Beth Grant Quotes

Frequently over the years, people have thought that they know me. Every character actor has this story, I’m sure. It goes like this: ‘Um, do you play soccer?’ ‘Did you go to such and such church?’ ‘I knew you when you were with so and so… ‘ Then I go, ‘Well, sorry…’ and then they say, ‘Wait a minute. Are you an actor?’

— Beth Grant

I think most character people that you talk to, it’s like, whatever they offer us, we are thrilled to do. I won’t do anything that’s immoral or illicit. I did turn down eating a dead body once. I turned down a few really creepy horror movies. For the most part, I can usually find a way into whatever character.

— Beth Grant

I can remember before ‘Rain Man,’ I just couldn’t get in on anything, any features. After that and it winning the Oscar – the next year, I co-starred in six movies.

— Beth Grant

When I hit New York in 1972, I thought I was a sprinter. I thought that I would star in a Broadway show and do a movie and win an Oscar by the time I was 25. It turned out that I’m a long distance runner.

— Beth Grant

I had a very hard time accepting myself as a character actress because I wanted to be glamorous and a leading lady like everybody else. I looked in the mirror and thought I looked pretty good, but casting didn’t ever see me that way.

— Beth Grant

Tone is so important because you can have a great script just be ruined with the wrong director – if they shtick it up or something. With ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ I was so concerned they weren’t going to play the pageant official realistically because you don’t have to wink to play those kinds of characters.

— Beth Grant

I never have broken up in comedy, ever. There’s something about me that I just don’t break on camera – maybe because I’m just so cheap, and I know how expensive it is to shoot – but I broke on ‘Sordid Lives,’ and I broke on ‘The Office.’ Those are the only two times in my life.

— Beth Grant

I love ‘Child’s Play 2!’ I love Don Mancini. That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was scared to do a horror movie – a blatant studio horror movie – but I liked the script, and I thought that was such an important theme because I don’t think adults listen to children enough.

— Beth Grant

My daughter’s favorite musical is ‘Wicked,’ which she has seen hundreds of times – she even worked as an usher at the Pantages so she could see it over and over. Her dream is to play Elphaba.

— Beth Grant

There is nothing like going on a stage. You are in the saddle, and you’ve got to ride that horse, and there’s nothing more thrilling and exhilarating.

— Beth Grant

The fans of ‘Speed’ are very different from the fans of ‘To Wong Foo,’ which are different from ‘Donnie Darko.’ Look at the classics I’ve been in: ‘No Country for Old Men’… ‘Little Miss Sunshine’… ‘Rain Man’ was my first big studio movie! How lucky is that?

— Beth Grant

Every character I’ve played is like family to me.

— Beth Grant

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