Dee Hoty, my mother in Bright Star, said, “Can I just give you some suggestions on your bow?” My curtsy was kind of apologetic and subdued; it may have come from spending 14 years in Great Britain, where there’s a vibe of: “Bowing! We shouldn’t have to do this. It’s about art, and no one should have to clap at us.” Dee said: “You don’t need to be embarrassed by your bow. Go out there as the leading lady that you are, take in the audience, look at them and smile in a way that says, ‘Didn’t we all have a good time?’ So now I stand there for a moment and smile and do a proper waist bow with my hands interlaced.
–Carmen Cusack (photo by Sara Krulwich for the New York Times)