Smile at a stranger. See what happens.
The word diva to me means doing something supernatural with something natural.
I'm totally Italian, but I'm not a diva. If you could see the way I'm dressed in daily life, that's not a diva. Appearances are so not important to me.
Anybody that goes to the theater, I think we're all misfits, so we ended up on stage or in the audience.
I played the tuba in high school. I wanted to be a member of the marching band. I thought, what can I play that has the most effect? What can I play to get people to laugh?
A show is exhausting when it stinks. It's exhausting when you have to work overtime to make something work.
A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music. I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot.
I just love chickens.
In America, it stands out, because it's raw, it's big, it's emotional. My face is raw, big and emotional. It didn't work for the longest time.
All my career, I've said this: Critics and producers think audiences want actors that only present the silhouette and hit the points in the silhouette. What I do is too dangerous.
I love what I do, and I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it, and I love, I love our craft very, very, much, and it's a noble craft. We have a responsibility to it, and to the audience, and to the playwright, and to the message. I won't ever care less.
The only thing we are as actors are messengers. That's all we are. Correct? We are delivering the playwright's intention through the concept of the director. And I come on stage; if I feel confident in the role, then I give it away.
I learned a long time ago from David Mamet to wipe your feet at the door, get it out on stage and then go about your life.
I think Madonna is a wonderful performer.
I don't listen to the contemporary pop artists. They all sound alike, anyway.
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