Getting older is a struggle. I always feel that just under the surface of acceptance and enjoyment of the ageing process is a terrible hysteria just waiting to burst out.— Michael Sheen
The most cheerful Michael Sheen quotes that are little-known but priceless
I don't do the whole L.A. nightlife thing.
When you look at all the miracles attributed to Jesus, they're all about change.
I suppose I'm something of an eccentric dresser.
I'm not a Tony Blair impersonator.
No matter how difficult things are, and no matter how much grief and loss there is, you can turn it into something positive.
My chief gifts are - naturally good at all sports with a raw talent for pretty much everything, which if nurtured could develop into improper talent.
I'm a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy - not so much horror because I get a bit scared.
'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper.
All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad.
I am prone to get carried away thinking about creative projects.
On the one hand Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage with people, which is great, but on the other there are people who feel they can say whatever they want, put poison out there, really, without fear of any repercussions.
I remember someone said to me, "Never stand up when you can sit down, never sit down when you can lie down, never lie down when you can be asleep." Those are bits of advice that I haven't taken, really. I've done the opposite of them, but they have stayed with me.
I can be a lazy dresser.
I love being able to play as many different characters, in as many different worlds as I possibly can. That's what I really enjoy.
Acting itself is quite scary. Some people say that actors are show-offs, very egotistical and all that kind of stuff, but it is quite scary.
And so, in terms of setting the right tone and finding a way of presenting all of these things, that creates a cohesive whole and doesn't alienate the audience, is tough. That's a challenge. And I think the tone of a lot of shows is discovered through experimentation and actually making it. Eventually, it starts to cohere.
A parent can seem very kind and gentle, but as any child knows, as soon as that parent gets stressed, they can suddenly turn and get a bit angry.
I think the story of 'Alice in Wonderland' in a way is a reminder that life is frightening, it can shift on you at any moment.
When I was at drama school, I wanted to change the world, and thought I had some great wisdom to impart to people about humanity. Now that I'm older, I know enough to realise that I know nothing at all.
As a general thing, I've always been drawn to characters who appear to be one thing on the surface, but are actually something else underneath.
I don't want to do something that I've done before; I can't see the point of it.
I try not to pay any attention to clothes fascism and I'd rather be thought of as someone who has his own sense of style.
It has to be absolutely believable. It's also going between images and scenes with nudity and sexuality that would be seen, in conventional terms, as kind of sexually exciting. It's up against things that are much more medical and gynecological, and notoriously we, as a culture and a society, have some issues with that kind of thing.
For a culture that has such a problem with death, we seem to deal with it in a quite bizarre way. We see people shot, killed and blown up, and we find it funny and sexy and all those things. But, the reality of it is that every day people die, and people are really sad and they grieve and they go through a really difficult process with it.
It's funny the more technological advanced everything gets, the more like acting in your bedroom when you're a kid it is.
Nothing can be left until the last minute, so that everyone knows exactly where they are. Everyone is comfortable and everyone feels safe because we want people to be able to keep coming into this show and taking those risks. There are a lot of risks in this show, not just nudity, but emotional risks. We want the best actors to feel comfortable about coming in and exploring this subject matter with us.
My tragedy is that all I want is a dog, and yet I have been cursed with cats all my life.
In terms of how prudish Americans were in the '40s and '50s, I have absolutely no idea. I do know about the character that I play. And I don't think it's about being prudish. I think it's about trying to balance a sense of control in this man's life.
What's enjoyable for me, as an actor, is to do as many different things as possible.
It's interesting that in searching for monsters to play you often end up playing leaders.
With vampires, there is such a great tradition that you suddenly find yourself a part of. Each generation reinvents what that means to them.
I suppose I've got a reputation for playing quite extreme characters and making them quite believable.
I have a daughter, and fairies meant a lot to her growing up.
I enjoy doing things that involve research because it's part of what I enjoy about acting.
We live in a bubble of the fantasy of death, but the reality of it is something that we obviously all face and have to deal with, at some point.
In the case of two actors connecting with each other and trusting each other, our bodies have memories without us having to consciously think about it, so rather than think, "Oh, I must think about my daughter dying," you just let that go and trust that you have all the emotions you need in there, and by losing yourself in the scene, that stuff kicks in without having to spend the day thinking about horrific things happening to your own child.
I don't find the life in Hollywood all that meaningful or inspiring.
I love watching Jeff Bridges act. He's brilliant.
Well, I think tone is very important with this show [Masters of Sex] because there are certain elements or certain aspects to the show that may be reminiscent of other shows. But, it really is a very new kind of show, in terms of the subject matter and the way it's being dealt with, and the fact that it's about real people and real events.
I've always loved animation and animated films.
Americans are much more open than people in Britain.
My rule of thumb is that I want to do things I'd like to go and see myself.
My own daughter is a big fan of the 'Twilight' stories, the books.
By the time you are 30 you are still trying to make your 15-year-old self happy but you are a different person. You need to be brave and let go of that.
A lot of the times when I've auditioned for parts in America, the answer is, 'Sorry, we need a bigger name.'
Stories have always been the things that entertain me and make me feel happy and sad and move me and give me the experience of being able to live many lives in one lifetime. It's the best thing about being alive.
You don't want to get into doing the same thing, over and over again. I know I don't.
We see death constantly on film.
So, if they're coming in and having to do scenes that involve nudity or sexuality, in some way, the utmost important thing is that everyone feels comfortable and safe. If there's any gray area, that's going to be a problem.
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.