Amanda Donohoe Quotes.
I had no idea ‘L.A. Law’ would be so mega. I knew it was a big show, but I was just one actress in a group of many good, award-winning actresses.
I’m an atheist, so it was actually a joy. Spitting on Christ was a great deal of fun. I can’t embrace a male god who has persecuted female sexuality throughout the ages. And that persecution still goes on today all over the world.
I watch an awful lot of old Hollywood movies – I’ll devour anything with Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. My absolute favourite is ‘Sunset Boulevard’ starring Gloria Swanson.
I love my work – it’s what I know how to do best.
I loved living in Hollywood – and the weather there was just fantastic – but there is something about rural England, and especially Suffolk and Norfolk, that pulls at my heartstrings.
Soaps are one of the few areas on TV that really embrace older women. In drama, there’s this ridiculous invisibility for women between the ages of 40 and 60. Unless you’re old enough to play a grandmother, there just aren’t the roles.
I read, go for walks and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they’re just gardening ones. Always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails.
I have no regrets about not having children. I still wait for the pang of guilt, but I have none. I tune into the television show Nanny 911 occasionally which reminds me how much patience and love it take to be a good parent.
My father worked for the Foreign Office, so he was away a lot of the time. We were a very volatile family. There was a lot of love and a lot of conflict. The conflict kicked in mostly during my adolescence.
People say to me ‘You’re a big Hollywood star’, and I find it so funny. I still feel as though I’m the girl from Golders Green. I lead such a boring, normal life. I still go shopping in Sainsbury’s. If the ability to do that was taken away from me, I’d go barmy. You lose your freedom. Be careful what you wish for.
Of course, like any woman, I look in the mirror and think, ‘Oh, wouldn’t I look better with a bit of Botox?’ But you’ve got to find comfort in your own skin. I’ve watched women stretch themselves year after year until their faces are no longer recognisable.
Ive always loved my red wine, and when Im not working I can open a bottle too many. I love to cook, so its one for me and one for the casserole. I would consume a bottle of wine on my own of an evening and then literally pass out.
I’ve always loved my red wine, and when I’m not working I can open a bottle too many. I love to cook, so it’s one for me and one for the casserole. I would consume a bottle of wine on my own of an evening and then literally pass out.
I don’t think atheism means one does not believe in a spiritual life. I think it means one does not follow the tenets of the established religions.
It’s either feast or famine, and that’s the way it’s been for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent my whole career thinking I’ll never work again. Every actor lives with that insecurity. You just have to negotiate the rapids as they come.
The worst hotels are any with a bad bed. I stayed in a hotel where they left cards telling me my enjoyment was of paramount importance. I should have written, ‘Nice rooms, crap beds.’
If all you’re doing is making money, you have a luxurious but empty life.
That’s the problem with soaps, of course. The stories never end. They can go on and on and on.
At 50 you’re more confident, more comfortable in your skin and you don’t put up with nonsense, especially from men.
Your roots, your family, your friends all become so much more important to you as you get older, especially if you are a wandering minstrel like me.
Its either feast or famine, and thats the way its been for as long as I can remember. Ive spent my whole career thinking Ill never work again. Every actor lives with that insecurity. You just have to negotiate the rapids as they come.
I watch an awful lot of old Hollywood movies – Ill devour anything with Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. My absolute favourite is Sunset Boulevard starring Gloria Swanson.
I have no regrets about not having children. I still wait for the pang of guilt, but I have none. I tune into the television show ‘Nanny 911’ occasionally which reminds me how much patience and love it take to be a good parent.
Women’s lives get more interesting the older they get. For some reason, when you hit 35, it turns into a grey area filmically. There’s not much more until you start playing grannies. I’m not ready for that. I’m just naffed off that, between 35 and 50, there aren’t better things about.
My sister is older than me and would often go off, so I grew up alone in a sense. I had to amuse myself and developed a wonderful fantasy world and quite happily lived in it. I think, in adulthood, that helped me. I love pottering on my own.
‘Downton Abbey’ is one of my favourite shows ever – it’s just beautifully filmed, and the stories and characters are so wonderful.
My preferred environment is by the sea or somewhere rural. I don’t want to be in a city, I don’t want to visit New York and I don’t want to go shopping.
If you build a career on being a beautiful young woman, that’s going to be a short career. I have to establish I can act. I don’t want to have to visit the plastic surgeon every two years.
What I do for a living is re-create human emotion, and that’s a pretty weird thing to do from nine till five.
I don’t like posh hotels. I like small, eclectic hotels, and luxury for me would mean really good company with good food in a really funky, beautiful house in the middle of a field where someone came and serviced the place for us.