Best Quotes from Jessica Lange

By | January 14, 2016

I regret those times when I’ve chosen the dark side. I’ve wasted enough time not being happy.

Jessica Lange

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.

Jessica Lange

The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.

Jessica Lange

I’ve never been a sunny personality. I’ve never been outgoing. I’m a solitary person.

Jessica Lange

Photography was a blessing because it filled my time.

Jessica Lange

Because Shakespeare’s language is so expansive, we’re under this misconception that it’s difficult. But I discovered that it’s easy because it’s so brilliantly written. The words are perfect, and the language is intelligent and very emotional.

Jessica Lange

One of the things I love about acting is that it reveals a certain something about yourself, but it doesn’t reveal your own personal story.

Jessica Lange

There are no explanations, there are no answers.

Jessica Lange

I love being a mother. I loved being a daughter, a sister, a wife. I love being a woman with men. I love having given birth.

Jessica Lange

Sometimes parts just come along when it’s the perfect time for you to do them.

Jessica Lange

All through life I’ve harbored anger rather than expressed it at the moment.

Jessica Lange

I never shot on sets, but if I was traveling somewhere or on location, I would always have my camera, and I’d always be – it’s that kind of fly on the wall approach to photography, though. I don’t engage the subject. I like to sneak around, skulk about in the dark.

Jessica Lange

Successful model? That’s a myth. The year I modeled was the most painful year of my life. Editors would always talk to you in the third person as though you were merely a piece of merchandise.

Jessica Lange

I am tortured when I am away from my family, from my children. I am horribly guilt-ridden.

Jessica Lange

Box office success has never meant anything. I couldn’t get a film made if I paid for it myself. So I’m not ‘box office’ and never have been, and that’s never entered into my kind of mind set.

Jessica Lange

So much of my sense of who I am is tied to mothering. When they left home, I fell into a huge, empty, black hole. Your children are grown and your career has slowed down – all the stuff that took up so much attention is gone, and you’re left with expansive time and space.

Jessica Lange

I never think of the future. I never imagine what comes next.

Jessica Lange

There was that feminist myth that we can do everything. I don’t think you can.

Jessica Lange

The only place I’ve felt was really my home is my cabin up north. There’s something in the water there that connects me to that place. There’s also this sense of isolation and loneliness about it that I’ve never been able to shake.

Jessica Lange

I have made decisions based from purely an actor’s point of view.

Jessica Lange

This idea of selfishness as a virtue, as opposed to generosity: That, to me, is unnatural.

Jessica Lange

To my mind the election was stolen by George Bush and we have been suffering ever since under this man’s leadership.

Jessica Lange

I’ve got nothing left to lose at this point. The work I’ve done is out there.

Jessica Lange

When I am home for like a two-year stretch, I get antsy, because I want to work.

Jessica Lange

Allow the diversity to exist. There is nothing wrong with it. Hell, we put up with the religious right-we can put up with transgendered human beings.

Jessica Lange

At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.

Jessica Lange

For me, nothing has ever taken precedence over being a mother and having a family and a home.

Jessica Lange

I had never done Shakespeare before, but I don’t think you can be an actor and not do it. There were moments when I thought, I’m just not going to be able to pull this off.

Jessica Lange

I have been a waitress, and I was a damn fine waitress too, let me tell you.

Jessica Lange

I never felt like I belonged in Minnesota when I was growing up there. That’s why I was out the door as soon as I turned 18.

Jessica Lange

I worked on my voice for Sweet Dreams, but only to match my speaking voice to Patsy’s actual singing voice. That was my way into that character.

Jessica Lange

I’ve been thinking a lot about next year, which will be the first time in 25 years that I don’t have a child at home.

Jessica Lange

In families there is always the mythology. My father died when my kids were quite young still, and yet they still tell his stories. That is how a person lives on.

Jessica Lange

It comes down to something really simple: Can I visualize myself playing those scenes? If that happens, then I know that I will probably end up doing it.

Jessica Lange

It was easier to do Shakespeare than a lot of modern movie scripts that are so poorly written.

Jessica Lange

Sometimes the odds are against you-the director doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing, or something falls apart in the production, or you’re working with an actor who’s just unbearable.

Jessica Lange

The worst is when I talk myself into something. Sometimes you take things because you want to work with a certain actor, or you want to work with a director, even if the script or the part’s not that great.

Jessica Lange

To stay interested in acting, I have to keep trying stuff I’ve never done before.

Jessica Lange

To work on the actual location I think is great. This thing of going to Canada and pretending you’re in New York, it’s terrible.

Jessica Lange

To work with a director that has emotional commitment and passion toward the characters, and the piece, and the experiences, it only enriches your work.

Jessica Lange

TV is sort of the only way to go for an actress my age to make a decent salary; with independent films, you just can’t.

Jessica Lange

We are not the originators of the story. I think it’s actually the opposite when you’re an actor. You’re telling somebody else’s story.

Jessica Lange

Once I started on ‘Frances’ I discovered it was literally a bottomless well. It devastated me to maintain that for eighteen weeks, to be immersed in this state of rage for twelve to eighteen hours a day. It spilled all over, into other areas of my life.

Jessica Lange

If I didn’t have children I’d be a much better actress. I wouldn’t be so distracted. I could pour 100 percent of my energies into it, to promote the investigation which acting is.

Jessica Lange

I could be making a lot more money now if I had chosen a different kind of movie, but none of that matters to me… I’ve done the parts I wanted to do.

Jessica Lange

I have made decisions based from purely an actor’s point of view.

Jessica Lange

Your children are grown and your career has slowed down – all the stuff that took up so much attention is gone, and you’re left with expansive time and space. You have to reimagine who you are and what life is about.

Jessica Lange

If I had to start over, I’d pursue photography – probably to the exclusion of acting.

Jessica Lange

I like playing characters who are out there on the edge, where they can explode at any moment or fall off the precipice.

Jessica Lange

I’ve worked with some teachers and coaches over the years, but I didn’t really study theater or technique or voice or any of that stuff extensively.

Jessica Lange

For me, acting was always a way to explore emotions – to dip into the well and really try to reach rock bottom down there. That was the most exciting part of it. I hadn’t found anything that really allowed me to do that until I came upon acting.

Jessica Lange

What I love about photography, and it’s the same thing I love about acting, really, is that it forces you, like, right into the moment, where you can’t be distracted, where you can’t be, like, thinking about other things or ahead of yourself or behind yourself.

Jessica Lange

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