Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield


8/20/1983, Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

Andrew Russell Garfield


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Born in LA to a British mother and an American father Andrew Russell Garfield is a dual citizen of the US and the UK. He has been named the next Spider-Man of the blockbuster movies, taken the role over from Tobey Maguire who starred in the first three…more


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    • Andrew: The actors that excite me and inspire me are not selfish actors, they do it with purpose. They create characters and tell stories with purpose and generosity for an audience. It's all to serve a story and the themes of the story. That's what excites me. I look at Daniel Day-Lewis, the detail of his performances and how lived in they are. He truly experiences every character's reality that he steps into, that inspires me as well. The potential for exploring aspects of yourself that have been covered up for years or aspects of yourself you didn't realize you had. To step into someone else's shoes like Daniel Day-Lewis does so fully or like Robert De Niro does so fully.

    • Andrew: (on not watching movies that he's in) If I watch myself, then I suddenly have a bunch of things that I'm scared to do. It just upsets me. I've stopped reading reviews, as well. If one is negative, you hold on to that. It was killing me. It was holding me back from being creative and being free. The first thing that was written was, (on the subject of blogs and message boards) "What's up with this kid's eyebrows? He looks like a friggin' Neanderthal."

    • Andrew: (on filming the scene in 'The Social Network' in which his character, Eduardo Saverin, loses his cool and lashes out both physically and verbally at Mark Zuckerberg, portrayed by co-star Jesse Eisenberg) Are you kidding me? That day and night of shooting was one of my favorite experiences. I was actually proud of myself because I didn't care what I was doing. I was literally not judging myself. And it was so beautiful for a second. I've gone through my whole life caring deeply what people think of me. That was probably one of the first times where I didn't care for a second. And it was liberating. I felt more like a man than I've ever felt. That's what always excited me about other people's performances. Abandon.

    • Andrew: (on not expecting to get the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and then how he felt when he found out he got it) I was genuinely expecting 'You're just a shit actor' instead of 'We want you to do it.' I realized immediately how much hard work it was going to be, and how much of a minefield it was going to be in terms of all the shit that comes with it. Stuff that I would like to not have any part of. I mean visibility and being recognized walking down the street. I'm holding out a naive and ignorant hope that it won't happen. I couldn't gag the 5 year old self inside of me. I said, 'What should we do?' And he was like, (at this point Andrew slips into an accent) 'DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! Are you kiddin' me? It's Spider-Man!' My inner 5 year old is a New Yorker with a smoker's cough and a horrible mouth.

    • Andrew: (on having to work out for his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man) I want to feel stronger than I've ever felt, and I want to feel more flexible than I've ever felt. I want to feel powerful. You don't just want to be a pack of meat - it has to be an open body. It does something to your psyche, and it does something to the way you move.

    • Andrew: (on portraying Peter Parker/Spider-Man) I see it as a massive challenge in many ways. To make it authentic. To make the character live and breathe in a new way. The audience already has a relationship with many different incarnations of the character. I do, as well. I'm probably going to be the guy in the movie theater shouting abuse at myself. But I have to let that go. No turning back. And I wouldn't want to

    • Andrew: (on Hollywood parties/events) Those events that look like so much fun in the photos you see - it's mostly people looking over their shoulders at everyone. They're miserable, those parties.

    • Andrew: I think too much. Being in my body is much more satisfying than being in my head.

    • Andrew: I hope that I have to audition for every single job I want. I hope that I'm always struggling, really. You develop when you're struggling. When you're struggling, you get stronger.

    • Andrew: Obviously there's something very seductive about movies, which can be attractive in a bad way if you're doing them for the wrong reasons - for money, or for fame. I hope I won't ever do that. I don't feel at home in LA, I feel like I'm on holiday. It's nice to dip your feet in occasionally, but I think it's probably quite unhealthy to spend too much time here at once.

    • Andrew: I'm very neurotic and self-conscious. So I think that I'll know when I'm becoming a dick and believing my own press.