The Importance of Authenticity in Acting

Written by BARRY KEOGHAN on Wed Jun 12 2024

As an actor, authenticity is the key to truly bringing a character to life on screen. It's not just about memorizing lines and hitting marks; it's about embodying the essence of the character in a way that feels genuine and real.

When I approach a new role, I always strive to find that core truth within the character - what drives them, what motivates them, what makes them tick. I believe that only by understanding these fundamental aspects can we as actors truly do justice to our roles.

In my own career, I have been fortunate enough to work with some incredibly talented directors who understand the importance of authenticity in acting. They push me to dig deep into each character, exploring every nuance and subtlety until we uncover something raw and real.

One of my most challenging roles was playing Martin in 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'. The dark nature of his character required me to tap into emotions that were uncomfortable and unsettling. But by embracing those feelings and allowing myself to fully inhabit Martin's twisted psyche, I was able to deliver a performance that resonated with audiences.

Authenticity is not just about emotion; it also extends to physicality and presence on screen. Every gesture, every expression must feel natural and organic - nothing forced or contrived. It's about being present in the moment, reacting instinctively rather than relying on preconceived notions.

I often find inspiration from observing people around me - their quirks, mannerisms, speech patterns. These little details can add layers of depth to a character and make them more relatable for audiences.

At the end of the day, acting is all about telling stories - sharing experiences with others through our performances. And if we want those stories to resonate authentically with viewers,

we must be willing to delve deep into ourselves, finding that spark of truth that ignites our characters and brings them
to life.


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