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Successful Collaborations With Directors

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 09:33 min

Natalie reveals what she’s learned from her collaborations with gifted directors, including Darren Aronofsky, Mike Nichols, Anthony Minghella, and Pablo Larraín.

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.


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

This class ignited me to love acting again. I'm a fan of Natalie and this showed me how down to earth and fun she is!

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've always looked up to Natalie Portman as a kid so it was such a dream to take classes with her. Thank you for sharing all your acting tips and reminding us the importance of having fun in acting

Natalie gives us a look at the foundations of acting through the lens of her unique experiences. Very solid.


A fellow student

Different lessons from various directors, one continues to learn and try new things. Surprising brings surprises.

Shunda G.

this lesson has been major!!! all the techniques really helps with developing the character. also being able to connect with the director is a plus. I didn't know the director to actor connection was so important. if gives so much opportunity for the actor to explore different gems with the director. A big one was discovering your range with your voice. often time I think I sound weird. I need to allow myself to discover my diff styles, volumes, tones, pitches, etc....


When she talks about Anthony Minghella using co-stars to change lines in order to illicit a surprised or blushing reaction from her, do they do this so that in the editing room with the multiple takes it can break the boredom of the unconscious repetition the actor may find themselves in after long hours? Or is it to illicit the intial reaction of genuine surprise. (why dont they just do that on the first take, if thats the case?)

Tiffany P.

I really enjoyed this lesson! it was extremely interesting to learn from the different viewpoints of each director Natalie worked with and how some like to throw in random lines to get different reactions from the actors.

Onoufrios D.

Such an interesting lesson. I love the idea of always finding the tension of every scene and changing lines, subtext etc to surprise your fellow actors too...

Lydia P.

What incredible experiences and lessons learned! I'd love to have these types of experiences in my career. There is so much information to take from this one lesson. It is definitely one of my favorites so far! And I love the idea of a fully lit set so that you can live through the whole scene without getting bogged down in hitting marks and such. I'd love to try that!

Nowa C.

I loved the idea of changing up your lines to surprise yourself or the actor and I think that would be a helpful tool when rehearsing with you scene partner for class or maybe for an actual project. Or helpful tip to suggest to a young director if you're working on student film, etc.

Kristine K.

I love the fact that the director had the entire room lit so you have freedom to walk around. These tips she is giving are priceless.

Nastasia M.

I never considered her point about tension in every scene. I would think contrary to this for scenes where you don't think tension would serve the story, but I love her reasoning for how this makes the scene more unexpected and interesting.


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