I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!
Been touring the world and still did this. Bey is “The One.” Everything else is a lie.
Aint NO Other Like her.
So, I felt I needed to get something off of my chest. For those of you that don’t know, I am currently in school being trained on the Meisner Acting Approach. My last class for Part 1 is on Monday and last week, I was blessed to be invited to continue my schooling in Part 2 which starts in January. Sanford Meisner breaks down acting as living truthfully under imagined circumstances. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, if it was easy, then everyone would do it, lol. As I have said, acting is an extremely vulnerable craft. During these 4 months, my body, soul, and mind have been pushed far beyond their limits. I am exhausted and this is just Part 1. I have been told Part 2 will really be where the works begins. I am scared and excited because at the end of the day, this is my life. This is what I love. This is what has been in me since birth and I will do whatever I can to know it backwards and forwards in order to have acting sustain me like a regular job would for anyone else. So I am going to try to summarize some key points and then tie everything together to get to why I have been bothered by a certain actress’ repeated responses.
All the components that make up the acting craft need to be researched and perfected just like you would do anything else you have a passion for. Doing your homework is important. I forget who said it but “in order to be a better actor, you need to be a better person”. Again, such an easy concept. But it’s not. Are we really who we are at work? Are you being your truthful self around people you barely know or do you hide behind politeness, aloofness, or defensiveness? We are all guilty of this. We keep ourselves in these protective boxes because how dare we show who we really are when others may judge us. And heaven forbid we be judged, embarrassed, or unaccepted. Because the world will end if that happens, right? Well, the first step of that is getting out of your head and just being you. Being truthful to who you are, unapologetically. As an actor, getting to that place is the greatest thing because now you can start being receptive to the environment and people around you. You can now be vulnerable to the emotions of others and your own.
Which brings me to character. Character is described as a specific point of view. That view will determines how you do what you do. That’s it. Easy again, right? Yes, it is easy because when you are acting, it is YOU operating from a specific point of view. It is your expressions, your emotions, your mannerisms but from a viewpoint different or maybe like your own. Essentially, you are the character and until you can fully and openly bring yourself and availability to your character, you will only be playing an idea, not a full human being. At the basis of every character, there is a desire, the key component of all human behavior. It is the motivator. The character wants something. If you understand what a character desires, you can understand that character. The more specific you can figure it out, the more specific your acting will be. Then comes the action. What are they going to do to get it? And then they express these actions with words and doing.
Which brings me to the script. The script is your bible. The words reveal who your character is. You don’t have to imagine what they may do or how they might feel. It is right there in the text. You need to be able to justify the actions of your character from the script. What your character is feeling will drive what you have to say. It’s not about the words, it’s about what makes the words necessary.
So I say all this to get to my main gripe when it comes to Bellamy Young. She is an actress that is getting paid to do what she loves. I can’t knock that at all because I aspire to be there one day. But when it gets to a point where the images on my screen and in the script DO NOT correlate to what is frequently said in interviews, then I have a problem. It’s one thing for us to be upset about this, but it is quite another to be blatantly disrespectful to the craft. The craft that so many of us work on to really hope that one day we can make it into a living. Regardless of who writes the script, it is a PRIVILEGE as an actor to be entrusted to bring a character to life and to say the words. So it is also a PRIVILEGE to stay true to those words, to stand by those words and actions.
The is no written law saying that all characters will be loved. There is no written law saying that as the actor, you must make the audience love a certain character. If there is, please show it to me. I feel that is where Bellamy lies. That is where she gets the wires crossed. Plus, she does not know Mellie’s specific point of view. I guess I can blame some of that on the writers but from past actions, it should be pretty clear where Mellie’s true viewpoint lies. We know Fitz’s viewpoint, we know Liv’s specific point of view as well. We know Mellie’s as well but when the show starts to muddle that, I can see why an actor may get confused. But then that falls back on Bellamy and her doing her homework. Again, it is her doing these things on a screen at the end of the day so she has to be open to who her character is and needs to go back to the script and justify her character’s actions. ALL of them. Not just the ones that she thinks makes her as an actor look good and can push HER view of where Mellie stands. It is just a huge disservice to her craft and to the character.
And no character is all one thing. We are dealing with human characters and all humans are complex beings. Fitz and Olivia are prime examples of that. But Tony and Kerry speak to the multifaceted parts of their alter egos. Rarely does Bellamy do this. It is usually her ideals and what she believes, not Mellie’s viewpoint BECAUSE the script has not warranted it. The words have not been said and the actions and desires are not there. Again, a disservice to her craft and to the character. Because trust me, if Bellamy: 1) justified Mellie’s actions and called her on her shit and 2) was okay with playing all the flaws that Mellie possesses and was unapologetic about it, who knows how much she would open herself up to who Mellie really is. I say all these things from an acting standpoint, to make Bellamy better. Because there is a reason only certain news outlets recognize her, there is a reason the hype is there for a moment and then it goes away, there is a reason things are not sustainable with her. She could be so much better but from her interviews and how she views Mellie, it is not helping her; it is ultimately hurting her in the end.
Whew. So yeah, that is my little tidbit. When I say I don’t read her interviews, it goes a little bit deeper for me. I want all actors to succeed because it is an emotionally taxing job. But when people start pushing agendas instead of just doing their job and standing by who their character TRULY is, then I have a problem.
Fitz did not get the upper hand until Olivia came in and talked to her father. That’s when Fitz got what he needed. The only thing that came from Fitz telling Rowan how he loves what Olivia tastes like was him being told off by Rowan. So he got under his skin but he didn’t give up his weakness, not until Olivia got there. …
Yes he did. By Fitz saying that, Rowan unraveled just like he said he wasn’t going to do, but then actually did. Fitz was calm. Too calm. Scared me. He was up to something. The scene with Olivia just made Fitz want to do what he needed NOW.
The lines that Fitz said abt Liv was done on purpose. To make think Fitz only see Liv as a sex thing (BY comment in her article NY) and up the Fitz hate and give them ammunition. It was also.done to,make it look like Jake is the one who really loves Liv not Fitz. Shonda the writer want to just diminish who.and what Olitz r to each other and make Olake viable. She wants ppl to.think.Olake is true luv and Olitz is a sex thing.
Is sex enough to spend your money and build someone a house, when that someone is constantly pushing you away and you’ve seen a sex tape with her and your “buddy”? Naw, I don’t think that kind of sex exists. That’s love.
OMG the scene couldn’t have been clearer. HAS NO ONE HERE EVER SEEN A SPY SHOW!??!? The lines weren’t for the above purpose AT BLOODY ALL. He was trying to get a RISE out of Rowan, and that was CRYSTAL CLEAR in the scene. For once, if people don’t get it, that’s on THEM; not on the writers. T hey FOR ONCE wrote a scene like it’s done on EVERY SPY AND ACTION movie or show. Just jeez.
I know why he did it. Hell we could watch Criminal Mind or SVU and see it. It just was nasty coming from Fitz. And not in the good way. People wil have those words and what Joke said left in their minds to linger during the hiatus. Some will fall for it, others won’t. It just doesn’t look good.
The bolded. We all know that Shonda has been working to undermine Olitz’s popularity so she can have what she really wants: Liv choosing Jake over Fitz, because in Scandalverse, Fitz’s infidelity is the worst crime ever. No matter what the justification for how Fitz spoke to Liv’s father — YES, WE GET IT — you bet all the recaps will mention how nasty Fitz was and how it can’t be true love because he reduced Olivia to a sexual plaything. Shonda thinks Olitz fans are “creepy”. By having Fitz say those things, she was trying to make fans question why they still support this character, and manipulate the audience into thinking that maybe Rowan is right, maybe Olivia is just his escape hatch because he never wanted to be president in the first place, and that he really doesn’t love her after all. And it might just work, because I felt dirty long after the scene had ended. However, Shonda is making a huge mistake if she thinks Scandal will survive the total destruction of the OTP. It will not. I for one, am just about fed up with the fuckery.
You came back.
I like them
Rowan (via corinnestark)
yesssssssssss :):) loved it.
Art of War- Read It
Main Point is to Get into your enemy’s head and see then unravel.
That line was Fitz way to mess with Rowan and it worked and Olivia came in and finished it by showing Rowan’s weakness.
People, that’s military command brilliance. That’s why the President is The Head of The Armed forces. Fitz literally took back his balls.
I am here for it!
It’s to bad you’re one of the few who gets it. I’m shocked at some if the confusion I’m reading.
I am sitting here shaking my head and realizing it would be easy picking to play chess with some of the commentators lol…clueless. It is called Strategy.
Damn. My overly horny ass found that line sexy as hell. I knew why he said so that made it funny, sexy, & genius to me.
Thank GOD some get it. I TRULY cannot understand how people don’t get what was going on and that Fitz was BRILLIANT in what he did. As you said he literally took back his balls AND he came up with brilliant strategy. This time if people don’t get it it’s on THEM, not on the writers.
I have no respect for someone who would deliberately try to destroy their own creation. Scandal had so much potential and she ruined it not only for the viewers but for herself. I watch scandal for Tony and Kerry, but when this show is over I will never watch another show that she creates or even is the head writer for and I have a very strong feeling that I’m not the only one who feels this way. She cut of her nose to spite her face and for what, just to be evil. The sad thing is that it probably won’t even bother he enough to make he r wake up and realize that she’s a miserable pathetic soul who’s too pig headed to realize what a gold mine she has in Olitz. Tonight’s episode left so much to be desired and on top of that she makes Tony say those things to Liv’s dad like she’s an irrelevant jump off. I’m sure it bothered him to have to say that about her. I am more and more convinced everyday that she has some personal vendetta against Tony and Kerry or one or the other and because they’re so close to each other that she is trying to make both of them suffer. She had joke say the exact same thing to her tonight that Tony said to her in 308 about no matter what happens know that I love you. WTF!!! I LOATHE Shonda Rhimes. If she wants to get rid of Olitz’s fandom there’s only one thing she has to do as far as I concerned just put Liv and joke together. That will take care of a ton of viewers and then she can start from scratch. She won’t do it though because she knows her show would be completely ruined. So it looks like Shonda is not as bad ass as she’d like us to believe.
A lot are not happy about that, and it’s only giving them more ammunition to try using against him.
Remember who sent who to sleep with Olivia & hand over a sex tape.