Nazia: Physically demanding scenes are easier than emotional ones

Every day on set is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. When I know I have long dialogues to deliver, I immerse myself fully into the script. I read and reread my lines until they feel like my own thoughts.

Jun 10, 2024 - 14:23
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Nazia: Physically demanding scenes are easier than emotional ones
Nazia: Physically demanding scenes are easier than emotional ones
 
Actress Nazia, who was recently seen in the film Tipppsy, says that she loves taking up new challenges as they help her grow. She says that she makes sure to prepare well for her scenes so that she looks natural on camera.
 
“Every day on set is a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. When I know I have long dialogues to deliver, I immerse myself fully into the script. I read and reread my lines until they feel like my own thoughts. I find a quiet place, maybe my favourite corner and I visualise the scene. I practice my lines aloud, experimenting with different emotions. You need focus, dedication, and a lot of mental rehearsal,” she says.
 
 However, she adds that when it comes to long dialogues, she makes sure to finish in one take. “Performing long dialogues in one shot helps me stay in the flow of the character's emotions. It’s like a dance – once you find your rhythm, you don’t want to break it. Each take is a fresh start, and sometimes it's hard to capture that same intensity again. Of course, it requires a lot of preparation and concentration, but it feels incredibly rewarding when you nail it in one go,” she says.
 
 Meanwhile, she adds that negative characters are always more versatile than positive ones. “Negative characters often have complex backstories and hidden motives, which makes them fascinating to portray. There’s a depth and a range of emotions to explore. There’s always something new to discover. Playing a negative role allows an actor to experiment with different shades and nuances, which can be immensely satisfying,” she says.
 
 She adds, “It’s true, and sometimes the lines between the character and the actor can blur for the audience. I think the key is to remember that the hate is directed at the character, not you as a person. I try to take it as a compliment – it means I’ve done my job well if I’ve evoked strong emotions. It’s also important to stay grounded and remind yourself of the positive feedback and support you receive from those who appreciate your craft,” she says.
 
 Meanwhile, talking about the challenges of acting that she faces, she says, "For me, physically challenging scenes are easier. They require stamina and sometimes rehearsals, but once you get the movements right, it’s just about execution. Emotional scenes, on the other hand, demand digging deep into your feelings and experiences. It can be draining and leave you feeling exposed. But that’s also what makes acting such a powerful art – it’s about connecting with those raw, real emotions.”
 
 She adds that a character must evolve. “Character evolution is crucial. It keeps the story dynamic and engaging for the audience. As an actor, it’s exciting to portray this growth and transformation. It’s like living another life, experiencing change, learning, and adapting. When a character evolves, it reflects the journey of life itself – full of ups and downs, lessons learned, and changes embraced. It keeps the narrative fresh and relatable,” she says.