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Stars Who Had To Have Acting Coaches On Set


In Hollywood, you’ve got to stay on top of
your game if you want to reach and maintain A-list status, so the use of an acting coach
is very common. While it may sound surprising that a Hollywood
star would need a coach right there on set with them, it happens more often than you’d
think. Sometimes an actor admits they need the help,
but studios have also been known to force acting coaches onto their leads to make sure
they’re getting what they paid for. The following stars all needed to work with
a coach right there on the film set. “You and I are drowning, slowly.” “Good, good.” Nicole Kidman During the filming of the 2003 drama The Human
Stain, it was no surprise that Nicole Kidman had her acting coach Susan Batson with her
on set. Batson became revered in Hollywood after transforming
Kidman into a serious actress, but the coach credited her client’s divorce from Tom Cruise
as the motivating factor in her turnaround. She told The Independent, “I think that what truly happened is that
in the transition from the divorce from Tom, the solace that Nicole found in the work was
extremely gratifying to me.” Kidman claims she wouldn’t be where she is
today without Batson. In a quote on Batson’s website, Kidman said, “She’s helped me to nurture and protect truth
in myself and in the characters that I’ve played. What I’ve learned from Susan is how to keep
the truth alive no matter what.” Lauren Conrad When Family Guy aired its Lauren Conrad episode
in 2009, Conrad provided her own voice — but she needed a little help to get it right. “It was cool to see myself as a character.” “You’re Lauren Conrad, from The Hills!” “Yeah, you seem surprised.” The twist in the episode is that while characters
assume she’s not too smart, she’s actually been a genius all along. In order to handle some complex dialogue,
Conrad relied heavily on an acting coach. The former star of The Hills told the Washington
Post, “[I had] a lot of big words. […] I had to research some of [the words]
because the acting coach I worked with told me if I really understood what I was talking
about, it would come through a little more true.” John Cena Pro wrestler John Cena got his start in Hollywood
the way many wrestlers do — kicking ass and taking names amid a bunch of bullets and
explosions. For his debut performance in 2006’s The Marine,
Cena used an on-set acting coach. When The Baltimore Sun asked if he would be
taking the same approach to his follow-up project 12 Rounds, he replied: “Absolutely. I tell people this is like having my second
match, and by the time I had my second match I needed a lot of coaching. I had a coach in pre-production and I had
a bunch of great coaches on set.” Mariah Carey 2001’s Glitter was supposed to be Mariah Carey’s
star-maker vehicle on the big screen, but it tanked hard at the box office. According to The A.V. Club, Carey was prone to diva-like outbursts
on set, where her acting coach Sheila Gray would never be too far away. Carey and Gray reportedly become close after
the pop superstar went through a messy divorce. Judging by the numerous high profile clients
listed on Gray’s website, Carey was in great hands. Chuck Norris With every B-movie that actor and martial
artist Chuck Norris released, he came closer to becoming a parody of himself — but that
doesn’t mean he isn’t 100 percent serious about his acting career. In 1995, he starred in Top Dog as a cop who
gets partnered with, well, a police dog. “What makes you think I’m gonna work with
a mutt?” Together, they take down a group of neo-Nazis. With a premise this bizarre, it’s no wonder
Norris needed an on-set acting coach. The film’s editor told SlashFilm, “He may not be Robert De Niro, but he busts
his ass. And he takes his craft seriously to the best
of his ability. […] He puts the work in to be as good as
Chuck can be, and he has an acting coach on the set at all times.” LeAnn Rimes Grammy-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes
was just 15 when she starred in a made-for-TV adaptation of her book, Holiday in Your Heart. The Mississippi-native told the Los Angeles
Times back in 1997 that an acting coach got her through the tough times on set. When asked about the emotional scene in which
she sings “Amazing Grace” for her terminally ill grandmother, Rimes said that the tears
came “very naturally” to her. She explained, “[The actress] really reminded me of my grandmother
when I started singing. I started crying, so that was not acting at
all. There was an acting coach on the set and after
a while, with his help, I got really comfortable.” Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to
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40 Comments

  1. ManonTeunissen Author

    Why not right? The actors can have great ideas to interpret a certain role. But acting coaches maybe have another view on it. Together you are stronger and you can come to the right conclusion. As long if the end result is great, it is fine to my opinion!

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  2. Roy Sullivan Author

    I love this thumbnail! A picture of Lauren ConRAD with highlight/low light foils in her hair and what looks like an eyebrow arch wax and possibly lip(cause she's wearing no lipstick and light app of eyeliner)? Yes, that how much this woman struck the genetic lottery! I don't know her but she seemed cool on that Family Guy Episode😂! Beautiful!!!

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  3. limpnjen Author

    So in other words, coaches are common for those where acting isn't their main gig: singers, wrestlers, etc. Not surprising. Kidman sucks as an actor imo.

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