Stage Beauty is a 2004 British-American-German romantic period drama directed by Richard Eyre. The screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher is based on his play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which was inspired by references to 17th-century actor Edward Kynaston made in the detailed private diary kept by Samuel Pepys. Wikipedia
Maria: Mr. Pepys - who do you write all those little notes for? Samuel Pepys: For myself, alone. Maria: Do you enjoy it? Samuel Pepys: I love it. Don't you love acting? Maria: (hesitates) Yes... But unfortunately, I cannot do it for myself alone, for I fear in truth I am terrible at it.