Category: Actor Tips

Katherine Waterston: If your character is “fascinating to you then it doesn’t feel like a choice to spend your days with them”

"I think everything happens organically. You mine for clues. It's all immersive and stuff you can use comes out of that immersion." - Katherine Waterston on Creating a Character

Oscar Isaac on How He Prepared for ‘The Promise’

"You allow yourself to let go of the responsibility of having to hit anything." - Oscar Isaac on Acting

Val Kilmer on Breaking into Hollywood: “Work till you cry yourself to sleep every night for months on end”

"Never, ever, ever, ever, ever take a day off." - Val Kilmer on Breaking into the Acting Business

Gal Gadot Recalls Her Audition for Wonder Woman

Gadot revealed what happened when she first attended a screen test for Batman v Superman director, Zach Snyder

David Harbour: “You gotta do things your own way. You have to find your own path”

"All I say is that if you HAVE to act, then you HAVE to make it happen." - David Harbour

Watch: Former Talent Agent Philip Carlson on Finding Talent and How He Helped Them Succeed

In this short video posted on The Atlantic, Carlson talks about his years working to try and get his clients wor

David Oyelowo on How He Played a King for ‘A United Kingdom’

Oyelowo explains how he approached a key scene where he had to give a speech defending his character to his people.

Bobby Cannavale on the Physical Challenge of ‘The Hairy Ape’ and the Advice Bruce Springsteen Gave Him

"I get to the theater two hours early and run the play in my head, because it’s a lot of words and it takes me there." - Bobby Cannavale

Ruth Wilson on Creating a Character, Accents and More

I create a workbook by which I go through and write down everything every other character says about my character, what I say about myself and others

Michelle Pfeiffer: “I’ve always had this feeling that one day they’re going to find out that I’m really a fraud”

"I still work pretty instinctually—it's a little bit like hearing the rhythm of the character in your head." - Michelle Pfeiffer

Chris Evans on How Characters Mirror the Audience

"Even though you're on a giant movie with a huge budget and strange costumes, you're still on a hunt for the truth of the character..." - Chris Evans

Woody Harrelson on Choosing Projects and What He’s Still Trying to Learn as an Actor

"There’s so much to nonverbal communication that I have yet to really understand as an actor" - Woody Harrelson

How Laura Dern Avoided Typecasting

Dern reveals that she is simply following the advice given to her by her actor parents, Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, decades ago.

Laura Linney on Her Acting Education, Advice from Kevin Kline, and Her Best Career Decision

"When people ask me, ‘What was your big break?’ I say it was going to Julliard." - Laura Linney

Guy Pearce on Playing Villains: “The key is to find something they believe in and just run with it”

"It’s difficult to keep an audience engaged unless they see some vulnerability or some weakness." - Guy Pearce

David Oyelowo on Memorizing Lines

"The only thing that works is hours and hours of saying them over and over and over again" - David Oyelowo

Jeff Bridges: “You might magnify those aspects of yourself that work with the character”

"Start with yourself and see what kind of lines up with the character" - Jeff Bridges

How Does Mahershala Ali Get Into Character?

One way Mahershala Ali - especially while working on multiple projects at once -is that he makes music playlists for each individual character

Watch: Jason Momoa’s War Dance Audition for ‘Game of Thrones’

"On Game of Thrones, [Drogo] doesn’t say much. So how do you convey him? There’s nothing in the script." - Jason Momoa

Sutton Foster on the Importance of Being Prepared

"A lot of people say, ‘What’s more important: acting, singing or dancing?’ And I say, always acting." - Sutton Foster