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14 Stephanie Szostak on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Stephanie Szostak

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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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Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Brittany S. Hall is an actress best known for her work in HBO’s Ballers in her portrayal of Amber, starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and John David Washington. She has been featured in many television and film projects, including Satisfaction, Being Mary Jane, Survivor’s Remorse, Quarry, and Drumline: A New Beat. She will join Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, and Ricky Whittle in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Nappily Ever After,” a Netflix original romantic comedy. Brittany Hall takes us through her experience with reality television, alter egos, her time as an urban model, a music video girl, into a talented, powerful actress.

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

Brittany Hall Interview on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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“That’s the beauty in our art, that we get that opportunity to be infinite in many ways.”
“I love that I see my growth. I feel my growth. It’s like I’m able to appreciate my growth so much because I was so dark before that I can recognize the light.”
“I’m always interested in what I can be capable of. It’s not for anyone else, it’s for me. I want to know what I can do.”
“Let it come. Don’t force it because you’re going to be hit with resistance. Breathe.”
“I’m unafraid to shine.”

“I use my body to manipulate my mind into what I want to be feeling.”

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An in depth look with the host of THAT ONE AUDITION, Alyshia Ochse, and how she has battled the audition process, scored a few great jobs and what she has learned on her journey into her artistry. These days, Alyshia is best known as “Lucy” opposite Academy Award Winner, Matthew McConaughey, from the critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated TRUE DETECTIVE, as well as her roles in SATISFACTION, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, HART OF DIXIE, GENERAL HOSPITAL and CW show LIFE SENTENCE. Alyshia’s other credits include roles in such movies as THE OTHER WOMAN, PARKER, MARAUDERS, and the highly anticipated indie films, SHE’S IN PORTLAND and OUT OF BLUE.

When she’s not acting, Alyshia spends her time hosting this podcast and championing female driven content.

Tune into our Interview on iTunes HERE

 

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“I always felt a little different and very isolated.”
“I was such loner as a child, but outwardly extroverted.”
“I would sit at the large window in my living room and make up stories about the kids hanging out on the corner.”
“The study of human behavior was happening before I could really intellectualize it.”
“I don’t think I was able to express how I was feeling as a child and I felt like people on TV could emote in ways that I couldn’t.”
“When I grow up I want to be in the TV.”
“I was such an empath and I wanted to alleviate the pain I could feel in others.”
“I felt shame in wanting to be an actor as a child, so I didn’t outwardly express it.”
“I am enough and there is enough for all of us.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“A big part of my journey was fighting for what I wanted to do and now I am fighting for the experience as my characters.”
“I needed to drop my 15lbs of my Kentucky love and wear a lot less makeup and be confident in me.”
“A big part of acting is being confident in your person so you can exude different parts of your person.”
“I’ve done years of therapy to work with the tension between wanting to be seen and hiding from being seen.”
“It took me six years to say I am actor without shame flushing my face.”
“I prayed if I’m not suppose to do this, then make something else show up.”
“I’m riding the wave of confidence and lack of confidence, skill and lack of skill.”
“I found my playfulness when I sank into myself and learned how to like my strengths and weaknesses.”
“I love to learn from people and the human experience.”
“There is this wall between being completely vulnerable and open as the character and not taking on the outside influence.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“As an actor sometimes you don’t give yourself the grace to be heartbroken when you don’t get the part.”
“The industry has made it harder to make a living as an actor. But I think you can embrace living as an working actor if you can embrace the opportunity in the audition.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I like to bring forward the imprint of my characters.
“I try to go against my first impressions of my character and understand what might make them misunderstood.”
“My imaginative work allows me to be constantly be free and in the moment.”
“The ah-ha moment sometimes happens four hours after the audition.” | CLICK TO TWEET
“I think that we are mostly operating out of our own lack.”
“Acting has really taught me how to see the world outside of myself.”
“I’m really grateful for everyone that has told me NO.”
“The ‘no’ is a redirect.”
“There is never a fullness with creativity.”
“I was so desperate to get my creativity back, but I didn’t realize that I had just created…I created a human being.”
“In order to be creative you have to have what I call winter. A time to let yourself reboot.”
“Surround yourself with those that are positive and working hard.”
“Creativity takes time. And time is on your side.”
“Stay in your purpose and enjoy it.”
“Breath and connect. When you get quiet and breath, your intention will rise within you.”
“Be still and know. Trust that knowing.”
“One word that describes artistry: instinct.”
“The instinct that is inside you is your artistry. That is who you are, so trust your instincts.” | CLICK TO TWEET

 

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

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