She became a leader on set too. She was a powerful presence; everyone recognised in her a person who has invested her life in acting. A lot of the other actors fell into step with that, and the nonactors were inspired by it too.
"This is one of those things that makes me think you actors are very good. No, it’s just the way that you actually have to do it. You know, you’ve got 40 people around you in a room, guys with microphones and everything, and suddenly you’ve got to do it for real.
But she does it so…She’s completely brilliant. It’s not just that she cries…
I clearly didn’t direct her at all this day, she just did it all herself.”
Richard Curtis. DVD Audio commentary of Love Actually.
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