Jessie Mueller: A lot of research, which is fascinating too because early on there’s not a whole lot out there. But God bless Google and the internet, you can find those things, they’re like little gems, you can find live recordings and video footage. It’s a lot of that and also studying the music, a lot of listening, a lot of listening to her and trying to get the phrasing and the vocal patterns down. She’s kind of unlike anyone else.
Jake Epstein: I learned a lot for the role from our writer, Douglas McGrath, who spent a lot of time interviewing these guys. There’s hardly any video clips of Gerry -- it’s all been through stories I’ve heard or read or from talking to people who knew the guy to find out who he was and his essence. I actually got to meet him in San Francisco, which was really amazing.
Cynthia Weil: It is a daunting task to play somebody who is still alive and real and who is going to see you do your show. But Cynthia -- the real Cynthia -- has been wonderful and lovely and open and very loving in her approval of my portrayal. There’s books out there written about all of these folks we’ve all read and documentaries, so all of those were great resources. But ultimately, at a certain point you have to take the Cynthia that Doug McGrath wrote and let that be my Cythnia and not worry so much about being a carbon copy of the real Cynthia Weil.