I feel like I'm kind of faking something if I'm talking as myself and putting on an accent.
I used to write stories and poetry, but for some reason I have it in my head that if I'm going to write, I have to write a script.
I was a kid who didn't have a lot of self-esteem.
I was a very independent teenager.
I was at university and I was studying modern drama and studying English, and I just was like, 'I don't wanna be in this place. I wanna be acting.
People in New Zealand go out of their way to not be impressed by things.
I'm not one of those people who can cry on cue. If I have to cry in an audition, I'm like, 'Okay, let me see what I can do.
I've done a gazillion readings that have gone on to be movies that are made without me.
If I could be working every day, I would be.
The interesting thing about acting is using all your own stuff and having some kind of personal catharsis while you're working.
I think filmmakers are always interested in getting the best actor that they can find, the person who's the most right for it.
I read every single review, because I love film criticism and I'm interested.
There's not much of a follow-your-dreams kind of vibe in New Zealand or my family.
For a while, I was only being sent fat-girl parts. Seriously? Sometimes I feel like I'm making some kind of radical statement because I'm a size 6.
I don't think I've played a lot of crazy people.
I feel so grateful when I see a movie and there's a woman who looks somewhat like me. I'm like, 'Thank you, Samantha Morton!' You know, a woman who feels like a human being. That means so much to me.
I feel like a character actress - it's where I'm comfortable.
I feel weird when I go to the movies and everybody's faces are perfect.
I guess I have a strong constitution.
I guess I've never really had a great desire to be a leading lady, or be seen as an ingenue.
I know my mother-in-law would drive two hours to go see a movie that I'm in.
I love festivals because I feel like I'm more of a movie fan than a person who's in the film industry.
The acting life is different than I thought it would be. I love it - it's actually a lot less pressure than I thought it would be.
New Zealanders can be a little hostile.
I've definitely had times in my life where I've been depressed and not able to do anything at all.
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