Scoot McNairy on Acting

Credit: Christopher Gabello

[What makes a good actor] “Hard, hard, hard, hard work. A sense of nakedness—allowing yourself to be vulnerable, not even vulnerable, I hate that word, allowing yourself to be real. It’s weird that you have to work really, really hard just to be real or normal. Everybody’s got their different techniques, but what makes a really good actor is somebody who’s really believable. How you get there is different for everybody. I can watch anybody all day long if they’re really doing what they’re doing. I have a fascination with human behavior, watching people talk, when they pick at their face or how they hold their hand or if they’re listening to you, if they’re not listening to you. I think acting has made me very in tune with human behavior and myself as well: ‘Oh my god, I’m doing this and it’s clear that I’m interested or I’m trying not to act bored and I am bored.'”

— Scoot McNairy, Texan actor known for his role in Monsters, Frank, Halt and Catch Fire, and Killing Them Softly.

Full interview HERE.


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