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Not in character; not successfully performing within the mindset of a given character in a theatrical performance. See also break character, drop character.

I was out of character for most of the first act because those people in the third row wouldn't stop chatting.

Additional definitions for 'out of character':

out of characterInconsistent with one's personality, disposition, or usual expected behaviour.
out of characterNot acting; not "on"; behaving within one's natural personality rather than that of a character in a performance piece.
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