Favorite SAG Awards 'I'm An Actor' Speeches

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.

The Actors Stories speeches that set the stage for each Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony—unofficially referred to as the “I’m An Actor” speeches—have become one of the most anticipated elements of the awards show. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable:

2006
“My first memory of wanting to be an actor came when I saw my mother play the title role in Evita. I watched her die on stage and come back to life in time for the applause, and I thought, Hi-diddly-dee. My name is Anne Hathaway, and I’m an actor”.

2008
“I performed my first scene ever when I was 12 years old in the 7th grade at Birmingham High School. I was very shy, and I had no idea what I was doing, so I just flung myself off the cliff and felt like I was falling. I’ve been falling ever since. I think that’s kind of what it is, informed falling. I’m Sally Field, and I’m an actor”. 

“My favorite thing about acting is that it truly allows you to transform yourself into another person. I’m Johnny Depp, and I’m an actor”. [as delivered by Jane Krakowski]

2009
“I’ve talked my way out of 11 fights. I’ve cried more this year than most women do in a lifetime. Wherever I go, I seek out a mirror, and when one’s not available, I’ll make due with a car window or a dark picture. I’m Will Arnett, and I’m an alcoholic [quickly corrects himself], actor!”.

“On Jan. 15, 2009, a US Airways pilot named Chesley Sullenberger performed an exacting, perfect emergency landing into the icy cold waters of Hudson River. It’s a good thing I was not behind the controls of that plane, because I’m Steve Carell, and I’m an actor”.

2011
“When I was waitressing right out of college, I went on my first television audition. The casting director told me to move to Europe because my looks would never make it on TV in America. I’m Julianna Margulies, and I’m proud to be an actor”.

2012
“When I was a kid, I agonized about whether I wanted to be an actor when I grew up or an astronaut. And both of them have their advantages. Actors get to meet and work with the most beautiful women in the world, and astronauts get to spend long-duration space flights in pressure suits filled with their own urine. I’m Jon Cryer, and I’m an actor”.

    1. If Anne Hathaway picks her nose the wrong way, her haters will still try to find a way to bash her. Bottom line, haters go hand and hand with successful and talented people ( especially females ) . It is always a badge of honor to be despised in the entertainment business- it only means you are doing many things right.

  1. I can’t stand Anne Hathaway….. UGGGG. I can’t figure out at which point she became so unbearable. Help?

    1. Heather, I can help. How can you not stand someone you never met ? Are you on medication ? I am just wondering.

      1. Thank you, Cadavra. They are trashing Anne Hathaway because of their ignorance. Now, if Tom Hanks used the same quote, their would be no issues whatsoever.

  2. I’d find it much easier to dismiss and mock Hathaway’s seemingly endless energy and PR-ready remarks, and her seemingly boundless optimism and generosity to all if she didn’t also demonstrate that she can handle a broad variety of characters and genres, has a rather startling and strong singing voice and has even demonstrated a facility for dance.

    Yes, away from the set and film camera I find her entirely too-good-to-be true and cloying personality exceptionally risible and open to ridicule. If only she didn’t also obviously have a broad array of talents. It sucks all the satisfaction out of making fun of her. Of course her choices in Les Mis are debatable. But thee are few actresses in town who have the skills she does to even attempt the role, and she has them hands down.

    Oh, and I have no complaints about her in that leather suit as she climbs aboard the cycle in the Batman film, either.

    Hathaway is a throw-back, like the actresses of another era who were trained in acting, singing, dancing, and they could pull off the magazine photo shoot, and knew how to pull of a radio or television interview while fawning over Mr. Warner or Mr. Mayer at the same time.

    There have been performances I hated and performances I’ve loved. But I don’t see how anyone can seriously try claiming she lacks the skills.

    1. Allow me. She is less an actress than an “indicator.” Everything she does is all surface. There isn’t a genuine bone in her body, onscreen or off. I have never believed a moment of her performances because she has no clue how to inhabit a character; she only knows how to approximate the most facile emotions. Maggie Gyllenhaal is the same way. Great indicators, both, but terrible actresses. At least Gyllenhaal is somewhat tolerable in real life, whereas Anne Hathaway hasn’t had a real, non-calculated moment since she was probably six.

      1. I’m sorry, you can have your oppinion about her acting, but you don’t know her, so you don’t know if she is nice off-screen. Interviews are parts of the actors jobs, so they don’t count.

      2. I’ll bet this describes YOU to a “T”.

        We hate most those qualities in others that we see in ourselves.

        Your assessment is ludicrous.

        She is incredibly talented.

        Put down your Boleslavsky’s Six Lessons down and leave the basement once in a while.

  3. Nothing against their choices of speakers (adore Sally Field) but I’ve seen those speeches and there are better ones out there.

  4. Gosh. Could anything be more annoying, self-absorbed and vain than these I-am-an-actor speeches? Besides, I’ve seen most of them in stuff and at least half of them are lying.

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