I like actors who have theater training. Formal, informal. Doesn’t matter.
An actor who understands that she is part of a long standing tradition of treading the boards, who deals in craft and magic.
There’s something about actors who bring it. Focus, relaxation, tension, conflict. They make us want to watch.
I refuse to run away from actors and only spend my time on technology and the crew.
Ego, divahood, drama – so what? A great actor can do things ordinary mortals can’t. They’re the most vulnerable. My writing and directing are separate from who I am. Acting? Not so much. They’re the only people on a film/television set who can’t see what they’re doing.
When you’ve worked with a great actor, you know what I mean. So do it.