Go ahead quote me

Actress Cate Blanchett.
Actress Cate Blanchett.
Actress Maggie Smith.
Actress Maggie Smith.
Actor Josh Duhamel.
Actor Josh Duhamel.

At some point I realised: That is the act. It's not whether you can act or not. It's whether you can act comfortable and relaxed.

ACTRESS CATE BLANCHETT, who once worked as a script-reader for a casting agent and saw countless actors audition


When you're young, you're just so thrilled to be doing it; of course you're terrified, but as you get older, it's because you realise how difficult it is to do. When you're young, it's excitement and terror. Now it's just terror.

ACTRESS MAGGIE SMITH on stage fright


I was really nervous. It was like my moment of truth. I laid out my outfit the night before, which I'd never done in my life. So it was a big build-up when I finally got to talk to her and all I could say was, 'You're hot!'

ACTOR JOSH DUHAMEL on how he met his wife, singer Fergie, on his television series Las Vegas

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2015, with the headline 'Go ahead quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe