During their interview for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell discussed how they prepare for some of their more difficult scenes.
The “I, Tonya” actress told Rockwell that her preparation process varies based on the setting. “I’m always looking for what’s going to work that day,” she said.
Rockwell said that he got lucky when he was preparing for a difficult scene from “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in which his character has to be very upset — he was actually having a bad day in real life. He continued that he often uses physical motion to get himself in the right frame of mind.
“I started doing this thing where I would — sometimes it’s good to get physical. I started breaking umbrellas on rubber trash cans, it’s kind of one of my things. It just gets you physical, you know?” he said. “People think you’re crazy…But you have to do that to get there sometimes, whatever it takes.”
The seventh season of Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.