Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Josh Hartnett quotes about life, career, Hollywood, acting, heartbreaks, happiness, and more.

55 Josh Hartnett Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: American actor

Born On: July 21, 1978

Born In: Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Known for starring in war drama films such as ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Pearl Harbor,’ Josh Hartnett is an American actor and a film producer. Born and raised in Minnesota, he was inspired by his stepmother and went on to learn acting from theatre workshops in New York City. He made his film debut with the 1998 short film ‘Debutante’ and had his major career breakthrough with the film ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later,’ for which he won several acting awards and nominations. After gaining early fame, Josh starred in many successful films such as ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ’40 Days and 40 Nights,’ ‘Lucky Number Slevin,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and ’30 Days of Night.’ Apart from films, Josh has also appeared in starring roles in series’ such as ‘Cracker’ and ‘Penny Dreadful.’ We have curated some his quotes about life, career, Hollywood, acting, heartbreaks, and happiness, which have been taken from his speeches, interviews, films, and talk show appearances.

I just want to make good films on my own wherever I can.

Josh Hartnett

You think that if you are the best actor, you deserve the most or if you are the biggest star, you deserve the most. That race just isn't important to me.

Josh Hartnett

Not living in L.A. gives me a different perspective. I'm not so caught up in the daily process of self-congratulations that's out there.

Josh Hartnett

I became popular very young. I viewed myself as just a young actor trying to figure out how to do well, and, you know, making mistakes and learning and growing.

Josh Hartnett

When the director has a vision for a piece that I've never heard before, and they can back that up with visuals, and they talk a good game, I get really interested in the world that they're trying to create.

Josh Hartnett

I'm always trying to find something unique or a project that I can do something unique in.

Josh Hartnett

I have a pretty easy life.

Josh Hartnett

My musical tastes go from Zeppelin to Bob Dylan to Kanye West and Lil' Wayne. Anything modern and progressive.

Josh Hartnett

My abilities on the computer are limited pretty much to iTunes and YouTube. I check my email as much as anybody, but I'm more old-fashioned in a certain sense.

Josh Hartnett

I'm not all that demanding, I don't think. My family might think otherwise.

Josh Hartnett

I am an insomniac.

Josh Hartnett

Life isn't what it's like in the movies.

Josh Hartnett

I'm not really a tourist attraction kind of guy.

Josh Hartnett

There are some films that really break the mold, and some films that don't. I've been looking for films that break the mold a bit.

Josh Hartnett

I get bored with the same old film coming out every weekend. It feels like it's the same story all the time, and the same visuals, and the characters' dilemmas are remarkably similar.

Josh Hartnett

I always find that I have to be emotionally on my character's side for it to be convincing.

Josh Hartnett

We all want somebody to come in and save the day and change our lives for the better.

Josh Hartnett

I spent my entire first pay cheque from 'Cracker,' a TV show on ABC, on an Audi because my other car broke down and I needed to get to work.

Josh Hartnett

Running around when I was a kid was a really happy time; a time when getting home for dinner or for sleep were my only responsibilities.

Josh Hartnett

Fame was initially this kind of blunt tool that was thrust into my hands very young.

Josh Hartnett

I'm proud of 'Black Hawk Down' because I think it told a provocative story and it was honest. It could have had more opportunity to tell both sides of the story, but I'm still proud of it.

Josh Hartnett

I look for the character to be something interesting, the script to have a good story and be original, and a director that I admire.

Josh Hartnett

I admire when people take the harder path, not because they are masochistic and want to beat themselves up, but because you actually kind of learn more and I think you grow more.

Josh Hartnett

I'm a lot older than my little brothers and sister, so I think I grew up babysitting them.

Josh Hartnett

People care about my fame, not me. But that's fine. I have my own life.

Josh Hartnett

I never really considered acting as a career. I kind of fell into it. Originally, I wanted to be a painter.

Josh Hartnett

I don't love L.A. I love New York and Minneapolis, so if I have a choice I'll stay in those places.

Josh Hartnett

I like movies about people and movies with characters; that's what I'm drawn to as a person who likes to create these characters within the story, but I like it all, really.

Josh Hartnett

You know, honestly, acting in film is remarkably independent. You're doing your thing and someone else is doing their thing.

Josh Hartnett

Up until the age of 16, I was very focused on sport - I played a lot of football. Then I tore my ACL and had to stop playing.

Josh Hartnett

I don't really comment on my personal life because I feel like any comment at all is opening up a whole can of worms. I'd just rather not talk about who I'm dating.

Josh Hartnett

My parents are hippies, so I must have a bit of hippie in me.

Josh Hartnett

I had a good time shooting in New Zealand. I almost bought a home there while I was there, because I loved it so much.

Josh Hartnett

We're all on a journey. The average American switches professions four times. I'm lucky to be in a business where I can change the character I am playing every couple of months.

Josh Hartnett

My hat was pulled down and this girl said 'Are you really him?' I whispered 'Yeah, I'm really him.' She screamed, 'Mom! Dad! It's Heath Ledger!

Josh Hartnett

I should be getting photographs of me with my arm around these people like restaurant owners do, because eventually I am going to have to prove to my kids that once I was an actor!

Josh Hartnett

Be honest with yourself and lie to everyone else.

Josh Hartnett

It's not scary to make a horror film because you get to pull back the curtain and see that none of it's real. When you're watching one, the terror bombards you.

Josh Hartnett

We made 16 episodes of Cracker and I loved doing the show, but unfortunately no one was watching us.

Josh Hartnett

I'm very 'spur of the moment'. I'm always trying to think of fun things to do to create a memory.

Josh Hartnett

You know what? I'm really attracted to British women, there's something innately proper about them. However badly they behave their accent is so cute that it makes up for everything!

Josh Hartnett

I don't think there's a problem with being a teen idol, if that happens to me, I'll be happy to deal with it.

Josh Hartnett

I'm quiet, and I don't enjoy watching horror flicks, so am I like Zeke? No way.

Josh Hartnett

My interests are guitars, cars, and vacation. I've been playing guitar all my life. My dad was a professional guitarist, but I'm terrible, which lets me off the hook, so I just play for myself.

Josh Hartnett

My friends and I make short films. We pretended to rob the Dairy Queen where our friend worked, but someone thought we were real thieves and called the cops! Soon, the cops burst in with guns drawn!

Josh Hartnett

I get quite fed up being on a film set day after day, six days a week. It can get to be a grind.

Josh Hartnett

Hope is the most exciting thing in life, and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn't come straight away, there is still that chance all through your life that it will.

Josh Hartnett

I don't like to act in my personal life. I like to be straightforward.

Josh Hartnett

I've had my heart broken, and it's not fun. But I'd rather have my heart broken than break someone else's heart.

Josh Hartnett

You know, I'm not really any good at working out when people are flirting with me. And I think I'm too flirtatious with people I'm trying not to flirt with! What I am good at is making people feel uncomfortable. I don't want to but it always ends up happening!

Josh Hartnett

If I was painting or writing, I wouldn't veer away from things because they seemed unsavoury to me. So as an actor, I kind of think the same way. I should do things that are different and interesting and shed light on the craziness of the world.

Josh Hartnett

Honestly, I guess if you looked at my CV, I've been doing independent movies since I started. I think that I kind of took a few steps back from Hollywood as soon as it all started to come my way because I wasn't quite ready for the attention.

Josh Hartnett

I'm always trying to find something unique or a project that I can do something unique in. When the director has a vision for a piece that I've never heard before, and they can back that up with visuals and they talk a good game, I get really interested in the world that they're trying to create.

Josh Hartnett

If everything is going well in my life then I start to read the papers more and I start to worry about everything I can't deal with. They say wisdom is knowing what you can fix and what you can't change. I'm very unwise.

Josh Hartnett

Everybody was trying to put me in action movies and heroic roles, and I wanted to find more complex things. They just didn't suit my taste, so I thought, 'OK, I have to be brave enough to say no.' And for a while, that hurt me immeasurably in the Hollywood world.

Josh Hartnett