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Old 01-05-2009, 12:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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Hmm...Pamela Anderson (Good One), Will Smith (Fresh Prince Hip Hop Star), Kris Kristofferson (Country Singer), there is a pattern... All stars before hitting the screen. I don't know, but I am guessing the OP is asking if there are any out there that are stars who did not have training (and were not stars in something else, or relatives, or rich to get their foot in the door.) I could be wrong though.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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A "TRUE" actor/actress doesnt need any training. They either have the talent or they dont!
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I was once dabbling with a list of some of the best acting performances Ive ever seen, and I was surprised at how many of them were singers who were making a movie. Cher in "Moonstruck", Keely Smith in "Thunder Road", Faye Wong in "Chungking Express", k.d laing in "Salmonberries", Frank Sinatra in "Man with the Golden rm" --- those are just a few that come quickly to mind.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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Kelly Ripa not that she is good now but she was not an actress.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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Everyone has some training. You have to put SOMETHING on your resume that you send out with a headshot unless you are a child. That is if your mommy doesn't do everything for you like GwenP...(aka the most tepid actress I have ever seen in my life) Most actors start out in commercial acting.
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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Teri Hatcher had no training... she just showed up for a friend's audition and was discovered.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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I'm the mom of a child actress (she's 9).
No, she didn't have any training in acting. She's a singer.
When she was 8 she wanted to audition for Sound of Music, which she did, and got the part of Gretl. We realized then that she could actually act.
She auditioned for another play and got the child lead in it last year.

Now, she is at the Ordway in St. Paul doing Grey Gardens.
(starting March 17th- May 17th)
Not a lot of acting, a lot of music and dancing. A sad strange comedic musical based on real people.

If you are a parent of a gifted child, let them explore what they like to do.

We first started her in dance when she was 4. She is now in piano, which she started when she was 7. She's just a normal kid who loves collecting Webkins and playing games on a DS.

I'm not a stage mom. I set up her auditions, but I don't interfere. I am on the sidelines. I absolutely hate it when the stage moms step in and start ordering everyone around. There was one such mom at the last audition who told everyone her child had already gotten the role and they were only auditioning for the understudy.
Hmmmmmmm, then why was her daughter there?
They didn't get the part.

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Everyone has some training. You have to put SOMETHING on your resume that you send out with a headshot unless you are a child. That is if your mommy doesn't do everything for you like GwenP...(aka the most tepid actress I have ever seen in my life) Most actors start out in commercial acting.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Florida
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If I were going to cast for a movies, I wouldn't want trained actors, I would prefer people who could play roles in 'natural' mode...

Expecially in horror movies...nothing ruins a horror movie more than 'cheap' acting.
People react and act on screen, the way most don't in real life...

Good movies, are the ones where people 'don't act'...

That's why movies like Casino or goodfellas did so well...cause it felt natural...their mannerisms were the same we would have in those situations...or even in Rocky 1-2...it was the lack of acting that made those movies connect with people...
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: An absurd world.
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Michelle Rodriguez had no training at all. Not even commercials. She's mentioned it on her website.

I'm sure there are many more, but the only other one I had in mind was Will Smith, but that's already been said.

I'm actually of the opinion that most people in general can act if they work with the right people. Even a person known for good acting can do bad if the director isn't great. Brad Pitt is a perfect example of this.
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Florida
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To me, the only time a person should 'act' is when their depicting a real life character...

If I direct a movie, I don't want 'acting' I want natural reactions...

If I directed a movie, there wouldnt be lines to remember...
I would tell them...ok...this is what's happening in this scene...roll cameras...and I'd let them add lib...

that's why I also liked 'Drug store Cowboy' with Matt Dillan, back when he was handsome, very handsome...and had the thick curly black hair and thick eye lashes...he was the guy, back in the day...

Casting him in 'flamingo kid' ruined his career...trying to cast him as a ivy leage kid..with a crew cut...ended his career...he was meant to be the anti hero type like in 'the outsiders' or 'Rumble Fish'...
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