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Active Empathy

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 02:45 min

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.

Natalie Portman
Teaches Acting
Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process—and teaches you how to tackle your next role.
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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.


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

This is a wonderful, incredibly engaging class, and gave me so many inspiring ideas for working on future scripts and characters. Natalie was also very encouraging, humble and positive, leaving me inspired and excited about creating!

Natalie teaches so well that I could catch up with something I miss in some training. She is a great teacher and I really enjoy and learned a lot. Thanks for the great class!

Absolutely amazing! Natalie had so many great tips, I took a lot of notes and overall just loved absorbing her positivity and passion. Highly recommended!

I have gained a lot of great advice, and will keep watching more.


Rhonda H.

I really enjoyed this entire class, including all of the lessons. It answered questions I didn't know I had. Such thoughtful teaching, Thank you Natalie, Ms. Portman because your teaching was thorough. I felt like it spoke directly to me and my needs as an actress at this time. Looking forward to acting!

A fellow student

Thank you for encouraging playfulness as well as empathy and respect for one's fellow actors.

Ludovica C.

I'm 15 and I'm a dancer but I would really want to do acting classes and now I am even more motivated! Thanks a lot Natalie for these amazing acting and life lessons!

Inge V.

This was the best few weeks that I got to work through this masterclass. By far the best class on here! Thank you so much!

Meron H.

So informative and simple expressions, and most of all love the examples with all the important ideas. Thank you Natalie.

A fellow student

I enjoyed it so much, it made me feel like I finally have the steps to achieve this ludicrous dream. Thank you!

Wanda B.

Fantastic !!! Just listening to the way she thinks, serves as a life lesson as well ;)

Alli G.

I loved that there were both practical, actionable tips and deeper insights. Hearing an actor of her caliber express her process, examples, experiences, and mindset is a rare and special thing. I soaked it up like a sponge.

Michael P.

This is something I struggle with constantly - the act of empathy. I do my due diligence beforehand with a role, down to what type of toothpaste my character might use. Getting into his head to make up the whole back story but I struggle with trying to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. I work more on television and there isn't the time to determine the characters background simply because the casting process is so quick and production follows almost immediately. But for film, this entire class has really inspired me to do something she said over and over, which is to play and have fun and its okay to make mistakes. By lesson 9 or 10 I was already in tears, listening to her genius of actors and acting. My takeaway is huge.

James D.

Natalie's class is fantastic for an actor, hobbyist or business professional. She dives deep into her craft and shares all manner to pointers, background reasoning and deep nuances to help the layperson or actor become better on a meaningful and real level. Watch this one without reservation. You will be happy you did.