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David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) discuss the emotional and psychic pros & cons of embodying and exiting on-screen characters. Harbour, who draws from American acting methods such as "sense memory" (Lee Strasberg), states that shooting Se...

In this video essay, Neon Cinema explores four categories of technique actors use to "disappear" into their characters: vocal control, body language, improvisation & listening, and allowing for unpredictability. The same four categories of technique are also essential...

Lupita Nyong'o stated that the voice of her "Red" character in Jordan Peele's socially conscious horror film Us was loosely based on a neurological condition called "spasmodic dysphonia,"  which involves spasms, strains, and stops in a person's speech, and is...

Nine Simone, New York, 1968

Bill Hader explains how he experiences the common inhibitory affect of anxiety and how he learned to manage it by (a) naming it (with the help of Sir Paul McCartney), and (b) tapping into the core affect beneath it -- his fear of failure.

"...somebody, a grown person, decided I was good before I was good..." Timothy Chalamet in John Patrick Shanley's 'Prodigal Son,' 2016.

We have a need for the expansion and liberation of the self, the letting down of defensive barriers, and the dismantling of the false self. We are shaped by a deep desire to be known, seen, and recognized, as we strive to come into contact with parts of ourselves that...

 Gregory Crewdson, "Boy With Hand in Drain", 2001-02 (Top); The Triangle of Conflict (Bottom)

 Dan Siegel's "Window of Tolerance" (Left); Work/Artist unknown (Right)

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