If you’ve ever wondered how actors manage to not get starstruck around their A-list co-stars, we’ve found out their secret – they do. Celebs! They’re just like us!
At least that’s the position Evan Rachel Wood found herself in while filming the new HBO series Westworld. The actor stars as a robot named Dolores Abernathy, whose life is controlled by Dr. Robert Ford, the creative director of Westworld, a role brought to life by Anthony Hopkins.
So, how does Wood keep from fangirling when sharing scenes with the Oscar winner? She goes into a corner and has a cry. That’s definitely a coping mechanism we can relate to.
Wood told Vulture.com that working with Hopkins had her in awe, saying “He really is the greatest actor I’ve ever worked with. I did a couple scenes and afterwards just had to go into a corner and weep. And someone found me and said, “Oh my God, are you okay? Did the scene go badly?” I was crying. And I went [imitates crying], “No, it went really well. I’m just crying because I’ve hit a milestone as an actor. That’s a little overwhelming and I’m taking a moment.”
The True Blood and Ides of March actor has starred opposite acting greats like George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Kate Winslet, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but working with Hopkins has helped Wood reach a new sense of awe on set.
“It’s almost like when you see a forest and you think the trees are really large and you’re like, “Wow. That’s a really beautiful forest.” And then you go and see a tree that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years and it’s huge and the trunk is so large. And you go, “Oh, I thought I saw a tree, but I had no idea what a tree was. That’s a tree” says Wood. “That’s kind of what it’s like working with Anthony. He’s connected to something that’s completely out of my realm and he can do so little and yet do so much. It’s even more breathtaking when it’s right in front of you.”
HBO’s budget for the Michael Crichton-adapted series rivals that of Game of Thrones, with the station hoping Westworld will fill in the gap left by the people of Westeros between seasons. If Wood’s reaction is any indication, you should definitely tune in to at least watch Anthony Hopkins. Sorry, that’s SIR Anthony Hopkins.
Westworld airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO Canada.