I remember going to the theatre when I was little and the lights going down and just getting really scared about what was going to happen up there.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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I feel like, once you're doing a job, you shouldn't talk about it.

I don't want my learning curve to be stunted by just all of a sudden doing work all the time and not being careful about the work that I'm doing.

I started acting pretty young, so I haven't had too many odd jobs. But I used to sell candy out of my locker in middle school.

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

A lot of people think I must be weird because of the films I've done. I get that.

Films can be entertaining without shying away from exploring something. They can be magical and have fantasy, but also can have enough reality that you can be really emotionally invested.

There's that thing that if you want to have any kind of lasting love, I think you have to love the whole person and not just the parts of them that you choose.

In 'There Will Be Blood,' my character was someone who was an actor himself almost. He had a rehearsed quality about him. He was a performance artist in a way.

I love filming in New York. I love New York movies, too. I just like it when people can take New York and make it their own, because there are so many different New Yorks.

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.

People think memorizing lines is hard, when that's the last thing you worry about. You get that done, and then you've got to worry about the internal stuff, which is the challenging part.

One thing you notice is, there's a lot of people with raw talent, and then there's people who take that talent and work hard.

When I'm not acting, I like to go home and be really normal. So I usually grow out my hair until I get the next part.

I volunteered at a homeless shelter in preparation for 'Being Flynn,' and when I'm walking along the Bowery, that's the first thing that comes to mind. That's a nice memory.