Best Quotes from Elizabeth McGovern

By | June 18, 2016

I like writing letters and receiving letters. It’s a shame that we’ve lost the art of letter-writing and saving correspondence. I mourn that.

Elizabeth McGovern

In today’s world, we all live with the burden of feeling that anything is possible if we’re only clever enough, smart enough, work hard enough.

Elizabeth McGovern

I just find it fascinating, like everybody, to be in a different life. It’s an escape.

Elizabeth McGovern

I’ve been in things that have impressed people and they’ve come up to congratulate you but in a kind of, you-must-think-you’re-really-special way.

Elizabeth McGovern

I wasn’t ecstatic about being pregnant – I wasn’t somebody who actively wanted kids. Certainly there were no fantasies about nappy-changing.

Elizabeth McGovern

It’s very tough when two creative people are together.

Elizabeth McGovern

North Hollywood isn’t actually Hollywood, it’s in the San Fernando Valley… it’s not the most glamorous part of L.A.

Elizabeth McGovern

The way it works in Hollywood is that if you’re hot it doesn’t matter if you’re right for the part or not, you’re just offered it.

Elizabeth McGovern

Hollywood never suited me, I didn’t ever feel comfortable with it, it took me a couple of years but I found where I was always meant to be… Chiswick!

Elizabeth McGovern

I turned down the opportunity to be in some films that went on to be blockbusters.

Elizabeth McGovern

My father was an academic, an eccentric. He was a lecturer.

Elizabeth McGovern

I’m someone who’s done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s.

Elizabeth McGovern

I had reconciled myself to being happily out to pasture, a bit.

Elizabeth McGovern

I still feel I’m doing the same work I’ve always done.

Elizabeth McGovern

So the English approach to show business and their work is more – and this is a big generalization, I hasten to say – but it’s more, they work on it as a craft job.

Elizabeth McGovern

England as a culture has endured so much more than America has as a culture, so it’s given them a different perspective.

Elizabeth McGovern

Most people grow up dreaming of going to Hollywood and some of them work and work and work and finally end up in Hollywood.

Elizabeth McGovern

That feeling of being 19 or 20 and ‘hot’ in Hollywood was so intense.

Elizabeth McGovern

I’ve got my private life – that’s sacred – and I didn’t have that before.

Elizabeth McGovern

There is nothing in my life where I view myself as a 1920s person.

Elizabeth McGovern

If I feel I can play a part I do everything in my power to try to play it.

Elizabeth McGovern

It’s peaceful for people to know how their lives are going to be, pretty much.

Elizabeth McGovern

Now we have to contend with overstimulation and too many opportunities all the time, and too many decisions all the time.

Elizabeth McGovern

Well, when I moved to England I was making a lot of personal adjustments because I was getting married and starting a family, that sort of thing.

Elizabeth McGovern

I miss sometimes the buzz of America. A sense that anything can change at the drop of a hat. In a way, it’s an exhausting thing to live with.

Elizabeth McGovern

Honestly, I am always shocked when I see myself in the mirror because I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 18 getting off the plane to go to Juilliard in New York.

Elizabeth McGovern

My job now is to work hard and learn all I can.

Elizabeth McGovern

I can’t just sit around thinking how lucky I am.

Elizabeth McGovern

I love having the opportunity to explore a part for a great length of time, really get deeper and deeper into it, because you only have a chance to do that once or twice in a career.

Elizabeth McGovern

Whenever I work on anything, there’s always the fantasy that what one is doing is the next ‘Citizen Kane’-slash-‘Sopranos.’

Elizabeth McGovern

Well, I have a band, Sadie and the Hotheads, and we have an album that is already out that is available on our website.

Elizabeth McGovern

To me, the lyrics of the song define the kind of style it is.

Elizabeth McGovern

My family were all into classical music, and I found that very intimidating.

Elizabeth McGovern

I’ve found acting on stage much more challenging than on screen.

Elizabeth McGovern

We lack rituals in this modern world.

Elizabeth McGovern

By definition, an actor’s life is a recipe for regret. There are always roads you could have taken. But I’ve lived long enough to realise that each road has its own rewards.

Elizabeth McGovern

As far as I can see women who have facelifts don’t look younger, just weirder. You see them on screen with these tight, little porcelain faces – then the hand goes up to the face and it looks like it belongs to an alien. I find it really freaky.

Elizabeth McGovern

In London, I take the Tube everywhere.

Elizabeth McGovern

I have a terrible sense of direction.

Elizabeth McGovern

I don’t believe in villains – just people who channel their energy in the wrong way.

Elizabeth McGovern

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