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Advice for Actors

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 08:03 min

Natalie gives advice for auditioning, staying inspired, being an advocate for the people you work with, and nourishing your artistic spirit.

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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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.


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

learned just a few tips. nothing really in depth

great tool for on screen actors and beginners, but also great specificity on professional acting and technique.

I am an amateur storyteller, wanting to start penning. I took Natalie's class to gather knowledge about character development from another medium. Natalie has a wide range of characters (good on her) and I've enjoyed so much of what she has given to film.

I'm not an actor, but I'm a writer and storyteller and found this so interesting. It's always interesting to listen to someone who's excellent and successful in their field. She is very engaging, knowledge, and just overall a good person.


A fellow student

Lovely to see an actor encouraging empathy, respect, advocacy while nourishing one's artistic spirit. While showing up for an audition, one can get into the artistic mode and still bye kind to the others who showed up to audition.

Stuart G.

Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Natalie Portman, not only a great actress but a really good tutor. The way Natalie goes into great detail, gestures, improvisation, working on set cast and crew etc, really informative.

Dominique F.

I'm really enjoying your lesson Natalie!! It's extremely informative & I'm learning a lot!

Stéphanie M.

Great course. Natalie Portman is not only a great actress but she is also very human and respectful. This course gave me good practical advice that my acting class failed to provide me with. But it also gave me hope that my dream of becoming a professional actress could maybe become true some day even if I have another job now and I am in my late thirties. Many thanks Natalie for sharing your passion with us.

A fellow student

Thank you Natalie! I love your humility and generosity in sharing your process with us!

Kyle F.

I love how you advocate for others on set Natalie! You are a great leader!

Lydia P.

This lesson couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I have an audition tomorrow that feels a tad uninspiring, but I'd like the work. The script is interesting but my part in it would be very small. Finding the characters' own desire has skyrocketed my interest and reignited the passion that I have for this job. Instead of viewing this as yet another possibly bland role, I can't wait to get into the audition room and play. Thank you, Natalie!

Nowa C.

Finding creativity in small roles or roles that offend you is great advice. And keeping the well of your creative energies filled and replenished with "Artist Dates" is also priceless advice.

Pétainguy M.

Really humble and practical person, who can say that she did things not so interesting ... and ask for someone to go out because inappropriate. She is definitively my example !

Mia S.

"It's always important to be engaged with culture. I think being inspired all the time by other people's art - whether it's seeing other films, seeing theater, going to museums, going to concerts, listening to music - and then of course, other modes of creation that you do, whether you like to write, play music, paint - keeping that inspiration and creativity flowing is really important, and then also just of course, being a good person, trying to be a good person; listening to people, caring about people - not just to motivate your art, obviously to also be a good person. As an actor your job is empathy and you should be practicing empathy all the time. And as a person you should be practicing empathy all the time. So it's one and the same."