Piper Perabo was devoted to being ''in the moment'' when filming scenes

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: January 29, 2024, 3:25PM    Tags: Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs, Annie Walker

We hear about actors' experiences on set all the time. They let us know their favorite parts about filming scenes and what tactics they use to create a sense of realism in an imaginary world. With Piper Perabo, who portrayed Annie Walker on Covert Affairs, she believed that to "own" a scene, actors need to live in the moment.

"As an actor, I have to remind myself sometimes, 'Don't worry realistically about how we are going to do this?' Your responsibility is the imaginary world. If you're doing a scene where you get shot, or someone dies, your responsibility is just the truth of that moment; you don't have to worry about that other stuff," Perabo told McClatchy-Tribune in 2011.

"If you're a practical person, you can get wrapped up in 'How much time is left in the day?' And, 'How are we going to shoot this?' And, 'Can you see me if I move like this?' But really, your responsibility is just to live out the moment."

How devoted to living in the moment was Piper? She broke her leg executing a stunt on Covert Affairs' first season's finale! Doctors placed a pin near her knee while she healed and then went back in to remove it.

As viewers, it's easy to tell when actors are "trying too hard" to bring a character to life and when they were "made for" the role, flawlessly executing a scene.

Perabo "lived" as Annie Walker in the series, which is why the role fits her perfectly.

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