And everyone was anxious to be fresher, truer and funnier.
Claudia says she played Brett "more blokey than Guy," and she praises Guy's work in Tash's character: "he wasn't a parody of a woman, he WAS a woman." They had to carefully co-ordinate the gestures of each, and Guy avoided camp gestures.
Because in the new Australian romantic comedy, Dating the Enemy, Guy Pearce plays not only Brett, the charming but uncommitted half of a relationship, but also Tash, the smart but hot tempered young woman in his life.
As an actor you're often restrained and restricted..." The reality is that Guy Pearce is not driven by ambition, he is not about to reach for superstardom, he is not moving to Los Angeles.
"Look, I love to wake up in the morning and smell the fresh air, go and potter at the piano, and feel relaxed.
After a shaky, nervous two weeks in rehearsals, Guy and Claudia welded as actors.
"I had to be talked into doing it," Guy admits, "so I was always on the edge, feeling I couldn't do it.