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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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Credits:

  • WRITER: Nicole Steinwedell
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

S2 005: Sarah Wayne Callies

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From Tarzan to Zombies: a Survival Guide For Living in Truth

Sarah Wayne Callies is an actor, writer, director, and producer. She’s made an inedible impression on audiences worldwide by bringing complex and powerful female characters to life on screen.

After her breakout TV role as Jane Porter on The WB’s Tarzan, Sarah may be best known from her starring role as Lori Grimes on AMC’s record-breaking series The Walking Dead. Sarah made a huge impression on audiences as one of the original cast members, hand-picked by Frank Darabont. Additional credits for Sarah include a recent starring role in the critically acclaimed Sundance TV/CBC mini-series Unspeakable, National Geographic’s The Long Road Home, USA Network’s Colony, and FOX’s Prison Break. In Spring 2020, Sarah can be seen starring in the upcoming NBC drama series Council of Dads alongside Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott and Michele Weaver.

For almost 20 years Sarah has been affiliated with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees worldwide. Her passion and dedication to this organization has led to working in their camps in Iran, Jordan, Serbia, Macedonia, and Thailand. You can learn more about these communities by exploring her contributions to the Huffington Post.


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“Any career is a miracle and a series of accidents.”

“If you don’t pivot, then you’re stuck.”

“Choosing a television show is a little bit like getting married, like you sign a 7year prenup. It’s a real commitment.”

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Credits:

  • WRITER: Lizzy Dalla Betta
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

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Los Angeles-based actress, bestselling author, host of That One Audition podcast, entrepreneur, & mother.

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