Alan Ball quote

"I'm used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them."

Alan Ball

Born: May 13, 1957

Occupation: Writer

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I'm a huge freak, and always have been. I spent the first part of my life trying really desperately not to be one, and it was just a waste of time.

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In my own life, I think legends of supernatural, mythic things are really just a manifestation of the collective unconscious. So I don't really get freaked out. I mean certainly, you read about things...

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Ultimately, physical resemblance isn't as important as whether this person can bring this character to life in a way that's compelling and makes me care about what happens to them.

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Death is a companion for all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we're aware of it or not, and it's not necessarily a terrible thing.

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Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable.

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Happy relationships are boring. We all want them in our own life. But I don't want to watch them on TV.

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I am a little suspicious of industry paradigms. I feel like so many movies and TV shows feel so familiar because of over-reliance on these paradigms.

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I believe forgiveness is possible for everybody, for everything, but I'm a Buddhist.

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I think sexuality is a window into someone's soul.

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I think the world is a place for oddballs and freaks. I'm only interested in oddballs and freaks as characters.

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I think vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people's psyches.

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I will say that the environment I grew up in was not the most progressive.

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I would say try to tell stories that you care about as opposed to stories that you think will sell.

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I'd seen 'Interview with A Vampire' and saw Dracula movies growing up, but I never thought, 'I love vampires; I have to do a show about vampires.'

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I'm from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region.

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If a scene is longer than three pages, it better be for a good reason.

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The difference between film and TV is the pace. You don't have the leisure of time in television.

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When I go home, the last thing I want to do is read about the popular lore of vampires.

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You know, I'm gay and I grew up being aware of that at a very early age, in a fairly repressed family.

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I am so spoiled. I cannot watch a show where it gets interrupted for ads. I have to TiVo it and skip through the ads, because the culture of advertising is so false and phony that I just... ugh, you know?

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I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It's an incredibly nourishing process; it's probably the closest I come to having a religion.

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Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually...

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As a writer, it's fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it's a really great job, but that's what...

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I definitely see the good in people. Certainly in my own life I strive to be somebody who is functional and well adjusted and can face conflict in a non-emotional and non-destructive way, and those are...

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Most of us live in artificial environments and then we go to work in artificial environments and the world becomes something that you see through a window.

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I'm a character actress, plain and simple...Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again.

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Helen Mirren

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