And of course, the allegations lead back to the man occupying the White House, thanks to that infamous “Access Hollywood” tape — a horrific slice of American history that owes its literal existence to tabloid television. While fallout has been swift for many of the accused, long-term effects still remain to be seen. Actors portray characters in stories such as plays, musicals, films, television shows and radio shows. They engage with the audience and convince them through altered speech patterns, hand gestures and more that they truly are the character. When necessary, actors also change their appearance such as their hair color or body weight to physically portray and embody their character.