Top 968 Drama Quotes

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“It’s so funny, I’ve done so many projects where I’ve been interrogated. I guest starred on almost every hour drama, and I’m always the guy they think is the bad guy but then they find out is not.”

― Aaron Paul

“The rules of drama are very much separate from the properties of life. I think that’s especially true of Shakespeare.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“Heroes in drama are people who try hard to reach a virtuous ideal. And whether they succeed or fail really doesn’t matter – it’s the trying that counts.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“I can go to the BBC and say, ‘OK, my next drama is for women, and it is diverse women.’ I take that to America, however, and I have another set of conversations.”

― Abi Morgan

“I literally grew up in drama. I used to watch drama – the catharsis of the play – then see drama at home.”

― Abi Morgan

“I was involved with drama departments since the 5th grade. I played at it. It was an escape.”

― Adam Baldwin

“I wasn’t a sweet kid. I was an instigator and provoked everyone with my goofy hyena cackle, loving every minute of the drama I could create.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I like that whole cop-comedy type of drama.”

― Adam G. Sevani

“I guess I’d like to do a straight-up drama someday down the line. But I just want to keep working.”

― Adam Pally

“Obviously, ‘Homeland’ is not just a spy thriller. It’s more than that, but ‘Tyrant’ will be a bit more of a palace drama. It’ll be about the families, but there will be political intrigue as well.”

― Adam Rayner

“I love a bit of drama. That’s a bad thing. I can flip really quickly.”

― Adele

“Children in urban communities suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome in higher proportions than veterans, and they need therapeutic outlets, which arts and drama has proven to provide.”

― Aja Brown

“In my first year at drama school, I did this kids’ show called ‘Let’s See.’”

― Alan Cumming

“I graduated in 1930 and I went up to the Yale Drama School for two years.”

― Albert Maltz

“I always have considered Michael Keaton to be a phenomenal actor because he navigates drama and comedy.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I got rejected from all the good drama schools first time.”

― Alex Sharp

“There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.”

― Alexis de Tocqueville

“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“Even at drama school if there was a part of some eastern European thug it would be me.”

― Alfred Molina

“One thing about television in Britain is that they’re so scared about complaints. It curbs a lot of drama.”

― Alice Lowe

“I enjoy doing drama, and I enjoy doing comedy equally.”

― Alison Brie

“’Days’ has always been strong as an icon in TV history, and it’s still going on strong and represents the genre of daytime drama so well. I’m proud to be a part of it.”

― Alison Sweeney

“For me, art has to have two things to really blow me away: a strong concept and drama.”

― Alix Smith

“With my stepson, it is very important to me that there is no drama around the fact that he has two families.”

― Allegra Huston

“Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama.”

― Allen Tate

“Great drama is all about conflict, and what’s a better conflict than Republican-Democrat?”

― Allison Janney

“Forgotten was presented to me by the drama department at LWT as a concept and I found it immediately intriguing and very powerful. I was completely led by the power of the piece and its dramatic potential.”

― Amanda Burton

“I’d been gearing up to working in theatre since coming out of drama school, but it was an exciting time for TV drama – it was the birth of Channel 4, and Brookside was very cutting-edge at the time.”

― Amanda Burton

“Soaps are one of the few areas on TV that really embrace older women. In drama, there’s this ridiculous invisibility for women between the ages of 40 and 60. Unless you’re old enough to play a grandmother, there just aren’t the roles.”

― Amanda Donohoe

“I like devilish, thorny, dirty, mean roles, muck and mire, unbelievably sad, unbelievably happy, burdened. Inner conflict – that’s where drama is.”

― Amanda Plummer

“I was once so terrified of acting that I used to pretend I was ill to get out of drama.”

― Amy Jackson

“The floor of the U.S. Senate isn’t a place that usually sees a lot of drama.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“I’d love to do a costume drama movie. For no other reason, except that it sounds fun to me.”

― Amy Ryan

“I like a certain style of show, I like a certain pace, I like a rhythm, I like a lot of comedy in with my drama.”

― Amy Sherman-Palladino

“If all the shows on television were about happy, functional relationships, first of all I don’t know how many role models there are out there, sadly. And secondly, who would watch? Drama is conflict.”

― Andrea Roth

“Because teenagers don’t have adult responsibilities yet, you can create your own drama, and it’s a universe of your own emotions.”

― Andrea Seigel

“Novels often have leisurely openings; a TV drama needs an arresting opening.”

― Andrew Davies

“I remain, however, fairly optimistic for the future of period drama because it’s just such a popular thing.”

― Andrew Davies

“I grew up watching ‘Corrie,’ and I still watch it whenever I can. It’s got everything – drama, humour, and great characters. I used to watch it even when I was living in Dubai.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“I trained at the Oxford School of Drama.”

― Andrew Gower

“With every movie, I try to do something different, whether it’s action, comedy or drama.”

― Andrew Lau

“When I was at drama school I wanted to do classical theatre. It just so happened that I did a film when I came out and I moved that way.”

― Andrew Lincoln

“As a journalist, a big part of what you do is search for drama and conflict. And a lot of the backstory with ‘Billions’ is grounded in my journalistic background.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“It’s a thrilling world, and people really like stories about secrets, which is the essence of a spy drama.”

― Andrew Scott

“There’s no drama like wrestling.”

― Andy Kaufman

“There’s a huge gulf between people who can afford to go to drama school and those who can’t.”

― Andy Serkis

“You can’t just come up with an idea for a game and stick the drama on top. It all has to be one driving thrust.”

― Andy Serkis

“I realized that the actors that I liked and admired all went to drama school and got an agent that way. So I started when I was about 16 in drama school, and then I knew I had to wait until I was 18 so I could go on auditions, and I tried to get into one of the ones that I liked and then go from there.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“I like to do drama, something about life that could be disappointing.”

― Ang Lee

“I’ve been acting since I was 9, but in college I entered the drama program, and I didn’t excel at it at all, kind of for the first time.”

― Anna Faris

“I am acting at university, and I have really enjoyed doing student drama.”

― Anna Popplewell

“The nice thing about student drama is that you’re allowed to get things wrong, because it doesn’t mean no one will ever hire you again.”

― Anna Popplewell

“’The Tudors’ was ground-breaking in the sense that it did ruffle the feathers of classical historians and alter the way people did period drama at the time.”

― Annabelle Wallis

“I love comedy, and I always wanted to go that way, but I felt so passionate about drama.”

― Annabelle Wallis

“I think American drama is at its best when it takes the domestic and makes it epic, like a Greek tragedy in the front room.”

― Anne-Marie Duff

“Growing up, I loved drama and fantasies. I hated the Marx Brothers. I took all that confusion seriously.”

― Anne Meara

“I just wanted to be a composer; I became an actor by default, really. I got a scholarship to a college of music and drama, hoping to take a scholarship in music. But I ended up as an acting student, so I’ve stuck with that for the last 50-odd years.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“’Cause movies are human drama, that’s it.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“I’d love to be in a period drama – that’s my obsession. But being a mixed-race actress, there aren’t so many roles you’re right for.”

― Antonia Thomas

“Drama school, you know, I own an acting school, Actor Prepares.”

― Anupam Kher

“I always wanted to go to a drama school.”

― April Pearson

“Theatricality – that’s where you get catharsis. The Greeks went to see drama because they felt like this wasn’t happening to them.”

― Arca

“I want to be the kind of actress where, if I’m in the press, I’m in for the right reasons – for my work. To be in the press about family drama is kind of embarrassing.”

― Ariel Winter

“There is pathos and drama in ‘Half Girlfriend.’”

― Arjun Kapoor

“It’s not some big event that creates the drama, it’s the little things of everyday life that bring about that drama.”

― Asghar Farhadi

“When I came to know theater, drama became valuable to me.”

― Asghar Farhadi

“All the characters in ‘Rang Rasiya’ are inspired from the Shakespearean drama ‘Othello.’ This is exactly what interested me to take up this role.”

― Ashish Sharma

“I was just this little theater geek. I joined the drama program my freshman year. I read the morning announcements my sophomore year. I didn’t have to eat in the cafeteria with everyone else because my drama teacher was cool. Everybody knew who I was, and that’s all I ever wanted as a theater kid.”

― Ashleigh Murray

“Mascara is my daily essential. I pile it on top and bottom lashes during the day. If I’m going out, I’ll add the individual Eylure lashes at the outer corners for more drama.”

― Ashley Madekwe

“I do have a soft corner for rom-coms, but at the same time, I like drama, too.”

― Asin

“Sitcoms are incredibly limiting. When you do a sitcom and it becomes a signature part for you, it’s harder to do something else; but if you do a drama, you can get lost in it and have a role to do other things.”

― Aunjanue Ellis

“In contrast to our sinking taste, there has been a revival of interest in verse drama in England, Scotland, and elsewhere. The movement has been slow but sure and, above all, modest in its demands.”

― Austin Clarke

“’Queen Sugar’ is a drama about family. It’s something that allows us to be ourselves and see the ways that we interact with our own families.”

― Ava DuVernay

“I’d love to be in a feature film, and I don’t just mean in a starring role – it could be a small part. And I would like to act in television, to do comedy and drama.”

― Barbara Mandrell

“I think we’re all a little bit caught up in the drama inside our own heads.”

― Becky Albertalli

“I started acting when I was young, and I didn’t go to drama school. It was always something that I did alongside going to school and being a normal person.”

― Bel Powley

“I didn’t start drama school until I was 20, and I don’t think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it had I gone when I was 18.”

― Ben Schnetzer

“Geopolitical drama lessened but did not die after the Cold War; in 2008, the specter of thousands of seeming automatons banging drums at the opening of the Beijing Games frightened and enthralled the world, reminding us that China was a nation on the rise, a competitor for global dominance.”

― Ben Shapiro

“I don’t devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.”

― Ben Stiller

“I did a lot of acting at school and university, then I went to drama school. It was quite a normal route.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it.”

― Bernard Cornwell

“Fortunately, I never had to do the waiter thing. When I got out of college, I immediately started to teach acting. One of the first jobs I had was in a federally-funded program where I taught drama to young people.”

― Bill Nunn

“I got to direct a human interest sports drama – to this day, one of my proudest achievements in my career and a source of undying pride.”

― Bill Paxton

“I’ve never been a career builder. I didn’t go to drama school and hardly went to any school at all.”

― Billie Whitelaw

“Acting and singing were just a hobby, but getting into drama school made me realise I could actually do it for a living.”

― Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

“The thing with drama is you’re allowed to invent people who are maybe slightly better than real people.”

― Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

“My experience – and it might be just the kind of comedy that I do, which is usually sketch comedy – is that there’s a lot more texture and subplot in drama than in comedy.”

― Bob Odenkirk

“Drama is more focused, and it reveals itself to you, whereas comedy is just right there when you first read it.”

― Bob Odenkirk

“I want to do drama, light comedy, the whole range.”

― Bobby Darin

“Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance.”

― Boy George

“I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there.”

― Brad Pitt

“I’ve – to be honest with you, I’ve never had an acting lesson. But I’ve been at drama school for 50 years.”

― Bradley Walsh

“I was 23 when I wrote ‘Neighbors,’ and I definitely look back at it now and cringe a little bit. I was trying to understand what drama was.”

― Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“I’ve done a lot of costume drama and theatre – the National Theatre and In fact, most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway, was period.”

― Brenda Blethyn

“I see myself as a performer and that applies to a Greek drama or a modern comedy.”

― Brendan Coyle

“I almost failed drama at school. I hated it. It was all about the history of theatre.”

― Brenton Thwaites

“I started off in drama, and there are so many women that I admire. Women in this industry are gladiators. Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Taraji Henson, Regina Hall, Regina King.”

― Bresha Webb

“Most actors here go to the West Coast; I ended up going to Ireland. My buddies who left drama school, they had this arrogance – ‘We don’t want to typecast ourselves.’ But I said, ‘I want to do Irish parts. That’s the thing that’s gonna give me the leg up.’”

― Brian F. O’Byrne

“I was impressed that when it came to making ‘Rebellion,’ they sought out Aku Louhimies, a Finnish director who’s part of that new wave of Scandinavian realist drama.”

― Brian Gleeson

“I believe we owe our young an education that captures the exhilarating drama of science.”

― Brian Greene

“I don’t think anything connects with an audience as deeply as a long-form serialized drama, and much as I love television, I’ve always found a good ongoing comics series to be much more immersive.”

― Brian K. Vaughan

“I was always keen to get involved in the school drama productions and was a member of the school choir. I was lucky to have attended schools that took music and drama very seriously and the teachers were just brilliant.”

― Bronagh Gallagher

“Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama.”

― Bruce Beresford

“With a contained environment, there is the promise of friction. And that is where the drama comes from.”

― Bruce Greenwood

“I want to entertain people, whether it be with a comedy, a drama or a movie. An idea’s an idea.”

― Bruce Nash

“I’m an actor. I want to do drama.”

― Buddy Hackett

“I simply adore getting dressed up for a special occasion. I feel incredible stepping out in luxurious fabrics and a bit of bling. That’s also how I feel about special-occasion dining rooms. Because these aren’t everyday spaces, they contain all sorts of drama for that once-in-a-while ‘wow’ event.”

― Candice Olson

“I really hate drama. It’s draining; it’s mentally draining. It’s a waste of time.”

― Carli Lloyd

“I think it’s nourishing to do both comedy and drama.”

― Carol Kane

“I’m not a drama person, but when you can make a movie in song form in three-and-a-half minutes, it’s surreal.”

― Carrie Underwood

“Drama seems to kind of surround me.”

― Casey Johnson

“I went to drama school at NYU for serious acting. So I was doing Chekov and Sam Shepard plays.”

― Casey Wilson

“When I emerged from drama school, I had no expectation that I would ever work in film.”

― Cate Blanchett

“When I came out of drama school, I was in a shared house in Sydney.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I tried four times to get into the Central School of Speech and Drama before I got accepted. I started when I was 17, which was too young, in retrospect, and finally went when I was 21. I just kept plugging away. Determined? Yeah, I think I was.”

― Catherine Tate

“When I was young, I did varied after-school activities – I did art, drama, science, math. I’m not the sporty kind of person, but I did get a certificate on outdoor recreation.”

― Catriona Gray

“I’m a bit of a fraud, really, as I didn’t study acting at a drama school.”

― Celia Imrie

“I’m not a comedian. I can play off of people, but I’m not that guy. I don’t want people being like, ‘Yeah, he should have stuck with drama.’ It would not be my choice to have critics mumbling that.”

― Channing Tatum

“If it’s one entity you don’t want no drama with in this era, it’s black women.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“LeBron is a great player and a great guy, but he’s a drama queen.”

― Charles Barkley

“It not infrequently happens that persons without any other special qualification than the drama of their lives are precipitated into important political positions.”

― Charles Edward Merriam

“’The Twilight Zone’ was sometimes shockingly cruel, far crueller than most TV drama today would dare to be.”

― Charlie Brooker

“My dad was an actor and a writer; my mum was a drama teacher. My grandma was an actress. My aunt is an actress. My granddad was a cameraman. They would’ve been surprised if I wanted to be a dentist or something like that.”

― Charlie Rowe

“’Southland’ was really where I learned so much about drama.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“’Clockers’ – as much as it is a very focused crime drama, it sprawls.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“I applied to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and didn’t get in the first year, so I worked at Costa and the Dean Gallery Cafe then applied again and got in the next year when I was 18. I was so excited.”

― Chloe Pirrie

“I got into university to study graphic design, and I got into drama school as well, so I had the choice whether I wanted to go down the sensible route or if I wanted to become an actor.”

― Chris Geere

“I never really excelled in any particular subject, but I was just alright at all of them. I never really knew what I wanted to do until I discovered drama.”

― Chris Geere

“I actually find it harder to act in the scenes where there’s not much happening, say having a milkshake in the diner. That is far harder to do than straight scenes where there’s a drama going on and you have something to do.”

― Chris Hemsworth

“When I’m doing a drama, I like to find the comedy; when I’m doing a comedy, I like to find the heart and drama.”

― Chris Messina

“I never wanted to be the lead on a TV drama. It just robs you of your life, really.”

― Chris Noth

“I was never really a nerd. I’m not really into comic books or Dungeons and Dragons or any of that kind of stuff. I was in drama class, and I’m a big movie and music buff. And I’m into sports.”

― Christopher Mintz-Plasse

“My parents couldn’t afford a full time drama school, but I basically just did every class I could do, and followed every drama interest I could. When I was 15 or 16 I did drama courses.”

― Christopher Parker

“Deathstroke,’ in my view, is a family drama. It’s like the ‘Sopranos’ with super villains.”

― Christopher Priest

“I really love idiot, enlightened characters – these characters who fail to engage with the drama of their immediate circumstances; they fail to be reactive and enrolled by drama as it happens around them.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“In a way, a lot of my humor comes from presenting things that are dramatic or shocking and then people not having socially appropriate responses, having people denying the drama by failing to react to it, and that’s a really classic form of humor.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“I wouldn’t have been able to go to drama school when I was 19. I don’t think I was even conscious of life… I was like a zombie. But when I finished uni’ I just realised… just go and do it, stop being a knob.”

― Claire Foy

“You can’t beat a cop drama. That’s what everybody seems to want to watch.”

― Clark Johnson

“I got into modeling first, then acting came along pretty soon, and I landed my first role in a Korean drama without education, without any acting experience whatsoever.”

― Claudia Kim

“Drama usually has some sort of intense conflict.”

― Clint Eastwood

“It’s always appealing to play a character that has to overcome himself as well as an obstacle. It makes the drama so much deeper.”

― Clint Eastwood

“My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.”

― Clint Eastwood

“I like a drama.”

― Clint Eastwood

“There’s something to play if there’s conflict going on. Whatever that conflict is, that’s where drama is; if the character is grappling with something you’ve got something to play, there’s layers to it.”

― Clive Owen

“After drama school I did a seven-month tour of Europe performing in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ I played Romeo.”

― Clive Owen

“When I want to relax, I plop down on my couch and watch some great movie, usually a British drama – anything with Colin Firth.”

― Cobie Smulders

“I’ve done a lot of drama in my career, but I’m actually more comfortable doing comedy.”

― Coby Bell

“I think that people live in safe spaces these days; they don’t want to deal with the controversy and the drama.”

― Colby Covington

“Sprinkle in a bit of pro wrestling in MMA is good. You get the fans talking. They want that drama.”

― Colby Covington

“For me, it’s all I’ve wanted to do. I did local plays and productions, local theater groups and anything that involved it. And then, I went and studied it, attended drama school and got my first lucky break in the theater in London, and just went from there.”

― Colin Morgan

“Actually, I failed drama in high school because of nerves. I wasn’t able to memorize the words. I had complete stage fright.”

― Constance Marie

“You can’t get away from violence in drama. If you do not have conflict, you do not have drama.”

― Cornel Wilde

“50 and I are extremely close, so all that social media drama? It’s just for the show.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“When I got out of Yale Drama School, I was completely broke.”

― Courtney B. Vance

“All they teach you in drama school is how to do stage fights and be a pain in rehearsals.”

― Craig Ferguson

“I’m a big believer in comedy writers. I’ve always defended the honor of all comedy writers. It’s extremely difficult, but I’ve always felt that comedy writers far more easily can move toward drama than vice versa.”

― Craig Mazin

“It was very, very difficult to be a student in the drama department and also review my professors’ school shows. I got a lot of pressure from them to quit the paper and concentrate on studying dramatic literature.”

― Craig Zadan

“I was a drama major through college.”

― Creed Bratton

“It’s Megan Rapinoe, If there’s no drama, there’s no fun.”

― Crystal Dunn

“’The Good Wife’ has actually been something, ironically, that I’ve watched since episode one, season one in the U.K. because it came up when I was in drama school. I always watched it. It was kind of like an actor’s show.”

― Cush Jumbo

“’Confederate,’ in all of our minds, will be an alternative-history show. It’s a science-fiction show. One of the strengths of science fiction is that it can show us how this history is still with us in a way no strictly realistic drama ever could, whether it were a historical drama or a contemporary drama.”

― D. B. Weiss

“If you only do issue-based drama, you can become a boring wanker.”

― Damian Lewis

“If you pick up an eighteenth-century play, at the top it says ‘The Argument,’ and then you have a list of characters, and then you have the play. I was just always struck by that – that, of course, good drama is about conflict.”

― Damian Lewis

“When I was a kid I never knew the difference between a sitcom and a drama. I just knew what my parents were watching and what was making them happy.”

― Dan Harmon

“Comedy is not easy to begin with, but comedy that also dances with drama – it’s so hard.”

― Dan Levy

“At 13, in my first year of Tonbridge, I went up for the part of Macbeth. I was up against the 17- and 18-year-olds, but for some reason I got the part. It made me incredibly unpopular with my peers, but it was the English and drama teachers who stepped in to save me when others wanted me kicked out of the school.”

― Dan Stevens

“None of us had any idea of how successful Downton was going to be. I thought I was signing up for another period drama that had a slightly modern feel. It had a freedom about it because it was coming out of the head of Julian Fellowes. Anything could happen and generally did.”

― Dan Stevens

“For me, ‘Jaws’ is much more of an adventure movie, but when it’s scary, it’s terrifying. When it’s funny, it’s hilarious. When there’s drama, it’s the most sincere stuff on screen. When there’s adventure, there’s swashbuckle. It’s all those things.”

― Dan Trachtenberg

“The development process is not that simple… When I started working at Fox in ’92, the company had decided that dramas were dead: they weren’t viable businesses and because newsmagazines were so efficient to produce and financially so much more tolerable than a drama. So that year, our company developed very few dramas.”

― Dana Walden

“I started drama in high school.”

― Daniel Cudmore

“The most famous Obama precept is, ‘No drama.’”

― Daniel Pfeiffer

“I would like to work in both comedy and drama.”

― Daniela Bobadilla

“I’d like to major in drama.”

― Danielle Campbell

“I love action films. I don’t really like drama.”

― Danny Trejo

“The draining away of James Baldwin’s magic was a drama much discussed in the years leading up to his death in 1987 at the age of sixty-three.”

― Darryl Pinckney

“I don’t want the money. I don’t want the drama. I just want to do my show. I want to have fun again.”

― Dave Chappelle

“I’d love to star in dark drama that audiences could really relate to.”

― Daveigh Chase

“Most of our lives aren’t that exciting, but the drama is still going on in the small details.”

― David Byrne

“We called ‘Heavy Rain’ an interactive drama, for whatever that’s worth.”

― David Cage

“I don’t think I could write a straight drama.”

― David E. Kelley

“I’m very interested in the drama of the leading man being someone who is incapable, becoming capable.”

― David Harbour

“Two years after drama school, I had a nervous breakdown: I heard voices, and the voice I heard in my head was Martin Luther King’s.”

― David Harewood

“My performance against Ruiz was a good one – there were plenty of knockdowns, excitement, and drama.”

― David Haye

“I hadn’t been to drama school. I hadn’t been to university and acted there. I had no qualifications behind me.”

― David Jason

“Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement – they offer not drama but thrills.”

― David Mamet

“We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.”

― David Mamet

“The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always, ‘What does the protagonist want?’ That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants.”

― David Mamet

“One of the things the BBC does better than anyone is period drama.”

― David Oyelowo

“I love a bit of political drama; ‘The West Wing’ is probably my favourite television series of all time.”

― David Tennant

“I had no idea how one became an actor. I didn’t know things such as drama schools existed. It all just sort of happened accidentally.”

― David Thewlis

“Well, I was a drama kid.”

― Dean Norris

“Drama’s unhappy, and playing someone unhappy would make me unhappy.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“I think a lot of drama, nowadays, is character-based and development-based, but ‘True Blood’ is very plot-oriented.”

― Deborah Ann Woll

“My first novel, ‘You Must be Sisters,’ was started in Pakistan. I’ve wrote several novels and a TV drama set or partly-set there.”

― Deborah Moggach

“News is the best drama on television because it’s real.”

― Deborah Turness

“I’m reaching for emotion and drama, the drama of the everyday: what happens when you don’t have shelter, food, and clothing. There are some stakes. If you’re displaced or evicted, there’s a suspense: How will you solve that?”

― Debra Granik

“There was always comical aspects of everything I’ve done, ‘Playing The Field’ again, I played a comical character even though it was a drama – I like the light and shade.”

― Debra Stephenson

“When I was a child, I did singing and dancing and drama and impressions.”

― Debra Stephenson

“I love drama. I love to play an arc.”

― Dee Wallace

“’Piku’ was driven by subtleties. Most films come with the padding of the sound, the visual, the drama.”

― Deepika Padukone

“I started performing at school and drama classes when I was 7.”

― Delta Goodrem

“There’s no way around it – drama is very difficult to shoot. It’s very heavy and something that you carry with you for the course of the day.”

― Denis Leary

“I owe the little formal education I got to my drama teacher, Mr. Pickett, who got us to read Shakespeare, Moliere, and other classics.”

― Dennis Quaid

“I was a late bloomer. I tried out for the football team, and I got locked off the field. That’s how I wound up in drama.”

― Dennis Quaid

“An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa.”

― Desi Arnaz

“When you’re young you have no worries, no drama, only your imagination. It’s the best!”

― Devon Werkheiser

“I liked school except for having to get up early and, of course, high school drama!”

― Diana DeGarmo

“Many years ago, when I was working on Broadway, I used to go to a drug rehabilitation centre on Sundays. I didn’t lecture them against the perils of drug-taking; I gave them drama therapy.”

― Diana Rigg

“’Rear Window’ isn’t really a horror film, but it is a psychological drama, which I love. It is very tense.”

― Diana Silvers

“I really feel like the first day I went to drama school and I went up on stage, that I found my vocation. It’s kind of a cliched thing to say but I really feel like it was what I was meant to do.”

― Diane Kruger

“I’m not like normal people. I’m no good at relationships. I draw drama to me – it’s the Jew in me.”

― Diane Warren

“I had to choose, I’d be so sad. They are flip sides of the same coin. I love both comedy and drama.”

― Dianne Wiest

“Drama or comedy programming is still the surest way for advertisers to reach a mass audience. Once that changes, all bets are off.”

― Dick Wolf

“Christianity makes of life a moral drama in which we play a starring role and in which the most ordinary events take on a grand significance.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“I’ve lived this very dramatic life, with high points and terrible low points. Nothing has been ordinary, and I want to have the experience of the last breath. I want a little drama to it.”

― Dominick Dunne

“I started doing drama after school, and it just developed into something that I did and I enjoyed very much.”

― Dominique McElligott

“What I hate about Halle Berry is there’s always drama around her. It’s always fighting, automobile accidents, fistfights, boyfriends fighting ex-husbands for the child.”

― Donald Trump

“The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man – and the dogma is the drama.”

― Dorothy L. Sayers

“John Kerry wants to be the hero in his own drama. He likes King Arthur and the Round Table. He likes the young swashbuckling Churchill, and he loved the early antics of Theodore Roosevelt.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“I think I was about 18 before I decided I wanted to pursue acting. I went to drama school in Western Australia when I was 19.”

― Dustin Clare

“I always found that drama, really good drama, has a lot of comedy in it.”

― Ed O’Neill

“The first drama thing I really got stuck into was ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ I played Puck. That’s when I said, ‘I want to be an actor.’”

― Ed Speleers

“’Upstairs Downstairs’ somehow bestrode the different genres that had come before it to create a new drama entity. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why it became so instantly popular.”

― Ed Stoppard

“I wasn’t one of the ones voted most likely to succeed when I was at drama school, but I persevered and concentrated on the acting rather than going to the right parties and getting the right agent. Eventually, after ten years, it paid off.”

― Eddie Marsan

“If Attila the Hun were alive today, he’d be a drama critic.”

― Edward Albee

“The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama.”

― Edward Bond

“Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand what our position is and, conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed.”

― Edward Bond

“Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.”

― Edward Bond

“You have to go to the ultimate situation in drama.”

― Edward Bond

“In drama, I think, the audience is a willing participant. It’s suspending a certain kind of disbelief to try to get something out of a story.”

― Edward Norton

“I’m always interested in the ways in which a character can inhabit either a theme or a premise personally, so that those scenes that are about his character or his relationship with other characters feel in context and don’t seem to be apart from or oddly vestigial to the actual drama.”

― Edward Zwick

“Forgive me, but what is the purpose of drama but catharsis?”

― Edward Zwick

“People tend not to dwell on drama.”

― Edward Zwick

“I’d hardly seen any movies when I was 19 and left drama school.”

― Eileen Atkins

“One was never taught how to begin at drama school. But all it required was one intake of breath.”

― Elaine Paige

“There is a lot of hype about drama school, I think.”

― Eleanor Tomlinson

“I’m aware of being pigeonholed in those period drama roles. But, I do love them at the same time.”

― Eleanor Tomlinson

“The approach of ‘Game of Thrones’ is similar to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in that it treats its source material almost like history, and it focuses as much on the human drama as it does on anything fantastical.”

― Elijah Wood

“American men are more open, they are readier to express their emotions, but they also get frightened easily. Italians are used to drama. For us, arguing, shouting is perfectly normal – for them it is inconceivable.”

― Elisabetta Canalis

“I always liked acting in school and drama classes, but when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always told them I wanted to be a singer. I didn’t want to be a jack of all trades. I wanted to master one.”

― Eliza Doolittle

“I went to drama school. I’m classically trained; I studied Shakespeare, blah blah blah. But I always preferred to do Oscar Wilde, or Shakespeare’s comedies over his dramas.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“When I went to the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne to study drama, I felt I’d finally found my place in life.”

― Elizabeth Debicki

“I studied the sciences up until going to college, and I was either going to do medicine or drama. I chose drama, but I come from a whole line of doctors.”

― Elizabeth Henstridge

“I did a film called ‘Puccini for Beginners,’ which was a romantic comedy, and I always wanted to do more, but I kept doing drama.”

― Elizabeth Reaser

“As a novelist, I like the contained drama and complexity of the courtroom, though I don’t watch those shows on TV. I prefer the hospital shows because I wanted to be a doctor.”

― Elizabeth Strout

“Even though momentarily I thought about being a doctor, I was always involved in theatre and did a drama degree. I just didn’t have the guts to go, ‘Yes, I’m going to be an actor,’ until I was probably 21.”

― Elliot Cowan

“I did three years training for stage in drama school.”

― Elliot Knight

“The stoic drama ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ is photographed in a palate of steel gray tones that match Stellan Skarsgard’s complexion. It’s a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and its filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as its narrative ambition is minimal.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“I just love drama. I love the idea of exploring relationships, whatever they may be. That’s fun for me.”

― Emayatzy Corinealdi

“Drama school is fundamentally practical. I didn’t write any essays, so I came out with a BA honors degree in acting.”

― Emilia Clarke

“I learned more doing ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ than I did during three years at drama school.”

― Emilia Clarke

“I’m dying to do a drama.”

― Emily Atack

“I went to LAMDA, which is a drama school in London, and we did a lot of combat there. I was quite good at all that.”

― Emily Beecham

“’Humans’ would definitely score really well on the Bechdel test – the one that tracks how well represented women are in drama.”

― Emily Berrington

“’Twelve’ was a total indie drama character piece. It wasn’t that it was more about the performance, but it was just a very different thing where, with horror, there’s this whole added element of the visual and the technical and the choreography.”

― Emily Meade

“Drama is where I always thought I would go.”

― Emily Osment

“If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.”

― Eminem

“I need drama in my life to keep making music.”

― Eminem

“I went to university in Leeds, and I graduated in 2016 and moved to London with the intention of applying to drama school. I was living at my friend’s house; then, I was working as a live-in nanny for a couple of months because I had nowhere else to live.”

― Emma Mackey

“I love gritty drama. I’m passionate about films and drama that make you think – hard-hitting, gravelly characters.”

― Emma Rigby

“Drama is hard for me. Crying is much harder for me than laughter.”

― Emma Stone

“I’d been wanting to work with James McAvoy since I was in drama school. I suppose there are parallels in that we’re Scottish, we went to the same drama school and share the same agent, but aside from that, he’s someone I’ve looked up to.”

― Emun Elliott

“Movies are immortal art – the first new art since Greek drama.”

― Eric Johnston

“At his heart, Shakespeare was a YA author. So many of his plays are set with high school-aged characters. He understood the passion, the confusion and drama that marks that life stage.”

― Eric Walters

“The whole saas-bahu drama is very cliched. I feel there’s already too much of that on TV. So I was waiting for something like ‘Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi.’ The show offered a fresh and interesting plot.”

― Erica Fernandes

“Starting my career in London was no accident because the city and the industry here are all about theatre and drama, and I respond well to that.”

― Erin O’Connor

“I will test a guy to within an inch of his sanity because I’ve been through too much drama. He has to be 100%.”

― Estelle

“A lot of the films now are more focused on the visuals than on the actors. I think all directors should go to drama school.”

― Eva Green

“From there I did a one year theatre acting course in Fife, and then three years of drama school in London.”

― Ewan McGregor

“Drama school can’t make you a brilliant actor, but you can do stuff for three years – you’re not going to be fired. You should just go for it all, even the stuff you think is codswallop.”

― Ewan McGregor

“The only reason I signed on for a speech and drama course was because I thought it would be easy, but as soon as I stepped on the stage, I thought, ‘This is exactly where I belong.’”

― F. Murray Abraham

“In studio films, everything has to be boxed in, everybody needs to know beforehand – this is comedy, this is sci-fi, this is drama – and what’s the point of independent film if you don’t get to experiment?”

― Famke Janssen

“The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society. Put simply, Russia has always had too much state and not enough society.”

― Fareed Zakaria

“Apart from the highs and lows of when your film releases, there’s a strange, addictive quality that making a film has because of all that drama. There’s so much that goes on, and we miss it when it’s over.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“’Lakshya’ is a different genre of movie. While ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ could be categorised as a romantic comedy, this is a war drama.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“’Haqeeqat’ was a good war drama.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“I learnt circus skills in drama group, so I can juggle.”

― Felicity Jones

“About a year after leaving drama school or a year and a half – and I was working solidly ever since leaving drama school – I picked up ‘Game of Thrones.’”

― Finn Jones

“’HIM’ is much more of a British, coming-of-age series, while ‘Stranger Things’ is very obviously a sci-fi drama.”

― Fionn Whitehead

“I quite like the drama of an encore. I think an encore is for those artists who are inclined to do dramatic gestures, and I certainly would say I am inclined towards them.”

― Florence Welch

“I have yet to see a drama that puts forward women who are successful and also have a family… they are nearly always seen as victims.”

― Francesca Annis

“I started studying theater in school, and then I got into drama school at, like, 19, and it was a national drama school in Montreal, and so it was just you and nine other students for three years, and it was really intense.”

― Francois Arnaud

“I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.”

― Frank Capra

“One would like to say in the aftermath of the 2008 election that everyone lived happily ever after. But the American drama, especially when it involves race, is always more complicated than that.”

― Frank Rich

“This drama between Dean and Ehrlichman took place while I was trying to give the contents to the FBI.”

― Fred F. Fielding

“When I was younger, Big Bang didn’t go on many variety programs, so we used to try and plan many fun events for our concert, like drama parodies, which Korean fans enjoyed.”

― G-Dragon

“I never went to drama school, but I did learn a couple of things along the way.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“Boys are so much drama.”

― Gabrielle Union

“If I lose the first set, I still have two more. Let’s not make a drama, you know.”

― Garbine Muguruza

“I was born in Ballaghadreen, but I grew up in Galway, and when I went to the University College of Galway, I became involved in the drama society there and started directing plays.”

― Garry Hynes

“As a drama student I got into Thirties and Forties suits.”

― Gary Oldman

“The thing a drama school can’t give you is instinct. It can sharpen instinct but that can’t be taught, and you have to have intuition. It’s an essential ingredient.”

― Gary Oldman

“Naivete is the real reason I applied to Juilliard. I wanted to study drama and not musical theater because I have a hard time dancing. I only applied there.”

― Gayle Rankin

“I actually had a cockney accent before I went to drama school. It’s softened up a bit.”

― Gemma Arterton

“There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.”

― Gene Kelly

“My goal has always been, from the time I was at drama school, about longevity.”

― Genevieve O’Reilly

“Everyone at drama school called me Musical Boy.”

― George Blagden

“Acted drama requires surrender of one’s self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops.”

― George Pierce Baker

“Back through the ages of barbarism and civilization, in all tongues, we find this instinctive pleasure in the imitative action that is the very essence of all drama.”

― George Pierce Baker

“But what is drama? Broadly speaking, it is whatever by imitative action rouses interest or gives pleasure.”

― George Pierce Baker

“Drama read to oneself is never drama at its best, and is not even drama as it should be.”

― George Pierce Baker

“No drama, however great, is entirely independent of the stage on which it is given.”

― George Pierce Baker

“The drama is a great revealer of life.”

― George Pierce Baker

“We do not kill the drama, we do not really limit its appeal by failing to encourage the best in it; but we do thereby foster the weakest and poorest elements.”

― George Pierce Baker

“When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature.”

― George Pierce Baker

“The dirty little secret of foreign correspondents is that 90 per cent of it is showing up. If you can find a way to get there, the story, the reporting, it’s the easiest you’ll ever do. ‘Cause the drama’s everywhere.”

― Geraldine Brooks

“Drama sells.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“We need more drama on Australian TV. We’ve actually dropped the ball on that.”

― Gillian Armstrong

“It’s really actually been pretty shoddy and appalling, the amount of local content, Australian drama, on ABC TV.”

― Gillian Armstrong

“I have major credibility as a hip, out-there documentary filmmaker, and I’m not going to say, ‘I’m only a drama filmmaker’ anymore.”

― Gillian Armstrong

“I never thought I would be in a comedic role; my past is in drama.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“I started elocution lessons because I was being teased, and I had a brilliant drama teacher. At the age of 14, I appeared at the National Theatre in ‘The Crucible.’”

― Gina Bellman

“Romcoms are challenging, but I’m hungry for drama.”

― Ginnifer Goodwin

“I don’t like a lot of drama on the road – I don’t like prima donnas.”

― Glenn Danzig

“When you make a movie with plenty of money, there is no drama.”

― Glenn Ficarra

“Drama is drama, and it’s really… if it’s something small, you put a magnifying glass up to it; if it’s something big, you use a wide lens.”

― Gore Verbinski

“I think comedy is drama, often. It’s hard to have comedy over a period of time – commercials are one thing, but over a period of time – comedy and tragedy go hand in hand.”

― Gore Verbinski

“When I speak of drama, I’m really referring to just ‘desperately trying not to be ordinary’. Trying to get something that has a little bit of friction, conflict, absurdity.”

― Gore Verbinski

“As a child, I was always interested in drama and performance.”

― Grace Gealey

“I had no childhood, really, so I imagined more than played, and that definitely led to my showbusiness image, the theatrics and the drama of my life.”

― Grace Jones

“Most movies now are drama, and the commercially successful ones are, sadly, about adulterous relationships.”

― Grace Poe

“’So Much More Than This’ is about just getting tangled up in all of the drama and stuff that really does not matter and probably won’t matter in, like, three months.”

― Grace VanderWaal

“Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre and four weeks in the Opera Theater.”

― Graeme Murphy

“Those years between drama school and getting onto the stand-up circuit were pretty lean.”

― Graham Norton

“’Flash’ has a family drama element, ‘Arrow’ has a epic saga/crime element, ‘Supergirl’ has a young-woman-in-the-city and a workplace element, and ‘Legends’ is like the Dirty Dozen teaming up.”

― Greg Berlanti

“I was a drama teacher, so I had the opportunity to show off in front of a captive audience. I essentially did 13 years of stand-up. Whether my pupils would agree that I was remotely interesting or not is another question.”

― Greg Davies

“I guess you can tease me about being a drama queen, because that did heighten the drama.”

― Greg Louganis

“I went to uni and then drama school afterwards and lived in quite a few student houses.”

― Greg McHugh

“I have a real passion for anything medieval, which is why I love the drama series ‘Game Of Thrones.’”

― Greg Rutherford

“Elvis’ early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits.”

― Greil Marcus

“I find it interesting, the different rules that apply to journalism and drama, even though journalism has become more and more about entertainment, and entertainment has become more and more about journalism.”

― Gus Van Sant

“I was really pretentious in a sense and was like, ‘I’m going to drama school to learn the craft.’”

― Gustaf Skarsgard

“The most pressure I’ve ever felt to be brilliant was in drama school – those were the toughest auditions. I really wanted to prove myself.”

― Gustaf Skarsgard

“I only ever wanted to be a model. This acting thing – three years of drama school – is an accident!”

― Gwendoline Christie

“When it comes to rugby, I’m a Welshman through and through. I’m a huge fan; I’ve played rugby since I was seven. Unfortunately, I had to quit when I went to drama school because it doesn’t really go hand in had with being an actor.”

― Gwilym Lee

“Comedy can be harder because if you aren’t making the audience laugh, they’re going to turn on you quicker. They’ll go along with mediocre drama more than they’ll go along with mediocre comedy.”

― Haley Joel Osment

“There are no trans roles, and if there are, they go to Jared Leto or Eddie Redmayne or Elle Fanning… Will there ever come a point where I could play a woman in a realistic, naturalistic drama and have there not be the word ‘trans’ in the script?”

― Hari Nef

“I majored in drama and theater arts at Columbia and was always in acting studio, but that was a liberal arts degree, not a bachelor of arts degree, so I didn’t have a traditional conservatory training. There was a lot of reading and a lot of writing involved, and only about 30 percent of my classes were directly theater-related.”

― Hari Nef

“Drama happens in big cricket matches. But also in small cricket matches.”

― Harold Pinter

“I went to the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.”

― Harvey Korman

“It is quite surreal having a film made about your life. The whole process of turning real life into drama is interesting in itself, but even more so when it is your own life being put into the narrative forge.”

― Heather Brooke

“Football is a game of speed and drama.”

― Hector Bellerin

“I turned to the novel, an artistic form which had in former days been neglected and had thus acquired a bad reputation, but which during the nineteenth century had developed and elevated itself to the ranks occupied by drama and the ancient epic.”

― Henrik Pontoppidan

“People talk worse about people than they talk good about people, because a lot of people like drama.”

― Hilary Duff

“It is difficult to know how the Tudors actually spoke because we’re going back before Shakespeare; much of the drama from that period is courtly, allegorical.”

― Hilary Mantel

“There is always over-the-top drama in television.”

― Hina Khan

“You can’t be too choosy except in the case of period drama.”

― Hina Khan

“Fighting is a very emotionally draining sport. I don’t want to waste time on drama beforehand.”

― Holly Holm

“There was a drama club in our high school, and I just did plays.”

― Holly Hunter

“Drama is all about the moment of ultimate conflict for a person.”

― Holly Hunter

“The western is the simplest form of drama – a gun, death.”

― Howard Hawks

“I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up, really. So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school, it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards.”

― Hugh Dancy

“I couldn’t imagine what Fox thought they were doing, contemplating such a jagged protagonist for a prime-time drama. I only knew that I wanted the role very much.”

― Hugh Laurie

“I went to an arts high school and was surrounded by drama students who dreamed of working in the industry. I almost feel a sense of guilt, because I didn’t go to acting school.”

― Hunter Schafer

“Have you imagined me acting in a TV drama? I have, when I was young.”

― Hyuna

“It’s not any desire on my part to start playing dads, but it’s a convention of drama. If you don’t get the parts of young people going out to nightclubs, you have to play their fathers.”

― Ian Hart

“I owe a great deal to Harold Hobson, doyen drama critic of the ‘U.K. Sunday Times,’ who championed me as Shakespeare’s Richard II at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival.”

― Ian Mckellen

“I love the Broadway audiences, who relish live drama and don’t hesitate to display their enthusiasm.”

― Ian Mckellen

“There are so many people that say they are actors and they don’t spend for 5 minutes a day working on their craft. You need to train and need to take classes to keep your tools sharp. I’m always in class, whether it’s theater or drama workshops.”

― Ian Ziering

“I would say the most difficult part of film-making is dealing with people you are working with and trying to forget the drama that goes behind the scenes.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“Drama school introduced me to a world I had no idea about. I wasn’t brought up in a literary household at all.”

― Imelda Staunton

“I was about 14 when I started with a theater group; it was like a stage group on the weekends alongside school. And it was run by a group of guys who’d been to drama school themselves in London. So they introduced us to techniques that they’d learn about, and they kind of informed us about improvisation and screenwriting and all of that stuff.”

― Imogen Poots

“Everyone needs some kind of compelling drama in their life, basically.”

― Irvine Welsh

“Serious drama in a significant degree began at Harvard in the 1880s. In 1881, the Cercle Francais initiated the annual French play, and shortly afterwards the German and Spanish clubs added their productions.”

― J. Anthony Lukas

“I never fully understand all the drama and machinations within the Eagles.”

― J. D. Souther

“I prefer drama; I think character-driven drama is my favorite kind of stuff to go watch, and I like being challenged by that kind of stuff in that way.”

― Jacinda Barrett

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

― Jack Lemmon

“I have been fortunate to be able to have a career playing comedy and drama. And it’s awfully hard – it’s like apples and pears to compare the two.”

― Jack Lemmon

“I was a youngster looking up to dudes like Vicky McClure, Joe Dempsie and Michael Socha – in fact, he was a big influence on how I was able to detach drama from the all-singing, all-dancing stigma.”

― Jack O’Connell

“I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.”

― Jackie Chan

“The margin between success and drama is fractional.”

― Jacky Ickx

“The narration, in fact, doubles the drama with a commentary without which no mise en scene would be possible.”

― Jacques Lacan

“I took opportunities, big or small, to show that I was a constant professional. I feel like the Sam Jackson of network TV drama.”

― Jaleel White

“There’s a specificity of language that’s required in Shakespeare that most drama students in England deal with – a specificity of language that is somehow not as clear in a lot of American schools.”

― James Avery

“When you graduate and come out with a degree in drama, that doesn’t mean you’re skilled and you’re a professional.”

― James Avery

“Doing a sitcom is like doing a play – you rehearse for three or four days, and then you shoot what you rehearsed on Friday night in front of an audience. An hour-long drama is like shooting a movie. You’re shooting 13-14 hour days. The endurance itself is different.”

― James Belushi

“I went to study English for two reasons. Principally because when I was in university, studying drama wasn’t considered an option. You couldn’t get a degree course for it. And so many plays and things that I was interested in landed themselves in a broader spectrum of literature.”

― James Callis

“When I was at drama school in the U.K., I was there for two and a half years, and we did one week of television and film. It’s right before you leave. It’s like, ‘We’ve taught you Chekhov and Shakespeare; you are likely to be in a washing-up soap-liquid commercial.’”

― James Callis

“When I left school I went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth.”

― James D’arcy

“So in my junior year, I switched to the drama department.”

― James Earl Jones

“Considering the wealth of poetic drama that has come down to us from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, it is surprising that so little of any value has been added since.”

― James Fenton

“I think this orchestra’s strengths involve drama and voice.”

― James Levine

“We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master’s degree program, and we want them – to expose them to everything.”

― James Lipton

“In Oklahoma, the girls like the big football players. Girls were more interested in those guys, and I was, like, kind of a drama kid.”

― James Marsden

“Drama asks some uncomfortable questions at times… It goes to pretty dark places.”

― James Nesbitt

“Supporting drama for young people is close to my heart.”

― James Nesbitt

“When I got into drama school, that’s when I knew that I could safely say that I wanted to be a professional actor.”

― James Norton

“I wasn’t accepted the first time I tried to get into drama school. I said, ‘I’ll give this one more shot… and if that doesn’t work, I won’t bang my head against this painful brick wall.’”

― James Purefoy

“In any story, drama may be intensified by the characters realizing by how narrow a margin they had managed to succeed – that is, where coincidence played a role. This is one of the more realistic ways to use coincidence because rarely do we realize how important a coincidental event is until after the fact.”

― Jane Lindskold

“I watch a lot of drama because I do associate comedy with work.”

― Janet Varney

“The most dramatic moves I have made as an actor have been from stage to screen and from sitcom to drama.”

― Jasika Nicole

“The Middle East is a very difficult stage to play upon. Without doubt, it is a good drama. And on occasion, there are situations so unimaginable, if not ludicrous, as to make them almost comic. But the cast is constantly changing, the audience is often disengaged, and it seems at times that no one is actually running the show.”

― Jason Alexander

“I wanted to be Dustin Hoffman or Robert De Niro or Al Pacino. I thought I was going to be a dramatic actor, but comedy sort of started out first, and I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll find some more drama later on in my career.’”

― Jason Bateman

“Creating a wonderful drama is an art form, while comedy is just entertainment.”

― Jason Reitman

“I almost failed one drama course. All the actors talked in phony accents. It shocked me. I went out for track instead.”

― Jason Robards

“Guy Ritchie, he thinks going to drama school is the worst thing in the world.”

― Jason Statham

“I’d love to do a drama.”

― Jason Sudeikis

“’Blueprint 3′ is made up of songs, but it’s also a commentary on the idea that in order for rap to survive, we have to stretch out the drama. We have to stretch out the audience. It can’t be this narrow – we have to stretch out the point of view.”

― Jay-Z

“My father was a good preacher and had a little bit of drama.”

― Jayne Meadows

“In an action film you act in the action. If it’s a dramatic film you act in the drama.”

― Jean-Claude Van Damme

“Everyone sees drama from his own perspective.”

― Jean-Marie Le Pen

“I love doing drama as much as I love doing comedy.”

― Jean Smart

“’Line of Duty’ is a social realist drama, so it’s set in a world that has the recognisable features of the authentic world we see around us.”

― Jed Mercurio

“You can have characters that say one thing and do another, and in certain kinds of drama, you can’t get away with that because the audience will become confused – or certainly, the commissioners will become confused and tell you to stop doing it!”

― Jed Mercurio

“One of the things I learned on medical drama ‘Bodies’ was that actors can’t play ambiguity.”

― Jed Mercurio

“When ‘Line of Duty’ started on BBC2, there was a feeling that it couldn’t ever become a big show because the BBC2 drama budget is much smaller, and a returning cop series would take away from the Stephen Poliakoff/David Hare stuff that they love to commission.”

― Jed Mercurio

“I write what I call precinct drama, and I tend to write things set in the workplace. Having an institution which gives a workplace its distinctive identity is really important to creating something which feels different.”

― Jed Mercurio

“If you’re a drama writer, obviously you always have to tell the truth; there’s no element of fiction in at all.”

― Jed Mercurio

“’Bodies’ remains the drama I’m most proud of.”

― Jed Mercurio

“I didn’t study writing or drama or anything like that… that was not really a viable route for me.”

― Jed Mercurio

“’Line of Duty’ had originally been conceived as a returnable drama, with the premise being that the fictional anticorruption unit AC-12 would move on to a new case in each series, centred on a high-profile antagonist accused of corruption.”

― Jed Mercurio

“In ‘Bodies,’ we had a lot of gore because it was a medical drama. The gore was authentic.”

― Jed Mercurio

“’Cardiac Arrest’ was the first British drama to use a lot of medical jargon. ‘ER’ began the following year and was the first American drama to do that.”

― Jed Mercurio

“British drama can compete with America creatively. But the two systems are very different.”

― Jed Mercurio

“It’s interesting to explore the darker side, but the hero piece is interesting as well. It’s like choosing between comedy or drama. I like to do both.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I’ve kind of always had this balance between genre and personal dramas. It almost feels like the two help each other. If I was just to make a genre film, maybe it would be hollow and soulless. If I was just to make a personal drama, maybe it would be melodramatic and nobody would ever go see it.”

― Jeff Nichols

“To have a drama teacher as a mentor was just like, ‘Oh, what a gift.’”

― Jeff Perry

“People tend to create drama and make things far worse than they are in reality.”

― Jen Sincero

“But a true diva has dismissed that drama. A true diva’s heart is open, and she’s ready to play by her own rules – rules that are gentle and kind.”

― Jenifer Lewis

“A TV touchstone for me is ‘The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.’ That series was whimsical and smart and had the mix of comedy and drama that I now trade in – but with a dash of magical realism. I wanted to be Molly Dodd, but more than that, I wanted to be Jay Tarses, who created the show.”

― Jenji Kohan

“Drama is not hard for me. It just didn’t seem hard.”

― Jenna Elfman

“I like period drama because everyone is so restrained, but they have all these emotions raging underneath.”

― Jenna-Louise Coleman

“It wasn’t my tennis that made me lose, it was a lot of different things going on, high drama, high emotion.”

― Jennifer Capriati

“My next step must be to go to drama school. Well, I get into drama school, so I did that.”

― Jeremy Irons

“The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories.”

― Jeremy Northam

“There’s something that goes on in a new-business meeting that’s wonderful to watch. It’s like showtime. There are people who are nervous, and there are people who are jittery, and there’s so much drama and so much at stake.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“I remember before I did ‘Boston Public,’ I couldn’t get seen for drama. Once I’d done ‘Boston Public,’ I couldn’t get seen for a comedy.”

― Jessalyn Gilsig

“You don’t automatically assume everyone will fall for a period drama.”

― Jessica Brown Findlay

“I’ve got four piercings in my left, so we’ve dubbed my right one the ‘period drama ear.’ I have to be filmed from that side when I do emotional close-ups in ‘Downton.’”

― Jessica Brown Findlay

“When I heard that ‘Dracula’ was being made into a series by NBC and Carnival, I couldn’t resist. I knew they would do something interesting with it. A period drama with a supernatural twist seemed like a whole lot of fun.”

― Jessica De Gouw

“I have enough drama in my career, and then always playing dramatic roles and storylines… I like to lead a very low profile.”

― Jessica Lowndes

“I would like to explore comedy more. It’s not something that I’ve done a lot of. Obviously, I’m very at home in drama. I like everything.”

― Jessica Pare

“Eric and I just don’t have drama. We’re very happy.”

― Jessie James Decker

“I guess I don’t have much interest in writing straight drama. So whatever subject matter I choose will ultimately be dealt with in a comic way.”

― Jill Davis

“In city hall and in local government, you have to get things done without drama.”

― Jim Gray

“Michigan is two radically different places – the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.”

― Jim Harrison

“I don’t hold any candle for drama versus comedy.”

― Jo Brand

“I received an OBE from the Queen, which probably doesn’t mean anything in America but is quite nice in England – the Order of the British Empire for services to drama.”

― Joan Collins

“My degree was in education, but the idea of being a teacher lost out to being a reporter. I worked at a newspaper for a while, then went to New York and worked in PR at RCA and NBC, and at ‘The United States Steel Hour,’ a drama series.”

― Joan Ganz Cooney

“I was in drama, wanted to be an actor.”

― Joan Jett

“I was a natural drama queen when I was younger. I was always doing impersonations and showing off.”

― Jodie Comer

“To read a piece of material from a period drama told from the woman’s perspective is just so unique.”

― Jodie Comer

“I’d done acting at a local drama school on Saturdays. I just enjoyed it. It never entered my mind I could possibly do it for a career.”

― Jodie Comer

“I went to drama school in the U.K., where we did endless Chekov plays.”

― Joe Anderson

“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.”

― Joe Garagiola

“Matt Bomer and I went to Carnegie Mellon for drama together.”

― Joe Manganiello

“They put me in the drama class, and that’s the path I’ve taken.”

― Joe Mantegna

“I was maybe one of two black kids in the drama department. It was, ‘Well, you can’t play this role because that guy has a white girlfriend or a white cousin or whatever.’”

― Joe Morton

“I think it might be interesting to give an Emmy to an outstanding background performance in either a comedy or drama series.”

― Joe Morton

“Most period drama is so earnest. A lot of it is about making yourself take seriously things you wouldn’t normally.”

― Joe Thomas

“I’m not a drama queen.”

― Johanna Konta

“I’m not a fan of drama.”

― Johanna Konta

“I’ve been acting since I was 5 years old, from primary school to secondary school, did training at drama school, which was the big thing for me because they trained me, put me out into the industry.”

― John Boyega

“This is real human drama, we’re not creating some amusement park ride for the summer. Even though the movie is really exciting to watch, it’s got a real pathos behind it.”

― John C. Reilly

“I wanted to do ‘Manzanar’ because I’d never done anything like it before. The spoken word there is between a drama and an essay, and I’d never worked in concert with an orchestra.”

― John Cho

“Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama, that is, modern opera as we know it.”

― John Eaton

“Beware the ends of the earth and the exotic: the drama is on your doorstep wherever the slums; are, wherever there is malnutrition, wherever there is exploitation and cruelty.”

― John Grierson

“I’ve had students at Yale: my main task with them in drama school was not helping them with their writing but showing them how valuable they were. Because they’re ready to give it up and go into teaching or television.”

― John Guare

“Comedy does offer an avenue to television and film careers for untelegenic people that great drama does not.”

― John Hodgman

“’Angels in America’ – which is composed of two three-hour plays, ‘Millennium Approaches’ and ‘Perestroika’ – proved to be a watershed drama, the most lyrical and ambitious augury of an era since Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Glass Menagerie.’”

― John Lahr

“I like drama. I love being in a drama where I get to be the funny guy. That’s what I really love the most.”

― John Leguizamo

“Comedy has to do with holding and releasing tension; it’s very technical. It’s more technical than drama.”

― John Michael Higgins

“Neurologists say that our brains are programmed much more for stories than for abstract ideas. Tales with a little drama are remembered far longer than any slide crammed with analytics.”

― John P. Kotter

“A show like ‘True Detective’ is definitely a drama.”

― John Wells

“I always feel like an interloper when I do serious drama. It’s my own paranoia.”

― Johnny Vegas

“The booing and the drama help make the Olympics interesting, but at what cost? When will people finally get tired of it and start watching the X-Games or competitive tire rolling instead?”

― Johnny Weir

“Being No. 1 on any call sheet is difficult. Being No. 1 on an episodic, hour-long drama is really hard.”

― Jon Hamm

“I had done plays in high school. It was something I always wanted to do since I was little. I was a drama major at UC-Irvine.”

― Jon Lovitz

“With comedy, I’ve always had a pretty good sense of what I like and how to execute it well, but drama has its own rules.”

― Jonathan Krisel

“People are fascinated, for whatever reason, by human drama, and the idea that cameras are capturing ambient stories.”

― Jonathan Nolan

“You can’t punish the middle classes for going to drama school – you need to punish the education system and the associative governments for devaluing the arts.”

― Jonathan Pryce

“There was a girl in fifth grade that I had a crush on that joined drama club, so I joined the drama club because I’m not an idiot, and I was gonna hang with her.”

― Jordan Fisher

“I definitely try to mix humour into anything I do, even if it is into a drama.”

― Jorge Garcia

“I’ve done a lot of period drama before. A lot of my jobs have been that.”

― Joseph Morgan

“Original ‘Dallas’ fans, please come back, because it’s the same show 20 years later – same drama.”

― Josh Henderson

“Comedy is so hard; it’s so much harder than drama. The pacing of it, the energy of it.”

― Josh Lucas

“There is always drama and there will always be drama, but its the way its presented in my head that makes it so interesting. Everyone gets their time in the middle of the drama.”

― Josh Schwartz

“We just happened to come along at time where there hadn’t been a new young adult drama that also could appeal to adults as well in quite some time. We sort of found a little bit of a niche.”

― Josh Schwartz

“Dramas for me are where it’s at, but a great drama, a great character-driven drama, there’s very few of them that get made; there’s very few of them that actually make it to theaters. There’s just very few of them.”

― Josh Stewart

“I love all genres. The only thing I get stymied by is the Family Drama. I don’t necessarily know how to approach that.”

― Joss Whedon

“I like horror; I like comedy; I like drama; I like action; I like female heroes.”

― Joss Whedon

“When people ask what I write about, that’s what I tell them: ‘The drama of human relationships.’ I’m not even close to running out of material.”

― Joyce Maynard

“In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.”

― Juan Goytisolo

“I enjoy both comedy and drama, and have had memorable experiences in both film and T.V.”

― Jud Tylor

“I try to bring the audience’s own drama – tears and laughter they know about – to them.”

― Judy Garland

“Because ‘Call The Midwife’ is a gentle drama, not a documentary, it’s not appropriate to portray Sister Monica Joan’s condition in all its brutal reality.”

― Judy Parfitt

“When really you’ve gone to drama school and rep and then you’ve come to London and gone to auditions and you’ve worked, solidly, for years. But that all gets forgotten.”

― Julia Ormond

“People love scandal; people love drama. They love stripping away the layers to see what’s really in there, and they’ll do anything – as well as make it up – to get it.”

― Julia Roberts

“What the Americans want to see is life in their drama. Life of all sorts: hard lives, easy lives, or lives which, like most of ours, are a mixture of the two.”

― Julian Fellowes

“I trained as a singer before I was an actor. I was a kid singer, I went to theater and choir school, and then I got music scholarships throughout my education. And that’s what I was going to do. And then I took a left turn and went to drama school and became an actor.”

― Julian Ovenden

“There wasn’t much for me to do after school except the drama club, so when I kind of started doing drama club, it seemed to be something I could do.”

― Julianne Moore

“We like drama. Even in our comedy, we like drama.”

― Julianne Moore

“It’s that drama that drives authors, you know.”

― Julie Kenner

“Happiness is not necessarily a drama magnet.”

― Julie Plec

“’The Vampire Diaries’ is a serialized drama. It deserved its final chapter.”

― Julie Plec

“I was singing before I acted, but I was also attracted to drama, and, y’know, I got successful at that, which isn’t a bad thing.”

― Juliette Lewis

“I never wanted to go to drama school. I thought that was too many eggs in one basket.”

― Juno Temple

“’Shameless’ is going to shake up television. Any drama is good drama. Bring it.”

― Justin Chatwin

“Going to London at 18 to study drama and theatre made me grow up really fast.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“I, for one, personally like rom-coms, silly rom-coms, but at the same time, I also want to watch a documentary or an award-winning drama.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“When I was studying in London, I worked part-time as a waitress. I was teaching drama to kids. I did a lot of odd jobs to pay for my studies.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“I have always been good with kids, as I used to teach drama to kids.”

― Kalki Koechlin

“I have breakups that I can credit to every song. In my twenties, I picked people who would create that dysfunction and drama, so I could draw upon it.”

― Kara DioGuardi

“I don’t like drama, period.”

― Karrueche Tran

“I’m not about the drama.”

― Karrueche Tran

“I worked with an indie filmmaker called Mark Williams, a lawyer who was making a zero-budget family drama called ‘Move Me.’”

― Karthik Subbaraj

“I sailed through my childhood with a complete lack of any drama.”

― Kate Adie

“For me, hour-long drama was always the thing I felt the most comfortable doing, and I’ve played so many dramatic roles in the theater.”

― Kate Burton

“I love drama. Drama is, like, my thing. I want a movie that will move something inside me, that’s going to shift something and keep me thinking.”

― Kate del Castillo

“Probably the only type of cosmetic surgery I’d consider is having my bust reduced. It’s alright for my current role in ‘The Marquise’ because it’s a costume drama, which means boned corsets and a bit of cleavage, but it’s a drag otherwise.”

― Kate O’Mara

“If I had a child, I wouldn’t let them go to drama school. At times, I was really unhappy there.”

― Kate Winslet

“I actually studied in college, for the three semesters that I stayed in school, I don’t recommend that, but I studied theater, and in high school I was involved in the drama department.”

― Katharine McPhee

“I remember, when I was a teenager, ‘Pride And Prejudice’ came out. We hadn’t had a period drama for ages, and were all glued to it, and for the next three years, Jane Austen series were being made.”

― Katherine Kelly

“I loved music, acting, and drama, but these weren’t something I pursued until I was 19.”

― Katherine Langford

“I did a lot of serious plays, and I did the Oxford Review as well, which is supposed to be funny, but I’m not sure how funny we were when we did it. Then, when I finished my course, it was only then that I decided to go to drama school and try and do acting because I was enjoying it so much and so on.”

― Katherine Parkinson

“You do develop a taste as an actress: Chekhov, Ayckbourn: it’s the combination of comedy and human drama. I would never want to do anything without comedy.”

― Katherine Parkinson

“I was at college studying psychology, philosophy, textiles and drama. But because I wasn’t one of those all-singing, all-dancing stage-school kids, I just assumed I’d never become an actor.”

― Kathryn Prescott

“Drama comes more naturally to me. It’s the comedy you really have to delve into.”

― Kathy Bates

“In a fight, you don’t need much context for drama. You watch a fight, and that’s it.”

― Katie Kitamura

“I went to the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.”

― Katy Mixon

“I’ve just made a cancer drama, called ‘Now Is Good,’ directed by Ol Parker and starring Dakota Fanning. We filmed in Brighton and it’s about a girl dying of leukemia, although it’s not as depressing as it sounds.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“I wasn’t good at anything very much at school, but I did like drama.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“I think really good drama comes down to real human emotion. That’s what makes us all tick, and that’s what I’ve always been drawn to when it comes to scripts is real human emotion and dealing with that.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“The immediacy of improvisation is intoxicating, but there’s an intimacy that you get that’s very different when you’re doing drama.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“I was a drama major also so it’s cool to cuss for meaning, but for no apparent reason, no.”

― Kel Mitchell

“I’m doing music, and we both want to do some drama.”

― Kel Mitchell

“If it wasn’t for my drama teacher, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

― Kel Mitchell

“Comedy has always been more challenging for me than drama.”

― Kelli Berglund

“Sometimes, if I really just need to unwind and kind of watch something that isn’t gonna stress me out or have drama in it, I watch ‘Spongebob.’”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“I enjoyed the drama of ‘One Tree Hill,’ and the opportunity to be one of the comedic aspects, initially.”

― Kelsey Chow

“Culture clash is terrific drama.”

― Ken Follett

“People need to be peppered or even outraged occasionally. Our national comedy and drama is packed with earthy familiarity and honest vulgarity. Clean vulgarity can be very shocking and that, in my view, gives greater involvement.”

― Kenneth Williams

“I think there’s true drama in the formation of everything that we know and are standing on the shoulders of.”

― Kevin Costner

“The character of Johnny Drama was a lot of fun to play.”

― Kevin Dillon

“Everyone’s got to make one submarine drama in their life.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“In film, I believe things should either be documentary or drama.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“Producing a drama is particularly difficult.”

― Kevin Reilly

“I wasn’t originally taking drama, but the drama teacher asked me to audition for Bye, Bye Birdie. I did and got the lead role. Initially I was kind of scared, but once I did it I got bitten by the bug and loved it.”

― Kevin Richardson

“People want performers, personality and drama, and you got that in the .”

― Kim Wilde

“I went to Yale’s drama school for theater, so we did tons of Shakespeare; then, I got out of school and said, ‘OK, it will be Shakespeare,’ and it was like, ‘Or, it will be commercials and soaps.’”

― Kristen Connolly

“I was on the cheerleading squad and drama and the choir, but I was friends with everybody. I was not a partier. I was too Type A and crazy about my grades, but I was still there at everything.”

― Kristin Chenoweth

“I’ve been bouncing around from comedy to drama and TV and film.”

― Krysten Ritter

“I like superheroes. I like the drama of it, the stirring, larger-than-life aspect.”

― Kurt Busiek

“Unlike fiction, which you create before you go into production, with reality you kind of create it after everything is produced. The drama and the storytelling is really done in post.”

― Kurt Sutter

“What makes Ireland inclined toward the drama is that it’s a great country for conversation.”

― Lady Gregory

“Violence in drama is an external contextualization of internal conflicts.”

― Laeta Kalogridis

“It’s funny, because in drama school, my greatest strength was my range. So my early career was like that: I played all kinds of different characters.”

― Lance Reddick

“I studied drama.”

― Larry Drake

“I did all sorts of jobs after drama school – working in a bar, as a teaching assistant. I probably learned as much from them as I did at drama school.”

― Laura Carmichael

“I stopped modeling so I could go to drama school at the William Esper Studio. It’s Meisner.”

― Laura Harrier

“We try to be driven by what’s a good story, what’s truthful, and the drama of what happens next.”

― Laura Innes

“Honestly, ‘Parenthood’ was not what I planned. I didn’t plan to do another drama. I didn’t plan to play a single mom. I didn’t plan, even, to do an ensemble show. But I hadn’t found anything I liked as much. I just connected to the show.”

― Lauren Graham

“I want to do theatre and I want to do period drama.”

― Lauren Socha

“I’d love to be in a period drama, though my dream role is to be in a film with Ray Winstone and Tom Hardy.”

― Lauren Socha

“Really, the impetus driving me is I’ve always sung, but I like to act, I like drama, I like text, which is why opera is something I’ve come late to, I’d say.”

― Lauren Worsham

“I would love to do some straight drama. A lot of times it’s not up to the actor, it’s up to the producer. It’s up to the powers that be.”

― Lea Salonga

“I don’t want to be doing a show that’s negative, that’s filled with drama.”

― Leah Remini

“I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions.”

― Lee Child

“I watch a lot of television. The stuff that they’re putting on television, series like ‘The Americans’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ it’s so superior to most of the films that are coming out of Hollywood in terms of drama, certainly in terms of what we’re interested in.”

― Lee Grant

“I always call ‘Billy Elliot’ a fantasy autobiography because I never wanted to be a dancer, but I got a lot of stick from the other kids about wanting to be a writer and being interested in drama.”

― Lee Hall

“I’m open to do a Filipino drama if I like the role or if the plot is attractive to me.”

― Lee Min-ho

“I don’t have any specific criteria on doing a drama based on where and what country. If I like the storyline, I’ll go for it.”

― Lee Min-ho

“Everyone has this universal understanding of roommate drama.”

― Leighton Meester

“I never thought I would write about Chicago, and I definitely never thought I would write a drama.”

― Lena Waithe

“I don’t watch anything of mine much. I haven’t gone to drama school, or college, either. I just like to watch other actors in action. I learned so much from working with De Niro. I’d be in a scene with him where I was supposed to be acting, and I was just watching.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?”

― Lesley Garrett

“People love drama. They feed off of it.”

― LeToya Luckett

“My parents were married for sixty-five years, and I was married for about ten minutes, my first year at Yale Drama School. Something, somehow, didn’t get passed on to my generation.”

― Lewis Black

“War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.”

― Lewis Mumford

“With any teen show, there’s going to be drama and heartache.”

― Lili Reinhart

“I would love to do a British period drama.”

― Lily Collins

“Boarding school in Tring was a bit of a bubble that burst when I went to Hackney to go to drama school.”

― Lily James

“My first paid role was my first job out of drama school, which was ‘Just William.’ It was a BBC TV show. I played Ethel.”

― Lily James

“It’s so hard coming out of drama school to claim your right to be taken seriously and even get auditions.”

― Lily James

“Drama school was a lifeline for me, it saved me. I found it very nurturing – I just clung on.”

― Lily James

“I do like reality shows, and I watch some of them because they’re high drama. It’s also just fun to watch people have honest reactions.”

― Lisa Kudrow

“I’ve always found teenagers really interesting. I think they’ve got so much going on in their lives, so that lends itself really well to fiction because there’s so much drama, so much activity, so much growth.”

― Lisa McMann

“I had grown up accustomed to living a life of high drama.”

― Lorna Luft

“I always wanted to be an actor, even as a little kid. So I went to drama school in the late ’60s at Carnegie Mellon.”

― Loudon Wainwright III

“My childhood has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.”

― Louise Bourgeois

“I never went to drama school, but I was really lucky in that both my junior school and secondary school had brilliant drama departments.”

― Lucy Boynton

“’Humans’ seems to have gone down really well in the U.S. That doesn’t happen for British TV drama – unless we’re talking ‘Downton Abbey.’”

― Lucy Carless

“For me, it was a choice between band and drama – and I hated the band teacher.”

― Lucy Deakins

“Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.”

― Luigi Pirandello

“I’m a drama nerd.”

― Luke Kirby

“I was quite young when I went to a drama workshop. I was around 9 or 10. I showed interest in it. I never saw it as a career. At around 16, I knew what I wanted to do.”

― Luke Pasqualino

“Throughout my career, I’ve never really been a guy who created drama or wanted to deal with drama.”

― Luol Deng

“I come from a very close class. I lucked out because drama schools are often very competitive… I have fourteen classmates.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“Drama is my sweet spot, but the thing about being an actor is that you want to do a variety of things. I definitely love fantasy and would want to be in a fantasy project.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“The profession I have keeps dragging me into drama and taking me away from baking, flowering and gardening.”

― Lykke Li

“They’re really competitive at drama in Texas.”

― Lynn Collins

“The BBC is very good at period drama – world-famous for getting the details right.”

― Lynne Reid Banks

“The idea of withholding a massive secret is obviously quite exciting to some people. It is also the basis of much classic drama, of course, from Sophocles onwards.”

― Lynne Truss

“English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.”

― Lytton Strachey

“Ever since ‘Hail to the King,’ we’ve been more cognizant of our chord progressions, our key changes, drama in songs, a lot of dynamics – we’ve really added a lot of that in there.”

― M. Shadows

“I wanted to be ballerina, be in a band, then in drama.”

― Madchen Amick

“It’s hard to do a reality show when there’s so much crying and drama.”

― Maddie Ziegler

“Before we made films about gangsters, everything was about the royal families. They contain so much drama.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“’Selvandhan’ is my first dubbed venture, which will release simultaneously with the original. It is a family drama. It has familiar Tamil faces, and I hope it does well.”

― Mahesh Babu

“Films have to appeal to youngsters – it has to have tamasha, drama, and sensationalism.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“I moved to New York to go to Julliard Drama School. Didn’t sing a single note of music.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“On occasion, a well-constructed drama can do what no reality or news program can do, what Shakespeare does brilliantly, is it can show both sides’ opinions.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“I would tell anyone who wanted to be an actor not to bother with drama school.”

― Marc Warren

“I wound up getting pulled into being a consultant on the Lifetime drama ‘For the People.’ The executive producer said, ‘I want you to write scripts.’ We sold pilots to a bunch of different networks.”

― Marcia Clark

“Alden Ehrenreich is a drama nerd, and Alice Englert is indie girl. They’re so cool in the way that our characters are cool.”

― Margaret Stohl

“I studied philosophy at Columbia, then dropped out to do drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute.”

― Margherita Missoni

“My favorite kind of book is a domestic drama that’s grounded in reality yet slightly unhinged.”

― Maria Semple

“I have always been attracted to the bleaker aspects of life. I love drama.”

― Marianne Faithfull

“When you turn your life over to God, you don’t give up the drama; you give up the cheap drama.”

― Marianne Williamson

“I’ve always felt like the reason I became an actor is because I look for more high drama than what I had at home.”

― Marin Hinkle

“It is a reality show… this show is never without drama.”

― Mario Vazquez

“If you’re on a network show, it’s either some wacky sitcom or a drama where you’re servicing a procedure.”

― Mark Feuerstein

“A lot of roles for people with disabilities are quite patronising. It’s a real pity when they are just used to give dull PC kudos to a drama, or when they’re wheeled on in a tokenistic way without any real involvement in the plot.”

― Mark Haddon

“With sci-fi you get these kind of stories in historical drama, and it’s just so fabulous.”

― Mark Sheppard

“I approach a comedy the same way I do a drama. I try to make it as real as possible.”

― Mark Wahlberg

“There are other ways to create tension and drama than to have somebody stabbed through the back with a sword.”

― Mark Waid

“Drama is played at the pace of chess… or billiards… or poker. Engrossing? Sure. But comedy is played at the jubilant, high-octane speed of sports like basketball or hockey.”

― Mark Waters

“Comedy is one of my favorites, but I also want to get into drama and sci-fi.”

― Marsai Martin

“I have never been in, nor have I had any strong particular desire to be in, what is termed a costume drama, but I keep forgetting to think of ‘Charles II’ as a costume drama.”

― Martin Freeman

“I did radio back in the era when we did radio drama.”

― Martin Milner

“The reason why the British theatrical tradition is world-leading in Greek drama is because there is a flourishing tradition of people rethinking Greek tragedy.”

― Mary Beard

“When looking out the window and watching the water becomes a drama, then literally everything is a drama.”

― Mary Gaitskill

“I believe there should be no more drama, but it’s everywhere you go. It’s just about how you get out. You’ve gotta bob and weave because it’s everywhere. How do I keep the drama low? It’s about using your head.”

― Mary J. Blige

“At its core, ‘Heroes’ is an ensemble character drama with genre elements.”

― Masi Oka

“Playing athletics, playing a lot of different sports, going to drama school… I was one of those kids who wanted to do everything, so I ended up being pretty average at everything.”

― Matt Bomer

“I had a very progressive drama teacher who would buy all the plays that were in New York and bring them to suburban Texas.”

― Matt Bomer

“I like to do comedy, but I’ll be perfectly honest, I prefer to do drama and more character-driven-based stuff, generally.”

― Matt Dillon

“During my senior year, when I was attending the University of Michigan and getting a drama degree, the Purple Rose Theatre was in its second season. The year before was the company’s inaugural season. I, of course, wanted to work there. It was started by a really prominent local actor, Jeff Daniels.”

― Matt Letscher

“The race for the White House is normally an event suffused with drama, sucking eyeballs to the page all over the globe.”

― Matt Taibbi

“I think people who can do comedy well don’t get enough credit. It can be harder than drama.”

― Matt Walsh

“I never went to drama school.”

― Matthew Lewis

“Identity is part of drama to me. Who am I, why am I behaving this way, and am I aware of it?”

― Matthew Weiner

“After ‘NewsRadio,’ I did say to my agent, ‘If I get another TV show, I’d want to do a drama.’ Then I got offered the part on ‘ER,’ and I was on that show for eight years.”

― Maura Tierney

“I was a dance major at NYU, but it wasn’t working out. I had friends in the drama department, so I switched.”

― Maura Tierney

“I wrote an ITV drama in the 1960s, a satire on management theory that starred Leonard Rossiter. I’m also a poet and have had work in the ‘Spectator.’”

― Maurice Flanagan

“Everyone wants drama. Everyone is living for drama.”

― Max Holloway

“I think with ‘Silk’ there’s something there for everyone: it’s a legal drama, but it’s human as well – you get to dip into the lives of the barristers and clerks.”

― Maxine Peake

“People will always respond to high-class drama.”

― Maxine Peake

“I left the North when I was 21 to go to drama school in London, and I stayed there 12 years.”

― Maxine Peake

“Drama is what I did before ‘Blossom.’”

― Mayim Bialik

“As for acting, I took drama lessons when I was in high school.”

― Megan Gallagher

“I was at university and I was studying modern drama and studying English, and I just was like, ‘I don’t wanna be in this place. I wanna be acting.’”

― Melanie Lynskey

“When you’re the lead actor in a drama, you have 2 1/2 months at the end of a season to do other projects, and everything has to get done in that time.”

― Melina Kanakaredes

“I like drama. My first movie that I did, ‘Soul Survivors’, was a drama, and I’m just drawn to that; that’s sort of my forte.”

― Melissa Sagemiller

“There is some brilliant pop music and some very poor classical music. And why shouldn’t comedy be treated as seriously as drama?”

― Melvyn Bragg

“In a way, ‘Lost,’ or maybe TV in general, is a kind of a contract between the writers and the viewers. And the actors – of course we have a great deal to do with it – but where the drama’s made, sort of where the meeting of minds is, is between those two parties: writers and audience.”

― Michael Emerson

“I think I learned everything about comedy and timing and drama from watching ‘The Muppet Show,’ which was one of the best shows ever produced.”

― Michael Giacchino

“’Downton Abbey’ is just one cliche after another, and it is a really, really poor piece of drama. But that’s only me talking. That’s just my take on it.”

― Michael Hirst

“TV drama – not always, but on the whole – were pretty appalling and very secondary, too. No one expected it to be like watching a movie; that was the point. But I think when you start watching ‘Vikings,’ it is like watching a movie – you’re taken somewhere else.”

― Michael Hirst

“I wasn’t setting out to write a documentary; if I had, I would have done it in a completely different way. I was asked to write a drama that would appeal to a big audience in America that had no knowledge or interest in The Tudors at all.”

― Michael Hirst

“In Britain you’re more used to challenging drama. In America, TV is just boring, and numbing, and bloody terrible.”

― Michael Imperioli

“I didn’t want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls.”

― Michael J. Fox

“I think that there’s a fine line between comedy and drama.”

― Michael Mosley

“The only things I could do were English, drama and history. I loved them subjects, but I hated everything else.”

― Michael Socha

“I started in theatre; the first bit of drama I did was amateur dramatics, up until I was 19. Then the TV and film opportunities came along, but now I was just ready to come back.”

― Michael Socha

“My mom pushed me to take drama class.”

― Michael Steger

“Drama school taught me not to be precious.”

― Michaela Coel

“For me, football is just a game, not a drama.”

― Michel Patini

“It’s become a cliche to say that a piece of drama is about ‘the nature of truth.’ But ‘Rectify’ so openly plays with the slippery nature of memory that the label directly applies.”

― Michelle Dean

“I think some period drama can be quite alienating, but ‘Downton’ isn’t. This is going to sound quite, um, pretentious, but someone said that it’s like a soap written by a poet.”

― Michelle Dockery

“’Othello’ was my first Shakespearean discovery. I was obsessed with drama at school, and I studied the play for my English GCSE. Desdemona is the part that everyone wants, but Iago’s wife Emilia is the one I’ve always been drawn to.”

― Michelle Dockery

“I remember watching ‘The Wire,’ because I absolutely adored ‘The Wire,’ and there were so many secret layers within that drama, and it was just fantastic.”

― Michelle Fairley

“It’s our responsibility as filmmakers to tell a story that’s a human drama.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“I don’t like drama.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“Drama holds you back.”

― Mikaela Shiffrin

“Then I became interested in drama, and almost by accident, I drifted into film.”

― Mike Figgis

“I have no doubt that what we started has become a plague. Because – and that’s a million years ago but we got caught up in the drama more than we caught up in going after the facts.”

― Mike Wallace

“I sort of knew I was a bit of a drama queen. I always threw tantrums, so I knew I wasn’t a normal child.”

― Millie Bobby Brown

“Individuals fighting or rebelling against the status quo, the establishment, is good for drama.”

― Milos Forman

“The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.”

― Minna Antrim

“I created a lot of drama and mess in my life.”

― Molly Bloom

“I came into reality television with MTV’s show ‘The Real World,’ specifically the 1994 season set in San Francisco. I was glued to the Puck and Pedro drama.”

― Molly O’Keefe

“I went to drama school at New York University.”

― Molly Shannon

“I went to NYU drama school, so I was a very serious actress. I used to do monologues with a Southern accent, and I was really into drama and drama school. And then, in my last year of drama school, I did a comedy show, and the show became a big hit on campus.”

― Molly Shannon

“I always try to create conflict and drama in my books; it’s the engine of the novel.”

― Monica Ali

“The man who was known as ‘no drama Obama’ during the campaign has given us nothing but depleting and infuriating drama since he arrived in office.”

― Monica Crowley

“Drama if I sing, drama if I don’t sing. What do you do?”

― Montserrat Caballe

“I actually came out of drama school and went into two years of working in film and television, which was a happy accident.”

― Morfydd Clark

“I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture. We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.”

― Morten Tyldum

“We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.”

― Morten Tyldum

“I love using drama and humour.”

― Morten Tyldum

“There’s some actors that go easily between drama and comedy because they play the naturalism of the role, and they just have natural timing.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“I know that when I’m watching a drama that I love, I’m disappointed when it’s over at the end of an hour.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“From Abby Lee Miller’s intensity and her students’ incredible performances to their devoted moms and its high drama, ‘Dance Moms’ has become one of the most compelling shows on television.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“Every drama requires a cast. The cast may be so huge, as in Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina,’ that the author or editor provides a list of characters to keep them straight. Or it may be an intimate cast of two.”

― Nancy Kress

“I find myself gravitating towards drama. It interests me. In the books I read, the paintings I like, it’s always the darker stuff.”

― Naomi Watts

“Mum put me in drama classes when I was about 14. I’d been going on about it for some time, so maybe it was a way to shut me up.”

― Naomi Watts

“The wonderful thing about drama school is that it stretches you in a way the industry doesn’t.”

― Naomie Harris

“I started acting when I was seven. And I went to a local drama school which is very well-known in London. Because of that, I started getting jobs, and I worked all the time as a child, pretty much non-stop.”

― Naomie Harris

“I agree that some of my performances in America, apart from having drama and excitement, have been a little under my estimation for performance.”

― Naseem Hamed

“Outside of ‘Justified,’ I do like to keep it to comedy. When I’m not there, I try to seek out stuff that sort of more along the lighter fare. I have more fun on those sets than I do on drama sets just because when it’s heavy, it’s heavy, and it’s hard to get away from it.”

― Natalie Zea

“Period drama is such a huge umbrella term: it seems to cover everything from Claudius to something from the 1920s.”

― Natasha Little

“I didn’t go to drama school, so I feel like I did all my growing up on ‘Hollyoaks.’”

― Nathalie Emmanuel

“At NSD, I had an amazing experience learning everything from stagecraft to western drama and Shakespeare, Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekov.”

― Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“A Las Vegas show is all-round entertainment. Which means there’s some singing, some dancing, some magic, some drama – everything is rolled into that one performance.”

― Ne-Yo

“When I was shooting ‘The Dark Knight,’ I always felt like I was shooting an intimate drama for some reason. The scenes were all intimate, and they were always between a few individuals.”

― Ng Chin Han

“I find the constraints of drama actually freeing: It brings everything down to character and action.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“I was in the drama club, and I was one of seven co-presidents of the student body. Students elected me – I don’t know why!”

― Nicholas Braun

“I think that ultimately any effective drama or tragedy tries to put you as much as it can into the protagonist’s shoes.”

― Nicholas Jarecki

“Comedy and drama are both challenging to me.”

― Nicholas Lea

“Art thrives on obstacles. The bigger the obstacle, the better the drama.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“The greater the darkness, the better the drama.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“To be perfectly honest, drama is a lot simpler than comedy.”

― Nikki Cox

“I started at drama school at 18.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“I’d like to try different genres: comedy, period drama, rom-com, action.”

― Nina Dobrev

“Reality shows serve up juicy drama out of human shortcomings.”

― Nina Easton

“When I was in drama development, you hear anywhere between 500 to 600 pitches a season, and you do feel like you hit the wall. But I will never say, ‘No, I won’t hear that.’”

― Nina Tassler

“Guys are awesome, but I vote for going to prom with a group of friends. It’s so much less drama.”

― Noah Cyrus

“I’m not a huge drama person. I think I liked them more when I was younger.”

― Noah Hathaway

“Everyone always says that conflict is drama, and I agree, but I also don’t think you need drama everywhere. Or conflict everywhere.”

― Noah Hawley

“After having played serious drama for so long, I needed to scratch the itch of versatility.”

― Noah Wyle

“I tried twice to get into drama school and didn’t, so I worked my way up through the fringe.”

― Noma Dumezweni

“Boxing, for me, is all about drama and victory, and there is plenty more to come.”

― Oleksandr Usyk

“I always assumed I would leave drama school and do ‘Lady Macbeth’ and all sorts of serious things. It just didn’t happen.”

― Olivia Colman

“I used to want to be in ‘Downton’ because I had never been in a period drama, but then I did ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ and had to wear one of those frocks and… I didn’t feel very comfortable.”

― Olivia Colman

“When I was starting out, I always wanted to be able to do everything – comedy and drama and action, and everything in between. Film is so diverse, and it’s fun to be able to take advantage of all of it.”

― Olivia Thirlby

“The most difficult thing to do is drama.”

― Olivier Megaton

“Because the world is in economic recession, which worsened since this drama happened, and our country will bear the burden of all of these consequences.”

― Omar Bongo

“When I was a kid, I used to make up all these characters. I love comedy a lot, and I don’t get to do it often. Somewhere in the middle, I shifted into doing drama.”

― Omar Dorsey

“If I could remake any Eighties project, it would be less an action flick than a character-driven drama with a rich story to tell.”

― Omari Hardwick

“I had the training at drama school where I studied Shakespeare and Brecht and Chekov and all these period historical playwrights and I think that I responded to the material.”

― Orlando Bloom

“Drama class was one of the only areas at school I responded to.”

― Orlando Bloom

“Anytime you have a family member getting out of prison, there’s always drama.”

― Orlando Jones

“In designing the scenery and costumes for any of Shakespeare’s plays, the first thing the artist has to settle is the best date for the drama. This should be determined by the general spirit of the play more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it.”

― Oscar Wilde

“Olivier said that drama is an affair of the heart, or it’s nothing, and he was right.”

― Pam Gems

“After passing out of the National School of Drama, I spent many years doing small-time roles in Bollywood.”

― Pankaj Tripathi

“This life is not man’s own show; if he becomes personally and emotionally involved in the very complicated cosmic drama, he reaps inevitable suffering for having distorted the divine ‘plot.’”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“I am a drama queen!”

― Parineeti Chopra

“I have not forgotten about my dreams to become a singer. If given the chance, I want to take part in a drama OST making and also try out for musicals.”

― Park Bo-gum

“Taking a role in a drama series takes a lot of energy, as new episode must be made every week.”

― Park Bo-young

“Many fans were surprised when they learned that the little girl in drama ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was me.”

― Park Shin-hye

“We have been deformed by educational and religious institutions that treat us as members of an audience instead of actors in a drama, so we become adults who treat democracy as a spectator sport.”

― Parker Palmer

“Everything has its own kind of theatricality and its own drama.”

― Parker Posey

“Drama is easier to do because you just have to have the emotion and not get caught acting, but comedy is much harder.”

― Patrick Dempsey

“I would love to play a regular guy in a family drama.”

― Patrick Fischler

“At the heart of drama is conflict.”

― Paul Dano

“I’m from Mt. Clemens, Michigan. It’s right outside Detroit. The suburbs. I was always very heavily involved in theater back then. I was always in drama club or forensics. Anything that you could do that had some performing, I was doing it.”

― Paul Feig

“In the end, it’s acting, it’s not real. But every director will tell you that you have to create conditions that create tension, because tension is what makes drama feel real.”

― Paul Greengrass

“I’d always suspected my face wouldn’t fit in drama departments. And it never did!”

― Paul Greengrass

“Acting is many things, and one is an exercise of will. In any given scene, you’re trying to find where the drama and conflict is and then deploy the actors to play at that point of conflict with precision, control, and complete will.”

― Paul Greengrass

“People are frustrated with all of the drama around the Clinton family and the history of the Clinton family.”

― Paul Manafort

“I’d like to do something dramatic or a different kind of role, but I tend not to separate comedy and drama all that much.”

― Paul Rudd

“3D is obviously not as suited to drama and romantic comedies. But for what I do, I felt that 3D was a very, very appropriate technology.”

― Paul W. S. Anderson

“I started out more interested in drama, but comedy just came naturally to me, and it’s become what I’m most known for, even though my sensibilities still lean towards the dramatic for the most part.”

― Paulo Costanzo

“To cast Ida, it took ages, and I was a bit desperate. I couldn’t find somebody I could believe in. I spent months looking for the lead among young actresses and drama students.”

― Pawel Pawlikowski

“With a play, you do it and it’s gone. Films always date. Television drama always dates. Television comedy, for some reason, seems to go on.”

― Penelope Keith

“My first year of university, I ran around and signed up for these clubs, and I noticed they were all drama clubs: really lame, artsy things.”

― Penelope Mitchell

“My daughter likes Korean drama more than I do.”

― Peng Liyuan

“In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.”

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

“I only really started to go to plays and to be interested in drama 20 years ago when as an artist I was already well-rounded. I think I’m more disciplined today.”

― Pete Townshend

“What I’m trying to do is find either existing properties or come up with properties or angles or stories which will create music drama. It’s my obsession and most of all I would like to remain working in theatre. I think it’s very much alive.”

― Pete Townshend

“Drama is easy. Comedy’s hard.”

― Peter Bogdanovich

“If I had gone to drama school, I wouldn’t be sitting here now because it would have blanded me out; it would have just turned me into another actor.”

― Peter Capaldi

“I failed the audition to get into drama school.”

― Peter Capaldi

“As a young actor, I would be invited to the CBC radio drama department to do voices for different characters, and I found that I could do quite a few of them. I wasn’t a visual presence, and I found it easier to construct a voice from the written page.”

― Peter Cullen

“The most terrifying thing I ever saw in a cinema, thanks to the carefully built-up drama, was in the ancient black-and-white film ‘The Innocents,’ based on Henry James’s ‘The Turn Of The Screw.’ My skin actually crawled with horror.”

― Peter Hitchens

“I watch drama on DVD because I can’t stand ad breaks.”

― Peter Morgan

“I can’t relax when I’m watching a biographical drama because it’s so close to what it is that I do that I just long for more fiction – so that I can switch off.”

― Peter Morgan

“Right after I left drama school, I had a job.”

― Peter O’Toole

“In my day England, Scotland, Wales had 80 drama schools. There are none left. So there’s no training, no discipline.”

― Peter O’Toole

“In a drama, you don’t make a fool of yourself.”

― Peter Scolari

“My acting career began when I walked into a drama school class run by Anna Scher in Islington. Anna discovered a lot of people: Linda Robson, Pauline Quirke, Gary and Martin Kemp, and Dexter Fletcher were among my contemporaries.”

― Phil Daniels

“Acting is a tough industry. There are a lot of kids out there at drama schools and not a lot of money about, especially as the arts are being cut.”

― Phil Daniels

“There is no drama like the drama on the athletic field.”

― Phil Knight

“I think the context of an hour-long drama gives breathing space that you don’t get in a film.”

― Philip Kerr

“The drama nerd comes out in me when I’m in a theater.”

― Philip Seymour Hoffman

“One of the things I love about ‘Idol’ besides the drama, the backstories, and the crazy arrangements on popular songs is the auditions, when everyone is full of hope and nerves.”

― Phoebe Robinson

“After the play of ‘Fleabag,’ we had conversations with different channels and with film companies about whether ‘Fleabag’ should be a half-hour sitcom, an hourlong, serialized drama, or a film. And I knew that it couldn’t be a drama because I wanted to hide the drama – that had to be the surprise. I knew it had to be comedy.”

― Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“I do like comedy and drama.”

― Phyllis Smith

“I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve worked since I left drama school in 1976.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“’Aurangzeb’ for me is a right film, as there is action and drama.”

― Prithviraj Sukumaran

“I used to worry about the lack of roles for women over 40. But suddenly, everyone has realised it’s interesting to have a drama with a woman at the centre of it.”

― Rachael Stirling

“Drama was all I ever wanted to do. There was no plan B!”

― Rachel Brosnahan

“I’m particularly drawn to actors in their own little drama. I find it’s that area I’m very alive to. And I don’t encounter it that often. You have to be far from civilization, you have to be far from New York or London to find people who do that.”

― Rachel Cusk

“But I majored in Drama, modified with Psychology.”

― Rachel Dratch

“I definitely don’t want to do drama. I’m not looking to branch out into that world.”

― Rachel Dratch

“We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama.”

― Rachel Griffiths

“I’ve always liked drama; I’ve always found it really fun, like, I did go to drama club and things like that.”

― Rachel Hurd-Wood

“I’ve done a lot of drama, and comedy was the one genre I was not being offered. So I became obsessive about getting one.”

― Rachel Weisz

“In ‘Drama,’ I play a flirtatious girl who uses her femininity to get things done.”

― Radhika Pandit

“There’s politics in ‘Kaala,’ but it’s not a political drama.”

― Rajinikanth

“With the opening of the second decade of the twentieth century it seemed that the stage was set for the last act in an unquestioned evolutionary drama.”

― Ralph Adams Cram

“Drama starts where logic ends.”

― Ram Charan

“My first film, ‘Leader,’ created a lot of political drama. Its release was pushed back twice.”

― Rana Daggubati

“I don’t play the role of a villain, really, but I like playing anti-hero kind of roles. I like characters where there’s conflict, drama, and more personal investment than just being heroes.”

― Randeep Hooda

“I love romantic films and love drama. Any film that has romance or romantic element is my comfort.”

― Rani Mukerji

“’Agnivarsha’ is not a costume drama like Shashi Kapoor’s ‘Utsav’ or Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas.’ This one has no elaborate jewellery and clothes. It is sparse and stark.”

― Raveena Tandon

“I was a huge movie watcher, but I really loved ‘Kenan & Kel,’ ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Doug,’ & ‘Catdog.’ I was also into drama films, though, and I really loved ‘Poetic Justice’ and ‘Set it Off.’”

― Raven Goodwin

“When I discovered drama, I felt a connection.”

― Ray Fearon

“I got my Equity card and agent before I ever went to drama school.”

― Ray Fearon

“The best comedy, I feel, comes in a drama because it balances each other out.”

― Ray Romano

“I’m probably not very funny. The scripts just don’t come in, or the ones that do aren’t that good. I suppose I’m just an old drama queen, really.”

― Ray Winstone

“I was kicked out of drama school in 1976, aged 18, for vandalising the headmistress’s tyres, after being there for less than a year.”

― Ray Winstone

“I’m not consciously avoiding doing a lot of period drama, but I don’t really seek it out either.”

― Rebecca Hall

“In high drama or high tragedy or anything, it’s not really human unless there’s some humor at the same time. And vice versa. So I guess I tend to gravitate towards projects which tread a dodgy tightrope between two things, which aren’t really one or another.”

― Rebecca Hall

“There is a little bit of snobbery with casting, and unless you’re a really successful comedian like Ruth Jones, you don’t get to be in the drama side of things.”

― Rhys Thomas

“I think that internal conflict works very well, because, after all, all the best drama is fuelled by conflict.”

― Richard C. Armitage

“I confess I’ve got a yearning to go to Los Angeles, but I can’t work out if it is because a lot of British actors seem to go or because there’s this perception that the bottom has fallen out of British drama, so therefore, it’s the place to head for.”

― Richard C. Armitage

“The people who run Hollywood are supposed to be masters at creating drama, suspense, thrills – at putting on a great show. If we knew not only who the winners were but also by how much they won, the Oscar show could actually be the Super Bowl of movies.”

― Richard Corliss

“Musical chairs or Russian roulette? Sometimes there’s as much tense drama in the casting of a Hollywood movie as there is in the finished product.”

― Richard Corliss

“When I was 16, my friends were in a drama group, and they asked me to join. I said no, I’m not interested, that it’s not really for me.”

― Richard Dormer

“I’ve come to regard the superior end of HBO drama as, above all, novelistic.”

― Richard K. Morgan

“I went to drama school in Scotland.”

― Richard Madden

“My school didn’t have a drama department. I was one of the lucky four children who got to travel twice a week to another school because our school could only afford one taxi.”

― Richard Madden

“I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art because it was the only drama school the social worker had ever heard of. Luckily, I got in at the first attempt.”

― Richard McCabe

“I worked as a clerical assistant at the Department of Health and Social Security for about three months before I went to drama school.”

― Richard McCabe

“I paid my dues at drama school and worked backstage in every Theatre in London.”

― Richard O’Brien

“I find comedy easy, and I find drama exciting and tantalising.”

― Ricky Gervais

“I want to act in films and TV drama, so that’s where I’m aiming to be, and I’m not going to let anything distract me or turn my head until I get there.”

― Ricky Whittle

“Sometimes I find I’m wearing a divided, split brain in terms of drama and humor.”

― Ridley Scott

“I come out of TV. I come out of live television, BBC drama: that’s where I started first as a designer, then a director. Then I went independent TV, then television advertising.”

― Ridley Scott

“I wouldn’t say in all situations, but a lot of times kids can be the most reasonable people around because they don’t have the deal with all the drama that goes along with being an adult.”

― RJ Mitte

“There’s not one film that I’ve ever made that could get made today by a studio, not one – even ‘A Few Good Men’ because it’s an adult courtroom drama, and studios do not make them any more. And so every movie that I make, have made and will make is always going be independently financed.”

― Rob Reiner

“Comedy, at least the way I write comedy, is just drama with jokes.”

― Rob Walton

“When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity.”

― Robert Anton Wilson

“The quality of TV drama nowadays is getting better and better. They’ve had to invent a new term for it: ‘high-end television.’”

― Robert Carlyle

“Everything we are is anchored in our childhoods. The drama comes in how we deal with it. Are we slaves to our past, or can we rise above it? This is the stuff of great stories.”

― Robert Crais

“And the only studies were – Rodney Dangerfield was my mentor and he was my Yale drama school for comedy.”

― Robert Klein

“But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School, another one of the stories in there.”

― Robert Klein

“For me, the ideal job as an actor would be something that is intrinsically a drama but to which I could bring in as much humor as possible.”

― Robert Picardo

“One of the reasons for going back into the past is that it’s almost the only place that there’s any drama.”

― Robert Towne

“I think jokes can actually go to places that drama can’t.”

― Robert Webb

“I’ve always been attracted to classic patterns in architecture, music and drama.”

― Robert Wilson

“USC Film School always had a real sense of drama and lineage.”

― Robert Zemeckis

“The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.”

― Robertson Davies

“You can’t think of technology as separate from all of our human drama anymore.”

― Robin Sloan

“With ‘House of Cards,’ you really get the heart and the meat of drama – and it’s a thriller!”

― Robin Wright

“Actors on stage, you can go from playing a myriad of roles, from Shakespeare to a Eugene O’Neil drama, and it’s the norm. I came up in a world where you’re supposed to be able to do three things very well. Act, sing, dance, paint, do something. The emphasis was on versatility.”

― Rocky Carroll

“I went from a sitcom to a hospital drama, feature films. I’ve kind of been living the actor’s dream. I’m not associated with one role or one medium. You’re lucky if you’re associated with one hit show.”

― Rocky Carroll

“It’s so funny because, here in Hollywood, an actor who really is versatile and who has the ability to transform between comedy and drama roles is considered a rarity.”

― Rocky Carroll

“The First Amendment is the First Amendment for a reason – our most cherished right. But it often creates muddy and uncomfortable situations, ones that are the source of great drama and national self-reflection.”

― Rod Lurie

“I worked at Mark Foy’s during the day and studied drama at night.”

― Rod Taylor

“Why is it that English, drama and music teachers are most often recalled as our mentors and inspirations? Maybe because artists are rarely members of the popular crowd.”

― Roger Ebert

“From a dramatic viewpoint, there are few professions that grant their members entry into other lives, high among them cops, doctors, clergymen, journalists and prostitutes. Perhaps that explains why they figure in so much television and cinema. Their lives are lived in the midst of human drama.”

― Roger Ebert

“I came up through the theater. I came out of drama college and started working in the professional theater.”

― Roma Downey

“You don’t learn acting, you nourish it. I don’t regret not going to drama school because I was very afraid of all the lessons. I’m allergic to technicality.”

― Romain Duris

“For me, comedy and drama are all the same thing.”

― Romany Malco

“I would love to do a love story or a socially relevant drama. Something on the lines of Netflix originals. I would love to explore the big screen, too.”

― Roop Durgapal

“With Irish drama, things are told with humor.”

― Rory O’Malley

“I didn’t get into university, so I had to go to drama college!”

― Rose Leslie

“I was lucky enough to get into drama school in London back in 2005, and I was there for three years, and in those three years, we did a lot of theater. A lot of classical training.”

― Rose Leslie

“With MMA, there are so many ways the fight can go; that’s the drama. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.”

― Roy Nelson

“When I left drama school, my fear was that I’d get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much to counter it that I got stuck in the opposite.”

― Rufus Sewell

“I went to a drama club when I was little, but it was more of an excuse to flirt with girls than anything else. We never put on plays.”

― Rupert Friend

“You’d be hard pressed to find more drama in ‘Days of Our Lives’ than you do in an average job each day.”

― Ryan Reynolds

“If people get inspired by ‘Baahubali’ as a film, and they realize they can make a big film or a historical film which has good drama and good visuals, if they realize there are good stories to tell here, then it is good.”

― S. S. Rajamouli

“I was just lucky enough to grow up in a time when they actually had drama departments in schools.”

― Sally Field

“With every film, I try and give the audiences a little more than the previous film in terms of comedy, action, drama and so on.”

― Salman Khan

“The sixty-minute drama form has become very rich.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I tested on a lot of TV shows and films after I finished drama school.”

― Sam Heughan

“I always wanted to act. I guess I’ve always been a bit of a drama queen.”

― Samantha Isler

“My parents thought if they put me in drama classes, I might come out of my shell. It worked, and I’ve acted ever since.”

― Samara Weaving

“I have been out of drama school for 13 years, so there are 13 years’ worth of graduates behind me.”

― Samuel Barnett

“On a radio drama, I’d like to feel that I had just as much chance of playing Mr. Darcy as anyone else because I can sound like him, yet many radio producers find it very difficult to extend their imaginations to employing anyone who’s non-white.”

― Sanjeev Bhaskar

“I did everything in my power not to be an actress. I went off and did a teacher-training course first, so I could teach English and Drama – because I’m not thick, surprisingly enough.”

― Sarah Douglas

“’Suffragette’ is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fight for the right to vote.”

― Sarah Gavron

“In television, women can really run anything. It can be a comedy, it can be a drama, it can be genre, it can be anything. But in films, women are still getting to the top.”

― Sarah Michelle Gellar

“I’d love to do drama if it was interesting.”

― Sarah Silverman

“Whether that’s an action film or a comedy or a drama or anything in between, I’m willing to prove that I can play with the big boys.”

― Sasha Grey

“For me, I really like the human drama embedded in a crime story, and I like the way European films do that.”

― Scott Frank

“I really care more about the human drama than I do the thriller stuff.”

― Scott Frank

“It has nothing to do with the emotional demands of a role; I’ve done comedies that are as draining to me as any drama.”

― Sean Penn

“I was pre-med, so I was going to go into the family business, more or less. But I came to my senses, luckily, and backed out, and decided to go to drama school.”

― Sendhil Ramamurthy

“I don’t know if I’ve had my share of drama, but I’ve definitely had my share of hard times.”

― Serena Williams

“I love comedy, but I actually do prefer drama because I am already animated as a human being.”

― Shanola Hampton

“I’ve only auditioned for one non-culturally specific role. I went through drama school and studied classic texts and played lead roles in ‘Measure for Measure’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ alongside a very culturally diverse group of acting students. But as soon as we graduate and enter the industry, all of those roles fall away.”

― Shari Sebbens

“You know what I would really like to do? I’d like to do a half hour drama with comedy in it.”

― Sharon Gless

“Women and minorities have excelled beautifully in comedy, but very few women are the lead in a drama.”

― Sharon Gless

“I don’t have time for heartache or problems, especially drama.”

― Shawn Crahan

“Film is drama. You’ve only two hours, so you lie by exclusion, and try to make up for it by portraying the environment.”

― Shekhar Kapur

“I’m a drama guy.”

― Shemar Moore

“Not having gone to drama school, I always feel like a bit of a fraud, but so far it looks as though I’ve not been found out.”

― Sheridan Smith

“My mother sent me to dance and drama classes when I was young, and then I got a stage role in ‘Set To Partners’ when I was 12, followed by Benjamin Britten’s ‘Let’s Make An Opera.’”

― Shirley Eaton

“I love TV, and I love movies, and I pull so much content from the drama in all of those mediums and put them into songs.”

― Sia

“Fleabag’ is its own genre. It isn’t comedy. It isn’t drama. It isn’t even tragi-comedy.”

― Sian Clifford

“I went to drama school and it didn’t prepare me for the ruthlessness of the industry at all, or the reality of it.”

― Sian Clifford

“I had always done theater in extracurricular ways. I’d never been a drama major.”

― Sigourney Weaver

“I was discouraged at drama school, along with most of my peers.”

― Sigourney Weaver

“Real life is messy, and drama is a shaped version of real life.”

― Simon Beaufoy

“That’s what I love about acting and love and drama and art: that humanness we all share.”

― Sissy Spacek

“I did drama at school, as a kid, but I ain’t been to, like, acting school or anything. I was in a couple of school plays.”

― Skepta

“If I were to do a drama again, I would really like to work on a fatal melodrama, like a love that can’t be.”

― Song Hye-kyo

“Regardless of the success of a drama or film, I will be satisfied if viewers say that my acting has progressed and has gained more depth.”

― Song Hye-kyo

“I was really a very ambitious young girl when I started studying drama and performing art.”

― Soni Razdan

“In a drama, you generally have to be very faithful to the script and the storyline, and it all has to fit together, and it’s weighty and serious.”

― Sophie Rundle

“Some of my best friends now are from drama club.”

― Sophie Rundle

“To be honest, I didn’t even know what the Drama Desk Awards were until I was nominated.”

― Spencer Kayden

“I want the big drama. I always said I don’t want a wedding I want a parade.”

― Star Jones

“We don’t have drama in public schools in France. I had never taking an acting class.”

― Stephanie Szostak

“Life serves up satire. Unfortunately. Or fortunately. I don’t know. You have to reel it in to drama.”

― Stephen Gaghan

“I didn’t quite fit in in any particular, specific way. I was a gay teenager who was into drama.”

― Stephen Karam

“Conflict is drama, and how people deal with conflict shows you the kind of people they are.”

― Stephen Moyer

“I used to teach kids when I was younger. When I was about 14 or 15 I started teaching children drama and something that I used to say to them was, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ People would be afraid of forgetting their lines or something.”

― Stephen Moyer

“As soon as I see period costume, I turn off. It’s like hearing drama on Radio 4.”

― Steve Coogan

“Yeah, all drama teachers are very effusive, very demonstrative, very emotionally open, very big, and gesticulate a lot, and are very physical.”

― Steve Coogan

“Unless you’re Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant, there are few guys who can do comedy and drama.”

― Steve Guttenberg

“It’s usually human drama that carries with it issues of race or class that attracts me. That was certainly the case with ‘No Crossover.’”

― Steve James

“Since the season ended, I’ve let things settle down, and I have to talk to the coaching staff and management. I really don’t want to turn this into a big drama. So I plan on making a definite decision relatively quickly.”

― Steve Yzerman

“With drama, especially, it seems like the bigger the budgets and the edgier the characters, the more interesting they are. We’re very lucky because ‘Modern Family’ wouldn’t fit on cable: they’d want us to push it more and be edgier and turn it into something that it’s not.”

― Steven Levitan

“The rush into scripted video by tech giants is going to accelerate an evolution of entertainment that’s already underway. We’re already moving away from the idea that drama is a 60-minute exercise with four bathroom breaks.”

― Steven Levy

“On ‘Redneck Island,’ a show I love, there was a lot of drama and storylines going on because someone’s always voted off the island through process of elimination.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“My brother was older, very bright. He went to university. I wasn’t academically bright – maybe at first, when I was little, but it was lost. I started doing a drama workshop and got really into it, then I did a BTec in performing arts and started to work.”

― Suranne Jones

“I grew up in Oldham and moved to Manchester and London. I didn’t go to drama school. I just did a B-Tech.”

― Suranne Jones

“The essence to me of all good drama is argument.”

― Sydney Pollack

“In terms of level of difficulty, it would go comedy, thriller, and then romantic drama.”

― Sydney Pollack

“’Scandal’ is great because it’s intriguing and sexy, and it has a lot of play with secondary characters in situations, lots of drama.”

― Sylvia Day

“I love drama – mum calls me a Drama Queen!”

― Tahyna Tozzi

“I did a drama degree, went to secretarial college, then got a job with a theatre company in Birmingham. It’s been a slow burn, which doesn’t seem to have gone out.”

― Tamsin Greig

“Sciences were not my favourite subjects at school. I preferred English, drama, music, and history.”

― Tamzin Outhwaite

“I think ‘The Walking Dead’ is very interestingly paced. It’s slow, almost like an old Western. It’s also very stylised – visually, I think it’s very pretty. It’s more of a psychological drama than anything else.”

― Tania Raymonde

“I didn’t go to drama school to be a musical theatre performer. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t go to do that; I went to be an actor.”

― Taron Egerton

“Most of us can now record a whole series with the click of a button. We all have DVD players, and the rise of the DVD box-set means we watch this stuff in two, three-hour sessions. So there is this real appetite out there for lengthy, pretty intricate drama. All that is great news for writers.”

― Ted Danson

“When you’re black in Hollywood, you know, your first role is going to be on a crime drama. That’s – everybody knows that.”

― Terry Crews

“I’ve been fortunate because I got the gift to do comedy and drama. When you can do both, you get twice as many parts as anyone else.”

― Terry Kiser

“I find that comedy is my specialty, but drama is slowly starting to move up in that rank. I’ve always liked playing a character that has depth and that I’m able to bring my own niche to.”

― Texas Battle

“Sitcoms are more like stage drama than anything else on film – more than a one-hour and certainly more than a movie. You get a script on Monday. You rehearse all week. And on Friday, you’re on.”

― Thomas Gibson

“I’ve always got into stunts; even at drama school, I was falling down trap doors, and swinging in on ropes.”

― Thomas Howes

“’Survivor’ was, to me, an absolute reaction that the audience was having to the sort of staid nature of narrative drama on television.”

― Thomas Schlamme

“Drama and comedy, to me, are all about being surprising, coherent, and true, all at once.”

― Tim Blake Nelson

“Drama at Bristol was an academic course: you were judged on your A-levels, and there were no auditions. I did a BA General degree.”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“One of the functions of drama is to teach.”

― Tim Pigott-Smith

“My roles don’t centre around drugs at all! Shadiness is different – it’s drama. We’re making movies! You’ve gotta have conflict.”

― Timothy Olyphant

“If you know exactly what your character knows, it’s a drama.”

― Timur Bekmambetov

“I was the editor of the school newspaper and in drama club and choir, so I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing.”

― Tina Fey

“Drama school is really a forum for making a fool of yourself.”

― Toby Stephens

“I love serial drama.”

― Todd Haynes

“Most drama in our lives is really rather squalid.”

― Tom Baker

“I wasn’t interested in novelty. I was looking for good drama.”

― Tom Baker

“For me, I can’t live without acting or drama and writing – I also run a theater company.”

― Tom Cullen

“Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility.”

― Tom Hiddleston

“I went to an ordinary primary school, and then I started performing in a show called ‘Billy Elliot’ on the West End, and that was sort of my drama school.”

― Tom Holland

“Drama schools say if arts funding is cut, people can’t afford to go, but I didn’t go to drama school.”

― Tom Hollander

“As for writing about temptation, there’s no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama.”

― Tom Perrotta

“I went to university in the north of England at University of Birmingham to do an English literature degree, and I knew I could do extracurricular stuff with theater and drama. I started a theater company, called Article 19, and I did it with a bunch of friends. I wrote and directed plays. I had a radio show.”

― Tom Riley

“What you don’t get necessarily at drama school is a gigantic mix of people. At university, there’s people from every social background, and you get to go through that period of being naive and not quite sure who you’re going to be.”

― Tom Riley

“You cannot have the drama without comedy.”

― Tommy Wiseau

“I believe more in the power of drama than in the power of religion.”

― Tony Harrison

“A handful of works in history have had a direct impact on social policy: one or two works of Dickens, some of Zola, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ and, in modern drama, Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart.’”

― Tony Kushner

“I don’t do drama. I’m a comedian.”

― Tracy Morgan

“We wanted it to be that you could go to the comic shop and read about the back story of ‘Pacific Rim’ and the drama inherent in it.”

― Travis Beacham

“Sitcom hours are silly easy compared to drama. Whenever an actor on a sitcom complains, I feel like smacking them!”

― Tricia Helfer

“As I got older, I auditioned for drama school and shocked myself by getting in.”

― Tuppence Middleton

“Drama is something I’m good at, I guess.”

― Tye Sheridan

“Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have – by disrupting that order – a way of surprising.”

― Vaclav Havel

“I did apply for drama school when I was 17, and I didn’t get in; I had a really bad audition.”

― Vanessa Kirby

“There’s a lot of drama that goes into just buying a house, let alone renovating a house.”

― Vanessa Ray

“I danced from the age of three, so I was always going to do something performance-related. I got into the Television Workshop drama group in Nottingham when I was 11 and went there for ten years.”

― Vicky McClure

“The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.”

― Victor Hugo

“The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.”

― Victor Hugo

“When I left drama school, saying you were going to the RSC made you a laughing stock.”

― Victoria Hamilton

“It’s great extremes which leads to great drama and great comedy.”

― Vince Vaughn

“I was thinking of going to London drama schools or to New York, because France didn’t accommodate the things I wanted to do in film.”

― Vincent Cassel

“I’ve always been in school plays and performing monologues and taking drama. Now I’m in acting classes. I do it the real way. I want to be a working actor. I would love that. I just like being on a series and having a script, and I want that to be my nine-to-five.”

― Vinny Guadagnino

“Going from drama to just straight-up comedy with Tommy Davidson and Jamie Foxx – what a blast.”

― Vivica A. Fox

“Juilliard gave me the ability to go and do classical, contemporary, comedy, drama, everything.”

― Wendell Pierce

“In ‘Scream,’ there is very real drama that would be in almost any drama.”

― Wes Craven

“You just find the best actors that you can. There’s an inherent drama within the framework of scares and killings and all that. In ‘Scream,’ there is very real drama that would be in almost any drama.”

― Wes Craven

“I would love to do a political drama. I’m a ‘West Wing’ fanatic.”

― Will Chase

“Basically, when I hear the words ‘family drama,’ I run in the opposite direction.”

― Willem Dafoe

“The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that.”

― William Greider

“There’s an ecstasy about doing something really good on film: the composition of a shot, the drama within the shot, the texture… It’s palpable.”

― William Shatner

“A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.”

― Wilson Mizner

“Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”

― Woody Allen

“For the things that I’ve been involved in, most of it has really been – it’s been a mixture of action and then drama.”

― Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

“Something that’s a hilarious comedy, for someone else might be a drama.”

― Yorgos Lanthimos

“I’ve done comedy, and I’ve done drama. I’ve sort of been a journeyman in my career so far.”

― Zachary Knighton

“My mom and grandmother were actresses, and I knew I was going to do this since I was super young. I would put on shows at my grandparents’ house and sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the living room. I was in drama club and chorus, and I knew every word to ‘Grease.’”

― Zoe Kravitz
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