As producers, we can influence where the budget goes, but only the director really controls what tone, what type of movie you are trying to make.

Playing Aung San Suu Kyi was a journey in itself. She represents many things for many people and for many reasons. Although I have played many important roles in my life, I can say that this role has been a journey of self-realisation.

In many ways, I feel I'm still as physically fit as I was 20 years ago because I've always been athletic.

For me, the director is the most important thing. He is steering the boat. If you don't trust him, you won't be able to give him your all.

When I made my first film, it was just an adventure. But after my first movie, I guess I got more of a feeling of what was happening around me.

Jackie Chan is like a big bro to me.

I love my martial arts and action movies. They give another dimension to the acting world: the emotional plus the physical.

It was like baptism by fire. There was no school for studying acting. You just have to take it upon yourself to learn from your peers. It's about opening your eyes, listening, and watching.

Body language is more fascinating to me than actual language.

I was struck by Suu Kyi's warmth and generosity. No matter how petite she looks, she exudes amazing strength. More than anything else, I felt like I already knew her, like she was an old friend, because I'd been watching her so intently, and she was exactly what I had figured she would be.

I always thought of myself as James Bond.

I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it's because they are born poor, born a woman, or born in an area affected by devastation.

Acting is not just impersonating your character.

As an actress, you know there are limitations on what you can do creatively.

I believe that the director is really the soul. It is a collaborative effort, but the director is the one who needs to have that vision. It could be a great script, but it starts from there. You need to have good material, at least, but if you don't have someone with vision, it's just words.

It's very important that I'm approaching a character that I've either not played before, or I can give it a different take.

I believe all of us want to do good for our country.

There is so much we can do to save lives on our roads.

If I only get to play Malaysian roles, there wouldn't be very many roles for me to play.

We all learn every day, and that's the magic about film making.

Movies cater to what the audiences want.

If you were ever a ballerina, you know the pain: just to be able to look like it's all so light, but when they take off their shoes, it's all bloody.

I have very supportive parents who said, 'Go and do what you want to do. Home is always here for you, and if you don't like it out there, come back. You can always do something different.' So when you have an option like that, you are able to choose roles or choose the things you want to be in.

Martial arts is something you can learn or pick up and think you could do really well.

When it is real person, especially who means so much to millions of people, you have an obligation, you cannot take liberties, you cannot pretend to know. But we are telling the love story of Michael Aris and his wife, the story of a beautiful, lush country, and the emotions of a mother.

Martial arts is just practice. Being a geisha requires complete control.

As an actor, you are always looking for roles that will challenge you, and when I came upon Aung San Suu Kyi, it wasn't just about that but also about stepping into the shoes of someone who means so much to millions of people.

I stretch and do my squats when I brush my teeth.

I'm not a fashion victim, and I don't closely follow trends. I dress the way I feel comfortable because, at the end of the day, you have to be comfortable.

This world belongs to all of us, and all sexes should be able to live in respect and harmony.

Wai Lin is the first Bond Girl who is on a par with Bond, someone who can match up with him mentally and physically. From the moment our characters see each other, there is a wariness and a recognition that this person is not who she or he seems to be.

When you face up to bad things in the past, the most important thing is not to allow them to happen today or in the future, and as storytellers, we must play our part in that.

I gravitate towards roles where women find strength in very difficult, uncompromising situations but maintain clarity in mind, discipline at heart, and a certain strength in spirit.

Raising awareness for Nepal was and still is an important role for me.

Why do we have 'Transformers 5 or 6?' Because young kids will go and see it four or five times.

I don't plan to go out and do action or not do action.

In a movie, that's the only time when you're allowed these kind of fantasies to be lived. Being able to look so cool and be able to fight five bad guys and take them down. When can you do that?

My grandmother had flawless skin just from using basic skincare - an old herbal remedy in the form of a white powder and cream. I don't actually know what was in it because when you're young, you're not interested in skincare, and I didn't want to walk around the house with a white face.

As an actor, you hope to find roles that are challenging to you as an artist. Then if you are truly blessed, you will find that it also carries a message that you can impart to your audience.

I have done many films across the globe and would love to be a part of Bollywood, but the script must have a strong character for me.

Some of the martial arts films, the motivation is about martial arts. That's where it's coming from. It is a visual, commercial film, to showcase the next stunt, the biggest thing. And character development becomes a side thing.

Beauty shouldn't be superficial and should come from within, and your eyes will tell the story.

I think that learning Burmese has to have been one of the most challenging things that I have had to do for a movie.

Let's empower men and help them take a stand to stop acts of violence against women.

If you read a lot of Chinese literature, there has always been very strong women figures - warriors, swordswomen - who defended honor and loyalty with the men. So, it's not new to our culture - it's always been very much a part of it. It's good that now the Western audience would have a different image of the Chinese women.

India is a great talent pool of actors. I see Freida Pinto making it big in Hollywood, and I am sure many others can also make it.

For an actress, everything is always fine - you are looked after, you have your trailer, and everything provided. But the crew are the ones out there in the wilds all the time, hours before and after us.

I did ballet, piano and all that - my brother did martial arts, my passion.

The first one I did was an action film with Sammo Hung and George Lam, but I had the usual female role for that time: you know, damsel in distress, rescued by the hero.