Catherine Keener Quotes

Catherine Ann Keener (born March 23, 1959) is an American actress. She has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich (1999) and Harper Lee in Capote (2005). Keener also appeared in the films Into the Wild (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), and Get Out (2017), which were well received by critics. Keener is the muse of director Nicole Holofcener, having appeared in every work of hers to date.

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Sometimes it just doesn't translate to people. You just move on, and you feel bad because people worked so hard on it and everyone loved it... Everybody was treated so well and was going for something and trying to do the best work possible.

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Insecurity is just something that's there all the time. I've never been crippled by it.

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The movies I'm in not a lot of people see, but it's alright.

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I just never fantasized about Mr. Rogers, but I like his whole vibe.

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I think people are always looking for a good comedy.

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I'm unqualified for anything else. I'm barely qualified for this.

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“I read the script about five times, out loud, and I still had no idea what it meant.”

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“If you give a character room to breathe, they come alive.”

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“I don't think I'm very ambitious at all. But I seem to play people who have that quality.”

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“My work environment has always been very safe and very warm, so I have the freedom to speak directly to my friend,s and vice-versa.”

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“It does help that Dermot is an actor. I hate having to care about that stuff. But I know it's legitimate and he appreciates what the ramifications are.”

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“I'm pretty organized. I'm pretty controlling. I don't have big plans or designs. But I don't rely on a Palm Pilot or help or other technology-no! I'm barely good with emailing and a fax machine. I organize things in my head; I have a pretty good memory, so that helps me out a lot.”

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“Most times when people pitch you as being perfect for a part... they don't look at you as an actor who can transform. A lot of people are so literal.”

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“I haven't had a lot of time to reflect on what's just happened, but I do know that it was really good and I'm very happy with all the jobs. It wasn't intentional that I kind of wanted to mix it up a little bit. But I did know - I was aware of this - a couple years back of starting to be perceived as this tough, urban, blah blah blah. One person writes that and then another person will and then it becomes true. I didn't feel that way. I felt like everybody was different.”

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“I... had guys on the set who didn't like me... they weren't interested in the cold character.”

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