Being an actor is an extension of telling a story and I loved story telling as a child.
I like to think I'm a listener, and I'm fascinated by observing people - I suppose you just lock that in.
I think you know what you're up against when you take on a piece that you know is going to involve dragging up a lot emotions - you can end up being deeply immersed in gloom.
I always start from scratch with a character - they're never based on anyone else. You get ideas of what people look like, and I'm a great people watcher. You can draw inspiration from people.