It's always kind of an exciting day when you get to go to work and play dead, because everything is centered around you, yet you're a very passive part of the scene. I kind of go into another place, like a type of meditation. You don't want your chest going up and down, so you try to get your heart rate slow and get really comfortable. The most challenging part is there's usually a big light source just off the side of the camera, so it's hard to keep your eyes from fluttering. I kind of imagine myself to be like a doll with glass eyeballs. As for falling gracefully, I have a lot of ballet training and I'm a fairly physical person, so I think that probably helps. It's definitely a skill. I think I'm just good at turning into a ragdoll and collapsing.
August 09 2011
When we pretend we're dead. What's it like for an actor when he or she has to "play dead"? Interviews with eight different actors, including Azura Skye, who talks about "dying" on BtVS, and in other movies.
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