Film & TV
Lesson time 1:55 min
Helen shares her final thoughts and leaves you with her practical—and delightfully blunt—advice for young actors.
Topics include: Be on Time, Be Polite, Be Self-Protective • Parting Thoughts
People say what's, in a few words, your advice for young actors? And I always say be on time, don't be an asshole. And that's it. That's really end of story. But anyway, don't be a time waster. But if you're not a time waster, and, you know, you're there and prepared and all the rest of the things you have to be, then film sets are pretty kind to you, because you've earned it. And you can say, look, let me just try one more time or six more times or whatever. But always be polite. Try to always be on time. And be as gracious as you can, but be very careful. Be self-protective as well, because sometimes what the film or the movie want for the film or the movie is not actually what is right for you. I didn't go to drama school. I have never been to a drama class. But I have worked professionally as an actress. And it's those, you know, sometimes complicated and sometimes very simple ideas and understandings that I've picked up that I've tried to communicate with you. I hope you've had as good a time with me as I've had with you. This is the first time in my life I have ever actually talked about my career and my work in this way. And it's been quite a journey for me. Thank you so much for coming on the journey with me. It's been an education for me, as well as for you, so thank you.
In her first-ever online acting class, Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren shares the techniques she has learned through the course of her international career that has spanned stage, screen, and television. Her powerful and versatile performances have earned her numerous awards, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen, a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance in The Audience, and four Emmy Awards.
Helen Mirren has such a classy way of explaining acting. Every gesture she makes is resplendent and I love the way props are used with purpose.
It is very inspiring and lively! I watched the Masterclass in one breath. I loved to see how Helen could transform into a different character to a point I said to myself: Is it really her? Unbelievable. Amazing experience and lots of interesting tips even if you are not into acting carrier
This could well be a Master Class on learning how to be your own self with grace. Helen has truly mastered her craft, this is an amazing class.
Ms Miren’s delivery demonstrates a simple sophistication, elegant prose to describe her passion and calling. Well done and time well spent. Thank you, Dr. JHS