From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

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Meet your new instructor: Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. As a self-taught actor, she’s built a repertoire of personal techniques for developing characters and shaping performances, and she’ll be sharing them with you.

Topics include: Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

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Meet your new instructor: Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. As a self-taught actor, she’s built a repertoire of personal techniques for developing characters and shaping performances, and she’ll be sharing them with you.

Topics include: Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

Natalie Portman

Teaches Acting

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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.

Reviews

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

It helped me gain more insight on what it is like to act, what it is like for a woman in the film Industry and how they are treated. It also taught me new skills and how to apply them to myself not just for acting but for real life scenarios.

Learning the insights of the business and a working actor is incredible as it is something an institute will not teach. It has more power because it comes from a voice with experience. Thank you so much for making me believe it is possible even though I do not have an education in acting.

I'm an actor who is also not classically trained but have taken classes and am open to new ways of preparation. I liked that Natalie is very practical and modern in her approach, especially in the way she researches. Very real and grounded class. Thank you!

Natalie Portman was excellent in this. She really helped me. I wish to meet her one day. And boy, is she GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments

Mark F.

Looking forward to learning from Natalie. I have always wanted to take up acting, and I find her to be very inspiring.

Nicole M.

It is very encouraging. I love Natalie’s acting and I am excited to learn more about the tools she uses to hopefully help me with my own!

Brendan W.

Can't wait to take this class. I've been acting all my life from age six to now. Done Shakespeare, short films, community theater, oh, and a lot more. I'm looking to get back into acting and screenwriting, also I'm currently a stand up comedian, so I hope there some acting tips along the way that will help improve my acting skills, my writing, and being a comedian. Can't wait!!

A fellow student

Terrific series. Allows access for the important aspects of interesting people's lives

Stanley K.

I enjoyed the first class! I was in a documentary about the war in Afghanistan and performed in a reenactment for a battle and got the lead role. I minored in theatre at Grays Harbor College (GHC) in Aberdeen Washington, I went to school at Washington State University( WSU) And Portland State University (PSU). And triple majored in Psychology, Sociology and Public Affairs. I still have one semester left at a four university before I get a bachelors degree. I just got burned out with all the formal education. I decide to fall back on my minor in acting from GHC. I fell in love with acting in high school and singing in jr. high. I performed as member of a boy band in jr. high for an assembly and enjoyed it, it takes a-lot of work and acting is very similar, as taking a-lot of work part. I look forward to learning here. Thank you!

Samuel E.

Hopefully you’ll be able to read this at some point, but I understand you might not since you’re a busy woman! I wanted to just let you know the MAJOR impact you’ve had on my life. Your performance as Mathilda in Léon: The Professional, literally saved the relationship I have with my mother. I don’t want to make this sound like a sob story, but let’s just say my mother and I can relate to that beautiful character. When Mathilda said “I’ve finished growing up Léon, I just get older” , we empathized with her deeply. My mother and I had some rough times. She was born with type 1 diabetes and I had to learn to take care of her since the age of 4. It was usually always mother and son with us two. But just like you, she’s a strong woman. She was a single mother with Diabetes, she battled addiction, had men abuse her, and was even molested at age 5. But she’s still got those childlike eyes and genuine smile! I was very close to her in my early childhood. For many reasons I had lost that close relationship I had with her for many years. But then I stumbled across my favorite film, Léon: The professional. It was there, that I found Mathilda, my hero. She taught me there is beauty within the tainted. She reminded me so much of my mother and my childhood years, that it inspired me to take action. It paved a way for me to repair my relationship with my mother, and it helped me transcend the passion I have for acting and life. I love acting for how it teaches and expresses empathy, humanity, and the strength of compassion. You’re a staple for what acting is all about. So to all this I say, Thank you Natalie, for everything. I Can’t wait to keep learning from you, and perfecting my craft! If you have the time and wanna see my little demo reel, here it is: https://youtu.be/i9yfy0wyA2s I would love to have your feedback!

Mucho G.

Yaay! Natalie!! loved you since I was a kid so excite to be taking your class :)

TL Y.

Hi Queen Amidala! After so many years, I still cannot believe that sadness could kill you. It must be the emperor who used some kind of Sith mind trick to kill you. Also, do you still love Thor? I am afraid he will be dating Captain Marvel.

Angela M.

Loved to see pieces of her work as well. She is so free in her work and not self-concious at all which is truly beautiful

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