Annette Bening quotes

  • Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Soul #Acting #Fame

  • 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
    -- Annette Bening

    #Soul #Acting #Cameras

  • I am really looking forward as I get older and older, to being less and less nice.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Nice #Being Nice #Looking Forward

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

    #Desire #Attention #Remember

  • 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.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Girl #Mother #Children

  • And if there's anything movies can do in a way that I just love, and I love as an audience is, "Show me something I don't know about. Show me something I haven't seen.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Way #Show Me #Shows

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

    #Oklahoma #Who I Am #Class

  • We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?
    -- Annette Bening

    #Self #Who I Am #Voice

  • I don't see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you're not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it's not like something you can win in that way.
    -- Annette Bening

    #New York #Mean #Winning

  • We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that's something I've experienced, but we're all just doing the best we can and we're all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Mom #Kids #Trying

  • Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn't mean that I'll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: "Isn't that that Bening woman?
    -- Annette Bening

    #Mean #Opportunity #People

  • I knew I wanted children in my life. The acting was always in relation to it. Life at home is chaos. They're wonderful. They're such interesting human beings. I just love it. I'm lucky
    -- Annette Bening

    #Children #Home #Interesting

  • I think where I've instinctively found myself is that I am somewhat guarded in my public life. Being interviewed or being photographed or just in public attention, I have a certain reserve. But when I'm working I feel like I'm very open. At least I like to believe that I feel like nothing is held back when I'm in front of a camera. That's my job.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Jobs #Believe #Thinking

  • We want to be seen for who we really are, and each person has his own complex story and reasons for doing what they do.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Stories #Want #Reason

  • Don't wait to have a baby! Do it now!
    -- Annette Bening

    #Baby #Waiting

  • I like that I've been through things, that when something happens, it resonates with something that already happened. It's not that things like loss are more or less painful. But they're deeper. I find that fascinating.
    -- Annette Bening

    #Loss #Painful #Deeper