Monday, October 14, 2013

How can actors connect emotionally to a character?

QUESTION: Sometimes I just feel off and can't connect to the character and dig in to my emotions, sometimes i just feel really dull. How do you handle those times?

ANSWER: You might be having trouble relating to the character? The character might be very different from yourself. You can either dig in to past memories and try to find a situation that relates or even if it is not very similar, then use a past memory that has the right emotion. Or think of a person you know well that might be a similar character. And try to figure out the emotions based on what you know about the similar person. A third way might be to study a character from a movie that is similar and done well. Analyze how the actor uses emotion and how you might achieve that same level of emotion.

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