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In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast

248 episodes - English - Latest episode: 8 days ago - ★★★★★ - 84 ratings

Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commercial work to casting directors, agents, and more. Full of both know-how and inspiration, In the Envelope airs bi-weekly to cover everything from practical advice on navigating the industry, to how your favorite projects are made, to personal stories of success and failure alike. Join host Vinnie Mancuso, Senior Editor at Backstage, for this guide on how to live the creative life from those who are doing it every day.

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Maika Monroe

July 04, 2024 15:00 - 43 minutes - 59.4 MB

Maika Monroe joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss Osgood Perkins' 'Longlegs' and the surreal experience of meeting Nicolas Cage in-character as the film's title serial killer for the first time on set. She also discusses the surprising success and impact of her 2014 breakout, 'It Follows,' and what made her agree to do the upcoming sequel, 'They Follow,' ten years later. Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage...

Hiroyuki Sanada

June 20, 2024 14:10 - 43 minutes - 60 MB

Hiroyuki Sanada joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss 'Shogun,' how he broke out in Hollywood, and why he wants to pave the way for a new generation of actors. Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commercial work ...

Tom Hiddleston

June 06, 2024 13:18 - 55 minutes - 76.4 MB

Tom Hiddleston joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss his entire MCU arc as the god of mischief, Loki—from his first audition to the enigmatic ending of "Loki" season 2. "Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commer...

Maya Rudolph

May 23, 2024 14:42 - 42 minutes - 58.3 MB

Maya Rudolph joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast for a masterclass on comedy. She also discusses season 2 of "Loot" and her return to Studio 8H to host "Saturday Night Live." Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commercial...

Jessica Lange

May 09, 2024 14:00 - 34 minutes - 47 MB

Jessica Lange joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss her Tony nominated performance in Paula Vogel's "Mother Play," taking on challenging material after 50 years in the industry, and why she feels freerer than ever in her work. *This episode is sponsored by LAMDA (lamda.ac.uk) --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, telev...

Melissa Barrera

April 25, 2024 14:00 - 43 minutes - 59.9 MB

Melissa Barrera joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss the arc of her career, the theater-like quality of shooting the horror feature "Abigail," and her renewed sense of purpose after being let go from the "Scream" franchise. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your ...

Dakota Fanning

April 11, 2024 13:34 - 44 minutes - 61.7 MB

Dakota Fanning joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss the lessons she's learned about acting (and life) over her 25-year career. She also digs into her performance in Netflix's "Ripley" alongside Andrew Scott. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every a...

Dan Stevens

March 28, 2024 13:46 - 43 minutes - 59.5 MB

Dan Stevens joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire," his earliest days doing Shakespeare with Rebecca Hall, how he feels about persistent James Bond rumors, and much more. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect...

John Bradley

March 14, 2024 14:00 - 45 minutes - 63.1 MB

John Bradley joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss what he learned about acting (and life) during his eight-season run on "Game of Thrones," and how he's using those lessons on David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' new Netflix series, "3 Body Problem." --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and cre...

Geraldine Viswanathan

February 29, 2024 15:00 - 49 minutes - 68.5 MB

Geraldine Viswanathan joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss starring in Ethan Coen's solo directing debut 'Drive-Away Dolls," her chemistry with Margaret Qualley, and replacing Ayo Edebiri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, "Thunderbolts." --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and crea...

Lily Gladstone

February 15, 2024 17:46 - 51 minutes - 70.4 MB

Lily Gladstone joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss her Oscar nominated performance in Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon" and the historic Oscar nomination that came with it. Gladstone also looks back at her acting training and explains the various techniques that make her the performer you see on screen. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversation...

Elizabeth Debicki

February 01, 2024 15:22 - 48 minutes - 66.1 MB

Elizabeth Debicki joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss her journey to Hollywood success, from training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne to learning on-camera acting from Baz Luhrmann and playing Princess Diana on ‘The Crown.’ --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and crea...

Emma Stone

January 18, 2024 17:39 - 41 minutes - 57.2 MB

Emma Stone joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss the insecurities, doubts, and ultimately triumphs of playing the undead Bella Baxter in Yorgos Lanthimos' "Poor Things." Stone also dives into the arc of her entire career, from the Valley Youth Theatre in Arizona to the Oscar stage. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, ...

Taraji P Henson

January 04, 2024 15:02 - 34 minutes - 47.8 MB

Taraji P. Henson joins In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast to discuss taking on the role of Shug Avery in “The Color Purple,” putting ego aside to audition, and the approach to performing that’s served her well over a three-decade career. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your g...

Andrew Scott

December 21, 2023 15:00 - 40 minutes - 55.2 MB

Andrew Scott joins Backstage's In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss his haunting role in "All of Us Strangers," his playful approach to performing, and how he defines chemistry with co-stars like Paul Mescal. ___ Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect...

Paul Giamatti

December 07, 2023 14:33 - 44 minutes - 61.1 MB

Paul Giamatti joins In the Envelope: The Actor's podcast to discuss his Oscar buzz-y role in "The Holdovers," reuniting with director Alexander Payne, and how he's changed as a performer over the years. We also get to the bottom of why, exactly, the 1989 slasher "I, Madman" is listed as Giamatti's debut credit on Wikipedia. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with tod...

Emerald Fennell

November 23, 2023 15:00 - 50 minutes - 68.7 MB

Emerald Fennell joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss her sultry sophomore feature, "Saltburn," starring Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi. Fennell also dives into how she gets such unique performances from actors, and why she has high hopes for the future of original cinema. "I think we're ready to be close to each other again," she says. "If everything before was about scale and an emotional distance, when you look at all the movies this year, they're very much about how we rel...

Nia DaCosta

November 09, 2023 15:55 - 45 minutes - 62.4 MB

The Marvels" director Nia DaCosta joins In the Envelope: The Actor's Podcast to discuss what it's really like to make an MCU movie and how she gets unique performances from her actors on a blockbuster set. "The biggest thing is realizing I can do it and also realizing how hard it is," DaCosta says. "But that's the way films are supposed to be hard, because the work itself of trying to make the best thing is rigorous. That's the thing I'll take away the most, the confidence that I can actually...

James Monroe Iglehart

October 26, 2023 15:09 - 45 minutes - 61.9 MB

Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart joins In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast to discuss leading back to back musicals with ‘A Wonderful World’ and Broadway’s ‘Spamalot’—and why he’s not taking his busy schedule for granted. “I never want to get too big for my britches. I never want to think, 'that's right, I deserve this. I'm booked all the time,’ “ Iglehart says. “I want to appreciate this time, because there were moments where I wasn't booked at all and no one knew who I was. --- Backstage ...

Constance Wu

October 12, 2023 15:56 - 43 minutes - 59.9 MB

Constance Wu joins In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast to tell us about playing her dream role of Audrey in the Off-Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Wu also dives deep into her life in the theater, as well as the mindset that got her to where she is. “The second that I think ‘this is my process and this is how I do it,’ that’s the second that I know I’m in trouble,” she says. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Back...

Yuri Lowenthal

September 28, 2023 14:00 - 55 minutes - 75.8 MB

Yuri Lowenthal joins ‘In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast’ to tell us how he’s racked up more than 200 video game voice acting credits, including his biggest role: Sony and Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Yuri also details why, even with the ups and downs of the industry, his voiceover career has given him longevity as a performer. “You want to be a working actor,” he says. “You don't want to just be known for something and then forgotten.” --- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talen...

Leslie Odom Jr.

September 14, 2023 15:06 - 41 minutes - 57.5 MB

On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Odom Jr. takes us behind the scenes of his Broadway homecoming in “Purlie Victorious,” the Tony winner’s first time on stage since “Hamilton.” “Theater as a whole really is fighting for its place on the American stage, for its usefulness and its value to us. But it feels as necessary and as valuable as ever before to me,” Odom Jr. says. “So this company [in “Purlie Victorious”] is going to fight the good fight. We literally couldn't h...

Sebastian Stan (From the Vault)

August 31, 2023 15:13 - 53 minutes - 73.8 MB

In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast” is looking back at one of our favorite guests—Emmy nominee and the MCU’s Winter Soldier himself, Sebastian Stan. (Originally released April 2022) -- Backstage has been the #1 resource for actors and talent-seekers for 60 years. In the Envelope, Backstage’s podcast, features intimate, in-depth conversations with today’s most noteworthy film, television, and theater actors and creators. This is your guide to every aspect of acting, from voiceover and commer...

Casting Director Eric Dawson ('Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story')

August 24, 2023 15:09 - 45 minutes - 62.1 MB

Casting director Eric Dawson is almost as responsible for Ryan Murphy’s vast TV empire as, well, Ryan Murphy himself. Along with his partners Robert J. Ulrich and Carol Kritze at Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting, Dawson has been in the audition room with Murphy since the late 1990s; he’s cast “Glee,” every season of “American Horror Story,” and, most recently, ‘Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,’ which earned him his eighth Emmy nomination. On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor...

Alex Brightman

August 17, 2023 13:40 - 56 minutes - 77.5 MB

Alex Brigthman is no stranger to diving headfirst into Broadway shows based on beloved titles—after all, he’s a two-time Tony nominee for leading roles in “School of Rock” and “Beetlejuice.” But his latest project is in a bigger boat altogether. “The Shark Is Broken,” a new play that opened August 10th, captures the behind-the-scenes turmoil of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, “Jaws.” Co-written by Ian Shaw—who also stars as his father, Robert—the show sees Brightman donning the sweater of 70s...

Ayo Edebiri

August 03, 2023 13:38 - 50 minutes - 69.8 MB

*This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike* Ayo Edebiri is everywhere in 2023, a year that includes five film roles, appearances in eight TV series, and her first ever Emmy nomination for playing sous-chef Sydney in Hulu’s “The Bear.” So it’s taken a bit to get used to the downtime she’s in now, thanks to careful planning (plus concurrent strikes by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA). Either way, she needed the space to, in her words, “be a human being.” “It feels so trite but it's th...

Rose Byrne

July 20, 2023 14:56 - 37 minutes - 51.8 MB

On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Byrne guides us through her acting career, from getting rejected from drama school to her busy 2023, which includes two Apple TV+ series—Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller’s “Platonic” and Season 3 of Annie Weisman’s “Physical,” premiering August 2—plus a return to horror in Patrick Wilson’s “Insidious: The Red Door.” Editor’s note: This interview was conducted prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike. --- Backstage has been the #1 resource...

Ben Platt

July 06, 2023 13:58 - 33 minutes - 45.6 MB

Ben Platt really loves live theater—and now, that passion for the stage is on full display in “Theater Camp,” the Christopher Guest-inspired mockumentary Platt co-wrote with longtime friends and collaborators Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, and Noah Galvin. Platt also co-stars alongside Gordon, who also co-directed with Lieberman. The film is a real labor of love, with its spotlight shining directly on the importance of spaces like theater camps for any young mind with an interest in the arts. ...

Jessica Williams

June 22, 2023 15:06 - 40 minutes - 54.9 MB

Jessica Williams found her dream job in the Apple TV+ dramedy “Shrinking”—and now she wants to ensure the next generation of performers has that same opportunity. “When I'm acting, and I'm doing a good scene, and I feel like I'm in my bag, quote unquote, it feels like flying,” Williams tells us. “I feel very comfortable when I'm acting on a really good job. I'm like, oh, I'm so lucky, this is why I do this. But there's so many barriers to get to that. I'm a very lucky anomaly, and I think a...

Natasha Lyonne

June 08, 2023 15:35 - 33 minutes - 45.4 MB

Natasha Lyonne has generative AI on the mind. “I would say almost at all times,” the star and executive producer of Rian Johnson’s “Poker Face” tells us. “I am agog that that is not the headline conversation on everyone's minds, considering it's so obviously about to change the world so radically for all of us, in all of our fields, so quickly.” In this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Lyonne explains how she’s “fighting the good fight” to keep the ideals of classic cinema a...

Bella Ramsey

May 25, 2023 13:14 - 36 minutes - 50.1 MB

Bella Ramsey is quickly becoming a household name talent thanks to hits like “Game of Thrones” and “The Last of Us.” It was only recently, though, that they admitted they might just be able to make a career out of this. “I used to say to people when they asked what I did, I'd say, ‘Oh I do acting,’” Ramsey tells us. “That eventually shifted to me saying, ‘I'm an actor.’ It's such a tiny little change in language, but it really feels different.” On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’...

Jodie Comer

May 11, 2023 14:28 - 45 minutes - 62 MB

Jodie Comer scored a Tony nomination for Suzie Miller’s ‘Prima Facie,’ the one-woman show in which she plays a barrister, Tessa, whose sense of self is upended by a sexual assault. It’s an astonishing, 100-minute whirlwind where Comer doesn’t leave the stage once. To watch her take audiences on that journey night after night, it’s easy to forget that Comer—best known for TV thriller “Killing Eve” and Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”—is also making her Broadway debut. “When I took on this role...

Haley Lu Richardson

April 27, 2023 14:38 - 45 minutes - 62.5 MB

Haley Lu Richardson, best known for playing Gen Z poster-child Portia in “The White Lotus” season 2, has been angling to dance in a musical for at least 12 years. “I've been putting this out into the universe since I was 16. That's my biggest dream, for sure,” Richardson tells us. (She’s currently “talking to people about it,” she adds. There are “ideas circulating.”) That desire isn’t just a throwback to Richardson’s days as a dancer before she transitioned to acting—it’s an extension of h...

Charlie Day

April 13, 2023 14:31 - 46 minutes - 63.9 MB

Charlie Day is the co-creator of TV’s longest-running live-action sitcom, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the voice of Luigi in the box office hit “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” and writer-director of the star-studded new comedy “Fool’s Paradise.” And he wants any creatives looking to emulate that success know that the doubt never goes away—you just have to use it. "You're gonna be filled with self doubt. Because you're not a mathematician; there's no equation at the end of your work w...

Intimacy Coordinators

March 30, 2023 17:22 - 50 minutes - 69.1 MB

The role of intimacy coordinator is a relatively new one in the entertainment industry; at its core, it's designed to make sex scenes on set and stage safer and more comfortable for the actors involved. While the professionals shaping this position come from different backgrounds and have adopted their own unique approaches, the origins of intimacy coordination lie in a desperate need that went unfulfilled for far too long. “I did a call out, I think it was on Facebook, and I just said, ‘pl...

Jessie Mei Li

March 16, 2023 14:27 - 45 minutes - 62.9 MB

How did Jessie Mei Li go from teaching assistant to West End alum and lead of Netflix’s “Shadow & Bone” in just a few short years? Besides a bundle of talent (always helps!), the young actor comes equipped with a laser focus on what they want. “When I feel like I'm on the right path, it's almost like you're not going to stop me from doing it,” Li tells us. “When I got the part in 'Shadow & Bone,' I was like, 'well yeah, that feels right to me.' I don't think it comes out of arrogance, I thi...

Stephanie Hsu

March 02, 2023 15:25 - 50 minutes - 69.5 MB

Stephanie Hsu is a newly minted Oscar nominee—one of 11 historic nods for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the madcap multiverse epic with a primarily AAPI cast. But for the NYU Tisch graduate, this recognition from the Academy is far more than a personal milestone. “Ever since I was coming up in New York, I was taught that anytime you have a voice, you have to use it for good,” she says. “That doesn't mean the art has to be wholesome. But you have to really know why the story is being ...

Brendan Fraser

February 16, 2023 15:49 - 48 minutes - 66.8 MB

Brendan Fraser was never really that far away—but when you’re as beloved as he was, any retreat at all feels like a loss. Luckily, the actor is back in a major way with Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” a role that earned him his first Oscar nomination, and a renewed sense of self. “I know how wanting this profession can make people become… it can really change your brain chemistry to turn you into a different person that you maybe weren't anticipating,” Fraser says. “I wanted to make sure th...

Paul Walter Hauser

February 09, 2023 15:42 - 44 minutes - 60.8 MB

Anyone familiar with Paul Walter Hauser from lighthearted romps like “Cobra Kai” and “Cruella” might be surprised to learn his performance in the Apple TV+ true crime series “Black Bird'' is genuinely one of the most unnerving in recent history. But for Hauser, taking on the role of serial killer Larry Hall—which has earned him Golden Globes and Critics Choice wins to go with a SAG nomination—was simply a matter of leveling up. "I really liken my acting to like how Dave Grohl talks about mu...

Ke Huy Quan

February 02, 2023 15:15 - 48 minutes - 66.1 MB

Ke Huy Quan found instant success as a child actor with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies”—and then he stepped away for decades, unsure if he’d ever return. Now? Quan is an Oscar nominee for the role of Waymond Wang in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” just one of 11 nominations for the universe-hopping A24 action-comedy. "I've waited more than 30 years for this. Don't give up. That opportunity will come knock and you just have to be ready,” he says. “When it does, ...

Barry Keoghan

January 19, 2023 15:52 - 39 minutes - 54.7 MB

Barry Keoghan woke up the morning after his first Golden Globes ceremony—where his latest project, “The Banshees of Inisherin,” took home three wins—to learn that “Banshees'' had also nabbed five Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, including a supporting actor nod for himself. But even as a newly crowned awards season favorite, the native of Summerhill, Dublin always seeks to remember his roots. "I always want to hold on to some rawness. Hold on to that rawness,” he advises fellow actor...

Olivia Cooke

January 05, 2023 16:08 - 51 minutes - 70.5 MB

Olivia Cooke just had the biggest year of her career, thanks to HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones” spinoff, “House of the Dragon.” Part of creating her standout performance as Alicent Hightower was accepting not every part of her process would line up exactly with the massive amount of fan expectations surrounding the show. “Whatever layers I try to give the character in order to make a more nuanced performance… ultimately it’s not going to please everyone,” she says. “But that’s just what I have ...

Austin Butler

December 22, 2022 15:02 - 49 minutes - 67.7 MB

Austin Butler is building Oscars buzz for his lead performance in “Elvis”—the peak of an inspiring journey that started with background and one-line roles in children’s TV. "I look back on Nickelodeon shows or Disney things that I did, and... even though my skill wasn't there, I still had a mentality of wanting to give the energy of if I was gonna go make ‘Raging Bull,’ '' he says. “I just kept that sort of fierce dedication towards trying to find more truth." In this episode of In the Env...

Eddie Redmayne

December 08, 2022 17:42 - 44 minutes - 61.4 MB

Eddie Redmayne is an Oscar, Tony, SAG, and Olivier Award winner because he puts in the work. Whether it’s a “Cabaret” revival, the massive “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, or quiet true crime character studies like “The Good Nurse,” the actor always finds his character in the preparation. “The more you can go and just gain insight into what [the role] is, the more ideas you can come with on the day,” he says. “Whether it’s props or costume, I try to get ahead of all that. So there’s always som...

Janelle Monáe

November 24, 2022 15:00 - 31 minutes - 43.4 MB

Janelle Monáe has a simple explanation for how she became an eight-time Grammy nominated musician, activist, sci-fi writer, and an actor in buzzy awards films and the highly-anticipated “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” “I have clones,” Monáe says. “All of my clones go out, and they are representatives for the many things that I put my heart and my spirit into. Sometimes things don't go as planned, but that is life, and so I welcome all the highs and the lows and the peaks and the valley...

Aubrey Plaza

November 10, 2022 15:00 - 48 minutes - 66.9 MB

Aubrey Plaza has played a Marvel mutant, a social media-obsessed cyber stalker, an underground credit card scammer, and Aaron Burr. Understandably, she’s a bit tired of all these characters getting painted with the same brush. “Soon I'm going to get into the world of prosthetics… where I change my nose and my hair so people can just completely forget that it's me,” she says. “I'm always surprised that when I do something new, there's always that one person who says, 'there she goes, doing ...

Jonathan Majors

October 27, 2022 15:07 - 45 minutes - 62.7 MB

Jonathan Majors is a Netflix Western hero; the Big Bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the most formidable opponent to sit across from Michael B. Jordan in the “Creed” series. He is, in other words, extremely cool. But one of the secrets to his success, he says, is how deeply uncool he can be about his craft. “It’s okay to care. That’s one of the things that really gets me about actors; about us,” he says. “Sometimes there’s this devil may care attitude. ‘I’ll get to it when I get to it.’...

Ewan McGregor & Ethan Hawke

October 13, 2022 16:25 - 23 minutes - 32 MB

Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke have nearly 200 acting credits combined, with four Oscar nominations and an Emmy win thrown in there, and yet neither actor had worked together until this year’s “Raymond & Ray.” For Rodrigo García’s small-scale black comedy, the two veteran actors found an instant on-set spark, the key to a great performance. “If you feel like somebody's not on your side on set, it's really difficult. You don't feel safe,” says McGregor. “So it's really important, as actors, to ...

Ana de Armas

September 29, 2022 13:27 - 31 minutes - 43.8 MB

Ana de Armas is already well on her way to superstardom—but playing Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” has put her right in the center of the cultural conversation, from awards chatter to the film’s controversial take on the life of an icon. For de Armas, however, the only thing that really matters is the next great role. “To me, all I'm doing is working,” she says. “The expectation of something changing, or the thought that this dramatic thing in your life is going to happen and now people are goin...

Diego Luna

September 15, 2022 15:03 - 41 minutes - 56.7 MB

Returning to the “Star Wars” franchise in the Disney+ series “Andor” presented a morbid challenge for Diego Luna—portraying a character whose death he already played in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” But Luna found the process creatively invigorating, like finding new pockets in an old jacket. “It's like approaching a historical piece, when you know an event happened or a character existed,” the actor says. “But now a film or series is going to tell you what you don’t know.” In this episo...

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