Quotes by: Laurie Metcalf

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Laurie Metcalf
Metcalf in 2008
Born Lauren Elizabeth Metcalf
(1955-06-16) June 16, 1955 (age 61)
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Jeff Perry (m. 1983–92)
Matt Roth (m. 1993–2014)
Children 4

Really, I'll go anywhere at any time to continue working in theater - it's a passion that I'm thankful I still have. It keeps me creative and on my toes and meeting great people. I can't imagine a better way of working than on a play.
Laurie Metcalf
When one thing ends, you put it away and start from scratch on the next thing.
Laurie Metcalf
My profession is about as far away from growing up in southern Illinois as you can get.
Laurie Metcalf
I work just as hard and have just as much fun whether in a 50-seat house or in a 1000-seat house. It's a luxury to be in a tiny space every once in a while and a rush to be on a giant stage every once in a while.
Laurie Metcalf
You know, if a TV show dropped into my lap out of the blue, I would have a hard time turning it down because there just isn't the money in theater that there is on TV.
Laurie Metcalf
I'm happy whenever I'm in a rehearsal room. I've always gotten all my energy and creativity in there.
Laurie Metcalf
Every part I get, I just think I'm so lucky. They're so hard to get, you know.
Laurie Metcalf
I almost never give interviews. It's not because I want to play hard to get. It's just that I never seem to have anything interesting to say.
Laurie Metcalf
I like to play a wide range of characters. The more they're unlike me, the better I like it.
Laurie Metcalf
When I go to see something I'm in, or my friends are in, it's like a home movie. When I just go to the movies and don't know anyone in it, then it's a real movie.
Laurie Metcalf
When one thing ends, you put it away and start from scratch on the next thing.
Laurie Metcalf
Theater opened up a whole new world for me. It was a freedom I'd never known before.
Laurie Metcalf
I've been directed by other actors, and being an actor doesn't make you a good director.
Laurie Metcalf
One of the hardest things about directing is just to be patient and remind yourself that you've been in Week 1 of a rehearsal process yourself, and you know what it feels like.
Laurie Metcalf
Onstage I'm the one in control - I'm not at the mercy of how an editor chooses to put the scene together later. I can do things onstage that I would never do in real life. It's very freeing.
Laurie Metcalf
I'm hideously shy as myself, but on stage I can run around naked and bite the heads off fish.
Laurie Metcalf
I was too practical to major in theater. Acting - what was I going to do with acting? There was no future in it.
Laurie Metcalf
I was horribly shy all through grade school and high school. But somehow I got up the nerve to audition for one play in high school - 'Auntie Mame.' I got a small part as the fiancee who comes on in the end. I got laughs. I wasn't shy at all doing the part. I can do anything on stage and write it off as a character.
Laurie Metcalf
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