“As actors, you become an expert at starting over. Every single role brings with it an ignorance and an insecurity, and so you have to approach it with the same curiosity and humility. I’m always nervous. Doesn’t matter how many times I do this. But I remind myself it’s because I care”.
Billie Holiday, New York, 1955; photographed by Herman Leonard.
Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Dior Magazine, Issue 1
I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.
I think I’m more settled and more secure than I’ve probably ever been, and more confident and excited about the work choices that I make, so I feel my job isn’t to be a dancing monkey and entertain people on television, it’s to promote a piece of work I’m proud of. So I can’t really fail if I stick to honestly representing my work and trying to avoid talking very much about myself.
Sophia Loren attends the Venice Film Festival, 1955
She asked if I would stop loving her if she had to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. I told her that I didn’t care if her legs, bum, and bosoms fell off, and her teeth turned yellow and she went bald. I love that woman so much sometimes that I cannot believe my luck. She has given me so much.
Meryl Streep enjoying some pizza at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, 2014(✗)
This year’s Oscars was very enjoyable and I was actually happy with all the wins.
Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto | 86th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room (March 2, 2014)
Lupita Nyong’o poses in the press room with the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave” during the 86th Annual Academy Awards