78 Quotes of Frances McDormand

” That’s another great thing about getting older. Your life is written on your face. “
” When you lose a spouse, you’re a widow or widower; when you lose your parents, you’re an orphan. When you lose a child, there’s no word in the English language for that position, that place that you’re left. “
” One of the reasons I am successful as a producer is that I’ve been a very successful housewife. “
” With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself. “
” I’m not a depressive, but I certainly have mood swings. It’s an occupational hazard, I would say, and I’m glad I’m in the occupation I’m in. “
” My position has always been that the way people age and the signs that we show of aging is nature’s way of tattooing. It’s natural scarification, and the life you lead gives you the symbols and the emblems of your life, the road map you followed. “
” I learned how to read in second grade, and I entered a summer contest at my local library in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you read more books than anybody else, you got your Polaroid up on the bulletin board, and I did. “
” If you want to talk about cultural appropriation, we have to go back to the Greeks. “
” My son smelled like a cinnamon bun, and that smell entered into my biological being, and it became an imperative that I keep him alive at all costs, so then there’s this monster – this tiger or lion – that comes forward in you to protect them. And it doesn’t stop. It doesn’t matter if they become men or women. “
” The last scene in ‘Moonlight,’ that’s one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen on film in my lifetime. You see two men showing such tenderness towards each other. And it’s bold; it’s deep. It’s complex. It’s profound. “
” I was often told that I wasn’t a thing. ‘She’s not pretty enough. She’s not tall enough. She’s not thin enough. She’s not fat enough.’ I thought, ‘O.K., someday you’re going to be looking for someone not, not, not, not, and there I’ll be.’ “
” I was completely naive about the business of being an actor. My family didn’t go to the theater or to the movies. We watched television like every 1960s small-town American family, and I certainly never thought about being on TV. I thought I was going to be a classical actor in the grand tradition. “
” A movie set actually can be a good place to have a family atmosphere. “
” I think that ageism is a cultural illness; it’s not a personal illness. “
” I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal. “
” Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. “
” Female characters in literature are full. They’re messy: they’ve got runny noses and burp and belch. Unfortunately, in film, female characters don’t often have that kind of richness. “
” I love flying by the seat of my pants, going at something instinctually. “
” I will go to my grave being known as Marge Gunderson. It’ll be on my gravestone if I have one. I don’t mind that, because it was a great character. “
” I want to separate my professional life from my personal life. I want to live a normal life and be a normal mother. “
” We appreciate quiet living. It’s not exactly a Hollywood way of life – I couldn’t stand living out in Hollywood because you can never escape from the business. All people ever do is talk about movies. At least in New York you can have some other life. “
” I never trusted good-looking boys. “
” I am an ordinary person. “
” Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don’t work, and then they work again. “
” I went to my school careers counselors and said I wanted to be an actor, and they didn’t know what to do. They showed me catalogues with pretty campuses and said, ‘Oh, look, there’s a theater building. Why don’t you go there?’ “
” If you take it as a compliment that you don’t look your age, then you’re really shooting yourself in the foot. “
” I went to my school careers counselors and said I wanted to be an actor, and they didn’t know what to do. They showed me catalogues with pretty campuses and said, ‘Oh, look, there’s a theater building. Why don’t you go there?’ “
” The fact that I’m sleeping with the director may have something to do with it. “
” Most women’s pictures are as boring and as formulaic as men’s pictures. In place of a car chase or a battle scene, what you get is an extreme closeup of a woman breaking down. “
” I’m a character actress, plain and simpleā€¦ 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. “
” I don’t think you can ever completely transform yourself on film, but if you do your job well, you can make people believe that you’re the character you’re trying to be. “
” The only power you have is the word no. “
” Who can worry about a career? Have a life. “
” I don’t think of myself as a movie star and I can pretty easily convince other people that I’m not a movie star. “
” I haven’t wanted to play a mother for a long time because I am one. “
” It’s much easier to play supporting roles because that’s what I do in my life: I support my son. “
” Certainly, a lot of the films I’ve worked on have ended up good movies, but they haven’t always been the best experiences. “
” It’s a scary thing going into the workforce with a $50,000 debt and you’ve been trained as a classical theatre actor. There’s always a depression in the theatre. “
” There’s only two givens with choosing acting as a profession: one is you will always be unemployed, always, and it doesn’t matter how much money you make, you’re still always going to be unemployed; and that you have no power. “
” Because of my own insecurities about the way I look, I do sometimes sabotage the looks of my characters by making them as homely as possible. I’ve never done a glamour part. I’d like to some day, though I don’t know if I could pull it off. “
” I’m trained in the theater, and acting, for me, is about the imaginative life I create for myself, not about basing it on something real. I think that whatever I create becomes the reality for the audience. “
” I’m not an actor because I want my picture taken. I’m an actor because I want to be part of the human exchange. “
” I was too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too blond, too dark – but at some point, they’re going to need the other. So I’d get really good at being the other. “
” I became interested in educating people in the variety of ways in which women can express their emotion. Which is much easier to do in a large role than in a supporting role to a male protagonist. In general, the women in a supporting role to a male protagonist – cry a lot. “
” My name is Frances Louise McDormand, formerly known as Cynthia Ann Smith. I was born in Gibson City, Ill., in 1957. I identify as gender-normative, heterosexual, and white-trash American. My parents were not white trash. My birth mother was white trash. “
” I’m not really that interested in going back to playing small supporting roles. “
” The crew on ‘Three Bilboards,’ by the way, is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. And that’s not hyperbole. “
” I swear a lot; I always have. So does my husband. Our son, surprisingly, does not swear much at all. “
” I’m from working-class, blue-collar America, and I don’t believe that people in that socioeconomic strata wait until they’re 40 to have children. “
” Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 – sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. “
” Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face. “
” We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. There’s no desire to be an adult. “
” I want to be revered. I want to be an elder; I want to be an elderess. “
” I have not mutated myself in any way. “
” We don’t need a lot of initiatives for women in film; what we need is money. “
” All the skills of housewifery are the ones I’m using as a producer. “
” Unfortunately, any girl – unless you’re playing the action hero – is going to end up at some point handcuffed, gagged, and waiting for the hero to save her. “
” My politics are private, but many of my feminist politics cross over into my professional life. “
” I portray female characters, so I have the opportunity to change the way people look at them. Even if I wasn’t consciously doing that, it would happen anyway just because of how I present as a woman, or as a person. I present in a way that’s not stereotypical, even if I’m playing a stereotypical role. “
” I know I’m profane. And outspoken. “
” I went to high school in a steel town in Pennsylvania. “
” It’s like some weird excuse for high school kids to vomit. It’s not good. It’s stupid. I’m sure that’s not what St. Patrick’s Day is supposed to be about, but who knows. “
” Even though I’m an actor, I’ve gone to productions where there has been someone whose work is known in film, and you can’t take your eyes off them. It unbalances the production. Whether they’re good or not, it doesn’t matter. “
” I think awards are good for the movie. They can bring a new audience to the movie. I’ve always claimed that things like that don’t get you work. Work gets you work. That’s my blue-collar, protestant work ethic. “
” Yale? I was at Yale on a scholarship. “
” Here’s what I have at my advantage: I’ve never been a personality. I’ve always been a character actor. “
” A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story, and that’s why long-format television has become so great for female storytelling and for female performers and directors and writers. “
” Unless I’m on a stage, I don’t want to be the event in someone’s day. “
” It’s kind of a subversive act to tell a story of a woman past a certain age, to develop a four-hour movie based on a marriage and a story of two people past middle age. “
” Long-format television is a better way to tell a female story. “
” I am not a director or a writer, but a filmmaker. “
” I read books. Remember those? I read them, on paper. “
” I buy books, I have shelves of books. I love to read. “
” I have a very short attention span. “
” It was really fascinating for everyone involved in ‘Fargo’ that Marge Gunderson became the iconic character she did. I think it was something about the cultural zeitgeist and what was happening with women in the workplace. “
” Guess what? I am an ordinary person. “
” In comparison to other women in the world, perhaps I’m seen as smaller. But I’ve never had a problem thinking of myself as a large woman. “
” I think that cosmetic enhancements in my profession are just an occupational hazard. But I think, more culturally, I’m interested in starting the conversation about aging gracefully and how, instead of making it a cultural problem, we make it individuals’ problems. “