Chapter 2 of 20 from Natalie Portman

Getting to Know Your Character

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To fully embody a character, you first need to gain a thorough understanding of what makes them tick. Natalie teaches you how to dig for illuminating details, create a personal timeline, and analyze influential relationships.

Topics include: Develop a Timeline for Your Character • Map Relationships With Others • Find the Details That Make Your Character Unique • Don't Judge Your Character

To fully embody a character, you first need to gain a thorough understanding of what makes them tick. Natalie teaches you how to dig for illuminating details, create a personal timeline, and analyze influential relationships.

Topics include: Develop a Timeline for Your Character • Map Relationships With Others • Find the Details That Make Your Character Unique • Don't Judge Your Character

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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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.

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.

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.

Hey, I enjoyed this Master Class, thank you very much for sharing all the useful information and giving us, students so many useful tips. Love love love

A wonderful and an amazing soul. So real and a joy to watch an A class actress like her. Extremely useful for screenwriters in terms of what character development means and how actors perceive that. Loved this master class and wish Natalie Portman all the best in both her career and personal life.

This class has helped me break down characters and to be comfortable on set. Thank you masterclass and Natalie Portman. Hope to share screentime with you one day.

Comments

Chiara P.

The time line idea is great since it spurs spontaneity in the character relative to everyone else’s paths through the film as well!

Jennifer L.

Natalie has a great set of tools to implement. I can’t wait to try this !!

Casie

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

A fellow student

I am so glad I enrolled. I never broken a script by shifts. Can’t wait to apply this.

Jarreau W.

I’ve always been interested in seeing how an actor “scores” their character. Peeling away the various layers like an onion. It stuck out to me when she talked about focusing only on the scenes your character is in to establish arch. There is so much truth to that because you have to be open to how things unfold even you, the actor, already know from reading the script. That was cool to hear!

Eldon H.

I had always tried to look at the script as a whole, it makes a lot of sense by breaking the story down to just your character's timeline and not focusing on other scenes that do not involve them.

Mary C.

I like the idea of keeping tabs on the different relationships a character has.