From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Active Empathy

In her final lesson, Natalie encourages you to see acting as an exercise in empathy. As you step into your character’s shoes, she encourages you to be playful, not worry about making mistakes, and have fun above all else.

Topics include: Active Empathy

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In her final lesson, Natalie encourages you to see acting as an exercise in empathy. As you step into your character’s shoes, she encourages you to be playful, not worry about making mistakes, and have fun above all else.

Topics include: Active Empathy

Natalie Portman

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Make every role extraordinary

Natalie Portman began acting professionally at 12 and won an Oscar before she turned 30. As a self-taught actor, she uses personal techniques to create compelling, complex characters. In her first-ever acting class, Natalie shows how empathy is at the core of every great performance, how to bring real-life details into every role, and how to build your own creative process. Get ready for your breakout performance.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Natalie Portman is an amazing woman, she taught me so much during this class, not just about acting, but how to be abetter person. :)

GOT TO LEARN LOT OF NEW THINGS, WHICH I THINK I WOULD'VE NEVER IMAGINED AS A FRESHER ARTIST. SHE IS INCREDIBLE, ITS ALMOST EASY TO MAKE A GUIDELINE, MAP OUT THE THINGS, GRAPH THE JOURNEY OF THE CHARACTER, THINK CREATIVELY, IMAGINE VARIOUS POSSIBILITIES, WORK AND PLAY WITH THE CAMERA, SET AND PROPS AND MANY MORE. THANKS A LOT!! ~ SANJANA DESHMUKH

I wanted to see this class mostly out of curiosity.. I liked to see the perspective of an actress and how she sees her job on the inside.

I really enjoyed learning more about Natalie's research process and the way she draws upon real people for daily inspiration as well as bringing herself to the role. I learnt a lot about the collaborative process with a director and the importance of empathy whether acting, or just living! Great Class!

Comments

Eena B.

Beautiful...all of it. Contributed to me in so many different delicious ways. Thank You Natalie for You

Allison K.

Really enjoyed this one. There are a few things I plan to give a try/put to use in the future.

Mia S.

"Be free. Make mistakes. Play. Remember that this is a playful job. This is a job about your imagination. You just try things, and that's how you develop your art and your work."

Mia S.

"I committed to acting probably after college. I think when I was in school, I was always kind of thinking, 'Oh, I might do something else, I don't know.' And then I think I realized after school was, 'Oh, what I loved at 11 was a sort of reading of my true self. That was what I really genuinely was into and not what the world was telling me I was supposed to be interested in. I came from a background that was like, 'You have to be serious, you haveto do something serious and meaningful and doing good for other people. I didn't really understand how acting fit into that. And then slowly over time I kind of understood - first of all, I need to seek my own joy and my own pleasure and this is what gives me joy; second of all, I do find meaning in it because I think that it's imagining someone else's inner life. It's the act of empathy. That is what we do. We say, 'I wonder what that person feels and thinks and goes through on their daily basis.' And if you go into the world that way, thinking about how other people feel, that is active empathy. And also that the experience people get when they're in a movie theater, that you're sharing this social experience with other people for two hours, caring about someone else's life. And that's an incredible and important thing to participate in as a society and as a community and probably why things like theater have always been part of human culture. Acting is unlike other arts, because you're not sitting alone, painting in a room; you're not playing an instrument by yourself. You are working with an orchestra, and a lot of the joy and the activity comes from bouncing off of other people and working with other people."

Franco Maria G.

her reserved femininity Portman teaches non only a lot of things about acting but she offers a kind manner of being actor. I like this woman and her reserved femininity.

Ryan G.

I don't even know what to say! I came here to learn more about acting for film. I learned more than I expected I would. I will continue to pursue my dream of acting for film by learning more about the subject! Thank you so much MasterClass & Natalie Portman for this amazing oppurtunity!

Laura C.

thank you Natalie and Masterclass, this was one of the best things that has ever happened to me!!

Mannie A.

Amazing class! I really didn't want it to end :( Thank you so much I learned a lot.

Luke P.

Brilliant class learnt so much new information, top quality actress! Thanks Natalie your a great teacher.

Grace U.

a few months ago I was about to play a role I didn't know how to play. I was in need of some advise and help so I decided to take this class, I ended up playing the role and being proud of it! It has made me a much better actor and I am so thankful. Thank you Natalie, you are an amazing teacher :)