Tag Archives: Actresses

Patricia Richardson

Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress Patricia Richardson called in to talk about her new movie “Cubby,” which is available on Video on Demand and all digital platforms.  Patricia also had some strong thoughts on the sitcom format, including battles between writers and actors, network interference, and where the laughs can actually be found.

Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle returned to the show after being away for 3 years (but she assured me it was nothing I said and/or did) to talk about season 2 of “Impulse,” which is now playing on YouTube. Missi plays the mom of a girl with the power to teleport.  It took a long time, but I’m accepting the fact that my generation is now playing all the moms and dads.  How am I pushing 50?  Where did the ’90s go??? Anyway, we had a fun chat about moms and kids and DNA and podcasts and cheese.

Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd called in to talk about her new movie Brian Banks, where she plays the mother of the title character.  We discussed how meeting the real people the story is based on informed her acting and how shooting scenes could get a bit intense.  Also: movie snack subterfuge.

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz returned to The Big Wakeup Call to talk about her new movie, “Breakthrough.” We discussed the challenges of playing a character based on an actual person, how she prepared to play a mom, and how she’s working on recording some tunes.

Christina Ricci

unnamed (5)It was a fun chat with Christina Ricci, who called in to promote her new movie Distorted, which is theaters this Friday.   We discussed her lengthy film career, if she’s ever tried method acting, and whether or not we could hold the premiere of the film in my backyard with the outdoor screen (aka the side of my garage).

Marcia Gay Harden

mghOscar and Tony Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden called in to discuss her new memoir, “The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers,” which celebrates her mom, Beverly, who battles Alzheimer’s Disease.  We discussed her journey in writing the book, the relationship of Japanese flower arranging to her own story as well as her mother’s, and the potentials and pitfalls of genetic testing for Alzheimer’s.

Christine Lahti

lahti bookEmmy, Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and director Christine Lahti called in to discuss her new book, “True Stories From an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”  We discussed how the book began as a series of readings and might end up as a film, what makes someone an unreliable narrator, and our attempted careers as mimes.

Arabella Oz

arabella ozArabella Oz called in to talk about her feature film debut “When the Starlight Ends,” which is out now on DVD and Digital HD.  Discussion topics included getting live feedback vs anonymous online reviews, auditioning, support from her dad (Dr. Oz), and whether or not she and I are competing for the same parts.

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright called in to talk about her new film “In Search of Fellini,” based on true events in her life.  We discussed seeing her life played out by a young actress, why she didn’t cast herself in the film in a major role, and thinking about what it means for Bart Simpson to be a grandma.

Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley is best known for playing Jill Garvey on the HBO series The Leftovers.  Margaret called in to talk about her role as a young nun in “Novitiate.”  We discussed how she understood the character, placing herself in that period in history, and working with legends like Melissa Leo and Julianne Nicholson.