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Ed Harris
Actor, Director
“What are you learning about yourself as an actor?”

“I’ve realized over the years that at times I tried too hard. Acting doesn’t have to be agonizing, torturous, and soul wrenching. It can be the opposite—a liberating, freeing, and opening experience. Acting is about being present and focusing on what you’re doing without pushing. What invigorates me is constantly renewing the discovery process, not what I’m discovering, but how I arrive at what I’m discovering. It’s about opening up more and more, not necessarily to other people, but within myself, understanding what it is to have my two feet on the ground, and feeling part of the universe.”

“Do you infuse yourself into your characters?”

“I don’t see how one can approach acting in any other way. If you’re young, in your twenties and thirties, you have only so much life experience to bring to your roles. I’m almost sixty now, so I don’t have to manufacture as much.”

“I sensed a change in your acting after Pollock---as if more of the real you was being exposed in subsequent roles. Do I have that right?”

“Yes! Doing Pollock affected me as a human being and my acting thereafter. The experience penetrated my inner self, the deepest part of me, resulting in my feeling more confident, freer, and more open to creative possibilities. I realized that anything I believed in strongly enough could be actualized by taking it one step at a time. When you fight to achieve something against the odds, it deepens the meaning of every breath you take.”