I don't really know what kind of actor I am.

Paul Dano

Paul Dano

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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

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

I think 'American Pie' is great.

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.

There are maybe 100 actors I look up to, but my first two favourite actors were Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson.

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.

I approach every role from scratch.

Spring and fall in New York are the best seasons here to get out and about. I like the little park in Dumbo between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge. I like Prospect Park.

Even when I'm alone, my life revolves around film. I think that's why I live in New York, not L.A., where it's so concentrated.

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.

I'm a sucker for period pieces. There is always great opportunity for research and to delude yourself into feeling like you are in a different time and place.

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.

To be running away from explosions with Harrison Ford, you know, that's pretty great.

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