You and Alison Pill had been in two plays together, did that make the set less intimidating?
The thing that was so exciting about working on “The Newsroom” is that we’re all theater rats. The first day of rehearsal in L.A., Aaron got up and said, “You’re going to look around this room and notice we are front-loaded with an extraordinary amount of Broadway theater talent. That is not by accident.”
Who is responsible for all the inside theater jokes? Sarah Bernhardt? Annie Oakley? Momma Rose?
Those are all Aaron. You have to remember he was a musical theater major. There’s one in every episode, and for whoever gets it, it’s like getting the ring in the pudding.
What’s the difference between working with a playwright in theater and the writers on an HBO show?
In theater, we get to spend so much more time working very specifically and very subtly on a framework; we get to really manicure our frame. And once that very manicured frame is put together, you have a great deal of space inside it to work as an actor from show to show.
With “The Newsroom,” we don’t have as much time to put that framework together as a collaborative group. You’re out there, and you’re going to put 10 takes down and the director and the editor are going to get together, and they are going to manicure the finished product.
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