Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Andrea Riseborough

I am a Graham Greene fan - I'm just a ferocious reader. I read an awful lot when I get the time.
Andrea Riseborough
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I don't like getting dressed up. It's hard because as a woman, as an actor, the whole world wants you to enjoy dressing up.
Andrea Riseborough
I really enjoy picking up the physical rhythm of somebody else, speaking with their voice. I've never done in anything in my own voice, and I can't imagine what that would be like. It would be weird, I guess.
Andrea Riseborough
I tend to be overly responsible for other people's feelings.
Andrea Riseborough
I don't read reviews, and it's not because I don't think I can learn something, I'm sure I could learn a lot. I just that I feel very passionately about the work and especially when you're doing theater, you really only need one director and when you read reviews, you feel like you have twelve, because you respond to them, naturally.
Andrea Riseborough
I think impersonation is a great art. It's something that I enjoy doing, in a frivolous and lighthearted way. But I don't flatter myself to think I'm an impersonator.
Andrea Riseborough
Sometimes you need to break away from something in order to know how much you need or want it.
Andrea Riseborough
I think it's really hard to move between genres, and I think, especially in Britain, we're very judgmental about it - me included. I know that when an actor comes out with some poetry or an album, I think, 'Oh crikey, what's this going to be like?'
Andrea Riseborough
When I was little, I would always try and look into the television screen along the sides. I kept thinking if you looked in there, you could see what was happening off camera.
Andrea Riseborough
As a woman, on any film or any show, we do most of the emoting.
Andrea Riseborough
'Venus,' which is a Roger Michell film - my first scene was with Peter O'Toole, and I cried. That was basically my part. I came in, cried in a white wig, and then left.
Andrea Riseborough
Sometimes I can think of nothing more blissful than going to Berkeley and reading Byron for three years.
Andrea Riseborough
We need to band together in solidarity. There's so many portions of our community that are under-represented. You rarely see disabled actors on movie posters or black men or Latino guys.
Andrea Riseborough
I've always been so confused about being a girl. Not in a Bruce Jenner way, just... there's that expectation where you walk into a room, and it's like, Is it OK to be a woman?' Or, you know, you're looking for your keys in the back of a cab, and sometimes the driver can treat you like you've had a lobotomy.
Andrea Riseborough
I've worked opposite so many male actors whose egos have been so delicate that it was just so hard to do the work.
Andrea Riseborough
There's something really simple and idyllic about living in a house very close to the water.
Andrea Riseborough
I love the company of actors, but the crazier it gets, the more I've come to realise how valuable my time is with my friends who work on the land or are builders or, you know, make music. Work in offices. Run shops.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm not even sure that any of us are ever ready for anything. We can be ripe, or over-ready, but what is that moment when we're actually ready?
Andrea Riseborough
I can walk into meetings now and ask for equal pay, and the people will listen to me. They may not give it to me, but I will be listened to. That's huge.
Andrea Riseborough
I think, sometimes, you can just get really burnt out on something you enjoy doing and feel like the sponge is completely wrung dry.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm still wearing Doc Martens. I'm sure that you can have a baby and wear Doc Martens, but... Maybe I'll be the first person to give birth in Doc Martens!
Andrea Riseborough
My grandparents were deeply affected by war, and it was obvious that the men who fought were horribly affected, as were the women who remained at home.
Andrea Riseborough
People think I'm totally crackers.
Andrea Riseborough
Every time you get the chance to work with somebody you admire and would like to collaborate with... it feels like the best opportunity that's ever come your way, whether that's in fringe theatre or a really big-budget Hollywood movie.
Andrea Riseborough
There's always hope, and there's always despair.
Andrea Riseborough
Maybe I've just been incredibly fortunate, but there's a level of dedication, devotion, intensity and seriousness around me every day.
Andrea Riseborough
Someone who's a great hero of mine and has become a friend is Patti Smith.
Andrea Riseborough
Transformation as a female actor is allowed up to a certain extent - as long as they can still recognize you on a red carpet. For a woman to be a shape-shifter, and to be that malleable in spirit, is really not OK with the patriarchy.
Andrea Riseborough
I don't relate to people that look like me. I find it deeply unsatisfying to play a version of myself. It was something I had to figure out really early on, when I was at RADA, because I was being cast, over and over again, as the young, virginal thing. When I left RADA, I was on an absolute mission to never wear make-up.
Andrea Riseborough
Both of my grandfathers fought in the Second World War, and my great-grandfather died at the Somme in the First World War. I never truly believed that the War just finished and everyone was happy-clappy, brought out the bunting, and felt everything was okay again. That's definitely not my impression of the fall-out of war.
Andrea Riseborough
I think, really, what I'm interested in is whole women, real people.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm an odd mixture. I'm a sort of Geordie punk who started in classical theatre. It means nobody ever knows quite where to put me, but I like that.
Andrea Riseborough
Shakespeare was the thing that started me off on that train, you know, and every one of his plays. There are so many different characters, and the wonderful thing about being in an all-girls school was I got to play them all, you know. So I got to play Mercutio and Oberon and Malvolio - it was great.
Andrea Riseborough
We all grew up aware of Agatha Christie; there is no writer more prolific than her in England.
Andrea Riseborough
I think any artist is a perfectionist by their nature.
Andrea Riseborough
I've always thrown like a girl.
Andrea Riseborough
I play myself every day, and it's quite boring.
Andrea Riseborough
I can't tell you how disheartening it is to be told to go home because the director is filming you from behind and you don't have the right kind of body. As an actress, to be told that... Well, it's just a very odd set of circumstances.
Andrea Riseborough
It's hard for us to imagine, as humans, that we'll become less powerful. But it'll be healthier for the planet and for the eco-system if that does happen. If humans are going to merge with machines, then let's get on with it. I love humans, but I also love dinosaurs - I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have wanted them to die out, either.
Andrea Riseborough
When I talk about work or my take on life, all the joyfulness and excitement never seem to make it in.
Andrea Riseborough
I subscribe to no religion. But I believe that in the creation of art, there can be moments of God.
Andrea Riseborough
I have no interest in doing anything other than good work.
Andrea Riseborough
Tracey Emin's 'Strangeland' made me see that everything I have to be creative is inside of myself.
Andrea Riseborough
When I was younger, I used to try to fit in, but now I'm much more comfortable with just being myself.
Andrea Riseborough
Fear is the enemy. I distrust it. Any feeling or decision I make that might be motivated by fear I quickly reassess.
Andrea Riseborough
People are fascinating. They're so unique and I think what's more fascinating is the reason behind the physical characteristic, the enigma, that's where the gold dust is.
Andrea Riseborough
Sexual inappropriacy in my industry? Absolutely. Almost every week.
Andrea Riseborough
I get scared of really simple things and not scared of big things.
Andrea Riseborough
Often, I'll read a script and the female character's an extension or serves some sort of purpose in terms of the male character's narrative and it just isn't fully formed. But they will be very beautiful. Whether a secretary or a doctor or a vet, they will be very beautiful.
Andrea Riseborough
When you're playing a romantic version of a real person, you're playing a version of the truth.
Andrea Riseborough
I've always worked very hard.
Andrea Riseborough
I think every work is hard in different ways.
Andrea Riseborough
I think the most important thing when you're telling a story is to just tell the story as best as you possibly can.
Andrea Riseborough
My face is almost like a canvas - a blank canvas in the sense that the hair on my face is very, very fine and my skin is incredibly fair and my hair is quite dark, and that's very unusual.
Andrea Riseborough
As an actor, you want to know if you're keeping a secret or telling the truth.
Andrea Riseborough
I've worked with so few female directors.
Andrea Riseborough
I've played a mother before, but it's always been a very young child, which is closer to what I can imagine my own life looking like.
Andrea Riseborough
David Suchet's Poirot was very charming, and, when I'm away in the U.S., those series remind me of being in Britain and being British on a Sunday night.
Andrea Riseborough
I have quite a collection of ironic band T shirts.
Andrea Riseborough
You know those bumpers in the two lanes when you go bowling? I go out there with two of them, metaphorically, every day.
Andrea Riseborough
Sometimes I can receive the world and regurgitate my version of events easily and sometimes it's hard.
Andrea Riseborough
I grew up in the suburbs outside of Newcastle, and there were blank walls, and there was a lot of space to imagine - the fields and the motorways - so I used to sit and talk to myself as different people.
Andrea Riseborough
I worked on 'Happy-Go-Lucky' for seven-and-a-half months, and I'm in it for two minutes - largely because Sally Hawkins turned left instead of right.
Andrea Riseborough
I am quite odd-looking in real life.
Andrea Riseborough
Puberty is an extremely traumatic process even if you don't realize it. It kind of lives with you for like 10 years.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm very pragmatic.
Andrea Riseborough
I always do a lot of work around characters to make them real people because, oftentimes, they really are a sliver of a person. Even with truly wonderful writers, women characters are there to emote, and they're often incredibly chaste or worthy. Or they're a 'different type of woman', which is the worst.
Andrea Riseborough
I think it's the easiest thing in the world to be horribly critical about yourself.
Andrea Riseborough
We worked with David Thibodeau, who wrote a book about Waco, on which the series is based. He's one of the nine survivors.
Andrea Riseborough
You can't tell what's going to fulfill you in different stages in your life.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm interested in having a relationship with the world that's not my own.
Andrea Riseborough
Women are really complex and totally enigmatic. Humans are really complex, but in film, we've only ever seen that with men. We've seen antiheroes time and again with male characters.
Andrea Riseborough
I'm an artist; affirmation is like catnip to me.
Andrea Riseborough