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056: Jenna Elfman

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This is the perfect episode for anyone trying to find a shift in their career, or in their artistry, for the actors who are wanting to make brave decisions in their life and in their approach of character. Our guest today is the incomparable Jenna Elfman, an effervescent performer and person. This is an inspiring listen about how she navigated life after DHARMA & GREG, the fumbles, the touchstones, and the vulnerabilities in learning a new character on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

Jenna Elfman is a film and television actress who started her career as a dancer and appeared in music videos by various artists, including Depeche Mode and Anthrax. She is best known for her role as Dharma in “Dharma & Greg,” the hit series that led her to earn three Emmy Awards nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Elfman is also known for her work in the ABC comedy series “Imaginary Mary,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “1600 Penn,” “Damages,” and an appearance on “Shameless.” She’s also had guest appearances in “Two and a Half Men,” Royal Pain,” “My Name is Earl,” and “The Mindy Project.” In film she’s best known for “Keeping the Faith,” which she starred in with Ben Stiller and directed by Edward Norton, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Ron Howard’s “Edtv,” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and “Big Stone Gap,” with Ashley Judd and Whoopi Goldberg. Currently she’s starring in the hit AMC series “Fear the Walking Dead.”

 

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“I approached the comedy through character, not just aimed straight for comedy.”

“I’m a performer. I’m an artist. I like becoming other people. I like playing characters. I’m not Famous Person on a Famous Journey.”

“I need to challenge myself, and grow as an artist, and it just…something shifted in the matrix, literally.”

“You are never going to fail if you stay true to your own goals and purposes.”

“Be the most rebellious version of yourself, which is to not listen to what anybody else thinks you should be doing, or thinks they know who you are, because the only person who truly knows who you are, and knows what your goals, and your purpose in this world is YOU. And you have to stay true in that.”

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