From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Working With Directors

The rapport you establish with a director from the beginning of your collaboration can help you deliver a successful performance. Natalie teaches you how to navigate this relationship and bring your own ideas to the table.

Topics include: Understand Your Director's Vision and Process • Give Your Director Choices • Watch Yourself On Screen to Break Acting Tics

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The rapport you establish with a director from the beginning of your collaboration can help you deliver a successful performance. Natalie teaches you how to navigate this relationship and bring your own ideas to the table.

Topics include: Understand Your Director's Vision and Process • Give Your Director Choices • Watch Yourself On Screen to Break Acting Tics

Natalie Portman

Teaches Acting

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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.

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

I really enjoyed the Master Class with Natalie Portman. I'm embarking on a new journey as an actor and this was my first acting lessons ever! I really appreciate the expert advice and insight. I feel that I will be a lot less nervous now at my first real in person acting class, I feel this course has put me more at ease with what to expect. Great job!

I was curious. I'm a mathematician and I use my imagination every day, all the time. Active empathy means a lot to me. But, now, thanks to this class, I've understood how awful it must be to be an actress. I'm so happy I'm not one. Thank you Natalie Portman!

Portman combines a rich sensitivity with a finely honed practicality to deliver a thoughtful and nuanced approach to acting that can benefit anyone.

It's amazing to get into the mind of a professional actor that has so much experience in the industry. Just reaffirmed my love for the craft.

Comments

Pétainguy M.

Really good advice, and I had experience soon the necessity : speak with the director to be clear what you want and he wants or not before the job. Better refuse than having a very uncomfortable relation during filming.

Pétainguy M.

The next week end will be dedicated to Natalie's work. She is really a wonderful person : talent, humility, high capacities, ... She really merits her success ans she is a generous teacher. We can call her Master, with a big M.

Kristine K.

I love her honesty in this lesson. She is really opening up and teaching us. I love this! Give the director choices...play with it etc.

Matthew B.

I got the DVD of Days of Heaven Directed by Terrence Malick and spent the afternoon today watching the Film twice, once with the audio commentary of art director costume designer and casting director !! also listened to commentary from Stars Richard Gere and Sam Shepard. Incredible DVD content and Film !

Nastasia M.

Helpful to think about what the director needs from you to work with. The variety, changes etc.

ALICIA S.

Working and getting along with everybody especially the directors is like the smart. Emotional changes for the same role in the same scene can get frustrating. Looking at yourself seems torturous. Good class 🤩

Amy

The link is broken to download the PDF lesson plan.... anyone else finding 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