Adam Driver

I was an infantry Marine, and there are only so many things you can do when you get out of the military that you can apply your job to. Either a janitor or a cop. I tried to do both of those things because what else are you going to do?
Adam Driver

I auditioned in Chicago for Juilliard and didn’t get in. I was basically living in a back room of my parents’ house, paying rent and not doing anything with my life. I’d like to say it was patriotic to join the Marines, but it was also that I was doing nothing honorable with my life and spending too much time at McDonald’s.
Adam Driver

I’m not such a big fan of having a linear answer to things.
Adam Driver

How do you take what you do as seriously as possible but not so seriously that it ends up inhibiting what you do?
Adam Driver

The Marine Corps is some of the best acting training you could have. Having that responsibility for people’s lives, suddenly time becomes a really valuable commodity and you want to make the most of it. And for acting, you just have to do the work, just keep doing it.
Adam Driver

It’s hard to kill that father-son bond.
Adam Driver

I don’t have cable. I just never watched a lot of TV.
Adam Driver

Juilliard definitely emphasizes the theater. They don’t train – at all really – for film acting. It’s mostly process-oriented, pretty much for the stage.
Adam Driver

I actually run a non-profit where one of the main objectives is to branch out and get a new audience for the theater. Just because the writing is so good and nothing is more effective than seeing something live and happening right in front of your face, so I definitely want to continue to pursue that.
Adam Driver

I’m conflicted with theater in the city because you want to reach a diverse audience, and that audience doesn’t typically go to the theater.
Adam Driver

Acting is a business and a political act and a craft, but I also feel like it’s a service – specifically, for a military audience.
Adam Driver

‘Girls’ feels very active and stirring a conversation and controversial, and you can’t really ask for more as an actor.
Adam Driver

For me, becoming a man had a lot to do with learning communication, and I learned about that by acting.
Adam Driver

Emphasis in the Marine Corps isn’t on talking about your feelings.
Adam Driver

I used to eat a whole chicken, every day, for lunch. I did that for four years. But it got tiring – go to the store, buy it, eat it. It’s a mess.
Adam Driver

I loved being in the Marine Corps, I loved my job in the Marine Corps, and I loved the people I served with. It’s one of the best things I’ve had a chance to do.
Adam Driver

I originally passed on ‘Girls’ because I thought TV was evil.
Adam Driver

I’m not an acting monk or anything. I’m not, like, the most well-adjusted actor.
Adam Driver

If I’m not doing something or working on something, I literally just sit in the room and think, which I don’t think is productive. I won’t go outside for days.
Adam Driver

Acting is really about having the courage to fail in front of people.
Adam Driver

I mean, I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it.
Adam Driver

Yeah, September 11 happened and all my friends were like, ‘Let’s join the military!’ and I was the only one who actually did.
Adam Driver

In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life, you don’t get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends.
Adam Driver

Something I learned in the Marine Corps that I’ve applied to acting is, one, taking direction, and then working with a group of people to accomplish a mission and knowing your role within that team.
Adam Driver

At Juilliard, suddenly I was reading these great plays that could articulate the ways I was feeling in the Marine Corps, and that felt very therapeutic, by putting words to feelings, in a big way.
Adam Driver

I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it. You don’t have a lot of options in Indiana anyway, though, so I didn’t want to stay there. I graduated early and worked a bunch of really odd jobs, and then I joined the Marines.
Adam Driver

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