I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.— Laura Linney
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It's always nice when you do something and it's well received as opposed to the other way which God knows happens to everybody. When the good times come around, you take a deep breath, appreciate it, but not take it too seriously.
That's my favorite food group: donut. I love the donut.
I think everybody handles things very differently and you can conjecture, but until you're put in that situation, you really don't know.
Most scripts are written to be green lit.
They're not written to be acted. And a lot of writers with the greatest intention in the world don't write for actors. They don't understand the architecture of what an actor needs to get from point A to point B.
My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them.
When you tell people, your world changes, your identity changes and people treat you differently. And then, not only do you have to deal with your own emotional response to what's going on, but you take on everybody else's emotional response.
I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody.
I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress.
My parents were divorced and I didn't grow up with my father, but I spent a lot of time around him, and his influence on me has been profound.
I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.
Where I did feel a difference is learning to just work in a different way so that your resources are not completely depleted so that you don't have anything to give to your child when you go home, and fortunately I've been working long enough that I know how to make that shift so that I don't compromise my work or compromise my relationships; not compromising parenting is really the biggest difference.
Some big movies are terrific, and some aren't.
They're made for different reasons, and they have different impacts and they're very different experiences making them. But if they're good, if you're with good people, then hooray.
I find that things don't bother me as much.
If I had a bad day on set, it sort of just rolls of my back in a way that it didn't before. So that's where the biggest difference is, stuff that used to get under my skin or that I would worry about or be anxious about just isn't a problem. So in some ways, having a child has been very liberating. I found it very liberating.
Things get complicated at times, so there are certainly moments when you wish your life were different. That's true for everybody, not just people in our profession. But there's nothing I feel like I gave up professionally. I'm absolutely doing what I enjoy.
Just because you're not famous, doesn't mean you're not good.
I love actors, regardless of where they are in their skill level.
There's something terribly satisfying about working with someone who's really learning.
I could have gone to the gym for three hours a day and bought into all that, but I just wasn't interested.
The basic laws of good acting are the same, but everything about the experience is different-your job responsibility, the time you spend on it.
I know that actors and actresses have a great reputation for being very, very selfish, and in some cases, that's very true. But in the theater I find it doesn't help you to be selfish. You sort of have to be selfless in the theater, and the more selfless you are - that doesn't mean don't take care of yourself - but the more you sort of surrender to the work, I find, the better the work is. That's just my experience.
But I've also spread my net very wide.
If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film.
You have a lot more to give, the older you get.
And you want to give it. I mean, some people want to give it. But there is a desire to pass down, to have a hand in the past and a hand in the future. There's a continuum.
The goal seems to me at times just to be business first.
The (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) stories were great, for one.
The thing that makes him a remarkable character is how he can withstand all of these different interpretations and different styles and, that's what makes a classic character a classic character; they keep coming back and you see them in a new way every time.
I think everyone's journey through this crazy, weird, wild, wonderful area of work named acting is really their own. And if you're going for something that isn't yours, you're wasting time. You could be focused on your own work instead of thinking about somebody else.
What I hope in my ideal world is that with each project, I'll either get to work with a really great script that would force me to grow, or work with a really great actor who will make me better.
You know when someone's over-flattering you in a way. You smile but you can't believe it.
Theater is the foundation of how I live my life, actually.
My father was a playwright, so I was around it all the time and loved to talk shop with him, just loved it. And basically everything that I hold to be good and true and worthy, I learned in the theater. So not even just about the work, but just about life. Discipline, problem solving, creativity, how to get along with people.
At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.
I tend to make low-budget movies but, yeah, I make more money than I ever thought I would make.
I never felt like a happy-go-lucky ingenue to begin with.
And parts are written better when you're older. When you're young, you're written to be an ingenue, and you're written to be a quality. You're actually not written to be a person, you're written for your youth to inspire someone else, usually a man. So I find it just much more liberating.
I know what people want to hear is the connection with the son, Roger, when you have a child. I would love to tell that there was an epiphany as to what it is to be a mom, but I didn't feel any difference there.
We all have a limited amount and that it's a privilege to grow old.
That's something that I think a lot of people have forgotten in this very fast-paced world where youth is overly celebrate.
People have to look to the right places for guidance.
Looking at a certain type of entertainment shouldn't be where you go for guidance. To zone out, have a laugh, sure - but it's not a great example on how to navigate on a journey. There are other places to look.
I don't mind aging. I mean, my whole thing is, it's just a privilege to age.
I still know I have an awful lot to learn, and I hope I'm put in whatever situation it is that's gonna help me learn it, or that I'll get to watch really good people do what they do.
When you're dying, you're liberated to do what you want to do.
You give yourself permission. I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.
To be too knowing is a downfall.
What I love about a play is that it's such an investment because only time can create a lot of what happens onstage.
Collaboration. ... For me, it has informed every move I've ever made. And it saved me in many ways and still does. When things get hard, you can cling to the work.
I'm not someone who likes to have my picture taken, let alone see it plastered all over the place.
I had learning disabilities, and I couldn't express myself in the written word.
I'm always curious, but I'm learning things I never thought I'd learn.
I get to travel to places I never thought I'd go.
I get cold - really cold - when I travel.
I love to work in all sorts of different situations.
I think you learn a lot, which is why I try not to approach something the same way, because it might not be appropriate, and then you can get lazy just out of boredom. So I love any approach.
Our culture is set up on a feud mentality, or a "Housewives" mentality, that women just fight. And it's such a shallow way to exist as far as our evolution is concerned, and our culture is concerned. It's fun to watch women fight, in a storytelling way, but in the world, women shouldn't be seen as a threat to other women.
I don't consider myself a celebrity and I don't consider myself a star.
There's something grueling but very appealing about rough, to-the-bone material in a low budget context. There's less between you and the material. There are less people. There is less time. There's often less technology. You have to concentrate very intensely, and you jump in a little deeper because there's nothing in your way... but there are challenges.
There's a real passing down in the theater, almost ad nauseam.
You have to listen to older people talk about their experience, but it makes you very aware of what has come before you or what is coming after you - that you're a part of a link in a chain. It's not all about you.
The thing about death is that it's honest.
I go to things that have a core of honesty about them and there's nothing more honest than death.