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Acting is magical.
by Alicia Witt

Acting is magical.
Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.
- Alicia Witt

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown.
I wanted to rescue him and make him happy.
Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.
- Alicia Witt

Redheads get so stereotyped.
You're either exotic and wild or totally Victorian.
- Alicia Witt

I wanted to do a movie about being really good at something,
yet being socially awkward and not as advanced in your
personal life as you are in your creative life.
- Alicia Witt

 

It occured to me the other day that I've made out with
more people on camera than I have in real life!
- Alicia Witt

My goal is to just keep playing roles that are different
from the roles I've played before.
- Alicia Witt

Pianos tend to get better as they age,
the more you play them.
They grow into their sound.
- Alicia Witt

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You have to really concentrate on piano or acting.
You can't do both.
- Alicia Witt

I'd never been to a prom, I had never had the whole high school experience.
I think I was kind of an anomaly.
I don't think they knew where to put me.
- Alicia Witt

In my fantasy I was always the savior.
I would come to Peanuts land and save everybody.
Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me.
Peppermint Patty was so jealous.
- Alicia Witt

I compose my own stuff.
I've been writing songs with words.
I've been playing more on the keyboard because I can
transpose it to sheet music on the computer.
- Alicia Witt

I went to national piano competitions and did that whole circuit.
Then I played professionally to support myself when I moved out to LA.
- Alicia Witt

All of those art-based fields are similar in that they're
all hard to make a living in and they all require an
intense amount of training and discipline.
- Alicia Witt

On-screen relationships are the best because you don't
have to worry about saying the wrong things.
And if the guy's got a girlfriend, or I'm not attracted to him,
it's even better.
It's just my character kissing his character.
- Alicia Witt

I was so happy that it filmed in New York not only
because it's an amazing city,
but also because a lot of people across the world somehow
started to think about New York as a dangerous place
to be and envisioned it as some war zone after that happened.
- Alicia Witt

John Waters has certainly gotten to a place in his
life where he doesn't do anything he doesn't want to do.
He's always been that way, but at this point,
he's greatly respected for it.
- Alicia Witt

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

Manage the remarkable balance between acting
from your heart and close to your gifts
with completing the obligations
that your labor and tasks require of you.
Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
- Carl Jung

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

I like acting for now.
But after seeing Apollo 13, what I really want to do is to be an astronaut.
I'm dying to go to a space camp next summer!
- Natalie Portman

I'll keep on acting 'til they wipe the drool.
I like the business.
I like to do different parts and diverse characters.
I haven't lost my enthusiasm yet!
- Robert Duvall

I started taking acting classes when I was twelve.
- Lindsay Wagner

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

I'm not done with acting but do find my hands full
with my current responsibilities.
Soon, sometime soon.
- Christopher Knight

A lot of what acting is paying attention.
- Nancy Reagan

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
- Rosalind Russell

I want to die in the saddle.
I love writing, producing, acting, directing.
- Peter Fonda

To me, all writing is like music.
And especially dialogue.
I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be,
a composer.
Acting got me sidetracked.
- Dirk Benedict

It was always acting, singing and dancing that I loved.
- Linda Lavin

To choose ways of not acting was ever the concern and scruple of my life.
- Fernando Pessoa

When it's working, what acting is really about is getting
into the essence of a moment in a creative,
joyous way - through whatever frees you up.
- Lili Taylor

At school there was no acting to be had other than
school plays which I did now and again.
- Ewan McGregor

I didn't actually begin professionally acting until I was 30.
- Katey Sagal

I suddenly discovered that acting made girls notice me.
- Ted Lange

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
- Lily Tomlin

Everything I thought about acting and having a movie
career has changed from what I thought when I started.
- Rebecca De Mornay

There is a class system in acting just like in anything else.
Black females fall in a category below black male actors.
- Debra Wilson

When I get to my deathbed, I don't want to take my last breath and say,
Well, how glorious.
I've left the world my acting credits.
I won't even think that.
- Lesley-Anne Down

I've done one movie.
And it's not a movie I want to stand on as far as acting ability goes.
I mean, I'm not going to win an Oscar anytime soon.
I'm not Meryl Streep.
- Megan Fox

One of the joys about acting is researching.
- William Sanderson

There is no overacting, only untrue acting.
- Stellan Skarsgard

It was the moment I learned acting is not acting out.
After that light went on, I spent the rest of my life
trying to figure out how to make other people realize it.
- William Hurt

That was the beginning of modern acting for me.
You don't have to tell a camera everything.
It gets bored if you do and wants to look elsewhere.
- Stephen Rea

We lived and breathed acting.
- David Naughton

When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders,
it isn't acting.
It's following instructions.
Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.
- James Dean

Everyone thinks acting is easy.
It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
- Eli Wallach

Baseball player.
Yeah, that was my dream before acting,
or alongside acting.
- Shemar Moore

Pretending to be other people is my game and that to
me is the essence of the whole business of acting.
- John Hurt

Acting is a form of confession.
- Tallulah Bankhead

The term papers make me more crazy, because they involve
more variables I cannot directly control!
With acting, I feel more power-like I'm making all the choices.
- Fred Savage

This acting was very hard work.
- Jack Levine

If you want to surf, move to Hawaii.
If you like to shop, move to New York.
If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California.
But if you like college football, move to Texas.
- Ricky Williams

There's so much we can't express in our day-to-day
interaction with people because it's considered inappropriate.
And acting is all about being inappropriate.
- Wentworth Miller

Acting is also working with people who invite you into
their dreams and trust you with their innermost being.
- Catherine Deneuve

When I was a teenager I loved acting,
but I really just loved it for myself.
I didn't like the fact that anyone else saw the work I was doing.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sincerity and the correct use of the voice are the
greatest things in the art of acting.
- Alla Nazimova

Acting is very immediate.
- Val Kilmer

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

What's the difference between tough love and acting like a jerk?
- Ricki Lake

There is no right in acting.
- Frank Langella

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

A lot of people think I'm cynical when I talk about acting.
The truth of the matter is, I just don't want someone
to get some lame advice that will send them in the wrong direction.
- Amber Tamblyn

I wasn't really serious about acting -
I was serious about baseball.
- Kurt Russell

I've always held to the belief, though,
that people who do too much acting training always
look like they're acting,
you know?
- Noah Taylor

Of course, in later years, I'd studied acting more than ever before -
mostly with the late Stella Adler,
who was marvelous!
- but in my earlier years, I couldn't afford to do this.
- Marie Windsor

A musical would be fantastic.
The soundtrack would be great and I'd like to do acting.
- Melanie Chisholm

I was about to get a degree in economics when I accepted
that I'd be a lousy businessman,
and if I didn't give acting a try I'd regret it for the rest of my life.
- Peter Gallagher

I don't know how I could have an acting career with this.
- Connie Sellecca


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