…the life of an actor is really about being awake. and one of the greatest roadblocks to a relationship is how increasingly we take things for granted… It’s easy to be asleep. Sometimes you can sleep for years in a relationship. You’re not even really awake, not looking in each others’ eyes, not really seeing each other for the first time.
And if you’re doing eight shows a week, if you’re not awake, that thing is going to be stale by the fifth show. And then the rest of the year is going to be horrific and the most turgid experience for the audience. It has to be as if for the first time.
Now, why don’t we do that in life?
Hugh Jackman, Inside the Actor’s Studio