Toughest Part Of Living In Los Angeles For An Actor by Alex Sol

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Film Courage: Alex, when you teach actors, what lessons are you trying to drive home to them? Either creatively, personally?

Alex Sol: If I’m directing a play, I’m trying to show the person that’s doing the part, the work that there is a difference between you know acting something and being a human being and experiencing something, sharing yourself. What I’m trying to say is, from what this was for me, why I got into it was the notion that I could honestly share myself for other people. That human transaction was what it was all about. Period. End of story. That is what it was about.

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So when I direct a play I try to maximize the human experience of being a person and what that really feels like. And what that really sounds like is very different when someone’s telling the truth versus I’m clever and I know how to act something. And that experience when you have the human experience, it transcends like…that’s a good actor. It transcends that you affected me personally. Do you understand what I am saying? So that… what I would say is get real with yourself and tell the truth in your work. That is what I would say.

Question: What was the last acting performance you saw that really affected you?




Alex Sol was born in 1973. He is an actor and assistant director, known for American History X (1998), Taking Lives (2004) and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).