Film & TV

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.

Natalie Portman is brilliant in this class. Its gratifying to see how she integrates real humanity into her art.

I wanted to see this class mostly out of curiosity.. I liked to see the perspective of an actress and how she sees her job on the inside.

AMAZING !!!! I have always loved her and her movies but now I love her as a instructor .

I loved learning tools of the trade with Natalie. It was helpful to hear about how she gets into character and the ways that active empathy shape her performance.


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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