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Actor vs. Musician 

by Staff | The Stage | June 14, 2023

“As an actor, you are asked to draw on your emotional self, and that can feel very exposing. But it’s not you, it’s the writer of that piece who is speaking directly from themselves. You are an interpreter. With this, there’s no ­characterisation – it is just you. I’ve found myself thinking: ‘Is it more enjoyable to inhabit a character in a parallel reality? Or is it more fun standing on stage as me?’ They are very different. And I don’t have the answer yet.” – Actor Damian Lewis on his debut album as a musician (Telegraph)

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