Shia LaBeouf: “You have to be brokenhearted.”

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf has said,

“I’m a lonely dude. But, again, it’s the price. You subject yourself to weird [stuff], just so you can feel something. To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.”

[The Washington Post, October 17, 2006]

That comment reminded me of one by William H. Macy: “Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.”

[From my article Actors and Addiction]

There is also a quote by Natalie Portman on actors and identity:

“Sometimes I get scared that I’m not a creative person, because it seems creative people are really flaky…”  [Esquire, Aug 2004]

We can all too easily take on cultural stereotypes and other distorting concepts of identity – like the enduring idea of the “struggling artist.”

Of course actors and other artists have heartbreaks, and financial and mental health challenges – just like other people.

But it is dangerous to our self concept and esteem as artists or other gifted and talented people to conclude we need to be unhappy, depressed, addicted or whatever in order to be a “true” artist.


More quotes by Shia LaBeouf I appreciate:

“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself. Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or fucking calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running.”

“They put people in a fucking home for doing what we do for a living. You have to abandon yourself to delusion. If you’re going to work in that way, you have to work with people who can referee you. You need a lion tamer who you respect.”   [

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Related articles:

Shia LaBeouf on fame and meaning and insecurity. — “Most actors on most days don’t think they’re worthy. I have no idea where this insecurity comes from, but it’s a God-sized hole. If I knew, I’d fill it, and I’d be on my way.”

Creative People and Trauma – quotes by many actors and other artists

Pain and suffering and developing creativity – In his appearance as a guest on The Ellen Show, Colin Farrell said he was finding that he is more creative being sober and happy. “I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor would disappear when I got sober,” he admitted. “I ascribed to the notion that to express yourself as an artist, you have to live in perpetual pain. And that’s nonsense.”


Article publié pour la première fois le 19/07/2015