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Getting Into Character
"Lee Daniels is a truth sayer. He doesn't allow for a single false note. The second he sees an ounce of dramatization he stops you, because in the real world, we're all moving through our lives and moments just come to us and we step into them. We're not creating them. I love that that's how Lee operates as a director. Once, he called me over to the monitor and said, 'You see how when Gloria leans in right here, she takes a breath?' And I said, 'Yes,' and he goes, 'Drop the breath.' He will call you out on it like that. And let me just say, there's nothing worse for your ego as an actor than hearing, 'Cut! Fake! Now do it again!' Oh my god! But his favorite words are 'Let it go.'"
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