“Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be. I can’t stand it when they behave like solicitors from Penge. … I’m a would-be rebel. The good girl who’d like to be a bad one.”
Helen Mirren [imdb.com, unknown date]
But being “bad” [at least in ways that are not self- or socially-destructive] can require courage to explore your shadow side.
Arianna Huffington has commented about how challenging that may be for women:
“Fear is universal; we all have fear. There are two areas where women have more fear: one is our looks and our bodies, and we invest an enormous amount of time there. And I think there is an obsession now, which you see in the extent of plastic surgery…
“And the other area is speaking out. Women are still terrified of speaking out.”
But – perhaps especially for actors – those kinds of fears can impact men as well.
Arianna Huffington is author of the book: On Becoming Fearless.
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