While each artist's looks change with each passing year, does that mean that their type changes? Sure, somewhat, but that's not the whole story. An actor's emotional type guides what kind of acting choices they make, what kind of characters they intuitively understand and can play effortlessly. Emotional type relies on recurrent themes that act as keys to each actor's fundamental soul. These things are fundamental because they are created by a particular set of life struggles, triumphs and values that make a person care more about one issue than another. It's who we are inside and not only is it unique to each and every person, but it rarely changes.
It may become deeper, but unlike the physical type, our emotional types will be with us until the day we die. The emotional type is everything juicy and human about us. It lives beyond gender, color, race, sexual orientation, it is made up of the common thread of human emotions.
As a result, an actor can play many roles. Not just roles written for people who look like them. For example, a Conflicted Loyalist is everyone from a soldier questioning their superior, a mother who feels guilty about having a job, a police detective, a teacher, a doctor, to a The Secretary of State trying to keep her country and her family intact. All these characters walk the line between loyalty and self-preservation. When an actor goes after roles in this way, a whole new world of opportunity becomes available for the art of transformation; for completely stepping into someone's shoes and creating empathy for the actor and the audience. Taken and edited from April Yvette Thompson, Actor/Writer/Producer