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Amy Ryan

  • American actress
  • Born November 30, 1969

Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski (born May 3, 1969), known professionally as Amy Ryan, is an American actress of stage and screen. A graduate of New York's High School of Performing Arts, she is an Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award nominee. Ryan began her professional stage career in 1987 and made her Broadway debut in 1993 as a replacement in the original production of The Sisters Rosensweig. She went on to receive Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2000 revival of Uncle Vanya and the 2005 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.


I find that all great directors, and I would include Ben Affleck and Clint Eastwood in that, they have great confidence. And with great confidence comes great freedom for the actor.




Being an actor, we're so dependent on the writers.




There are certain things you learn to do as a parent - using every single part of your body because you're multitasking all the time. You're holding the baby and you're closing the door with your left foot.




I come from a working-class background in Queens, New York.




I will admit, it's so intoxicating working with Steve Carrell. Creatively and professionally.




One of the great perks of being an actor is you're only as smart as the job you're in, you know, and you're only as informed as the job you're in, and you do become an expert, and you read all the books, but then there's a part of, like, you move on.




I can really laugh at myself and make a fool out of myself.




I really don't have a problem showing the ugly side of people. If that means my wearing no makeup, that's fine. To me, that's beautiful.




Usually in stories there are big problems in the beginning or couples are pulling away, there's a lot of bitterness.




There are so many choices I made simply for health insurance. Is it the ideal role I wanted to play, or the TV show I wanted to be a part of? No, but it let me afford to go to the doctor.




It's funny to see the finished product of a movie, stuff that's so beautiful, and to remember the particulars.




You know, I don't think, you know, therapy never ends, really.




When I was growing up I actually was into Bon Jovi!




The Tonys are also kind of like a homegrown party. You know everybody.




First of all, the actor needs to get out of the character's way. You follow the character without judgment or prejudice or preconceived ideas.




I'd love to do a costume drama movie. For no other reason, except that it sounds fun to me.




If your body is excited to do something, that's what you should be doing. Or if it really scares you, you should be doing it.




'The Wire,' I was such a fan of that show the first season - I think that's the best-written show on TV.




I know how to separate my own laundry.




It's fun to play happy people.




I'm so fortunate in that I've never had another job to pay a bill but acting, since the day I got out of high school.



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