Olivia Colman quotes

Born
30 January 1974, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Occupation
Actress.

Olivia Colman is an English actress.

Acting is playing, and it is like being a big kid. Yeah, it’s great. You get paid.
– Olivia Colman
I’ve been with my husband and friends for so long, I’ve forgotten what is unappealing to new people.
– Olivia Colman
I was rubbish at school.
– Olivia Colman
If the script’s good, everything you need is in there. I just try and feel it, and do it honestly.
– Olivia Colman
The first time I did a school play was the first time I felt I was good at anything at all. I just loved it.
– Olivia Colman
As a child, I thought, ‘Once I am a grown-up, there will be no more fear, no more worries,’ and it turns out that’s not true.
– Olivia Colman
I am just an actor – all I do is I memorise someone else’s words and tart around.
– Olivia Colman
I think each person you play has a little bit of you in it – you can’t really help that.
– Olivia Colman
If I didn’t have children I might be more of a lush than I am. I like booze. I struggle with smoking. And I’m a big swearer. I’m trying to rein it in but I do think it’s a nice seasoning of language.
– Olivia Colman
I love my job and I know I am very lucky but still, if you audition and you don’t get it, it still affects you.
– Olivia Colman
I’m not a pin-up, thankfully. I’m not suggesting I feel unconfident. I am beautiful to my husband. I am beautiful to my friends. I feel sexy and all those things with the people I love.
– Olivia Colman
I had a lovely, feral, free childhood – out and then come back when you’re hungry or it gets too dark. I feel slightly cruel that I’m not offering my children the same.
– Olivia Colman
You can over-think things. If the script’s good, everything you need is in there. I just try and feel it and do it honestly. I also don’t learn things for auditions, because I feel like it’s just a test of memorising rather than being real.
– Olivia Colman
I have done Botox, and I loved it.
– Olivia Colman
Proper love should be utterly supportive and comfortable, and it feels like a raincoat or a jacket potato.
– Olivia Colman
I want to be helpful to the charities I support. I think you can dilute it, the more you do. You have to be a bit strong about what you do… otherwise, you risk spreading yourself a bit thin, and you can be less useful.
– Olivia Colman
I always assumed I would leave drama school and do ‘Lady Macbeth’ and all sorts of serious things. It just didn’t happen.
– Olivia Colman