When filming an emotionally and physically demanding role, Sara Canning follows a specific process to ensure she’s in the right frame of mind before the cameras start rolling. According to the actress, this varied slightly depending on the scenes she was scheduled to film for “Superhost,” where she stars as main character Claire.
“It depends on the scene, because it’s such a lighthearted set, but if it was a scene like Claire in the basement right before Rebecca finds her at the very end, and terrible things ensue, if it’s a scene like that I typically stay pretty to myself and focused, and I’ll sort of allow myself to come out of the tension, but I’ll kind of keep to myself just because I can more quickly drop right back into it,” Canning revealed.
She added that it often helps to disconnect between takes so she doesn’t have to live in that heightened state of tension for a prolonged period. “But any other scene, I think, than that one, I definitely don’t skew towards the method side of things. I like to interact with people in between takes, and it was a really fun set. We laughed a lot. I think that was the only scene where I kind of stood in a corner and just faced the wall, like Blair Witch style,” Canning said.