Chapter 5 of 20 from Natalie Portman

Scene Studies: Physical Gesture

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Natalie shares three performances by actors who have inspired her, breaking down thow they use physical movement to reveal character in surprising ways.

Topics include: Use Real Life Accidents: A Woman Under the Influence • Try the Unexpected: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead • Find Interesting Gestures for the In-Between Moments: The Deer Hunter

Natalie shares three performances by actors who have inspired her, breaking down thow they use physical movement to reveal character in surprising ways.

Topics include: Use Real Life Accidents: A Woman Under the Influence • Try the Unexpected: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead • Find Interesting Gestures for the In-Between Moments: The Deer Hunter

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process—and teaches you how to tackle your next role.

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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.

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman teaches her process for creating complex characters through psychology, voice, gesture, and movement.

A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps and supplemental materials accompanies the class.

Upload your acting videos to get feedback from the class. Natalie will also critique select student work.

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

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!

loved it! Helped me very much understand complex ideas.

It's going wood me think outside the box as an actor. Stopped me from thinking in a cliché way. Also enjoyed the golden nuggets of information.

To not be so self conscious and worry what people are thinking of me all the time. As an actor you can't be that self absorbed about all these other distractions. I don't plan on becoming an actor though. Still an author and journalist but i just wanted to see how the other side lives. I think Natalie is a wonderful WUNDERBAR (German) actress.

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Laszlo M.

This is so great! I'm not an actor, nor have I ever aspired or dreamed of becoming but I enjoy this very much nonetheless. Natalie gives a great insight and understanding about the artform. I will probably never watch a movie the same way again after this.

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

Franco F.

Thanks for these gems (I’m pretty sure though that Cimino and Streep planned that gesture in advance: look how carefully the glass window has been cleaned in the area where she look at herself! 🙂)