"I have passed some line, some place. I am beginning to repel people I'm trying to seduce."
Hunter became a bona fide star in "Broadcast News," opposite Albert Brooks and William Hurt, bringing to her performance her self-doubt about playing a TV news producer troubled by insecurity, and by her romantic flutterings for a TV newsreader (Hurt).
To assist, she shadowed the film's technical advisor and associate producer, Susan Zirinsky, who was a producer at CBS News' Washington bureau. "I took copious notes," Hunter told Jane Pauley, "because, you know, it's a daunting thing to have to, one, be smarter than Bill Hurt, and two, pretend to do something that you don't do.
"I like to do research; it gives me a sense of ownership. That's very powerful for me as an actor to just own it. And so I have to go through a series of steps to own it."