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S2 024: Noomi Rapace

S2 024: Noomi Rapace 1500 750 Alyshia Ochse

Peeling Back the Onion of Movies, Character, and Connection.

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born into an artistic family and by the age of seven was making appearances in movies and TV shows in her adoptive home of Iceland. At 15, she returned to Sweden to enroll in the Stockholm Theatre School, and just a few years later was earning accolades in Europe both on-stage and in film.

She achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium Series: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.” In 2011, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her performance “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” as well as an International Emmy Award for Best Actress for the miniseries version of the trilogy.

By 2011, Noomi was taking her talent directly to English-speaking audiences, appearing in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” and following that up as the lead in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel “Prometheus.” Her many credits also include “Daisy Diamond,” “Beyond,” “The Monitor,” “Dead Man Down,” “Child 44,” and “What Happened to Monday.” Noomi produced and stars in her latest film, “The Secrets We Keep,” with Joel Kinnaman and Chris Messina. Look out for its release September 2020.



“The key to everything to me is honesty. It’s like peeling an onion.”

“I’ve always been very passionate about the whole film—like it’s the body and not just the leg that is my character.”

“If you find the breakpoint, you can build your way out of that.”



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Sheldon Candis on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

BONUS: Sheldon Candis

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Use the King’s Money, Serve the People

Today we’re sitting down with an imaginative and perceptive artist, writer and director, Sheldon Candis. He is a force for passionate storytelling, and is unbelievably candid and generous as he shares his personal pursuit to see his stories live on the big screen. He graduated from USC film school where he raised all his own money to produce his thesis project, he shares how he’s continued to fund the production of his art, and how he managed to stay focused and inspired, even when the people writing the checks weren’t quite convinced of his writing and directorial abilities. He continued to press through, never giving up, as he fought for the opportunity to share his stories.

From his 10 years on set as a production assistant to the 56 different drafts of his directorial debut, LUV, he’s stayed committed to developing his authentic voice and staying in the game, in the highest of highs—his film premiering at Sundance, to the lowest of lows, and in every moment in between. He shares how he was able to manage the pressure of directing artists like Common and Dennis Haysbert as a first-time director, and how he found and continues to re-discover the power to define himself and pursue his passion—to tell stories that unite humanity and empower and inspire people from every background.

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis recently created and directed the docu-narrative series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo’s Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV (which he also co-wrote) was an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition. He assembled an incredible cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11-year-old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr.

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“The minute you encounter someone, think about planting a seed as oppose to plucking the flower.”

“Everyone prepares you for how hard it is to break in, but nobody really gives you a heads-up on how hard it is to stick and stay.”


Carmen Ejogo on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

080: Carmen Ejogo

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A Masterclass in Longevity, Range, & Perseverance:

In today’s episode, I got to sit down with an extraordinary actress who has crafted a diligently curated body of work defined by her remarkable range. Carmen Ejogo has played major roles in Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Sparkle with Whitney Houston, It Comes at Night, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Alien: Covenant, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, and most recently opposite Mahershala Ali in the new season of True Detective.

Characteristically tight-lipped about her personal life, Carmen generously pulls back the curtain to reveal how she’s made it this far and how her commitment to her vision has afforded her a career that has captivated audiences and critics alike. She shares how she says no more often than she says yes, and how this discernment has empowered her to keep a clear vision for the stories she wants to give voice to. We also get to chat about how she prepares for an audition, how she balances her art with the business of the industry, and how she decided from the very beginning of her career that her body of work would be defined, not by her appearance, but by her talent, determination, and humanity.

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“I’m a big believer in the power of ‘No’ and I’ve been saying no most of my career and very seldomly do I say yes.”

“When I was starting out, to be an actress you really were made to feel your ingenue years were going to be your best years and you had to make those work for you…I just realized early enough on that there was going to be a shelf life if I took that attitude on board. I really had to prove that I could act.”


020: Johnathon Schaech

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Johnathon Schaech started his career some twenty five years ago saddling up and slinging a gun in THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR. Since then he’s starred in over 90 productions. Finding himself starring opposite some of Hollywood’s greatest talents like Jessica Lange and Gwenyth Paltrow in HUSH, Winona Ryder in HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Idris Elba in PROM NIGHT and most notably Tom Hanks in Hank’s directorial debut, THAT THING YOU DO! (Too name just a few.) In the last several years; Johnathon has been reinventing himself as a leading man to watch.

Starring in the thriller PHANTOM opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny. Making a movie star turn on the first season of Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN opposite Liev Shrieber and Jon Voight. He recurred as a heroic cop in CBS’s BLUE BLOODS along side Donnie Wahlberg and played a haunted eyed detective opposite Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni in the Lionsgate’s feature MARAUDERS. Most recently Schaech saddled up for the History Channel’s TEXAS RISING going toe to toe with Bill Paxton’s Sam Houston as the fiery Colonel Sherman. Now you can find him riding high again for Warner Bros as the famous comic antihero Jonah Hex in DC’S LEGEND’S OF TOMORROW. Jonah sometimes makes appearances on THE FLASH and ARROW.

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“You have to follow your heart. Your body will catch up.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Shame is something that you are that you can’t change. Guilt is something that you’ve done.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Being Dyslexia is not something I did, it’s something I am.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Dyslexia is a mark of genius.”

“You can’t take the arts out of the schools because that is the only way I got to the other side of understanding my disability. The arts brought it all to me.”

“Actions in between matter. The lines don’t matter. Get what you want.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“Dyslexics find the meaning in the word-Dyslexia Advantage.”

“Don’t force anything. If you don’t force anything you’ll win.” | CLICK TO TWEET

“I had the fire in me. I was so determined to find my voice.”

“Every actor needs to take their moment. You need to take your power. You need to take your moment to shine.” | CLICK TO TWEET


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