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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.

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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.

    Chin Han

    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 for the character in his preparation and how it affected him during production. He talks about his interesting process of de-linking the text and deconstructing himself as a way of building the performance. And we discuss iconic lines and how to approach their delivery, plus much more!
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    • 27 min
    Alison Wright

    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 “The Method” that led her to the Lee Strasberg Institute, her “thought-linked” approach to the text which she developed over the years (that just might be a big part of the secret to her greatness), and I ask her about taking the challenge of playing Emilia in “Othello” for the Public Theater’s legendary Shakespeare in the Park, having never touched the Bard before, and possibly redefining and revolutionizing the role forever. Plus LOTS more!
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    Olivia Cooke

    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 in the latter, and she talks about the advantages of its immersive filming process. She explains the importance of not taking herself or the job too seriously, and why she once needed to punch a wall to make herself cry.
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    • 23 min
    Delroy Lindo

    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 acceptance of the MAGA aspect of Paul’s character. He takes us back to his first formative experience on the stage, as Herald Loomis in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” and tells a vexing story of the first time the word “Oscar” was being tossed around him. Plus lots more! 
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    • 33 min
    Christina Anthony

    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 when to speak up about issues with the script, and how she’s ready to be your next action hero. Plus much more!
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    • 42 min
    Tom Noonan

    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 of its ultimately triumphant reception. Plus Noonan tells the story of the first big lesson that formed his craft, why he’s not (at the moment) pursing acting, and lots more. A gorgeous restoration of “What Happened Was…” is being released on Friday January 29th by Oscilloscope in select virtual theaters. 

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