Actors often ask: “How do I show range?” From an acting point of view, it doesn’t make any sense. Think about it. How can you be trying to show range and be present in the moment? How do you do that?
If you’re thinking about showing range you’re not being an actor – you’re playing director. Yes, director, because you’re on the outside watching your performance. So now who’s the most important person in the scene?
However, if an actor fully commits to their intention and they make it personal and important, then fight for it - don’t you think a range of emotions will show up?
When an actor performs and I sense that they are not present, I’ll ask, “What were you working on?” One response they might give me is: “I wanted to show range.”
I say you can’t do that and be present and give an authentic, compelling performance. Just think, Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave was not thinking about showing range. She was focused on her intention and it was important, personal and immediate. She showed lots of range, and now she has an Oscar.
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