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Allison Janney On Winning Awards, Being Directed By Paul Newman In College, And Working Opposite A Parakeet In ‘I, Tonya’ – The Actor’s Side

Allison Janney

With a near-record seven Emmy wins over the course of three different series, Tony nominations, and finally Sunday a Golden Globe after five previous attempts, Allison Janney is riding high to say the least. And it is her newly minted Golden Globe-winning role as LaVona Golden, the mother from hell in I, Tonya, that is virtually guaranteeing her a first crack at Oscar. When she visited the studios of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side recently, it was all just… Read


Judi Dench On 60 Years In Showbiz, Playing Queens & Loving Shakespeare And James Bond – The Actor’s Side

Judi Dench

A big day for my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side as true movie and stage royalty Dame Judi Dench came by for an in-depth conversation about her life, career and the current film that has put her back on the awards circuit to which she is so accustomed. With Victoria & Abdul, she has already received Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. This is her 12th Golden Globe nomination (with two wins), and she has amassed an astounding 26 BAFTA… Read


Holly Hunter On Working With Stand-Up Comics In ‘The Big Sick’, Her Fears For Journalists & ‘The Incredibles’ – The Actor’s Side

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter already has Oscars, Emmys and a whole slew of other awards for movies like The Piano, Broadcast News over her long and successful career, but now last summer’s indie hit The Big Sick has sparked a new round of honors for the star including two SAG nominations, a Critics’ Choice nom, and tonight a Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s awards gala. Playing a mother dealing with the boyfriend of her coma-stricken daughter, Hunter runs the… Read


Richard Jenkins On The Magic Of ‘The Shape Of Water’, The Glory Of ‘La La Land’, And Why He Loves Going To The Oscars – The Actor’s Side

Richard Jenkins

When we sat down to decide which actors to interview for this season’s The Actor’s Side, my Deadline video series dedicated to exploring the art of acting with those at the top of their game, I said No. 1 on the list had to be Richard Jenkins, whose work I have long admired and followed. He dropped by our PMC studios to talk about his journey in this business — a long-gestating career that I suspect is one with which many performers will identify. Currently he is riding… Read


Saoirse Ronan On Playing A California Teen in ‘Lady Bird’, Getting An Oscar Nom At 12, And Becoming Emotional At The Mention Of ‘Brooklyn’ – The Actor’s Side

Saoirse Ronan

At just the tender age of 23, Saoirse Ronan is heading towards her third Oscar nomination for Lady Birdhaving already nabbed Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for the role of a Sacramento teen looking to move away and move on. She’s also won several critics group awards, but as I discovered when she stopped by our studio for this episode of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, she takes it all in stride, crediting writer-director Greta Gerwig and… Read


Gary Oldman On Not Letting Go Of Churchill, Why He Turns Down Roles, And How Sid Vicious Put Him In The Hospital – The Actor’s Side

Gary Oldman

With Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG nominations already for his towering portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest HourGary Oldman has been an odds-on favorite to land his first Oscar (and only second nomination) this year. He recently visited the studio for my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, in which I explore the techniques, style, insecurities and careers of some of our finest actors. In our wide ranging conversation, Oldman and I discuss his initial… Read


Sam Rockwell On Finally Being In A Movie People See, How Frances McDormand Channels John Wayne & Why George W. Bush Reminds Him Of Elvis – The Actor’s Side

Sam Rockwell counts supporting actor nominations already from the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild for his turn as a complex racist cop Dixon in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Joining me for this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, I congratulate this great actor on finally being in a movie lots of people are seeing and one that is putting him on the precipice… Read


James Franco On Playing James Dean And Tommy Wiseau, Plus How McDonalds Helped Him Find His Voice In ‘The Deuce’ – The Actor’s Side

James Franco joins me on this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, about the art of the actor. In a wide-ranging conversation, we get right to the heart of just what makes him tick on the screen and onstage. Franco describes how as a kid he loved movies and knew he wanted to act because of that passion. He also talks about his early experiences in high school, where a girlfriend working with another student actor made him just jealous enough to… Read


Kate Winslet On Working With Woody, ‘Titanic’ & ‘Avatar’, And The Most Shocking Moment Of Her Career – The Actor’s Side

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet visits our The Actor’s Side studio for a special two-part edition of my Deadline video series that explores the life and work of the industry’s top actors. In Part I,  Winslet talks about why she never gets tired of being nominated for and winning awards. With an Oscar, Grammy and Emmy, she is just a Tony short of joining the EGOT club, and she says her 14-year-old son has made her very aware of that. But she says those awards are just a byproduct of her love… Read


Willem Dafoe On Playing Tough, Managing Kids In ‘Florida Project’ & Getting Fired On His First Movie – The Actor’s Side

Willem Dafoe The Actor's Side

For this week’s chapter of my video series The Actor’s Side, Willem Dafoe traverses his wide-ranging career that has taken him from playing villains to playing nice, and everything in between. In our conversation, he talks about his early days in theater; being fired from his first film, which  turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it was the notorious flop Heaven’s Gate; making Platoonwhich turned out to be his first Oscar nomination; trying to avoid… Read


Melissa Leo On Becoming A Nun, Acting Opposite Puppets & That Bleeped Oscar Speech – The Actor’s Side

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo won a supporting actress Oscar for David O. Russell’s 2010 feature The Fighter and a whole slew of other top awards in her career including Emmys and Golden Globes. In the latest edition of my video series The Actor’s Side, the New York/Vermont-raised actress talks about getting bleeped during her Oscar acceptance speech, starting out in acting by working opposite giant puppets, what makes a good director, and why it’s not such a bad thing to be on a soap… Read


Patrick Stewart On Saying Goodbye To Charles Xavier, Plus The Downside Of Playing A ‘Star Trek’ Icon – The Actor’s Side

It is a pleasure to launch the new season of The Actor’s Side with the inimitable Patrick Stewart, who has been stirring up awards talk since the March debut of Logan. In it, — for the final time, he says — he plays Charles Xavier aka Professor X, the character he made famous in a series of X-Men movies. As he told me when we sat down recently at Craig’s restaurant, this time it is different as he and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine aka Logan are taking these characters in a… Read