Film & TV

Dialect Coaching in “Jackie”

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 10:49 min

In this case study, Natalie and Tanya share how they prepared for Natalie’s role in “Jackie” as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Loved it! Great tips and a fun experience working with actress AND scientist Natalie Portman!

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When you speak 4 languages, it’s not too hard to switch between linguistic elements but for me the trickiest part is trying to adopt certain accents in a language I know but aren’t too familiar with

Jacek M.

I work sometimes as dialogue coach for actors who don't speak French but they need to for the specific role or scene. This lesson really helped me to see how deep dialect coaching should go! Thanks a lot!

Lydia P.

Fascinating lesson! I find dialects such a fun adventure and it was wonderful to see how Natalie tackled her role as Jackie when it came to learning her voice. There is so much to mine from this lesson that I'll definitely be watching it a few more times.

Joshua J.

Excellent class, I love watching the actual video of Jackie, then listening to Natalie and Tanya discuss it.


Marvelous! That's how long-term commitment to a craft looks and sounds like!

Nastasia M.

Very informative, the article exercises are great too for voice over warmups.

Nastasia M.

I love to focus on her character from Jackie, along with the video examples. It really ties together the message.

Diana B.

I love to hear the coaching session, I take these learning not only for acting but also when you are making any type of public speaking presentation. Also, make you more aware to really listen when you hear people speaking.


Breathy isn’t always bimbo. Jackie was classy. You had a nice coach. Coaching can be rough. Practice makes perfect. I rather endure the coaching lessons that eat English pea salad. This is a truth in my life.

Bayani I.

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