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14 Stephanie Szostak on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Stephanie Szostak

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The Importance of Mental Health As An Artist

French-American actress, Stephanie Szostak never thought of becoming an actress. She left France after high school to study business and play varsity golf at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon graduating college, Szostak landed a job in marketing at Chanel in New York and was eventually asked to model for one of their in-house brochures. It was at that moment that she decided to take a leap of faith and start a modeling career at 26-years-old. Three years later, Szostak took her first acting class in New York City and knew that she had finally found her passion. Soon after, she landed a role opposite Meryl Streep in the iconic film, “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Szostak stars as one of the leads in the ABC drama “A Million Little Things.” The series, created by DJ Nash and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (“Divorce,” “Life in Pieces”) and Dana Honor, follows a group of friends whose lives are intertwined and eventually turned upside down when one of them suddenly dies.

Szostak has also appeared in guest roles on the TV Land series “Younger,” Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” and CBS’ “Bull.” She also starred opposite Matt Passmore in USA Network’s “Satisfaction,” a provocative drama from Sean Jablonski (“Nip/Tuck,” “Suits”) that explored a modern marriage at its core. Additionally, Szostak appeared in the Ricky Blitt-directed independent comedy “Hit by Lightning” alongside Jon Cryer and Will Sasso, and co-starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in Universal Pictures’ “R.I.P.D.” In 2013, Szostak took on her first action role as the villain ‘Brandt’ opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.” The film, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, brought in $174 million domestically in its opening weekend and has since passed the $1 billion mark globally. Also in 2013, Szostak appeared in Ross Krauss’ “Gimme Shelter” with Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser and Rosario Dawson.

In 2011, Szostak played Matt Damon’s late-wife in the Fox comedy-drama from Cameron Crowe titled “We Bought a Zoo,” and in 2010 she starred as the female lead opposite Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and Zach Galifianakis in Paramount Pictures’ “Dinner for Schmucks,” the American adaptation of the 1998 French comedy “Le Dîner de Cons,” directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents” and “Austin Powers” franchises).

In 2006, Szostak rivaled Meryl Streep’s ‘Miranda Priestly’ as French Vogue Editor, ‘Jacqueline Follet’ in David Frankel’s beloved take on Lauren Weisberger’s novel of the same name, “The Devil Wears Prada.” The film received critical acclaim and garnered an AFI Award for ‘Movie of the Year,’ a Golden Globe nomination in the category of ‘Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical’ and was named one of the Top Ten Films of the year by the National Board of Review, among others.

Additional projects include the French film, “Une aventure New Yorkaise” (“A New York Thing”) alongside actor Jonathan Zaccai, “The Rebound” directed by Bart Freundlich and starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Italian comedy “Four Single Fathers, Motherhood” starring Uma Thurman, “The Good Heart” with Brian Cox, and Jeff Winner’s independent film “Satellite,” for which Szostak received a Best Actress award at the BendFilm Festival. Other television credits include the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos” and the hit NBC series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Szostak has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the College of William and Mary and is an avid golfer. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and two sons.


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“I’m going to tell this character’s story my way and if it’s not a good fit, then it’s not a good fit.”

“I do not know what’s going to happen in this next second.”

“What do I need to do to be a better actor? What does that mean for me?”

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Credits:

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

Neil Sandilands on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Neil Sandilands

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The 6 Pillars for A.C.T.O.R.S.

In 2021, award-winning actor Neil Sandilands can be seen starring in Netflix’s highly anticipated, sci-fi/fantasy drama series “Sweet Tooth.” Based on the beloved DC Vertigo comics by Jeff Lemire and executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., the show follows a boy who is half human and half deer, and is searching for a new beginning in a post-apocalyptic world. Sandilands shines as General Abbot, (opposite Dania Ramirez, Christian Convery, and Nonso Anozie) a self-appointed general who leads through wit, intimidation, and quirkiness. “Sweet Tooth” is slated to premiere on June 4, 2021.

In film, Sandilands was most recently seen starring as Wilhelm Leonberger opposite Tom Hanks in Universal Pictures’ Academy Award nominated feature “News of the World” (2020) directed by Paul Greengrass. A master of disguise, Sandilands recently starred as super villain “Big Bad” Clifford Devoe/The Thinker on The CW’s hit show “The Flash.” Additional television credits include starring as the contentious, mythological character Titus in “The 100” for The CW, AMC/Sundance TV’s “Hap and Leonard” opposite James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams, Christina Hendricks, Jimmi Simpson and Bill Sage, “House MD,” “The Americans” and “NCIS: LA.” In 2018, Sandilands starred opposite Eric Roberts in an indie biopic about Frank Sinatra entitled “Frank and Ava” as famed Hollywood director, Fred Zinneman. 2019 featured his portrayal as The Violator in Lionsgate’s “The Drone” – a contemporary homage to the film “Child’s Play.” Also in 2019, “Coyote Lake” introduced Sandilands to the Latin market, as he starred alongside Oscar nominee Adriana Barrazza, as well as Manny Perez and Camilla Mendez.

Born in the mining town of Randfontein, South Africa, Sandilands is arguably one of the country’s most versatile actors, bringing characters to life in film and television for over three decades, having started his professional acting career at just fourteen years old. Sandilands is the eldest of three children, his father having been a mining professional and his mother a teacher. He attended boarding school in neighboring town Krugersdorp and with the help of an encouraging teacher, booked his first television acting gig in “Meester” (The Master) in 1989. Sandilands received his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Rand Afrikaans University. He received an honorary award for his contribution to Arts & Culture from the University, having won its Theatre Festival three years consecutively with plays that he had written and starred in, as well as initiating an International Film Festival.

Sandilands crossed the international divide in 2003 with the arthouse film “Proteus” by Canadian director John Greyson, and by 2007 he was a household name in South Africa. He is well known for his portrayal of Bart Kruger in the South African soap opera “7de Laan.” However, Sandilands had his sights on an international career, and has made the transition seamlessly. While Sandilands can currently be seen appearing in projects with a global reach, he still works often in South Africa where he performs in his native tongue, Afrikaans (English is his second language).

In May of 2021, Sandilands released his debut album “Sangoma Sandilands & Jou Pa se Posse – Maanskyn”, in his native tongue, Afrikaans. The album leaped to Number 1 on iTunes South Africa’s charts in 24 hours. Sandilands considers this album an artistic and literary contribution to his country of birth. He collaborated with the cream of South African musicians to produce this 10 track album, writing and composing 7 of the tracks, performing lead vocals and playing the ukulele. He had two previous #1 hits with renowned South African performer Karen Zoid.

Accolades for Sandilands include being a recipient of the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences award for his directorial work on “Impresario” – a 21-episode documentary. In 2014 he received a Clio, also as a documentary director. Sandilands is most proud of the fact that he played rugby in South Africa, America, England, Wales and Ireland, and regards the South African Rugby World Cup victory in 2019, for the 3rd time, a miraculous anomaly. He enjoys fishing and cites his philosophical development as being most influenced by Camus, Wittgenstein, Deleuze and Nietzsche, in reverse order. He would love to portray Nietzsche or the character Meursault from Camus’ “L’Étranger” in the future.

Sandilands currently splits his time between South Africa, and Los Angeles, California.


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QUOTES:

“I am first a human being and then I’m an actor.”

“I think your most valuable auditions are probably the ones that you don’t book.”

“Make every breath [in life] count.”

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Credits:

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

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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.


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“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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Credits:

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

Michelle Monaghan Featured

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How to Bring Forth Your Best Creative Self

Today’s guest fits the perfect + poignant mold for our 50th episode -With thick-skin, an optimist’s heart and a realist’s mind, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan will tell us how being championed by her parents in a town of 700, mentored by Frances McDormand in the North Country and ending up on Constantine’s cutting room floor gave her the courage, confidence and opportunity to make every mission…possible.

Michelle Monaghan is an Golden Globe nominated actress with nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Her roles in television and film are as diverse as they are challenging and powerful to watch. She is best known for her work as Harmony Faith Lane in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. She is known for her recurring role as Julia Meade-Hunt in J. J. Abrams massive hit the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise. She is known for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award Nominated Gone Baby Gone in her role as Angie Gennaro, featuring two Boston detectives investigating the kidnapping of a little girl. Michelle is additionally known for her film performances in Source Code, Trucker, North Country, The HeartBreak Kid, and The Bourne Supremacy. She’s starred in the Hulu series The Path as Sarah Lane with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy, and the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated True Detective as Maggie Hart. She’s guest starred in numerous television shows including Boston Public, Young Americans, and American Dad. You can catch her in Mission: Impossible Fallout in theatres today.

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LINKS:
QUOTES:

“Never let them see you sweat.”

“The most powerful moments are the moments unsaid, and it’s all those moments in between.”

“You learn the most about yourself in your independent filmmaking style. You learn the most about film, but also about acting.”

 


050: Michelle Monaghan

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50th episode with Alyshia’s role model, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan.

Today’s guest fits the perfect + poignant mold for our 50th episode -With thick-skin, an optimist’s heart and a realist’s mind, the incomparable Michelle Monaghan will tell us how being championed by her parents in a town of 700, mentored by Frances McDormand in the North Country and ending up on Constantine’s cutting room floor gave her the courage, confidence and opportunity to make every mission…possible.

Michelle Monaghan is an Golden Globe nominated actress with nearly 20 years of experience in this industry. Her roles in television and film are as diverse as they are challenging and powerful to watch. She is best known for her work as Harmony Faith Lane in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which she starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. She is known for her recurring role as Julia Meade-Hunt in J. J. Abrams massive hit the Mission: Impossible series, starring Tom Cruise. She is known for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award Nominated Gone Baby Gone in her role as Angie Gennaro, featuring two Boston detectives investigating the kidnapping of a little girl. Michelle is additionally known for her film performances in Source Code, Trucker, North Country, The HeartBreak Kid, and The Bourne Supremacy. She’s starred in the Hulu series The Path as Sarah Lane with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy, and the critically acclaimed Emmy and Golden Globe Nominated True Detective as Maggie Hart. She’s guest starred in numerous television shows including Boston Public, Young Americans, and American Dad. You can catch her in Mission: Impossible Fallout in theatres today.

 

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

 

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QUOTES:

“Never let them see you sweat.”

“The most powerful moments are the moments unsaid, and it’s all those moments in between.”

“I’m also a really firm believer in quality versus quantity.”

“You learn the most about yourself in your independent filmmaking style. You learn the most about film, but also about acting.”

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