I love acting and I love actors. They bring stories alive to me, revealing a rich world of imagination and humanity in movies and plays. I'm curious about what makes actors tick, what life is like for them, and the work that they do as actors and actresses. Here are my top questions that I'd like to ask my favorite actors some day.
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Top Questions for My Favorite Actors
How do you prepare for a movie that you'll be acting in? By this I mean, what's a typical day of preparation like? I know actors have different techniques, from method acting to improvisation. I'd be curious as to how you prepare using your favorite technique or way of acting method.
How do you memorize your lines? I'm very interested in this as I'm a student of The School of Phenomenal Memory. I have also written another article about how to memorize lines for a script or play. I have my own technique and every actor I meet has their own technique. What is yours?
How do you prepare so that you'll bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene? As one of my favorite actors, you are natural and realistic on screen while at the same time being interesting. You've portrayed dozens of emotions for me and I forget you're acting all the time. How do you prepare to accomplish performances like that?
How do you stay in the moment? Do you have any tricks or games you play that help you stay fresh and spontaneous, in the moment when on stage or in a movie scene? My favorite actors are fresh and exuberant.
How do you prepare for a crying scene? This is my top question actually, because crying naturally to me is not acting. It's the real thing. I think it has to do with imagination and possibly reliving an experience, along with getting involved in the circumstances of the story. Every actor who can cry believably that I've asked has given me different (and sometimes maddeningly vague) answers.
What historical figure would you be interested in portraying some day? I am just wondering how you see yourself and what your interests are.
What actors do you admire? I think that's be neat to know.
If you weren't acting, what would you be doing? I have a feeling my favorite actors would still be acting, but you never know. Let's say you couldn't act, ever. Sad, I know. I just wonder what other career interests you.
If acting never paid as much as it can pay and the most you could hope for would be a regular working-class living, would you still be acting? I'm pretty sure my favorite actors would still be out there, acting, but it's an interesting idea to think about.
What is your favorite part that you ever played? I think every actor has parts they like for their own personal reasons and it'd be cool to hear about how my favorite actors feel about different characters they've played.
What determines your interest in a role? The juicier the part the better, but what makes a part look good to you?
What do you look for in a director? There are as many different director personalities as there are actors out there. Some little-known directors can be in high demand and sought out. What is it that you see when you pursue work with a certain director?
Thank You for Your Time
There you have it. My top questions for my favorite actors. Now, about landing that interview...
carozy (author) from San Francisco on March 08, 2013:
Yes, I act when I have time and if I like the project. The last thing I was in was a musical and it was a lot of fun. As far as acting, I have many stories to tell. :) Thank you for stopping by!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 08, 2013:
Great questions you have compiled. Are you a part-time actress or a trainee? Hope to read more hubs about your experience in acting. Voted up
carozy (author) from San Francisco on January 11, 2013:
I agree. He is one talented man!
Dianna Mendez on January 10, 2013:
Johnny Depp! I believe this man has a lot more to him than what we know. He is quite talented. I also admire Streep as she is beautiful, talented and intelligent. All questions that I would ask as well, especially would love to interview Johnny!
carozy (author) from San Francisco on October 22, 2012:
Thank you CyberShelley. Good luck to your niece!
Shelley Watson on October 22, 2012:
Like billybuc, I would love to hear the answers. Sharing this link with my niece who is also an actress. Voted up, interesting and useful.
carozy (author) from San Francisco on October 19, 2012:
Hmm... maybe it's time I write a fan letter or two...
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2012:
It would be interesting to hear their answers. Actually, I have always wondered how actors and actresses can cry at will....I've tried and I can't do it. :) Enjoyed your hub; if you get the answers then you'll have to write another hub about them.
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on October 17, 2012:
LOL now that's preparing. You can even print your hub and do a quick interview.
carozy (author) from San Francisco on October 17, 2012:
Thanks jpcmc. I made this list after having the opportunity to see one of my favorite actresses live, and when they asked the audience if we had any questions, I couldn't think of any! Now I am prepared!
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on October 16, 2012:
I also want to know how they cry on command. It's a skill I don't have. These are interesting questions carozy.