5 Stars Discuss Taking Risks With Their Careers

Posted by PZ on November 18th, 2015




Deciding to step out of their comfort zone and do something unexpected, these 5 stars have commented on taking risks with their careers. Some stepped away from the spotlight despite fearing they wouldn’t have a career to return to afterwards, while others just decided to take on an unusual part or mix things up by giving something entirely new a go.

Ben Affleck

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Ben has said that he’s enjoyed risking everything and trying new things: ”When I see that when I look at this sort of back and forth of a career I take some satisfaction knowing OK, I’m probably doing something right because I’m taking risks and I’m trying different things and I’m not failing by virtue of just being boring when I fail. I’m failing because I’m trying something different. So risk is inherently valuable. Courage, the desire to take risk is really necessary.”

Cate Blanchett
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Cate risked her career by running a theater company: “I am not perfect. The wheels are constantly falling off… When Andrew and I decided to run the theater company, in 2008, I didn’t think I’d have a movie career to go back to. But that was okay: When I consider the characters I might play, I find turning points to be very interesting. There’s a line from the novelist Jeanette Winterson: ‘What you risk reveals what you value’—and that’s always stuck with me.”

Emma Stone
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Emma has been given the chance to try out new kinds of roles and has loved taking risks: “It’s been wonderful but it’s also challenging and I’m going into places that I’ve never really allowed myself to go before with ‘Birdman’ and ‘Cabaret’. I feel very lucky that I’m getting the opportunity to do it and I don’t know how long that opportunity will last – I’m trying to learn as much as I possibly can in this time. It’s been incredible but also slightly overwhelming at times just because it’s so different to anything I’ve done before.”

Jessica Alba
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Jessica believes taking time off to become a mother was a big risk for her: “Even becoming a mother was risky. It meant cooling off from this business, which was all I had known my entire life. I had to peace-out at 28, completely shift my priorities, and not be apologetic and not care about the consequences.”

Kate Winslet
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Kate is excited to challenge herself with new career risks: ”It’s time to get back. Back to the ‘I don’t f**k around,’ back to the basics of take some serious risks, put yourself out there. And just really push it.”



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