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. 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 and began taking classes with him until his death. Lee and The Method changed her life, her acting, and her passion. Since an actor’s work is never done, she recognized the necessity of constant training.
She took the audience through her career and how the Method allowed her to prove herself as a serious movie actor. Through the talk she uses examples from her life Sally explains her process of being detailed in character work and how demanding this field is. Her talk is inspiring for any actor, she had advice and personal stories about her own growth and career.
Quotes from the Talk:
“I had no tools to be working on, but I was utterly alive because that’s where I lived [on stage]”
“And Lee turned to me and he asked me “Why are you here?” And 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 and 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”
“I heard Lee’s words, where you want to be is where you are right now”
“You f***ing take that role and you own it… say I own it, I worked for it, I deserve it”