"The better you researched it – the better you are into the character before you land on the set, the easier it’s going to be. " - Eddie Izzard on Preparing for a Role
"We always try to find the recognizable thread. The thing that we relate to is always the strongest point to start from." - Rachel Bay Jones
"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
"I felt like I understood them from the writing and I don't make the job very complicated for myself as an actor." - Ewan McGregor on 'Fargo'
Oyelowo explains how he approached a key scene where he had to give a speech defending his character to his people.
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
"Start with yourself and see what kind of lines up with the character" - Jeff Bridges
"I have to find an identifier, a silhouette which immediately radiates something for me." - Tom Hardy on Creating a Character
"I listen to music of the time and I only deal with family and friends that are on the film" - Octavia Spencer
"I use elements of myself—I see my parallels with a character—and find similar things in my own personality." - Jeff Bridges on Creating a Character
"Sometimes I can spend months doing things to make sure that my instincts work correctly, but ultimately it's still instinctive.” - Rebecca Hall on Creating a Character
It’s easy to forget that Benedict Cumberbatch juggles his film career — including starring as Marvel’s Doctor Strange (if reports are to be believed) — with the popular BBC television series Sherlock, in which he stars as a present-day version of master detective Sherlock Holmes. While dozens of actors have portrayed Holmes on screen, when he was cast in the series he told producer Steven Moffat that he was determined to do his own interpretation of the character. In a conversation with NPR, Cumberbatch spoke about finding his interpretation of Holmes. Cumberbatch reveals that from the start of the first ... Read more
Christian Bale talked about his role, character choices and how he develops his characters.
Donal Logue on 'Terriers', his 'actor bag of tricks' and more!
Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer talk about their new film, Barry Munday, creating a character and how starting an acting career is like fishing (seriously!)
What makes an actor truly great? Dee Cannon from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts should know. In this fantastic article below, she gives 10 questions that actors need to ask themselves in order to create a character. 1. Who am I? 2. Where am I? 3. When is it? 4. Where have I just come from? 5. What do I want? 6. Why do I want it? 7. Why do I want it now? 8. What will happen if I don’t get it now? 9. How will I get what I want by doing what? 10. What must I ... Read more