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Young Actor Quotes


"Leonardo DiCaprio is a very serious young actor." - Robert De Niro

"I've never really felt like I was a child actor. Just an actor who happened to be quite young." - Saoirse Ronan

"You always like to learn from people as a young actor. I think every young actor says that, but its true." - Tom Weston-Jones

"I'm certainly a young actor. I'm certainly those two things. Actually, I'm not even young anymore; I'm 29. So, I'm an actor." - Domhnall Gleeson

"You always like to learn from people as a young actor. I think every young actor says that, but it's true." - Tom Westonjones

"You have to succeed as a young actor, then as a dad actor, those would be my 'Harvey Moon' years, then as an old actor." - Kenneth Cranham

"I'm a young actor and I haven't learned everything there is about acting." - Lucas Neff

"Johnny Depp was the most polite young actor I've ever worked with." - Robert Englund

"As a young actor, I worked with Kevin McNally and have always thought him brilliant." - Richard Mccabe

"I dreamt of being an actor ever since I was young." - Douglas Booth

"I wanted to be an actor. I decided when I was very young, when I first saw movies, that I wanted to be an actor." - Dennis Hopper

"My experience as a young actor on network television was that I couldn't make it work. I was drowning as an actor." - James Badge Dale

"I was fortunate as a young actor, to go straight to the RSC, where I learned that being an actor can bring with it wonderful responsibilities." - Ben Kingsley

"Any role that big is going to be a challenge for any actor, but for an actor of a young age, it's going to be even tougher." - Jeff Bridges

"I love working with children and this young boy, Thomas Sangster, is quite a remarkable young actor. He raises your game, you know. He certainly raised mine." - Liam Neeson

"I've always thought young." - Bill Raftery

"What is it in the actor, the stage, that casts so powerful a spell on the young imagination?" - Joyce Cary

"As a young actor, it's important to see how the greatest in the industry work... diva behavior is never it." - Sean Maguire

"It was being young and sensitive and an actor. There was a lot of pressure, everything was a hurdle." - Matt Dillon

"A young actor once asked me, What do you do between jobs? I said, Hobbies, hobbies, and more hobbies." - Robert Duvall

"The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles to play for a young actor." - Leonardo Dicaprio

"Going from a child actor to an adult actor is not an easy thing, and I was sort of lost in a no man's land for a while, trying to figure out who I was as a person, and going from a young actor to an adult actor." - C Thomas Howell

"When you're really young, you're young for life." - Pablo Picasso

"No man knows he is young while he is young." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"An old young man, will be a young old man." - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who love the young best stay young longer." - Edgar Friedenberg

"My main goal, starting out as a young actor, was to carry the reins that Pac left off and to reach the depths as an actor that I know he would have reached had he still been here with us." - Michael K Williams

"I was very young when I was in RNBDJ and that journey had enabled me as an actor. I am not very confident of my growth as an actor but I am very confident of my growth as a person." - Anushka Sharma

"I wanted to be an actor my whole young life. My dad was an actor, obviously - he won an Academy Award, but I had no idea what was involved. I had all the wrong ideas about acting." - Ed Begley Jr

"My mom always wanted me to be an actor. And I started going to theater and going on auditions young. I only realized about five years ago that I actually didn't want to be an actor." - Angelina Jolie

"I still consider myself a young actor, I'm 34; I still view it as the beginning of my career. You can get infatuated with acting in a way that makes you less an actor than an acting appreciator." - Peter Sarsgaard

"Tolerance cannot seduce the young." - Emile M Cioran

"I'm sorry. I'm very young." - Britney Spears

"May you stay Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

"Only the good die young." - Billy Joel

"I couldn't remember ever having seen a young man with such power, so many facets of expression, so much sheer invention as an actor." - Hedda Hopper

"My mother implanted in me as a young can either be an actor in your own life, or a reactor in somebody else's." - Hillary Clinton

"It's my job to try to communicate with as little showiness as possible. I was a really showy actor as a young man." - Frank Langella

"I would say, don't smoke. I'm kidding, but yeah, I did smoke in college and as a young actor and it's stupid." - Meryl Streep

"Anyone who hears enough laughter and applause at a young age will become an actor, whether they intend to or not." - John Lithgow

"To a young actor: How tall are you without your horse? Six foot, seven inches. Never mind the six feet. Let's talk about the seven inches!" - Mae West

"You make choices, as a young man. I knew I wanted to be an actor, so I pursued that, but the desire to compete still stayed with me." - Holt Mccallany

"I have my dream job! As a young person training as an actor, walking on the WB studio lot is a dream in itself." - Keegan Allen

"When I was a young actor... the more different you were from the part you played, the more talent it reflected." - Dirk Benedict

"From a very young age, I wanted to be an actor, but I lived in a very small town in Florida where there weren't any opportunities for that." - Lauren Miller

"I think the young actor who really wants to act will find a way ... to keep at it and seize every opportunity that comes along." - John Gielgud

"The only thing I wanted to do when I was a young naive kid was to become a New York stage actor." - Oliver Platt

"I think it's my job as a young actor to watch adult actors and take tips on the way they work." - Tye Sheridan

"When I was beginning, a young actor could go from repertory company to repertory company. I did that and loved it. I was also lucky." - Blythe Danner

"It's no fun to be a struggling young actor. It's a desperate thing, no way to be happy. If you have any alternative, you should take it." - Tommy Lee Jones

"My dad always said there's four phases in an actor/director's life. There's 'Mario Who?' There's 'Get me Mario!' 'Get me a young Mario,' and 'Mario Who?'" - Mario Van Peebles

"I think he [Leonardo DiCaprio] is a terrific actor. And I've - I've been rooting and voting for him since "Gilbert Grape." I thought he was so amazing in that one. He was a young man, really very young boy." - Maggie Smith

"I became popular very young. I viewed myself as just a young actor trying to figure out how to do well, and, you know, making mistakes and learning and growing." - Josh Hartnett

"I grew up with it. As a young actor, I was always aware of the brilliant work of Shakespeare. We studied Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth in school. As a young actor, you're always mystified and intrigued by such brilliant work. To actually have the chance to be involved in this production was a wonderful thing for me." - Ed Westwick

"I managed to get a short film with Channel 4 Films. I cast a young actor who'd done a bit of television before, a young actor called Ewan McGregor. That was very first thing. This writer had won this competition, and I made this little short, black and white movie. I think for both Ewan and I it was the start of our careers." - Justin Chadwick

"As you're growing up, it's odd, because directors don't expect you to grow up. They think you'll be young forever, but as an actor, there is an awkward period when you're too young for old or too old for young, and it can be an odd time." - Nicholas Hoult

"Young people are thoughtless as a rule." - Homer

"Meek young men grow up in libraries." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be young forever, seasons of the earth." - Czeslaw Milosz

"America is a country of young men." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be young, gifted and black!" - Nina Simone

"Whom the gods love die young." - Menander

"It's great to be young and insane." - Michael Keaton

"Spring makes everything young again except man." - Charles Francis Richter

"Hope! thou nurse of young desire." - Isaac Bickerstaffe

"Every thing is pretty that is young." - Samuel Richardson

"You are quite unnecessary, young man!" - Antonin Artaud

"Young men can be impetuous, young men can be rush, young men can be fools, but the Car'a'carn cannot let himself be a young man." - Robert Jordan

"To a young heart everything is fun." - Charles Dickens

"Revolution is the industry of young men." - Craig Johnson

"I'm a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after 'Mystic Pizza', not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route." - Vincent D'Onofrio

"There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?" - Mary Astor

"It's always a pleasure to see John. I'm fond of telling people that when I was a young actor in NY and had no work ,no money, you know the story because you're heard it before." - Harvey Keitel

"Im a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after Mystic Pizza, not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route." - Vincent D'Onofrio

"As an actor, and especially as a young woman, there's so much pressure to look good all the time and it really detracts from what our job really is about, which is portraying a different person." - Emmy Rossum

""I've never see you do something like this before and I'd love to see you try." For a young actor, that's about the most exciting thing that anyone can say to you." - Dan Stevens

"Don't ever underestimate the power of mentoring someone, or helping some young actor, doing a favor for them, or introducing- everyone needs somebody to help them along when they're first starting out." - Allison Janney

"I was certainly a child of the '60s, and I came out of that era, and as a young actor, I got cast as a lot of counterculture hippie types." - Rob Reiner

"You won't find a better young actor than Jaeden Lieberher. I ended up having one of the best times with him, really. Going to work with him every day was a treat." - Clive Owen

"Halloween has always been fascinating to me from a very young age. I think any actor would be fascinated by Halloween because it's one of the only holidays that advocates dressing up in makeup and costumes and transforming oneself." - Nicolas Cage

"I'm a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after 'Mystic Pizza', not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route." - Vincent Donofrio

"When my father was a young actor, it is absolutely true that the vast majority were fairly middle class. Then all of a sudden, people like Albert Finney burst through and turned all that on its head." - Jack Davenport

"When you're a young actor you ring your agent every evening. It's not like when you're in Hollywood where you do one picture a year. You just hope you get a day on television." - Michael Caine

"I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. I also wanted to be a paramedic, but I always wanted to be an actor as well. I didn't have kids or something that I needed to provide for." - Christopher Parker

"There's no blueprint for where I should be. I see myself as a young, good actor who still has a lot to learn. There's nobody at any point in their career who is the finished article." - Daniel Radcliffe

"This whole thing about winning and losing is muddy waters. But I can remember, as a young actor, just walking around this city and not being able to get arrested." - Jeffrey Tambor

"My advice to young actors is probably to do some theatre; definitely do that. I keep running into these actors who have never been on stage, and it's invaluable for an actor. What you will learn about yourself is huge." - Yul Vazquez

"Throughout my career, even as a very young actor, people have always said to me that they would like to see my Othello. They could see something of him in me, I suppose." - Eamonn Walker

"I'm in the very fortunate position as a young actor to not have to take the first job that comes along. I'm not motivated by money at this stage in my life, I'm motivated by work." - Martin Compston

"Every young male actor dreams of being James Bond in an action movie. And that's their first role. But the truth is, when it comes down to it, that's not relatable." - Brendan Dooling

"I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do." - Adam Sandler

"I never thought about what people would say about me. I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor, and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do." - Adam Sandler

"I'm still a promising actor. It's better to be climbing even if you have a lot of falls than to be descending. Maybe that's kept me young. I haven't gotten to any peak yet." - Antonio Banderas

"My dad was a keen actor when he was young; my auntie is heavily involved in amateur dramatics back in Northern Ireland, and my great aunt was a woman called Greer Garson." - Jamie Dornan

"I don't have a burning desire to act, strangely enough. I don't know that if I hadn't been an actor as a young person, I don't know that I ever would have chosen this because it's not really my personality." - Jodie Foster

"When you're a young actor, there's this pressure to rush. But I hope to be doing this into my sixties and seventies, so I'd prefer to take my time." - Felicity Jones

"So I started to learn Russian and I was one of those probably way too eager, annoying young actor kids who was trying to change all my lines to Russian, much to the dismay of the director and Nic Cage." - Jared Leto

"It's true to say that I'm a budding young actor. But I'd rather get my name out there because of my acting rather than who I'm being photographed with." - Josh Bowman

"As a young actor, I booked a movie in the U.S. I didn't speak any English at the time, so I learned my lines phonetically when I auditioned for it." - Demian Bichir

"As a young actor, I found myself in all these movies at once, with two big trilogies and a Cameron Crowe film and working with Ridley Scott a couple of times." - Orlando Bloom

"Really, I prefer not to read my early books. Not that I don't like them, but I don't recognize myself anymore, like an old actor watching himself as a young leading man." - Patrick Modiano

"I have definitely been curious and involved in the process; even as a young actor. I was always looking at where the camera was, what story it was telling. And as my experience grew, I wanted to know even more." - Keanu Reeves

"The first movie I really clicked with was 'Die Hard' when I was 6 years old, which is crazy that I was watching it that young. That was the one that made me want to become an actor." - Jack Reynor

"When I was a young actor, in my first apartment, the first thing I bought was a Steinway piano. There was no bed at first. I slept on the floor." - Maximilian Schell

"Because you know, down deep in my heart, when all is said and done, I still live under the illusion that basically people think of me as an up-and-coming young actor." - Jack Nicholson

"Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town, He was a young man, an actor before that, and learned a lot on the picture. During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant. He never interfered." - Douglas Sirk

"I'd rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that's it. Hopefully that's it." - Idris Elba

"I think it's really important whilst you're a young actor to try as many new things as possible... to try and do something you haven't necessarily been seen doing before." - Ed Speleers

"When you're a young actor you like to go for characters with a bit of flair, so in many films I ended up playing the weirdos. I can assure you I'm not a psycho or a criminal or a bully." - Kiefer Sutherland

"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 was trained as an actor and taught to believe at a very young age that I could be anything and do anything, and then you find yourself painted into a corner by your own image or persona." - Pierce Brosnan

"The real, raw, driven-to-tears type scenes have always scared me since I was very young working as an actor. And to this very day, I get tremendously neurotic making sure nothing is forced or fake." - Rick Hoffman

"I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role." - Shia Labeouf

"I was young and stupid then. Now I'm not young anymore." - Jyrki Lumme

"Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so." - Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden

"All over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"Young lovers and young nations face the same problem: after orgasm, what?" - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Young men think old men are fools, but old men know young men are fools." - George Chapman

"Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another." - George Bernard Shaw

"There is a quote that my acting teacher Stella Adler wrote in her book [The Art of Acting], which I asked her to sign: "The young actor feels some greatness inside themselves that they want to give back to the world." That resonated with me, but I didn't really understand what she was talking about until much later, in the way you surmised that my struggle to become an actor was from being this kind of introverted young boy" - Mark Ruffalo

"So, from a very young age, my mom tells me that I wanted to be Michael J. Fox. I didn't want to be an actor. I just wanted to be Michael J. Fox for awhile. And then, I realized that he was an actor, so I pursued that." - Patrick J Adams

"You have to get through the Hamlet hoop as a young actor. Your classical qualifications are based on the quality of your Hamlet. And then, as an older actor, you have to get through the Lear hoop. And I'm approaching the Lear hoop." - Derek Jacobi

"I wasn't aware of my dad being an actor when I was young. I remember there was an Australian children's entertainer on television called Ralph Harris and when I'd say my father was an actor, kids would say, you know, 'oh, is he Ralph Harris?' And I had to say no and then they would lose interest." - Jared Harris

"When I was coming up in the '80s television, if you were on television that meant either you were a young actor just coming up like I was, or you were an older actor whose career was over and you had to go on television." - Billy Bob Thornton

"If my son was an actor I would tell him, "Don't let people know as much about you as I let people know about me." Because I think professionally, it's an easier road. That would be something I would tell a young actor. But it's cool." - Michael Rapaport

"Any good actor is a character actor." - James Remar

"One thing I've noticed is that I can tell when a young actor or a young actress is going to become a huge star. Everybody else will say, "Oh come on, Michelle Pfeiffer, are you kidding?" and I'm pretty much always right about that." - David Carradine

"I want to be remembered as an actor who was able to touch people with what I offered to the world. That a young person, especially a young black woman will look at me and see herself and know that she too can achieve whatever dream her heart creates." - Melanie Nicholls-King

"They're making a movie about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, called 'Southside With You,' and the producers say they've already cast someone to play young Barack Obama. Now, I'm not saying the president has aged a lot but that young actor is Morgan Freeman." - Jimmy Fallon

"As an actor I worked for seven years with a community theater company based in London. We used improvisation techniques to take stories to young people who wouldn't normally have access to them - in prisons, hospitals, young offender's units, youth clubs and housing estates." - Jenny Downham

"As somebody who has wanted to be an actor who is very young, I can relate to somebody who has been practicing oboe five days a week since they were very young. The physicality of anything a character does is a tremendous gift." - Lola Kirke

"I am an old man, but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want you to be, young, young all your life." - Pablo Casals

"Comedy holds the greatest risk for an actor, and laughter is the reward." - Cary Grant

"Every actor craves choice." - Jamie Dornan

"I'm a character actor." - Aaron Paul

"I'm a method actor." - Seann William Scott

"I'm just an actor." - Benicio Del Toro

"Roles make the actor." - Hill Harper

"I'm a character actor." - Taraji P Henson

"I'm an actor." - Dan Butler

"I'm a journeyman actor." - Pierce Brosnan

"You've got to understand life, understand it when you're young." - Cesare Pavese

"To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go." - Joshua Slocum

"I want to die young at a ripe old age." - Ashley Montagu

"Frankness is a jewel; only the young can afford it." - Mark Twain

"Religions survive mainly because they brainwash the young." - A.C. Grayling

"Physical beauty is like athletic skill: it peaks young." - Nancy Etcoff

"Inside every man there is a poet who died young." - Stefan Kanfer

"Get them while they're young and bend their minds." - Spencer Dryden

"Young men have visions, old men have dreams." - Red Smith



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