James is a very talented person. He’s got incredible energy. And he applies that energy in 150 percent full force. I knew I wasn’t going to have to pull anything out of him. He’s just going to give it to you right off the bat which was a pleasure. He’s also smart. He was determined to make sure that whatever he was doing was accurate and made sense. He has a good story sense, and really understood how his character fit into the overall storyline.
Robin enveloped her role the way I imagine she does most roles. She inhabits them on a deep level. I knew that I wanted her to play the role of Mary Surratt because I trust her instincts as an actor. I knew she would bring real depth and gravitas to a complicated character, without anything extraneous or distracting. And that’s what she did.