Michael Sheen

(Michael Christopher Sheen)

Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
  • Born: February 5, 1969
  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Profession: Actor

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Michael Christopher Sheen OBE is a Welsh actor. After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where his classmates included Diane Parish, Richard Dormer, Caroline Catz and Sophie Stanton, he worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made notable stage appearances in Romeo and Juliet (1992), Don't Fool With Love (1993), Peer Gynt (1994), The Seagull (1995), The Homecoming (1997), and Henry V (1997). His performances in Amadeus at the Old Vic and Look Back in Anger at the National Theatre were nominated for Olivier Awards in 1998 and 1999, respectively. In 2003, he was nominated for a third Olivier Award for his performance in Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse.

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A lot of children are interested in fairies, especially young girls, and Tinker Bell is the ueber-fairy. She's the pin-up girl of fairies. She's the ultimate fairy, but she's also got a mischievous spirit and she's very strong-willed. I think a lot of youngsters recognize themselves in Tinker Bell.
A lot of the times when I've auditioned for parts in America, the answer is, 'Sorry, we need a bigger name.'
A parent can seem very kind and gentle, but as any child knows, as soon as that parent gets stressed, they can suddenly turn and get a bit angry.
Acting itself is quite scary. Some people say that actors are show-offs, very egotistical and all that kind of stuff, but it is quite scary.
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Americans are much more open than people in Britain.
As a general thing, I've always been drawn to characters who appear to be one thing on the surface, but are actually something else underneath.
By the time you are 30 you are still trying to make your 15-year-old self happy but you are a different person. You need to be brave and let go of that. Time
Everyone deserves compassion.
For a culture that has such a problem with death, we seem to deal with it in a quite bizarre way. We see people shot, killed and blown up, and we find it funny and sexy and all those things. But, the reality of it is that every day people die, and people are really sad and they grieve and they go through a really difficult process with it. Death ;Humor
For me, what makes life enjoyable is having a shared culture and shared references. Life
Getting older is a struggle. I always feel that just under the surface of acceptance and enjoyment of the ageing process is a terrible hysteria just waiting to burst out.
'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. Life ;Death
Hopefully, any character I play has an anchor in reality.
I always say if I'm not good at something it's just because I've not had time to focus on it... it's just uncrafted, like a slab of rock that contains the statue of David within it. Time
I am prone to get carried away thinking about creative projects.
I am very impatient.
I can be a lazy dresser.
I cry when I feel moved by incredible generosity or a connection to someone. We spend so much of our lives being separated. It's the relief of connection that produces the tears.
I don't do the whole L.A. nightlife thing.
I don't find the life in Hollywood all that meaningful or inspiring. Life
I don't want to do something that I've done before; I can't see the point of it.
I enjoy doing things that involve research because it's part of what I enjoy about acting.
I find increasingly that the more extreme are the things going on in your life, the more cultural reference points fail you. More mythical reference points actually help, and you realise that's what myths are for. It's for human beings to process their experience in extremis. Life
I have a daughter, and fairies meant a lot to her growing up.
I have a terrible temper. I have absolutely no problem with getting shouty or a bit physical. It's not something I'm pleased about and it doesn't happen very often, but it's very much there.
I live a very Kenneth Williams-like existence.
I love watching Jeff Bridges act. He's brilliant. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I perceive and relate to the world through where I grew up; that's part of me. It's what I judge everything else against.
I suppose I'm something of an eccentric dresser.
I suppose I've got a reputation for playing quite extreme characters and making them quite believable.
I think a good story's a good story and a good character's a good character.
I think being a parent is the most challenging thing you do. That's why we're here. It's at the heart of what it is to be a human being. It's the ultimate experience because it questions everything about who you are. But it's difficult.
I think I'm becoming more relaxed in front of a camera. I suppose I'll always feel slightly more at home on stage. It's more of an actor's medium. You are your own editor, nobody else is choosing what is being seen of you.
I think it's quite tough for people like Tom Cruise where you can never really get away from being Tom Cruise in something. You're so familiar to people and people know so much about your life. Life
I think parenthood is a wonderful balancing act. On the one hand, you want to spend as much time with your children as possible. On the other hand, you want to set an example for them to see that you're fulfilled in your life and in your work. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think the best acting is when you allow yourself to be kind of vulnerable in the moment.
I think the story of 'Alice in Wonderland' in a way is a reminder that life is frightening, it can shift on you at any moment. Life
I think when you work on a Woody Allen film the actors become a real company, probably more than on any other film. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I try not to pay any attention to clothes fascism and I'd rather be thought of as someone who has his own sense of style.
I was obsessed with football when I was growing up.
I would like to be taller, thinner and more rakish looking.
I would never use prosthetics. I don't like sticking things on. I don't really like wearing wigs, either.
I'd love to go back to Europe in the '20s and '30s, for the beginning of the Psychoanalytic Movement, and Freud and Jung, and all that was going on with discoveries in quantum physics. The whole nature of reality was changing and being challenged. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
I'd love to go back to Greek times and see the birth of theater and performing, in that time. It would be so extraordinary to see the need that theater came out of, in the first place. I think we could probably all learn a bit from that. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If someone has an ability to impress an audience there's a tendency to be tempted into doing just that.
If you can define what God is, I can tell you whether I believe in it. Religion & God
I'm a big fan of vampire movies generally and that sort of tradition of characters. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy - not so much horror because I get a bit scared. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I'm always aware that there are, broadly speaking, two different ways to act: there is acting, and then there's being, and I'm always more interested in that.
I'm happy in my life. Life
I'm not a Christian.
I'm not a Tony Blair impersonator.
In some ways any film that you do has an artificiality about it. Even when you're doing the most kitchen-sinky, gritty, realistic scene you've still got 50 people standing around watching you with cameras and lights and things.
It's weird that I've ended up playing so many real live people, because I was never any good at impersonations at school.
I've always found it hard to say sorry.
I've always had an eye for what looks good on a man. But I've not always found it easy to find clothes that look good on me.
I've always loved animation and animated films.
I've never met anyone normal.
My chief gifts are - naturally good at all sports with a raw talent for pretty much everything, which if nurtured could develop into improper talent. Sports & Athletics
My dad is a Jack Nicholson lookalike and a frustrated performer, my mother's into reading and poetry. I suppose the thing I owe them most is my confidence. Families, Children & Parenting ;Literature, Writers & Writing
My own daughter is a big fan of the 'Twilight' stories, the books.
My rule of thumb is that I want to do things I'd like to go and see myself.
My taste in watching things runs from dramas and low-budget films to high-end fantasy/science fiction.
My tragedy is that all I want is a dog, and yet I have been cursed with cats all my life. Life
Normal people - i.e., people who aren't actors - are the most bizarre people you can ever come across. I'll talk to someone and come away thinking, 'They are clinically insane.'
On the one hand Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage with people, which is great, but on the other there are people who feel they can say whatever they want, put poison out there, really, without fear of any repercussions.
Part of the fun of life is interacting with people and not knowing what the truth is inside. Letting them reveal that to you is what binds you to people. Truth ;Life
Sometimes you see things in a script, and it doesn't necessarily mean the director sees the same things. And if you think you're going to be making a different film, then that's not gonna work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Stories have always been the things that entertain me and make me feel happy and sad and move me and give me the experience of being able to live many lives in one lifetime. It's the best thing about being alive.
The first thing, when I read the script, is that I need to care about what happens and feel compelled by the story and engaged by the characters. It needs to resonate with me, even if what the characters are going through is not something that I have experienced in my life. I have to feel like it has some sort of meaning to me. Life
The secret to acting is don't act. Be you, with add-ons.
There are times in my career where I can see it would be helped by having a bit more of a profile, but it's not like I refuse to do interviews, no, not at all.
We see death constantly on film. Death
When I was at drama school, I wanted to change the world, and thought I had some great wisdom to impart to people about humanity. Now that I'm older, I know enough to realise that I know nothing at all.
When I'm in America, I like to be near the sea, listen to music, watch films, read and write. Music, Chants & Rapps
When you look at all the miracles attributed to Jesus, they're all about change.
While I enjoy spending time in L.A., Britain is my home. Time
You know, we're each the hero of our own story and we perceive what's going on around us, and especially in a relationship, from the kind of viewpoint of, 'Well, this is my story, and I'm the hero of that, and I justify what I do around it.'