Film & TV

Green-Screen Acting

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 08:37 min

Green-screen acting forces you to rely solely on your imagination. In this lesson, Natalie offers practical tips on how to approach this unique acting challenge.

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.


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

Something that I really wanted to gain out of this class (and I have) was the technique in how an actor engages with the camera, the film set, the communication they need to have, and what preparation they must have to meet the requirements of acting fro screen. Coming from a theatre background, this class has helped me gain an understanding of this.

i learned awesome things! this has been really helpful and mindblowing! thanks!

It was very interesting when she helped about preparing for a character. However, it would be even more interesting to get more technical advice about what movement can express what feeling, more tips about how to balance the expression of the required emotion, not to overplay it or underplay it for example.

Very helpful and most importantly liked that a lot of the material derived from her personal work .


Lydia P.

I've only done green screen once and it was very intimidating. It's hard to not feel silly, but I think all of this advice is incredibly helpful. Next time, I'll definitely be more prepared just by having had this lesson.

Donna W.

I haven't had a lot of experience with the Green Screen yet. I have had to interact with CGI that was to be done in post before, she explained it to perfection. Who knows, maybe I'll be called back to "Stranger Things" on a Green Screen day, now I can feel more prepared for it. (Just so long my character doesn't end up like Sean or Tony's characters - Sean Astin and Tony Vaughn.)

Nowa C.

I really like this section because it helps the new actor, the actor in learning, how to exercise their creative/imaginative energies in a classroom setting where there isn't a stage. A blank room can be likened to a green room where you really have to work out the depth of the space, the color scheme, and the tone of the environment so you can really bring a scene to life for classroom purposes. And while that might seem too much, it's a great way to exercise your imagination and prepare yourself for the real world of acting.


I saw that green screen at universal studios, but they show people in costume for like monsters not like role playing acting. You can’t tell on film if it’s green screen. I can imagine it to be difficult to visualize the environment and staying in character simultaneously. But the results must be amazing. Technology trips me out sometimes. Good class 🤪👍

Post P.

Very insightful! I always assumed green screen acting had many layers, but it was interesting to hear about ways to maximize your acting in front of a green screen.


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