Film & TV

Case Study: Working With Terrence Malick

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 11:00 min

Unlike many of the directors she’s worked with, Terrence Malick doesn’t follow the traditional rules of filmmaking. Natalie shares what she learned from this acclaimed director’s unconventional approach.

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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.


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listening to someone who has already been in acting films and who has used different types of body language to portray her character is very remarkable and this class helped me realize that acting is where you can experience different roles but still be yourself at the same time.

I learn most of all how to be an actor, what is the best way to help them be the best. I'm director.

it was an absolutely amazing experience! Natalie its such a pro, i love her, and everything she said made me rethink everything i thought i knew about acting, and i definitely will put into practice every lesson from this course. thank you so much Masterclass, this was worth every penny! and thank you, Natalie.

It was fantastic to hear from a profesional actress things that you already know and learn some tools that will help you to improve your art. Thanks to Natalie Portman and all the Masterclass team.


Alba M.

This is a great point! To keep in character until the director says cut. It helped me tremendously during a casting for a short film in Georgia. It gives the scenes a more realistic feeling .

Lydia P.

I agree with everyone else on this, that the advice about playing until cut is said is so beautiful. It's something that I do but that I haven't put thought into. I've learned to stay in the scene until the director ends it, but I don't know why it's never occurred to me to sit down and actually think about 'the after'. Something so simple yet so useful! I'll definitely be adding that to my work in the lead-up to shooting.

Nowa C.

I love the idea of developing what exists after the scene ends and having those moments in your memory.

Iddo G.

Very professional material in this lesson - a lot of amazing deep insights and tips. Toda Natalie

Nastasia M.

I love the point about continuing the scene after the dialogue has ended. I didn't fully grasp the lesson about creating emotion through gesture though.


That's a very good tip, what happens after the scene ends, your time as an actor to play, should the director decide to keep rolling. So it's good to be prepared for this.

Terence G.

Amazing insight - certainly will be recommending this to my actors in my film and tv projects.

Angela D.

I love her as a teacher! She is wonderful, and I am learning so much from her lessons.