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Born: July 27, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: Cast ...
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Rhys Meyers received the inaugural Guinness Award for Outstanding Young Actor (1996).

"I went up to Dublin and met Neil [Jordan] at the Davenport hotel. I was sitting in the lobby waiting for the audition and I'll always remember the carpet, this beautiful royal blue carpet I was looking down at while I was waiting. There were two other guys waiting and talking away, and one of them had met Neil before. I just sat there saying nothing. They went in to meet Neil and when they came out talking and laughing, I thought, 'that's it'. Auditions always make me nervous, anyway, and that made me feel even worse. But I went in and it was great. Neil didn't ask me to do anything for the role. He just sat down and talked to me. The next day he rang my agent and cast me."---Jonathan Rhys Meyers quoted in The Irish Times, December 7, 1996.

Rhys Meyers on his role in Sandra Goldbacher's "The Governess": "It was with a first-time director, which I always like because I'm new to this business, and I think, wow, maybe I can do something in this that will make the director great. We're all helping each other up."---quoted in Daily News, July 28, 1998.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, explaining how early rejections made him more driven in his pursuit of an acting career: "It drove me to madness. And it drove me to an anger, a hunger to where I wanted to prove them wrong and so I kept going for auditions. I got rejection after rejection. I thought I was fighting Michael Tyson at one point because I was just getting beaten so much, beaten so much, beaten so much. And then ... I got a role. It was like punching back. I think I've knocked them out now."---Quoted to New York August 3, 1998.

"When you want to be an actor, especially in films, you've got to have a certain arrogance, but I'm looking at things in the long term, because a star is very short term, you only see it when it explodes."---Rhys Meyers in Rolling Stone, August 20, 1998.

"I don't love acting. How can you love something when you sit around 12 hours a day and work 10 minutes a day? I'm just doing it because it keeps me off the streets and out of jail."---Jonathan Rhys Meyers quoted in Jane, November 1998.

Rhys Meyers on how he approaches character: "As opposed to being romantic and poetic about it, I start walking hand in hand with my own honesty about myself. I would never sit down and study a character. The character is in me and all I have to do is bring it to the surface, so I look really truthfully at myself and what I am. If you're giving an honest emotion and you're not trying to fake anything, it's going to be beautiful because honesty is what people feel, essentially, and it can turn into art. Every character I play is just an aspect of who I am. Everybody has every emotion in the world. Some people aren't able to surface them and I'm lucky enough that I can."---quoted in Interview, December 1998.

"I'd love to just make films in Ireland because I'd be at home. But I don't like playing Irish characters because I want to play as many characters as I can and make a fool of myself until somebody finally goes, 'That's crap.' Then I'll go and play Irish fellas."---Rhys Meyers quoted in London's Evening Standard, November 4, 1999.

"People's perception of me was that I was quite a feral character and there was something quite dangerous about me," the actor said. "Then I did 'Beckham' and people said, 'Oh, he's actually a sweet boy, too.'"---Rhys-Meyers quoted to CNN.com, May 6, 2005.

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