Ledger at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in 2006
|Born||Heathcliff Andrew Ledger
4 April 1979
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Died||22 January 2008
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication|
|Occupation||Actor, music video director|
|Partner(s)||Michelle Williams (2004â€“07)|
Had I listened to my agent, I'd be running around in tights, climbing buildings and stuff.
I don't feel like I have anything to lose, so I don't really understand what I'm putting at risk.
I never want to feel like I've achieved my goal. It's like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it's a good season. They feel like they'll be punished.
The reason that you dance and sing is to make the audience feel like they're dancing and singing. As long as you're having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they're gonna feel that.
If you make decisions based upon people's reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices.
I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am.
You know, I'm not in a hurry, and everybody else in Hollywood – particularly agents and managers – they're all in a hurry.
I thought, I need to be more cautious about my choices – it reflects on who I am.
I've never figured out who 'Heath Ledger' is on film: 'This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognizable.'
When I'm not acting, I do like to take a year off at a time, at least if I can, just in order to keep acting exciting – otherwise I get bored very quickly.
Anyone that has a job that takes them away from home, I think, can understand the difficulties in maintaining consistency, not only with your family and those you love but with your friends.
From 18 to 22, I was alone, living in L.A. with a bunch of friends, partying.
I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away.
In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career. It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product.
I generally don't think most situations can be labeled as black or white.
When I started to watch some of the films I'd done, I realized I was doing movies that I might not actually want to see.
If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall.
I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.
I don't know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that's the stuff I'm after.
It's kind of a rule of thumb for me to self-doubt going into any kind of project. I always think that I shouldn't be doing it and I don't know how to do it and I'm going to fail and that I fooled them. I always try to find a way out.
I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do next, or in the future.
It's odd, that's why I don't like telling people I played field hockey. It's real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, 'Oh, you girl!'
I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it.
In order not to hold a frame with someone, you have to be intimidated by them.
There's nothing like working with your mates – it's the way it should be, as far as I'm concerned.