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Michael Guillén: You've entered my filmic awareness handling young, unknown actors or up-and-coming actors in Weekend (2011) and the television series Looking (2014-2015). Can you speak to how much of a contrast it was working with seasoned actors such as Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay?
Andrew Haigh: The weird thing was it was pretty much the same. I don't even know how you would speak differently to seasoned actors than unknown actors. It was through conversations that I realized I didn't need to treat them any differently whatsoever. In many ways 45 Years was made in the same way my first film was made, with a very small crew, not many people, remarkably similar. As a director, you create the space where actors can do their work and you let it happen.
Charlotte, especially, is very good at understanding when something feels truthful or not in a script. That comes from experience. So when she doesn't think something is working, you know to sit back and adapt to change. Both Tom and Charlotte were really nervous the first day we started. I was shaking. Then I walked on set and Tom was just as nervous. Even though he's not that well-known, he's still been nominated at the Oscars®, and is an experienced actor, but you realize that even for them every new film they do is a new experience and they have to start fresh again. They have to be open to the experience.