50 Jay Baruchel Quotes About Life & Acting

Which are your favorite Jay Baruchel quotes?

Jay Baruchel is a Canadian actor, director, screenwriter, and stand-up comedian. He has won several awards including the ‘US Comedy Arts Festival’, ‘Canadian Comedy Awards’, and ‘Annie Award’.

Baruchel is best known for his roles in ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Knocked Up’, and ‘Tropic Thunder’, as well as ‘She’s Out of My League’, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, and ‘This is the End’.

Here’s a collection of the best Jay Baruchel quotes:


50 Jay Baruchel Quotes About Life & Acting

1. “I like writing strong women because as a straight male, there’s nothing more attractive to me than a strong girl.” – Jay Baruchel

2. “I guess I always have sort of general ideas, but the best stuff would be the stuff that comes to you in the moment, always.” – Jay Baruchel

3. “People make shows part of their daily routine, and that makes them take ownership of it. If you’re so arrogant as to call yourself an artist, you can’t ask for anything more than that.” – Jay Baruchel

4. “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.” – Jay Baruchel

5. “Regardless of how insane it might be, when you dig somebody you just met and you send that first text, goddamn, it’s an eternity before you get the reply back.” – Jay Baruchel

6. “What I love about [TV] is this: It’s a specific thing to be able to tell a satisfying, rewarding story in less than 25 minutes. Not everyone can pull that off.” – Jay Baruchel

7. “I notice the older I get, the more my speaking voice turns people around. Even if they have no idea who I am, they know they’ve heard this weird nasal disaster somewhere before.” – Jay Baruchel

8. “I’d say that the No. 1 attribute you need as an actor is to be malleable.” – Jay Baruchel

9. “I just adore being on set. I adore storytelling. I can be on a set 70 hours a week and on those weekends, I’ll still want to watch movies.” – Jay Baruchel


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10. “I wanted everyone to enjoy themselves on my set and want to be there, to take ownership of it and pitch ideas to me and know that this is their flick.” – Jay Baruchel


11. “At one time or another, everyone’s had the rom-com itch that needs to be scratched.” – Jay Baruchel

12. “I do feel the weight of being the steward of the greatest sport the world ever came up with. I grew up with a love and admiration for it, so I feel an obligation to portray it as electric and terrifying and exciting and beautiful, and all these sometimes contradicting things that make hockey what it is.” – Jay Baruchel

13. “The hockey I was raised on, the hockey I understand, the hockey that my dad taught me about when I was a boy was intrinsically connected with fighting.” – Jay Baruchel

14. “Before World War II in Canada, you were nobody until you went to England. Then, after that it was you’re nobody until you went to the States.” – Jay Baruchel

15. “Long before I ever started acting, believe it or not, I always knew I wanted to be a director.” – Jay Baruchel

16. “You grow up skinny in Canada; in working-class Montreal, you’re definitely the underdog.” – Jay Baruchel

17. “I have a little sister, and I’m constantly annoyed [by] how terribly written most females are in most everything – and especially in comedy. Their anatomy seems to be the only defining aspect of their character, and I just find that untrustful and it straight-up offends me.” – Jay Baruchel

18. “In the best-case scenario, the audience sees themselves in your shoes. The only way you can do that is if you try to play it as if it was happening to you.” – Jay Baruchel

19. “I don’t work in movies and TV because I adore acting, it’s because I adore movies and TV.” – Jay Baruchel


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20. “There’s a chunk of myself in every part I play.” – Jay Baruchel


21. “People always like to have a good time and laugh, and, [among] the vast majority of the seven billion people on this earth.” – Jay Baruchel

22. “I think sports makes for good drama because it has all the same ingredients as anything worth reading or listening to or watching. Conflict, desire, heartbreak – it’s all there.” – Jay Baruchel

23. “There’s something about TV shows and the format that becomes a bit more personal. People watch two, three in a row before they get out of bed on their laptop or when they get home from going out and before they go to sleep.” – Jay Baruchel

24. “You always want to try and evolve an art form. It’s not a very humble ambition; it reeks of arrogance. If you can, you want to try to do something that people haven’t done before and give people something that they haven’t seen.” – Jay Baruchel

25. “One thing that we all have in common is at some point we all need to pair up and find some sort of significant other, some sort of romantic counterpart.” – Jay Baruchel

26. “No one has a resume that they are 100% comfortable with, nor does anyone have a life that they are 100% comfortable with.” – Jay Baruchel

27. “Montreal is a great town. There’s equal parts blue-collar town.” – Jay Baruchel

28. “I count absolutely no chickens before they’re hatched. In fact, I assume they’re all dead in their shells, inside their eggs.” – Jay Baruchel

29. “I enjoy acting, and it’s given me a ton of happiness and it’s affected my life and my family’s lives in ways that we just can’t imagine.” – Jay Baruchel


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30. “My mom said to me when I was a little kid, You don’t have to hate your job. Just because you see all these unhappy grown-ups doesn’t mean you have to be one of them. She said, Find something that you would do for free and find a way to get paid to do it. That’s been my guiding principle.” – Jay Baruchel


31. “I grew up in a house where we revered tough guys.” – Jay Baruchel

32. “I’m a chronic ad-libber. So whoever hires me, often to their chagrin, should know that I will be talking a bunch of smack.” – Jay Baruchel

33. “Rigidity is the enemy of acting. And I think that people who stay up all night focusing on every beat they’re going to do the next day always end up getting screwed.” – Jay Baruchel

34. “There’s something really cool about giving lit people a bunch of little mini-movies.” – Jay Baruchel

35. “If you know what you want and you hire people that can do it, there’s no reason it should be arduous and torturous.” – Jay Baruchel

36. “If it were up to me, every job would be somewhere in Canada.” – Jay Baruchel

37. “My vanity and narcissism will never let me go too far.” – Jay Baruchel

38. “I’m a massive movie nerd. That being said, I could retire tomorrow because I wrote this movie ‘Goon’ and it came out, and it connected and it’s a wonderful flick that I think is beautiful and then it had this wonderful life and it means a lot to a lot of people.” – Jay Baruchel

39. “Movies are the greatest art form the world has come up with yet. If you don’t use them to the full extent and you don’t give people as much as you possibly can, you’re doing a disservice to it.” – Jay Baruchel


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40. “I know it’s going to sound like a cliché, but the key of successful playing a role is to sort of keep it real and earnest and react the way that one would react in those situations. Where the disconnect between the movie and the audience would happen is if you go too big or too crazy with that stuff.” – Jay Baruchel


41. “I would say that since I was nine years old I’ve always wanted to write and direct horror movies and action movies.” – Jay Baruchel

42. “When I started acting, my mom said, “If you want to go to film school and eventually direct, being on set is probably the best film school in the world.” I’m incredibly grateful for the career I’ve had, but I was an actor to be a part of movies and TV, not the other way around.” – Jay Baruchel

43. “I have a maple leaf tattoo over my heart, quite literally, and my two favorite things on Earth are being in Canada and making movies.” – Jay Baruchel

44. “It’s something I want to do going forward – make a movie that is commercial and universal and will play in any movie theater or living room in the States or the UK, but is definitively Canadian.” – Jay Baruchel

45. “You need to be able to change and tailor what you’re doing to what the situation dictates.” – Jay Baruchel

46. “I am a proud Montrealer. Jobs will take me where they take me, but nothing will ever be able to convince me to leave my home.” – Jay Baruchel

47. “For every big American movie I’ve done where I was the supporting guy, I’ve gone back home to Canada to do supporting movies where I was the lead.” – Jay Baruchel

48. “I don’t think there’s such a thing as prohibitively Canadian.” – Jay Baruchel

49. “There’s never been a time in my life where that wasn’t all I wanted to do.” – Jay Baruchel

50. “What I do for a living and how I unwind are one and the same; it’s a rare special thing.” – Jay Baruchel



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