50 Inspiring Kathy Bates Quotes About Her Life

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Kathy Bates is an American actress and director who is best known for her role as Annie Wilkes in Stephen King’s movie ‘Misery’. throughout her career, she has received many notable awards including two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Bates has been featured in more than 120 film and television projects such as ‘Annie’, ‘The Waterboy’, ‘Titanic’, ‘American Horror Story’, and ‘Disjointed’. She was the voice behind the character, Janet Benson, in ‘Bee Movie’.

Here’s a collection of the most motivational Kathy Bates quotes:


50 Inspiring Kathy Bates Quotes About Her Life

1. “The bottom line is that I’m an actor, so when somebody pitches me a great part, it’s a no-brainer. You never know what it’s gonna be like, in terms of the actual experience. You can be really excited about a part that can turn out shitty, you can have a bad time, there’s a bad egg or two or three, in the bunch, or the producers are weird, or something like that.” – Kathy Bates

2. “After winning the Oscar, I was committed to do ‘Fried Green Tomatoes,’ but I didn’t know what the next thing would be after that. It was a scary time. But the advantage of TV is the regular work. All you need is a hit series, I guess.” – Kathy Bates

3. “What I love about ‘The Office’ is the fast pace and the zaniness of those characters.” – Kathy Bates

4. “I’ve heard of actors like De Niro and Streep who stay in character all day long. And Daniel Day-Lewis did it for ‘My Left Foot.’ I don’t do that myself.” – Kathy Bates

5. “And people are always saying: ‘Well, you go to Hollywood and you get yourself a film career or a TV series, and then you can do anything you want. Because then you’ve got the clout.’ That had always sounded like a lot of hooey to me, but now I think it’s true, unfortunately.” – Kathy Bates

6. “My mother used to ask, ‘Why do you always write such sad songs?’ I don’t know if I was different from a lot of adolescents in that respect.” – Kathy Bates

7. “I really just love to work, and I don’t care if it’s TV or movies.” – Kathy Bates

8. “One of my favorite films is ‘Psycho,’ which I saw when I was 12.” – Kathy Bates

9. “When I first went to interview for ‘Misery,’ they were saying things like, ‘You’re not Michelle Pfeiffer, you know.’ And I just don’t get the relevance of that remark. I’m not Elizabeth Taylor, either. I’m not Sean Connery.” – Kathy Bates


10th of 50 Kathy Bates Quotes

10. “For a long time, I did not want to do television because I did not want to get stuck playing the same person. I wanted the ongoing challenge of a variety of roles.” – Kathy Bates


11. “I’ve been in the business for so long that I don’t sit home and look at my awards.” – Kathy Bates

12. “Drama comes more naturally to me. It’s the comedy you really have to delve into.” – Kathy Bates

13. “My mother used to tell this corny story about how the doctor smacked me on the behind when I was born and I thought it was applause, and I have been looking for it ever since.” – Kathy Bates

14. “I look for a role that hopefully, I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play – a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.” – Kathy Bates

15. “My inner strength comes from my friends. I have a very close group of friends and family, and we all help each other through our dark times.” – Kathy Bates

16. “I’m always so nervous when I have to do interviews or be on The Tonight Show or the ‘Oprah’ show, where I have to be myself. I don’t know why that’s such a big deal – being yourself. But for some reason, I feel good in a dark room talking to actors about acting, doing acting. I like sitting backstage watching people work.” – Kathy Bates

17. “I kind of grew up on horror.” – Kathy Bates

18. “A heart can only discover what it really wants with experience.” – Kathy Bates

19. “It was also wonderful to have the prospect of playing with Jack Nicholson. It was a terrific part, a terrific script, with Alexander Payne and Jack Nicholson. You can’t get any better than that!” – Kathy Bates


20th of 50 Kathy Bates Quotes

20. “I’m not a stunning woman.” – Kathy Bates


21. “I hope I look skinnier in 3D. I hope I don’t look three times as fat. That’ll be disappointing.” – Kathy Bates

22. “Now if I go through it again, I think I would be a lot more open about it. I admire people who have been open like Melissa Ethridge and women I see walking around facing it without wigs and all of that stuff. I think I would be more courageous next time.” – Kathy Bates

23. “I love Homeland.” – Kathy Bates

24. “I was never an ingenue. I’ve always just been a character actor. When I was younger, it was a real problem, because I was never pretty enough. It was hard, not just for the lack of work, but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you.” – Kathy Bates

25. “Misery’ left a lasting mark on me. When I die, it will be ‘Kathy ‘Misery’ Bates Is Dead.” – Kathy Bates

26. “I went from years of honing my craft to sudden recognition. It was quite a life-changer.” – Kathy Bates

27. “I’m not that conservative. I do feel – I guess I’m more of a Democrat at heart, although I’ve never affiliated myself with a particular party.” – Kathy Bates

28. “I haven’t talked much about being an ovarian cancer survivor because I don’t really want to define myself that way.” – Kathy Bates

29. “When Aretha Franklin came on the radio when I was in college, we would stop the car, throw open the doors, jump out, and dance.” – Kathy Bates


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30. “I have really focused on mindfulness. That helps me make better choices both physically, psychologically, and emotionally.” – Kathy Bates


31. “I have had periods of depression in my life.” – Kathy Bates

32. “I have to pay the bills just like everybody else, but it also pays my soul to work.” – Kathy Bates

33. “I regret not taking my 83-year-old mother to the Oscars the year I won. She deserved the Oscar for giving up so much for me.” – Kathy Bates

34. “I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love to do, and I hope I can keep doing it for a while.” – Kathy Bates

35. “Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.” – Kathy Bates

36. “The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy.” – Kathy Bates

37. “I used to play guitar years ago. It brought me a lot of pleasure when I was a teenager growing up and was having tough times.” – Kathy Bates

38. “I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented.” – Kathy Bates

39. “I want to be defined by my own essence.” – Kathy Bates


40th of 50 Kathy Bates Quotes

40. “I think that being in an environment is a much richer experience than just working on a soundstage.” – Kathy Bates


41. “When I met President Obama, all I could say was ‘wow’ – twice. What an idiot.” – Kathy Bates

42. “It matters to me, acting. It’s what I do. It’s what I’ve given up a lot to do. It’s my life source. And I guess I’m too serious about it sometimes, but I want to treat it right.” – Kathy Bates

43. “Jack made it very comfortable for me on the set. We’d met socially before but never worked together. You know, he’s very professional, very disciplined and he’s always prepared and knows his lines.” – Kathy Bates

44. “We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the story houses full of all those stories and secrets.” – Kathy Bates

45. “I got my SAG card quite unexpectedly. I was here in Los Angeles doing a play called ‘Vanities’ – it was 1976, I believe – and I got invited by Dustin Hoffman, whom I’d met in New York, to come audition for a movie he was directing.” – Kathy Bates

46. “My deeply secret favorite movie is ‘Meet Joe Black.” – Kathy Bates

47. “Cancer and its aftermath changed my outlook in a profound way. I’ve become less of a hermit, and I travel more.” – Kathy Bates

48. “I see my sisters, my mother, my grandmother. I like the way I look. I think I have a nice face. I like my eyes, my mouth. I have a good nose. I have good skin.” – Kathy Bates

49. “The roles I was lucky enough to get were real stretches for me: usually a character who was older, or a little weird, or whatever. And it was hard, not just for the lack of work but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you.” – Kathy Bates

50. “People will come up, and they’ll talk about ‘Misery.’ But a lot of people will talk about Waterboy.” – Kathy Bates



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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