Cillian Murphy has a recent interview with Port Magazine, and what it means to him to keep a low profile as an actor, as well maintaining that level of insecurity that he feels necessary for an actor to have.
On keeping a low profile, he says, “I’ve always felt that the less the public knows about you, the more effective you can be when you go to portray someone else. For actors to reveal so much about themselves, and allow their personal selves to be owned by the media and the public, I find at odds with trying to lose yourself in a character. And that’s the thing I’m after. That’s what drives me. I’m 36 now, and I still have a real hunger for it.”
On security, he says, “Well, the insecurity is always there. It’s a necessary aspect of being an actor, or a writer for that matter. You have to have that insecurity. I used to feel like a failed musician pretending to be an actor, but that’s less of a worry now. I’ve found my form, I’ve found the right outlet for my impulse to create, and yes, I’m pretty happy. I don’t believe you have to be a tortured person in order to make great art. It needn’t always come from a place of pain, although there seems to be a romantic view of that.”
Murphy also spoke about his desire to do television soon, especially as film work is drying up and television work is getting more prevalent.