For Aspiring Actors, Essential Netflix Watching

It would be best if you had another reason to binge-watch Netflix. Here are 10 must-see TV series and films for aspiring actors. We look at some of our favourite Netflix series and discuss why they should be included on your list of actors.

Not all of these items are available in every location around the globe.

#1 Story of a Marriage

This movie is for anyone who has been through a breakup. This movie is one of my favourite depictions of loss, love, and divorce that I have ever seen. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are both masterful. The supporting cast is undoubtedly even more impressive. Laura Dern was awarded best supporting actor for her part in the film.

#2 Uncut Gems

This movie is (pun intended) a true gem. Growing up watching many Adam Sandler movies, I believed he was meant to be used for nostalgia trips and not for award-winning roles. This film is among the most gripping and chaotic I’ve ever seen. Adam’s presence is captivating, and all actors should see it.

#3 The Crown

This recommendation is probably unnecessary, as most people have seen this show at least once. It’s time to make a cup of tea and enjoy this timeless classic. They step up whenever a major production arrives in the U.K. Let’s not forget Oliva Colman, Claire Foy and Helen Bonham Carter.

#4 Drinking Buddies

The film features four strong actors and then throws them into a weekend-long double date at a lakehouse. They were required to improvise dialogue and then use these improvisations to decide where the story would go next. This is a great example of giving the actors, Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston, complete autonomy over their story.

#5 The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit was the show you should be watching amid the pandemic binge-watching frenzy of early 2021. It’s a good thing! Anya Taylor-Joy is captivating as Beth Harman, a chess genius. This show is a masterclass in acting with your eyes and inner monologue work. It’s all about Chess. We didn’t expect it to be such a captivating viewing experience.

#6 Black Mirror

This show is one of the most gripping and ominous of recent years. Each episode leaves a lasting impression on viewers. This show is a masterclass at creating suspense and playing in extreme situations. This glimpse into the future shows us the power of modern storytelling in influencing change. It’s something that we often underestimate in our modern binge-watching culture.

#7 Extras

This British classic is a great example of how important it is to trust your script. The show’s absurdity is due to the actors’ ability not to make mistakes. The awkwardness and ugliness in the characters can be revealed by paying close attention to their inner lives and making them believable.

#8 Jessica James, The Incredible

This rom-com is elevated to undeserved heights by Jessica Williams. This is a great example of how to lead a film. The majority of romantic comedies rely upon a hook that takes away from the importance and character of the actor (500 Days Of Summer) or a whole cast of charismatic characters (Crazy Stupid Love).

#9 Ozark

Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Laura Linney demonstrate the art of simplicity at Ozark. Actors can get too involved in creating characters, leading to overbearing behaviour, especially in film. This ensemble of actors is a strong example of the power of simple, strong acting choices. Ozark is dark and brooding but still has a lot of heart.

#10 Please Like Me

We had to include a recommendation from a local source. This Australian gem is a masterclass of vulnerability and naturalism. Josh Thomas has managed to create a show that features some very extreme characters and shows them as more than stereotypes and caricatures.

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