Allison Tolman Quotes

'The Secret Garden' was the first musical that I fell in love with when I was a kid. My mom took me to see it, and it was the first o... - Allison Tolman

'The Secret Garden' was the first musical that I fell in love with when I was a kid. My mom took me to see it, and it was the first one that I owned the soundtrack to and listened to over and over again.
— Allison Tolman

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As a comedian who's used to, like, punching the jokes, it's hard to teach yourself that that's not the strong choice in the sense that you have to really have to dial it back.

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As a newcomer, you know, you don't come out the gate as a singer and try to compare with Judy Garland.

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At 32, I kind of thought I was past the point where I was gonna get a break that really changed my life overnight.

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At Clements, I was an officer in Thespian Troupe No. 3689.

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Body-shaming is something I feel really strongly about. I think about my niece, I think about my friends who have daughters being on the Internet and reading these things, and it just makes me furious. It makes me so angry.

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Coming out of Dallas and doing commercial work in Dallas - if you had improv background in Dallas, then you were instantly shot to the top of the list of commercial bookings because they loved improvisers because you could elevate the material.

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For me and accent work, I think once you've figured out where that energy is, where the sound is in your throat or your mouth, it's a whole lot easier to do.

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I did a 20-minute selection of scenes from the play 'Spring Awakening' in college, well before the musical came around, so when the musical was becoming a hot thing, and I was reading interviews with Duncan Sheik about how he came to do the music, I think it's interesting.

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I did a lot of commercial and theater work when I got out of school and was living in Dallas, and I moved to Chicago to go through the Second City Conservatory Program.

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I did Internet dating for a while, and that is rife with horrible dating stories.

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I do find that when I see women who flesh out the television or film world and make it look more like the world I actually live in, I gravitate towards those characters.

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I don't have any phobias per se, but both tight and vast spaces tend to make me nervous after a prolonged time.

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I don't know what my next dream role gig is, but I have so, so many shows that I'm like, 'Oh my God, can I guest star on 'New Girl?' Like, that would be amazing!'

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I don't think I have ever worn more outfits over the course of four days than I did Emmy weekend. You barely sleep. You don't eat.

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I don't think you realize how often on television people are not like anyone we know or have known.

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I grill, like, every day.

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I guess my interest in performance has evolved and changed many times over the years.

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I haven't been recognized out in public or anything. The strangeness of celebrity has been relegated to Twitter, which is kind of manageable.

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I know the benefits of having a really great improv show are amazing because it was this one rare and fleeting thing that was incredible, but the risk just didn't appeal to me. I liked the control of sitting down and writing things.

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I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me.

Allison Tolman

I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me. I enjoyed it.

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I moved to Chicago and I did theater, and then I started writing and I stop acting and I did sketch. You know, I did all of the things that, if you were serious about doing television, don't do.

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I moved to Chicago when I was 28, and I wasn't completely idealistic about going to Second City and making a living from comedy, but I knew it would be great for the resume.

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I need an office and a place I can sit down to get away from television and just write.

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I never pursued voice hard enough. I've done musicals here and there, but I was never dedicated to really being one of these fantastic, operatic kind of singers that you have to be in some of these musicals.

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I never really acted full-time. I certainly had gotten past the point where fame and fortune was something that I was dreaming about or anticipating.

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I originally wanted to stay in Chicago as long as I could. I love Chicago. I don't love L.A. I don't want to leave Chicago.

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I read the 'Fargo' hashtag and what people tweeted at me and every article and every comment on every article. I really just ate it up. But I wasn't prepared for hearing what everybody thought of me.

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I really respect the Coen brothers as directors and as creative individuals and with the way that they handle the industry and the business side of things.

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I saw 'Fargo,' not when it came out, but probably a few years later, and went through multiple viewings - I'm sure my tape has been worn out.

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I started getting Twitter followers after I started doing press for 'Fargo.' One of my best friends from college is a librarian, and she started tracking after each interview how many Twitter followers I got. She and her librarian friends were like, 'We're going to make a graph.' And I was like, 'Alright, nerds.'

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I taped my original audition for 'Fargo' with my agency in Chicago, Stewart Talent.

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I tend to play nurses and waitresses and policewomen.

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I was getting a lot of really nasty feedback about my weight during 'Fargo,' which is unfortunate because I am statistically a completely average-size woman.

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I was working, like, 14-hour days on 'Fargo,' and now if I schedule more than two things in a day, I'm like, 'Whoa, you guys. That's two train rides, and I have to plan for an hour-and-a-half lunch with my cat.'

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I went to New York for the first time when I was in college for a school trip and, uh, it did not appeal to me. It was too much hustle and bustle.

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I went to New York for the first time when I was in college for a school trip and, uh, it did not appeal to me. It was too much hustle and bustle. And I have since now found a New York where if I lived there now, I know where I would want to live.

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I worked for three years in a small IT firm in Chicago. I managed our client base, so I translated into human speak for our technicians. But our company was sold, and the atmosphere and the culture really changed, so I quit without having anything else lined up.

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I worked in IT for about three years for a tiny firm with ten other people.

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I worked in IT, which is all boys, and I was the queen of the boys. That's what I did. I was the one who knew where the paper towels were, which was very important. And I organized happy hours and things like that.

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I'm aware me getting a role out of Chicago as a complete unknown is an insane anomaly, so I knew I'd have to get out here to L.A. as soon as the door opened.

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I'm from Texas, and Texas has a reputation that far precedes actual Texas, and it is irritating sometimes.

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I'm hoping I can evade a type and go for roles based on what I consider plausible and what I consider good.

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I've always had a day job and never been just acting.

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I've been working as an actress and sort of struggling along for ten years, so I've been on a million auditions for a million things I haven't booked.

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I've done some version of that Minnesota accent - that Midwestern accent - in sketch comedy for years. It's the quickest way to symbolize you're a mom.

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I've met a lot of really friendly people who are incredibly happy for me, which is really flattering and humbling.

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I've never had money before in my life. Ever. Never, ever.

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If you only live in the world of the actor, and if you only live in the world of auditions, etc., then you don't really have a whole lot to offer when it comes to playing the humans that you're trying to audition for.

Allison Tolman

'The Secret Garden' was the first musical that I fell in love with when I was a kid. My mom took me to see it, and it was the first one that I owned the soundtrack to and listened to over and over again.

Allison Tolman