Film & TV

Working on Set

Natalie Portman

Lesson time 10:50 min

Natalie shares her techniques for working on set. You’ll learn how to emotionally connect with collaborators, handle vulnerability and self-consciousness, and maintain energy during a long day of shooting.

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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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.

I didn't know much about Natalie Portman before taking this masterclass. I really enjoyed her breakdown of how to behave as an actor: how to treat your coworkers, director, and others on set.

The thing I enjoyed the most was the on set walk through where she talked out loud the choices one could make, why, pointing out camera angles etc. More of this style would be extremely helpful.

Very helpful and most importantly liked that a lot of the material derived from her personal work .

As I grow in acting, the most interesting thing to listen to is how other people get to where they are. You can take tid bits from everyone and form your own way, and hopefully in the future be in a position to give tid bits that get others to where they need to be!


Allison F.

Incredible amount of detail which is very helpful. I am in the process of considering working with a group of Independent filmmakers as both writer and actor and these lessons are really inspiration for me as well as providing excellent and clear information about the many things that need to be considered.

Dax A.

I really like the comparison to the privacy assumed when physical nudity is shown in a scene and how it isn't always assumed for scenes with a lot of emotional vulnerability. I appreciate the idea to suggest more privacy for these scenes. This will definitely help the actor reach a better outcome.

Lydia P.

Great lesson and really useful information. I'm glad that she talked about asking for more privacy when doing emotional scenes. I've done that once, and while the director was totally on board with it, I still felt silly for asking.

Allison K.

Staying in play is such a great idea. I know that I sometimes get stuck in the feeling of the scene even when the camera is not on and it can be exhausting. I will have to keep that in mind for the next time I am on set.

Kristine K.

I like the way she says do not ignore the camera or the people in the room. This was a great lesson.


As a contributing actor on a set one has to be able to relate to the other performers and there language.

A fellow student

Very informative on how to manage yourself with coworkers and have a good working environment mostly, like in any profession


I believe that the acting coach that Natalie Portman is talking about is spelt Gerry Grennell. He has worked with Meryl Streep and the late Heath Ledger.

Sydney Louise & G.

I love this lesson so much. Really gives me permission to trust my instincts, and do some things that I typically feel inclined to do.

A fellow student

Love this! Best part was staying alert. Staying alert to those around you, do something on your downtime, and staying playful. It def keeps the energy alive during takes.