Top Quotes by Emory Cohen

By | February 9, 2017

Toronto is a special city, and the environment is perfect for the arts; free and alive. I’m a New Yorker, and Toronto reminds me of a much cleaner New York, so it’s like coming home after your mom just cleaned your room for you; for me that’s a lovely environment.

Emory Cohen

I did ‘Pines,’ and everybody wanted me to be the bad boy. Then I did Tony in ‘Brooklyn,’ and everybody wanted me to be the sweet kid. So I just want to keep everybody on their toes. Basically, that was the thought process.

Emory Cohen

When I was a kid, I saw ‘Peter Pan,’ and I loved Captain Hook and the Lost Boys because they were the ‘bad boys.’

Emory Cohen

The hardest thing is for me to let the work go and let myself just live. Every actor is different; they each have their own strengths and weaknesses; trust and ease are mine.

Emory Cohen

I come from an intense family – like, we’re just intense people. Not bad people or anything, we are just very intense, and I have just always felt like people who weren’t like that were just a kind of hiding it, like when I was really young in high school.

Emory Cohen

I’ll play a happy character, but most characters are driven by a pain or a fear. They are driven by something deep down, and most people are like that in the sense. And so, that’s what interests me.

Emory Cohen

It’s not like every actor needs to train, but an actor will either develop their process through training or through working.

Emory Cohen

I am constantly interested in people who society calls ‘bad’ because I don’t like to just buy into something that everybody’s going to say. I want to investigate that for myself. With a character, you get to fully investigate that emotionally and understand the parts of them that are in pain and scared and are good. That’s human.

Emory Cohen

I’m glad I chose more vulnerable work about what is love and what is freedom and those kinds of things. But there’s something innate in me where I always come back to characters with an edge.

Emory Cohen

If I wanted to play it safe, I’d get a normal job with a secure paycheck.

Emory Cohen

That’s what separates actors – I’ll take any risk for a performance.

Emory Cohen

After I did ‘Brooklyn,’ I did about five or six violent films in one way or another, and not always with me being the bad guy, but something violent about it to keep the street cred up, really.

Emory Cohen

‘House of a Thousand Corpses’ by Rob Zombie – I love that movie. I really do.

Emory Cohen

There are shows that have been prematurely canceled, but I don’t know if ‘Smash’ was one of them.

Emory Cohen

When I’m playing a bad guy, a lot of it is imagined: things I thought I wanted to do, but I never would do them.

Emory Cohen

When it comes to a love story, you’re like, ‘I’ve been in love before.’ So it’s closer to you than the other stuff, and for me, that can be less comfortable.

Emory Cohen

I’m a fourth-generation New Yorker. My family has been in New York for many, many years.

Emory Cohen

I’m zero to a hundred in almost every facet of my life.

Emory Cohen

I really respect people who are just getting by with their 9 to 5s.

Emory Cohen

My family has artists, but they are all working artists. They are not movie stars. They don’t get paid. I really respect that blue-collared ideology where they’re just trying to make a living.

Emory Cohen

I want to do a rom-com. For me, where I come from, it would be such a stretch.

Emory Cohen

I’m kind of an all-or-nothing kind of guy.

Emory Cohen

I was 16 when I linked up with my manager – first person I ever auditioned for – and I’ve been in this ever since.

Emory Cohen

I told my father I wanted to act, and he stared renting all these classic films for me to watch.

Emory Cohen

The old joke in my family is that the last person who isn’t from New York was coming from Russia.

Emory Cohen

I love a good loser.

Emory Cohen

My first two or three films, all I was trying to do was look cool. That’s all I knew acting was.

Emory Cohen

Everyone’s inspired by Brando. When I started acting, my dad showed me ‘On the Waterfront,’ and I thought, ‘That’s the coolest guy I’ve ever seen.’

Emory Cohen

I’m shying away from getting lost in really bad movies for really good money.

Emory Cohen

I’m just trying to be Emory Cohen.

Emory Cohen

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