing the same. -Tia Carrere

It was considered that you were stepping down by doing television. I almost turned Cybill down because I so wanted to remain a theater actress. -Christine Baranski

It's a great time to be an actress at this point in my life. -Christine Baranski

I went through the process of auditioning like every other struggling actress in this town. -Taryn Manning

That's why I'm an actress, to do something completely opposite from myself. -Taryn Manning

Alison Lohman is an amazing actress. I was so proud to work with her. -Taryn Manning

It hasn't been smooth or delightful every minute, there were lean years and rough years, but it's been exciting and good and I'm thrilled to be an actress and a singer and to have spent my life this way. -Sally Kellerman

This war is like an actress who is getting old. It is less and less photogenic and more and more dangerous. -Robert Capa

The theater is where I belonged; I simply wanted to be an actress my whole life. -Loni Anderson

There was no way I could live in Hollywood and not become an actress. -Eva Gabor

I think being an actress is more how to cope with the fact that you can't do anything else than to express a talent. It's a way of being untalented for anything. -Isabelle Huppert

I never wondered whether I should be a stage actress or a movie actress. -Isabelle Huppert

I don't know if you ever say to yourself that you want to be an actress. It eventually becomes a social function – you are an actress and you make a living out of it, but at the beginning it's more a matter of how to survive, or how to exist in a certain way. -Isabelle Huppert

For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at! -Isabelle Huppert

I don't act in the way other actresses act, in terms of building or creating a character. I don't transform myself into the role, I invest myself in the role. -Beatrice Dalle

I'm a full-time mom right now and a part-time actress. -Valerie Bertinelli

As a brunette, I had previously been this serious actress. Then I became a blonde and got to play a completely different, comic role. -Loni Anderson

I always wanted to get into the horror genre. I like scary movies. I want to go to the fan shows and sign posters with my head hanging by a thread like a B-movie actress. -Illeana Douglas

I made up my mind to be an actress when I was 4 years old. -Eva Gabor

After all the work I've done, why should I suddenly be treated as a bona fide actress? -Eva Gabor

What's the classical moment that every actor or actress deals with? A tragic thing. They get that blank, faraway look in their eyes. But in life, it's not that way. -Skeet Ulrich

I wanted to start with a very small role, to get my feet wet. I'm sure I'm not as good or as experienced as other actresses, but everybody has to start somewhere. -Claudia Schiffer

I play a character every day of my life, and I don't want to play a character as myself. They can judge me as an actress, not as a person. I'm not a spokeswoman for Anna. -Anna Friel

I look at being an actress as being like a mummy: You're bandaged up and preserved as soon as you start making other people money. -Anna Friel

I'm just an actress. They try to give me as little information as possible. -Yancy Butler

The second host that I had was an actress I didn't know named Susan St. James. -Dick Ebersol

Another thing that's pathetic is this rule that you have to look ugly to get respect as an actress. Jessica Lange had to make herself look really bad to prove that she had amazing talent. -Kevyn Aucoin

I'm going to insult a whole industry here, but it seems like TV is for people who can't do film. I'm not talking about actresses; I'm talking about lighting people. Lighting on TV is just so… it's sinful, it really is. -Kevyn Aucoin

I'd never played a cop before, and this particular role with what she is going thru, especially during the first season, covering her alcoholism to her on the job performance, was a great opportunity for me as an actress. -Nancy McKeon

There are two things in life that I really wanted to do: be an actress, and to be in skin care, and I've gotten to do both of them. -Victoria Principal

At an age when most actresses are being phased out, I am being phased in – with a vengeance. -Candice Bergen

I wanted to be an actress, and I wanted to be a model. -Delta Burke

In my teens or twenties I wanted to do Blanche. Now I'm over that. Those roles are not attracting me now. Which is odd, because that's what most every actress would want to go do. -Delta Burke

Then a year would go by and I'd realize I love the acting too much and it is my identity and I don't know how to be anything but an actress. It's who and what I am, so I always come back. -Delta Burke

I've been in showbusiness all my life, but as an actress I have never been overly driven. -Jamie Lee Curtis

Hitch suggested a name actress to play Marion because the bigger the star the more unbelievable it would be that we would kill her. -Joseph Stefano

As an actress, there's nothing worse than not knowing your cues. -Kristin Davis

I'd wanted to be an actress my whole life, that was my goal, that was all I cared about. -Kristin Davis

Well, Rhoda was, I think, the last actress that we saw. There had been so many wonderful actresses who were close, really close. But there was no magical epiphany. -Mary Tyler Moore

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. -Cameron Diaz

As an actress we don't beat one another. It's whoever's right for the part. -Juliette Binoche

Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion. -Juliette Binoche

But I've never felt that being an actress is being in a comfortable place. It's seen from the outside that we're being driven in big cars and having these gorgeous suites and all of that. But come on, it's not about that. -Juliette Binoche

I believe that being an actress or being involved in a movie has to be a life experience, otherwise why go for it? I have to change me, and I have to learn things, and I have to push me and my limits. By acting, I find a freedom inside of a prison in a way. -Juliette Binoche

I sometimes feel like I could do another job. Anything. Maybe because as an actress you're playing different characters, everything feels possible. -Juliette Binoche

Many actresses do that kind of shoot when they are in their early 20s but I didn't think I had anything to worry about so I decided to go for it. I was very pleased with the results and it was also nice to surprise a few people. -Sharon Stone

When you're a regular gal, you look in the rearview mirror, and in the bright daylight you see that line around your mouth, but when you're an actress and you see that line up on the big screen, it's, like, seven feet long. -Sharon Stone

TV is sort of the only way to go for an actress my age to make a decent salary; with independent films, you just can't. -Jessica Lange

I first wanted to be an actress after seeing a play – not a movie. -Kim Cattrall

An actress, around 40, on television, that's where you get the most torture, I think. -Lisa Kudrow

I actually made an effort to reject acting, to shove it out of my body, because I didn't want my kids to have an actress as a mother-to have, like, a silly person. -Lisa Kudrow

Susan is just great. I know I'm biased, but she's a great actress. -Tim Robbins

I'm not really a songwriter – I'm an interpreter. So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart. -Diana Ross

It's also a question of finding good material and interesting roles. I'm not the only actress out there, and good parts just don't fall into your lap that easily. But I like most of the films I've made recently and so I'm pretty positive about the future. -Winona Ryder

I just knew that was what I wanted to do. I was going to perform as a singer; I was going to perform as a dancer, and I was, you know, going to do movies and be an actress. I was going to do it or die trying. That's what my life was. -Jennifer Lopez

I feel I want to grow as an actress and be better. I want to progress as a singer and songwriter, and produce movies and everything. So there'll be no time when I feel I've done it all. -Jennifer Lopez

Anybody can say she's an actress. It's another thing to get a job. -Heather Locklear

There are wonderfully talented actresses. It's a really rich field. There isn't as rich a field of material. -Meryl Streep

I didn't have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do. -Meryl Streep

Supermodels are over, and the new picture girl has become the television actress. -Portia de Rossi

If you've looked at all the glamour magazines lately, all the covers are actresses. If they are on those covers, they are going to try to emulate models. That's just the way it is. -Portia de Rossi

I didn't choose the fact that I was gay, but I did choose whether to live my life as a gay woman-that was the terrifying thing for me. Especially being a gay actress. -Portia de Rossi

I love Joan Collins. She's a wonderful lady. She has such courage. She's such a good actress. -Robert Wagner

That's why I'm an actress – escaping into a world. -Julie Walters

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York, because that's what I know about. One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man. -Julie Walters

I never wanted to become an actress because I'd read great literature or seen great Shakespeare. It was more just wanting to understand what the people were really like, why they said all the strange things they did. -Julie Walters

The acting was first. As a teenager I was an actress; and then I came back as a singer. -Julie London

When I went back to New York with somewhat of a name, they didn't want movie actresses. -Gloria Stuart

The great actresses and actors receive awards for great roles in great films. -Gloria Stuart

I wanted to become a model and an actress. -Anna Nicole Smith

I wanted to be a theater actress, but I thought it would be easier to get to New York and the theater if I had a name than if I just walked the streets as a little girl from California. -Gloria Stuart

If I only dated actresses, I'd be a very lonely man. -Joshua Jackson

I want to be an actress, not a personality. -Jill Clayburgh

I got pigeonholed a bit. When I wanted to be an actress, I never wanted to be the kind of actress I became. -Rachel Ward

Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one. -Marilyn Monroe

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

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

I'm a character actress. -Shelley Morrison

I'm not really an actress type. I'm an entertainer. -Susan Olsen

The only thing I like about being an actress is acting. -Elizabeth Ashley

I don't think anyone has the right to intrude in your life, but they do. I would like people to separate the actress and the woman. -Ingrid Bergman

Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But between those ten years, it is difficult for an actress. -Ingrid Bergman

Now, all the movies are for teenagers. It's very difficult for an actress to find really deep, beautiful characters to play. -Monica Bellucci

Remember I'm an artist. And you know what that means in a court of law. Next worst to an actress. -Joyce Cary

I cannot absorb living in a world where I have an Oscar for best actress and Denzel doesn't have one for best actor. -Julia Roberts

People think, 'Wow, you're an actress, so people must be really nice to you and kiss your ass.' NOBODY kisses my ass. -Alicia Silverstone

If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination. -Hedy Lamarr

There's something about an American soldier you can't explain. They're so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them. -Marlene Dietrich

I like exposing myself. There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress who absolutely believes in exposing herself. -Kate Winslet

I'm fighting the label of 'Black' actress simply because it's very limiting in people's eyes, especially people who are making movies. -Whoopi Goldberg

I think of myself as a journeyman actress. I will attempt almost anything that I think that I can bring off. It could be almost anything. -Angela Lansbury

What I love about being an actress is being able to really look into myself and understand another human being. -Phylicia Rashad

I've had more of an opportunity to work with Katie Holmes, which is incredibly enjoyable. I think she is really one of the best actresses on the market right now. She forces you to bring your best stuff to the table, because if you don't, she just completely overpowers you. -Joshua Jackson

First, I'm trying to prove to myself that I'm a person. Then maybe I'll convince myself that I'm an actress. -Marilyn Monroe

I don't know why people think child actresses in particular are screwed up. I see kids everywhere who are totally bored. I've never been bored a day in my life. -Jodie Foster

Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success. -Mae West

My talents fall within definite limitations. I am not as versatile an actress as some think. -Greta Garbo

The very women who object to the morals of a notoriously beautiful actress, grow big with pride when an admirer suggests their marked resemblance to this stage beauty in physique. -Minna Antrim

An actress must be a woman whose emotional perceptions are true, and to make them so, she must have a fine contempt for any art or thought that betrays them for something false. -Nance O'Neil

I got all the schooling any actress needs. That is, I learned to write enough to sign contract. -Hermione Gingold

I have an older sister named Haley and she wanted to be an actress. So I wanted to be an actress. It's really funny the way that some people don't give kids enough credit for like really being driven, and really wanting to do things so badly. -Hilary Duff

I started in London, as a kid. My mother knew I had sort of an inbred talent. She was an actress, so I inherited it from her. But I think I got a lot of it from my grandfather, who was a great politician. -Angela Lansbury

As an African American actress, there are people who have been staples in my life that opened a door that I can walk through. I hope that I can have that impact. -Monique Coleman

It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don't think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it, and they really like acting, go for it. -Alanna Ubach

As an actress, there were so many months, years even, when I didn't get work, when I wanted to quit. -Mariska Hargitay

I'm the biggest nerd – I love comic books and stuff like that! I don't have any friends who are actresses. I only had one girlfriend when I was growing up. Most of my friends were boys. I was such a tomboy. I enjoyed doing guy things. -Megan Fox

There's a very small group of elite actresses who are my age, who people want to work with. It's not easy to get a good job with good actors. -Amanda Peet

I'm not skinny for the wrong reasons. It's not because I'm bulimic or anorexic or doing drugs. Compared to a lot of actresses my age, I'm actually overweight. -Lindsay Lohan

I don't really like dressing up. Some people probably think actresses dress up everywhere they go. I'm in sweatpants half the time with my hair in a ponytail. -Selena Gomez

I didn't picture myself as a movie actress. I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, 'Well somebody has to be in them,' so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise. -Annette Bening

We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that's something I've experienced, but we're all just doing the best we can and we're all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed. -Annette Bening

I don't see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you're not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it's not like something you can win in that way. -Annette Bening

My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead. -Nicole Kidman

My job as an actress is to make things work and come up with reasons of my own and not just fill in the blanks for anybody else, you know what I mean? -Amy Adams

As an actress people always tease me like: if there's anything you can do to make yourself unattractive you will do it. -Amy Adams

You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They're so not me. That's why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress. -Helena Bonham Carter

I came to L.A. to work and become a better actress, not to be a star. -Lauren Ambrose

Being an actress is similar to trying to fit in with the popular kids in high school. You're expected to drive the right car, wear the right clothes and say the right things. -Lauren Ambrose

Having my son, I mean, I feel already that it makes me a better actress. Just the feeling and the love that expands in my being is more than I ever thought possible. -Lauren Ambrose

When people say 'You're so beautiful' it makes me want to kill myself! As an actress you want to be seen for what you do, for the characters you can play, otherwise I'd be a model. -Eva Green

I feel as though my career really hit its high point when I was cast as a supporting actress in 'American Wedding'. I thought the script had a lot of depth and intelligence, and it really just jumped off the page. -January Jones

People think that I changed my name. I could've been an actress, a superhero, or a stripper. -January Jones

I've always thought of myself as more of a character actress. I've tried to do different things, but I've always been under the radar and that's how I like it. I've been really blessed to work this long and I just hope I continue to get better and better and better and better. -Rose Byrne

I'm ambitious but I'm not particularly competitive. I'll try to get roles, as I think it's healthy to go for things, but… I think there's too much competition between women already. It's important to have female solidarity and support each other and other actresses. -Rose Byrne

From a very early age, I made my decisions based on careers that I admire. The one thing that all the actresses I love have in common is that they have diversity in their careers. -Olivia Wilde

I like to look like a person. It drives me crazy when you see women in movies playing teachers, and they have biceps. It totally takes me out of the movie. I start thinking, Wow, that actress playing this part really looks great! -Emma Stone

Dakota Fanning is my favorite actress. -Elle Fanning

Hopefully I'll get to make another movie, so we'll see. But modeling – all the actresses are taking everything over now, with all the modeling endorsements and magazine covers. -Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Hermione is so close to who I am as a person that I've never really had to research a role. I'm literally rediscovering what it means to be an actress. -Emma Watson

I adore Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh, but more because they were good actresses. That's what makes me interested in them, that they didn't present themselves as idols; they were just doing their jobs. -Imelda Staunton

You could say I'm a character actress. Or maybe a character actress who does peculiar, interesting lead roles. Does that make sense? -Imelda Staunton

I think every day there is some new actress comes out and inspires me to do something else… like Hilary Swank. After she did Boys Don't Cry, I felt this yearning to go out and be even half as good as she was. -Elisabeth Moss

I think my guideline has been to find things that inspire me. And as long as I stick to that, I don't think I'll have any problems crossing over to becoming an adult actress. -Elisabeth Moss

It's a better time for actresses on TV than on film. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

I'm a trained actress and I can do it, but I think that you have to prove yourself. -Eva Mendes

I really believe that what I do as an actress is my God-given talent. This is my calling, not my career. -Angela Bassett

I regard myself as an actress but, obviously, not in the Dame Judi Dench league. That isn't a problem because I don't think we are ever likely to be up for the same part! -Kelly Brook

So I kind of lost track for a while, then I came back, I pulled myself together and I decided when I was 15 that I'm going to get sober and I'm going to become an actress. -Noomi Rapace

Blythe Danner is somebody whose career I admire. She's a great actress and does good work, but also has a life of her own. I love my job but, at the end of the day, I want to come home and watch a movie and drink a bottle of wine with my husband. -Anna Faris

The three things I said when I came out of school were I want to work consistently, I want to do good work and I want to be paid fairly, and that's happened. But I didn't become an actress for the money. I do it for other reasons. -Angela Bassett

It has to be a very specific role for me because of my accent. I can't complain; I've been working since I got to LA. But it is hard. I have no training as an actress so I try whatever I do like school, because I'm learning. -Sofia Vergara

That's why I do what I do, and that's why I wanted to be an actress from the time I was six years old. If I can't effectively move people, then I would prefer not to do it. -Viola Davis

Becoming an actress takes a lot longer than being a star. I don't want to be a star. I want to be an actress. I want to build a career. -Carol Alt

I am one of the few actresses who isn't recognized by the way she looks. I'm recognized by the way I talk. -Joey Lauren Adams

The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic, blonde actress with the funny voice. -Joey Lauren Adams

You can tell five minutes into it what a girl is after, when she starts asking how much money I make or tells me, 'I wanna be an actress.' -Scott Baio

Right now I'm the most famous silent movie actress in the world and I want to keep that for me. So I hope there's not going to be any other silent movies. -Berenice Bejo

I never thought about how I didn't have a cell phone or I'm in 2011. I was just so happy to be able to be a character in the 30s and there are these actresses that I really liked in the 40s, 50s and 60s in American movies that I've seen since I was a little girl. But you don't really think like that when you prepare for a role. -Berenice Bejo

I spent hours on the internet looking at how glamorous actresses winked and how they would put their hand on their waist, and I was told to look at how they would walk in a room and how her body takes place of everything. -Berenice Bejo

You know I'm proud of all of them but I think that I am most proud of all my businesses and just being a business woman and being able to do that as well as you know hold my career as an actress. -Brande Roderick

It helps if you don't date other actors, but actresses are beautiful. How can you say no? -Adam Brody

Some of the things I've seen a lot of my female-actress friends who are relatively famous receive – I've seen some hideous things. Like some really, really bad things… like, the FBI should be contacted immediately. -Elisha Cuthbert

For me, as an actress, being a dancer has helped me. I've done it with my feet bloody. -Elizabeth Berkley

It's so nice after 10 years as a blond actress in Hollywood to have people let you do smart things. -Emily Procter

I am an actress, I earn money, I am well-known. I don't think it is altruism to become engaged in humanitarian work. It's the least one can do. -Emmanuelle Beart

I played football when I was little. I didn't want to be an actress at all, I wanted to be a majorette in an Australian circus. That was my ambition. -Emmanuelle Beart

I have the insecurities of any actress, I suppose of any woman. Even the most beautiful ones feel unhappy. Look at Bardot: she was suicidal. But I like to play with the camera. I like to ham it up. -Chloe Sevigny

I had always wanted to be an actress. I went to summer theater camp from kindergarten on up until high school, and always had the leads in all the plays – even though they were at the YMCA – but it was something I always wanted to do. -Chloe Sevigny

There's still a bit of a problem, in that so many leading English roles are taken by American or French actresses. -Joely Richardson

If I had made it in cheerleading, I would have never been an actress. -Christine Taylor

I always want to be an actress. -Chloe Grace Moretz

I actually work at my craft, and I actually want to be the best in my category, and I want to be a true actress. And a lot of people just want fame, and there's a huge difference. -Chloe Grace Moretz

A lot of people are like, 'So you want to be famous.' And I'm like, 'No, I want to be good at my craft. I don't care about fame, I don't care if I even ever make it. As long as people know what I am as an actress in this business, I'm set for my career right now.' -Chloe Grace Moretz

At hotels, you are an actress. Absolutely. You can do what you want. Go where you want. I love my home too. But I love to arrive in a hotel. They have books, chocolate, food. I put things in the little refrigerator. -Sonia Rykiel

Honestly, ever since I've been married, the part of a job as an actress where you have to kiss other people, I find totally bizarre. -Leelee Sobieski

It's difficult for a young girl like me. Because there's a certain time for young actresses, which is like a really juicy period when all the parts are love interests and young heroines. Of course, there's always work for men whatever age they are. -Gemma Arterton

My mother had been an actress and we came from that world in New York, the theater world and the downtown sort of theater scene, and so I guess we didn't really have what you'd call like a Hollywood kind of life at all. -Martha Plimpton

As an actress for most of my life, I am profoundly familiar with poverty. -Martha Plimpton

I'm the Magoo of actresses, very accident-prone. -Peta Wilson

There's a difference between actresses of color and actresses not of color. If you look at how big my movies are. -Regina King

The thing with me is, if I wake up one morning and I'm not happy working as an actress, I'll stop. It's not something I have to do. It's not a vocation. -Samantha Morton

It delights me that I don't fit the stereotype of an actress. -Danica McKellar

What I got which was unusual, especially as a child actress, was parents who believed that Hollywood was not that important. They told us education, family, health, all come first and they meant it. -Danica McKellar

I was bulimic and anorexic for a while, just hating my body. As an actress, I was never thin enough, never pretty enough. My boobs weren't big enough. -Felicity Huffman

I've never been a fearful person. When I was growing up, I wanted to be an actress, a writer, and a musician and I never really processed that those are the three hardest jobs – I just never even processed it. -Krysten Ritter

After I finished 'E.R.', I wanted to concentrate on re-examining what kind of actress I am and taking time for real-life things. -Linda Cardellini

I decided to an actress because of the film 'La Dolce Vita.' -Maria Grazia Cucinotta

It is so fantastic being an actress because you have the chance to be a thousand different people when you act. -Maria Grazia Cucinotta

I think as an actress, I prefer having a character on the page. It allows you to be more invested in actually creating a whole person. It's easier when you're not trying to come up with your next line on the spot. -Greta Gerwig

I never said I wanted to be a lead actress; I never said I wanted to be a film actress. This need to trump everyone bewilders me. I'm only 25. I'm not better than anyone. I just want to watch other people and learn to be good. -Carey Mulligan

Basically, I'm living the life of an actress in L.A. And I've recently had some pretty good fortune. -Olivia Munn

I tend to be a lazy actress, unless I'm pushed. -Asia Argento

I've done a lot of serious roles, but they're, like, independent, so it's harder for them to come out. The big ones have been comedies, but I would love to get a big drama to let people see the other side of me, that I am a serious actress. -Tara Reid

I think audiences, producers and directors included, develop crushes on actors (actresses in particular) and then lose interest and move on to the next one. -Julia Stiles

It was not easy for my mother, being a struggling actress and raising a child. We were these two sort of vagabonds, never knowing where the money was going to come from. She always says she couldn't afford a babysitter, which is why she put me on the stage. -Christina Applegate

Right now the music is more of a hobby since I'm making a good living as an actress. -Amy Jo Johnson

I was one of those kids who wanted to do everything, I wanted to be a marine biologist, an actress, a writer, an environmentalist, an activist. -Kristin Kreuk

I felt, this is what I want to be in my life. I want to be an actress. -Paz Vega

We are a very typical Spanish family – a bullfighter, an actress, a flamenco dancer and singer! -Paz Vega

I think as a young actress, it's very rare that you read something where you're not either 'the girl' or there to serve some romantic purpose in a male dominated cast. -Sienna Miller

As an actress I feel that if you start to impose your own inhibitions, then you are not doing your job. -Sienna Miller

It was a really fun idea to have a fashion label with my sister but I don't have an awful lot of time for it because my first love and job is to be an actress. -Sienna Miller

When I started off as an actress, I did at a play at the Taper Too Theatre here in Los Angeles, called 'In The Abyss Of Coney Island.' That was more of a dramatic play. It was a small theater house. This was the first time I was literally on the road, doing a play, for four months. -Vivica A. Fox

I hope to have a career like Jodie Foster, going from child to adult actress. -Evan Rachel Wood

As an actress, I'm drawn to emotion and expressing the human condition in all its forms, and I'm fortunate to have thoughts and feelings at my fingertips. -Diane Keaton

Even though I've done Hollywood films, I still don't think of myself as a Hollywood actress. -Zhang Ziyi

I did this TV show, which was my first job ever. It wasn't a real acting part. It was like this promo for this sitcom and the main actress was meeting three different real people and then she was going to decide who was going to be on the episode. -Seann William Scott

After Halle Berry does her films and Queen Latifah does her films, it's left to all the black, Latino and Asian actresses to fight over a couple of roles. I opted for some TV. There's just not a ton of work in film. -Gabrielle Union

You have to be the best of whatever you are, but successful, cool actresses come in all shapes and sizes. -Jessica Alba

I don't think I can call myself an actress yet. I just don't think my skill level is that high. I hope that with every job it gets better. But until I'm good, I can say I'm trying to be an actor, but I don't think I've completely made it. -Keira Knightley

I just thought acting would be something to help out with my student loans, but my first year as an actress, I made more money than my parents. That's when I realized it could turn into a career. After that, I put everything I had into it. -Gabrielle Union

I'm a working actress able to make choices based on characters rather than what I 'should' do for my career. -Selma Blair

I always loved working as an actress, but I didn't understand why I couldn't just opt out of being famous. And then I realized you can, and I think I did. And eventually, I came to understand that you can do that and also keep working. -Debra Winger

I think when it comes to Botox and surgery, actresses should do it or not do it, but be honest about their choices. -Debra Winger

When I went to Los Angeles right after high school, I got some acting jobs, and I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit. But I have never been nervous singing. When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my words, sweat, and pull at my clothes. -Kelly Clarkson

Joan Cusack is one of my favorite comedic actresses, and every part she plays is so different. She does the wackiest stuff and somehow it works. I like watching her a lot, and I think you can always go further and pull back. That's something I really have to work on. -Rachel McAdams

Any actor or actress that tells you that they don't watch their stuff is lying. -Amy Poehler

Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem. If I don't love something, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it. -Amanda Bynes

Part of me relates to Perez Hilton because he's an outcast. I don't have a lot of friends who are actresses. They're catty, and they'll cut you down. I like that Perez is proud of who he is and doesn't care what anybody thinks. -Amanda Bynes

I never wanted to be a model. I never wanted to be a serious actress. I started off doing comedy. I did a stand-up comedy camp at the Laugh Factory, and I started out on Nickelodeon. -Amanda Bynes

I still love coming into work everyday after so many years working as an actress. I've been working more or less continuously and I find I have to really want to do the project to make it work because you have to put such an enormous amount of effort into it. -Amanda Burton

No, I always wanted to be an actress. -Amanda Burton

It's definitely like being in some weird sorority. I'm friends with a lot of actresses, but my 'SNL' friends are my closest. -Ana Gasteyer

As an actress and comedienne, I'm a huge fan of he theatre and the Tricycle in Kilburn is my favourite in London. I dragged my kids to a performance of 'Twelfth Night' there, where they handed out pizza. Who knew that all it takes to get children interested in Shakespeare is a snack? -Arabella Weir

I'd like to be the role model to teach other people who have Down's syndrome to be actors and actresses and to be themselves and not try to be a big shot. -Chris Burke

It's definitely an exciting time to be an actress. -Lisa Nicole Carson

I was really conflicted. I had always planned to help the world. Instead, I was going to become an actress? That seemed like such a selfish thing to do. -Maria Bello

I'm friends with a lot of actresses, but my 'SNL' friends are my closest. The experience of working there is something of a battleground, a great one, but complicated. I think there's a deep connection for having survived that workplace. -Ana Gasteyer

A lot of actresses I've worked with recently have done so much Botox their faces don't look real anymore. If you freeze everything on your face, you can't emote. -Jane Seymour

My first job now is as a mother, everything else is secondary. My kids understand that I am an actress, and they are always so surprised to hear my voice on a cartoon character, or see my face on a video box. If it ever gets to be too much though, the career and the kids, I will simply set the career aside. -Joan Cusack

An actress in a film starts every day with an hour and a half in front of a mirror, with hair and make-up and costumes. -Debra Winger

Marilyn was a great actress, not a dumb blond bombshell. She was very smart, very astute and a good businesswoman. -Lawrence Schiller

It's important to have female solidarity and support each other and other actresses. -Rose Byrne

I see myself more as a character actress than a celebrity. -Rose Byrne

I'm very literate on policy. I'm very literate on the issues, and I'm an American first. I've been involved in politics long before I was an actress. I just happen to have a platform now. I just happen to have a voice. -Eva Longoria

I find it irresponsible to go, 'She's an actress, what does she know?' That means if you're a dentist, what do you know? If you're a lawyer, what do you know? It's our profession, it's what we do. It's not who we are. -Eva Longoria

I'm an actress. It's my passion. -Sophia Loren

I didn't want to be an actress. I wanted to be a dentist, but you never know what life will bring you. -Sofia Vergara

The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity. -Rachel Weisz

As an actress, it's part of your job to be able to imagine just about anything – even if it's not within your personal experience. -Rachel Weisz

I'm not sure if I want to direct a film, but certainly, as an actress, I'm always thinking, 'Surely this must be my last film.' -Cate Blanchett

An actress once advised me, 'Make sure you do your own laundry – it will keep you honest.' -Cate Blanchett

I'm here not just as an actress but as a woman, an African-American, a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, a person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama! -Kerry Washington

When I was growing up, I dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress, or a ballerina. Not a dentist, like my father, or a homemaker, like my mother – and certainly not a writer, although I always loved to read. -Judy Blume

It's a paradox to be an actress, living in the city, taking planes all the time, trying to find the right balance in this life, which is not so eco-friendly, and still try to respect the environment. -Marion Cotillard

As an actress I just want to tell beautiful stories. -Marion Cotillard

I'm 40 next year and I'm very well aware that where I am now, it becomes a bit of a wilderness for actresses. -Lena Headey

My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn't approve of it, so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress, my mother was very supportive. She always said to me, 'There's no such thing as 'can't.' -Archie Panjabi

I am a super-confident writer, and as a joke writer and as an actress, I'm like, 'I want to go head-to-head with every person.' I am an Indian woman and I'm a kind of double minority in this world. -Mindy Kaling

I don't understand how some of these young actresses are wearing such provocative, editorial items, when they haven't even established a career yet. It's hard to see past that. I'm not so sure that's smart in the long run. -Allison Williams

I just have always been so interested in the way actors and actresses present themselves to the world because I think it is very important and it affects the way people see you as an actor. -Allison Williams

I think right after 'Up in the Air' everyone wanted me to play the girl from 'Up in the Air,' and it took a little while for people to think of me as an actress from a film that they liked instead of just that character. -Anna Kendrick

I actually love actresses who look like they feel really natural. I like Patricia Clarkson, Laura Linney, Frances McDormand. Those are actresses where the second they show up on screen you're like, oh my gosh, this movie just got so much better. -Anna Kendrick

Compared to a lot of actresses my age, I'm actually overweight. -Lindsay Lohan

This is what I asked for, and in this day and age that's what actually goes on. But what hurts me the most is that I work just as hard as any other actress around my age, like Scarlett Johansson, but I just don't get the opportunities that they get because people are so distracted by the mess that I created in my life. -Lindsay Lohan

I have always admired and had enormous respect for Elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well. -Lindsay Lohan

I always wanted to be an actress. I always wanted to be a movie star. -Reba McEntire

When you're an actress, you become this thing in people's hands that people are trying to manipulate. I cannot stand it. -Julie Delpy

The condition of being an actress can be unbearable. -Julie Delpy

I'm from a generation of fantastic actresses. It's a big pool of really wonderful actresses, and so many of them we never even get to see on the screen anymore. -Karen Allen

I said, 'I'll give myself two years. If I can't support myself as an actress within two years, then I'll go back to choreography.' -Khandi Alexander

You have to be a model and multifaceted, but there's not a lot of ways for a model to be multifaceted because the actresses took all the covers. -Kim Alexis

A supermodel needed to be able to be on 'Sports Illustrated,' to be able to walk runways, to be able to do beauty ads, to be on covers. And the girls now can no longer be on covers and be in the ads because your actresses have taken over all the jobs. I don't know what happened, but we want our jobs back. -Kim Alexis

I mean, the actors that I admired were Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, an actress named Barbara Harris. And Greta Garbo. They were great actors. -Robert De Niro

I don't know how an actress is supposed to observe and create new stuff if she hasn't been on the streets, brushing up against humanity. You have to have a life. -Sarah Jessica Parker

There are lots of moments that are great for an actress. -Ruth Wilson

I started off when I was seven years old doing musicals. I was in 'Les Miserables' and 'The Sound of Music,' and my mum's an actress. My parents divorced when I was young, and when she couldn't find a babysitter, I was in the wings, sleeping. -Alicia Vikander

My Mother is an actress, so it's always been a part of my life. -Alicia Vikander

I love films that make me react emotionally and physically when you walk out of the cinema. Two of my favorite films however have got to be 'The Tree Of Life' and 'The Piano Teacher,' which also stars one of my favourite actresses Isabelle Huppert. -Alicia Vikander

My ambition is to become one of those actresses that is like a chameleon that you don't recognize. -Alexandra Roach

I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business. -Pamela Anderson

Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, 'Another romantic comedy?' You see her in something like 'Walk the Line' and think, 'God, you're so great!' And then you think, 'Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?' But of course, it's for money and status. -Gwyneth Paltrow

I think the era of the diva actress is coming to an end. -Amanda Seyfried

There's certain things I try to avoid, as an actress, just to keep my world from being as narrow as it could be. -Famke Janssen

Actually, I started to become an actress because I met someone who was just a friend and I found his life wonderful, I thought, Oh my god, you can travel, you're free, you can do what you want, you're the boss. And then I met an actor and I was in love with him. -Lea Seydoux

As you know, Hollywood loves to pigeonhole all the actors and actresses, and suddenly I got 're-pigeonholed' as an action actor. -Liam Neeson

I think if you're the son or daughter of successful actors and actresses, it's a double pressure. More is expected of you. -Liam Neeson

For every successful actor or actress, there are countless numbers who don't make it. The name of the game is rejection. You go to an audition and you're told you're too tall or you're too Irish or your nose is not quite right. You're rejected for your education, you're rejected for this or that and it's really tough. -Liam Neeson

I had this totally impossible dream of being an actress. Trust me, just because I'm lucky enough to be doing this doesn't make any of this less of a pipe dream. And nothing gets my juices flowing like a really great performance. To see someone on stage, I get really excited. -Olivia Thirlby

But I would say maybe just from an actress's perspective, probably 'Woman Under the Influence' is the best movie of all time. The style of filmmaking and the performances… you don't feel like you're watching a film. -Olivia Thirlby

My mom kind of led me toward acting. She wanted to be an actress when she was younger. That made me interested in it when I was a kid, because she and I are very close. -Stephen Colbert

I'd started going to acting classes at 14, played 'Medea' at 15 and really wanted to be a classical actress. -Barbra Streisand

I just became a singer, because I could never get work as an actress. -Barbra Streisand

Some actresses are just insane. I've never worked with a nasty actress – they're all absolutely delightful. But completely barking. -Daniel Radcliffe

You have to be talentedly insecure in order to be a good actress. And then it's the director's job to make you more miserable and get a good take. -Shirley MacLaine

I worked before I had my daughter, enough for three actresses. -Helen Hunt

Do you think I'm going to be one of those flash-in-the-pan actresses? -Helen Slater

I am no size zero or super-thin Hollywood actress. I am built for men who like women to look like women. -Kim Cattrall

I'm not a personality actress. I never have been. I have been a character actress. -Kim Cattrall

I certainly think Halle Berry's a wonderful role model. She's a terrific stepmother and has shown that in so many beautiful ways and has made such enormous strides for women culturally and such great successes as an actress and philanthropist. -Sharon Stone

In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That's my plan. -Penelope Cruz

The industry has died as far as modeling has gone, and I'll tell you why. Magazines are featuring the Halle Berrys and Sarah Jessica Parkers, all the actresses. Makeup companies are featuring all the celebrities. All the models have died. -Janice Dickinson

I wrote stories from the time I was a little girl, but I didn't want to be a writer. I wanted to be an actress. I didn't realize then that it's the same impulse. It's make-believe. It's performance. -Joan Didion

I wasn't one of those girls who always dreamed of being an actress. I went to a normal school and then these film auditioners turned up when I was nine. Then I just fell into this whirlwind. -Emma Watson

Being an actress, I find myself people-watching and I can be quite shy. -Emma Watson

As an actress I take roles I find interesting. -Emma Watson

I think the actresses who are really successful are the ones who are comfortable in their own skins and still look human. -Emma Watson

I am not an actress. I can only play me – on and off the screen. -Brigitte Bardot

Being a mother, singer and actress is a definite juggling act, but I don't think I would be comfortable any other way. -Christina Aguilera

Really skinny actresses make me hungry – I see them and think, Honey, you need to eat! -Miranda Lambert

I intend to be in more action movies because, apart from Angelina Jolie, no other actress stands out in this genre. -Milla Jovovich

People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it's not easy at all; we're used to hiding behind masks. -Jane Fonda

If I didn't have children I'd be a much better actress. I wouldn't be so distracted. I could pour 100 percent of my energies into it, to promote the investigation which acting is. -Jessica Lange

I've been working as an actress since I was very young, and I know a lot of people who are actors who don't have to deal with having a persona… You know, if you look up the word persona, it isn't even real. The whole meaning of the word is that it's made up, and it's like I didn't even get to make up my own. It can be annoying. -Kristen Stewart

I went to a public high school with a magnet program for law and psychology. But right before my junior year, I decided that I wanted to leave and become an actress, so I graduated early and moved out to L.A. -Ashley Greene

I have a certain way of thinking where I see something, and I know that I want it and I make up my mind – and that's pretty much all there is to it. It was like, This is what I want to do, and I'm going, and everything's going to work out. I'm going to be an actress. There was no way around it. -Ashley Greene

I don't think I would ever have been able to be an actress had I not started at nine years old. -Kristen Stewart

But I'm glad I'm not one of those actresses who is just so ready to open up for everyone. -Kristen Stewart

I've never chased fame. I came into this business to be a theatre actress. I was nine when I first appeared on stage. But I can't say I would turn my back on fortune. I'm someone who enjoys the benefits of money. -Joan Collins

You know what makes me feel old? When I see girls who are 20-something, or the new crop of actresses, and think, Aren't we kind of the same age? -Jennifer Aniston

There are a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge. -Eliza Dushku

No, actors go out with actresses as a form of self-flagellation. -John Cusack

People used to always ask, and I would say I wanted to be an actress. When they would ask why, I would say because my mother has so much fun. -Jennifer Ehle

After 'The Real Thing,' I thought about giving up acting because it's difficult to have a rich life outside your work when you're an actress, a private life that can survive being picked up and put down. That's what I thought, anyway. -Jennifer Ehle

Kelly Preston is a remarkable human being and a great dramatic actress. It was a privilege as a director to tap into this part of her. Rarely do I make a kind of spiritual connection with my cast. Kelly was a wonderful exception. She is truly very special and I adore her. -George Hickenlooper

We've never had nannies. We've had great grandparents, great support from family, and the kids have been on every set: they've seen me play Gollum, King Kong, Captain Haddock, the lot. They totally get it, and they want to go into the business. Ruby, my daughter, is very keen to become an actress. -Andy Serkis

When you're an actor or actress in this business, usually the natural progression is to direct, but a lot of times, we don't get a chance to get to it. Myself, I really want to get into it. I want to be the person who eventually doesn't have to be in front of the camera. -Jamie Foxx

I'm proud of my wrinkles. They give my face character. As an actress, you mess with that at your peril. -Jane Seymour

I think the good thing about my face is it has always been expressive. With Botox that goes – not what you want as an actress. -Jane Seymour

I wanted to be a serious actress rather than a pretty face. -Jane Seymour

As far as developing a career as an actress, I think it's a fine balance between trying to just work, and also be true to yourself. -Rachel True

I knew that I wanted to be a film actress and I never watched TV. I was always too busy. -Alicia Silverstone

I'm merely trying to be something akin to a nice, kind, good actress. -Christina Ricci

I've had some great times with actresses, but that's in a movie. -Clive Owen

You see these actresses who have had Botox or something else done, and it takes you out of the film. -Clive Owen

I'm lucky to be married to someone who entirely gets what I do. She is totally sympathetic to the actor's life. Her own mother was an actress, so she sort of grew up with it. -Dan Stevens

Being an actress in Hollywood and being a celebrity tend to feed into one another, but just being a celebrity wouldn't really be interesting to me. -Demi Moore

I'm a method actress in my songs, which is why it's hard to sing them. -Joni Mitchell

In England, with all due respect, we have some of the plainest actresses in the entire world as our greatest. -Minnie Driver

Hollywood is portrayed in this super glamorous way, but when I see pictures of actresses going off the rails, it doesn't surprise me at all. -Minnie Driver

As an English actress constantly playing Americans, you already had to step way out of your box in that way. -Minnie Driver

As a director, I get to have a much broader creative expression than as an actress. -Mary Stuart Masterson

It's about getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, cooking dinner… I live my life at these two extremes. I'm either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress. -Jennifer Garner

My sisters both are working mothers. I understand that my being an actress as well as being at home isn't some heroic thing. That doesn't mean it isn't confusing or difficult – especially that question of how you find a balance. -Jennifer Garner

My mother and father always supported my passion for acting. I think they just kind of expected me to move to New York and become an actress and have all these adventures. -Jennifer Garner

I mean, any time an actress gets to work with another actress, it's like, 'Oh, there are two of us in a movie! How are you? Let's sit in the hair chair together!' We're lonely women. -Jennifer Garner

The common misconception is that as an actress you have to learn what you're doing. No, you just have to make the audience think you've learned it. -Edie Falco

I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses. -Cuba Gooding, Jr.

All that some actresses want is for people to take them seriously instead of caring about how they look. -Nikki Cox

I already feel a bit annoyed at myself for writing screenplays. It's a bit, I don't know, model-singer-dancer-actress that went to a posh school. There's something too weirdly predictable about it. -Emily Mortimer

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. -Melissa Leo

Vivien Leigh was a phenomenal actress, a very complicated woman, living on the edge of mental problems, haunted by demons and angels. And though I've never thought of myself like Marilyn Monroe, I was inspired by the tremendous risk she took – of being vulnerable. -Rebecca De Mornay

I think I'm the only 65-year-old actress in Los Angeles who hasn't had plastic surgery, so somebody's gotta play the old-lady parts! -Jane Elliot

I'm an actress and mom, and I probably don't have enough of an active spiritual life. And I don't know why people run around calling themselves by the names of religions when they don't actually practise them. -Uma Thurman

I wanted to be an actress. I think it had a lot to do with being a kid and watching how every time my dad would stand up to talk people would applaud… that was pretty cool. -Eleanor Mondale

Like, that was weird in 'Hamlet 2,' because I played myself there, fully myself, but then I realized, 'Oh, I'm not playing myself. I'm some weird version of myself.' So as an actress, you're always playing something, I don't even know who I am, how could I become me? I don't know what that is. -Elisabeth Shue

It took a lot to get attention in my family. No wonder I'm an actress. -Elisabeth Shue

I grew up loving actresses or actors who were very classy but who seemed a little bit mysterious because you couldn't grasp what they're really thinking. I mean, Grace Kelly always looked impossibly glamorous, yet you could always see there was something behind her eyes. -Diane Kruger

I consider myself a 'local' actor in France. I started out in France, I went to drama school in France and the French film community was very welcoming to me when I was a young actress. -Diane Kruger

I think the reason I'm an actress is because I love playing kind of a more extreme people. -Melissa McCarthy

I hope to be known as a chameleon actress, as someone who can play any part out there, and someone who can transform herself into any kind of character there is. -Shannon Elizabeth

Even when I was young I wanted to be an actress. -Troian Bellisario

I feel like I'm the most forgiven actress I can think of, probably because of this short memory people have! -Diane Lane

But things move in circles: one minute it's the models who are famous, then it's the actresses, then it's the designers. -Rachel Hunter

I'm one of the best actresses. One day I will win an Oscar. -Bai Ling

Basically, I have a gift as an actress, and I want to present the sophisticated side of me as an actress and a person. -Bai Ling

My mom was an actress in the local Seattle theater doing experimental plays. -Rainn Wilson

I'm pretty unusual for an actress in Hollywood because I am totally unselfconscious about my body. -Abbie Cornish

When I was doing comedy in New York, before I was in movies, I was never known as the deadpan actress. I was just a comedienne. -Aubrey Plaza

I mean, most actresses can't host and most hostesses can't act, and that's the general rule in the industry. -Brooke Burke

Of course there are some models who are not good, but it has been proven that some models can act. Look at Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone or Andie MacDowell, who were all models – they are really fantastic actresses. -Claudia Schiffer

It's very difficult today for girls to become supermodels. There is a lot more competition, a lot of countries in the East have opened up so there are many more models than there were in the Nineties. Now they have to compete with famous actresses but also with, say, reality stars to be on the magazine covers. -Claudia Schiffer

I think it's important to be extremely proud of one's origins, especially when you are a foreign actress with ethnic features. -Freida Pinto

I am first and foremost an actress of Indian origin. -Freida Pinto

I feel being an actress is probably not half as difficult as being a mother, and I do not know when I will be ready for that kind of a decision. -Freida Pinto

I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up. -Jenny Eclair

I'm not used to being asked what I want to talk about. That's why I'm an actress. Get told what to do, stand on the mark, say your words, wear this, look this way, look that way. -Kristin Scott Thomas

The problem with being a film actress or a movie star is that people see you so huge that somehow you're visually massive or somehow you're in some removed space, which is a television or wherever. It somehow takes your humanity. -Kristin Scott Thomas

People go to the movies to watch a film and all they're thinking about is the actress's cellulite they saw in a magazine. -Robert Carlyle

I'm not really an actress. -Khloe Kardashian

I find it to be strange that people get obsessed about how fast actresses and celebrities are taking off their baby weight. I guess people like to look to them and feel better about themselves or feel worse about themselves. -Busy Philipps

I like starting off the new year fresh. I'm excited to see how 2013 turns out. Maybe because I'm an actress and I am always on a diet and fitness program, but my New Year's resolution is to let myself be nice to myself about my body. -Busy Philipps

I was embarrassed that I even wanted to become an actress because coming from L.A., with two older sisters in the business and a mom who had been a ballet dancer, it was such a cliche. -Elizabeth Olsen

I grew up loving actresses or actors who were very classy but who seemed a little bit mysterious because you couldn't grasp what they're really thinking. -Diane Kruger

I realized through my personal travels how little I know about certain conflicts, because I was too vain or self-absorbed to ask the questions. That's been the focus while I'm in my thirties – to become an accomplished woman, rather than some actress. -Diane Kruger

I wanted to be a professional singer/actress, though I knew it would be hard. -Jacqueline Emerson

I definitely don't want to be one of those athletes who turns into a cheesy actress. -Gina Carano

Scarlett Johansson. I think people don't really realize how great of an actress that girl is. She's so beautiful and that distracts you from what she can do as an actor. -Demian Bichir

The primary job for women in Hollywood is still super-attractive actress. That is the most high-profile women's job in Hollywood. -Diablo Cody

I want Maggie Gyllenhaal. I don't know why. I don't think she necessarily looks like me or acts like me, I just think she's a cool actress and she could play me, so there you go. -Diablo Cody

Even though I am in this weird position of being a semi-recognizable screenwriter, which isn't that common, at the same time, I'm not an actress. I'm pretty isolated. -Diablo Cody

When you're a young English person who wants to be an actress and you have dreams, you dream of being Vanessa Redgrave or Judi Dench. -Janet McTeer

I was always telling my family I wanted to become an actress, and I did. -Jackee Harry

As an actress, you never know when you're going to work again – and there's so much dependency on working. -Alia Shawkat

When you're an actress you've got to keep your body as your sanctuary and your muscles. -Paz de la Huerta

I'm a real actress. -Paz de la Huerta

Well, I'm not a method actress by any stretch of the imagination so the best thing that I can do is be as real as possible and find whatever commonality in that character that I can see myself. -Rashida Jones

Editing is not a part of the filmmaking process I've ever been privy to as an actress. -Vera Farmiga

It was a sort of organic thing. I never went, 'I must be an actress.' I thought, 'I think I could do this. I think I could be good at this.' I would just get sort of hungry when I read something I thought I can do well, whether it was in books or in scripts or if I saw a certain movie. It sort of happened quite naturally. -Alice Englert

I have a ship's bed, which totally plays to my obsession of, if I were not an actress, I would be a pirate. -Zosia Mamet

I didn't realize how many actresses have tons of extensions. Their hair is still pretty, but it blew my mind to find that out. I admire the girls who switch it up a lot like Rihanna. But I also love Gisele Bundchen because she found a style that works and never changes it. -Shay Mitchell

The acting part of me is not me. The music side is who I really am and what I want to talk about. It'll be hard for people to differentiate those different sides but I think it's possible. Once the music is out there, people will start to realize how serious I am about it rather than, 'Oh god, another actress making an album.' -Lucy Hale

On the surface, it's really easy to dismiss certain characters, but sometimes you find that the most interesting parts are disappointingly shallow. It's your job as an actress to pull that person apart, and work out why they act the way that they do. -Jessica Brown Findlay

My style icons would be people like Brigitte Bardot and old Hollywood actresses who always look so stunning, cool and chic. I like classic and timeless looks. -Jessica Brown Findlay

I've been on 'Days' since I was 16, and being surrounded by such thin, gorgeous actresses made me so insecure and self-conscious. -Alison Sweeney

I was never obese, but I felt 'less than' because I wasn't as thin as other actresses. I totally fell for that low-fat craze. My goal was to be X jeans size or a specific number on the scale. -Alison Sweeney

Sally Field looks amazing in general, never mind her age! She's a phenomenally talented actress and has had a career spanning so many decades. -Alison Sweeney

I studied theater in college, and I really wanted to be an actress and play a lot of different roles. Then I made landing on a television comedy my main focus. -Jenna Fischer

I've had Susan Sarandon play my mom, and now Lesley Ann Warren has played my mom, so if I could have Debra Winger play my mom, then I would have the trifecta of my favorite actresses playing my mother. -Jenna Fischer

And Brooke Elliott is a great actress. -Tim Gunn

I don't think of myself as a dancer. I think of myself as a singer-actress who moves really well. -Sutton Foster

I describe myself as someone who was always putting on a show, even when I was a little girl. I wanted to be an actress but I liked organizing everybody and putting on plays. I was a producer. -Laura Ziskin

I hate how box-office failures are blamed on an actress, yet I don't see a box-office failure blamed on men. -Ellen Page

When I was little, I had a feeling that I was going to end up being an actress. I spent a lot of time alone, I was a very shy girl, and I would pretend I was telling someone about this new role that I got. -Summer Glau

I'm definitely one of those actresses who comes to a set knowing how I want to do a scene, and I definitely love input from my directors and my writers. I know that there's some actors who like to be left alone, they like to be very independent, but I actually really enjoy the teamwork. -Summer Glau

I'm definitely one of those actresses who comes to a set knowing how I want to do a scene, and I definitely love input from my directors and my writers. -Summer Glau

For as long as I've been acting, I have been very lucky to be paired with really great actresses playing my mom. -Rico Rodriguez

I got to work with Jennifer Tilly, she was amazing. Such, such a smart actress. -April Bowlby

Characters that are not the norm or a bit out of the ordinary are always a challenge as an actress. You learn more by using different tools for those type of characters. They are always much more fun to play and much more interesting. They take you places that you wouldn't necessarily go in your everyday life. -Sally Hawkins

I don't want my tombstone to say actress. I want it to say human being. -Laurie Holden

When I was a kid, I was into psychological thrillers. When I was 12, my favorite movie was 'Thirteen.' I just really liked movies that showed an extreme range in acting. That's what made me want to become an actress. -Leven Rambin

I would point out that I'm an actress for a reason! If I were popular in high school, I would have considered another career because I wouldn't have been alone in my room, making up other characters for myself. I definitely had growing pains. The popular kids didn't want anything to do with the girl who was starting the drama club. -Ginnifer Goodwin

It's always a great day going to work with Ginnifer Goodwin; she's a fantastic actress and I learn so much from her. -Josh Dallas

I mean, I think that – as an actress, in particular, I'm basically a fool, and I see the world upside down. -Anna Deavere Smith

When I got out of acting school, I was lucky to have gotten any job at all. A lot of people hiring African American actresses – it was right after 'Roots,' and for society, not me, it was great. Nice richly dark-skinned people was the fashion, and I was not. -Anna Deavere Smith

I haven't ever felt I've had to divide my 'actress' life from the rest of my life. -Bonnie Wright

I've joked that I would have either become schizophrenic or an actress, but as an actress you can do both. -Carla Gugino

Going out with other actors is never good; actresses are neurotic, and actors are horrendous egotists. -Chris O'Dowd

I really like Gwyneth Paltrow a lot, as far as her career, because I think she's done a lot of small movies but she's also done great, big movies, and she's a really great actress. -Emma Roberts

I am definitely not like the hottest young actress, the most beautiful or whatever. I have my own thing going. -Emma Roberts

When you're an actress, there are only a few times you can really get paid. One of them is doing a sequel. They can't fake you or hire another actor to play you. -Jennifer Coolidge

I've made a career of taking roles that other actresses didn't want. -Jennifer Coolidge

My mother was an actress and my voice teacher, an incredible voice teacher. My biological father is an actor, and my stepfather, who raised me along with my mother, is a psychotherapist. I was always supported in creative ventures. -Laura Benanti

First off let me say, I've wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl. -Paula Patton

If you're an actress and even one person knows your name, you're lucky. -Paula Patton

I know plenty of actresses in their early thirties who look amazing, although there's that old saying: 'Ladies get older, men get more distinguished.' -Scott Porter

I'd love to work with Rachel McAdams, because she's a great actress. -Emma Roberts

My grandmother was an actress too. In the thirties and forties she was under contract with Universal Studios. Crazy credits, lots of them. My dad was also under contract with Universal Studios. And my first film was shot on the same stage they both worked on at Universal. -Chris Pine

When I was five I think, that's when I started wanting to be an actress. -Marilyn Monroe

I wouldn't date an actress. There's only room for one actor in my life and I'm it. Too difficult. On the one hand, they understand the job. But on the other hand, it's very competitive within the relationship. Two actors, say one becomes a mega-star and the other doesn't. -Jonathan Rhys Meyers

There's always an imbalance with actors and actresses in the industry. And I think because there are just fewer movies overall being made, it's that trickle down effect. -Michelle Pfeiffer

I do think that, at one time, being an actress was the equivalent almost of being a prostitute. It garnered roughly the same respect. That's changed a lot, thank goodness. -Michelle Pfeiffer

A lot of young actresses have a hard time combining a reasonable love life with a career. -Britt Ekland

I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity, and that includes all kinds of parts. -Marilyn Monroe

I'm looking forward to becoming a marvelous – excuse the word marvelous – character actress. like Marie Dressler, like Will Rogers. -Marilyn Monroe

I once wanted to prove myself by being a great actress. Now I want to prove that I'm a person. Then maybe I'll be a great actress. -Marilyn Monroe

The Lord put me on television to do these things I want to do in the community. And He knew I had a lot to learn. That's why I've been on TV 16 years – not because I'm the greatest actress, but because I need the money. -Marla Gibbs

I don't really like those sorts of actresses who say, 'I don't want to make that movie,' but they make the movie. They just spend their time not liking being on a set and I just think it's absurd, because we are so lucky to do this job. When you accept to make a movie, just make the movie. And then it's more easy for relationships. -Melanie Laurent

The thing is, making movies as an actress, you learn so many things. Like when you're making a movie with Quentin Tarantino you're just at the best cinema school ever. -Melanie Laurent

There are a lot of French actresses who just hate me now. I've made enemies. -Melanie Laurent

For people to even think that I'd be considered or a good candidate for a supporting actress nomination is mind blowing to me. -Naya Rivera

I think that we're in a really amazing time, where there are really a lot of really fantastic female actresses and comedians. I imagine there's just a lot of opportunity for women to have powerful roles. Or it's just that there's more women writing TV. Women tend to maybe write strong women. -Whitney Cummings

Two of my favorite actresses are Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie. So, I would love, love, love to work with them. But I also really love AnnaSofia Robb. There are a lot of great actresses I would love to work with. -Willow Shields

I really want to try to become a great actress when I get older and continue to do what I'm doing now. -Willow Shields

I definitely look up to Meryl Streep because she's been in so many amazing movies, and I just think that she's one of the greatest actresses out there. I also look up to Jennifer Lawrence, especially knowing her and knowing that she is so awesome and so nice. -Willow Shields

I'd love to work with Michelle Williams. I think that she's incredible. She's such a great actress and I love her. -Abigail Breslin

I do have a lot of female friends who are stand-ups and also women who are actresses and also happen to have an act. -Kate Flannery

I feel like I'm the luckiest actress in the world. -Kate Flannery

I think if I hadn't had the dance background, it would have been much harder as a kid to be like, 'I'm going to be an actress.' But you're involved with one area of the arts and other things interest you. It feels like an easier move. -Dianna Agron

It's really sad looking at people like Lindsay Lohan. She's an amazing actress, but you see what happens when people know too much about your personal life. They start not being able to look at you the same way professionally. I don't want that to happen to me. -Dianna Agron

Fairy tales opened up a door into my imagination – they don't conform to the reality that's around you as a child. I started reading when I was three and read everything, but I wanted to be an actress. -Kate Atkinson

I think it's actually a misperception that I am a comedic actress. I do more drama than comedy but very little of it has been seen. When you are in big funny movies and they do well and your little part in it kind of explodes people perceive you as a comedian. -Octavia Spencer

Often, as a young actress, you find yourself being the only girl in a room full of men… and one of the reasons why I like 'Grey's Anatomy' is because they have such strong female characters and the women really drive this show. -Rachael Taylor

As a little girl, I got to meet Audrey Hepburn, who took my face in her hands and suddenly make me want to be an actress. -Stephanie Zimbalist

The rehearsal time is almost my favourite part of being an actress, particularly if you're working on a play that hasn't been done before. -Jane Asher

I know some actresses who used to be older than me who are now younger than me – I don't know how they do it. -Jane Asher

We've all seen great actors and actresses who are missing a certain chemistry. And it's not about getting along or not getting along. -Johnny Galecki

Before I was going to be an actress, I was going to be a veterinarian! I thought I was one as a child. I was the kid who was like, 'Daddy! I want a kitty! It needs a mommy!' And my dad was such a sucker. Every time I would beg, with tears flying down my face, about how this animal needs love, needs a home. He would cave. -AnnaLynne McCord

But if an actress asks me my opinion, I would tell her there are a million different designers who make faux fur. If you like that look, wear faux fur. If you're doing it on the red carpet, you're doing it for how it looks. Faux fur and real fur look the same on camera. -AnnaLynne McCord

I knew I wanted to be an actress when I was 9 years old. -AnnaLynne McCord

I always wanted to be an actress. I couldn't imagine being anything else. -AnnaLynne McCord

'Dial Star' is about an aspiring actress who finds the cell phone of AnnaLynne McCord and impersonates her. -AnnaLynne McCord

I don't want my dad to say, 'My daughter is an actress on a TV show.' I want him to say, 'My daughter cares about people.' I would love to know that I'm a role model in Hollywood. -AnnaLynne McCord

This career essentially chased me down while I was on the spoken-word scene in New York. I kept hearing that my delivery of my poetry – which was very personal and cathartic at the time- was very moving to folks. People thought that I was an actress because of my delivery, when I was just dropping into the work and really pouring out my soul. -Sonja Sohn

More than anything else, my mother wanted to be an actress – a famous actress – which in the 1950s was all about being young, sexy, and available. She was all that, and more. She had big blue eyes, alabaster skin, a heart-shaped face, a beautiful figure. She was just a knockout. -Meredith Baxter

When actresses jump on the anti-Iraq bandwagon, they often combine down-home momism with an ignorance of Islamist intent which is truly awesome. -Julie Burchill

My mother, Evelyn, was an actress and singer, and my father, Jack, was an actor. My earliest recollection of my father is being taken to see him in a matinee. -David Cassidy

When I was 11, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father and stepmother and my half brothers. I became really close to my stepmother, and I am still very close to my brothers. My stepmother is the actress Shirley Jones, who was in 'The Partridge Family' alongside me, so we worked together for years. -David Cassidy

Interestingly, the actress who, in her own persona, may be gentle, shy, and socially awkward, someone whose hand trembles when pouring a cup of tea for a visiting friend, can convincingly portray an elegant, cruel aristocrat tossing off malicious epigrams in an eighteenth-century chocolate house. -Wallace Shawn

I am the luckiest actress on the planet. -Susan Lucci

Erica Kane was a spectacular role for any actress to play, and I felt so lucky to be the one who got to do it. -Susan Lucci

I think Gina Rowlands is an amazing actress. -Angela Sarafyan

I'm a Native American actress. -Julia Jones

I always joke that I'm a British actress trying to break into Scandinavian TV. -MyAnna Buring

I love watching amazing actors and actresses that you can't take your eyes off of because everything they are doing – even if it is just twiddling their thumbs or scratching their eye – it's just interesting. -Sara Paxton

The rule with my mom was that the only way that I could be an actress when I was young was that I continued to go to public school and get straight A's in all my classes. -Sara Paxton

I have a lot of fun playing a model on television, and I love being an actress. I don't think I could ever handle that world. -Sara Paxton

I got started as an actress doing musical theater, and I always loved 'Grease' and 'West Side Story,' and all those kind of movies. -Sara Paxton

Most actors and actresses are performative as people. -Zoe Lister-Jones

I acted when I was a real little kid. My mother was an actress in a Miami theater company comprised of actors from Cuba like her and I was the default kid. -Yul Vazquez

I'd love to do a movie with females in it, and not necessarily the female version of 'The Hangover,' but I'd love to. If I did it it'd star Juliette Lewis, because she's the funniest woman in the world. She's my favorite actress on the planet. If we did a character-based comedy about women, I don't see it out of my range. -Todd Phillips

If screenwriters have to kill off a female character, they love to give her cancer. We've seen so many great actresses go down to the Big C: Ali MacGraw, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Debra Winger, Susan Sarandon. -Geraldine Brooks

I've always felt that to deliver a song successfully, you have to be an actress. A good actress becomes the part, just as a good singer becomes the song. -Vesta Williams

And I love Jennifer Lawrence. She's a total fox. And such a good actress. It's ridiculous. -Evan Peters

My parents were both in show business. My father was an actor, my mom an actress, and both singers, dancers and actors. They met in Los Angeles doing a play together and so I grew up in a show biz family. -Micky Dolenz

It's the idea that when you say 'actress', people think of an airy, floaty, no-brain person, which of course you can't be if you are an actor. It is an unfortunate word, which is why, for a time, I hung on to 'actor', because it just seemed more workmanlike, you know, like you say 'woman doctor' not 'doctoress'. -Miranda Richardson

It's a wonderful profession, and it opens lots of doors, and I think it's quite right that people can accuse actors and actresses of being dilettante, but you learn on every job, whatever it is, the process moves you on in some way, and yeah, I want to expand my knowledge of our existence, I suppose. -Miranda Richardson

I didn't want to be known as the reality-show star trying to be an actress, so I kept a lot of the failed auditions to myself. -Jamie Chung

I saw things at an early age because my mom was a theater actress. I did a play with her when I was 10 years old. -Sam Rockwell

It's sort of scary to work with your parents when you're in the same business. But there was something so very safe about that. Acting with her was just like working with a wonderful actress who just happens to be my best friend and also my mother. -Lily Rabe

Most actors and actresses are consumed by careers and getting ahead. -Jenna Dewan

I was constantly, always and forever, trying to perform the musical 'Annie' for anyone who would listen, and I have a terrible singing voice. It was the first thing that made me think I wanted to be an actress. -Sarah Paulson

Just to be working again as an actress and possibly doing TV would just be great. It's not about how big the role is. -Aileen Quinn

I was in 'Jacques Brel' Off-Broadway for many years, so I've always been a singing actress, but the songwriting was a complete surprise. I had never written a song in my life. We were on the road with 'Jacques Brel' doing the national tour, and I picked up a guitar one day and I wrote a song. -Amanda McBroom

My favorite actress is Marilyn Monroe. -Elle Fanning

I knew I wanted to be an actress as soon as I popped out. -Dee Wallace

In my work as an actress and an activist, I've spent many years working with low income communities and people of color who don't always have a voice in our political process. -Gloria Reuben

I hope the English-speaking world can see that I'm not only an Israeli actress. -Hani Furstenberg

I'm an actress, and that's my work and my passion. -Hani Furstenberg

I love actresses who are brave and don't do what's expected of them or don't play off how they look or take risks. -Kelly Reilly

I'm a theater actress. I love rehearsal. I could have six weeks of rehearsal and think it's not enough. But on film, you don't get that luxury. -Kelly Reilly

The British theatre and establishment is so hard to penetrate, and there are so many talented people involved in it. So, to be counted among some of those actresses… It doesn't get better than that. -Kelly Reilly

I'd love to work on a real girl piece with some fabulous actresses. I feel like I've worked with so many men. -Kelly Reilly

I feel like a character actress – it's where I'm comfortable. -Melanie Lynskey

I'm a huge fan of Jessica Lange and 'American Horror Story.' I would love to work with her. She's been one of my favorite actresses for a while. -Anna Camp

I've always done theater. I've never thought of myself as a comedic actress in any way. 'Anchorman' kind of cracked that open. When I got a small part in 'Anchorman,' I didn't know it was possible on camera to improvise. So I was like, 'What's happening?' -Kathryn Hahn

I'm 43 now. I've reached the point where I really can't care what anyone thinks. Of course, I do. I'm an actress. I'm totally insecure, but I'm trying to stick to my guns about what is important to me, and it doesn't matter what anyone thinks I should or shouldn't do. -Paget Brewster

I know so many people who are so much better at it than I am, and I think I'm a goofier person rather than a serious, dramatic actress, so I probably belong in comedy. -Paget Brewster

Life as a voice actress is tough. It's not an easy career. -Lucille Bliss

I've been told if you're an actress you can't sing, if you're a dancer you can't act, you can't do theatre and be respected if you've done a TV soap, you can't have a No. 1 record. All these different things they've told me I can't do, but I wanted to do them, so I've done them. -Martine McCutcheon

Any actress will tell you – it's really hard. If you're not an A-list Hollywood movie star, if you're in the middle, there are people who assume you wouldn't do certain things without even asking you, when actually you probably would. And there are people who always think you are busy doing something else. -Martine McCutcheon

Any actress will tell you, when you've been given a starring role in the initial run of a show, you want to be getting the standing ovations every night, not just on review night. -Martine McCutcheon

I'm trying to show I'm a trained actress – I can transform myself into different characters. I'm not just an ingenue. -Ming-Na Wen

I'm not one of those actresses that's going to feel like I never achieved my dreams and goals and just get disgruntled and hate everything about the business. I've had so much fun. -Ming-Na Wen

If I wasn't an actress I'd definitely want to do something in the arts and something that was very creative. -Nikki DeLoach

I don't sit around and wait for great parts. I'm an actress, and I love being one, and I'll probably be doing it till I'm 72, standing around the back lot doing 'Gunsmoke.' -Suzanne Pleshette

I'm an actress, and that's why I'm still here. Anybody who has the illusion that you can have a career as long as I have and be a star is kidding themselves. -Suzanne Pleshette

I know I'm not a conventional beauty. You can read a lot of painful things on the Internet, which criticise you aesthetically – but as far as I'm concerned, that's not what an actress is. -Natalie Dormer

As far as actresses go, I love Meryl Streep. -Jennifer Nettles

It's bad enough that I'm an actress that wants to be recognized as an actress. Instead, I am known for doing game shows. -Betsy Palmer

I've never been a model, I was an actress for like a minute, but I've always been a writer. That's where I'm going to stay. -Karrine Steffans

I come to writing from hearing great stories as a child in Louisiana, where the mark of a person was his or her ability to be a raconteur. I also come to writing as a professional actress whose body has been trained to listen and smell and inhabit characters without judgment. -Rebecca Wells

Being an actress wasn't a plan at all, so what's happened to me is very strange. Life isn't very normal, even though I'm still very much a normal girl. I ride the subway, I ride the bus, and all of that. -Gabourey Sidibe

I didn't want to be an actress at all, or famous even. I certainly enjoy acting now, absolutely. Time will tell whether or not I enjoy fame. -Gabourey Sidibe

One of my favorite – well, my favorite, favorite, absolute favorite event to go to is Alfre Woodard has a party that I call the blacktress party. It's, like, black actresses that either have been nominated for an Oscar or should have been, and it sort of is just a night where we all get in a room and we get to celebrate each other. -Gabourey Sidibe

All through my life, I didn't really consider my eyes at all, and then I became an actress. It's great, I guess. They're just in my face, and one is green and one is blue. It's different, and I'm definitely a proponent of being different in any way you can in life, so I guess if you're born a bit different that's a good thing. -Alice Eve

I made my last motion picture in March 1965 for Magna Pictures. 'Harlow,' based on the life of actress Jean Harlow… I didn't know at the time that 'Harlow' would be my last motion picture. -Ginger Rogers

I used to read the criticism on blogs about other people – mostly female actresses and singers – and even when they are extremely perfect and harmless, people still go after them. So I figure, if I'm going to get negativity regardless, why do I have to worry about what somebody thinks of me? -Kat Graham

I was actually supposed to be a basketball player, not an actress. My parents had me playing basketball on competitive teams when I was in kindergarten. Even though my heart belongs to the arts, I'm a tomboy at heart, too. -Zendaya

When I first became an actress, I expected to do regional and classical theater; I just love the whole creative process. -Annie Parisse

Before I did 'How I Met Your Mother,' I was not considered a comedic actress. -Cobie Smulders

I met with Hitchcock when I was a very, very young actress just starting out and he was making 'Frenzy' in London and I was sent along to meet with him. He was very, very unimpressed with me and I have to say, I was rather unimpressed with him – but only because I was an arrogant, ignorant young actress. -Helen Mirren

I've always found as an actress that the best thing to do in film or TV or theater is just to lose yourself in it. Think of the story, the character, the worlds we're in, and forget everything else. -Helen Mirren

I've never been a method actress; I've never been that person that wants to imagine horrible things happening in your own life in order to exploit them for your emotional being in the movie. I'm just not good at doing that. -Isla Fisher

I'm sort of like a T. rex in the world of female actresses. Every time a job is finished, I look at my car and think, 'Could I live in it?' -Lena Headey

You know, the hard thing about audiences not liking what a character does is that they sometimes take it out on the actor personally. That's something that you know when you become an actor or actress, but it's always hard to deal with when it actually happens. -Linda Cardellini

My mom was incredibly supportive when she found out that I wanted to be an actress, and that certainly made things easier and more fun. -Morena Baccarin

My mom is an actress, but she never really pushed me into it, and it was never something I thought I would be doing. She was very happy I decided to, but she certainly doesn't offer me criticism because she knows I'd tell her to shut up! Nobody wants to hear that from their mum! -Morena Baccarin

If I hadn't been a model, I couldn't have become a movie actress. -Olga Kurylenko

There are so many glamorous actresses, but you know what? In the real world, nobody looks like that. -Rebel Wilson

As a kid, I never thought I'd be an actress. Never, ever, ever, no way. I was really shy – bordering on social disorder shy – and I was really academic. -Rebel Wilson

I love a lot of comedy actors and actresses like Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey and all those women who are really brilliant and funny. -Saoirse Ronan

Sometimes you look at a movie and you can see that the actor or actress said, 'I'm taking this onboard because I'm making a ton of money, and not because it's going to be something special.' -Viggo Mortensen

I wasn't even prepared to be an actress. I was 17 when I came out of high school, and suddenly became Miss World and then I became an actress. -Priyanka Chopra

I don't think I'm curvaceous. It's simply that most other actresses are really, stupidly tiny. -Hayley Atwell

I can't imagine it if beauty was the only currency I used as an actress. It just doesn't interest me. -Hayley Atwell

I'm a character actress. I'm the girl next door, the aunt, the quirky cousin. You have to innately know who you are and be happy with that. -Faith Prince

My mother is an actress, and my aunt Margaux was a model. And it's funny, as much as I'm all about I'm my own person, and I'm making my own name for myself, I have grown up in a world where most of these people who are like me are children of famous parents. So it's easy to become the socialite and be famous for that. -Dree Hemingway

My favorite question is 'What do you do?' I'm like, 'I'm a walking cliche: I'm a model and an actress.' -Dree Hemingway

I think people are always like, 'She's a model-turned-actress.' And I don't want to turn actress. I want to do both. I wouldn't have built the confidence to do acting if I didn't model. -Dree Hemingway

I never felt that I should have taken a 'regular job;' I was always lucky enough to be in regular employment as an actress. -Bronagh Gallagher

Some people in Hollywood think of me as a model for dramatic midlife transitions: suburban housewife to Emmy-winning actress. But I never plotted a master plan for following my dreams. -Kathryn Joosten

I would be an actress for the rest of my life just because it's really relaxing. Writing is hard work, and stand-up is so stressful before you get on stage, but acting is a complete ensemble experience. -Kristen Schaal

I was lucky enough to be able to grow and mature in a natural way as an actress. -Kate Burton

I have a tendency as an actress in general to ground my characters. Even when doing outlandish characters, that's my instinct. -Kate Burton

I always considered myself the world's worst actress. -Luise Rainer

I wasn't born an actress, you know. Events made me one. -Jean Harlow

Courteney Cox is such a great actress. -Marley Shelton

Most female actresses will have a very difficult time being made unattractive. -Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

I want to be a lawyer, a dancer, an actress, a mother, a wife, a children's author, a distance runner, a poet, a pianist, a pet store owner, an astronaut, an environmental and humanitarian activist, a psychiatrist, a ballet teacher, and the first woman president. -Rachel Corrie

I sort of consider myself a comedic actress, not a comedienne. I think it's different. You know, I'm not a stand-up or anything, but playing into comedic situations is sort of where, I think, my strength lies. -Zooey Deschanel

People sometimes say, 'Oh, you were a movie star,' and I'm like, 'No, I was a supporting actress.' I wasn't an A-list actress, and I'm fine with that. I'm proud of what I did in film. -Zooey Deschanel

Women I admired growing up – Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep – were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny – much, much too skinny. You can't Pilates to that. -Zooey Deschanel

Being an actress can be a little like being a girl in the '50s: You're stuck waiting by the phone, hoping that the boy you like will call. -Zooey Deschanel

In high school, I wanted to be an actress. Until I got to college and took some creative writing courses. Then I decided I wanted to become a novelist. -Meg Cabot

My dad is a director/producer and my mom is a dancer; she performed with Alvin Ailey, but I didn't even think about becoming an actress. -Sanaa Lathan

I think I'm a character actress in a leading lady's body, but the industry doesn't really see me that way. -Sanaa Lathan

There's so much more I want to do. I refuse to get to 50 and wait at home for the phone to ring. In Spain, actresses work until they are old. That's my plan. -Penelope Cruz

I was 11 when I first said I wanted to become an actress, and everyone looked at me as if I had said I wanted to go to the moon. -Penelope Cruz

Coming from Ireland, it's quite hard to do a startup because you're culturally so far away from what everyone else is doing. In the Bay Area, it's much easier. It's the equivalent of an actor or actress moving to Hollywood. -John Collison

I was fanatically ambitious. All I ever wanted was to be a star. I didn't want to be a singer. I didn't want to be an actress. I wanted to be a star. -Polly Bergen

A few actresses have all but set up shop as women of a certain age who attract younger lovers. I think of Susan Sarandon, Cameron Diaz and Isabelle Huppert. -Roger Ebert

I became super claustrophobic with Hollywood. I don't like Hollywood. I don't like what it represents. I think that Hollywood is great if you're an actor, actress, established. But for reality people or what people perceive as reality, it's tough. People are constantly discrediting everything you put on camera. -Brody Jenner

When I was little, my mom was an actress, and she still is now, and she'd go on commercial auditions, and if they needed a mom and a son, she'd take me along, and that's how I got started. -Luke Benward

To be an actress and act crazy is really fun for me, to be able to be acting like you'd never be able to act in your real life and scream and freak out. It's an interesting test for an actor. -Alexandra Daddario

A lot of times you have very ego-driven actors and actresses that stay in their little world, and when you have a scene together, your worlds meet for a moment. But I don't think that makes for a very good cohesion. -Dawn Olivieri

I think that an actor is more likely to be forgiven in the public's eye than an actress. -Mila Kunis

I think there will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be. -Mila Kunis

I always wanted to be an actress. And it wasn't ego. I felt so little about myself, considered myself such a sparrow. Not just my size. I thought I was so plain… I did plays not to show off but because if I did that – I didn't realize it at the time – I would be somebody other than this person I didn't really approve of. -Frances Bay

I don't just want to be a cute girl in a comedy or the actress who just does the same thing over and over again. I want to play roles that are distinct. I want to have a more varied career like actresses Viola Davis or Angela Bassett – those are the people that I grew up watching and admiring. -Naturi Naughton

As a black actress you've got to work doubly hard. But it doesn't ever get me to the point where I give up on myself. It just motivates me to be more prepared, focus and disciplined. That's why I care so much about doing black films and making sure that we represent and are represented correctly. -Naturi Naughton

I was excited to play Lil' Kim and I wanted to do the role justice. I worked really hard on that role, whether it was performing the rhymes, studying the dialect, her swagger and her stage performances. I wanted people to see my range and stretch my wings as an actress. -Naturi Naughton

A part of being an actress that is sort of frustrating is that the writers get to tell you about your character. -Annabeth Gish

Certain type of actresses get younger instead of older. I always say, 'Only ingenues age.' -Elaine Stritch

The shelf life of a movie actor or actress is so short, it's like milk. -Graydon Carter

An actress spends a lifetime observing people. You build up a mental library. No, not a library. Make that a repository. -Marian Seldes

I think of myself as only being an actress when I'm acting, but my friends will say I act all the time. -Marian Seldes

I've been, for want of a better phrase, a supporting actress so much of my life. -Marian Seldes

I'm pretty sure I became an actress solely because of craft services. When you're a kid and there's a lady walking around with a tray of chocolate and other free candy, that's the best reason to be in the industry! -Serinda Swan

I had always been the theater nerd at Northwestern University. I knew I wanted to do acting, but I hated the idea of being this cliche – a girl from L.A. who decides to be an actress. -Meghan Markle

I didn't want to be an actress. It wasn't a dream. I didn't have any dreams at all. -Sandrine Bonnaire

I'm always slightly embarrassed to meet other actresses of my vintage. We have so little in common. They're all so dedicated. I find – so desperate. -Paulette Goddard

I just know I'm going to be an actress. I want it so bad. -Anna Nicole Smith

There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress that absolutely believes in exposing myself. -Kate Winslet

I never had a desire to be famous… I was fat. I didn't know any fat famous actresses… You know, once a fat kid, always a fat kid. Because you always think that you just look a little bit wrong or a little bit different from everyone else. And I still sort of have that. -Kate Winslet

My job as the actress playing Hanna Schmitz, as the actress playing any part, is to understand the character, and to ultimately love the character. And I did love Hanna, absolutely, because I understood her as profoundly as I did at the end of the day. -Kate Winslet

I've been doing my job for a long time and I never really thought about being an actress or being anything like that. I was always a bit scared as well because of the thing about models becoming an actress and all that. I just never really took it seriously. -Gisele Bundchen

You know, everyone says, 'Modeling and acting are so similar'… they say, 'It's so natural for models to become actresses because they use the camera.' I don't think of it in that way. -Gisele Bundchen

Evan Rachel Wood is the best actress I've ever worked with, hands down. -Mickey Rourke

Being married to two extremely high profile, you know, actresses, and being sort of chased by, you know, paparazzi and people, it's a whole different dynamic happens to a relationship when that happens. All of a sudden, things get a little crazy, a little crazy. -Tommy Lee

In human years I am 29. In actress years I'm the ripe, promising age of 18 to 35. That's how it works here in Hollyweird. -Olivia Wilde

People assume actresses are afraid to get older; the truth is the roles get a whole lot more compelling once you're too old to play dumb. -Olivia Wilde

I'm always so impressed with these actresses with their perfect make up and hair and sometimes I'm very aware that I'm not like that. But I don't think I can do things any other way. I would be wearing a disguise if I started to apply that stuff. -Clemence Poesy

There are very few actresses who can grow old and still get exciting parts… I think it's very important for me to have wider horizons, rather than just waiting for calls. -Clemence Poesy

I don't know if I see myself as an actress for the rest of my life. -Clemence Poesy

I may be the first actress to admit that beauty doesn't hold you back. I think beauty is a gift that you have to make the most of. I've worked hard at trying to look my best. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen, where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting. I'm sorry to disappoint people, but I don't look like that all the time – no actress does. -Catherine Zeta-Jones

Some of these actresses or public personas who are very public about their disciplined diets, more power to them. I just don't see the point. I'm just not going to be one of those people photographed in a bikini where people are like, 'OMG, look at Amy!' I mean, it might be OMG, but not for the reasons I want. -Amy Adams

Being an actress hasn't made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress. -Amy Adams

I'm not the kind of actress who asks a lot of questions of my directors unless it's something I really need to know. -Amy Adams

As an actress, I have put myself out there as an independent black woman, a single mom, a go-getter, a hustler who isn't afraid to survive. -LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

I think it is important for every actress to be able to feel whatever garment she has on because, we as women, we know when we look good. We know when we feel good. -LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

There was a period when I really had to ask myself, 'What does acting mean to me?' I'm not someone who's content being famous, with that whole lifestyle. I had to realize I could find a balance between what I like to do and what people think you're 'supposed' to do as an actress. -Lecy Goranson

I had no idea 'L.A. Law' would be so mega. I knew it was a big show, but I was just one actress in a group of many good, award-winning actresses. -Amanda Donohoe

In high school ethics, they went around and asked what everyone thought their classmates were qualified to do. For me, everyone said actress. But to me it was very much 'if it happens, it happens.' -Amanda Schull

I enjoyed acting growing up; I did musical theater. I had a secret desire to be a television and movie actress, but it wasn't something I admitted to myself that I wanted to do, I guess. -Amanda Schull

I'm forever being told that I'm an odd-looking actress, so it's great playing parts where there's no vanity. You just look as rough as you possibly can! -Anna Maxwell Martin

I've seen beautiful actresses get spat at or just someone trying to get a rise out of them so they can get an extra hundred bucks for a photo. It's really rough. -James McAvoy

If someone tied me down and made me answer the question, singer, actress, clothing designer, I most likely – it could change on any given day, but mostly likely I would lean towards singing. It's where I feel most like myself – on stage singing. -Mandy Moore

I'm an actress, I live in L.A., I work in Hollywood. But I've learned that if you're too skinny, they'll say something about it. If you're not skinny enough, they'll say something about it. I just try to feel good in my own skin as much as I can. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

Any of Bette Midler's concerts should be required viewing for every actor/performer. She has the audience in the palm of her hands at all times and can switch emotions on a dime: Great singer, great actress, great comedian – fearless. -Bryan Batt

There have been actresses who transitioned and nobody knew. But for me, with everybody knowing my history, it will be harder. I'm sure there are some great scripts calling for an ultra-glamorous woman. And I'm prepared to be ultra-glamorous. -Candis Cayne

As an actress, you have to give your character a life, a history, and make it full and rich for yourself. -Cara Buono

Of course when I started, it's not because I was such a brilliant actress. I didn't know I was good. I thought I was really bad. I was very shy. I was 18 and dreaming of becoming an actress. -Carole Bouquet

I decided to be an actress, and the day after, I was an actress. That was quick and very scary at the same time. When 'Obscure Object of Desire' came out in France, I felt guilty for my friends at the National School who weren't in the movies. The whole thing was turmoil. -Carole Bouquet

My mother told me that when I was born a wave of feeling came over her. She just knew that I was destined to be an actress. -Kirsten Dunst

When you spend your entire life as a child actress, being told where to go and where to stand, you're performing constantly for people. It definitely breeds the kind of person who's dependent on other people's approval. -Kirsten Dunst

Being an actress doesn't make you popular in school. -Kirsten Dunst

I always enjoyed acting. My aunt was actually an actress. -Felicia Day

As a means to an end, modelling was good, but I had to distance myself from it when I started working as an actress, because even though I wasn't high-profile, I found in my first write-ups that I'd be referred to as 'model Gemma Chan.' -Gemma Chan

Although I did end up trying out several different fields before committing to acting, I knew in the deepest part of heart that I wanted to be an actress. -Gina Holden

I'm just lucky to have great parents. My sister's an actress. My brother's a musician. I found it hard growing up in such a… creatively driven family. I wanted to have this thing to create, myself. -Grace Gummer

Some people are suspicious of others who have more than one talent. I've had poets tell me to my face that an actress can't be a poet. -Grace Zabriskie

My wife is my favorite actress. Without question. I have seen more jaws drop in little theaters when people see my wife up on that stage than you can imagine. -Jim Parrack

I know that the greatest of actresses has about 20 good years of acting in her and that she will go on living for 30 or 40 years as a human being. So, the conclusion I have come to is that I can't make acting my whole life. -Jean Seberg

Every actress has to face the facts there are younger, more beautiful girls right behind you. Once you've gone beyond the vanity of the business, you'll take on the tough roles. -Jean Simmons

'Sara' was the first film project I worked on as an actress; it's a short film. -Jessica Clark

Some of my favorite actresses are Cate Blanchett, I love her. I love Zoe Saldana, and Julianne Moore is one of my favorites. I like women who choose diverse roles and have that strength, which I think all women have but some women embrace it, present it, and live in it. -Jessica Clark

I'm looking forward to playing the meatier roles you get in your 30s. The early 20s can be a hard time for an actress – it's always bombshell or romantic lead. The good stuff you can really sink your teeth into comes later. -Jessica Marais

I always knew that the only thing I wanted to do was act, but it took me a long time to say it out loud to anyone, let alone myself. I am surprised by how dogged I have been in wanting to make a living as a respected actress. -Jessica Raine

I don't remember sitting down and saying, 'This is why I want to be – an actress.' I just knew. It was never a conscious decision or a revelation. -Joanne Whalley

There are some roles you just don't say 'no' to. Those compass points: you get them so rarely as an actress. -Anne-Marie Duff

I remember liking Betty White a lot. It was one of those things as a little child actress, you get inspired by experienced actresses and actresses that reach out to you. -Ariana Richards

It's been said that horror films are experimental forms of art, and I agree. As an actress, you're put in positions and have to experience emotions that are way beyond reality, whether fighting in a post-apocalyptic world or being possessed by the Devil. -Ashley Bell

Growing up, I always wanted to always be something new. I thought if I was an actress, I would have a chance at doing it all. What's incredible about this profession is every role you play; you learn a different skill set. That really appealed to me. -Ashley Bell

The reality is I meet a lot of actresses. They're wonderful, beautiful ladies. It's pretty hard to stay away from them. You know, there's worse problems to have. -David Sutcliffe

If I wasn't an actress, I'd be a designer. I love interior design and inventing things that are practical but also beautiful – looking at a space and creating magic. -Deborra-Lee Furness

I judge preschool teachers and actresses shamelessly. The first five minutes I meet them. -Diane Farr

To me, acting is all about hard work and talent. Once you get your first wrinkle, if you are a female actress, nobody will care about what you look like – it's all about what you can do. -Dominik Garcia-Lorido

The thing about Canadian women is that they seem less likely to bring up that they're Canadian. You here less about Canadian actresses than actors, I don't know why. -Dustin Milligan

As an actress, you have to keep yourself fresh and new. -Jaime Winstone

I always knew I wanted to work in entertainment, but I actually really wanted to be a singer more than an actress. -India de Beaufort

I had no interest in being an actress what so ever, and when I was about 14 or 15, I was signed to a company in England. They owned a children's TV show which they put me in as a singer, and I was on the show for three years, and I left the show when I was 18 and started looking for a record contract. -India de Beaufort

You're a smaller fish in the U.S. There's just so many more TV shows, and actors, and actresses. Where as in the U.K. you're in a much smaller market there. -India de Beaufort

I'm a huge movie buff, so I'm a fan of a lot of actors and actresses. -Jared Gilman

I think the world has too many actresses. -Tina Fey

I dreamed of being an actress when I was a little kid because you don't know then that the writer writes everything the actor is saying. But as I got older, I got into college and became more aware that writing is another option, and I started getting into it, too. -Tina Fey

I had a band with a girl in New York, and we would go around and do gigs. And then I happened to start getting work as an actress. -Laura Bell Bundy

I told everybody that I was going to be an actress in Hollywood one day. People looked at me like I was crazy. -Paula Garces

I think the reason why I'm an actress is because I got hooked on the feeling of studying for an audition, going to the audition, and then getting that phone call. -Paula Garces

When I'm hired just to be an actress, I don't have to worry about anything else but showing up on set, making sure I know my lines and making sure I know what I'm bringing to the character. When I'm a creator and executive producer, I have to worry about the whole thing. -Paula Garces

There were the people that believed in me when I was walking around Spanish Harlem, saying that I was going to be a Hollywood actress. They were like, 'Yeah, you could do it!' -Paula Garces

It's always possible as an actress that your last job could really be your last job. -Melissa Peterman

My mother always wanted to be an actress. She was an extra in movies and stuff. I have a feeling this is the classic story: The mother wants to be an actress, and the child ends up doing it. But it was never a jealousy thing between us. It was like – well, I was making my mom happy. -Kristy McNichol

My parents are amazing, but when I was like, 'Well, I'm going to be an actress,' and they're all doctors, that wasn't the best and easiest thing to do. I'm sure that I probably went through a year period when I wasn't telling them exactly what I was doing. But that's going to evolve. -Reshma Shetty

My nana was an actress, my mom was an actress, and my sister, too. So because I was surrounded by it, it really came naturally. -Chris Pine

My very first acting job ever, the first time I got paid to be an actress, was in 2001, right between my sophomore and junior year in college, when I was just 19 years old. I got paid $250 every two weeks, 10 shows a week, to be in the Utah Shakespearean Festival. I was Calpurnia in 'Julius Caesar.' -Katy Mixon

I was really young when I started on 'One Tree Hill,' and the encouragement from my friends and family has been crucial in my development as an actress. I'm also continuously surprised and humbled by the kindness and generosity of the fans. -Kelsey Chow

My parents and my family really tried to maintain as much of a normal environment as possible. When I went home, it wasn't Keshia Knight Pulliam the actress, the glitz, the glamour. It was Keshia the daughter. Oldest of four children, who washed the dishes and did everything she was supposed to do. -Keshia Knight Pulliam

I would love to be remembered as a wonderfully dynamic and multitalented actress who left a legacy through her work and through her life of helping people and of being a positive force in the world. -Keshia Knight Pulliam

What people forget is that I'm an actress. That's the wonderful thing about what I do. I get to play different roles. -Keshia Knight Pulliam

I've been very lucky and been able to work, as an actress, but I'm definitely a working actress. I get a script, I audition, and then I pray. -Laura Haddock

I remember being about eight and watching 'Pollyanna' with Hayley Mills. I looked at my mum and said, 'Mum, I want to be Pollyanna.' She said, 'You're going to have to make yourself cry if you want to be an actress.' So I turned my head away, and when I turned it back I was in floods of tears. -Laura Haddock

In modelling or football, being 30 is very bad. But, for an actress, ageing is like wine. You taste better and better because your body, your mind, your feelings, all this is a tool and it's getting sharper with time. -Ludivine Sagnier

You know, when you start, especially with me, I didn't really know I was going to be a movie actress. I thought I was going to do theater. -Ludivine Sagnier

I never wanted to be an actress who complained about the lack of roles for women. -Kelly Rowan

I feel like most actresses kind of have issues in body dysmorphia. -Lindsay Sloane

I became an actress and studied human emotions so that I could give the gift of feelings to my son. This is what my whole journey has been about. -Tisha Campbell-Martin

As women, we often think we have to be all things to all people, all at the same time. As a wife, mother, actress and businesswoman, I definitely feel the pressure to perform well in all areas. -Niecy Nash

In one day, I got mistaken for three different actresses: Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, and Star Jones. -Niecy Nash

When I was little, I had to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I wrote, 'I want to be an actress-singer-dancer because you can be a rich fairy princess and tell someone off.' -Ellen Greene

One of my favourite actresses is Kate Winslet. She plays strong female characters and seems like she has a strong political awareness. I really like Naomi Watts and Juliette Lewis. -Emily Perkins

I'm a big fan of 'Woody Allen' movies, so I like all the actresses in his movies like 'Diane Keaton' and Mia Farrow. -Emily Perkins

I'm an actress and I want to act, and I'm a mom and I want to be with my kids, and it's trying to find a way to do both. -Julianne Nicholson

I'm just a stage actress. I'm very comfortable onstage. -Julie White

Personally as an actress, when I work on something, that's it and then I move onto the next thing. I'm not someone who sits and watches my stuff. I like to go onto the next thing that I'm working on, and the thing that's been completed is completed. -Juliet Landau

I was a professional ballerina. After becoming an actress, I did a lot of theater, which included musical theater. The first musical play I did was Murray Schisgal's 'The Pushcart Peddlers.' -Juliet Landau

I've been a character actress right from the beginning. I was no more like 'Cinderella' in my real life than I was like the neurotic poet in 'Cop.' -Lesley Ann Warren

I just wanted to be an actress. It never occurred to me that I could become famous, because I'm not one of those people who's automatically going to be the lead. I always saw myself as the mate. -Ashley Jensen

I grew up as a child actress, not a child star. I was an actress – big difference. -Natasha Leggero

I guess you could say the beginning of my career as an actress was when I started performing in music videos. -Sheri Moon Zombie

As a Japanese actor, I really want to work with a lot of actors and actresses in the world and many directors who have many different kinds of talents. I feel like nationally doesn't matter at all. -Ken Watanabe

I'm proud to be a hard working actress; it's what I've always loved to do and I'm so happy and proud to still be doing it. -Maria Canals Barrera

I love being a mommy, and I love being an artist, and I love being a singer and an actress and making a movie – all that stuff I feel very passionate about, so I have a lot of energy for it. -Melora Hardin

I'm a character actress. It doesn't mean I can't do leading roles; I don't think of myself as a leading lady. -Rena Sofer

In the business I meet some beautiful women, but to be honest, 80 per cent of them are raving lunatics and are to be avoided. It's just insecurity; actors are generally quite insecure. I wouldn't date, or I've never had a fling with an actress, and I'd quite like to keep it that way. -Rory McCann

Because I never set out to be an actress, I always feel so lucky and grateful. There are so many people who are really desperate to be stars, and it was completely the opposite for me – I fell into it. -Sophia Myles

What I do for a living means that people look at me. As an actress, you are scrutinized. You are not just dealing with your looks privately, you are on display. I have never been 100 percent comfortable in my own skin. I go through different phases. But I don't feel beautiful all the time, no. -Sophia Myles

I am really fortunate to have parents who supported my plan to become an actress when I was a little kid. And then there was my grandma. She was the best. She was always there and ready to drive me to all my plays and stuff. -Keiko Agena

I was very aware that my path into the industry would probably be as an actress and not in production, that I could learn a lot that way. And I did. -Leslie Hope

I don't need legitimization to take part in Israeli productions; I am a good actress. To work in Israel is a financial investment for me. I do it for emotional, not artistic, reasons. -Mili Avital

I loved putting on stories as plays when I was just six. I was the director, the actress and the set designer; I cast my girlfriends in parts, and I suggested to the local kindergarten teachers that we do free performances for the children. -Mili Avital

Let's talk about Connie Britton, who I love. I don't know of a person who doesn't love her, I don't know a man or woman who doesn't have a crush on her, she's the most fabulous person in the entire world, and she's such an incredible actress, and so sweet, and I love her. -Maggie Carey

I don't want what Shaun Cassidy gets. I am a serious actress. -Melissa Sue Anderson

I think it's incumbent on actresses to bring something else to the part which isn't in the script. -Natascha McElhone

I always think I love work, and I knew early on that I wanted to be an actress. Then I meet people who have truly dedicated their lives to acting, and I realise that I'm so completely in the back seat. -Natascha McElhone

When I was a little girl, I used to walk around with a towel on my head, pretending I was a nun. And then one day my mother said, 'Why don't you just become an actress, and then you can pretend you're a nun.' -Olivia Hussey

I'm one of those actresses that really enjoys staying home with my children. To be told you've got to get to work, it is just unbelievable what it does to you. -Olivia Hussey

'English Rose' – what does that actually mean? That I am pale? That I am English, maybe? They are going to say that about any actress from this country! -Rachel Hurd-Wood

Not all actresses know how to express their looks, I think. For me, it's an on-again, off-again thing. I'm still struggling. -Rinko Kikuchi

I never really decided to be an actress, but I got an agent, was called back on every show I auditioned for, and finally decided I was meant to be an actress. -Shannon Tweed

When I got 'Family Ties', I wasn't even thinking about being an actress. I thought I might become a window dresser. -Justine Bateman

Today what is more important for me is performance. At the risk of sounding immodest, I have done it all – 61 movies over 12 years. But now I am looking for quality. It's easy to be a star. Now I want to be an actress. -Karisma Kapoor

There are hits and misses, and as an actress, we are mentally ready for all that. -Karisma Kapoor

I will always be an actress. I couldn't see myself without acting. But I'd love to direct and keep writing. I don't think one has to be in place of the other. -Kate del Castillo

Because I'd done 30 plays or so at Oxford, I thought that I was an actress anyway because that's what I was doing! -Katherine Parkinson

You do develop a taste as an actress: Chekhov, Ayckbourn: it's the combination of comedy and human drama. I would never want to do anything without comedy. -Katherine Parkinson

'Sophie's Choice' is actually the reason I became an actress. -Kathryn Morris

I want to be the only American actress who doesn't do any plastic surgery or anything. I think older faces are great. -Kathy Baker

I worry about my face not having expression. I've never been known for glamour, so it's probably easier for me than it is for someone who has been known for her incredible beauty and glamour. I always wanted to be Geraldine Page, who was just a fabulous actress with just a nice, normal, expressive face. -Kathy Baker

My very first acting job was with Alan Parker on' Angela's Ashes,' but as a child, I had written to so many other productions just applying for any role. I always wanted to be an actress, and I did loads of acting summer schools. -Kerry Condon

I may be the only actress in Hollywood who won't need a face lift, because when I take off my makeup, I look so great compared to my characters! -Lin Shaye

My parents have always given me whatever I wanted. Took me to the ballet, the opera, museum exhibitions. I was always surrounded by art. It's their fault I've become an actress. -Bar Paly

The actresses I most admire are Cameron Diaz and Sofia Vergara. They're amazing comedic actresses and also gorgeous. That's the direction I'd like my career to go in. -Bar Paly

I did everything in my power not to be an actress. I went off and did a teacher-training course first, so I could teach English and Drama – because I'm not thick, surprisingly enough. -Sarah Douglas

As a black actress, all I was offered in British film was the best friend role, whereas in TV I was offered a whole spectrum of parts. -Sophie Okonedo

I do love being an actress. The other stuff, the 'fame', well – you know what? – you don't actually have to buy into it if you don't want to. -Sophie Okonedo

As a human being, Joan Crawford is a great actress. -Nicholas Ray

As an actress, I'm constantly watching different shows and films and am always gathering information and inspiration for characters and techniques to make my performances the best they can be. -Rachel G. Fox

To be honest, I never really considered myself to be too much of an actress. So, whenever I get the chance to do music, I'm always, like, just in it. It's like, 'Oh my God, I finally get to do this. I'm so happy.' -Ariana Grande

I'm not a comedienne. I'm an actress. -Pam Dawber

Increasingly, it's actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns, and now there's no distinction between actresses and models. -Romola Garai

I love my home, spend as much time in London as I can, and try wherever possible to avoid travelling for work. Sometimes I think I'm really badly equipped to be an actress. -Romola Garai

The advent of digitally enhancing images – and the fact that actresses weren't protesting against that – created an environment where big corporations felt like they had total ownership over the bodies of actresses. -Romola Garai

If you are an actress in L.A., on your 40th birthday they should just hand you the keys to the lunatic asylum. -Romola Garai

The last thing a director needs is an actress who feels an ownership towards a particular character. -Romola Garai

I didn't want to live in an Islamic society because I knew I wasn't going to be a first-class citizen, and I knew I was not going to be able to keep doing what I was doing as an actress. -Shohreh Aghdashloo

I proud to say that most of the Iranians love me and love my work. I love them, and I always have them in my mind when I work. There are few people who do not agree with me, but truly, I don't care. I call myself an actress with a mission. -Shohreh Aghdashloo

When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like 'Madea', and 'Night, Mother', and 'Sam Shepard', and all that kind of stuff. That's what I really wanted to do. -Rachael Harris

I told my agent which women I aspire to have a career like: Frances McDormand, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson – character actresses who have something to say. I also said that I loved Madeline Kahn and Jessica Lange. -Rachael Harris

I wanted to go to New York and be a stage actress, doing things like Chekhov. None of that happened, and then I went to L.A. and an agent said, 'I think you belong in commercials and TV.' So I did that and got some opportunities that I absolutely love. -Rachael Harris

I always look at things half full and definitely see a change in how things are going as far as black actresses and their opportunities. -Kimberly Elise

Whatever it is that I feel, I express it! I am free with my joy, my laughter, my pleasure, my pain, and I am blessed in that way as an actress that I can access those feelings within myself and not be ashamed to show whatever that is that's appropriate for the character. -Kimberly Elise

I know I should be Wonder Woman. They need an international actress – a fresh face. They need a woman who's tall, athletic and dark-haired – and an actress who can play the part. That's me. So, I'm coming to L.A. to work hard and meet the industry. And if 'Wonder Woman' comes together, I want it. -Tanit Phoenix

My parents never pushed me to be an actress. You can come from a family of actors, and sometimes there have been families that grow you up as an actor, but this wasn't my situation. It's very important to find your own way because it's something you then have to confront yourself. -Violante Placido

I came to Los Angeles only after filming 'A Good Day to Die Hard,' when I was cast in the independent movie 'Delirium.' Director Lee Roy Kunz was looking everywhere for a Russian actress. He saw my photos, and only then he learned where I starred before! Eventually, I spent several months in the U.S., and we made the film quickly. -Yuliya Snigir

I will never date an actor or a model. My family will never accept her. We are a middle class family, and an actress will never be able to gel with us. -Suresh Raina

I guess I've sort of always wanted to be an actress, except when I was five, which, I did want to be the Queen of England. -Bethany Joy Lenz

I started out as a music teacher; I never planned on becoming an actress. -Li Bingbing

It is difficult to understand why I am so famous. I never thought I wanted to be an actress. I never thought about it. I think it is my destiny to be in this business. -Li Bingbing

I never wanted to be an actress, really. I sort of caught the bug fairly late. So many people are so intrigued with the glamour and celebrity of acting, and a lot of actors start acting when they are 9 or 10 years old – so young. I started when I was about 24. -Bitsie Tulloch

Women over 35 have great stories, and the actresses are there, but you can't get the movies made. -Bonnie Bedelia

When I left my home to become an actress, my father didn't give me a single penny. I struggled a lot, and they had no idea what I went through. My grandfather even asked me to drop my surname when he learnt I was joining films. -Kangana Ranaut

Even after 'Gangster' being a success, I was considered a B-grade actress and was a sidekick, even though I was good at what I did, and was jobless for two years. -Kangana Ranaut

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