Julie Walters - Quotes

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It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think. People allow it, with very old people.

It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think. People allow it, with very old people.

There were all us baby boomers who had a grammar school education, started to learn, then went on the pill, the whole thing, and so there are today a lot more women writers, editors, producers, and so a lot more women's stories. God, the BBC's practically run by women. ---->>>

Debate is so much better than denial.

Debate is so much better than denial.

I don't know if you can change things, but it's a drop in the ocean.

I don't know if you can change things, but it's a drop in the ocean.

Sixty felt like a big landmark. Not in a dreadful sense, but none of the other birthdays have bothered me. It's got labels on it - OAP, retirement - and I just wanted to take stock. I wanted to be in my greenhouse at home and at least give myself the opportunity of not working again.

Sixty felt like a big landmark. Not in a dreadful sense, but none of the other birthdays have bothered me. It's got labels on it - OAP, retirement - and I just wanted to take stock. I wanted to be in my greenhouse at home and at least give myself the opportunity of not working again.

I can understand why people get annoyed at being remembered for one thing, but a lot of actors aren't remembered for anything. I don't mind that. ---->>>

It's getting better but men still earn more and there are more jobs for them. Ageism is a big thing. Parts for women disappear as you get older. ---->>>

I always loved my mother, felt loved, but she was judgmental. Her father in Ireland didn't approve of women generally, and she took on his values. She believed her own mother was foolish. ---->>>

My mother was born on a tiny farm in County Mayo. She was meant to stay at home and look after the farm while her brother and sister got an education. However, she came to England on a visit and never went back. ---->>>

Oh all the time when Victoria Wood and I did our series. There were people asking 'Can women be funny?' People still ask that. It's like asking: 'Can women breathe in and out?' ---->>>

I never wanted to become an actress because I'd read great literature or seen great Shakespeare. It was more just wanting to understand what the people were really like, why they said all the strange things they did. ---->>>

I keep seeing myself in my daughter, and I see my mother in me and in her. Bloody hell. ---->>>

Jane Austen was an extraordinary woman; to actually be able to survive as a novelist in those days - unmarried - was just unheard of. ---->>>

I was asked about doing a nude shoot for men's magazine GQ. I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard. ---->>>

I was the little, funny one. I felt I was the child among grown women. ---->>>

In order to be creative you have to be allowed to fail. ---->>>

Suddenly, you are very much in the present, and you learn it's really the place where you should always live. ---->>>

I went through bits of the 60s and thought myself a bit of a hippy. ---->>>

The money isn't a lure. I've done very well out of this business. ---->>>

The way I relax is I think, 'I haven't got anything coming up.' I like to know there are months ahead when I've got nothing. ---->>>

There is this idea that appealing to youth is the only way forward. But that is no longer the case. Youth is not everything. Now we have all the baby-boomers in their 60s, like me, who are actively engaged in life - we're not retiring, we're not just being put out to grass once we hit 60. ---->>>

Everyone comes up to me saying, 'Cooee, Julie! Hello!' as if I know them. Of course I don't bloody know them. Am I flummoxed by it? Sometimes. I think, 'Ooh, love, go easy.' For a time, I did feel this pressure that I had to be funny, but it passes. ---->>>

I don't like being out of the crowd. It's lonely within a group. ---->>>

The characters do have a life of their own; it's weird. ---->>>

I was always someone who lived in the future all the time, it was always the next thing - dreams of escape. ---->>>

Some people have a terrible stretch between family and work. It is a difficult thing to achieve. ---->>>

Being a mother adds another emotional dimension, a feel for children that I didn't have before I had one. They were a pain before. ---->>>

I didn't come into the business to get awards or titles. ---->>>

I don't want to give up acting - it's what I am.

I don't want to give up acting - it's what I am.

I wanted above all else not to be like my mum. ---->>>

That's why I'm an actress - escaping into a world. ---->>>

I'd love to be in another film, but they haven't asked me. I think it's a shame but the prospects of me doing another one now are remote. Please do campaign on my behalf. ---->>>

As soon as I gave birth, it was as if you understand them. They become people, not kids. You start to identify with them. You see yourself in them. ---->>>

I couldn't watch Tom and Jerry. The cruelty was too much. I had all these strange images, of tiny animals, all mixed up. ---->>>

I felt my mother about the place. I don't think she haunts me, but I wouldn't put it past her. ---->>>

I never had any acting heroes. I never really went to the theatre. ---->>>

I think comedy's something you can't learn. It's an instinct, which makes it rather elusive. ---->>>

I was having my teens in my 30s. ---->>>

I'd like to think there'll be too much of real life going on for me to want to do much acting. ---->>>

I'm massively talented, and very, very beautiful in person; the public don't really realise that. ---->>>

I'm too young at 50. I'm not grown up yet. There's part of everybody like that. ---->>>

It's very strong after the birth. It's extraordinary. You can't watch anything to do with kids being harmed. ---->>>

My grandmother lived with us for a short time while I was a child. Old people tend to be slightly more eccentric - they can behave the way they want. ---->>>

Stage is the most exciting. Film is lovely, because it's like a family. ---->>>

We have to take risks with art. If we don't, it all becomes a bit boring. ---->>>

You can't help but feel a little bit like a mother to the younger cast members. ---->>>

Along the way I have been able to choose some themes which ask questions - not necessarily force a message on anyone, but at least invite the audience to question things: jury service, dignity in dying, Ireland - and not least because they force me to ask myself questions. Where do I stand? ---->>>

I remember Michael saying, 'Rich and famous? It's much better to be just rich'. I didn't quite get it to begin with. But he's right. You lose anonymity. I say to my family that you've no idea until you lose it how precious anonymity is. ---->>>

I'll tell you how it happened. The phone rang. Paul, my agent, goes, 'Would you like to play Meryl Streep's?' I said, 'Yeeees! I'll do it, whatever it is.' He said, 'It's Mamma Mia!.' I said, 'Oh no, which character? The fat friend? ---->>>

I'm more selective now I've got a family. I don't want to work all the time. My daughter's 12; I don't want to miss out on her life. Soon she'll be a teenager; she won't want me around. ---->>>

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York, because that's what I know about. One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man. ---->>>

It wasn't being an alcoholic - it was going wild. It happened when I got famous. It was like having my teens in my early thirties: blotting out your life, not having to think about anything. ---->>>

It's getting better generally, daily, especially in TV, for women in acting; and age and looks count less. As more women come into the business. Change of any sort takes a long time to happen. ---->>>

Some of the most interesting questions needing to be asked today can best be asked on television, or on stage, and they can be wonderful, great dramas, but they won't necessarily be blockbusters. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: 02-22, 1950
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
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Occupation: Actress
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Dame Julia Mary Walters, DBE (born 22 February 1950) is an English actress and writer. She has won two BAFTA Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards and received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2014. Walters first came to international prominence in 1983, for playing the title role in Educating Rita. It was a role she had created on the West End stage and it earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (wikipedia)