Can we take a minute and talk about how fantastic Harry’s voice sounds on this song? It’s rich, it’s not strained, his technique is on point for rock. his falsetto is clear and pure. The beginning in particular is clean and precise. His belt at the end is open and fully supported. His breath control is spot on. And the little details like the way he transitions from chest voice to falsetto in the bridge on “will we ever learn?” is SO SMART. He’s using such strong dynamics. He has grown so much and I’m just so incredibly impressed. And so incredibly proud.
Every time someone tells me that my study will be too difficult for me, I have to laugh. They don’t know me and they don’t know what I’m capable of. I’ll surprise them. Regardless how much time I have to be working on it to succeed. I’m going to do what makes me happy. Maybe I’ll even surprise myself.
You know what? Fuck you if you think “Russians deserve it”! Fuck you if you don’t show your solidarity with russian people because you don’t like russian government! Fuck you if you think “it’s not a big deal, cause it happened in Russia”
I am sick of people blaming my country for everything.
We are people too! And some of us need sympathy and support
Unpopular Opinion: I think Harry Styles could be a good actor
With all this talk about Solo Harry, I decided to explore my personal favorite topic: ACTOR Harry. I’ve been threatening to make this post for a while and now i”m finally bored enough to do it. Buckle up, kids. I’m pretty (read: VERY) long winded. I have a lot of thoughts. Quick background info on me and why this topic interests me- I am an actor/producer living and working in a major US market- originally trained in musical theatre, still dabble occasionally in that, but mostly work in straight theatre and indie film.
Listen, i know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. He really would be great! There are just three caveats:
1)He’d have to actually WANT to do it. I know this might sound silly, but how often do you see famous people take a cameo just because their manager said it would be good for their career and/or image? Acting isn’t easy. It’s a craft just like music or any other art form. And if your heart isn’t in it, what’s the point?
2) He would have to have the right director. Theatre would be the best bet when it comes to a first time big acting project. There’s a lot more time to rehearse and build the character and grow. The director could take his time to guide him. Film happens a lot more quickly and a lot of times the director focuses more on the over all picture rather than individual performances. When I first started acting on-camera, I was so lost. “What do you mean we just run through it once for blocking (aka knowing exactly where to walk/stand/move) and then it’s go time?” A lot of the times you have to do your work on your own, sometimes literally. For example, if there’s a close up on an actor talking to someone else in the scene, there’s a very strong possibility the other actor they’re talking to isn’t even in the room. Someone else could very well be reading their lines and the actor being filmed has to go with it and pretend they’re having a conversation with someone. This can be really tough for those that don’t have a lot of experience. TV moves even more quickly than film and there are less takes per scene meaning less chances to get your performance right so again, for someone new, this can be very intimidating. That being said, there are plenty of directors out there known for being “Actor’s Directors” meaning they take the time to help the actor along. If Harry is to start with film (which I very much think he should do over TV), he’d just have to find the right fit.
3) It would have to be the right role. Firstly, Harry would be terrible at straight up comedy. Comedy is not easy. There was a great post going around not too long ago about how Harry isn’t funny- goofy and witty, yes, but not exactly funny, mostly due to his lack of timing. And in comedy, timing is everything. He would end up trying way too hard and it would come off as over the top. I mean, we’ve all seen iCarly, right? Although, to be fair, he’s not really THAT much worse than the other actors on that show. It’s MEANT to be over the top. Even still, a comedic role is not going to be his best fit. This is why when people started getting excited over the rumors of him being on Scream Queens, I was dead set against it. Look at Abigail Breslin- she is a fantastic actress, yet on that show does not shine at all. He could probably pull off the lead in a romantic comedy, but as long as he was more of the straight man (heh no pun intended) to the comedic romantic interest. I think he’d be great at playing the bad-boy-with-the-heart-of-gold: Logan Echolls (moody one minute, goofy and over the top the next) or Jordan Catalano (bonus points for music playing, the fact that I totally want to see him follow in Jared Leto’s footsteps plus EXTRA bonus points for the Azoff connection). Judging by his songwriting alone, I think he’d need a role with depth for it to actually interest him and make him want to do it justice. As for theatre, in about 15 years I want so bad to see him play Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I think he’d be brilliant. Again- with the first two caveats in place.
Reasons I think Harry would be a good actor:
1) Now I know we’ve all heard the “he’s a terrible actor because he can’t lie” or how fakity fake fake he looks with all his winter girlfriends. But here’s the thing- acting isn’t about lying. There are obviously vary many acting schools and techniques out there, but my personal go to is Meisner technique whose goal is to get actors to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.“ That’s right, Truthfully. Most of the best actors are terrible liars in real life and vice versa. I mean, come on, has anyone seen Taylor Swift in Valentine’s Day? If you have, I’m very very sorry.
2)Harry is very perceptive. You’ve seen him with fans that are crying. He knows just what to do to calm them down. He knows how to pick up on social cues and react accordingly. This is important for an actor as your job is to react to what the other person is putting out there, not just spitting out your own lines.
3) He wears his heart on his sleeve. Harry feels things deeply. He’s sensitive. While he’s learned to minimize all that now, we’ve seen him cry in interviews, we’ve seen him bark out unexpected laughs, we’ve seen him pouty. Not being afraid to show emotion is obviously a good trait for an actor to have.
4) Speaking of not being afraid, he’s not afraid to make a fool of himself. As an actor, you’ll be asked to do some of the most ridiculous things you can imagine just to get something that looks right. You’ve seen that boy on stage. He’s definitely not afraid to look foolish.
5) He’s charismatic AF. He knows how to draw people in. He knows how to connect with people whether it’s an audience or whomever his scene partner would be. As an actor, you need to trust your scene partner and the first step in this is building a strong connection with that person.
I’m sure there are plenty more reasons, but this is already ridiculous long. If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you. If you have any to add, bring it! I’ll happily put them on the list!
For the record, this is not me saying he SHOULD or WILL be an actor. This is is simply me saying that I will be the first in line at the box office to buy a ticket to any well-directed piece with an appropriate role that Harry wants to play.
Also @ Harry, if this happens, you should totally talk the casting director into putting me in the film too so we can become BFF. The end.