My favorite part about acting is coming to the set with an idea of who my character is, based on what the writer has given me and my character background work during rehearsal, then seeing how that character LIVES in the scene when she is confronted with the character that the other actor has created. It’s terrifically challenging and fun to leave room for the scene to play out in a way that you haven’t yet imagined, to take in what the other actor is giving you and pivot, reacting authentically in the moment. It’s the best part of acting in my opinion.
I also love a director who clearly sees the characters and the scene and how they serve the overall project. The director is my touchstone to the entire story, while I am engaging in just one slice of it during any given scene. I trust the director when he or she redirects me because I trust their knowledge and understanding of the bigger story.