[On preparing for the role] "Well being 25 and horribly afraid of the film, really of what I knew I'd have to go through, I just decided not to think about it. So I showed up for rehearsals and I did meet up with a few rape counselors. But I realized I had never read the script again. I'd only read it once. And uh, really in that character role all I needed to know was this kernel of who she was... and to live the film. And that really told me what I needed to know."
[On filming the rape scene] "The actual rape scene... all of it I didn't remember. I blacked out. I would go from one part of the scene to the next part of the scene. And I wouldnt... I didn't remember. I remembered 'cuts' and I remembered 'action', but I wouldnt remember anything in between."
Source: Inside the Actor's Studio
“Jonathan Kaplan was adamant that the rape scene in The Accused be everything that we rehearsed. There would not be one ad-lib. But even after going through a massive amount of rehearsal, after every take, three of the guys just started crying. They were a mess. I had to spend my time telling them, ‘It’s okay. I’m fine. Everything’s okay.’ There was one guy who was not a mess at all. He was like, ‘My hair okay?’ He was my buddy. That was the guy I could hang with because at dinner we just talked about his dog or his life.”