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S2 039: Alain Uy

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Amplifying Voice & Leaning Into Failure

From bringing diverse and dynamic characters to life on screen, to flexing his entrepreneurial spirit through his production company Them Too, multi hyphenate actor, director, producer, and writer Alain Uy has become “one to watch” in the entertainment industry, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

This year, Alain can be seen starring in Hulu/Marvel’s upcoming thriller-drama series “Helstrom” opposite Sydney Lemmon, and Tom Austen. The show follows Daimon (Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Lemmon), the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity. Alain is a scene stealer as Chris Yen, Ana Helstrom’s confidant, business partner, and right hand man. “Helstrom” is the first series in Marvel Television’s Adventure into Fear franchise, and is slated for premiere on October 16, 2020.

On the film front Alain can next be seen starring in the indie action/comedy feature “Paper Tigers.” Written, directed, and produced by filmmaker on the rise Bao Tran, “Paper Tigers” tells the story of three Kung Fu prodigies: Danny (Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) who have grown up into washed up, middle aged men who are just one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death. “Paper Tigers” is currently on the national and international festival circuit.

Born in Dagupan City, Philippines and originally from Chinese-Filipino descent, Alain moved to Los Angeles at six years old with his parents and four siblings. Growing up, he had an innate love for the arts. Alain trained to be a professional dancer in high school until his dance career was halted when he fractured his hips in a car accident, and could not walk for over six months. While in recovery he began to explore other facets of the entertainment business, which led him to the study abroad program at Oxford University in the UK. There, Alain immersed himself in theatre, and when he returned to the states he began his professional career as an actor.

Additional television credits for Alain include: HBO’s “True Detective,” FOX’s “The Passage,” “Grimm,” “Pure Genius,” “The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” to name a few.

Aside from his acting career, Alain is the Founder and creative force behind Los Angeles based production company, Them Too. Birthed during the financial crisis of 2008, Alain harnessed his desire to expand his entrepreneurial side while producing and directing, through the company. Since its inception Them Too has produced content for A list musical acts including: The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Avicii, DeadMau5, and Calvin Harris. Alain has directed new media profiles, live events, and short docs for Pharell Williams, Questlove, Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott, Rev Run and comedian Jo Koy for Comedy Central. Them Too has also created short form commercial narratives for established brands such as Perrier Jouet, Adidas, Levi’s, Stussy, MGM, and Aria. In 2017 Them Too launched into fictional narrative content with the award winning comedy short “Companion,” which won Best Director (Matt Ferrucci) and Best Comedy TV Series at ITVFest. Alain and Them Too currently have a handful of projects in development, in the scripted film/television space.


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QUOTES:

“The reason why we fail it’s just an indication that we’re trying.”

“Failure is going to hurt, but it’s only going to bruise your ego.”

“I don’t look for lessons within the results, the lessons are in the journey.”

 


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087: Russell Hornsby

087: Russell Hornsby 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Today we have a fascinating conversation with actor, Russell Hornsby—from Grimm, Seven Seconds, and The Hate You Give—as well as FENCES, both on Broadway and in the film, his career is full of valuable lessons he’s learned.

After twenty years in the industry, he shares how a long-term career was not a given reality for him, but rather something he’s had to fight for every step of the way. His advice is equal parts inspiration and tough love, so whether you’re just starting out or are a few years in, he’s got some healthy perspective about being honest with yourself, doing the work, and putting everything you have on the line for your art.

Russell Hornsby is an American theater, television, and film actor. He is known for his roles as Edward “Eddie” Sutton on ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights, as Luke on the HBO drama In Treatment, as Detective Hank Griffin on the NBC series Grimm, and as Lyons in the movie Fences.

After finishing his studies at Oxford, Hornsby moved to New York City and was subsequently cast in leading roles in Off Broadway productions of To Kill a Mockingbird (as Atticus Finch), Joe Louis Blues, and Six Degrees of Separation (as Paul). In the late 1990s, he decided to move to Los Angeles in order to transition into television and film. He has appeared in several different television productions including appearing in recurring roles in Haunted as Detective Marcus Bradshaw and Gideon’s Crossing as Chief Resident Dr. Aaron Boise. His other television credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order, and In Justice among others. He also played running back Leon Taylor in ESPN’s drama series Playmakers. On the big screen, he has appeared in such films as After the Sunset, Big Fat Liar, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Keep the Faith, Baby, Meet the Parents, and Stuck among others. In 2000, Hornsby appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Jitney for which he won a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.

He starred in the NBC fantasy drama Grimm from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, he played Isaiah Butler in the Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds. That same year, Hornsby joined the cast of the movie Creed II.

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“Know why you’re going into this, know why you’re doing it, because the industry doesn’t need you. They don’t care. You can’t do this for the moment or think you’re going to get rich, because it’s hard.”

“Not what are you WILLING to do, what are you GOING to do to stay in the game?”

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