Sundberg: Something clicks in about the third week of rehearsal.
Hansen: Something will pop, yeah.
Sundberg: That’s when the lines are solid and it clicks over to character impulses.
Hansen: You start doing things that they would do. It’s not the way you as an actor would do it. You do it like the character would do it.
Q: How does the director affect the process?
Sundberg: I got nervous the other day when we were on the bed and Joel told us to figure it out yourself. You need to know what’s happening. When you have no guidelines at all, you can get lost.
Q: Are you afraid that if it’s not directed, it’s too real?
Sundberg: The director’s job is really important. If the director wasn’t there, it would be like two actors making out in a room by ourselves.
Q: Does this stuff ever go home with you?
Hansen: Only if you have a really good rehearsal and something got your focus in a good way. It’s hard not to think about it.
Sundberg: I’m a little different. You need to be yourself at home. Otherwise, theater feels like a family.
Hansen: It can’t be real. After all, we’re going to do this performance 40 times.
Q: But actors have hooked up after being in love scenes?
Sundberg: Yeah, we call that a showmance. People are stupid. You get more attracted to the heightened drama of acting and love. I see it all the time. It can bite you in the ass and it’s not worth it. I read a review of a production of “Venus in Fur” from Connecticut and it said the actors had no chemistry — and they were dating!