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Ms. Gough, do you think about the audience when you’re acting on stage?

Sometimes, you know, for People, Places & Things, which is about addiction, we made sure that there were a lot of recovery people that we worked with, and that those people would also come and see it. They’re our critics. When we ran that play at the National, one of the recovery people who had been helping us was in the audience. When I did the scene where my character picks up the phone to go to a meeting, he shouted, “Good girl!” And I just burst into tears on stage! I had to take a moment because I thought, “It doesn’t matter what anyone says about this play. That person feels represented. And that’s all that mattered.” So there is a part of my ego and my fear that comes out but I try to think to myself, “I have to keep it really simple.”

In what ways are you keeping it simple?

Well, I’m not on social media anymore. I was for a while and I realized when I started becoming well known, it felt like overkill to also be on social media. I feel like a lot of the people that I respect and admire don’t do it. If I’m getting a part because I’ve got followers then that might not be the best thing for me, do you know what I mean? All the work I’ve ever done, I’ve never done any of this work in order to get famous. I always just wanted to do great work on stage. When you put your work out publicly you are getting a lot of “likes” because there are 900 people that are clapping for you every night… So it just seems like an overdose to then go, “How many likes did I get on my Instagram photo?” So, I have to try and give that affirmation to myself instead, even though I do get a lot of affirmation in my work. I mean it leaves you open to a lot of crazy people.

“I’ve seen too many people get put on that pedestal. I for myself have to be very careful of it.”

Public exposure usually has its downsides…

I had a young girl bow to me at the stage door and tell me that she follows me everywhere. I was like, “Oh God, I don’t want young women bowing at me. That’s really frightening, you must never do that!” I’ve seen too many people get put on that pedestal and then get really into the idea of being on the pedestal. I for myself have to be very careful of it. It just feels like I need to hold a little bit back.

Because you give so much of yourself on stage?

Yeah, I just don’t feel like I need to be in the middle of that at the same time as being in the middle of throwing myself out there every night on stage… I did a one woman show, The Nassim plays at the Bush, have you heard about them? I loved it! I loved being up there on my own. And I thought, “This is all because I was raised with 10 brothers and sisters.” There’s no doubt! I now do a job where everybody has to shut up and listen to me and then clap when I’m finished even if they don’t like what I’m doing and everybody tells me how great I am! I love it! (Laughs) And I thank my family for all of it.

Was your family always supportive of your dream to be an actor?

They are very supportive now but for a long time being an actress was never an option in my family. I did a lot of this on my own and I left home very young. I was 15 when I first left home, and then at 16 I came to London.

What did you think of London as a 16-year-old?

As a 16-year-old Irish Catholic girl, it was sensational! Parties went on until nine o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday, I mean, it was amazing! And it was really difficult too, but it was completely the making of me. It kicked the shit out of me for a long time but then when it opens its arms, it’s fantastic. When I think now of all this immigration talk and people coming here… I’m an immigrant! It’s just, I’m a white English-speaking one, so I’m allowed to be in magazines and stuff. But this country gave me everything! I was on the dole, I have the NHS, I had council tax paid, I had housing and benefits, I had a scholarship to drama school… I am a product of pouring stuff into an immigrant and seeing that kind of pay off.

Were you ever worried that your acting career wouldn’t work out?

I didn’t really have an option to fall back on, so the acting thing had to work. I had a lot of had teachers along the way that believed in me. At drama school, it felt like exactly the right place for me. I must have been a pain in the arse for people because I was so into theater. I think I was probably quite frightening! They cast me as Irina in Three Sisters, and I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me! I’m not playing her, I don’t care, I want to be Natasha!” And then I shaved all my hair off. And then they were like, “Okay, you can play Natasha.” “Brilliant!” Okay, so that’s all I had to do is…

Be rebellious?

(Laughs) I was going to say, just be really frightening! I was talking about it with my agent the other day and she said that the hardest bit was about halfway through our time together, when she just thought, “Denise is going to give up, it’s over,” because I was in such a bad way. But she talked me off the window ledge so many times when I thought, “I can’t do it, I can’t do it anymore.” Financially it was the toughest when you can’t even afford to feed yourself… That’s really disempowering. You can be doing some great work but because I was working a lot in theater, I didn’t earn anything.

And now you’ve won a Laurence Olivier Award and you’re debuting on Broadway.

Right, you can imagine how much fun I’m having now! (Laughs) I’ve never visited New York because I swore I would only go there with a job. So now to go there and do a lead in People, Places and Things in a really cool theater in Brooklyn and then to go and be doing Angels in America on Broadway… If it ends after that, then I did it! I mean, it doesn’t get better. It’s an amazing thing that is happening. Actually, my friend said to me last night, he said, “Denise, it’s an Irish thing that you do where everything that has happened over the past couple of years you’ve never really celebrated your success.” I think I’m built to keep it all in, to play it down.

“It’s so boring listening to false modesty. I think you should know your worth!”

Why is that?

I think it’s like an Irish thing. I come from a culture of, “It might all fall apart now tomorrow.” Where I come from, we are just conditioned to worry about when it’s all going to fall apart, but actually, I think, well, maybe because it was quite a struggle for a long time, maybe I’ve done that bit. There is something about Americans that when people are successful they’re like, “Go get more success! Get bigger!” So I’m looking forward to just allowing that. I mean, people might come and see the play and think, “Well that was a letdown.”

I don’t think that will be the case.

But even if they do, it’s not in my control. So, I’m slowly, slowly starting to go, “Fuck yes! This is amazing!” I don’t have to worry about deserving or any of that shit anymore.

That’s a good mindset to have — actors are so often expected to self-effacing about their success even if they’ve worked very hard to get there.

Actors for some reason have to do this whole, you know, “I don’t know, I just don’t know how it happened,” you know? Or “I don’t even think I’m that good…” It’s like this story someone said to me, you know, if a plumber came around to your house, fixed your toilet and came out then you said, “Great job, that’s a really great job,” and the plumber said to you, “No, it’s kind of shit, actually the one that I did last week was way better.” You’d be like, “Well, fix my fucking toilet,” right? It’s just so boring, it’s so boring listening to false modesty. I’ve worked for many, many years so I’m really enjoying that my hard work has paid off… I think you should know your worth!

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Top 10 Quotes From Elon Musk’s Genius




Regardless of whether we’re discussing on the web instalments, science, innovation or space travel, the name Elon Musk should fly up in your psyche.

Alluded to as the Nikola Tesla of our age, Elon Musk is a business person, business head honcho, speculator, designer, and innovator. This person unquestionably knows his way with cash. He turned into a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his first new business, Zip2.

The founder of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX trusts in humankind and needs to change the world, and this isn’t merely pie in the sky considering. The man is really taking a shot at lessening an unnatural weather change and building up a human settlement on Mars to forestall human elimination. What more verification do you have to trust that all that you decided is conceivable?

Here are 11 Elon Musk quotes to influence you to begin taking a shot at your fantasies, regardless of how unimaginable they may appear to be at present.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

The first step is to establish that something is possible then probability will occur.

Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.

I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.

Life is too short for long-term grudges.

I take the position that I’m always to some degree wrong, and the aspiration is to be less wrong.

People should pursue what they’re passionate about. That will make them happier than pretty much anything else.

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Top 5 Things We Picked From Cristiano Ronaldo’s Interview




Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about his life in his most cosy meeting to date with The Players’ Tribune.

The Real Madrid forward talks about everything from his first football memory, to his most significant minute in the game, and each inclination he had in the middle.

He additionally discusses his family, the two his folks who helped him achieve the highest point of the diversion, and his child, who helped him value the most important things throughout everyday life.

Underneath we have select five intriguing applies from the long meeting – 5 things you’ll certainly be intrigued to find out about the Portuguese.

Ronaldo played football on the roads… among cars.

Each adolescent has a type of memory of playing on concrete, regardless of whether it’s merely booting a ball against a check.

In any case, as indicated by future four-time Ballon d’Or champ Ronaldo, he used to play in the street, while autos were driving past. Thank the ruler there were no mishaps, eh?

He wasn’t prepared to leave home and battled at Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo appears to be the most satisfied person on the planet, yet at 11 years old he didn’t feel prepared to leave home for the Portuguese capital.

As per the man himself he battled at the Sporting Lisbon institute and was exceptionally achy to visit the family, just observing his folks once like clockwork. Luckily he stuck it out, and things showed signs of improvement.

He understood he was unique at the Academy.

It likely didn’t come as a lot of disclosure, considering the reality he would go ahead to end up the best player on the planet. However, Ronaldo can pinpoint the minute he knew he was extraordinary.

He’d show signs of improvement of his partners in preparing and was regularly lauded for his capacity. So, he conceded he was worried about being too little.

Turning into a father at Real Madrid made his chance at club additional exceptional.

It must be truly unique to advance out onto the pitch wearing the all-white Real Madrid strip and having the capacity to tell the world you’re a Los Blancos player.

Be that as it may, as indicated by Ronaldo, this has all been made additional unique by the reality he fathered his child while at the club, which he concedes changed his point of view.

Holding hands and strolling with child is his most memorable moment

Strolling as an inseparable unit with his child in Cardiff is his most loved memory.

All through the meeting, Ronaldo talks gladly about every one of the trophies he has won in his profession, however, concedes they implied more to him when he was more youthful.

Today he views his most loving memory as strolling around the pitch at Cardiff clasping hands with his young child after winning the Champions League. Favour.

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Mr. Bailey, would you swear in front of the Queen?

No, if you’re going to accept the Queen you have to accept the tradition. You know, I’ve got nothing against the monarchy. I think there are too many hangers-on, but that’s also a cliché thing to say. I doubt she’d be too shocked. She’s been around; she’s not stupid.

You recently took the official photo for her 88th birthday.

Yes and I think she looks incredible for 88. I had never photographed her before.

Why not?

I wouldn’t photograph anybody if they only give you five minutes. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if God phoned me up and said, “I want a picture, I’ve only got five minutes.” I’d say, “Well, work some of your magic and make it longer!” Even though I’m actually quicker than most and I usually get bored before they get bored.

What kind of people are the most difficult to photograph?

Lots of politicians are so full of themselves. Sports people too a bit. But actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie. But the fewer people they come with, the more interesting they usually are. Johnny Depp came with nobody so I knew it was going to be all right. Jack Nicholson never came with anybody, but Jack’s different because I’ve known him for so long.

You once said Jack Nicholson is the smartest actor because he knows something nobody else does. What is it that he knows?

I don’t fucking know. If I knew, I’d be as smart as him. (Laughs)

One of the things that fascinated me when I met him was his grin and the sparkle in his eye when he talked about women.

Yeah, with Viagra. He’s the first person that told me about Viagra.

When was that?

Oh, years ago. Before everyone knew about it! (Laughs)

“Actors are the most difficult because you never know who you’re photographing. They could be Hamlet or Lassie.”

When you know someone very well like you do Jack Nicholson is it easier to take a great portrait of them?

It depends. It’s one of those abstract things. We had a difficult bloke this week, what was he called? Van Morris or somebody… He was so grumpy. But I loved him being grumpy because I could use his grumpiness. I got a great grumpy picture out of him. If I see another picture of a rock ‘n’ roller against some graffiti… It drives you mad, the same old picture! Can’t they ever think of something different to do? So I don’t mind people that are difficult. I quite like that. It amuses me because there is always a way around it. I mean, no one could be more difficult than Van whatever he’s called, Van Morrison.

It seems pointless to have your picture taken if you’re not going to cooperate though.

Well he left really happy, Van Morrison. But it is kind of pointless to come here if you’re not going to help me. They might not like the picture, but one day they will. One day that’s what they’re going to look like – whether they look like that or not. Medici said to Michelangelo, “That sculpture doesn’t look like me.” Michelangelo said, “Listen, you’ll be dead in 20 years, but this will be around for 2,000 years. So, that’s what you look like!” You could say that a bit with photography.

Does it often happen that people aren’t happy with their portrait, but then years later change their mind?

Yeah. 10 years later usually. We had one recently, I won’t mention his name, I shot him 30 years ago and he said, “I hate the picture.” But his wife bought one for him as a birthday present recently. (Laughs) 30 years later and come get the picture.

Are celebrities more difficult nowadays than they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Well, I avoid celebrities. I’m not really interested in people that come with PR. That’s probably why I can’t work in America, because I don’t take all that bullshit. I don’t know how people like Bruce Weber manage, because it would drive me mad. All these silly people who don’t know anything that come with celebrities and try to tell you what to do. It’s madness! They brought it on themselves, the magazines. They should have been stricter. They should have said, “No, we’re not showing you. We’re doing the interview and that’s that.” But instead they pander to them and in the end they end up owning you. Those magazines are owned by the celebrities, really.

You don’t strike me as the type to pander to anyone.

I never really read what people write about me, but the comments people made when doing this exhibition recently at the National Portrait Gallery are so stupid. “Oh, Bailey panders to these people.” I don’t pander to anybody. I just do the picture I do. I don’t care who it is. And I won’t do pictures if people want approval. It has always seemed stupid to me that they ask you to do something and then want to sort of tell you how to do it. What madness!

Source: The Talk

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