Ike’s problem was that he was a musician that always wanted to be a star; and was a star, locally, but never internationally… so he then changed the name to Ike and changed my name to Tina because if I ran away, Tina was his name. It was patented as you call it.
I can have respect and admiration for famous people, but I have never had a sense of fear or awe.
I led a perfectly normal life until “Downton Abbey.” I’m not kidding. I’d go to theatres, I’d go to galleries, things like that on my own. And now I can’t and that’s awful. The Fulham Road’s dodgy!
You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you’ve done. It’s kind of juvenile to think or to behave any other way.
You know, if you’re going to be honest with yourself, you have to admit that you go into show business wanting people to talk about you and wanting everyone to know who you are. But that also means there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t like you. No matter who […]
I was never going to come to Hollywood just to see if I could be a movie star. I wasn’t coming out here until they sent for me.
The people I know who won Oscars, it didn’t change their inner peace at all.
There’s a machine that goes along with celebrity, where people just fabricate a certain persona and they put it out there and that’s what you’re led to believe they are.
My fame has been so gradual that I feel I’m the same person I’ve always been.
Having a stage name is like having a Superman complex. I go into the telephone booth as Eric Bishop and come out as Jamie Foxx.