Grace, how did you go about preparing for these emotional scenes as Lennie? Also, how did you go about preparing to be such an expert on the clarinet?
Grace: Oh, man. Yeah, it was a bit of a process. I think that there were a lot of things that kind of led up to the start of filming that I tapped into. I think that I, you know, was able to read the script, and it was just really amazing and just moved me so much getting to read the story of this young woman, you know, and what she’s going through. And so I really resonated with her just on a lot of personal levels, and I wanted to just kind of apply those to the character and kind of find this happy medium of intertwining my own personal experiences with what she’s going through. And I was able to successfully do that. Yeah, there were some moments that were a little crazy though, where I almost was like, where does Lenny end and where does Grace begin again? This is — It’s just kind of crazy, but in a really beautiful way.
And in terms of the clarinet, I learned how to play it. I’d never touched the clarinet before I got the movie, and I learned for a good, like, three months before we started filming just from, you know, the basics to — then built up from there, because I never played it. But there was a lot of pressure there. I was definitely nervous to get to set and have to play it in person, live in front of a whole crew, in front of the rest, you know, in front of other cast members. But it was a little daunting at times, but it all felt really worth it. Definitely had to dedicate a lot of time to practicing and just teaching myself and learning from my amazing instructor, Melissa. So yeah.