From Natalie Portman's MasterClass


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


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

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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.


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

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

I've completed a few master classes and this was the best. Natalie shares so much information, very detailed and she is so clearly passionate about what she does, but wanting to really benefit others also. Very inspiring!

Excellent!!! LOVED Natalie's style of teaching.

I was curious. I'm a mathematician and I use my imagination every day, all the time. Active empathy means a lot to me. But, now, thanks to this class, I've understood how awful it must be to be an actress. I'm so happy I'm not one. Thank you Natalie Portman!


Stephen C.

Thank you for joining Masterclass Natalie I'm so excited that I get to learn from a passionate artist such as yourself! : P : D

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: 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 :)


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