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I always wanted to be a great actor.
– Sally Field
The roles… the deep roles that I’ve gotten to play have turned my course. They’ve changed my life experience.
I think the first thing I did was several scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was over 50, Caucasian, thin, small-framed, and I have it in my genetic history. It was almost a slam-dunk.
I’m looking for a bunch of new tchotchkes that represent the new part of my life.
I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That’s like fighting with ghosts.
I had to let my ego go a long time ago.
You lose your habitual behavior, which allowed you to sort of zone out. You have to be here, you have to be now, you have to be present.
I joined the Actors Studio and began to work with Lee Strasberg, and that changed my work.
You just do the best you can with what you’ve got… and sometimes magic strikes.
I’d been kind of a hiccup in my parents’ lives. They lost track of me and I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself. And then fate reached in and took me in its hands. I was discovered right out of high school and started getting work.
I grew up in a show-business family, but we were working-class show business. There was nothing glamorous about it. You had great things one day and the next day, nothing.
My last son is leaving to go to college; my grandchildren are being born. My mother is living with me.
If I hadn’t fought back, I might have been Gidget forever.
‘Forrest Gump’ is filled full of moments where your heart just cheers.
I can’t deny the fact that you like me! You like me!
I did comedies for 10 years and I learned a great deal.
But I was losing so much bone density that I would have been in grave danger. And I mean grave danger. If I had let it go just a few more years I could have broken my hip or spine just picking up my granddaughter.
You know, people really don’t understand what actors do.
I have never been beautiful in cliche terms.
I’ve done some good work and some not-good work.
My agent said, ‘You aren’t good enough for movies.’ I said, ‘You’re fired.’
I mean, the only thing that matters to me is getting to the work – getting to do the work. And I don’t really care where it is: whether it’s on stage or on television or in film.
Change is never easy.
I don’t want to look old and worn, but what can you do? My real focus is being an actor. I care more about having the opportunity to play roles that I haven’t played than I care if my neck looks like someone’s bedroom curtains.
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
There are parts of me that I feel are beautiful, but they don’t have anything to do with my nose.
I wanted to be Katharine Hepburn-ish – there was a bit of nobility about her.
I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!
I think that’s very sad, that I haven’t allowed my heart to be broken. I have broken a few.