Think Hugh Jackman's a good actor? Meet his mentor

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If you think Hugh Jackman was great as Wolverine, meet the guy who coached him acting when he was just 23.

Curious to know who honed the acting skills of megastars in blockbusters such as Wolverine?

That's right, we're talking about the mentor and friend of Hollywood's biggest celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Geoffrey Rush.

His name is Dean Carey and some call him "Australia's Acting Teacher to the Stars".

Carey is the founder of Actors Centre Australia (ACA), an acting school boasting Hugh Jackman as a patron.

Hugh Jackman is a proud patron of ACA, an Australian acting school founded by Dean Carey. Photo: MindChamps

As part of the programme, ACA will be partnering MindChamps to start ACA Kids, a series of classes that aims to help children become confident, creative and connected through theatre, in Singapore and Australia. MindChamps Holdings recently acquired a 50 per cent stake in ACA.

When the esteemed teacher was in town recently to work with MindChamps on a theatre programme for kids, AsiaOne managed to score some acting tips from him.

If your dream (or your child's) is to be on the red carpet some day, you'd want to pay attention here.

Watch our video or read some excerpts from our interview:

on SPH Brightcove

Q: How do you teach an actor how to cry?

A: Often it's the voice that takes someone there, once the voice goes to a certain vibration and level, the body just wants to give in and start crying.

So once you start to get that voice that just wants to break, just that edge when you're losing that breath and volume, then the tears would almost always come.

That's one of the hardest things for an actor. But if the director's good, they can get anyone to drop into a deep sense of vulnerability and exposure really quickly. 

Q: What do actors struggle most with?

A: I think it's them not being as confident in the choices that they make, perhaps worrying about what they audience might think, what the audience might want.

For an actor to know that once the camera is rolling, that's filmed, they can never change it, it's going to stay that way forever.

So there can be a sense of holding on, and hoping it's going to work.

Q: What does it take to be a successful HollyWood actor?

A: Well, they often say it's 99 per cent perspiration and 1 per cent inspiration. There's lots of hard work but there's also luck of the draw.

So you gotta have the right look, you've got to have the right feel, you've got to be in the right place.

ljoey@sph.com.sg

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