From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Playing a Real Character

Playing a historical figure requires intensive research into both the private and public sides of your character. Natalie discusses how she stays true to the facts about her character while leaving room for invention and creativity.

Topics include: You Should Only Know as Much as Your Character Does • Research to Inform Your Character's Physicality and Psyche • Look for the More Complicated Emotions • Invent, but Stay True to Your Character's Authenticity

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Playing a historical figure requires intensive research into both the private and public sides of your character. Natalie discusses how she stays true to the facts about her character while leaving room for invention and creativity.

Topics include: You Should Only Know as Much as Your Character Does • Research to Inform Your Character's Physicality and Psyche • Look for the More Complicated Emotions • Invent, but Stay True to Your Character's Authenticity

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.

Reviews

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

She gave very specific tips and showed techniques

I'm a stunt professional with limited acting experience or formal training. This class has given me the understanding and knowledge needed to further my career and improve as an actor!

Loved this class and all of Natalie's insights and tips and tools and her genuine respect for the art of acting <3

I have never really acted, but the way she describes it is really cool. I want to watch the course again.

Comments

Matthew B.

Great Job on Jackie ! You were the perfect choice for the Role and delivered. Notebook getting bigger

Anna

She was amazing as Jackie.Id love to collaborate with her someday.We do allow ourselves to dream right.That would be great

Nathaniel M.

Great class! I like how it's a lot of "inside baseball" unique to her experience as opposed to general acting class stuff.

Casie

If you could choose any, what historical character would you play? 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