Sissy Spacek Quotes

Texas is just so rich with characters. Women who live alone in a little house on a thousand acres with nothing but cattle and a pickup truck. And an airplane.

I don’t take characters home with me.

You relate to a character and you find that character within yourself. It’s all parts of me. I don’t leave characters behind. I just let them go.

It’s a whole other way of working when you work in films: You know exactly the arc of your character.

Fame sweeps you away.

Fame sweeps you away. I had to go home every six months to remember who I am.

“You shouldn’t change what you are in the search for success.”

“I was always proud about being from Texas and, you know, maybe that was part of fearlessness. I love the fact that Texas is so big, but you don’t feel small because of that.” – Sissy Spacek

When I started out in

“When I started out in independent films in the early ’70s, we did everything for the love of art. It wasn’t about money and stardom. That was what we were reacting against. You’d die before you’d be bought.” – Sissy Spacek

“I didn’t worry about leaving the fast lane – I was just so consumed with my baby that it seemed like the right thing to do. I never felt like I left New York, though. If you’ve lived in a place and loved it, you never feel like you left it.” – Sissy Spacek

“When I’m pushing myself, testing myself, that’s when I’m happiest. That’s when the rewards are greatest.” – Sissy Spacek

“Texas is just so rich with characters. Women who live alone in a little house on a thousand acres with nothing but cattle and a pickup truck. And an airplane.” – Sissy Spacek

“I may be ignorant but I ain’t stupid!” – Sissy Spacek

“I wanted to put all my family stories down for my girls, and I remember everything so vividly. I just wanted to put everything down while I still can remember it all.” – Sissy Spacek

“The name Sissy came because my brothers called me that.” – Sissy Spacek

“I had no fear ’cause it seemed everyone in the audience always applauded whatever I did. Course, maybe it was because I always seemed to know everyone in the audience.” – Sissy Spacek

“You know, I don’t know what the future will bring, but I’m ready for whatever comes!” – Sissy Spacek

“My parents were devoted. Civic minded. We had family counsels. Three of us children against two of them. We lived a ‘Leave It to Beaver’ time.” – Sissy Spacek

“But you finally think, there is what there is, and you have to work within those confines and just keep chipping away at your own work.” – Sissy Spacek

“Fame sweeps you away. I had to go home every six months to remember who I am.” – Sissy Spacek

I'm a fool for a good

“I’m a fool for a good role in a creative piece where there are really such talented writers and wonderful actors.” – Sissy Spacek

“It’s a whole other way of working when you work in films: You know exactly the arc of your character.” – Sissy Spacek

“You don’t forget the movies, but you forget the details of them.” – Sissy Spacek

“You relate to a character and you find that character within yourself. It’s all parts of me. I don’t leave characters behind. I just let them go.” – Sissy Spacek

I don't take characters

“I don’t take characters home with me.” – Sissy Spacek

“A great screenplay is the most powerful bait in Hollywood.” – Sissy Spacek

“I’ve always been a people-watcher, and as an actor, later, I just mined all those little details.” – Sissy Spacek

“Banana Splits for Breakfast. I think I ate about five.” – Sissy Spacek

Most things in my life I had before leaving home. Values, support, great family. I was shaped at an early age. A musician playing guitar, I wanted to be a folk singer.

I listened to that voice

“I listened to that voice inside me-… Everyone has an inner voice; you just have to listen to it and trust it in order to be led by it. I did that, and it gave me the ability to live a life that’s true to who I am and what I really wanted.” – Sissy Spacek

“If I hadn’t left Texas, I might not have met the director Terrence Malick, and I wouldn’t have met my husband and I wouldn’t have had the children that I’ve had. Life is interesting like that.” – Sissy Spacek

“If I hadn’t left Texas, I might not have met the director Terrence Malick, and I wouldn’t have met my husband and I wouldn’t have had the children that I’ve had. Life is interesting like that.” – Sissy Spacek

“I lived an idyllic ‘Huckleberry Finn’ life in a tiny town. Climbing trees. Tagging after brothers. Happy. Barefoot on my pony. It was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’-esque.” – Sissy Spacek

“Most things in my life I had before leaving home. Values, support, great family. I was shaped at an early age. A musician playing guitar, I wanted to be a folk singer.” – Sissy Spacek