Riley Smith on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Riley Smith

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Riley Smith is an immensely talented actor whose body of work comes to life in diverse roles across television and film. With a promising new series, Riley’s star is quickly on the rise.

Riley Smith has most recently been cast to co-star in the CW’s up and coming hit Nancy Drew. The series is set the summer following Nancy Drew’s high school graduation, where she and several teens throughout the town are suspects of murder. The victim? Smith’s characters, Ryan Hudson’s, socialite wife. Nancy Drew can be seen following Riverdale on the CW starting in October of 2019.

Before landing the role of Ryan Hudson, Smith had wrapped up his role of Levi Scott in Fox series Proven Innocent, and prior to that was Dr. Will Grant on the CW series Life Sentence.

Smith was the lead in the CW series Frequency, which premiered October 2016. In this re imagining of the 2000 New Line film, Peyton List plays a female police detective in 2016 who discovers that she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (Smith), also a detective, but who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case. However, unintended consequences of the butterfly effect wreak havoc in the present day.

In 2015, Smith was seen in a strong arc in Season 4 of the popular ABC musical series Nashville. Playing Markus Keen, an artist signed to Rayna’s Highway 65 label, Smith merged his love for music and acting, recording singles, such as “In the Name of Your Love” and “I Want To (Do Everything For You,” for the Nashville soundtrack. Also in 2015, Smith scored a recurring role as Rachel McAdam’s boyfriend, Sheriff’s deputy Steve Mercier, on HBO’s True Detective, the second installment in the crime franchise. This role followed his previous stint on the pay cable network as a vampire on the seventh and final season of HBO’s True Blood. Smith played Keith, a rugged, rock ‘n’ roll vampire with a romantic side and story line opposite Arlene, played by Carrie Preston.

Previously, Smith had recurring roles in the Emmy-nominated CBS series Joan of Arcadia, the highly acclaimed Fox show 24, the WB series Summerland, and Judd Apatow’s master creation for NBC Freaks and Geeks. He was a main character in the Fox show Drive and appeared in seven episodes of the fifth season of CW’s 90210 as Riley Wallace, a paraplegic opposite Shenae Grimes, and Tristan Wilds. He can also be seen in television movies including Disney Channel’s Motocrossed and Nicholas Sparks’ Deliverance Creek.

Smith’s other credits were in films as diverse as Radio (Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.), Eight-Legged Freaks, Not Another Teen Movie, New York Minute, as well as Gallowwalkers (Wesley Snipes), Weapons, the Sundance Grand Jury Nominee, and Christmas in Conway (Andy Garcia, Mary-Louis Parker). Over the past twenty years since Smith has called Los Angeles home, he has managed to complete more than seventy-five projects: fourteen pilots, nine series, and dozens of guest star roles.



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005 Manish Dayal on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Manish Dayal

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There’s Only Your Way: The Journey Back to Artistry

A talented actor and burgeoning director, Manish Dayal continues to engage audiences with dynamic projects.

Currently, Dayal can be seen reprising his role as ‘Dr. Devon Pravesh’ on the fourth season of Fox’s THE RESIDENT, opposite Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp. The show follows a group of doctors at Chastain Memorial Hospital as they face personal and professional challenges on a daily basis. The show airs Tuesday nights at 8PM ET.

Dayal is currently in development on the feature STRINGER, which he will star in and produce. Based on Anjan Sundaram’s memoir, Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey into the Congo, the feature follows Sundaram’s 18-month journey as a freelance journalist in the Congo and offers an inside look at the atrocities occurring within the country.

Most recently, Dayal was seen as ‘Faarooq’ in Netflix’s HOLIDATE. Directed by John Whitesell and written by Tiffany Paulsen, the comedy co-stars Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey and Kristin Chenowith. The film was released on October 28, 2020 and quickly became one of the streamer’s Top 10 movies.

Previously, he lent his voice to the role of ‘Shashi Dhar’ in Vin Diesel’s animated Netflix series FAST & FURIOUS: SPY RACERS. The series was released on December 26, 2019.

Dayal is perhaps best known for his starring role opposite Helen Mirren in THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. The film premiered at the 2014 Deauville Film Festival and later screened at the 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Other film credits include VICEROY’S HOUSE alongside Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville and Michael Gambon, and the short film, FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, which marked Dayal’s directorial debut. Dayal also stars in the film opposite Matt McGorry and Rachel Brosnahan.

On television, he has appeared in notable roles in HALT AND CATCH FIRE and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Additional credits include 90210, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, THE GOOD WIFE, RUBICON and SWITCHED AT BIRTH.

CREDITS INCLUDE: The Resident, Holidate Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, Viceroy’s House, Fifteen Years Later, The 100 Foot Journey, Halt and Catch Fire, Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D, 90210, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, Rubicon, Switched at Birth…



“Sometimes doing nothing, and being quick, is great direction…”

“In order to tell the stories that you want to tell, and reflect the world that you’re living in, and the reality that you believe and should be reflected, you have to tell that story. You have to become a creator. You have to try to narrate that vision.”

“We all need lows as actors in order to know where we’re going and where we’re coming from.”



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046: Jon Huertas

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Jon Huertas over 60 credits to his name, starring in both television and film. He is known for his talents as an actor as well as an executive producer and recording artist. Jon is best known for his role among the core four in ABC’s hit show Castle as Javier Esposito, starring alongside Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion. He also starred in HBO’s Generation Kill as Sgt. Antonio Espera. He portrayed Joe Negroni is Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and can most recently be seen in the incredibly popular NBC family drama This Is Us as Miguel Rivas, playing alongside Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown.

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“Even auditioning is being a professional actor. Studying acting out here is being a professional actor.”

“I don’t get rejected. I just don’t get the job because the job isn’t mine. “

“I would do this for free. I think we have agents and managers and lawyers so that we don’t destroy ourselves, because I would do this for free.”


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