In spite of this existent and acknowledged need for experientially ripe fodder, there is an unfortunate characterization that comes along with the players. Actors are often spoken of with little respect. They are the underpaid, minimized, "shelved", commodified and spoken of as impudent children with a narcissistic flair.
In Uta Hagen's "Respect for Acting". She writes, "I think that perhaps the people who call us neurotic or vain or exhibitionistic are unaware how many talented actors are that way only because they are without work opportunities, and therefore release their need for expression in alcohol or unreasonable behavior - or perhaps these people are jealous that when we DO function we can do what they only dream of doing." My teacher said it this way, "Actors must find opportunities to act or they will live out the drama meant for stage in their real lives." My colleague put it this way "We are useless, insecure, and selfish but through this work we become gods." Both of these statements agree with Hagen's assessment. It also stands to reason that the jealous factor might be hidden behind the insults.
Actors come with a lot of complexities. Good actors know how to draw on these complexities. Our characters are not two dimensional people. If we choose to act them in a two dimensional manner, we are not only limiting the characters but also the playwright and the dramaturgy. Our complexities are sought and brought to the surface in order to reveal the character's wants and needs in a real manner. That's why some of the best art comes from this willingness to seek those places and explore them unashamedly.