Botox should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?

— Rachel Weisz

The most charming Rachel Weisz quotes you will be delighted to read

I have absolutely no empathy for camels.

I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans.

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My real fantasy if I was to drop out would be to live in a mobile home and be a hippie and drive around festivals and have millions of children - children with dreadlocks and nose rings - and play the flute.

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Fear is like the steam that fires the combustion engine. You need fear to get a performance going.

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You never know how things will turn out.

And you can't really say it turned out wrong. Whatever happens, happens. The important thing is that you followed your gut.

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I think actors have a choice of drawing attention to themselves or living on the outskirts.

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Often Hollywood crews go into third world countries and I don't believe they behave well.

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You know, you can't see or touch and isn't embodied.

But they were all fallible, the Gods. And they would kind of rise and fall. You know, they all, like Achilles, Icarus, you know, they all had their high points and their low points.

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Well, I'm not at all like the tough, sexy femme fatale in Confidence but it's fun to play people who're really different from you, from different cultures and places. I suppose I'm a bit quieter than most of the people I play.

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I think mystery is kind of great. I don't know anything about Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn or Ava Gardner - not really - and I like that. I love watching their movies because they're my personal movie stars. I don't know what they eat and who their trainer is.

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In reality, the main thing that keeps me awake at night is probably the destruction of the planet that's what gets me pretty upset.

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Eccentricity is what's sexy in people.

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There's not much room for eccentricity in Hollywood, and eccentricity is what's sexy in people.

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About Rachel Weisz

Quotes 98 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Actress
Birthday October 16

I love the way girls in London dress;

it's so different to the American 'blow-dry and immaculate grooming' thing.

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We're on this rock and we can choose to treat each other well or we can choose to kill each other and be uncivilized. I don't know. It's very tragic. It's a very tragic thing to think about.

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If I'm just in dungarees, I don't think I would intimidate anyone.

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I'd like to be wanted for my body, too! As an actor I want to play all different kinds of women - independent women but also very vulnerable women.

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As a child I was the best tree climber in our neighbourhood, I was like a little monkey. I've never been afraid of hurting myself or a little physical discomfort.

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If I went out in killer heels and full makeup, blow dry, the whole thing — anyone dressed up like that could be intimidating to men and women, really. It's so, look at me. Do you know what I mean? But I love women.

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Every new mother wonders, 'what will I pass on to my child'? Hunger is one inheritance no mother wants to give her child, yet millions of poor women have for generations. Help the World Food Programme break this cycle. No child should inherit hunger.

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It's also that comedians don't have the kind of narcissism that actors have.

They're writers who perform their own material. It's more interesting. And they're sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone.

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The most interesting characters are those you're drawn to, then repelled by, and then come to understand. All that tension - I live that. But I don't plan the tension. It's just something that should happen.

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I moved to New York last year and I love it.

It's a huge change and I've always wanted to spend time there. It's like a more intense London, and everything's up a few notches. The lights are brighter, the pace is faster and the food's better.

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At the end of the day, flirting is a pretty universal language.

Americans are more direct. British people are more indirect about everything

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And I guess, I guess it's a humanist film.

It's not really a spiritual film and it's, you know, it's saying that we're all one tribe of humans and we're on this little rock, floating through the universe and (Amenabar) has these (transitional shots of) POVs where you see humans like ants.

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I've always been fascinated by activists, people who will devote their life to a cause, people who go to India and to Africa and put their life in jeopardy to do what they believe is right.

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L.A. makes you feel ugly.

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That was me under the bath and the water being held down.

The director wanted it to look as real as possible so he told Keanu, in front of me, don't go easy on her. So it was scary.

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I find Hollywood really toxic.

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People believe in you more after you've won an Oscar, but it's up to you what choices you make.

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I was advised by an American agent when I was about 19 to change my surname.

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As Ralph's character begins to discover the political thriller aspect of the film, he falls deeper in love with his wife, so the two run together. That's the beauty of this film. It has fast pace and excitement, but it also has heart and soul.

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I would LOVE to be in the Star Trek sequel! Yeah! I would love to! I better write that letter to J.J.[Abrahams]

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I prefer being as far from the centre of celebrity as possible.

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I didn't think the teachers had the right to tell me what to do.

I would just disobey, talk in the classroom, get very bad grades.

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I don't like travelling. Which is ridiculous. And it's not because I'm afraid of dying on the plane or anything. I just like to stay at home.

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I'm thinking of doing more theatre. It makes me very happy.

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I think if you ask the audience to like you, it's all over.

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When you're doing comedy, you're not trying to be funny.

I think things are funny when the character is taking it totally seriously. I think when people are winking, it becomes slapstick, it becomes something else.

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I don't think balance is something you get from someone else;

it's something women have to find from within. For me, finding balance is still a work in progress.

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Most of the time we do nothing, myself included, I think the lesson I learned from [playing humanitarian Tessa in The Constant Gardner] is that a lot of drops make up an ocean. If people would stand up and say what they believe in maybe we can make a difference. Helping one person is better than nothing. Just do something.

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I feel like I'm one of the many working mothers.

And I only have one child. I know working mums who have three or four. It's definitely a challenge but it's a wonderful challenge to be able to do both.

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Now we're in a recession, and at war, so people want to see this chihuahua movie, The Fountain. To be told to come to terms with death, that death is the road to all - it's a very intense subject. But as with movies that are very unusual, that have come to be thought of as very interesting, one finds out at the time that they were not understood. So who knows? We'll see. A lot of people really, really loved it, and a lot of people didn't get it.

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I think London's sexy because it's so full of eccentrics.

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I'm a storyteller, I'm an actor, an entertainer.

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With a group of people, a troupe of actors in the theater, you go out on tour, and you're like a traveling circus. It's very sociable, and there's a real community, and it's very intense, and then you may never see them again. That was very appealing. I mean, it wasn't consciously appealing, but I think a lot of actors like that.

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Seeing someone you know be good at something is really appealing.

Seeing how Darren Aronofsky behaved on set, it was another aspect of him, the director. He'd never directed me at home in the kitchen before. It was just seeing a whole other aspect of someone. It was really, really exciting. I loved it.

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Organized, yeah. And those who are so sure that their God is the right God that they believe it's ok to kill another person who doesn't believe in their God.

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You know, in America, Christian fundamentalism vs.

science. You know, be it teaching Darwinian evolutionary theory or stem cell res- You know, the whole thing, and then the issue of women being educated in Middle Eastern - I mean, it just seems so contemporary. In terms of spirituality, it's interesting because I actually think (her character in Agora) Hypatia is very spiritual.

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I'm not confident around compliments or being celebrated, and I'm not comfortable with the thought of envy, which some people thrive on.

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