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The no nonsense, in-depth, actors-on-acting podcast from Filmmaker Magazine. Hosted by Peter Rinaldi. One working actor every episode doing a deep dive into their approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter—just the work.

The no nonsense, in-depth, actors-on-acting podcast from Filmmaker Magazine. Hosted by Peter Rinaldi. One working actor every episode doing a deep dive into their approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter—just the work.


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The no nonsense, in-depth, actors-on-acting podcast from Filmmaker Magazine. Hosted by Peter Rinaldi. One working actor every episode doing a deep dive into their approach to the craft. No small talk, no celebrity stories, no inane banter—just the work.






Andrew Garfield

With remarkable performances in films like “Hacksaw Ridge,” “The Social Network,” “Under The Silver Lake,” and “Silence,” Andrew Garfield has established himself as one of the great actors of his generation. And now a virtuoso performance in Gia Coppola’s new film “Mainstream” solidifies that. On this episode, he talks about two transformative experiences in the theater (“Death of A Salesman” and “Angels In America”) that changed him in deep ways, and what he did on the nights when he felt...


Shannon DeVido

I first came in contact with the juggernaut that is Shannon DeVido in her hilarious portrayal of Andrea Mumford on “Difficult People.” Another recurring role on the Netflix series “Insatiable” followed, and now the actor/singer/comedian gets to combine it all in the smile-inducing new movie musical “Best Summer Ever.” On this episode, she talks about the passionate, super-positive, love-filled environment that fueled that ambitious production, and the ways she adjusted to a starring role...


Julian Kostov

Julian Kostov is a multilingual Bulgarian actor, producer, and advocate for slavic representation. He plays Fedyor on the new hit Netflix fantasy series “Shadow and Bone.” On this episode, he takes us from his depressed student years, when it was folly to even dream of working as an actor, through the difficult period of the growth of his craft, recovering from big auditions, strengthened by personal breakthroughs that fuel the work, all the way through the harnessing of his ability to bring...


Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown is a living legend of actor’s actors. With nearly 300 credits, from “Highlander" and “The Shawshank Redemption” to “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Promising Young Woman,” he’s morphed and adapted in this business and made it work for him. On this episode, I ask him how his approach to preparation has changed over the years. He talks about the importance of knowing the narrative purpose of your character, why “faster, funnier, louder” are directorial notes that work for him, and how...


Danny Deferrari

In this epic episode, we really get to know the talented actor Danny Deferrari, who plays Max in Emma Seligman’s brilliant and hilarious new film "Shiva Baby," and I’m eternally grateful for it. He talks about appreciating the “emotional language” that Seligman speaks and the heavy life situation that was weighing on him during that movie. He takes us through his early training as an actor, his formative and important seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival, and the trials and...


Billy Magnussen

Billy Magnussen is a Tony nominated actor who you know from “Game Night,” “Into The Woods,” “Ingrid Goes West,” and “Maniac.” On this episode, he talks about the foundational benefits of his early stint on a soap opera, the importance of showing up for your career, his fondness for Cristin Milioti, his co-star on the wonderful new HBO Max series “Made for Love” (with stories of pestering her mercilessly when they both performed on Broadway in theaters next door to each other), and he makes...


Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe is probably best know for inhabiting a half-dozen characters over many seasons on Ryan Murphy’s hugely popular “American Horror Story” series, and recently her supporting performance in “The Undoing” had a lot of people talking, but in New York City, she’s theater royalty. I pinpoint my first encounter with her greatness. It was as Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” for Shakespeare in the Park. The court scene. She details the lengths director Daniel Sullivan went to avoid...


Leonardo Nam

“Westworld” star Leonardo Nam didn’t know that I saw him perform a scene in an acting class in New York City way back when. An inventiveness and creativity were on display there that I still see in his work. In this hour, he tells an amazing story of literally coming to a crossroad in his young life, and how he boldly chose what felt right, and turned toward the pursuit of acting. He talks about the importance of finding the “play” in every role, why the costuming days are his favorite in...


Julia Sarah Stone

You’re about to hear the name Julia Sarah Stone quite a bit. The young Canadian acting phenom is turning Hollywood heads with a focused talent and poise well beyond her years. Her latest movie, the unique sci-fi thriller “Come True,” which has been wowing audiences at festivals, is opening Friday March 12th from IFC Midnight. In this episode, she talks about the “playable” characteristic that helped her performance in that film, the traps actors easily fall into when they lay in the emotion...


Chin Han

Since playing Lau in “The Dark Knight,” Chin Han has been on a Hollywood run, acting in blockbuster action movies like “Ghost in a Shell,” “Skyscraper,” and “Captain American: Winter Soldier,” as well as work on a less grand scale for Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, and the celebrated Netflix series “Marco Polo.” Now he stars in the eagerly anticipated new “Mortal Kombat” movie as the shape-shifting villain Shang Tsung. I asked him how he dealt with the history, fan passion and anticipation...


Alison Wright

She’s probably best known for her Emmy-Nominated performance as FBI secretary Martha Hanson on FX’s critically acclaimed series “The Americans,” and now Alison Wright has breathed life into another complex character in yet another hit series—Ruth Wardle on TNT’s “Snowpiercer.” In this hour, she gives us a peek under the hood of her craft and we get closer to understanding how she’s able to bring such naturalism and depth to all her performances. She talks about her early fascination with...


Olivia Cooke

Olivia Cooke had no formal training and claims to have no real process. Is she just a natural? A freak of nature? How else to explain the incredible range and astounding talent of this rising star? I first took note of her work in the black comedy “Thoroughbreds,” and then Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” and the British mini-series “Vanity Fair.” She is on fire now with three new films, “Little Fish,” “Pixie,” and last year’s “Sound of Metal.” I ask her to break down one amazing scene...


Delroy Lindo

There are several moments in Delroy Lindo’s performance as Paul in “Da 5 Bloods” where I believe the voiceless (Black solders who never came back from Vietnam?) speak through him. Sure that might be hooey, but the very idea that I believe it says something about his incredible work in Spike Lee’s celebrated Netflix film. On this episode, I ask Lindo to break down the filming of the gripping monologue that is the centerpiece of that performance, and about his initial apprehension and ultimate...


Christina Anthony

Christina Anthony plays Denise on the ABC series “Mixed-ish.” She generously gives us a fascinating inside look at working on a sit-com from the point of view of an actor who is totally new to the process. She tells the story of sitting at a table read 90 minutes after being cast on the show following years of struggling through 100+ fruitless pilot auditions, talks about how her Chicago theater roots still pay dividends in her work, getting used to the idea of rotating directors, knowing...


Tom Noonan

As the annual Sundance Film Festival begins again this week, legendary actor/director Tom Noonan takes us back 27 years to a very different Sundance, where his film “What Happened Was…” won the Grand Jury Prize. It’s the ultimate “actor’s film,” just two people, Noonan and the incredible Karen Sillas, in one room, real time, on a first date like no other. He talks about the circumstances that led him to Sillas, the extensive rehearsal process they had, the production, and the ups and downs...


Nicole Beharie

Some actors go through a transformation to the point where the word “performance” feels inadequate. “Embodiment” is more apt. Nicole Beharie transforms into Turquoise Jones in Channing Godfrey People’s film “Miss Juneteenth.” It’s a wonder to behold. On this episode, she talks about the immersive preparation work that went into her Gotham Award-winning performance, how the opportunity to take her time and “own the space” affected her work in a deep way, and the substitutions necessary to...


Nat Wolff

The only thing that makes this a “Special Holiday Episode” of Back To One is a brief mention of Hanukkah, but the talented Nat Wolff brings plenty of joy to make up for it. He talks about playing Lloyd Henreid in the new version of "The Stand" on CBS All Access, and one scene in particular that worried him until an 11th hour “cloak of inspiration” fell upon him in the form of a song. I ask about his directorial debut, a short called "Youngest" that just might be the film that has affected me...


Justine Lupe

Willa on “Succession,” Astrid on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Jade on “Younger,” Holly on “Mr. Mercedes,” all characters brought to life by the great actor Justine Lupe, with all their quirks and nuances rooted in a reality that makes them seem to go on living outside the frame. On this episode, she takes us back to her time at Juilliard where she enjoyed the bootcamp-like training that suited her all-in approach to the work. She talks about growing to appreciate all kinds of directors, the...


Tuppence Middleton

English actor Tuppence Middleton is on a steady, slow rise and that seems to suit her just fine. On this side of the pond she’s perhaps best known for playing Riley Blue on the Netflix Sci-fi series “Sense8” and Lucy Smith in the “Downton Abbey” movie, but you’d be foolish not to seek out her work in “Trap For Cinderella” and "War and Peace.” Now she’s part of the impressive ensemble in David Fincher’s latest film “Mank.” She plays “Poor Sara” Mankiewicz, wife of the alcoholic co-writer of...


Aubrey Plaza

From “Parks And Recreation” to “Legion,” from indie film queen to “Happiest Season,” Aubrey Plaza is not done surprising us. Everybody’s favorite late night talk show guest and hilarious awards show host rarely gets to show off the serious roots of her acting chops. Enter “Black Bear.” The Sundance hit from Lawrence Michael Levine stars Plaza as a former actress on a writing retreat opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. Further description is not only pointless, it can be detrimental...