Film & TV
Lesson time 07:33 min
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 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.
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Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process—and teaches you how to tackle your next role.Explore the Class
As a writer of novels and screenplays, getting ideas from actors about how they approach the words I put on paper is priceless. To hear the different things that inspire them and the things you can write in to give them direction (subtext) in the silent moments of the script. How they read makes me a better writer.
Watching Natalie talk about joy, play, empathy (and most importantly: RESEARCH) makes me feel less afraid to take the plunge into something I've always dreamed of doing.
I honestly learned so much from this class. As a kid in fifth grade I'm starting out with school plays, but I truly feel that this was the first step to achieving my dream and becoming an actor some day.
This class was so amazing! For someone who is wanting to learn how to act and is unsure with how to do so, Natalie has provided me so much confidence.