I think family is very important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other.
I may have been lucky with some sort of intuition, but I believe in training a great deal.
I was delighted to have lines when they came - learning lines for film isn't a problem, but television is a little different, because we shot those shows the whole way through.
One of the reasons I think Dark Shadows still runs is that it's dependent on nothing else other than a story.
All I could think of was we were about to start filming for the last final weeks of the TV show and here I am in the hospital, so I missed the final weeks, and a couple days later, sore stomach and all I got on the horse we started filming.