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Quotes by Billy Howle

Quotes by Billy Howle

A lot of my friends have told me to read ‘Tao Te Ching’ – a classic Chinese text on the fundamentals of Taoism.
Depression is something I’ve lived with since I was a teenager.
Everyone thinks of the roaring twenties and associates it with decadence and flappers, female sexual liberation, the freedom of women to express themselves, the beginning of feminism. But it was also a time of huge, huge change.
For me, I tend to enjoy wearing any period costume. I love how fashion and clothing has changed and evolved through time.
I don’t aspire to be a sex icon, I don’t know why anyone would. It’s an uncomfortable position to put yourself in… it’s something that we all haven’t really made our minds up about, and that’s why we find it all so interesting.
I feel like I’m a professional storyteller, really. A lot of people say ‘a truth teller,’ and, if the writing supports it, that’s what your aim is: to try and present people with a series of truths, and then they can make up their mind about those and whether they have any real credence or weight.
I had that extroverted energy, and I always involved myself in quite adult conversations. My mum never hid us from that. There was never a kids’ table; we were never treated as kids, per se, because I don’t think she believes in that.
I think if you stop learning, there’s not much point, and so I always hope to be challenged. That’s the beauty of this job.
I tried to go to college in the U.K. a couple of times, but at that point, I think I was a little disillusioned with education. It wasn’t giving me what I wanted it to. I needed freedom to create and do the things that I wanted to explore, and it wasn’t really doing that: it was still very prescriptive.
I wanted to go so I could learn the rules and conventions in order to break them later on.
If I could bring ‘The Tunnel’ to life, I’d like to do it like that.
It’s nice sometimes to feel a bit more debonair.
Lena Dunham is a hero of mine.
My maternal grandmother would sit, before binge-watching existed, and watch ‘Poirot’ until the cows came home. You couldn’t pull her away from it.
My mum is a theatrical person. I saw a tape of a theatre project she did when I was a kid. I was really affected by the idea that my mum could turn herself into someone else for the purpose of telling a story.
My parents aren’t really conformists.
One of my favourite games as a child was to dress up and improvise. Acting seemed obvious.
Pixar make kids’ movies, but there are jokes in there for adults, and it never gets too sentimental.
That is what Christmas should be about, I think – togetherness and playfulness. It’s like a game.
The true art is being able to take whatever the writer’s done, and if it is a bit flimsy or it is a bit rushed or is just box-ticking writing, then the true artist would be able to make that come off the page and sing for an audience or a viewer. I’m still learning how to do that properly.
There’s a children’s book by Anthony Browne called ‘The Tunnel’ that I’ve always loved.

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