While his most recent fame comes from playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars from 2015-2019, Adam Driver is one of the most diverse actors out there. He doesn’t discriminate between film, TV, plays, or musicals. Even in his personal life, Driver can’t be pigeonholed. He’s a veteran, Juilliard alum, musician, and Tony Award, nominee. He prefers privacy, but Adam Driver quotes give us a glimpse into his interesting life.
After graduating high school, Driver drifted as a door-to-door vacuum salesperson and a telemarketer. Shortly after 9/11, however, Driver enlisted into the Marine Corps. He served for over two years before he was medically discharged due to a mountain biking injury. After serving, he attended the University of Indianapolis before auditioning (for the second time) and being accepted into Juilliard. Driver credits his experiences both in the military and at Juilliard for preparing him for his career as an actor.
Driver’s first professional roles as an actor were in plays, and he eventually accepted jobs in television and movies. Unlike other actors who prefer to stay in one medium, Adam Driver quotes reveal he doesn’t have a preference whether he works in film, television, or Broadway. However, one thing he does have a strong opinion about is not watching his own performances. He goes out of his way to ensure he doesn’t watch or listen to anything he does as an actor.
In his personal life, Driver married in 2013 to a woman he met at Juilliard, and the couple has one child. They live in New York City, and Driver regularly supports both the arts and veterans.
We hope you enjoy these Adam Driver quotes that speak of his experience as an actor and military man.
1. “I wish I could pull shorts off. My wife tells me I just can’t. But that’s okay. I’m tall, I can do other things, like change lightbulbs.”
2. “Acting is really about having the courage to fail in front of people.”
3. “College wasn’t something I saw myself doing.”
4. “People always are desperate to have others acknowledge that they are different.”
5. “Something I learned in the Marine Corps that I’ve applied to acting is, one, taking direction, and then working with a group of people to accomplish a mission and knowing your role within that team.”
6. “I’ve seen incredible acts of humanity in the military because people put themselves aside, and it’s about the other person.”
7. “At Juilliard, suddenly I was reading these great plays that could articulate the ways I was feeling in the Marine Corps, and that felt very therapeutic, but putting words to feelings in a big way.”
8. “I like everything I do to have some kind of meaning.”
9. “I think it’s good to have an artful life.”
10. “If I’m not doing something or working on something, I literally just sit in the room and think, which I don’t think is productive. I won’t go outside for days.”
11. “I mean, I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it.”
12. “I have a control problem. I hate the feeling of not being in control.”
13. “For me, becoming a man had a lot to do with learning communication, and I learned about that by acting.”
14. “I loved being in the Marine Corps, I loved my job in the Marine Corps, and I loved the people I served with. It’s one of the best things I’ve had a chance to do.”
15. “Through theater and acting school, I found a way to articulate myself.”
16. “My only close-to-game plan is to follow good writing. If the writing is in TV or if it’s in theater or in film, that’s it. It doesn’t really matter what the medium is.”