Tuesday, September 18, 2018
It's in the Words, Words, Words.
Like Kathleen Turner and Cherry Jones, I think that everything an actor needs is on the page. Immersion and observation in ‘real’ life are helpful, but story (and appreciation of rhetoric) is for me more crucial. When actors rely too much on emotional connection, they miss beats (e.g., for me, 'substitution' makes me less specific, as I end up washing over the text with mood; imagination-grounded-in-story helps me more than memory, most of the time. Substitution might help me with an isolated reaction shot but rarely for navigating a scene.)