Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
To PBS Hollywood Presents
Collected StoriesHomeGlossarySite Map
InterviewsOn WritingKey ScenesProduction RolesAbout the Film
Gil CatesLinda LavinSamantha MathisDennis Doty

Choosing the Role
The Source
Building the Character

The Source

Linda Lavin
     Linda Lavin and Samantha Mathis
 
It's very basic, but mythic in its dimensions. It's a story about an older woman and a younger woman. The teacher and the student. It's mythic in it's dimensions, in terms of the relationship and what unfolds, the aspects of trust, betrayal. It's about allowing yourself to break through a certain protective coating, to become close to someone. And the outcome of sharing a great deal about yourself and becoming intimate with somebody, and the fear that you let go of in order to go that far with someone.

The more specific a story is, the more universal it is. And this is specifically about writing and about the theft of somebody's private life and using it for your own gain. Believing that as long as it is out there in the world it belongs to you.

The Job of Acting

Acting is the development of a character, and the truth of the behavior of that character lies within knowing what the character needs and wants at all times -- and taking actions based on those needs and wants. Once you understand that and you have explored her history and the who and the where and the what of her, you then come into the play and develop her life around her that then produces a physical life, her behavior.

On Stage Versus On Screen
     Linda Lavin
 
The job of acting is the same whatever the medium. As far as I'm concerned, an actor acts. The behavior stays the same whether it's on film or on stage. There are other philosophies that say you should be bigger onstage than on film, and smaller on film. To that I say, "Balderdash!" You're either truthful or you're not.

As for how it works in terms of not having an audience, of not having the restrictions of the proscenium -- it's going inside and working out all the dimensions of an area. The camera will follow you into the interior. It's wonderful. You can live a freer life than onstage.  [ Next Page ]

 
Top
 

 

 

Home Interviews On Writing Key Scenes Roles About the Film Glossary Feedback Site Map

 
Copyright © 2002 Community Television of Southern California (KCET). All rights reserved.