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Chloë Grace Moretz

From her breakthrough in “Kick-Ass” through great roles in “Let Me In,” “Hugo,” and “Carrie,” Chloë Grace Moretz has become one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. In this half hour, she talks about her recent decision to take time to “reassess who I am and find myself within my roles again,” which led to her brilliant performance in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” this year’s winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (now streaming on demand). She also talks about avoiding what...


Ben Foster

With riveting performances in films such as "Hell or High Water," "The Messenger" and "3:10 to Yuma," Ben Foster established himself as an intensely serious actor who goes all-in for a role. With this year's “Leave No Trace,” Foster takes that same intensity and brilliantly turns it inward, portraying a laconic veteran who suffers from PTSD and survives in the woods of Oregon with his teenage daughter, played by Thomasin McKenzie. Foster talks about working with McKensie to establish the...


Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham

Elsie Fisher was not just some 13-year-old Bo Burnham plucked from Middle America to star in his debut feature “Eighth Grade.” She has been a working child actor in Hollywood since infancy. She did, however, just finish eighth grade in public school when filming began, and she managed to create a performance so vulnerable and true that the seams of the acting craft are invisible. In this half-hour, I attempt to get Fisher and Burnham to open up about the origins of this movie and how this...


Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings' performance in the Sundance winning, one-shot short film "Thunder Road" was the talk of the indie film world in 2016. And then he turned it into a feature, and it won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival. Now Cummings has decided to turn down the less than thrilling distribution offers and make the risky decision to distribute "Thunder Road" himself. It was the right move. The film has not even hit American screens yet and it has already made its money back and more....


Kayli Carter

It’s difficult, right now, to find the words “Kayli Carter” without the word “breakthrough” nearby. The adjective refers to her brilliant performance in Tamara Jenkins’ PRIVATE LIFE, in which Carter unflappably shines next to her more seasoned co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. She talks about the chemistry she had with those three, and about her formative experience with Mark Rylance in the play “Nice Fish” (including a 60 minute audition!), plus how she’s perfectly fine with passing...


Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn has joked about her plethora of “best friend or randy crazy lady” roles in comedies like “How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days,” “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers.” But recent projects by Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight” and “I Love Dick”) and Tamara Jenkins (the new Netflix film “Private Life”) have cast Hahn in the lead role, and suddenly we have an exciting leading lady who’s much more than a scene-stealer-extraordinaire. She lets us in on a fascinating process she has for getting...


Nicolette Robinson

When Nicolette Robinson made her Broadway debut in September, taking over the lead role of Jenna in “Waitress,” she was not just fond of Sara Bareilles’ hit musical, she had been listening to the cast album cathartically as she went through emotional ups and downs in her own life. This might be part of why I found her “Jenna” so connected to the material, so alive. We talk about what led up to that Broadway debut night, stepping through the complex engulfing that is “Hamilton” (her husband...


Taran Killam

The hilarious Taran Killam lets us peek under the hood of his comedic craft in this half hour. He stars in the new ABC series “Single Parents” (premiering September 26th) and the comedy “Night School” (opening September 28th) opposite Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. He’s probably best known for his 6 years on Saturday Night Live. We talk about how that “bootcamp” prepared him for almost anything. But his talent goes beyond comedy. He writes, directs (check out his film “Killing Gunther” on...


Linus Roache

Linus Roache has played upstanding characters on “Law and Order” and “Homeland” but he had to plumb the depths and reach the epicenter of narcissism to play Jeremiah Sand in “Mandy,” and it’s a frightening joy to behold. He talks about the draining yet rewarding time bringing this character to life and the guidance and trust he had from director Panos Cosmatos. Plus he answers a listener question about the faith life of his character, King Ecbert, in the TV series “Vikings.”


Ashlie Atkinson

Ashlie Atkinson is getting kudos for playing Connie Kendrickson, the motherly yet evil KKK wife, in Spike Lee’s “Blackkklansman.” We talk about the unique prep work that went into inhabiting her and the tools she used to stay present inside such a sick character. We also chat about her approach to comedy, particularly in the Ingrid Jungermann web series “F to 7th,” and working with Craig Zobel in both “Compliance” (a favorite of mine, as may listeners know) and now the brand new CBS All...


John Cho

John Cho is perhaps best known for playing Sulu in the “Star Trek” reboots and Harold in the “Harold and Kumar” films. His new movie “Searching” takes place entirely on computer screens. Cho’s performance is one of the reasons why it is a successful piece of true cinema and not a novelty. We discuss the unique challenges of performing alone in some scenes and trusting director Aneesh Chaganty to navigate him through the space. We also talk about one of my favorite recent indie films...


We The Animals (Sheila Vand and Raúl Castillo)

This special bonus episode features two back-to-back previously released interviews with the stars of the incredible film "We The Animals"-- Sheila Vand and Raúl Castillo. They each talk about their process of inhabiting the roles of "Ma" and "Pops" with the help of director Jeremiah Zagar. Plus we talk about projects that led up to this film and their acting craft in general.


Raúl Castillo

His portrayal of “Richie" on the HBO series “Looking” brought Raúl Castillo some serious recognition and started moving him into bigger and better parts. One such role is “Pops” in the astonishing queer coming-of-age film “We The Animals” (in theaters now) directed by Jeremiah Zagar from the Justin Torres best-seller. Castillo talks in depth about his process of bringing this complex character to life, and the importance of owning your space as an actor. Plus we do a deep-dive into the...


John Gallagher Jr.

His performances in “Spring Awakening” and “American Idiot” are probably what John Gallagher Jr. is most known for at the moment (he won a Tony for the former), and are often what get him labeled a “musical theater guy,” but they were the only musicals he’s done in his nearly 20 year career. I ask him about two recent play productions (“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Jerusalem”) that I suspect were very formative for him, and his latest screen role in the important and moving indie “The...


Topher Grace

Seven seasons on the sitcom “That 70’s Show” led Topher Grace to roles in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” “In Good Company,” a not entirely successful turn as “Venom” in “Spider Man 3,” and lighter projects like “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton,” and “Valentine’s Day.” He then decided to change the trajectory of his career. He told his agents he wanted to work exclusively with great film artists in environments that inspired him. Worthy projects like “Interstellar,” “Truth” and “War Machine”...


Ann Dowd

The “stay positive and keep it simple” approach Ann Dowd has toward her work is truly inspiring. A go-to character-actor-extraordinaire for 30 years, she has now received wide acclaim (and an Emmy) for her portrayal of the terrifyingly devout Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And her pitch perfect performance in Craig Zobel’s “Compliance” is, in my opinion, a tour de force for the ages. In this half hour, she talks about the nuts and bolts of playing these roles and generously lets us...


Grace Rex

Grace Rex has been a series regular on the British sitcom “High and Dry,” a recurring guest star on “The Good Wife,” and had roles in “Master of None”, “Mindhunter" and “Boardwalk Empire,” among many other TV shows and films. For me, her finespun and hilarious work in Ingrid Jungermann’s “Women Who Kill” solidified her place among the uniquely talented comedic actors to watch. We talk about one special moment in that film, the “bizarre” endeavor of auditioning, and NOT getting into a...


Theodore Bouloukos

We really get to know the brilliant actor Theodore Bouloukos in this hour. He lets us peek in on him as a child fascinated, perhaps to a peculiar degree, with design, typography, and channel logos. And then what led him to performance art with Brock Enright and others, and the "self training" of student film parts that led to feature roles and works exhibited and staged the world over. We learn the components that now make him a unique talent in the New York film world. I am thrilled and...


John Christopher Jones

John Christopher Jones is a veteran “actor’s actor” with many Broadway shows including Simon Gray's “Otherwise Engaged” (directed by Harold Pinter), “Hurlyburly” (directed by Mike Nichols), “The Iceman Cometh” (with Jason Robards), and Shaw’s “Heartbreak House.” He is the subject of a documentary film, “The Endgame Project,” which follows him in his tenth year with Parkinson's as he rehearses and performs Beckett's masterpiece. A “text-lover” through and through, he continues to translate...


Keith Poulson

There is, perhaps, no actor at the moment more synonymous with New York indie filmmaking than Keith Poulson. His uncanny comedic sensibilities first caught my attention in Bob Byington’s “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” He’s since honed his mastery of the low key “throw away” in dozens of low budget gems and appeared in nearly everything made recently by the prolific Brooklyn filmmakers Alex Ross Perry and Nathan Silver. He got to stretch his wings a bit in Zach Clark’s “Little Sister,” where...