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Salma Hayek photographed by Gilles Bensimon

The summation of my character [The Tramp] is that I care about my work. I care about everything I do. If I could do something else better, I would do it, but I can’t.

Ava Gardner arriving at Nairobi airport to film Mogambo (1953)

Ava Gardner

I don’t have a method to my madness… For me, acting is more about self-exploration. I’ve learned a lot about myself in order to learn about the craft. I’ve always been very big on self-exploration and answering my own questions.

Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts - only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do.

I’m always interested in playing different people, in different situations. It doesn’t matter to me whether someone is in love with a man or a woman. I find the idea of love and romance interesting. I’m a sucker for it. I like playing someone who’s falling in love because I like the sensation of it. People do extraordinary things when they’re falling in love.

Maria Callas talking about the pressures of fame.

(Source: beauvelvet, via grantcary)

You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else’s point of view.

"I think most of us become actors because we want affection, love and applause."