Homeless people really upset me when I was little. A lot of kids have this reaction, but I would get really worried or sad or concerned or cry.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

I know I'd like to direct a film at some point, and maybe I'll write it.

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

I'd love to do a really broad comedy at some point.

I think was overly empathetic for a while in my life.

I feel like I have to be responsible for what I'm participating in or putting out into the world.

I don't like to spend a lot of money on haircuts: I'll sometimes grow my hair and get an acting job and get them to cut it for free. I think for a lady, though, it's okay to spend a lot on a haircut.

I think that one of the strangest things about being an actor is, it's almost freelance work.

Have I seen any plays that I've been in? Uh, you know, might be a little weird.

I don't know that praise is always a good thing.

I think the idea is to try and understand everything about the characters and where the character is coming from, from their point of view, why they say what they do. And not, 'Oh, but I would never say that. Why does the character say that?' But then making it as personal as possible.

I approach every role from scratch.

I've been fortunate to work with several actors and directors who I look up to, and learned from each of them.

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.

To be called a genius at 17 or 18 years old can sometimes cause arrested development.