Ryse Hart asked: Hey could you do a collective post about acting style and type? Like, are there certain types that make better actors?
Be right on it. (See original post series here)
No, I don’t think there’s a specific MBTI type that makes better actors than others, although there are certain types that are significantly less/more likely to pursue acting as a career.
In terms of acting style, you will often times see younger actors playing characters that share their personality (and not always doing it well). For instance, Emma Watson, when she started out was a young ESTJ playing Hermione Granger, who’s also an ESTJ.
Also, I just had to share this. It’s too funny (click on it if your eyes aren’t as good as mine).
Christian Bale played a lot of xSTPs as a kid (albeit he was a lot better at it than Emma Watson), and he’s an ISTP.
I’ve also noticed Emma Stone playing a number of xNFJ characters (she’s an ENFJ).
Russell Crowe is an INTJ, who plays an awful lot of IxTJ characters.
What’s interesting about all three of these examples is that they’re all fantastic actors/actresses, and though they do play a lot of characters that share their type, they also branch out extensively to play characters all over the MBTI spectrum.
What I’m always fascinated by, however, are the actors who go down in history as famous for a single role (that role sharing their MBTI type). One example could be Daniel Craig, whom pretty much everyone knows as James Bond (both ISTPs).
Then of course, you get the actors who play their opposites. For instance, Benedict Cumberbatch is an ESFP, but ends up playing a large number of IxTJ characters who are completely different from himself. This always fascinates me, but to be perfectly honest, I classify that particular example as a case of INTJ fetish.
Another thing that interests me is seeing actors who have no consistent character-type pattern, such as Tom Hiddleston (but then, we don’t exactly have his early career recorded on screen for us because it was mostly stage work –yet even that tells us something because they were typically Shakespeare characters).
That’s all for now. I’m tired.