Make your life a happy one. That is where success is possible to every man.Robert Powell
- Everything you do, every experience that you have, enlightens you a little bit or worsens you. L.I.E. was big for me. I think it's one of the best things I've been a part of in my life so far.
- I think I'd be too stubborn and have to do it on my own terms. There's a lot of hope in music and there are some really amazing artists out there, but as far as popular music goes, a lot of it is just not for me. So I don't know where I'd fit in or whatever.
- On why he chooses acting over music
- In my house, I tried not talking for a couple days and it was almost impossible to be at a dinner table with my parents and not point out to them what I thought was silly that they were saying. You just want to rebel! It was so difficult.
- On preparing for his role in Little Miss Sunshine
- “It’s great but it’s surreal though too. I don’t think I’ve been in a movie that that many people have seen before. I’ve always stuck to independent films so it’s strange. It’s a new thing for me. Hopefully, people will respond to the performance in Little Miss Sunshine. The movie’s done well and brought an increased level of awareness of me as an actor. We’ll see what effect it has. I certainly think there’s a similarity between my characters in Fast Food Nation and Little Miss Sunshine, in terms of anger. I think Brian’s looking for an easy way out and I think the character in Sunshine wants to invest himself in something he feels passionate about. Like most teenagers, there’s a level of anger and alienation and all that stuff.” Paul Dano (on Little Miss Sunshine (2006)).
- Commenting on Little Miss Sunshine's wide appeal.
- It was incredible. I mean, Daniel Day-Lewis and I were enemies in the movie. I'm the "snake" and his daughter Rose is the "rose". You couldn't get any more opposite from the character I play in The Girl Next Door than the one I play in that. I'm the villain, the snake, sleazy and like this sexual creature. There were days when we wouldn't even look at each other until the end of the day because we were intense. I got into that; it was great. It would help me, too. You know, I look up to him. Before I even auditioned for the movie I did so it was incredible.
- On working with Daniel Day-Lewis in the film The Ballad of Jack and Rose
- I knew Steve from The Daily Show and that funny scene he had in Bruce Almighty. I didn't maybe know him by name at that point, but I was just like, "That dude is hilarious!". He's genuinely a very down-to-earth, sweet guy. I have a lot of respect for him. We became good friends. Nobody was really on a pedestal or anything. When you're working with people you look up to and they put you on the same level, it makes your job a little easier confidence-wise. I never felt nervous, it was just a lot of fun.
- On working with Steve Carrell