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095: Peter Facinelli

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Do Your Best Work, The Subjectivity of Art

No stranger to Hollywood, Peter Facinelli’s craft as a leading man has undoubtedly created a strong foothold that has transcended from the spotlight as actor, to behind the camera as a notable director, writer, and producer.

With a myriad of credits under his belt, Facinelli is likely most recognized for his starring role as Doctor Carlisle Cullen in the blockbuster TWILIGHT franchise, based on Stephenie Meyer’s #1 New York Times bestselling literary series. Next up for Facinelli is the STX film COUNTDOWN starring opposite Elizabeth Lail, P.J. Byrne, and Jordan Calloway, as well as RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL (September 13th, 2019 release) starring opposite Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, and Leslie Bibb,

Facinelli recently completed his second directorial feature HOUR OF LEAD, which he also wrote starring Anne Heche, Thomas Jane, and Jason Patric. He made his debut as a director last year with the indie sensation “Breaking and Exiting,” starring Jordan Hinson and Milo Gibson.

Additional recent credits include the 1920’s mobster pic GANGSTER LAND, the thriller ASHER, opposite Famke Janssen, Ron Perlman and Richard Dreyfuss, Damian Harris’ indie feature THE WILDE WEDDING opposite John Malkovich and Glenn Close, as well as the Chris Silverton thriller HEARTTHROB starring Lone Skye and Keir Gilchrist.

Other past film credits include the cult classic “Can’t Hardly Wait,” opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt, FREEZER, with Dylan McDermott; Penny Marshall’s RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, with Drew Barrymore; THE SCORPION KING, opposite Dwayne Johnson; the dramedy FINDING AMANDA, with Matthew Broderick; TEMPTED, with Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burroughs; a starring role in Walter Hills’ sci-fi thriller SUPERNOVA, with James Spader and Angela Bassett; THE BIG KAHUNA, opposite Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito; DANCER, TEXAS, POP.81; FOXFIRE, alongside Angelina Jolie..

Despite success on the silver screen, Facinelli has also made his mark in television with such credits as the CBS Drama S.W.A.T. as Michael Plank, and Dr. Fitch Cooper on the full seven season run of Showtime’s hit dramedy NURSE JACKIE. Among its numerous accolades, the series earned Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award nominations, as well as being named one of AFI’s Top Ten Television Shows of 2009.

Facinelli additionally portrayed villain “Maxwell Lord” in the first season of the hit CBS show SUPERGIRL, and starred opposite Anna Friel in NBC’s drama AMERICAN ODYSSEY in 2015. He also appeared in
GLEE, DAMAGES, HBO’s SIX FEET UNDER, for which he shared the cast’s 2005 nomination for the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama; as well as a starring role in FASTLANE in 2003.

In 2010 Facinelli started the production company A7sle Films. Its first feature, LOOSIES, was a
fast-paced dramatic comedy that Facinelli wrote and starred in about a clever and romantic pickpocket in
the New York City subways. It co-starred Michael Madsen, Jaimie Alexander, Vincent Gallo, and Joe
Pantoliano. The company later partnered with FilmDistrict to produce the true story horror picture THE
LAST WORD, based on a documentary of the same name about Johnny Frank Garrett, which premiered
at the Austin Film Festival in 2016, and was directed by acclaimed indie director Simon Rumley. The company has additionally produced projects across film, TV, and digital platforms with Electus, 5×5, Boom Comics, College Humor, YouTube, ISH, and ARC Productions.

A man of many trades, Facinelli augmented his writing repertoire in 2015 when he co-wrote After the Red Rain, a YA novel with New York Times best-selling author Barry Lyga, which was distributed by Little Brown Company. It is a dystopian novel set in a future world of environmental collapse and mass poverty, where a mysterious boy named Rose discovers that he possesses inhuman powers that can irrevocably change the lives of everyone on the planet.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Facinelli splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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093: Chris Chalk

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Find Your WHY

Today we’re sitting down with actor Chris Chalk as he shares how he’s made a career working on Broadway, on TV, and in Film—with some of the industry’s most notable names and memorable projects—like Denzel Washington in FENCES on Broadway, in 12 Years a Slave, on Fox’s Gotham, The Newsroom, and the Netflix mini-series When they See Us. From auditioning across from Denzel, to curating a team of supportive reps who have his back and helped him fight for his goals in this business, he has lots to share about setting an intention in his work and staying excited about the process of telling stories on stage and screen.

In addition to his lengthy list of credits, you can also see him in the upcoming and anticipated HBO series Perry Mason.

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“What is the intention of your life? What is the intention of every relationship? If you just make it a habit everywhere, it will just exist everywhere.”

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084: Wyatt Russell

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If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you’ve probably started to realize just how many different paths a Hollywood career can take—that the meeting of preparation and opportunity can take a thousand different forms, regardless of where you come from or how you first discovered your impulse to be creative and tell stories.

Today we’re sitting down with Wyatt Russell, from Black Mirror, Overlord, Ingrid Goes West, and Lodge 49, as he shares how he came to acting, after a career playing hockey.

He was born in Los Angeles, but soon made his way to Canada so hone his skills on the ice. After several injuries, found his way back to LA and after a few chance encounters, he realized that the business of telling stories on screen might just be for him. After several years of trying to find his place in the industry, he began to discover his niche—playing characters in psychologically nuanced worlds, rich with colorful insight. He’s continued to find opportunities to explore and create with his unique voice, seeking out other collaborators whose works are defined by a similarly distinctive perspective.

Today we discuss how he would change the audition process, confidence in this just being a job, paving your own way, saying no and the exploration of true collaboration.

LODGE 49 is returning for its second season on AMC and he also stars in the upcoming adaptation of The Woman in the Window, starring across Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, and Julianne Moore.

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“With auditioning, there’s no opposing force trying to stop you from anything. It’s just you in the room. And you’re either right, or you’re not. You either do a good job, or you don’t.”

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077: Amanda Warren

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Today we’re chatting with actress, Amanda Warren, whose incredible artistry is matched by her wisdom, insight, and extraordinarily grounded and compassionate energy. She has established herself with a resume that is not only lengthy, but loaded with some of TV and Film’s most respected projects in recent years. From her work with Martin McDonagh and Darren Aronofsky to Denzel Washington, Francis McDormand, and beyond, her work ethic and craftsmanship has earned her the respect of her peers and gained the attention of artists across the industry.

She shares how she works on set, what she’s learned from working with world-class artists, and how she stays focused on her own journey—putting in the work, one step at a time.

Most recently her on screen work includes THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, THE PURGE for USA, MOTHER, HOUSE OF CARDS, BLACK MIRROR, THIS IS US, HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, and Apple TV’s new series DICKINSON.

IG: @amandawarrenofficial

 

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“We do not need to adhere to this ‘stuggling artist’ theory anymore. This is your craft, this is your talent, you are giving of yourself and your tools. I’m going to give you my energy and pay you to see it…”

“You do the work at home so you can play on the day. If you do the work at home, you can do everything 7000 different ways to Sunday.”

“There’s a lot of money that goes into telling stories, expecially with the screen work, and time is money. It is so valuable, expecially these days. People need to know that they are trusting you with not only the story, but the money that they’re going to put into this.”

“There are quality rejections–quality ‘no’s.’ Just because it doesn’t work out for you then, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work out later.”

“What makes those great people so great at what they do…what makes them great craftspeople is that they work with their scene partners, they are never above their scene partner.”

“We’re in the business of saving lives…it’s an escape for people. Don’t think about the business, just bring them with you. Help them escape, help them stop thinking about business.”

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071: Elisabeth Rohm

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Today’s guest is a powerhouse force of knowledge, inspiration, and passion. From her big break on Law & Order, to her work with David O. Russell, she is full of incredible stories that detail her determination and unwillingness to give up. Her approach to her career has been uniquely strategic—she’s made her personal growth just as important as her artistic growth, and through that she’s cultivated a resilience that enables her passion to stand firm through every high and every low that comes with a dynamic Hollywood career.

Elisabeth Röhm is a German-American television and film actress. She is best known for playing Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn in the American TV series Law & Order and Detective Kate Lockley in the TV series Angel, and for her work with David O. Russel in American Hustle and Joy. In addition to her on-screen work, she is also an accomplished writer. As an advocate and voice for women’s fertility issues and heart disease, she is a featured blogger for People Magazine, as well as a published novelist.

 

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“Don’t give up…you’re one job away, you’re one moment away, you’re one step away from the thing that’s going to change your life forever. That is the glory of this business.”

“Do your work. Do it authentically. Do it honestly. Let it transform your soul from audition to audition so that you have gold…”

“Be purposful. Make definite plans. Finish your plans. Be definite in your purpose in life. Have a rich personal life.”

“If you’re feeling intutively very drawn to somebody, meditate on it. Visualize it. See it. See yourself working with this person.”

“I belong to nothing. I’m not seeking any result, other than to be masterful with myself.”

 

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