Wil Wheaton blogs about Aaron (April 8, 2010)

Wil Wheaton mentions Aaron in his latest blog entry ….

Note: This is a snippet of Wil Wheaton’s blog where he mentions Aaron. To read the full blog, click HERE.

Eureka: all the rage – day zero

Last night, I had dinner with my friend Aaron, who is also an actor and lives here. While we were waiting for our check, he asked me if I was excited to “go be an actor for a week.”

“I really am,” I said, “but I’m also a little nervous. I’ve spent so much time being a writer, I’m afraid that I’ll get stuck in my head once I’m on the set.”

I was talking about this thing that can happen to actors who are over-prepared or inexperienced. To really live in a scene and to really be connected to the other actors, we have to stay in each moment, reacting honestly and simply to what the other actors are doing. I do a ton of character preparation. In addition to knowing what my lines are, I know why I say each one. I know all sorts of stuff about my characters, because the more I know about a character, the wider my range is when I play him. I need to know what I want from each other character, what my purpose is in a scene, and then let all of that stuff fall away into some kind of subconscious background noise while I’m actually performing the scene … or I’m stuck in my head, thinking about things and watching things, instead of living in the scene.

I continued, “so I think I’ll probably be a little rusty at first, but I’ve done this long enough to trust that I’ll settle in. Not as quickly as I’d like, but I’ll settle in.”

“Well, I’m sure you’re going to have a great time,” he said, in that way one actor tells another to get the frak out of his own way, trust his instincts, and just enjoy the work, without really saying that. It’s sort of a pep talk between friends, I guess, and it’s one of those things that I just love about being an actor with some good friends.

Source: WWdN: In Exile