Blythe Danner Quotes

  • I really pulled back on my career when the kids were young and my husband and I made a pact never to work while the other one was.
  • I was raised in a time where children were still seen and not heard basically, so I think a lot of us in my generation went the other way and just tried to be as much more liberal and open and we're still paying for it.
  • Maybe subconsciously I've kept activism separate from acting because it's important to me in a more profound way.
  • I feel a little guilty only being an actor.
  • Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy.
  • You learn more discipline in the theatre than you do in movies or TV. You're on stage every night and you have to sustain your energy level tor several hours.
  • I think I have a lot of crazy layers.
  • I loved doing Shakespeare. My two favorite roles, in fact, have been Viola in Twelfth Night and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • I've always had a middling kind of a career, not great highs and great lows.
  • I travel so much when I work, I've really been happy to do 'Nice Work' because I feel like a true New Yorker again. I have my little regimen during the day, and I can take advantage of the museums and the things that I love. And people watching!
  • It was in high school that I first became interested in acting. We put on lots of plays.
  • Onstage or in films, you do affect peoples' lives, and sometimes that's very gratifying. But still, there's this little voice that says you should be doing something that matters.
  • I think one of my very favorite films of all time was with Peter Sellers when he played Chauncey, the gardener. Being There.
  • Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience. All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically, but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air.
  • I've always just adored music. It's my first love, really. I admire and respect people in the music business. You really have to work hard and diligently. Sometimes actors can be lazy and get away with it, but you can't do that if you're a musician.
  • I loved the first Christmas I had in England.
  • I feel that its our children who do give us hope because they are the ones who are going to save the world.
  • I live in New York, and when you're older and widowed, it's a perfect place because you just don't feel lonely there, and, luckily, I like my own company, too.
  • I try to avoid a specific image. I seek to play as many different women as I can to avoid having a label put on me.
  • I've been very lucky. I wanted to be an actress, but I didn't really have the drive to sell myself. Fortunately I had a terrific agent in New York who kept me going from job to job.
  • Whether you're on TV or on the stage, you have to work hard to stay fresh, real, and full of energy. You can't settle back. You always have to stay on your toes.
  • For a woman who's a widow and pretty much a loner, I can walk out, and I'm surrounded by NYU kids. The energy jumps off the sidewalks, and I never feel sad or bored.
  • My theory in anything you do is to keep exploring, keep digging deeper to find new stuff.
  • Actors are very generous.
  • Acting is really only part of my life. I'm addicted to it.
  • I've kept my sanity in this business by trying out for a role and then going home and trying to forget about it.