Karen Allen Quotes


I've had so many people just come up to me and say 'When you came up on the screen everybody in the theater applauded.' It's just so sweet really.

I've never done anything for money. My first love is things of limited commercial appeal. I could be happy doing Shakespeare for the rest of my life.

A lot of times when I've been offered film series and stuff if they shoot in Los Angeles I lose interest.

If there are no other wonderful roles that come my way I have a quite an interesting dynamic life.

I thought I need to reinvent myself. I want every day of life to be wonderful fascinating interesting creative. And what am I gonna do to make that happen?

I'm about as healthy as a person can be. I quit smoking seven or eight years ago.

People want to see a movie that casts a mature woman across from a mature man.

I'm from a generation of fantastic actresses. It's a big pool of really wonderful actresses and so many of them we never even get to see on the screen anymore.

For me the motivation really was to work with Al Pacino. To me that seemed like an incredible opportunity just a learning opportunity because I thought so highly of him.

Scripts [are] kind of a bare bones type of reading material.

I just felt like I had to create a life for myself where I was more independent.

There's something so wonderful about being an actor in New York.

CGI is to me like watching a cartoon. It can be effective if it's done well. A lot of times you don't feel any real risk. You're watching a bunch of computer-generated graphics.

Sometimes I think candor is the only kindness.

If you just work on your upper body you're not going to be a full-range dancer or performer. You've got to work in all directions as much as you possibly can.

I feel as though I would be delighted to come back into working in the film world and working in the theater world again. I'm just gonna see what happens.

I don't necessarily like being defined by my profession.

Unfortunately I feel as actors we have to fight for the right to really go in as many directions as possible.

Eventually you love people - friends or lovers - because of their flaws.

I watch many many many independent films every year that you see once in a film festival and they're never heard of ever again. Many of them are very very good.

I've always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it and I'll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life.

I'm always surprised when people say "Oh it got such mixed reviews." I guess I didn't read them.

Let's just say I decided that while my son is young I don't want to do projects that would take me away for months.

I don't know if I've ever played a character who's close to me. There have been some elements of myself in different roles. Sometimes I show one side of myself and then completely conceal the other.

When I read a film script I kind of see it in my head and I see the moments that shape what I understand the character to be. There's very little time for rehearsal.

I said to myself 'I've waited a long time in my life to have a child and I'm missing it I want to continue to have a career but not this way.