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.