I absolutely refuse the fame part of my business. I refuse even the money side of my business. I try to do as good work as I can do, I try to grow in my art and reach for truth. That's what I want from my art, that's what I aspire to.

-Connie Nielsen
Connie Nielsen

Often when you get a really good script, and you receive the new pages, you see that the entire thing has been dumbed down. Films in the '30s and '40s, that were huge blockbusters, were very sophisticated in their language, and the ideas they brought. There were no questions about whether the audience would get it or not.

Connie Nielsen
I love cities that are on the water. I love the water element, specifically the sea. I grew up on the sea and I grew up sailing - I love sailing - and the presence of the sea gives the air and the light a very special quality that I absolutely adore.
Connie Nielsen

Both films are real hard sells,

Connie Nielsen
If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old - somebody who takes good care of things and of people.
Connie Nielsen

As an artist you actually do have to make a choice to be an outsider. If you're an outsider you have the freedom to say what people on the inside don't dare to say.

Connie Nielsen
If you asked somebody, 'what do you wish for in life?' they wouldn't say 'happiness.' I would have answered 'excitement, knowledge,' God knows - I mean, many, many different things, but certainly not 'happiness'. It seemed like a foreign concept to wish for something that specific and that singular.
Connie Nielsen

A role can go from being a babe to anything, as long as it's something that makes me curious.

Connie Nielsen
I'm definitely more attracted to chaos than to order.
Connie Nielsen

I've actually had a meeting and I've made it clear I would be interested in returning, but I have no idea what's going to happen, if anything.

Connie Nielsen
I say no to a lot of things that just don't fit my life. I involve my kids in what I'm struggling with so they don't compete with it.