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StrasbergTALKS: Sally Field

On May 5, 2017 Sally Field gave a talk at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. After working and training with Lee Strasberg, The Method has been instrumental to her life and career.

Finding success as a 17 year old as the title character in Gidget and then The Flying Nun, Sally Fields become quite uninspired as she lost faith in her own acting. “I had no tools to be working on, but I was utterly alive because [on stage is] where I lived”, she explains. After having a breakdown on set, she is directed by a fellow actor to the Actor’s Studio in LA. She then met and performed for Lee Strasberg

“Lee turned to me and he asked me ‘Why are you here?’ My heart fell out of my body because I was so scared he was going to tell me I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t wanted. I went ‘I want to be an actor’ and he said ‘you are an actor, you work all the time.’ I said, ‘yes, but not how I want to work. I want to know how to be an actor.'”

Sally Field

She began taking classes with Lee until his death. According to Sally, Lee and The Method changed her life, her acting, and her passion. On working at the Actor’s Studio, she says, “I heard Lee’s words: ‘where you want to be is where you are right now'”. Since an actor’s work is never done, she recognized the necessity of constant training.

She takes the audience through her career and how the Method allowed her to prove herself as a serious film actor. On tackling challenging roles, she urges the audience, “You f***ing take that role and you own it… say I own it, I worked for it, I deserve it”. Throughout the talk, Sally tells aneddotes from her own life, explains her acting and audition processes, and details the demands of the industry.

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