Tony Goldwyn Quotes

  1. Life is a very emotional experience.
  2. I have to say one of the most gratifying things about being in this industry for a long time is you do develop a genuine sense of community with the people you know and collaborate with.
  3. In order to be creatively satisfied and financially secure, you need to be a self-starter. I’m always assuming nothing’s going to work out and I have to roll up my sleeves.
  4. I don’t want to do an action movie, because I’ve acted in them, and they’re so boring to do, because they’re so technical. The headache of that is daunting. But, if it were an action movie with really interesting characters, how great would that be?
  5. I don’t get over the wonder of it, and ‘The Last Samurai’ was an extreme example of that. Every day when I went to the set, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
  6. The more decisions you make, the better, statistically, your odds of success are. And what I also learned was, it doesn’t matter: anything can be fixed. When you’re directing, you can agonize, but you can’t indulge. Stuff has to happen.
  7. I feel audiences are not given enough credit for their intelligence.
  8. If you’re playing with the best, you just rise up to that level.
  9. I’m a feminist, and I am a man for choice.
  10. Our age-old faith in divine male intuition is no longer good enough. Reality check, fellas: We are not gods. We are men. Let’s own it.
  11. When my stepmother had my sister, Katharine Hepburn dropped by to say hello. She came with George Cukor, who wasn’t a star, but he was a famous director. He was also my grandmother’s best friend, so I knew him well as a kid. But when George showed up with Katharine Hepburn, I was utterly star struck.
  12. We want to live in the black and white, but we don’t. The world is gray. And, I’m always fascinated by people who are clearly, ‘This is black and this is white, and that’s the way life is.’ Life always has something to say about that.
  13. I’ve played several real characters, and I’ve always found it very difficult because you don’t want to do an impersonation.
  14. We need a president with experience and the wisdom and the grit to stand up to bullies who tell women that they should be punished for making their own decisions.
  15. We’re raised to believe that asking for help – that not having all the answers – is a sign of weakness, somehow challenging our manhood.
  16. I love yoga breathing exercises; they’re very helpful.
  17. I grew up in Hollywood. Saying my name here is like mentioning Ford in Detroit.
  18. My parents were obsessed with us being normal kids, so I never knew movie stars. They didn’t want us to be Hollywood brats.
  19. It takes courage to acknowledge uncertainty. And nothing is more attractive than demonstrating to another person that he or she is of value to you.
  20. My two daughters live on Facebook, and social media is their mode of communication.
  21. I loved working with Ed Zwick.
  22. Every day should be #GivingTuesday when it comes to surviving natural catastrophes and man-made disasters.
  23. My parents kept us sheltered from this world of Hollywood. I don’t have any great memories of bouncing on Cary Grant’s knee or something like that.
  24. I’ve been a political junkie for a long time. I find the way Washington works is just fascinating to me.
  25. It was an incredible series, ‘From The Earth To The Moon.’ All of it’s great.
  26. A ‘guys’ night out’ for me is… being with my wife! Since I’m at work a lot, I want to be with her when I’m home.
  27. Nothing’s wrong with honest emotion.
  28. Honestly, people are pretty chill and respectful on Twitter.
  29. I view the whole thing as a collaboration. As an actor, I always found that to be the most freeing thing, when the director would collaborate with you, so that together you’d come up with something exponentially better.
  30. I fought my way into an audition on ‘Ghost.’
  31. I don’t do anything artificial. I don’t do Botox or surgery.
  32. We all have to stand up and fight alongside American women to make sure that they have the freedom to control their own futures.
  33. I’ve played a lot of villains, and I always feel slightly upset when people say, ‘You were so bad!’
  34. The truth is that every single relationship is very complex and full of contradictions; as you get into a more mature relationship, you realize that the contrasts are part of the fabric of every substantive relationship.
  35. Reproductive rights are not just a women’s issue.
  36. #GivingTuesday is the perfect cyber-counterbalance to Black Friday and emphasizes giving back in this era of mass consumption.
  37. I want to keep doing different things. I’d like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it’s about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that’s what’s important.
  38. I’ve inherited a kind of… willfulness, a kind of quiet willfulness that I’ll just hang in there with something until it happens.
  39. Empathy goes a long way, for sure. We cannot have healthy, loving, mutually respectful relationships without it. But we’re not psychic. At least I’m not. And intuition can only take you so far, especially when a person’s sense of safety, comfort, and self-worth hangs in the balance.

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