Annette Bening

Annette Bening

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Author Profession: US actor
Born: May 29, 1958
Age: 58 years old
Birth Sign: Gemini

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I love being busy, and I love having a lot going on; it's exciting.

I think what's interesting about the whole paparazzi thing is that unless you're Brad Pitt or Madonna, you can pretty much avoid it. You know when you're going to an opening that you will be photographed, so that's fine. And you know the restaurants that have paparazzi, so you don't go to them.

I don't really have a choice. I'm getting older.

It used to be the one or the other, right? You were the 'bad girl' or the 'good girl' or the 'bad mother' or 'the good mother,' 'the horrible businesswoman who eschewed her children' or 'the earth mother who was happy to be at home baking pies,' all of that stuff that we sort of knew was a lie.

Five billion people have played Hamlet. 'To be or not to be.' And how do you do that and find your way into your own journey, your own way of telling it?

I still remember the five points of salesmanship: attention, interest, conviction, desire and close.

Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.

I act, but I am a mother first and wife second.

Most people are looking for something to give their life meaning.

By the time I was in high school, Roe v. Wade had passed, so that was also happening; girls were getting pregnant and getting abortions - and that happened in my school too.

I love the luxury of the camera. The camera does so much for you. I like the secrets a camera can tell.

I am really looking forward as I get older and older, to being less and less nice.

I read 'Game Change.' If you want to relive the campaign, that book is unbelievable. It's great. It's the book of that campaign. It brought all the memories back of everything with Clinton and Obama, and Sarah Palin and McCain, and choosing her, and John Edwards. It was an interesting book.

I remember hearing someone say that good acting is more about taking off a mask than putting one on, and in movie acting, certainly that's true. With the camera so close, you can see right down into your soul, hopefully. So being able to do that in a way is terrifying, and in another way, truly liberating. And I like that about it.

The tension I feel is the moment they say, 'Action!' Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment.

To me idealized characters are so boring to play, especially having grown up in the classical theater. That's a great experience, but as a woman, especially, you've played a lot of idealized characters. So when you've got someone who has weaknesses as well as strengths, that's interesting.

Find the story you want to tell. If you don't want to write it, find somebody to write it.

I'm certainly not a perfect mother, but I am an avid mother, let me put it that way.

I've made some movies that I really loved that nobody saw.

Oh, honey, I'm from Oklahoma! This is who I am - middle-class all the way!

My mother was against me being an actress - until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra. Angie Dickinson bio

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

I always loved acting and improv and sketch comedy and theater, which I did at a local youth theater. Emma Stone age

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