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Acting Class Los Angeles: Andrew Wood Acting Studio

on acting in comedy, according to Michael McKean

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Came across this gem in a Slate interview with Michael McKean of Better Call Saul: I don’t think that a comedy performance—You know, it’s essentially the same job, no matter what. You find out what your character wants and then you go for it. That’s really how to do anything. They’re just going to write […]

advice from Phillip Seymour Hoffman

“Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.”–Phillip Seymour Hoffman

on not judging the character, Tom Hiddleston as Loki edition

I’ve been indulging myself with the relentlessly posh miniseries The Night Manager, and as a consequence I have read a bit about the star, Tom Hiddleston. I came across this: Is Loki a villain or an antihero? “Ha ha. Well, every villain is a hero in his own mind. The key thing about any character […]

Morris Chestnut: “I always try to get better. I still see acting coaches.”

Terrific interview with Hollywood veteran Morris Chestnut. And speaking of chestnuts: Interviewer: Morris, you’ve had such a longstanding career in TV and in movies. What do you attribute that to? Some actors, you know, have a hard time sustaining their careers, but you’ve had such a long career. Why do you think that is? Morris […]

Glenn Frey and acting

NPR had a nice appreciation this morning of Glenn Frey of the band The Eagles, who just passed away. Apparently he was an actor as well as a musician. Who know? Glenn Frey also acted. He was in the movie “Jerry Maguire” and on the TV show “Miami Vice”. But something else in the piece […]

what Christian Bale regrets

interesting find: Since a young age Christian Bale was very ambitious about attending Drama School, and auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and the Central School of Speech And Drama at the age of twenty. He was accepted to all, but was convinced […]

the great gena rowlands on acting and reading

Gena Rowlands is an one of the greatest actors of modern times, and with her husband John Cassavetes, she created a body of work that established independent filmmaking in this country. If you’re not familiar with her, you can read a terrific profile of her here. She starts off of the above interview talking about […]

“the better things you need to do”

Nice interview with Bill Murray this morning on NPR Weekend Edition. He talks about habit, in the context of why he doesn’t have a phone or an agent or an assistant: Everyone needs to take a vacation from the sort of automatic things you do, you know. The automatic things you do are basically those […]

Bryan Cranston schools Terry Gross about acting

Today, in honor of the Emmys, Terry Gross interviews Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston about acting, life, and Van Dyke mustaches. While I don’t regard Cranston as the ne plus ultra of actors, based on what I’ve seen, which is admittedly not that much, there are some nice moments in this interview. For example, near the […]

advice from the incomparable Maggie Smith

At the end of this clip, Maggie Smith talks about the most important advice she ever got about acting. May I say? I wholeheartedly agree about what she calls the “usefulness” of the insight she shares. (Since the video seems no longer to be available, here is the transcript of the passage in question: Interviewer: […]