The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:
Sheer imitation . . . has nothing to do with creativeness. . . . [Instead] assimilate the model. . . . You study it from the point of view of the epoch, the time, the country, condition of life, background, literature, psychology, the soul, way of living, social position, and external appearance; moreover, you study character, such as custom, manner, movements, voice, speech, intonations. All this work on your material will help you to permeate it with your own feelings. Without all this you will have no art.
When, from this material, a living image of the role emerges, the artist of the school of representation transfers it to himself.