Smile at a stranger. See what happens.
I'm sure there are actors out there who work with other actors on a consistent basis - I am not one of them.
John Doyle just knows how to feed actors, and what comes out of us, good, bad, right, wrong, doesn't matter. There's no fear or censure. He opens up the creative goo and all of the actor vessel stuff. He knows how to do it. It's just incredible.
A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music. I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot.
I think Madonna is a wonderful performer.
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?
I know what it means to have a leading part, and I know what it means to have a featured part.
I think that Stevie Nicks is one of the greats. Steve Nicks and Grace Slick and Janis Joplin have the real rock voices, to me.
I wish I could have a recurring role on 'Modern Family'. I think 'Modern Family' is the best comedy on television. It's extremely well written, extremely well acted and directed.
I am in musical theatre, but it isn't necessarily what I listen to in my leisure time, do you know what I mean?
It's not easy being an actor, and having said that, everybody's an actor. Do you know what I mean? Paris Hilton's an actor, which is kind of scary. But if you want to honor your craft and yourself, strive for the nobler instincts.
What's the difference in opening from scratch in Philly or opening from scratch in New York? The old out-of-town tryout circuit - taking the show pre-Broadway to cities like Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia, Washington - has sort of been replaced with the amount of workshops we do.
My favorite composers are the ones that tell the story. I love Wagner. I love Mahler. Prokofiev. The programmatic music. I listen more to classic rock because I don't like the contemporary music very much.
I don't listen to the contemporary pop artists. They all sound alike, anyway.
My favorite band was The Band, and nobody compares in my mind with The Band.
I knew when I was a kid that I had a Broadway voice. I wanted to be a rocker, because I grew up in that era of transistor radios at the beach.
New York seems to be thriving, which I'm grateful for. But I would hope that they would figure out how to negotiate the traffic and limit the pedicabs, because it seems to me that it's becoming a more chaotic city.
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.
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.
The word diva to me means doing something supernatural with something natural.
A show is exhausting when it stinks. It's exhausting when you have to work overtime to make something work.
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.
Sometimes love doesn't come to us. We have to go out hunting. It's like pigs looking for truffles. It's called dating.
The theater is a tough place. It's not cushioned the way it is in film and television.
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.
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