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Adam Goldberg on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Adam Goldberg

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Adam can currently be seen starring on the hit CBS series “The Equalizer.” The show, a reimagining of the classic series and films, follows Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), an enigmatic woman with a mysterious background who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Adam is a standout as the gruffly endearing, eccentric and fiercely loyal computer hacker Harry Keshegian, who is like a brother to McCall. “The Equalizer” had a massive debut to over 23 million viewers in 2021 and is currently airing its third season.  Brand new episodes will return February 19, 2023, on CBS.

Adam is often recognized for his impressive body of work in film, being hand-picked by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard for memorable roles in their Academy Award winning projects.  A career-changing moment was landing the role of tough, wise-cracking infantryman Private Mellish in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” opposite Tom Hanks. The film went on to receive 5 Academy Awards while also being nominated for Best Picture. From there, Adam starred in major blockbusters including Academy Award winner “A Beautiful Mind” from director Ron Howard opposite Russell Crowe. In 2003 he showcased his talent in comedy, appearing opposite Matthew McConaughey in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Other major film roles include “Déjà Vu” with Denzel Washington and “Zodiac” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Cox, and Robert Downey Jr. Adam’s debut in the entertainment industry came with supporting film roles in Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night” and Richard Linklater’s classic feature “Dazed and Confused” alongside Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, and Ben Affleck.

In television, Adam starred as Mr. Numbers in the critically acclaimed, crime drama “Fargo” (FX) opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks, which was inspired by the 1996 film of the same name. The series was nominated for a slew of awards, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.  Additional TV credits include starring on “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Taken” (NBC), appearing as Chandler Bing’s crazy roommate Eddie on “Friends” (NBC), “The Unusuals” (ABC), “NYC 22” (CBS), “The $treet” (FOX), “Entourage” (HBO), and “God Friended Me” (CBS).

While working in film and television has been a huge part of Adam’s life, his personal passion for photography and music have garnered their own cult following over the years, fully establishing him as a renaissance man. As a photographer Adam’s signature dreamy, double exposures shot on film (oftentimes posted on his Instagram) document and explore people, landscapes, and create a scene where viewers can draw their own interpretations from his art.

As a musician Adam has recorded four albums under his moniker The GoldbergSisters, a collaboration with his mythical twin sister and alter ego “Celeste.” In 2018 he released a 14-track album entitled “HOME: A Nice Place to Visit” where he sang and played every musical instrument, apart from the trumpet and violin. In conjunction to the music Adamreleased a stunning large-format photo book, marrying his love for soundscapes and photography, while he also starred and directed videos to accompany the album.  The Goldberg Sisters discography also includes Stranger’s Morning (2013), The Goldberg Sisters (2011), and Landy (2009).


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011 Karen Gillan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Karen Gillan

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Fear-Less vs Fear-Ful

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role on Rebus(2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008), as well as a two-year stint on the long-running series Doctor Who (2005). Karen also starred in the film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt. She also starred as Eliza Dooley on the situation comedy Selfie(2014).

She can currently be seen in Netflix’s big summer action movie, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE. Karen plays a badass female assassin who, when a job goes wrong, must choose between serving the ruthless crime syndicate she works for and saving the life of an 8-year old girl. Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh co-star as a cohort of assassins she teams up with to take down the army of men coming to take everything from them.

Upcoming she will reprise her role as ‘Nebula’ in Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, which is slated for release on May 6, 2022, as well as James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 opposite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, which will be released in 2023. She recently wrapped production on Judd Apatow’s THE BUBBLE for Netflix opposite Pedro Pascal, Fred Armisen and Maria Bakalova. Karen is also set to star opposite Awkwafina in Amazon’s action-comedy SHELLY as well as opposite Aaron Paul in the sci-fi thriller DUAL.


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“I kept writing to an agent when I was 15, I pestered him, he said he took me on because of my sheer perseverance.”

“I wish I could learn something from the younger me, more so than the other way around. “Younger me was fear-LESS, and now I am fear-FUL”

“If I can’t take the normal router, how do I take a weird angle, just get crazy”


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027 Bonnie Somerville on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Finding Her Second Act

Bonnie was raised by her mother, and her mother’s large Irish Catholic family in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She started acting and singing at a young age and moved to LA at the age of 22 where she quickly assembled a band and got an agent. She sang backup on Joshua Radin’s first album, We Were Here. Her song “Winding Road” was included on the Garden State soundtrack.

Bonnie’s first major acting role incorporated her love of singing when she was cast as the lead in CBS’s musical miniseries Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story. She then starred in the TV series Grosse Pointe and achieved international recognition when she was cast in a recurring role as Ross Geller’s girlfriend, Mona, on Friends. She was a lead in the final season of NYPD Blue, Kitchen Confidential opposite Bradley Cooper, and ABC’s dramedy Cashmere Mafia.

She also had roles in Spider-Man 2, Without a Paddle, Bedazzled, Shades of Ray, The Ugly Truth, Labor Pains, and the lead in The Best and the Brightest.

Bonnie is currently creating her own pilot and is in the final stages of launching her own podcast called SECOND ACTS.


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ON REJECTION: “It just made me stronger, and harder, and better.”

ON LUCK: “Some people don’t want to admit that they are lucky, like when you screen test and you go up against three amazing actresses that are all beautiful and talented and smart and funny: you’re all great. So yeah, somebody’s getting lucky that day.”

ON CREATIVITY: “That raw creative thing: it can get beaten out of you in this business. It gotten beaten out of me and now I’m finding it again.” “I’m one of those actresses who work best in a pinch.”

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076: Adam Shapiro

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Today we chat with Adam Shapiro about what it is to be enough, being re-cast in the feature adaptation of a passion project, to the insightful advice Director Jason Winer gave just before testing for a pilot, to starting your own theatre company.

From his work on The Affair, Sense8, Grace & Frankie, The Mindy Project, and Snowfall, to his roles in Now You See Me, The House Bunny, and Steve Jobs, as well as on Broadway in Waitress—you’ve likely seen today’s guest before…

Adam is currently filming the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair, and recently filmed the lead role in a new TBS half-hour comedy pilot and roles in the upcoming indie films It Happened In LA (Sundance 2017), Feed, The Female Brain, and Social Animals. He’s been seen as Avie Tevanian in Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, arcs the Netflix series from the Wachowskis: Sense8, ABC’s Cristela, Audience Network’s Kingdom, and the NBC comedy Trial & Error, as well as guest starring roles on Grace & Frankie (Netflix), Snowfall (FX) and The Mindy Project(FOX). Recent television credits include: Bones, CSI: Cyber, The Mysteries of Laura, Betrayal, 1600 Penn, Scandal, Mistresses, and Grey’s Anatomy. More Film Credits: Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant, The Answer, Sister, Nobody Walks in LA, Ctl Alt Delete, I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12, Now You See Me, A Single Man, The House Bunny, The Den.

Adam is also a co-founder of IAMA Theatre Company, and has recently starred on Broadway in the Tony nominated Waitress. Adam was most recently nominated for Ovation Awards for IAMA’s LA premiere of The Recommendation by Jon Caren (Winner Best Production 2014) and for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for Hey, Morgan! a world premiere comedy by Matthew Fogel and Isaac Laskin, Directed by Matt Shakman at the Black Dahlia Theatre. More stage credits include: Rent, You are Here, The Accidental Blonde, the world premieres of Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette and Assistance (IAMA Theatre Company), and “David” in Paul Grellong’s west coast premiere of Manuscript (The Elephant).

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“As an actor, if you don’t understand the business, everytime you don’t get a role, everytime you don’t get a job you think you’re going to get, you take it personally. If you don’t understand how actors get cast, why actors get cast, how casts are filled out, then you’re constantly going to take things personally and you can only take things so personally for so long before you say I’m done…”

“You’re constantly changing, and so is your art.”

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