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
This was such an honest and pragmatic depiction of the acting process. It helped improve my understanding of developing characters and using empathy for artistic creation. Thank you!
Natalie gives a lot of deep insight into the world of acting. The intricacies of character development that she offers are great tools to know. A lovely class.
I just watched all the episodes of Natalie Portman's class. It's inspiring and meaningful. You can learn a lot from it. I totally recommend it.
I'm more of a director, and Natalie really helped me understand even better the general aspect of where actors come from in how to better work with them as a director. Thank you, Natalie, so much for this course. I learned a lot, and you are a wonderful teacher.