replying now to:Because I am a details kind of gal, I've got a process question for you.
When you get a script in your hands, what's the first thing you do? You open it. Bah da dum!
After that, I mean. LOL.
In other words, do you have a 'routine' for preparing for a role, do you pull out the highlighters and the pens and make extensive notes and observations in the margins, or just read it once all the way through to get an idea of what it's all about and then start working on character stuff, or... what is your process? Do you have a regular process of approach for each script, or does it vary from project to project?
It absolutely shifts & changes for me per role per project. it has even morphed significantly for me with Hodgins over 6 years. but here are some tidbits...sort of a "for the most part" kind of answer:
I read it.
Then, I read it again.
and each time I read it, I start to mark the page here...and then there...then an idea comes in and I scribble it in the margin, then I change something in the line, then then then that informs something else that I scribble down.
Then I read it again and I search for clues. literally. I feel like as an actor I am a detective. I need to find out as much about this character as I can and its all in the text. what do others say about me, what do I do when I am with one person verses another how do my reactions change...then I see the image of HIM, then I scribble and scribble and scribble. I had a teach once who said "the black marks on a page (i.e. the words) are the writers job, and they have done their job. All the WHITE on the page? that's YOUR job to fill in". So my scripts most of the time, have to be taped together and rubberband there is so much writing. again, most of the time. but it varies.