Every actor knows that having great chemistry with fellow actors is what is going to allow the audience to enjoy the performance. It does not matter if you are a theater actor or if you are a television actor, chemistry is the most important part of the show. Have you ever watched a movie or seen a stage play and thought that a certain actor or actress just didn’t perform very well? This is because the chemistry between that individual and the other actors simply was just not there. When audience members begin to notice that the chemistry is not there that means your performance has failed. Expect those audience members to tell other potential audience members about the bad performance which will eventually hurt your shows success and ultimately your career as an actor.
To create chemistry between your fellow actors is not specifically the actor’s job but also the directors. So do not take it solely upon yourself to create all of the chemistry on set between everyone but also allow others to help also. Creating chemistry is a lot of fun; it is simply just being friendly and getting along with everyone involved in the project. This can mean going out to drink, having dinner, hanging out on set, and even partying together. The goal is to completely diminish all awkwardness between each other and to basically become friends with everyone. Throw any shyness that you may feel out of the window and let other emotions take over.
If you and another actor are playing the parts of enemies on set, it is not needed to actually hate each other. How else will you ever properly rehearse lines together? Instead become best friends and always know that during rehearsals you two are friends, this will allow for the performance to go over smoothly and will let you comfortably play your part as enemies. If you are playing a love role and you must create an intense chemistry with a thespian of the opposite sex allow yourself to actually fall in love. Always remember that the romance is only there because you two work together. Think of how much better the performance will be between two lovers if they actually ‘love’ each other instead of forcing themselves to play this love role when in actuality they feel awkward in doing so. Audience members will pick this up faster than you think.
It sounds easy creating chemistry, but this is not always the case. Human emotions do take over if you do not know how to control them. You must know and understand that every person is on the same page. Meeting complete strangers and creating chemistry is fairly difficult but it is a task that can be reached. All it takes is time, patience, and the effort not only from you but from the other actors as well. Always be open minded to anything that other people suggest and feel, and remember that these are your coworkers and that with anyone good performance, good relationships arise also.