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Adam Driver, American Actor ( November 19, 1983 - )

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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


Life Time Parents

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


You Seriously Up

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


Bond Hard

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


Best Job People

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


Life Courage Friends

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


School High School Living

I have a control problem. I hate the feeling of not being in control.~Adam Driver


Hate Control Problem

I never played sports or got into the whole guy camaraderie of, like, 'I love you, man! Seniors forever!' So suddenly being in the military with these guys who were under these very heightened circumstances, isolated from their families, living this very kind of Greek lifestyle, it changed my life in a really big way.~Adam Driver


Life Love Sports

Even on your hiatus, you feel like you need to keep the character in the back of your brain.~Adam Driver


Character Brain You

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


Big Answer Fan

You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That's what we're surrounded by all the time.~Adam Driver


Time Friends People

I'm like a sight gag.~Adam Driver


Sight Like Gag

When I read for 'Girls,' I was like, 'The script says 'Handsome Carpenter,' so someone else is going to get the part. They'll have someone handsome, not me.'~Adam Driver


Me Handsome Someone

Interesting things always come from being really exhausted and really sick.~Adam Driver


Sick Interesting Always

With 'Girls'... I feel like there's an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it's always the imperfection I'm always more attracted to.~Adam Driver


Television Imperfection

I'm one of those crazy people, if I'm watching the trailer for a movie and I'm really excited by it, I'll turn it off because I don't want to know anything. I want to be surprised because I love that more than knowing anything.~Adam Driver


Love People Crazy

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


Job Military You

I was in a mountain biking accident and broke my sternum about three months before my unit was supposed to deploy to Iraq, and it's such a close-knit community that the idea of not getting to go is hugely jarring, so I tried to get put back in training and wound up injuring it worse.~Adam Driver


Community Mountain Three

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


Work Time Best

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


Never Just Lot

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


Acting Train Film

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


Good Writing Live

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


City Want You

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


Business Service Political

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


You Conversation Actor

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


Learning Communication Man