Claudette was pivotal in my preparation for my project, ZOS, filmed in Bosnia and Canada. I play a Chetnik who speaks English with a thick Serbian accent. I didn’t know what the difference was with Russian until Claudette started speaking to me as though she only knew Serbian.

She is patient, specific and so committed to the entire process that she never let me slip into “good enough”. I knew if she was happy, I hit it. I wasn’t entirely sure of myself until I arrived in Bosnia only to hear everyone sounding like me.

I don’t know how you do it my darling, but your ear is perfect and your relentless pursuit of making me a better performer inspires me.