Inspirational Quotes by Elizabeth Marvel

By | June 16, 2016

I was a spooky kid; that was just my nature.

Elizabeth Marvel

I see artists as the first responders. And when the proverbial crap hits the fan, we are there to be of service, to tell the story, to bring a balm, to soothe, to provide catharsis. You know, not to make our work any more important or less important, but just that there is a great importance to it.

Elizabeth Marvel

If you can see it, you can be it. And I believe in that.

Elizabeth Marvel

Tim Burton is an artist who has had a huge influence on me. I definitely share his sensibility. It’s a joyful approach to darkness.

Elizabeth Marvel

Personally, I don’t want to do theater that’s very stylish, when it’s just stories on stage that are basically the same as TV or film.

Elizabeth Marvel

You know, the ’80s, as crazy as the ’80s were, that was a surprisingly kind and generous environment that I found myself in as a teenager.

Elizabeth Marvel

How do you stand tall and strong as a woman while trying to be the smartest woman in the room and try to remain non-threatening?

Elizabeth Marvel

I get to play a lot of powerful, smartest women in the room. And that’s deeply satisfying.

Elizabeth Marvel

I never had any preconceived ideas about acting, because I always thought I was going to be a visual artist.

Elizabeth Marvel

When I finished high school, I didn’t have much direction – I was a Deadhead kid who ended up bumming around London seeing a lot of theater. That’s where I saw the performance that made me want to act: Vanessa Redgrave doing ‘A Touch of the Poet.’

Elizabeth Marvel

My God, I have so much bounty in my life.

Elizabeth Marvel

I’m dying for people to let me be funny!

Elizabeth Marvel

I think being a mom changed me, and now it’s not just about what I want to do and what’s sort of interesting, but what I absolutely have to do.

Elizabeth Marvel

If I’m asking people to give me two hours of their time, it’s because I really feel like they need to listen to what the writer is talking about.

Elizabeth Marvel

When I was nursing my son, you’re up all the time during the first year, and you’re sort of brain dead. So I’d find myself watching Turner Classic Movies at odd hours.

Elizabeth Marvel

I love seeing people in their mess. I find that heartwarming. Charm just doesn’t interest me. If I want to see charming people, I can watch TV.

Elizabeth Marvel

Trying to find a way to represent something that is truly frightening on stage is a fascinating challenge.

Elizabeth Marvel

Whenever I approach any character, I try to find examples to draw upon.

Elizabeth Marvel

As an actress, you have to be very naive.

Elizabeth Marvel

I’ve been told I’m bright. But when I act, I get incredibly stupid. I feel my intellect slowing down. I feel it happening physically. And that’s not negative in acting!

Elizabeth Marvel

There comes a point in any project where you have to say – whether you like or understand the character, or the whole play for that matter – ‘I believe!’

Elizabeth Marvel

There are lots of rats. It’s a dirty little secret at the Delacorte Theatre.

Elizabeth Marvel

If someone can make money from you, you can do more things, and eventually, you can do things you come up with.

Elizabeth Marvel

I think every actor has those performances they’ve seen, the person who made them realize that’s what they wanted to do.

Elizabeth Marvel

In some ways, I missed my era because I’m big and messy and have big feelings and take up space on a stage rather than being diminutive and childlike in my woman-ness.

Elizabeth Marvel

When I work onstage, I want to play roles that have real, deep theatricality, that aren’t the sort you would easily see on television and in the movies.

Elizabeth Marvel

The audience has its own gestalt, and it becomes another character – a character that changes each night.

Elizabeth Marvel

I’ve been around the block.

Elizabeth Marvel

I’m not familiar with an unaccepting family. But in my profession, nothing can be foreign.

Elizabeth Marvel

We have to be able to use our imaginations to make the character’s experiences real to us.

Elizabeth Marvel

I will happily work anywhere they need me to if they pay me well.

Elizabeth Marvel

The first play I ever did was with Michael Langham, Brian Bedford, and Colm Feore, at Stratford Festival. That was my first professional job, and I got to work with Garland Wright and so many great artists.

Elizabeth Marvel

I see a lot of art; we see a lot of music, films at Sundance… that influences me and informs me more than theater just because I make a bigger effort to see other art forms.

Elizabeth Marvel

I just love the idea of doing an all-female play on Broadway.

Elizabeth Marvel

I know all my tricks, and I’m pretty bored with them, so if that’s all someone wants, I’d rather wait for TV money and not work so hard.

Elizabeth Marvel

Every time I do a play, I’m like, ‘When do I get to do the one where I wear a gown, sit in a chair, and say funny things?’ I’d love to do that.

Elizabeth Marvel

I have no ability or interest to play that weak, beaten person.

Elizabeth Marvel

It’s really interesting because I’m a Quaker… so it’s been radical to me to be hired by the Department of Defense under contract.

Elizabeth Marvel

I don’t believe in saying no.

Elizabeth Marvel

You always hear about the disempowered actor, their fate in other people’s hands. It’s just really wonderful to experience it the other way around.

Elizabeth Marvel

We are in this amazing age of television where there’s an incredible amount and an incredible quality of television, of long-form narrative.

Elizabeth Marvel

You talk through what exactly happened to Howard Dean on the campaign trail, what Bill Clinton must have lived through, what the daily grind of doing what these people have to do. And they can never lose their temper, they can never be tired, and they can never slip up, or it’s on-camera, and it’s everywhere – and it’s over.

Elizabeth Marvel

I was in several Shakespeare in the Park productions in my younger years, but I’ve been busy with other things for a while.

Elizabeth Marvel

Who wouldn’t want to play the leader of the free world?

Elizabeth Marvel

I have to say, it seems to be the older I get, the better the work gets. When has that been true?

Elizabeth Marvel

I went to an art school in high school and got in a little trouble like you do when you’re a teenager and not being closely supervised. I did. I followed the Dead around, and it was fun. It was great. It was kind and sweet and lovely.

Elizabeth Marvel

I ended up landing in London out of high school, and I saw a performance that Vanessa Redgrave gave, just because it was a cheap ticket, and I didn’t know what to do with my afternoon, and I went in, and I saw this Eugene O’Neill play, and I sat in the fifth row, and I watched her.

Elizabeth Marvel

I don’t look presidential. I don’t wear, you know, three-piece suits and have my hair perfectly coiffed.

Elizabeth Marvel

I think there is a certain gravitas about me. My energy can be very big and yet contained.

Elizabeth Marvel

By nature, my default place is a very introverted one, so it’s funny to be in such an extroverted profession. I’m a little inappropriately in it.

Elizabeth Marvel

I’m a hypervisual person.

Elizabeth Marvel

It’s all really nice to have my pretend Secret Service people paying me respect, but the moment I walk in the door, it’s back to being ‘Mom.’

Elizabeth Marvel

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