Julia's West End Workout

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GRIT: Emoting with Eckhart in Oleanna

Even for a self-assured Hollywood star with a string of critically acclaimed performances on her résumé, treading the boards in London's West End can be a scary experience. And it doesn't help when a member of the audience is urging her co-star to kill her. For Julia Stiles, that unnerving moment came at the dramatic climax of the first preview show of the David Mamet play Oleanna, her London debut. She plays the student protagonist, who tenuously accuses her teacher of sexual harassment, and torments him until he snaps. As Stiles lay on the stage and her co-star, fellow Hollywood denizen...

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