"They should see as much theater as they possibly can. There’s a lot of great pieces and Manhattan talent out there this season – on Broadway, Off-Broadway. To see artists at varying stages of their career can be a great inspiration, a great teaching tool. I would bang down those discount, gold stars, TDF, whatever you do to get in to see these performances because some of them we’re not going to see again. We learn a lot from watching and from watching good examples of powerful acting.
I was at a Times Talk last night and they have six leading ladies of Broadway and they got into this territory a little bit. One of the things Jessica Hecht talked about is, finally, instead of being a Meryl Streep type, or a Glenn Close type, or whatever – she finally had to come to believe that she herself was what was of value, and that she had something of her own intrinsic individual, own distinctive identity that was her own, that she maybe someone else had to recognize first, but that she had to believe in that and have confidence in that. It’s one thing to chase after icons to try to be like, them, but ultimately, you’re uniqueness comes from your own self and you have to embrace that."