Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Jessica Lange, actor — on what she needs from a director to do her job the best she can — as heard on Studio 360 

"Well, it’s interesting because a lot of these young directors probably don’t realize this and they don’t engage with you. This whole ‘the video village’ phenomenon that happened about a decade or so ago, where they’re all sitting in another room watching a little screen. I remember, with the great directors, like Costa-Gavras, they were right there, as close to you as I am, and there was an exchange, there was this exchange of energy. You could feel like their almost love for you and what you were doing and this encouragement. Really it was an exchange of energy. And also there was a sensuality to it because they were right there with you. Tony Richardson would have like a little no-man’s land zone where nobody was allowed right next to the camera and he would just move back and forth and follow you. I mean, it was really…and you could feel the presence of these men watching, and it wasn’t…now it’s very removed. Sometimes I’ve even heard directors yell from another room to an actor, giving direction, which to me is like…you…I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it. Because, when you’re working, you want that exchange of energy. You want that kind of communication. And you want to feel they’re invested in what you’re doing and then that makes your work better."

Photo: ellentv.com

Jessica Lange, actor — on what she needs from a director to do her job the best she can — as heard on Studio 360 

"Well, it’s interesting because a lot of these young directors probably don’t realize this and they don’t engage with you. This whole ‘the video village’ phenomenon that happened about a decade or so ago, where they’re all sitting in another room watching a little screen. I remember, with the great directors, like Costa-Gavras, they were right there, as close to you as I am, and there was an exchange, there was this exchange of energy. You could feel like their almost love for you and what you were doing and this encouragement. Really it was an exchange of energy. And also there was a sensuality to it because they were right there with you. Tony Richardson would have like a little no-man’s land zone where nobody was allowed right next to the camera and he would just move back and forth and follow you. I mean, it was really…and you could feel the presence of these men watching, and it wasn’t…now it’s very removed. Sometimes I’ve even heard directors yell from another room to an actor, giving direction, which to me is like…you…I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it. Because, when you’re working, you want that exchange of energy. You want that kind of communication. And you want to feel they’re invested in what you’re doing and then that makes your work better."

Photo: ellentv.com

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