In these circumstances, acting becomes totally democratic. When the scene requires action, you both understand that letting go of that is crucial for it to work, even while Meryl Streep is standing next to you and earning millions of dollars for the movie you have two days to shoot at equity minimum. There is no difference between the two of you. That doesn’t refer to your characters, who should follow the script’s directions, but rather to the fact that both of you must put your egos aside and accept the reality of the scenario in order for it to work. Meryl is gone now. You both are aware that success will require all of your resources. Working with some of the best actors has been a pleasure for me. It is best to tell the story in collaboration. Even though an actor’s way of life might occasionally become arrogant, selfish, and superficial, acting is still a shared craft. Even a monologue performs better when it can be freely discussed with the audience. I made an appearance as a basketball team member at the end of the previous year in a movie. We were filming an emotional scene before our final game and I had a quick chat with the lead actor. As we captured the action from a variety of perspectives, he was quite gracious to me. As much as we both cared about the movie, we also wanted to have a good time. Each of the five of us spoke encouragingly to the other players at the subsequent team huddle. The atmosphere in that gathering was palpable as we all began to lose ourselves in the reality of the scene. We went somewhere as a group. There’s a good reason why actors and actresses who collaborate on plays and movies frequently become such good friends. These shared, defining moments in life deepen your relationships with one another. moments in which one feels secure and one admits to being vulnerable. We all long for the experience of transcending together. It’s the reason having a drink with pals is so enjoyable. It explains both why enjoying music with a band is nearly always preferable to enjoying music on your alone and why sex may be so delightful. As cliché as it may sound, you are better off together, which is one of the reasons I like acting.