I don't like tight pants on guys.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

The whole being-in-a-room interview thing, at a junket or a film festival, is very inhuman. You meet the person, have five or 10 minutes to talk, and it's not like a conversation.

The better the acting is, the harder it is to see what the process is.

I tore my ACL playing basketball.

As an actor, I always feel you basically have to be able to delude yourself.

I love cereal. I eat several bowls a day, mostly a few late at night.

You look at the part in '12 Years A Slave,' you finish that script - I mean, it's a powerful story. You go, 'Man, I have to play a bad character in this.' And then you go, 'Well, do I want to play a bad character and contribute to a good story?'

I would not take a girl to a club on a Thursday. I would not take her to a really noisy, swanky restaurant.

I used to write a lot of songs. I was an English major in college. I was a deluded poet for a year. Totally deluded.

Your director is your main support - actors don't generally give each other advice on set, not in my experience.

I am baffled by good writing.

It's a lot of fun to be a part of films that you don't exactly know how they're going to turn out.

In life, you have to keep certain parts of yourself in check because you want to be a decent human being. But one of the guilty pleasures of acting is that sometimes you get to let a little something out that you don't in life because it's not right.

I always ask for more takes. I like doing takes, so I'll do as many as I can.

It's a funny thing. You sort of never figure it out with acting. You're always learning.