Melissa Leo - Quotes

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I am a smoker, I'm ashamed to say. I had given it up for many years, then picked it up again. It's a horrible habit. I struggle with myself all the time. And I love to smoke.

I am a smoker, I'm ashamed to say. I had given it up for many years, then picked it up again. It's a horrible habit. I struggle with myself all the time. And I love to smoke.

An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes. ---->>>

I haven't had a lot of experience with glamour. I've never had to mask myself, as many now not-so-young actresses have had to do. Female actors in that regard have a different lot in life than male actors. ---->>>

Well, I don't think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that's going to shut down the world. ---->>>

Acting is the business of truth, so that we can see ourselves reflected back and learn. ---->>>

I think this notion of acting and glamour is getting in everybody's way. ---->>>

Supporting actors are the support. You can't make a building without support. You can't buy dinner without support. ---->>>

To get the hippie out of certain characters is probably the most difficult thing for me. I was not a hippie by choice but by birth. ---->>>

I think there has only been one time in my entire career that I've ever gone back to shoot a scene. And it was a scene that, when we were shooting it, we knew that it wasn't working. We knew there was a disagreement between the actor and director. So, we went back. ---->>>

Being an actor on a movie set is like going to the playground at recess. ---->>>

People often expect me to be something other than what I am. ---->>>

The climate informs the character.

The climate informs the character.

There were not enough women like Kay on TV and now there are none. ---->>>

I have some close friends I keep in touch with. I knit. I watch a little too much TV. I ski, if the weather's right for that. If I can find a group of buddies, I go rock climbing. ---->>>

I mean, the unfair treatment of women and black people and Indians and other groups, that's real. Mistreatment of other people because 'I'm better than you are' is such a sad part of the world. ---->>>

I think the funny thing about acting for me - and I hold it in a very holy, spiritual way - not to be overly fundamentalist about it, but it's that important to me - is that it is an ancient healing art. ---->>>

To play someone when the character masks their own emotions, doesn't understand their own emotions, has no release for their own emotions, and yet is full of emotion - that is a much harder character to play than someone who has somewhere to put it. ---->>>

An actor's life is fairly lonely.

An actor's life is fairly lonely.

I'm a very lucky girl who gets to act for a living! So why sit around griping and grousing about what's not there. ---->>>

I'm not particularly fond of the hybrid writer-director or actor-director. ---->>>

I'm very old-school. I like a director to direct me. I like to be the actor. ---->>>

My mom was a '70s mom. She paved a road that no one had yet walked. ---->>>

That's probably the biggest secret of acting: If the actor believes it themselves, they can make you believe it. ---->>>

The key to acting has much more to do with listening than with talking. ---->>>

The power of television - it's so present in our lives, we don't even know how powerful it is. ---->>>

Ever since Marilyn Monroe was transformed from one of the prettiest girls you could ever hope to see into an icon, everyone has been trying to repeat that icon. And now the entire industry is filled with, and by and large run by, wannabes. ---->>>

I do get a fair amount of scripts; I got 'Frozen River' kinda just that way. I have a hard time turning my back on anybody who says they have something for me. ---->>>

My body has done for me all these years things I couldn't ever even dreamt to do for characters. It's a tool, molecularly speaking, and I need to take care of it. ---->>>

Through all of this lovely interviewing, and nice things people say, and the rest of it, I have learned that I am an actor. That is my profession. That is my job. That is how I make a living. So I am just out there making a living. ---->>>

You know, when I got started on television in the '80s, you would go to the costume department, and if you were a female they put you into a skirt. And you had a pocketbook, usually a shoulder bag. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 09-14, 1960
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City,New York, U.S.
Occupation: Actress

Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960) is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the 1980s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons (1993–97) (wikipedia)