To glean even a couple of acting tips from Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman, whose career spans decades, would be invaluable – so just imagine what we could learn from her first-ever series of online acting classes, which was announced today.
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The course, available through MasterClass for ￡85, involves Portman sharing the tips she’s learned since gaining her first onscreen role aged 10. The self-taught actor – who's starred in Black Swan and Jackie – dispenses her knowledge on a range of topics, from dialect coaching and building a character map to successfully working with directors and the importance of using physicality to prepare for a role.
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“Acting is a joyful experience. It’s the act of empathy and play,” Portman said in a statement. “You should be free to be creative, try new things and make mistakes. That is how I learned.” The online course comprises 20 different lessons can that be learnt at your own pace – and even provides a downloadable class notebook. “In this class, I’m excited to share what I’ve pieced together over 25 years as an actress – things that have worked for me, things that I’ve seen work well for others, and tips I created to help myself.”
A whole host of other successful figures – including Jodie Foster, Shonda Rhimes, Margaret Atwood and Spike Lee – have all launched similar online courses, too.
Watch the trailer in full below: