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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 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 Jack Smart, Awards Editor at Backstage, for this guide on how to live the creative life from those who are doing it every day.

In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast Backstage

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 141 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 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 Jack Smart, Awards Editor at Backstage, for this guide on how to live the creative life from those who are doing it every day.

    Janelle Monáe

    Janelle Monáe

    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 valleys.”

    She’s kidding. Or is she? In this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, we unlock the mystery of Monáe’s multifaceted output, from turns in Oscar players like “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” to her enigmatic role in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.”
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

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    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 31 min
    Aubrey Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza

    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 the Aubrey Plaza thing again.' I only have my own instrument to work with. Anyway, I sound bitter, but I'm not. But I am always surprised that people use 'deadpan' to describe some things that I've done. It just feels a little reductive. But that's my journey.”

    On this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Plaza takes us even deeper into that journey, including her creative process for ‘Emily the Criminal’ and ‘The White Lotus,’ as well as what to expect from Francis Ford Coppolla’s ‘Megalopolis’ and the MCU’s ‘Agatha: Coven of Chaos.’
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

    Follow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:
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    Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5

    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 48 min
    Jonathan Majors

    Jonathan Majors

    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.’ The truth of the matter is, you care more about this thing than anything else in the world and it scares you to death. You can act cool about it. I don’t act cool about it at all. It is what I love the most.”

    In this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Majors dives deep into the process that led him to Kang the Conqueror, “Creed III,” and beyond.
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

    Follow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:
    - https://www.facebook.com/backstage
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    Looking to get cast? Subscribe here: www.backstage.com/subscribe
    Browse Backstage casting listings: https://bit.ly/3mth68e
    Check out our community-driven virtual programming, The Slate: https://bit.ly/2WDNXf0
    Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5

    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 45 min
    Ewan McGregor & Ethan Hawke

    Ewan McGregor & Ethan Hawke

    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 allow each other to feel safe and to know that you're there for them, they're there for you. Then you can achieve anything really.”

    In this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, McGregor and Hawke discuss the wonders of a collaborative creative process and why you should never ask actors about finding chemistry with a scene partner.
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

    Follow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:
    - https://www.facebook.com/backstage
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    Looking to get cast? Subscribe here: www.backstage.com/subscribe
    Browse Backstage casting listings: https://bit.ly/3mth68e
    Check out our community-driven virtual programming, The Slate: https://bit.ly/2WDNXf0
    Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5

    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 23 min
    Ana de Armas

    Ana de Armas

    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 going to see you in a different way—very quickly I understood that's just not something I want to look forward to, or pay attention to.”

    In this episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, de Armas breaks down what it takes to maneuver a “big break” while delivering her breathtaking “Blonde” performance— from her first day on set to the night she said goodbye to Marilyn.
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

    Follow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:
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    Looking to get cast? Subscribe here: www.backstage.com/subscribe
    Browse Backstage casting listings: https://bit.ly/3mth68e
    Check out our community-driven virtual programming, The Slate: https://bit.ly/2WDNXf0
    Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5

    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 31 min
    Diego Luna

    Diego Luna

    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 episode of In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, Luna takes us through his entire acting journey, from his unorthodox entry into the world of Mexican theater to his ambitious re-entry into “Star Wars.”
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    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 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: https://bit.ly/2OMryWQ

    Follow Backstage and In the Envelope on social media:
    - https://www.facebook.com/backstage
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    - https://www.twitter.com/intheenvelope
    - https://www.instagram.com/backstagecast

    Looking to get cast? Subscribe here: www.backstage.com/subscribe
    Browse Backstage casting listings: https://bit.ly/3mth68e
    Check out our community-driven virtual programming, The Slate: https://bit.ly/2WDNXf0
    Backstage stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement: https://bit.ly/3cuMBt5

    Special thanks to...
    - Host: Vinnie Mancuso
    - Producer: Jamie Muffett
    - Social media: Katie Minard, Karen Jenkins
    - Design: Mark Stinson, Caitlin Watkins
    - Additional support: Kasey Howe, Samantha Sherlock, Benjamin Lindsay, Oriella St. Louis

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

lennygrossman66 ,

Great insights

Outstanding podcast for actors or anyone who’s interested in the field. What a gift. After listening to many of the interviews, a few ideas seem to be common threads:
1. Work. Just do the work. Especially in the beginning, say yes. Work and learn.
2. Actors are hard-working, sensitive people (which should be obvious, but too many people think they’re pampered).
3. They’re aware of how lucky they are and are extremely grateful to be doing what they do.
4. It’s a tough business, but push on. There’s parts for everyone.
5. They love life in all its messiness.

Willow Rho ,

Fly on the Wall

I’m not an actor, but I love listening about the craft of acting from all different perspectives

lveithphoto ,

Balfe

What a great interview! Love the types of questions asked and always enjoy Balfe’s interviews.

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