Kerry Washington talks about the role that posture played in her portrayal of Olivia Pope and Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO movie Confirmation.
Browsing: creating a character
Actor Sterling K. Brown shared something he learned while in graduate school about acting that has helped him on the hit NBC show, ‘This Is Us’.
Willem Dafoe spoke about portraying real-life figures in many of his films and how Wes Anderson could probably convince him to play just about any role.
Josh Radnor spoke about how costuming can aid an actor into portraying a particular character, particularly in a show that is a period piece like Hunters.
Jesse Plemons reveals that he discovered the character as he grew into the role because he wasn’t given much to start with from creator Vince Gilligan.
Michael Emerson chats about his career, detailing how he portrays his characters and shares the best advice he has for actors.
Ben Affleck, who has played a variety of roles in his career, spoke about how he prepares to play his different characters.
Lupita Nyong’o explains that she approached the two characters she plays in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ from different physical places.
Patricia Arquette explains how she’s able to portray such despicable characters and why she believes that she’s doing the best work of her career now.
Edie Falco spoke about her career and explains why she feels so lucky when it comes to the roles she has been cast in.
Ben Wishaw on playing a real person, meeting the man he is portraying, and what it was like playing Hamlet at such a young age.
“You gather all of the information and look at it all, and panic, and then you start to slowly build this character.” – Josh Brolin
“I get a [blank] book for every character that I do, and start to write out what some of his traits might be” – Giancarlo Esposito on Creating a Character
“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
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
Ewan McGregor on Playing Two Roles on ‘Fargo’: “The challenging part is making sure they’re both unique people”
“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