The only constant I can find is hard work.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

You try to get to know your character as best as you can before you start filming - what's written and not written.

I've seen people, where if they have to wait around the set for three hours, and they call you at the wrong time, and they're not ready for you, some people don't like that.

I go down to the dive bar around the corner when I go out. I don't go to the showbiz parties.

I really don't want to go to work every day convincing myself of what I'm saying. I want the material to make me a better actor; then I try to return the favor to the material.

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

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

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

Certainly, being on stage is a rush.

On 'There Will Be Blood,' I was cast at the last minute. I had 3 and a half to 4 days to get ready for the first day. I just went for it, threw myself in there and gave it everything I had. That was just guts and instinct, not a lot of preparation.

People have asked me about playing outsiders. I don't consider myself an outsider. Maybe that's why I'm interested in that. I'm not really sure.

Nobody is a perfect actor.

Some projects go as you hope or imagine, and some change or reveal themselves in a different way; it depends.

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 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.