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011 Karen Gillan on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Karen Gillan

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Fear-Less vs Fear-Ful

At age 16, Karen decided she wanted to pursue her acting career further and studied under the renowned theatre director Scott Johnston at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. She later attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy in London. During her first year, she landed a role on Rebus(2000) and soon appeared in a variety of programs including Channel 4’s Stacked (2008) and The Kevin Bishop Show (2008), as well as a two-year stint on the long-running series Doctor Who (2005). Karen also starred in the film Outcast (2010), starring James Nesbitt. She also starred as Eliza Dooley on the situation comedy Selfie(2014).

She can currently be seen in Netflix’s big summer action movie, GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE. Karen plays a badass female assassin who, when a job goes wrong, must choose between serving the ruthless crime syndicate she works for and saving the life of an 8-year old girl. Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh co-star as a cohort of assassins she teams up with to take down the army of men coming to take everything from them.

Upcoming she will reprise her role as ‘Nebula’ in Taika Waititi’s THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, which is slated for release on May 6, 2022, as well as James Gunn’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 opposite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper, which will be released in 2023. She recently wrapped production on Judd Apatow’s THE BUBBLE for Netflix opposite Pedro Pascal, Fred Armisen and Maria Bakalova. Karen is also set to star opposite Awkwafina in Amazon’s action-comedy SHELLY as well as opposite Aaron Paul in the sci-fi thriller DUAL.


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“I kept writing to an agent when I was 15, I pestered him, he said he took me on because of my sheer perseverance.”

“I wish I could learn something from the younger me, more so than the other way around. “Younger me was fear-LESS, and now I am fear-FUL”

“If I can’t take the normal router, how do I take a weird angle, just get crazy”


Credits:

  • WRITER: Juan Francisco Villa
  • SOUND DESIGN: Zachary Jameson
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

035 Jenn Lyon on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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F*%k that Noise!

Born and raised in North Carolina, Jenn Lyon is an award-winning stage actress who recently made the leap to film and television work. She moved to New York after graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked extensively in theatre ever since. Theatre highlights include appearing on Broadway in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s trilogy, “The Coast of Utopia” (11 TONY awards) and Larry David’s hit comedy “Fish in the Dark.” Her Off-Broadway credits include A.R. Gurney’s “The Wayside Motor Inn” (Drama Desk Ensemble Award) and the premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Hold on to Me Darling” at the Atlantic Theatre (New York Times Best Plays of 2016). In addition, she has originated roles in world premiere works such as John Guare’s “Are You There MacPhee?”.

Lyon has shared both stage and screen time with Tim Olyphant in both “Hold On To Me Darling” and as his love interest in FX’s “Justified” Seasons 3 and 4, and starred opposite George Lopez and Danny Trejo in the sitcom “Saint George.” Other television appearances include “Army Wives”, “Louie”, and “Crashing” (soon to air on HBO). Film credits include “Phil Spector” with Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, and indies “Flower Shop” and “Lemon”. She recently completed production on a film titled “Blaze”, directed by Ethan Hawke.

Jenn has been very outspoken about body positivity and owning her curves—not to mention women’s reproductive rights. She’s received some flack for being so opinionated, and she doesn’t care—she’s one who uses her voice and platform to make a difference, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.

Jenn has had quite a journey in life and is no doubt using that road traveled to help inspire others. For years she struggled with an eating disorder that came close to ending her life, and thanks to the Renfrew Center in NYC was able to get the treatment she needed. Jenn is showing other women that it’s okay to take up space (we’re not all a size 2), and it’s okay to have a voice and to use it. It’s all about being healthy. (Alara please use for IG)

Jenn Lyon currently stars in TNT’s CLAWS.


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“I can give you a sonnet, and I can give you armpit farts- which not a lot of ladies can do! But I can!”

“I’ve always been good at the science of comedy on stage… but now I felt like I was able to take pauses and let shit breathe in a way that I never had before.”

“We prioritize knowing over learning. I am retraining my brain to prioritize learning over knowing.”

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Credits:

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

Michael Urie on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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Why You Should Ask For What You Want

Michael Urie is a native Texan who was active in Speech & Drama all through high school. He trained in theatre studies at Collin County Community College before being accepted at the Julliard School where he was the recipient of the John Houseman prize for excellence in classical theater. In 2006, Urie joined the cast of ABC’s dramedy UGLY BETTY, appearing as Marc St. James, the assistant of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams). Twice he and the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Urie has also appeared regularly on other hit shows such as YOUNGER, PARTNERS, and THE GOOD WIFE, and THE GOOD FIGHT.

He’s returned often to his theater roots, making a Broadway debut in the second revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. His performance in the one-man show BUYER & CELLER won him a Clarence Derwent Award and Drama Desk Award. Additional theater credits include TORCH SONG on Broadway, THE TEMPERAMENTALS, and HAMLET with the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Urie will soon be teaming up with his UGLY BETTY co-star Becki Newton on FUN, a sitcom for CBS and WARNER BROS TV. And most recently Urie participated in a live stream reading of NORA HIGHLAND by Ryan Spahn, which benefited Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund and Covenant House New York.


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“It’s not gonna happen if you’re not having fun.”

“Follow the green lights.” – Michael Patrick King

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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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