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Linus Roache

9/18/2018
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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.”

Duration:00:36:52

Ashlie Atkinson

9/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:32:28

John Cho

8/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:16

We The Animals (Sheila Vand and Raúl Castillo)

8/24/2018
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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.

Duration:01:25:58

Raúl Castillo

8/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:27

John Gallagher Jr.

8/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:20

Topher Grace

8/7/2018
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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”...

Duration:00:24:27

Ann Dowd

7/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:27:46

Grace Rex

7/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:11

Theodore Bouloukos

7/19/2018
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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...

Duration:01:05:46

John Christopher Jones

7/10/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:36

Keith Poulson

7/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:39:06

Zoey Deutch

6/26/2018
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Not every ingénue is deserving of the attention Zoey Deutch is about to get. But this 23 year old already has the miraculous and mysterious skill of a veteran actor. Since her brilliantly nuanced performance in “Flower,” I have wanted to find out the secret to her magic. Her natural talent shines equally bright in heart-wrenching dramas such as “Before I Fall” and wild comedies like “The Year of Spectacular Men.” And now she has delivered a rom-com-pantheon-worthy performance opposite Glen...

Duration:00:22:41

Glen Powell

6/19/2018
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Glen Powell gives me hope for the future of the movie industry. He crushed the role of legendary astronaut John Glenn in “Hidden Figures,” and donned some 80s duds in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some,” but he really grabbed my attention in the brand new Netflix rom-com “Set It Up,” where, in my humble opinion, he has crafted a classic, for-all-time, romantic lead performance opposite the incomparable Zoey Deutch. We talk about his process in general and do a deep dive into his...

Duration:00:26:02

Lea Thompson

6/12/2018
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Lea Thompson has a lot of wisdom to share. Her work as an actor spans three decades with hit films like the “Back To The Future” trilogy and “Some Kind of Wonderful” to successful television shows like “Caroline in the City” and “Switched at Birth.” She recently started a second chapter as a director. Her first feature film “The Year of Spectacular Men” (opening Friday June 15th) stars her daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch and was written by Madelyn. We talk about how this true family...

Duration:00:23:58

J. Smith-Cameron

6/5/2018
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The brilliant J. Smith-Cameron blew us away in “Margaret” (written and directed by her husband, Kenneth Lonergan) and in the acclaimed series “Rectify.” Currently she’s starring in the new play “Peace For Mary Frances” (with Lois Smith), and the praiseworthy film “Nancy” (written and directed by Christina Choe and co-staring Andrea Riseborough and Steve Buscemi), which opens Friday June 8th. We talk extensively about her work in the latest two pieces and how her desire for rehearsal is...

Duration:00:37:05

Sami Gayle

5/29/2018
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Sami Gayle has played Nicky Reagan on the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods” for eight seasons, performed on Broadway a few times, acted opposite Adrien Brody in her first film, and she’s only 22. She now stars in “Candy Jar,” a fun and smart new Netflix film set in the world of high school debate, which was written by her brother Chad. We talk about the unique way the work deepens when you have played a character over a period of time, and why “quality over quantity” is the approach she’s taking...

Duration:00:22:53

Lee Grant

5/22/2018
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I finished Lee Grant's incredible autobiography "I Said Yes To Everything" right before sitting down with her and that was a huge mistake, only because it was frustrating to have such a limited time with the legendary actress after reading her extraordinary story. Consider this episode a tiny drop in the ocean of this astounding life. She was nominated for an Oscar for her first screen role in William Wyler's "Detective Story" and then was blacklisted by HUAC for 12 long, painful years....

Duration:00:34:51

Harry Lennix

5/15/2018
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At the moment, Harry Lennix is perhaps best known for his portrayal of FBI agent Harold Cooper on NBC’s “The Blacklist.” The breadth and depth of his work on the stage and screen go well beyond that hit show, however, with film roles spanning from Robert Townsend’s “The Five Heartbeats” and Julie Taymor’s “Titus,” to General Swanwick in both “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman,” and on Broadway in August Wilson’s final play “Radio Golf," and “Cymbeline” at The Royal Shakespeare...

Duration:00:46:39

Sheila Vand

5/8/2018
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In this hour, Sheila Vand gifts us with a glimpse into the inner life of an incredibly talented young actor on the verge of harnessing her art and reaching new heights. She first captured our attention in Ana Lily Amirpour’s noir vampire western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, and in the small but pivotal role of Sahar, the Iranian housekeeper, in ARGO. Co-starring stints on NBC’s STATE OF AFFAIRS and FOX’s 24 LEGACY followed, and by the end of this episode she’ll make you anxious to see...

Duration:00:49:41