07/06/2012 01:57 pm ET

'The Newsroom': Alison Pill Talks Aaron Sorkin, Season 2

Aaron Sorkin employs some interesting techniques when it comes to having his cast learn their fast-paced lines -- just ask star of "The Newsroom" (Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO) Alison Pill.

"The first day we had our read-through, Aaron had made sort of little survival kits for us, which included our script and a head shot of him," Pill, who plays Maggie on Sorkin's "The Newsroom," told Vulture. "I was staying at this corporate-y apartment in L.A. and there was a mirror right by the sofa. I just put his headshot in the mirror. So whenever I was on the sofa, I could look at the television, but every so often I’d be looking and be like, 'Oh God! Aaron wants me to learn my lines.'"

"The Newsroom," which saw decent ratings at 2.1 million viewers for its premiere episode, was renewed for a second season earlier this week. But Pill has no idea what will happen in the HBO show's second season.

"That’s sort of the fun of the episodes," she told Vulture. "As a cast we’ll get together and be like, 'So, what do you think the next news event is gonna be?', trying to figure out what the story line could be around that news event, and it never works."

Before "The Newsroom" premiered, Pill talked to HuffPost about her character and her TV news icon -- Rachel Maddow. "I have a really big crush on her," Pill said. "I don't know what I would do if I met her. I feel like she would make me feel special and smart."

"The Newsroom" airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.