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Patricia Arquette on the creative process and pressures of being a new author

By Alasdair Munn for Box News

Our Creative Director Elisabetta Zucchi sat down with Patricia Arquette to talk about creativity and the way Patricia incorporates this into her acting process.

Methods of incorporation

Over a career that spans decades, Patricia has tried a variety of methods to help her ‘become’ her characters. From colour-coding within scripts to map emotions to immersing herself in the music and books of a particular era, her preparation alone is a demanding process.

Patricia’s ability to embody her characters comes from the intensity she brings to every endeavour. This is a defining characteristic of her attitude towards work and her personality in general.

Throughout our conversation, Patricia switches from discussing her all-consuming acting practice to the joy of being immersed in artistic creativity. She also identifies the personal and emotional energy she so closely associates with writing.

Writing as an art form

Patricia credits her mother, a teacher, with sparking her appreciation of literature and poetry. Her mum helped her see words as accessible, enriching, and a means to find escape.

As opposed to acting, where Patricia’s art is in channelling other people’s angst and joy, writing as an art form is infinitely more personal. This is something she discovered while writing her upcoming autobiography.

Patricia puts it this way:

“Even though I am brave as an actor, writing is so much more vulnerable to me. It really is the most terrifying art form for me.”

This vulnerability is a result of two main factors. As a person with dyslexia, Patricia often finds the written form especially challenging, with the impulse to express herself hampered by insecurity and memories of judgement. Equally daunting, perhaps, is the sheer nakedness of putting herself out there in her own words, without any character or script to hide behind.

For fellow dyslexics, it could be reassuring to hear Patricia talk about how dyslexia has been a gift to her. She feels it’s allowed her to see the world differently and enabled her to bring a fresh, individual perspective to her creative process.

One thing is for sure: Patricia puts her all into everything that she does, and this latest foray into writing will be no exception.