Will Smith wanted to be Eddie Murphy. Denzel Washington would like you to know that he’s not from Hollywood. Tracee Ellis Ross wants you to love yourself. For this year’s Oscars red carpet, we paired the looks of your favorite nominees and attendees with their most riveting quotes fit to print. Whether funny, to the point or a way to show love for the city of L.A., the quotes will give you a little more about their world. There are insights to be gathered from every person you see on the red carpet.
“Sorry, sorry, sorry, this is just for you…” (GQ)
Tracee Ellis Ross
“I hope that people feel like themselves when they’re around me. And feel safe to be themselves, when they’re around me. And maybe that makes people think it’s me that they love, but it’s really themselves that they love.” (Harper’s Bazaar)
“I’m a good thinker. I’m an excellent student. I’m a skilled dancer. I can sing. I can also write very well — I’m an author. I can do graffiti. I can cook very well. People are less familiar with my forays into technology and telecommunications.” (The Guardian)
“[I’m] at a moment in my career where people listen when I have something to say. And that doesn’t come for everyone, and I’m very aware of that. So I’m focused on how I can be a conducive part of whatever conversation — there are many conversations that need to happen in our industry and in the world. I’m a service-based person too, and there are many things to work on, so just trying to find ways to be of service.” (People)
“I really think there’s a journey to be had. I suppose I kind of have this very spontaneous, nonstrategic [side], which is why I’ve had such a winding career. Even at my height, I wasn’t looking to maintain that. I was always looking for what I feel now — where do I want to go?” (Vogue)
“My idea of success has changed. Now I think about it more in terms of present-moment happiness than “if this happens then that might happen.”(New York Times Magazine)
“I hope to continue to make our ancestors proud.” (Interview)
“It’s been an interesting journey of remembering that there’s no finish line that I have to get to by a certain time. Playful, mischievous behavior is something I always hope to have, even when I’m 70 years old. The point of being alive is to experience life and play with it. There’s still so much fun to be had.” (Elle)
“I wanted to be Eddie Murphy in ‘Star Wars.’” (GQ)
“Since I was a kid, my dad and I have always talked about a certain type of person who’s so insecure, or hyperaware and self-conscious, that they never move in a weird way, or make a weird face, because they always want to look good. I’ve noticed that, and it makes me so sad. If you’re always standing a certain way, walking in a certain way, and always have your hair just so… It’s such a loss to always try to always look good. It’s such a loss of joy and freedom in your body.” (The Guardian)
“I live in Los Angeles. I don’t live in Hollywood. I don’t know what Hollywood thinks.” (NYT)
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