‘I loved working with…’

Any two actors who have acted together have a special bond.

You’ve crossed into the imaginary world with your partner and that is never forgotten. You both honoured the agreement to give and take. You held the unwritten thread that tied you together.

You appreciate each other.

Gushing over how much you loved working with your partner, the whole cast, the director and everyone! is quite a different thing. Awards shows, talk shows, movie sites, magazines, interviews have actors expressing a false sense of joy and excitement about their latest project. 

The producers use the actors as sales people to promote their shows.

Kristen Scott Thomas told Decca Aitkenhead of The Guardian. ‘I'm often asked to do something because I'm going to be a sort of weight to their otherwise flimsy production. So, I’m stopping.’

Aitkenhead writes, ‘Actors are seldom this candid. It is an unwritten rule of the profession to speak highly of every film you've ever been involved in.’

In 2014, Dave Calhoun of Time Out, asked Daniel Craig if he’d do another James Bond movie and he answered, ‘…I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all…We’re done.’ The movie industry heavily criticized Craig for his comments.

Human beings like and need to work. When you book a role you’re pleased. When you finish your work you’re proud. It’s natural and positive to recognize and celebrate that with your fellow workers.

Real appreciation best expresses the quality of your love of work.