Chapter 20 of 20 from Natalie Portman

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

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

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.

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman teaches her process for creating complex characters through psychology, voice, gesture, and movement.

A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps and supplemental materials accompanies the class.

Upload your acting videos to get feedback from the class. Natalie will also critique select student work.

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

loved it! Helped me very much understand complex ideas.

To not be so self conscious and worry what people are thinking of me all the time. As an actor you can't be that self absorbed about all these other distractions. I don't plan on becoming an actor though. Still an author and journalist but i just wanted to see how the other side lives. I think Natalie is a wonderful WUNDERBAR (German) actress.

It's going wood me think outside the box as an actor. Stopped me from thinking in a cliché way. Also enjoyed the golden nuggets of information.

I'm an actor who is also not classically trained but have taken classes and am open to new ways of preparation. I liked that Natalie is very practical and modern in her approach, especially in the way she researches. Very real and grounded class. Thank you!

Comments

Michael J M.

As a writer/director as well as a performer, I am especially grateful for the way in which Natalie structured her lessons, involving many aspects of acting as well as an actor's interaction with script, director, casting and other key crew members, fellow performers, humanity, and art. She is, as always, graceful, intellectual, caring, and captivating.

Viktorija F.

I am not one of those people who leave the comments, however Natalie, your master class was so full of useful tips and information. Thank you for sharing your acting experience with us, without making it sound like an interview. Love, love, love.

Sam. A.

infinite gratitude Natalie for this wonderful masterclass :) Thank You Masterclass! ;o)

Casie

What did you get out of this lesson? To share your work, get feedback, connect with students and discuss the workbook, visit The Hub! Tons of great resources there. Here's the link: https://community.masterclass.com/c/performance/np-workbook

Robert A.

I love the focus on active empathy! I’ve always been amazed how coaches neglect this aspect on acting. It’s so important and if you ever want to learn how to cry on command; this is it. So much easier for me to cry than laugh.

Lance T.

Very nice job Natalie. I learned a lot about your process. Thanks for being vulnerable with us.

Cheyanne S.

Just watched your entire Masterclass in one sitting! Thank you, Natalie! <3

Tammy J.

I enjoyed learning about all the different aspects and interactions with various people on set. There were many things addressed that I hadn't thought of before. It think it will give me deeper insight as I watch a film unfold. Thank you Natalie for spending your time with us.