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an Objective look at Serena's acting

I have said many times that I like Serena. She makes the WTA tour what it is. Having seen some clips of her acting last night; I have to say that objectively and honestly she is a poor actress.
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I have said many times that I like Serena. She makes the WTA tour what it is. Having seen some clips of her acting last night; I have to say that objectively and honestly she is a poor actress.
Although I don't think anybody expects her to be winning an Oscar anytime soon, I think she can and is getting better. Having said that; she didn't win her first match on tour either, but that didn't stop her from trying and later going on to win multiple grandslams. Serena's acting will improve as long as she keeps striving to get better at it.

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with the obvious difference being that Serena started out with LOADS of natural talent as a tennis player/athlete, whereas she has no more talent than the average Jane as an actress/artiste.
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She is not trained as an actress. You cannot wing it and be good. People think you can just show up and memorize lines and be brilliant. My favorite is when some starlet comes up to me and gushes at what a legend I am and then wants the "secret" to "breaking into" Hollywood and Broadway, like you can do it with no effort, no work, and no talent. I hate people like that. I don't go up to my plastic surgeon and ask how how I can "break into" the plastic surgery field. No one comes up to Serena and asks how they can "break into" tennis!

You need lessons, hard work, and talent. Serena has not done much if anything on (1) and (2) for acting, and who knows about (3). Singing and dance lessons would really help her also, they build acting confidence even if you do not ever plan to sing and dance. I would offer my service to Serena, I would teach her "I'll Plant My Own Tree." Can you imagine Serena dodging that Calder mobile while in mid-tune? She had a good face, has an animated face, and is a natural ham. In other words, I do see a future in acting for her, but she's not going to make it to the dizzying heights of acting superstadom doing it between tournaments.

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she is getting better, her acting isn't great, but she does well in small roles

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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She doesn't "make" the shows that she appears in, but she doesn't kill them either. Just somewhere in the middle I suppose.
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Well, like all new actresses, Serena will be better at some roles than others. Some people are good at emotional scenes and others aren't. This is what I think of her acting that I have seen so far,

Law & Order SVU - The role was too short, I think she had maybe three lines in one scene.

My Wife & Kids - She did good, she was actually quite funny.

The Division - She was terrible in this role, it just didn't suit her.

Street Time - She was very good in the role, and believable.

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i agree, she was good in street time

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Although I don't think anybody expects her to be winning an Oscar anytime soon, I think she can and is getting better. Having said that; she didn't win her first match on tour either, but that didn't stop her from trying and later going on to win multiple grandslams. Serena's acting will improve as long as she keeps striving to get better at it.
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I agree. Her acting is very stiff and awkward. I think that she will improve bit by bit, but she's no future Halle Berry. Get your priorities(and talents) straight, Serena.

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She is not trained as an actress. You cannot wing it and be good. People think you can just show up and memorize lines and be brilliant. My favorite is when some starlet comes up to me and gushes at what a legend I am and then wants the "secret" to "breaking into" Hollywood and Broadway, like you can do it with no effort, no work, and no talent. I hate people like that. I don't go up to my plastic surgeon and ask how how I can "break into" the plastic surgery field. No one comes up to Serena and asks how they can "break into" tennis!

You need lessons, hard work, and talent. Serena has not done much if anything on (1) and (2) for acting, and who knows about (3). Singing and dance lessons would really help her also, they build acting confidence even if you do not ever plan to sing and dance. I would offer my service to Serena, I would teach her "I'll Plant My Own Tree." Can you imagine Serena dodging that Calder mobile while in mid-tune? She had a good face, has an animated face, and is a natural ham. In other words, I do see a future in acting for her, but she's not going to make it to the dizzying heights of acting superstadom doing it between tournaments.
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I have said many times that I like Serena. She makes the WTA tour what it is. Having seen some clips of her acting last night; I have to say that objectively and honestly she is a poor actress.
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You need lessons, hard work, and talent. Serena has not done much if anything on (1) and (2) for acting, and who knows about (3). Singing and dance lessons would really help her also, they build acting confidence even if you do not ever plan to sing and dance.
Serena takes acting lessons, she doesn't sing yet (her mom and sisters can sing so it wouldn’t be surprising if she had a little singing talent herself) but she does play guitar, and she loves to dance. So she acts, plays music, and dances. She actually wants to be a choreographer some day. Also, Serena goes out on auditions for roles instead of just relying on her celebrity to get her roles. I personally would like to see her do a little theatre so she can get a feel for acting in front of a live audience.

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