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Who is the other person? So, now maybe you know what you want in the scene. But who do you want it from? The script might tell us that the other person is our father– –or romantic partner– –or brother or sister or co-worker or fellow astronaut. But this is not a relationship that tells us anything that will inform our acting. What we want to know is how we feel about the other person. Who they are to us from our point of view. That we’re married to someone, for instance– –can mean a thousand different things. Do we wake up every morning thanking the universe for bringing this person into our life?
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Or do we wake up thinking, “argh, how am I ever going to get out of this?” A sibling might be the person we can rely on more than anyone in the world– –or they could be our fiercest rival. A co-worker might be someone we have a secret crush on– –or the most annoying person we’ve ever met. The script will of course offer clues as to what the relationship might be. But it’s our job to use our imagination– –to make it interesting and emotionally understandable to us. Just like with the objective the key here is to be specific. Ok, so you have a crush on your co-worker. Why? What is it about that person? Is it something they do?
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Is it how they make you feel about yourself? Is it the life you imagine with that person? Or who is your sibling to you? Someone who looks down on you? Who doesn’t take you seriously? Or someone who accepts and supports you unconditionally? There’s no right answer here. Or rather, the right answer is one that excites you– –and that you understand in your heart. One that you don’t have to think about. As soon as you look at the other person through the filter of this relationship– –you know how you feel about them.
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Start from a really clear choice– –love or hate. Do this as a starting point and then you can find the nuance from there. The most common mistake we make is being too vague– –too kind of or sort of, this but also that. And then we get on stage and realize– –we have no idea how we feel about the other person at all.
In this video, Johan speaks about the relationship to the other characters in the scene. What this means is how you feel about the other person and who they are to you from your point of view.

As always, the key is to be as specific as possible. Find what it is about the other person that makes you feel a certain way. As soon as you see the other person through this relationship, you should on an emotional level know how you feel about them. You don’t want to have to think about it.

Make a clear choice. Vague and general ideas will always go out the window as soon as you get on stage and it’s time to perform.

And then your opinion can always change depending on what happens in the scene.

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