The thing that really breeds career longevity in this profession is doing good work. You can make $20 million a movie, but does that mean you'll still have a job when you're 60? It's a profession that eats people up and wants constant turnaround, so you have to dedicate yourself to learning and making the most of whatever gift you may have.
New York Daily News (2000-05-11)
I never thought that I would be labeled something like Generation X because of that movie ( Reality Bites ). I had no idea going into it, and it wasn't a label I could relate to.Ethan Hawke
All that stuff with the tabloids is a kind of luxury tax I pay for all the good things I do in my life.Ethan Hawke
...But the truth is, I've never wanted to be a movie star - and I've been pretty clear about that.Ethan Hawke
The older you get, the humbler you get. I know I don't have that much to offer, and I know I've now read Moby Dick and Anna Karenina , and if I had read those books before I wrote The Hottest State , I don't think I'd have published it. I had the arrogance of the uneducated, which sometimes you need.Ethan Hawke
Seeing the play ( A Lie of the Mind ) clearly is part of why I wanted to direct it. I see hope at the end of this play. People talk about how dark the play was, but I feel like, if you really look at the darkness, you’re able to go through it, and you realize that you can handle dark moments in life and that everything will be all right.Ethan Hawke
I've had different opportunities in my life, but I've tried to maintain the spirit of an amateur. Our culture roots everything in the barometer of success and how much money you make. But if you really just aspire to a life in the arts, it's really not a barometer at all.Ethan Hawke