Best Quotes from Carmen Cusack

You have to laugh through hard things, right? How else do you cope?

Carmen Cusack

I believe there’s no reason why we couldn’t be entering a new age of musical theater if we continue to nurture young talent, take risks, and give them a playing field.

Carmen Cusack

The first music that came to my ear was gospel… I used to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ with a very strong southern accent and a vibrato already at five years old.

Carmen Cusack

I’m not a fan of musicals. Never have been.

Carmen Cusack

If you looked at my music collection and saw an album that was a soundtrack to a musical, it’s probably because I had bought it to learn the music so I could go and audition.

Carmen Cusack

My mother had people lay hands on me to cast demons out of me when I was 8. Then two or three times when I was in college.

Carmen Cusack

I like my cheese, I like my milk in my coffee, and nobody’s gonna tell me any different.

Carmen Cusack

It’s nice to be able to go do what I love and come home – and get in my own bed.

Carmen Cusack

Going to Broadway – then to be invited to the Tonys – I really tap into what that feels like now to fulfill lifetime goals.

Carmen Cusack

Just stay present in the moment, and what will come will come.

Carmen Cusack

We had to grow up very fast. There never was a day when there wasn’t shouting about the bills.

Carmen Cusack

Originating something is what every actor waits for. Usually, those opportunities are offered to people who already have a name.

Carmen Cusack

It’s hard for some parents to give their children compliments.

Carmen Cusack

I wasn’t ready for ‘Bright Star’ to end when it did.

Carmen Cusack

I’m just going to do things that I like to do, sing songs that I like to sing.

Carmen Cusack

I got married way too young.

Carmen Cusack

I grew up in the church. My mother was highly religious. I was singing at the age of five for big congregations.

Carmen Cusack

My mother had me when she was 16, and that was an issue that had to be dealt with. She grew up in a very religious background, and there was a lot of discussion of what they should do with this unborn child. But here I am, and thank goodness.

Carmen Cusack

Alongside the iconic ‘South Pacific,’ I absolutely loved working on ‘Bright Star’ with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

Carmen Cusack

Taking the arts out of schools is a terrible mistake.

Carmen Cusack

We will always need to be reminded that we are human. Art gives us that.

Carmen Cusack

We all have to go through our own experiences of growing up.

Carmen Cusack

I’ve had one fall that I kind of hurt my toe pretty badly because I slammed into one of the set pieces. But, you know, you just get up and keep going. The adrenaline’s pumping, and you just carry on!

Carmen Cusack

I love ‘South Pacific.’ It’s got beautiful music. But there have been so many, you know, renditions of this in high school or college productions.

Carmen Cusack

I didn’t know I was going to go into musical theater necessarily. It was never planned. I just kind of fell into it because I knew I wanted to act, and yet I had this opera training… I knew I had a voice.

Carmen Cusack

To be honest with you, most of the time the ingenue roles are a little bit dull and boring, in my opinion.

Carmen Cusack

‘Bright Star’ has been designed and the songs have been formulated around the way that I sing. That is the biggest gift of anything.

Carmen Cusack

I didn’t get jobs because when I went into the audition, I tried to be somebody else. I had to realize, what I can actually bring to the table is unique. No one else has experienced what I’ve experienced; no one else has walked in my shoes.

Carmen Cusack

I don’t think I’ve grown up easily.

Carmen Cusack

I’ve been singing Rodgers and Hammerstein all my life.

Carmen Cusack

I think I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I have to do everything that I’m scared of because you’re not going to learn anything if you don’t, so you just have to dive in the deep end and see if you can swim.

Carmen Cusack

Wicked’ is so hard-core, physically and mentally, for the whole three hours, that doing that show for two years has pretty much prepared me for anything.

Carmen Cusack

An accent always helps me ground a character. It also helps to remind me what age I’m playing.

Carmen Cusack

When you do something eight times a week, you fall into those little places where sometimes things can get a bit stagnant. That’s why I always welcome a new face on the stage.

Carmen Cusack

Show biz! It’s definitely not for sissies.

Carmen Cusack

I was worried that my voice would struggle with talking nonstop every night, but it’s been fine.

Carmen Cusack