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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.

    Dominic Burgess

    Dominic Burgess

    When Dominic Burgess is not stealing scenes as a guest star, he’s getting raves as Jerry Summers in “Dr. Death,” Ember in “The Magicians,” and Victor Buono in the Ryan Murphy miniseries “Feud.” On this episode, he talks about why the vibe on a set is a big factor in his work, his struggles lately gauging exactly what “gay” means as a descriptor in heteronormative projects, why he appreciates when actors don’t let their unsettling methods infect others on the set, and how nearly every golden opportunity he’s had recently can be traced back to something that will forever force us to put quotes around the word “failed” when speaking of auditions that don’t lead to the intended job. Plus much more!
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    • 39 min
    John Pollono

    John Pollono

    John Pollono is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. You know him from “Mob City” and “This is Us.” He wrote the film “Stronger” and the play “Small Engine Repair," which had successful runs in Los Angeles and New York. The filmed version, which he also stars in and directs, is about to open after Covid delayed its release. It co-stars Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham. In this episode, he talks in-depth about working with those guys, the changes that needed to be made from stage to screen that served to enrich the experience, and the factors that played a part in it all coming together in an organic way. Plus much more!
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    • 42 min
    Deragh Campbell

    Deragh Campbell

    Her riveting and revelatory performance in Kazik Radwanski’s “Anne At 13,000 Ft.” is the latest in a run of risky work by the Canadian indie phenom Deragh Campbell. In this hour, she talks about the process of sinking into Anne as the production went on and the great benefits and humorous backfires of immersing with non-professional actors in some scenes. Blending non-fiction into her performances is something she does often, particularly in collaboration with director Sofia Bohdanowicz. She talks about the character they created together, Audrey Benac, and the interesting ways performing as her has evolved over five projects. Plus how escaping from self-consciousness has helped the work and maybe even other aspects of her life. And MUCH more.
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    • 51 min
    Q&A with Dylan and Sean Penn

    Q&A with Dylan and Sean Penn

    A Q&A with Dylan and Sean Penn on the opening night of their film "Flag Day" at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, moderated by Back To One host Peter Rinaldi. August 20, 2021
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    • 39 min
    Jurnee Smollett

    Jurnee Smollett

    When it comes to her characters, Emmy nominee Jurnee Smollett is guided by truth. In this episode, the “Lovecraft Country” star talks about how painting in the tiny details helps her know how to live in a character, and why she doesn’t need to know what her character doesn’t know. She talks about why actors shouldn’t be afraid to speak up when they are not getting what they need, and why she needs to express herself through acting for her very survival. Plus we go off on a pretty cool Al Pacino tangent, and much more!
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    • 27 min
    Daveed Diggs

    Daveed Diggs

    Actor, rapper, writer, producer, Daveed Diggs loves wearing many hats, often at the same time. “Hamilton” made him a star. He won a Tony for it. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for his incredible work in the filmed version of the musical. In this episode, he talks about his need to find the character somewhere in his body, and why attending editing sessions for his new show “Blindspotting” on breaks from acting in the television series “Snowpiercer” was the opposite of overwhelming. He paints us a picture of his creative life in the lead-up to the life-changing experience of “Hamilton,” and the times, toward the end of his run, where it was hard to find the required energy. Plus I ask him about the time I watched him make a whole quiche from scratch, and MUCH more!
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    • 41 min

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