somebody save her from onrushing doom

Ms. Anderson, who was giving her first interview, was pale and looked a bit queasy. When she spoke it was with a vaguely British accent, which comes partly from having lived in London until she was 10 – her father attended the London Film School, then stayed on – and partly, she said, from being around Ms. Blethyn. She spoke about herself haltingly, with much of the deadpan quality that her character has in the play.

“When Lynne had my resume in her hand and said, ‘Is this all you’ve done?’ I didn’t know what she meant,” Ms. Anderson said. “I thought I had done a lot. But once I was hired, a big fear of mine was letting Lynne down. She was taking a big risk, and I didn’t want her to find out she’d made a mistake.”

Staying employed is every actor’s concern. Ms. Anderson says: “There is a slight fear this will be my first and last job for a while, but that’s in every actor’s mind as long as they live. I tend to have a great deal of faith that wherever my life goes, it’s the best thing for me.”

The New York Times, February 1991