In this town, in these times, that question has more relevance than ever before.
Studios are more often going with a “sure bet” . So it is crucial that an actor walks in the room with their imagination flowing. Understand that the writer put 50% of it on the page, and the rest is up to you.
Embrace that you too are a creator, a storyteller – and start building the story beyond and to support what the writer has given you. Use the writer’s words of course, but think and play beyond that. Having a specific point of view about everything you say allows you to take ownership of the words and “make them yours”.
The minute you pick up the script, the words are no longer belonging to the writer. Embrace that!
I am a stickler for thinking in the “I” as opposed to “the character”. The only way to get out of your head is to accept and believe that the events of the story are happening to you.