Yes, we can sometimes cry for real, but we use different techniques to connect to our emotions. We don’t want to use something that makes us really sad, that we won’t be able to get through in the show, because that’s not safe for us to deal with in the middle of the show. We save that emotional processing for later usually. Most of the actors have done quite a bit of training in different techniques for connecting to our emotions while we’re acting.
Thanks for the awesome question!