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We’ve collected the best Dramas Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Asif Kapadia, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Estelle, Richard LaGravenese, Vikrant Massey. Use them as an inspiration.

I wanted to make a film that wouldn’t just appeal to Formula One fans. That’s what the great sports documentaries do – ‘Hoop Dreams,’ ‘When We Were Kings‘ – they’re human dramas first, sport second, if at all.
Family dramas are tough, as a playwright. Most stories are about characters going on a trip or a new character coming to town, because that’s how you learn information about them. But with family, they all know each other already. There’s years of history in every interaction.
I always have to get my U.K. fix, and ‘Downton Abbey‘ is definitely that. I absolutely love period dramas, but this one is particularly appealingfollowing the ins and outs of aristocracy as well as the interaction between the rich and the poor.
Families always have these unspoken dramas, and at holidays, everyone is supposed to sit down and pretend that none of that is going on.
I think I have done my share of the saas-bahu dramas.
My family life reads a bit like ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ I was big sister to Joan, Renee, and brother William, and we grew up in Dalkey, a little town 10 miles outside of Dublin. It was a secure, safe and happy childhood, which was meant to be a disadvantage when it comes to writing stories about family dramas.
So much of life’s dramas, good and bad, play out against family and so it’s really inspiring for any number of stories in all the fields I write in.
I like the differences between American and British television dramas.
I’ve seenLord of the Rings‘ and ‘The Hobbit‘ about 25 times each, so I like all kinds of movies, but I’m drawn, as an actor, to dramas about humans living lives I can relate to.
In drama school, they do these big shows and period dramas, and I felt that none of those shows were representing me as a person, and I knew I wouldn’t be cast in any of those when I left school. I decided to write my own one-woman show, and that was called ‘Chewing Gum Dreams.’
I love down-and-dirty and grit. But I do think that my favorite dramas are ones that are dark comedies because I think that the only way the audience and the actor can really go as dark and deep as you may want to go is if there’s some levity added to it.
I don’t have a horror film in me just because I don’t like to be scared. But I definitely have a documentary in me, and I certainly have dramas.
I love mystery novels… I love seeing the dramas played out in academic departments, particularly English departments. I started reading these when I was going up for tenure.
I’ll read, like, ten scripts, and then sometimes if I’m lucky, there will be two or three scripts that I like, and sometimes they’ll all be dramas, or they’ll all be comedies, or there will be two dramas and a comedy, and then I’ll go for whatever. If I have to audition, I’ll audition. If it’s an offer, great.
This is why sports will always be the greatest of dramas; the most exciting entertainment known to man. Nobody can predict the outcome and the script is ever in flux.
I always thought that fans would always turn away from me whenever they find more attractive actresses or dramas.
Gong Hyo-jin
Dramas about addiction can be exciting to watch. And then dispiriting. Exciting because degradation is fascinating to follow from the relative safety and smugness of an ‘appropriate‘ life, and dispiriting because if all that sad mayhem can happen to this or that character, what’s to keep it from happening to me or you?
Just growing up on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ other dramas, that kind of shaped my childhood. The fact that I can have one talking about my life – it’s insane.
I have been through and seen so many dramas and traumas and been in so many situations that I can probably interpret a few different characters.
I think maybe short stories operate in some of the same ways that poems do. They frame single or small moments and elevate those. They give you insight into more minor dramas maybe, dramas between smaller groups of people.
I want to do dramas. I want to do comedies.
I think the sheer hell of trying to get a film made; I don’t know if it would ultimately be worth it. The sort of format that I have, these TV things, sit somewhere between documentaries and reality shows and entertainment shows and dramas.
I have always liked family-type dramas; I just think the dynamics in families make for some really interesting characters.
The idea of science fiction, mythology, and creating a world is my favourite thing. I do love the reality of dramas and playing that, but being able to start from scratch, to completely build the character and this world, I love that.
Hannah John-Kamen
I haven‘t been offered a lot of comedy. In theater, I’ve done quite a bit of comedy or dramas that included a lot of funny stuff. But in my TV work, those aren’t the roles that I’ve been offered.
Mireille Enos
Fairytales work on two levels. On a conscious level, they are stories of true love and triumph and overcoming difficult odds and so are pleasurable to read. But they work on a deeper and symbolic level in that they play out our universal psychological dramas and hidden desires and fears.
I studied screenwriting at film school and was constantly learning how to construct three-act dramas.
Tobias Lindholm
I could have been bigger, but I wasn’t controversial enough. I didn’t do drugs or wreck rooms. There were no dramas in my private life.
I just love doing costume dramas; I am very lucky, as I see myself as a part-time time traveller.
I’d like to make character-based dramas. I end up writing thrillers a lot – these psychological character-based things with weird people doing horrible things to each other – coming to a theatre near you!
Joseph Mazzello
I think that what ‘Oz’ did is it spawned a great generation of television production. But people know its place in television and just in great dramas. It’s the foundation of my career. Most producers, show runners, directors, and casting directors put me in movies based on my performance in that show.
I’ve always had a particular affinity for father-son dramas.
To me, ‘Transparent‘ is one of the best family dramas since ‘The Sopranos.’
As an ethnic actor, I still feel I can’t be in ‘Downton Abbey’ or in period dramas.
I’m glad I went through all the normal teenage dramas that a lot of people go through. I can really relate to ‘Secret Life’ because I witnessed those similar struggles.
Francia Raisa
It gives me vertigo to watch TV dramas.
Bruno Heller
It’s not like I want to be Prince Charming when I do dramas. But I think I’ve always shown such an image because that’s just the way Korean dramas work.
It’s amazing to me how quickly the industry will try to put you into a box. It’s like, I did ‘Beale Street.’ And they decided now, all of a sudden, ‘Oh, okay. KiKi Layne does those little quiet indie dramas.’ I’m like, ‘No! That’s just where I got started.’
I don’t read a lot of fiction, but one of my favorite authors is William Kennedy; his books, to me, almost read like historical dramas because the mythologies are so detailed as he wove fiction with the factual history of Albany.
Because I’ve done so many hour dramas, people tend to think of you as more of a dramatic actor and don’t see you as doing comedy.
Amy Acker
When I signedGuide,’ my colleagues in the industry said that I was doing a big mistake. They even said that this might be my last film because that was the phase when actresses in the industry were portrayed as submissive women. We used to do love stories or family dramas where women were ideal in every role.
I’ve done a lot of costume dramas and things that are set in the past, and it’s great to be able to have things that you can research and material that you can look at.
Well, honestly, I’m not a massive fan of courtroom dramas.
Gabriel Macht
All my cop/gangster dramas have been spaced out, but somewhere, the films in which I played the bad guy were extremely successful, so people are under the impression that I play only such roles. I call it selective amnesia.
Most of the dramatism in Wagner comes from a very close link between the music and the language of the text. So much of the expressivity of Wagner’s music dramas comes from the singerscapacity to play with the sound of the language. This kind of thing you can do very well in concert performance.
I am keen to work in romantic stories and dramas.
I love period dramas and language, but I love comedy as well.
Robin McLeavy
Cafe De Flore speaks of love, its joys, its pains and its dramas – to love and to lose. This story upset me, I was upside-down, in the depths of myself.
Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be.
For years we’ve had all the big-hitting HBO box-set dramas, all these brilliant, witty, clever shows, and in return the only thing we’ve had to offer is big period dramas like ‘Downton Abbey’.
I’ve been doing dramas for a long time.
Jacob Tremblay
I love period dramas – be it romance or philosophy.
When I was five, we moved to Virginia and lived inside an old fort that was surrounded by a moat. So when I heard stories of American history, I felt as if those dramas were taking place right in my own backyard.
Mary Pope Osborne
I went to America to get away from constantly being cast in costume dramas, playing posh people.
Dominic West
Most of the plays in Marathi theatre are for the middle aged or are family dramas.
The rise of the dramas in the thirteenth century, and the rise of the great novels in a later period, together with their frank glorification of love and the joys of life, may be called the Third Renaissance.
I’m drawn to dramas that make people think. I want to make an impact.
Stephen Graham
I’ve kind of always had this balance between genre and personal dramas. It almost feels like the two help each other. If I was just to make a genre film, maybe it would be hollow and soulless. If I was just to make a personal drama, maybe it would be melodramatic and nobody would ever go see it.
I have been working since I was 11 on everything including period dramas.
When I’m engaged in a story my health is not a big deal, but when I’m not doing anything, if you sit me down, I can get tied up in my own medical dramas. So I much prefer to work.
Katherine Boo
You don’t read many scripts, especially for crime dramas, that feature a strong woman as the central character.
I actually started in comedy, but then after ‘Deadwood’ I started concentrating on the dramas more. But then I just got tired for raping and killing and figured, ‘It’s time to do another comedy.’
You just never see people of different ethnicities in period dramas.
As far as dramas are concerned, it’s considered passe for playwrights to turn out anything the average person can understand.
I would say 80% of the scripts I get are dramas and not comedies or romantic comedies, which is funny because that’s what I do every week.
I write R-rated action dramas, and every year that goes by, that gets to be a smaller and smaller world you have to work in. You have to think of how to get the studio excited and sell them something.
Dramas need to have a certain aesthetic that comedy just doesn’t really seem to need to have.
Rob McElhenney
I write tragedies and things when I’m alone. Chekhovian dramas.
I sort of was inspired by ‘Friday Night Lights,’ where it was a very different show, but similar in that they were both large ensemble dramas where you had many stories going on at once. I wanted to do a show that shared that element, and that’s really why I wanted to develop ‘Parenthood‘ as a series.
I grew up on courtroom dramas, and I really love the feel of a dramatic thriller.
Luke Roberts
I enjoy watching the genre of family dramas. I love family films like ‘Nuvvu Naku Nacchav,’ ‘Malleeswari,’ and ‘Bommarillu.’
I’m not going to be labeled a black filmmaker. I am not here to just tell black stories. I’m here to tell all kinds of stories, musicals and dramas.
For dramas, I’ve become more careful because now there are specific works that you think of when you hear the name Song Hye-kyo.
I get a lot of dramas, but I’d like to do a romantic comedy type of movie; that’d be a nice step for me. No more screaming or running or shooting… for one movie where I can just be in love with a boy.
Everything was magnificent so far, even if I knew my part of dramas.
Jacky Ickx
From time to time there is a move to do a little less in the way of period dramas, but people rebel. Audiences say we want them. There is a big hunger for them. I don’t think it’s sentimentality or nostalgia, it’s often that they are simply the best stories.
The dark comedies tend to be in a non-releasable area. There can be romantic comedies. There can be dramas. But there’s no ‘dark comedy’ inbox for the advertising.
I believe the life of every person is worthy of scrutiny, containing its own secrets and dramas.
Crime dramas will never go away as long as people turn to television for, among other things, reassurance and comfort.
Generally, I am losing faith in telly, as we do have good dramas but not as many as there should be.
I think the best dramas are as funny as possible and the best comedies have, underneath them, real substance.
I think that most of the best movies made in America in the 20th century were crime dramas, screwball comedies and westerns.
I think that the difference between ‘The Sopranos‘ and the shows that came before it was that it was really personal. There had been a lot of dramas, a lot of really good ones, a lot of really bad ones, but they were always franchise shows about cops, or doctors, or lawyers. They weren’t about the writer himself.
When I do an action thing, it speaks louder than the things that I’ve done that are dramatic and comedy. Actually, if you look at my resume, I have just as much comedic things as dramas, and I have far less action things than all of the other things, but I’m kind of defined as an action person.
It wasn’t until I got involved in ‘Doctor Who‘ that I started doing dramas on television.
I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people’s expectations of me as a comic actor.
The writing in those HBO dramas, like ‘The Wire,’ is as good as anything I’ve seen.
With action movies, that’s just fun stuff for me. That’s me being a kid again. Same with ‘The Best of Me’ and these romantic dramas. It’s such a freedom from reality and social constructions. You get to just have fun and play and be in a movie.
Luke Bracey
I watched a lot of soap operas, when I was growing up, and a lot of those great serialized soap dramas.
Money is not a driving force for me when it comes to my passion: that is, dramas and films.
If there’s room for 30 reality shows, surely there’s room for two amazing costume dramas.
I don’t enjoy other people’s dramas, and I don’t enjoy mine.
When we are in our dorms, we watch romance movies and dramas. When a romantic scene comes on, we hold on to each other and scream.
I watch a lot of TV dramas.
Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, the higher your profile, the more castable you are in TV dramas.
People always ask me, ‘Why so many historical dramas?’ Because those are the best roles I get to play, and I get to play heroes in those roles.
I’d always wanted to do costume drama, but period dramas often become very wooden. Just because they’re born in the 1400s, all of a sudden people start losing their sense of humour or their personalities.
I like dramas because there’s a big overlap between film and fiction, so I feel relatively qualified to talk about plot and characterisation and that sort of thing.
I did everything – I did newscasts, I did sports, I did dramas.
When I am filming dramas, I lean towards doing what the public wants to see from me.
I think TV is a fantastic medium right now because of what you can do visually. It’s phenomenal, and it’s just getting better and better, but in a way, there’s no beating the personal image you can create in your head, with those personal aspects, which you can only get from reading or radio dramas.
All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.
I’ve been doing a lot of children‘s dramas, but I really wanted to move into more gritty stuff.
Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock do romantic comedies. I do dark dramas. I do these movies well.
I did ‘Little Dorrit’ a few years ago; I really love doing period dramas. It’s stuff like that I really enjoy watching.
Arthur Darvill
Anyone can write. But comedy, you’ve got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas.
I like the yin-yang of a cop’s life, where he’s part fascist and part saint. That’s where the good dramas are.
Clark Johnson
I love political dramas. I love good story-telling.
You know, I’ve always wanted to do dramas.
People tend to think of Brisbane as a sleepy, sub-topical place. I don’t know. It’s like Baltimore or something. I don’t know. You would hear the family dramas going on behind closed doors.
Honestly, I’m not a massive fan of courtroom dramas.
Gabriel Macht
I grew up watching Keira Knightley films nonstop, and I always admired period dramas and just everything that goes into it.
We’re definitely still interested in the Avatar/Korra universe and fantastical world building in general, but I think many of the core themes and tones found in our two kids‘ series would be present as well in any sort of adult dramas we might be lucky enough to make in the future.
I played comedies and dramas.
I’m not a big believer in the idea of genre – I’m a fan of any writer who can pull me into compelling characters and stories – but I can’t imagine I’ll start writing domestic dramas any time soon.
Nick Petrie
The development process is not that simple… When I started working at Fox in ’92, the company had decided that dramas were dead: they weren’t viable businesses and because newsmagazines were so efficient to produce and financially so much more tolerable than a drama. So that year, our company developed very few dramas.
Dana Walden
We received our initial inspiration from our family, as from childhood we exhibited an inclination towards art. While Johns randomly drew pictures, I used to present dramas for my siblings. But when we grew up, we both got addicted to our interests and it was fueled by political activism.
I was lucky enough to be able to do comedies, dramas, completely different parts. At the beginning, when you start you have a fantasy that you could be somebody else. Which is absurd. That’s part of being an actor. It’s your voice, it’s the way you move, it’s your body, even if you transform it, you play with it.
With family dramas, it’s hard to keep those stories alive.
Emily VanCamp
I don’t watch TV dramas. I watch ESPN, HBO boxing, National Geographic Channel and I kind of like to get some DVDs, movies that I haven’t seen and I just pop them in.
Dominic Purcell
Sci-fi and horror, particularly, allow a storyteller to depart from, let’s say, the demands of cinema verite or kitchen-sink realism or, even, just relatable dramas and can go into areas that are either – in the case of horror – more primally effective or, in the case of sci-fi, more speculative or imaginative.
I was making a lot of 8mm home movies, since I was twelve, making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids.
Sometimes I look at music as like movies. And so I feel like you can have your comedies, and you can have your dramas, and you can have your romances or whatever.
I’m really into sci-fi. The reason I’m an actor is because of ‘Star Wars‘ – I saw that and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. But most of the projects I’m offered as an actor are straightforward dramas, so I haven’t really been given a chance to do that kind of role.
I think doing dramas kind of wears on you. It’s just intense.
Christine Ebersole
My husband is leaving me. No dramas, no slammed doors – well, OK, a few slammed doors – and no suitcase in the hall, but there is another woman involved. Her name is Dementia.
Malayalam actress Ann Augustine, director V K Prakash, writer Jayaprakah Kulur and I have planned to produce quality dramas and to take it to a wide range of audience. We are making some popular works into stage plays.
Period dramas seem to take actors to the next level because they do so well in America.
I grew up doing a lot of theatre, plays, dramas, musicals.
Hale Appleman
My 20s were peaceful, privileged, but still I felt the desire to write angsty dramas.
We’ve seen Shakespeare done a billion times to make it seem relevant today. We love period dramas. We love to long for a time gone by.
A mother‘s life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears.
I’m into parlor dramas. I’m into theatre. I’m trained for the stage. I trained to do Chekhov and Shakespeare, I was trained for the stage.
I’m an actor, and so of course I want to see TV companies making good dramas. I want that to be a priority.
The court dramas shown in films and TV are often superficial. They should have a gripping storyline, which can keep the audience hooked.
While I prefer generally more personal dramas in which I can stretch myself… and while I’m not a science fiction buff, I consider ‘2001’ a great film, absolutely enthralling; at ‘Star Wars’ I had a fabulous time, and, at ‘Alien,’ while it was a silly story, I was knocked out.
I just love doing broader work – I always get asked to do fairly heavy-duty, intense dramas and interesting, psychologically intense characters. But you know, it’s nice to make people laugh sometimes.
Julian Sands
With sport dramas and war movies, it is always about accomplishment, where people are fighting for their country or community‘s honour.
As brilliant as those dark Scandi noir dramas are, not everything has to be shot down a Danish alleyway.
Period dramas have their own challenges. One must work hard to ensure that you don’t just embrace the character you are playing, you also have to understand the smaller nuances of the period to deliver an authentic experience.
There are always going to be hospital dramas because if you’re sitting in an emergency room for two hours, I guarantee you you are going to see something that makes you gasp. That’s where drama comes from.
A lot of Christmas episodes of comedies are comedies trying to be dramas.
I actually feel like, for a lot of my career, I wasn’t able to show my comedic range. I did a lot of dramas and dramedies. I was on ‘E.R.’ That’s not generally thought of as a funny show.
I do a play a year, or every 18 months, and you get your comedies and your dramas, but you hardly get anything that touches some kind of core in you.
Without a doubt, the majority of historical period dramas tend to be told from a certain perspective. At least in America, black people have some visibility in period dramas, although it’s usually in the form of slaves or servitude.
People look at me, they know I’ve appeared in costume dramas and they automatically assume I must be a Tory, I must be a certain type of person.
I just want to be with great teachers. If that means I’m in a horror film with good teachers, I’ll do another horror film. But I would love to branch out and do more comedy or just more straight dramas.
Ideally, that’s what you’ve got in an acting career is an equal number of dramas and comedies and an equal number of small films and big films.
How can even the best novelist or playwright invent someone like Augustus Caesar or Catherine the Great, Galileo or Florence Nightingale? How can screenwriters create better action stories or human dramas than exist, thousand upon thousand, throughout the many centuries of recorded history?
In a comedy, after the day is done, you can figure out ways of how to make it even funnier for the next day. In dramas, it’s very different – the mindset that you’re in.
I went to drama school. I’m classically trained; I studied Shakespeare, blah blah blah. But I always preferred to do Oscar Wilde, or Shakespeare’s comedies over his dramas.
I have missed my fans so much and, above all, have wanted to appear in dramas.
Joo Won
Shakespeare set a lot of his dramas in a historical perspective or war perspective, or he would study what was going on at that time.
On telly, there’s been a move towards entertainment – with some very high-powered, fast-moving dramas. Then we have the Internet, where we get our information but it’s all in bite-size pieces. I think the documentary, as a form, actually speaks to what’s missing.
There are a lot of period dramas out there but not many opportunities for a mixed-race actress to play a period role.