John Gallagher Jr. of HBO’s The Newsroom spoke to us about memorizing the fast-paced, verbose lines:
[M]ost of the rehearsal happens when I’m alone at home in my apartment. I’ll work on the scenes; I’ll walk around; I’ll try to say them out loud. Sometimes I’ll record myself saying all of the lines, even the characters that aren’t mine, and I’ll listen to that while I’m doing dishes or cooking dinner, doing something else just so that I’m trying to get it in my head in a way that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve always been able to listen to a song … once or twice and know all of the lyrics, and so I find sometimes getting audible cues in my head will help me learn it in a way that, I’ll go to rehearse it again and all of the sudden it will be in there. It will start being a little more effortless.