September 5, 2008, Newsletter Issue #132: Crying in Character

Tip of the Week

Hardly anyone needs to cry on cue anymore. It's a skill that comes easily to some actors, but if it doesn't for you, you dont' need to worry. Even Oscar(r)-winning actress Helen Hunt says she's terrible at it. When she has to cry on-screen, it takes her time to prepare alone in a room before she can work up the emotion. On stage, you have no need to worry, since your audience is not close enough to see you. What is most important is that you stay in the moment of the scene, and act from your heart during that scene. You'd be surprised; the tears may come naturally!

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