To be an actor you have to be a child.— Paul Newman
Professional Child Actors quotations
It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair and adult.
I never really had that father figure to look up to.
I think that's the reason I'm so ambitious. I felt like I wasn't appreciated as a child so I wanted to prove my worth as an adult, as an actor.
In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play;
the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born.
A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.
As a child I wanted to be everything from a doctor, lawyer, flight attendant to an IT pro- fessional and could never make up my mind. I figured as an actor I'd get to play all these professions.
Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.
A film director is not a creator, but a midwife.
His business is to deliver the actor of a child that he did not know he had inside him.
A child learns to walk and falls down 50 times. He never thinks to himself, "maybe this isn't for me?".
When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth.
I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces.
When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I have ever dreamed has come true a thousand times.
Acting is not about being someone different.
It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.
I've never fancied that footballer lifestyle.
I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that's not really happened yet. I've got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it's just so much easier.
I had a teacher in Paris, who said that if an actor forgot what it's like to play as a child he shouldn't be an actor. I've always loved being with children. It's marvellous to see the fresh ways they see the world. Watching them look at a tree or a river helps you to understand something that's very important.
Considering all the legal hassle child stars can be, I won't be surprised when they are phased out by CGI children voiced by adult actors.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
I've never really felt like I was a child actor. Just an actor who happened to be quite young.
I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again.
Acting is a child's prerogative. Children are born to act. Usually, people grow up and out of it. Actors always seem to me to be people who never quite did grow out of it.
A child needs your love most when they deserve it least.
As a child, I always liked dressing up and getting into character, and actors are lucky in being able to retain that playfulness, though we do seem to find it hard to grow up.
An Actor is an interpreter of other men's words, often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world but dare not, a craftsman, a bag of tricks, a vanity bag, a cool observer of mankind, a child and at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents.
I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard.
There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me.
Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.
The interesting thing with child actors is that kids are natural actors.
They're wonderful actors, and most kids are acting all the time. They're imagining they're out in the yard playing. They're imagining that things happened, and they can get very vivid.
When child actors act well they're just reacting to situations, and they're acting very real because their life experience is so short; there's no history to fall back on.
I've always been quite mature because of the way my parents brought me up.
They were very good at talking to me like a person rather than a baby, and I was around so many actors and directors from such a young age because my dad is an actor. I was more comfortable with adults rather than actually being an adult child.
Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.
For an actor to remain a child is rather important.
It's a childlike, dreamy thing, acting, if you think about it. It's the sort of thing children fantasise about, playing cowboys and Indians in the street. I think that acting is just a highly refined development of that.
There's a constant flow of child actors.
It's kind of funny to watch the new crew come through. I think, You poor little things. You're going to have to struggle for a long time.
Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I'm an actor.
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
That said, let me add that Joan and I never want him to be a child actor.
We both feel that it takes away their childhood and puts untold pressure on children.
Most child actors go through that. Unless you can transition into an adult star, your career is over.
I'd like to see myself married with a child and hopefully still involved in the entertainment business as an actor who is also able to write a bit and direct some projects.
The creative adult is the child who survived.
It is unfortunate that the poor judgment shown by a small group of young actors has tarnished the reputation of every child who has ever appeared before a camera.
I was a child actor, so when I started filming when I was five years old, it was a long time ago.
I suppose actors crave attention of some kind or they have suffered some form of arrested development and are still living in a sort of child's fantasy existence at some level in their psyche.
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read. There are only children who have not found the right book.
I have had the occasion to meet child actors from the '60s and '70s at various functions, and everyone's gone on to various different lives - they're real-estate agents or surfers.
Some people manage to make that transition from child actor to adult actor seamlessly. But I felt that if I spent my whole life on a film set without taking a few years to do something else, all I would ever know about was film sets.
I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
One of the reasons I'm an actor is because I was no physical specimen as a child. I wasn't athletic and didn't have any prowess in that regard. Growing up in Kentucky, most little boys were trying to get into sports, and it was very competitive, so that was not to be. But I did want to do something.
Dakota Fanning is a child, but she is a wonderful actor.
I don't know what a child actor is. She's an actor who's a child.