I’m Michael Rosenbaum, I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades in and out of film and television - mostly known for playing the bald dude on the show Smallville. I’m the guy that you probably don’t know by name, but when you see my face you might say “oh, that guy from that thing.” I’ve befriended some of the most talented people in the business, but it wasn’t until I started inviting them into my home that I realized, I didn’t really know these people. What started as me having some fun, quickly evolved into something I’ve fallen in love with. What I’ve discovered is that all these people aren’t that different from you and me. They have the same insecurities and flaws that we all deal with every day. In a dark, yet enlightening way... I find a lot of comfort in that. I invite you all to join me while I get inside each of these fascinating people.
Emile Hirsch: Into the Wild & Impostor Syndrome
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) joins this week to open up on his experience with impostor syndrome in this industry, and what sort of negative and positive impacts it has had on his career. We go on to talk about his new movie Midnight in the Switchgrass along with the various characters he’s portrayed in films, such as Chris McCandless (Into the Wild) and Jay Sebring (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). We also discuss working with legends like Quentin Tarantino and Robert De Niro intense training with Navy SEALs, and the dangers of pickleball.
Ethan Suplee: Recovery & Learning to Love Yourself
Amazing show this week. We have an inspirational and open guest on the podcast with Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street). Ethan and I discuss his troubled experience with how he perceived his body throughout his life and the catalyst that drove the incredible weight loss transformation that turned him into who he is today. We also get into his experience with drug addiction and rehab, his work in learning to love himself despite his habitual disgust, and his almost unbelievable start in this industry as an actor.
Community’s Joel McHale: Breaking Yahoo and Show Reunions
The humble and hilarious Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) joins me this week and talks about everything from his experience and future on Community to his Pacino-level rage he has with inanimate objects on a day to day basis. Joel talks about his time and shared experience working with the legendary Chevy Chase and his chance beginnings on the iconic ‘The Soup’. We also discuss how he manages his dyslexia when working, unnecessary criticism from movie/show critics, and his new movie called Happily.
Leslie Jordan: From Dance Floor Drugs to Daily Gratitudes
The iconic and always fabulous Leslie Jordan (Call Me Kat, Will and Grace) joins me this week for an incredible podcast chronicling the ups and downs of his personal life and how they translated into success in this industry. Leslie and I discuss his prior drug and alcohol addiction and how recovering from those illnesses shaped his career into what it is today. We also talk about his new album and book, working with Eddie Veder and Dolly Parton, and Leslie’s time working on American Horror Story and Will and Grace.
Seth Green: Performance Over Fame & Putting in the Work
The humble and insanely talented Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken) joins this week and touches on the differences between performance and fame, his personal process in acting, and the understanding of being too critical of oneself. Seth discusses the hilarious origin of how he figured out the voice for Chris in Family Guy along with the story surrounding the Seth MacFarlane vs. Seth Green saga. Later in the show, Seth shares in deep detail his experience and personal relationship with legendary actors Tim Curry and Robin Williams, and what each has meant to his career and his life.
Smallville’s Laura Vandervoort: Gut Check & NXIVM
Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Handmaid’s Tale) returns to the show this week to explore ideas of following your gut, not comparing yourself to others, and finding happiness through passion. Later in the show we both discuss our thoughts and emotions on the Alison Mack NXIVM situation as the documentary The VOW has been released and sentencing has commenced. We also talk about her troubling situation walking off an HBO show set, the differences in experiences working on Supergirl and Smallville, and how she gets herself to a dark place to prepare for dramatic roles.
Accidentally found the podcast whilst going down the YouTube rabbit hole, as one is want to do.
Currently watching smallville for the third time they musta been listening.
Watched from day one back in the day til the finale
2nd time about 6 years ago with my son about 12 at the time. So good 2nd time around. And great bonding over these stories and characters.
3rd time. Best so far. He’s 18 now. Resonates. Such fun stories with so much heart.
Listening to michael rosenbaum and Tom welling reminiscing just awesome.
Michael rosenbaum has a great voice both in sound and depth. Funny, deep, open, honest, clever, and humble.
Look forward to listening.
Need a MrBallen episode
Would love to hear a conversation between my favorite podcast host and my favorite YouTuber John Ballen about scary stories and whatever else comes up. Please make it happen. Also would love to listen to an Aaron Marsh of Copeland episode. Probably a long shot but since there’s an Andrew McMahon episode I choose to have hope.
Not because he told me
Rosenbaum at the beginning of the show tells you to come here and review the show. But that’s not why I’m doing it. He deserves it. And not because I enjoyed watching SMALLVILLE, but because he seems to enjoy talking to his guests and they enjoy talking to him. This podcast is a lot of fun.