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Riley Smith on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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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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RE-RELEASE: Ashley Williams

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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER to THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW and the Balance of Motherhood

Ashley Williams is an American film, television, theater actress, who most recently added the title of Producer to her long list of credits. She has had an expansive career with more than a dozen different television pilots and over 150 TV episodes under her belt. Perhaps best known for her roles on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Good Morning Miami, Williams was also a fan favorite on the hit show How I Met Your Mother. Although Williams is currently taking on the biggest role of her life, motherhood, she has also recently taken on the challenge of producing her own films, two of which have already been sold to the Hallmark Channel.

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“My screen test was my first kiss, and by the way I had braces.”

“We had a deal in my house where whenever somebody booked a job, they had to take everybody out to dinner.”

“I wanted to be able to make my nut. That’s always been my goal as an actor. All I need to do is break even, that’s the entire goal.”

“I’m definitely a pound the pavement kind of actor”

“Every audition is an opportunity to try something”


BONUS: Kendra Castleberry

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For today’s episode, we’re chatting with Casting Director, Kendra Castleberry. She walks us through a full-circle tour of a casting director’s journey — from Intern to assistant, and associate to top Casting Director, her career is not unlike that of an actor. Negotiating ambition with reality, and dreams with security, she’s managed to find her niche in an industry that captured her attention from the very beginning.

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Kendra always loved TV and dreamed of a day when she would be a part of making it. Years later, she transplanted to Los Angeles, and discovered her passion for casting. Past television projects include: “Grimm”, “Zoo”, “Castle”, “Warriors” (pilot), “Star-Crossed” (pilot), “Matadors” (pilot), “Happy Town,” “The O.C.,” “Wildfire,” “October Road” and the series regular recasting of “Life on Mars.” She is currently partnered with Billy Murphy, and recently completed work on “Limetown” (starring Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci and Marlee Matlin) for Facebook Watch and “Take Two” (starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian) for ABC.Her extensive resume includes shows like CASTLE, GRIMM, THE O.C., and Facebook’s upcoming crime series LIMETOWN (starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci).

 

 

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“When you forget what it takes to get a job, you lose part of what it is to be an actor. Part of being an actor is the fight to get the job.”

Ashley Williams

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Ashley Williams is an American film, television, theater actress, who most recently added the title of Producer to her long list of credits. She has had an expansive career with more than a dozen different television pilots and over 150 TV episodes under her belt. Perhaps best known for her roles on The Jim Gaffigan Show and Good Morning Miami, Williams was also a fan favorite on the hit show How I Met Your Mother. Although Williams is currently taking on the biggest role of her life, motherhood, she has also recently taken on the challenge of producing her own films, two of which have already been sold to the Hallmark Channel.

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QUOTES:

“My screen test was my first kiss, and by the way I had braces.”

“We had a deal in my house where whenever somebody booked a job, they had to take everybody out to dinner.”

“I wanted to be able to make my nut. That’s always been my goal as an actor. All I need to do is break even, that’s the entire goal.”

“I’m definitely a pound the pavement kind of actor”

“Every audition is an opportunity to try something”

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