Famous Actors' Acting Advice

Famous Actors Dish on Their Tips for Making It in the Industry

Famous actors do not become successful overnight. They have been pursuing their dreams for years while encountering a number of road bumps along the way. If you choose to take the same path and are looking to see your name among the stars in the future, then this article is for you.

Explore Talent is listing down the best acting tips straight from the most famous actors in Hollywood. Keep reading to learn a thing or two about the importance of developing thick skin in the business and the different ways an actor approaches a script.

Acting Tips from Hollywood’s Most Famous Actors

1. Bradley Cooper

Famous Actors, Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper may just be 41 years old, but he has already become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. He is capable of going from drama to comedy, as evidenced by his roles in The Hangover and Silver Linings Playbook. 

Cooper trained with American actress and acting coach Elizabeth Kemp in New York City. It was with Kemp that he learned that relaxation is the key to approaching a character. Kemp would make Cooper list down all of his dreams in a week to really get in touch with his inner self. Cooper would go on to use the technique as he prepared for his Oscar-nominated role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper. 

2. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o burst onto the scene with her breakthrough role in Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave. She won her first Oscar award for bringing the real-life slave Patsey to the big screen. According to Nyong’o, no matter where you are in your career, actors still need to approach every single role with the same amount of curiosity and humility. She has also shared a wonderful quote from McQueen who told the stunning actress to “fail and then fail better!”

3. George Clooney

Actor-filmmaker George Clooney

In an interview with Inside the Actors Studio, George Clooney became candid about being turned down for roles in the past. His advice to aspiring actors is to develop thick skin because there’s a big possibility that at some point, you will be rejected. At the same time, it is important to remember that not getting the part does not necessarily mean you screwed up your entire career. You did your best, but the casting directors may have found someone else more suitable for the part, all you have to do now is to move on to the next big venture.

4. James Franco

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James Franco is not just one of this generation’s most famous actors, but he also happens to be a writer, producer, and a director. Franco cannot stress the importance of developing an open and professional relationship with directors. He told Backstage that 50 percent of his acting credits, he owes it to the directors. This is evidenced by how well he worked with budding filmmaker Sofia Coppola on the 2015 teen drama Palo Alto.

5. Kate Winslet

'Titanic' actress Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet became a household name after playing the iconic role of Rose in Titanic. But Winslet struggled to get roles during the early part of her career. Instead of giving up, she kept attending auditions and worked on honing her acting skills. Winslet encourages other actors to continue building their confidence if they really want to make a name for themselves in the industry, no matter how much the naysayers continue to bring you down.