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Brad Calcaterra’s acting class helps Queer Actors Find Themselves on Stage
The weekly course, called Act Out, began in September at the Chelsea space of the Studio, a small acting school that Mr. Calcaterra owns and directs. About a dozen students have been meeting for scene studies, cold readings, improvisational exercises, on-camera techniques and other acting drills, but with a concentration on sexual identity.
Mr. Calcaterra said the recent suicides by several young gay men across the country bolstered his desire to help his students become comfortable in their own sexual skins, which he said would help make them “more honest” actors.
Mr. Calcaterra said he started Act Out because he was tired of seeing so many of his gay students undergo what he called a “contraction, not an expansion” of their talents as they dealt with years of shame, guilt and other byproducts of life as a sexual minority. Many students felt a fear, unconscious or not, he explained, that if their real selves were exposed in the audition room or onstage, they would be rejected, as they had been by family or friends in their personal lives.

“It’s almost as if the gay actor has a proving ground,” said Mr. Calcaterra, who is gay. “Once you get across that hurdle of that held energy or secrecy, there’s that piece where you’re recognizable as a talent.”
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Emma Thompson Gets a Shock at 60 - The New York Times
“There’s lots of these roles that are in fact imposed on you by society, for years and years and years, then you suddenly go — am I any of those things? And if I’m not, who am I?” Thompson said.

“The eternal question, which I never thought I’d ask, is who am I?” she continued. “I was always so sure. As it turns out, I have no idea.”

Thompson is a lifelong environmentalist and tries to stay optimistic, having read that optimists live longer, yet, like so many earthlings these days, has trouble warding off eco-despair. “Cara,” she said, “we are in a race, as you know, against consciousness and catastrophe.”

Thompson professes to not care a bit. “The Murdochian press are a law unto themselves,” she said. She is far more concerned not just with the fate of the planet but also the minor matter of figuring out who exactly she is. “I have some questions that I hope to answer in the next 10 years,” she said.

I asked her about how men like Lasseter who have been #Me Too-ed might come back.

“I don’t want to be thinking about men’s problems at the moment, thanks so much,” Thompson said. She said she had given the issue some thought and acknowledged it was thorny, but added, speaking of the men, “I’m sure they’ll grow up and sort it out. Because it’s their problem, not mine.” She would far rather talk about women. “If you get born into this body, it’s a different journey,” she said. “Whether you like it or not.”

Thompson’s big beef with most roles written for women is that they have gone from one extreme to the other, from the hopelessly domestic support-or-pine-for-a-man characters she felt swamped with early in her career, to, these days, women being straight-out badasses.

“Women now invent the weapons and shoot the weapons and are tough and not allowed to cry,” Thompson said. “We skipped from being in the kitchen to being in the tank, and there’s nothing in between. So we still have failed to explore and bring to the screen what being a woman is.”

I asked James Ivory what it was about Thompson that prompted him to cast her in “Howards End.” He replied that he was struck by her groundedness and brights. She was simply, he said, so very sane.

“A lot of actors and actresses are very fearful and timid and cover that up with all kinds of strange behavior you could call crazy, forever thinking they’re not good, that they’re failing,” Ivory told me. “There was none of that with her.” She also smoothed out some on-set tensions he had with Hopkins, becoming the go-between both men trusted. By the time filming ended, Ivory said, he felt he had a great friend in Thompson. He was also a bit forlorn: “There was really a sense of loss that this delightful person wasn’t going to be around every day.”

During production, Ganatra said she studied Thompson closely, trying to figure out how the actress seemed to live her life with such brilliance and grace. She concluded it had a lot to do with Thompson being present and humble. Ganatra watched as Thompson passed out Italian chocolates late one night to the crew, and reached up to absent-mindedly stroke the leaves of a tree she walked under one rainy day.

Ganatra said she found herself wanting Thompson to be her confidant and her life coach. “I wanted to be her,” Ganatra said.

Indeed, Thompson may profess to not know who she is anymore, but to the rest of the world, it is, as always, crystal clear.

“I asked her, ‘What’s it like to have all the answers?’” Ganatra said. “She just laughed and said, ‘I don’t.’ But she does.”
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The Long Adolescence of Lucas Hedges
"Hedges speaks in ideas-dense sentences built around well-chosen verbs. He worries that his general aversion to texting is 'a reflection of some naturally selfish tendencies' and that his affection for movies he knows are dull and not actually any good might indicate 'a lack of trust in, or maybe even disdain for, other people.' Hedges thinks film sets are difficult environments in which to experience the pleasures of tutelage because they're so 'product-oriented' and that there's something 'very dreamlike, almost eerie about being on a theater stage, because even the audience's laughter becomes this alien, dehumanized sound.' He speaks French and Spanish, each pretty well; references, non-annoyingly, both Terrence Malick and the fact that he prefers the company of much older people to that of his peers. Once, while we were eating lunch in SoHo, he got distracted mid-conversation by a man walking by in pajama-like outerwear and fashionable eyeglasses. 'Sorry, I was just checking to see if that was Julian Schnabel,' Hedges said, referring to the eccentrically dressed American painter. He looked closer, and it became clearer that the man was possibly homeless. 'It's not. It's a poor man's Julian Schnabel. A, er, very poor man's Julian Schnabel.' Hedges would be impressive—curious, canny, cosmopolitan—for a second-semester Ivy League senior with a New Yorker internship secured for the summer. That he's a movie star is insane."
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