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Born: 1980-12-19
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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Chris Cooper once told me to never have any regrets. After Chris said that to me, I walk into every scene thinking, 'exhaust every possibility.' Once you get to a certain place, it's like you just deliver everything you've got. Don't have any regrets. It pops up in my mind over and over and over again.

Tags: After, Mind, Thinking

I am inherently a little brother - that's just my nature. It has to do with my sister being very strong and wanting to protect me. It's the natural order of things.

Tags: Brother, Nature, Strong

I don't think you can approach any piece of art with boundaries or rules. I think respect is a very important thing, but I also think what we discover along the way is really important.

Tags: Art, Respect, Rules

I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy.

Tags: Family, Gay, Thinking

I grew up on movie sets, so it was something I just found familiar. When I was growing up also, in high school, I would audition for things and my parents let me audition for things - with the thought that I wouldn't get them. And then I would get them... sometimes, and it would surprise them.

Tags: Parents, School, Thought

I liken movies to playing a piano: Sometimes you're playing the chords and different notes with unresolved cadences and playing all major chords that are all over the place, and you're enjoying yourself with a great, simple melody.

Tags: Great, Movies, Yourself

I remember being in college knowing I didn't want to go anymore. I wanted to try and become an actor. There is a something in me, with a risk of sounding cliche, that I just had to do it. I knew from an early age that acting was my path.

Tags: Age, Remember, Try

I think as an actor you have to be open to your emotions - that's how you tap into other characters. Besides, by being so open I've come to terms with how screwed I am!

Tags: Actor, Emotions, Open

I think family is the most important thing in the world. I think your own family is the most complicated thing in the world, and I think it's the most beautiful thing in the world.

Tags: Beautiful, Family

I think that more and more there's a sense that the best performances I can give are the ones that are the truest to who I am. The further I move away from who I am, the worse they are.

Tags: Away, Best, Give

I would really love to direct one day. I think there are certain actors who love the character and the performance and that's all they want to be a part of.

Tags: Character, Direct, Love

I'm going to continue doing what I want to do. And if it means I want to go and make a big movie, if it has something to say, I will want to make it. I don't want to spend my life wasting my time. If it's a big movie, I want to do it. If it's a small movie, I want to do it.

Tags: Life, Small, Time

I'm like, 'What world am I living in?' Aren't movies made to have something to say? Why make a movie if you don't have something to say? What are you doing it for? Are you doing it because you want to make a lot of money?

Tags: Living, Money, Movies

If you're going to spend seven months of your life - for me seven months, for Roland Emmerich, 3, 4, 5 years of his life - doing something, I think you have to have something to say.

Tags: Life, Months, Spend

It bothers me when people say, 'Oh, you're so down to earth - for an actor.' Even when they don't say 'for an actor,' I feel like that's the implication. Why are the standards so low for performers?

Tags: Actor, Earth, Why

Some movies you fall a step behind, and some you stay in the same place, make the same choices. And then sometimes there are people who know more than you but show you, and that's the maximum you can hope for - doing that with someone who says, 'I like you for what you are, and I want you to be in my picture.'

Tags: Hope, Movies, Someone

The best thing that I got was rehearsing with my father. It was always about the process of figuring things out, and trying something new, and having another take on something and keeping it alive.

Tags: Best, Father, Trying

The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there. And, if you don't acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice.

Tags: Creative, Idea, Yourself

The last name is pronounced Jill-en-hall. It's spelled with two l's, two a's. We have a song in my family; G-Y-Double L - EN - HAAL spells Gyllenhaal. It's a Swedish name. It's a family heirloom set to music.

Tags: Family, Last, Music

We were talking about the kissing in the movie just recently. Clearly, it's pretty challenging material, but Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen.

Tags: Men, Pretty, Sex

When I was young, before school, my father would wake me up and we would go running together. A love of being physical, being active and being outside was something he instilled in me.

Tags: Father, Love, School

When you have a lot of opportunities, which I am blessed to have had in terms of my work, you get into the habit of not paying attention to certain specifics. And as we get busy, anything we do is the same thing.

Tags: Blessed, Busy, Work

Working on a movie like 'Prince of Persia' was awesome. It was great fun to be an action hero and to jump around, running off walls and fighting and having great quippy lines.

Tags: Fun, Great, Hero

Crazy people don't sit around wondering if they're nuts.

Tags: Crazy, Sit, Wondering

Don't listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it's what you want to do and it's within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life.

Tags: Life, Try, Yourself

As much as I am one for real human interaction, I also want to make a show that's entertaining and that people want to see.

Tags: Human, Real, Show
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'Brokeback Mountain' takes all your conceptions of America, and the Western, and cowboys, and sexuality, and love, and it stirs them all up.

Tags: America, Love, Takes

Do I take care of my body and take conditioning seriously? Yes.

Tags: Body, Care, Seriously

Even as an actor, I think like a storyteller. My parents raised us to look at the script.

Tags: Actor, Parents, Script

Every journey starts with fear.

Tags: Fear, Journey, Starts

Every man goes through a period of thinking they're attracted to another guy.

Tags: Another, Guy, Thinking

I have a mentor. I have... guides. I have a lot of guides. Not a lot, but people whose opinions I really respect and who I will turn to.

Tags: Opinions, Respect, Turn

I hope I'm a spiritual person. I'm trying to be a spiritual person.

Tags: Hope, Spiritual, Trying

I love 'Training Day' - that's a great movie.

Tags: Great, Love, Training

I think it's important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man.

Tags: Woman

I think that we all have within us the potential for almost anything. If we play close attention to our lives, then we can get at it somehow.

Tags: Almost, Attention, Lives

I think you hear a lot of people say 'I support the troops' and all of that, but I really feel deeply that I do.

Tags: Hear, Support, Troops

I want, overall, to trust what I know is right. There have been many times when I haven't.

Tags: Overall, Times, Trust

I'm a harsh critic, you know? I am.

Tags: Critic, Harsh

I'm open to whatever people want to call me.

Tags: Call, Open, Whatever

In work, never have any regrets and always leave everything on the field.

Tags: Leave, Regrets, Work

It's funny to me that people find other people getting coffee really interesting, or walking their dog in the dog park.

Tags: Coffee, Funny, Getting

My experience on 'Jarhead' was life changing.

Tags: Changing, Experience, Life

My mum and dad are pretty amazing chefs and they spent most of my childhood cooking really extravagant things for my sister and me.

Tags: Amazing, Dad, Pretty

My mum raised us on classic movies and a lot of musical theatre.

Tags: Movies, Musical, Theatre

Really, contrary to popular belief, I like to have a good time and not take myself too seriously.

Tags: Good, Seriously, Time

Romance is important, but to have a friend you can use as a mirror, who can give you an objective response, that's what's really important.

Tags: Friend, Give, Mirror

Theater has given me a different perspective on the way I approach films.

Tags: Approach, Films, Theater