Usually in stories there are big problems in the beginning or couples are pulling away, there's a lot of bitterness.
First of all, the actor needs to get out of the character's way. You follow the character without judgment or prejudice or preconceived ideas.
I really don't have a problem showing the ugly side of people. If that means my wearing no makeup, that's fine. To me, that's beautiful.
I'm so fortunate in that I've never had another job to pay a bill but acting, since the day I got out of high school.
If your body is excited to do something, that's what you should be doing. Or if it really scares you, you should be doing it.
It's funny to see the finished product of a movie, stuff that's so beautiful, and to remember the particulars.