1. Feel free to occasionally vanish for no reason. "He was the first one to say how happy he was on Melancholia as opposed to Antichrist. I remember during Antichrist he said, 'You'll have to excuse me if one day I'm not here.'"
2. Get your rest and proper nutrition. "I went to meet with him in Copenhagen before the shoot, and my script was filled with notes and questions. He saw all the scribblings and said, 'Okay. I'm going to have a nap.' He went to sleep for the whole afternoon, then we had a lovely supper that evening."
3. Give explicit instruction at all times. "Lars said, 'I want to have a bit of an experiment with you. Every morning I'd like to shoot this scene. Again. You can listen to whatever you want, do whatever you need. I don't know what I'm looking for, but it's the end of the world and I want to see an expression of something.'"
4. Always compliment your actors on their basic humanity. "Lars said to me in a very cynical way, 'With you it's like filming animal life: You have to wait for something to happen.'"
5. Never forget: The actor is king, and it's vital to keep them happy. "Even after the shoot, when we did the post syncing for the ending, he said, 'I need noises. Go in the cabinet. I want to hear something weird.' I was pregnant, so I didn't want to go through any more suffering, but I did. And he would say, 'You're not suffering enough. Those are not real tears.'"
- Lars Von Trier