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Ivana Chubbuck in Manila

Ivana Chubbuck in Manila, Bringing the class to acting

MANILA, Philippines – Entering show business seems to be one of the top career choices nowadays. Have a modicum of talent, possess a respectable amount of good looks, and it seems the proliferation of reality and talent shows beckon, fueled by dreams of stardom, fast money and lucrative endorsement deals. And that is the fact, along with the inescapable truth that while many are called and want to be actors, very few are ready to treat it like a true profession, put in the work and hone their craft so they emerge that rarity — a really good actor. After all, how many Matthew McConaugheys and Cate Blanchetts are there in the world?

As head of ABS-CBN Star Magic Acting Workshops, director Rahyan Carlos knows that improving one’s acting skills is a never-ending process. While many in the entertainment industry have concentrated on advancing technology, whether via camera work, special effects or set design, Rahyan has made it his calling to constantly upgrade what the workshops can mean within the context of what resources he can muster — and to place “acting” as the obvious core of his mission vision.


When Halle Berry won her Oscar for Monster’s Ball, it was the name of her acting coach, Ivana Chubbuck, that she screamed out during her acceptance speech. The likes of James Franco, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and Beyoncé are ready to give testimonials on her website. Rahyan put in the time to travel to L.A., learned the Chubbuck technique, went beyond her book The Power of the Actor and emerged as the only Filipino to be accredited as Chubbuck acting coach.

And just this month, Rahyan was able to convince Ivana to visit Manila and hold a two-day workshop at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater. The idea was to give those who would participate a proverbial taste of what the Ivana Chubbuck Studio can offer — the apt metaphor as Ivana herself would stress was that this merely like licking the icing of a cake. For the observers, this was a chance to witness how a premier acting coach operates, putting the likes of participants Piolo Pascual, Xian Lim, Sam Milby, Dimples Romana, Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca, as well as those from the world of theater and hosting like Issa Litton, through their paces as they were assigned scenes from such celebrated films as Chasing Amy, The Breakfast Club, Girl Interrupted and Perks of Being A Wallflower, among others.

A no-nonsense, gritty teacher, Ivana spewed “fire” during the two days, challenging the actors to reassess their potential and use “substitution” as a means to unlock their power as actors. By employing the Chubbuck technique, this meant using what you have felt or undergone in your life as a key to giving life to the lines and the portrayal. Raw, heightened emotions are thus harnessed to give one’s acting a newfound dimension. And while that may seem simple in concept, tapping into that real emotion is a process that’s not obvious at all. Ivana would brazenly ask the participants about their personal lives, practically turning her Q&A into a form of psychoanalysis — this in order to identify the right “substitution.” It was revelatory, as some of the participants would be moved to tears, remembering the pain of a father who abandoned them, or a serious relationship that went awry. Just how integral a role the “acting coach” played in all this was very obvious, as some of these are memories and feelings one may have submerged and/or relegated to a dark corner of one’s psyche over time.

Without exception, the actors all saw the “method to the madness,” and their performances on the second day already showed marked improvements — making one wonder as to how it could create new standards if one underwent the full course as offered at Ivana’s studio. I observed some TV directors, cinematographers and acting neophytes in the audience, and they seemed enthralled by the process — how Ivana has systematically turned it into a technique, one that readily shows results.

What remains to be seen is how many of the actors will take the lessons during the two days to heart, and understand that they all have the opportunity to better their craft. As some of them are established stars, it can be so easy to sit back, stay within their comfort zone and believe they no longer have anything to prove. Ivana’s whirlwind two days here should be a potent reminder of how great acting is all about educated risks, about stretching and never being complacent, smug or satisfied.


By Phillip Cu-Unjieng (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 9, 2014 – 12:00am

Source: http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2014/03/09/1298683/ivana-chubbuck-manila-bringing-class-acting

Local stars study under US acting coach

“THE FILIPINO actors are wonderful,” said a renowned American acting coach who had a chance to work with local actors like Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby in a workshop.

Ivana Chubbuck — who has trained famous Hollywood celebrities like Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Beyonce Knowles, Eva Mendes, and Jim Carry, among others — arrived last Thursday to conduct a two-day workshop with select contract artists of listed Lopez-led media giant ABS-CBN Corp.

Ms. Chubbuck had been invited by Filipino director Rahyan Carlos, who had trained under the acting coach in Los Angeles. Mr. Carlos is the artist training head of Star Magic, the talent development arm of ABS-CBN.

Aside from Pascual and Milby, other ABS-CBN contract stars who participated in the workshop were Jake Cuenca, Xian Lim, Gerald Anderson, Arjo Atayde, and Dimples Romana. Non-contract stars like Suzette Ranillo, Issa Litton, and Carla Martinez, also joined the group.

The acting coach has taught at The Julliard School of Drama in New York, and was honored by the Russian International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award alongside director Francis Ford Coppola, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

In 2004, she wrote the book The Power of the Actor: The Chubbuck Technique. She described her book as “the 12-step acting technique that will take you from script to a living, breathing, dynamic character.”

She explained her acting technique is based on emotional memory, which urges actors to use memories from their past to generate current emotions. “In order to recreate real human behavior, and truly be in the scene, and avoid acting it out, I teach actors to go the source of what motivates human behavior. This is why I do not believe in acting classes. You will not be a bear, you will not be a tree experiencing sap running down your bark. We will go directly to the script, doing script analysis from the viewpoint of the science of behavior on how and why people really behave,” she said.

“I will teach you to replicate the character from your own personal needs and life experiences. This creates a character that is vivid, authentic, and living, and breathing in the moment. The Chubbuck Technique is a way to realize and embody a character so that the character becomes you, and you become the character,” she added.

For the ABS-CBN workshop, Ms. Chubbuck personally assigned specific scenes to actors, which she critiqued after each performance.

“I have a game plan for each of my students. I analyze, and take into account the actor’s strength and weaknesses, his problem areas, his history, and assign material that will best facilitate his growth and advancement as an individual. I choose the appropriate script material that will quickly fix specific difficulties, thereby enabling the actor to expand his abilities in his craft, and enhance his capacity to get the job,” she said.

Ms. Chubbuck — who also worked with Jessica Alba, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, America Ferrera, David Boreanaz, David Spade, and Kate Bosworth — said her clients succeeded in Hollywood because hard work, and their fearless attitude to take risks.

“You have to realize that Hollywood is a big pond, and you got to rise in that pond, which has sharks, piranhas, and bacteria. You should be able to have to right stuff to be able to tackle the piranhas and rise above it. You will need to have the skills,” she said.

Mr. Carlos said the network invited Ms. Chubbuck as part of it’s thrust to continuously improve the craft of the contract stars.

Star Magic will conduct an intensive acting workshop on Chubbuck Technique on March 22 and 23 which will be open to both amateur and professional actors. The workshops will be conducted by Mr. Carlos who is the only Filipino authorized and trained by Ms. Chubbuck to teach her technique in the Philippines.

For inquiries, contact ABS-CBN Star Magic Acting Workshops at 415-2272 local 5142 or 5243, or e-mail at starmagicworkshops@abs-cbn.com. — JOV



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Piolo Pascual

Hollywood acting coach wants to watch Piolo’s movie

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga’s movie “Starting Over Again” caught the attention of Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.

Ivana, who has trained famous Hollywood actors like Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Eva Mendes, Beyonce and Jim Carrey, arrived in Manila on Thursday, February 27, to coach select Star Magic artists in a two-day workshop.

Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck (Contributed photo)
Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck (Contributed photo)

During the press conference, Ivana shared that she was able to see the short clip of “Starting Over Again,” which was playing inside ABS-CBN’s elevator.

“That looks like a really, really good movie. I want to see that,” Ivana said.

Impressed with Piolo

The acting coach admitted that she cannot say much about the movie yet because she was only able to see the trailer, but she was impressed, particularly with Piolo.

“I really look forward to working with the guy. He’s going to be at my workshop. He seems really talented and very handsome. So, it will be fun to work with him.”

Piolo and fellow Star Magic artists like Sam Milby, Jake Cuenca, Xian Lim, Arjo Atayde, Arron Villaflor and Dimples Romana, will be joining Ivana’s workshop on March 1 and 2.
Ivana expects local actors “to be wonderful.”
“Education never stops. That’s something everyone needs. Really great people know education never stops. He (Piolo) doesn’t need it, he’s smart enough to know that he could gain more and be even better with it (through education).”

Advice to celebrities

Ivana has a piece of advice for local celebrities who dream of making it to Hollywood.

“You have to realize that (Hollywood) is a big pond and you got to rise in that pond, which has sharks, piranhas and bacteria. You should be able to have the right stuff to be able to tackle the piranhas and rise above it. You need to have the skills.”

The author of the best-selling book “The Power of the Actor” stressed that an actor has to be a good swimmer to survive and continuous learning is important.

Ivana is holding the workshops upon the invitation of director and Star Magic training head Rahyan Carlos.
By Karen Valeza | Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 2:47 PM PHT
Source: http://ph.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/hollywood-acting-coach-wants-to-watch-piolo-s-movie-064713175.html