Listen in every week as some of today’s most-notable actors, artists and creators get real about their work, their life and their current obsessions with Connie Guglielmo and Patrick Holland.
David Castañeda, an unlikely superhero
In Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, David Castañeda plays Diego, or No. 2, one of seven kids born on the same day and brought together by an eccentric billionaire who trains them to use their unlikely superpowers to save the world from impending doom. Castañeda learned to convincingly throw knives. But he also got fans to root for a character, and his dysfunctional family, as they learn to embrace their flaws and work together.
Mari Takahashi: gamer, entrepreneur and former ballerina
Mari Takahashi's life reads like the origin story for a comic book character. For 10 years, she was a professional ballet dancer. Then she took an acting gig for a YouTube video which launched her into a different career doing sketch comedy and playing video games for the YouTube behemoth Smosh. She also co-founded the channel Smosh Games and is now on her own as an entrepreneur. Oh, and she was on the CBS show Survivor, specifically the "Millennials vs. Gen X" season.
Dawn Porter and Pete Souza: The Way I See It
The new documentary The Way I See It looks at former presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan through the eyes of photographer Pete Souza. During his time as an official White House photographer, Souza captured the profound, intimate, funny and dignified moments of two of the most iconic presidents in modern history. The Way I See It is directed by Dawn Porter who also made the wonderful and inspiring documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble.
Fortunately for us, both Pete and Dawn are my guests on I'm So Obsessed. We discuss why empathy is important for a leader to have, the passing of John Lewis, the significance of professional athletes protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake and what it is like having President Obama officiate your wedding.
Paris Hilton: The woman behind the persona
Paris Hilton is a name many people know, even if they don't know much about her aside that she's famous. The new YouTube documentary This Is Paris aims to change that by showing the woman and entrepreneur behind the "that's hot" persona. When the film begins we see her in a sound booth recording a voiceover and going in-and-out of her signature Paris personality and voice. It's amazing and surprising to witness.
During our interview, Hilton discusses This Is Paris and talks about how participating in the film helped her deal with her abuse she suffered in her teens and how she hopes to empower others. We also discuss her 19 different product lines, The Simple Life and how she handles privacy in her life.
Reggie Watts: Comedian, musician and Late Late Show bandleader
Trying to describe Reggie Watts is a bit like trying to explain the majesty of the Aurora Borealis. But, I'll try. Draw a triangle and label the points comedian, musician and bandleader. Then place a point outside that triangle and label it actor. Finally, sketch a circle through the triangle and name it beatboxer. Somewhere between all those points or outside them is Watts.
You might know him from his 2016 Netflix special Reggie Watts: Spatial, his time on the podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! or from the The Late Late Show with James Corden. Now he has his own app which has one of the most amazing names: WattsApp by Reggie Watts.
We talk about his new app. We also go deep on Reggie's love/hate relationship with technology and what it was like for him to interview Jack White indoors while being filmed by drones. He also opens up about his relationship with James Corden.
Kenny Smith, Inside the NBA commentator and Two-time NBA champ
In 1994 and 1995, Kenny "The Jet" Smith won back-to-back NBA Championships playing for the Houston Rockets. Since retiring, he can be seen on the Emmy-Award winning TNT show, Inside the NBA alongside Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal. The program has turned from being just a show about basketball into its own phenomena. YouTube is littered with clips and outtakes that have thousands if not millions of views. But it was when Kenny's annual summer basketball camp for kids in North Carolina was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic that he came up with the idea for the Jet Academy (named after his nickname "The Jet").
Over the course of our conversation, Kenny talks about how building the Jet Academy made him obsessed with live streaming technology. We also discuss his two NBA Championships, The Last Dance about Michael Jordan, "The Bubble" and of course what it's like working with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal on Inside The NBA.