The Staffa Corner

Greg Staffa

Greg Staffa created The Staffa Corner Podcast to provide listeners with a Staffatarian look at entertainment and life. Focusing on honest conversation, Staffa’s podcast is an appreciation of those he finds interesting in and out of television and film.The journey taken by Staffa in the industry started more than 8 years ago writing for Your Entertainment Corner. Motivated by the desire to become more knowledgeable in his field, he leveraged his learned and acquired knowledge and skills and earned himself the opportunity to interview celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Ethan Hawke, Martin Freeman and Seth Rogan among others. Setting up his own in home studio, Staffa is branching out into podcasting while continuing to write for YEC. An unsung hero recognized by The St. Cloud Times in 2013, and a Staffatarian to the core, Staffa spent several months in 2010 on a 48-state road trip transforming the perception of homelessness. During this time, he handed out over 1,000 pairs of socks and hundreds of cups of coffee to the homeless, before he finally settling down in St Cloud Minnesota. By July 2020 Staffa’s journey came full circle having bought a home. To his credit, he still finds time to help others. Staffa is able to build and maintain incredible working relationships, an attribute that has contributed greatly to his success. Consequently, actors, writers and directors among other TV/film stars are always open to guest. He has covered red carpet premieres for films like Stuber and Booksmart among other star studded TV premieres. read less
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Episodes

Producer Christina Fon and Actress Brittany LeBorgne Talk About Mohawk Girls
Dec 28 2021
Producer Christina Fon and Actress Brittany LeBorgne Talk About Mohawk Girls
Joining me for this episode of The Staffa Corner is Christina Fon, the producer of Mohawk Girls, along with one of the series stars, Brittany LeBorgne, who plays the sexually curious Zoe. Running for five seasons from 2014-2017, the Canadian series that premiered on OMNI Television is finding new life in the U.S. on the Peacock streaming service.  Developed by Tracey Deer and based on her 2005 documentary of the same name, Mohawk Girls is often described as “Sex in the City for Indigenous People.” The series follows the lives of Bailey (Jennifer Pudavick), Caitlin (Heather White), Zoe, and Anna (Maika Harper) as they navigate the ups and downs of life as a young women living on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake near Montreal.  Full disclosure, until days before the interview I’d never heard of the series. Initially, I had reservations, wondering if a show about four indigenous women in their 20s would have much entertainment value for an old white guy in his mid 40s. As I watched the first two seasons prior to the interview, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the series.  One of the things I found interesting was the subject of sexuality and the parallels it has to the girls' lives. Zoe, especially as she explores her sexuality, feels the pressure of how her community and even friends might judge her if they learned her secrets. As much as the show deals with sexual topics, it’s not at all gratuitous.  My biggest disappointment is realizing a white man crushing on Zoe and Bailey wouldn’t get very far with either of them because it’s frowned upon in their culture.  There’s an interesting cultural mix as many Mohawk traditions are kept while living in this modern world. As a viewer, you get to learn about the culture without it feeing forced,  While it likely wouldn’t have been on my radar had it not been for my podcast, Mohawk Girls is an entertaining show. Some of the infighting and bitchiness does take some getting used to but the characters treat their attitude almost like a game. Overall, I enjoyed learning about an indigenous group I was not aware of. I want to thank Christine and Brittany for coming on The Staffa Corner Podcast and can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Zoe gets into during the rest of the series. Check out Mohawk Girls on Peacock.
Actor William Sadler Talks About Shawshank Redemption, Bill & Ted, Die Hard 2, and More
Oct 7 2021
Actor William Sadler Talks About Shawshank Redemption, Bill & Ted, Die Hard 2, and More
Joining me on this episode of The Staffa Corner is talented actor William “Bill” Sadler. Bill has appeared in films like Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Iron Man 3, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and more. He has countless TV appearances including Roswell, White Collar, The Blacklist, and one of my favorites, God Friended Me. Despite interviewing countless celebrities, I fully admit I was nervous about recording this episode. Not because Bill’s a Hollywood icon but because in the 27 years since Shawshank Redemption first premiered, he has been asked every possible question about the movie repeatedly. As much as I love the film, there wasn’t anything new I could bring to the discussion. And yet, I really wanted to talk about Shawshank Redemption. Thankfully, Bill was nothing but an absolute pleasure to interview. I was captivated by his stories involving many of the films I’ve grown to love. From learning how he developed his character Death for Bill and Ted, to events that led to the casting of some of his iconic roles, I was fascinated. I was especially inspired when listening to him talk about being willing to ask questions and take chances on things.To my delight, Bill was more than willing to talk about Shawshank Redemption. It was an honor discussing the film with a star of perhaps the best film of my lifetime. We dove deeper by talking about the lasting impact, as well as how young people like YouTube influencer Natalie Gold are discovering the film for the first time and posting their reactions online.Listening to Bill discuss his upcoming film A Stage of Twilight is riveting. The film doesn’t come out until 2023 but the passion in his voice makes me eager to check it out. Perhaps our paths will cross again at some point, maybe a film festival premiere. A sincere thanks to Bill for joining me on The Staffa Corner, as well as Karina Hjorth who helped connect the two of us
Actor Brandon Jay McLaren Talks About Power Rangers S.P.D., Graceland, Turner & Hooch, and More
Sep 28 2021
Actor Brandon Jay McLaren Talks About Power Rangers S.P.D., Graceland, Turner & Hooch, and More
In 2014, I took part in a press call with Brandon Jay McLaren, one of the stars of the hit USA Network series Graceland. During the interview (found here) I let him know while I enjoyed his performance as U.S. Customs agent Dale Jakes I was frustrated with how little screen time he was getting. He assured me a major shift for Jakes was coming. Thankfully, he was right.Fast forward to 2021, Disney announces Turner & Hooch, a follow-up series to the classic Tom Hanks film of the same name. Airing weekly on Disney+ the series stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, Matt Hamilton as Trent Havelock, and McLaren as US Marshal Xavier Watkins. When I heard the news, I was excited to see what the series had to offer.  As much as I enjoy the series I found myself with a familiar question - why isn’t there more of McLaren?So who better to ask than the Canadian-born actor himself. I reached out to McLaren and he was gracious enough to come on The Staffa Corner to talk about the series and my concerns, as well as his career. Once again McLaren put me at ease by assuring me this is only the beginning for his character.With my concerns appeased I welcomed the chance to catch up with the talented actor. Talking to McLaren is a delight as he sincerely discussed how fortunate he’s been in his career. I especially appreciated hearing the cautious approach he took when offered the role of the Red Ranger on Power Rangers S.P.D.I’m beyond excited to learn he’s joining ABC’s The Rookie for a multi-episode storyline. Having played various types of law enforcement characters I’m excited to see him on the other side of the law. I sincerely appreciate McLaren taking the time out of his busy schedule to join me on The Staffa Corner. Hopefully, it won’t be another seven years before our next interview.To find out more about Reach Within, a charity close to McLaren’s heart, you can visit their website here. You can also check out Turner & Hooch every Wednesday on Disney+.Finally, be sure to check out my interview with McLaren’s Turner & Hooch costar Matt Hamilton here.
Actor Matt Hamilton Talks About New Series Turner & Hooch on Disney+ and More
Jul 26 2021
Actor Matt Hamilton Talks About New Series Turner & Hooch on Disney+ and More
Matt Hamilton is a talented award-winning actor, having appeared on shows like Arrow and Supernatural as well as countless TV movies including A Wedding to Remember, Holiday Hearts, and The Dating List. His latest project is the new series Turner & Hooch on Disney+. The series isn’t a reboot of the classic 1989 comedy of the same name starring Tom Hanks, but rather a continuation of the story years later. Matt plays Senior Deputy Marshal in the series which stars Josh Peck (Scott Turner). While Matt’s character Trent loves being in the spotlight and taking down criminals, the thing he isn’t fond of is dogs. In addition to Matt and Josh, the series stars Lyndy Fonseca, Carra Petterson, and Anthony Ruivivar, just to name a few.  It’s always fun talking to an actor before a series premieres because their answers are raw. They aren’t playing off what critics have said or the latest Twitter buzz.Their comments are totally unfiltered. You can hear the sense of pride in Matt’s voice as he describes a fight scene he shot for episode nine. One of the things I couldn’t help but notice is most, if not all, of Matt’s work has been done in and around Vancouver, the same area wherehe grew up and went to college. While that part of Canada is a hotspot for the television and film industries. I wondered if as an actor the area had become a security blanket of sorts and was surprised by his response. I enjoyed my conversation with Matt and hope the success of Turner & Hooch leads to bigger and better opportunities for. Perhaps some producers will take notice of him and his writings.
Actress Michelle Mitchenor Talks About Joining The First Wives Club on BET+ and More.
Jul 14 2021
Actress Michelle Mitchenor Talks About Joining The First Wives Club on BET+ and More.
My guest this episode is the talented dancer and actress Michelle Mitchenor. She’s performed with names like Rihanna and Beyonce but is best known for her role as Detective Sonya Bailey on the Fox series Lethal Weapon. Mitchenor can be seen next on the second season of BET+'s hit series The First Wives Club premiering on July 15.Based on the 1996 comedy film starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler, the reboot series stars Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott, and Michelle Buteau. Mitchenor joins the cast as Jayla, a sorority sister of the women on the show who went on to become an attorney.As Mitchenor is relatively new to acting, it’s fascinating to hear how she made the transition from dancing and how that hard work has helped her become a better actress. Hopefully, the series will allow her to show off some dance moves. One of the things I found insightful while talking to Mitchenor was our discussion about TV viewing, especially when it comes to race. Shows like Dr. Ken, Fresh off the Boat, and The First Wives Club can easily be described as an Asian or Black series. But there’s so much more to them than the color of their skin. Someone like actress Brie Larson might have had good intentions in mind when she said she didn’t care what a white man had to say about a particular film. But that mindset does more harm than good because we all should be open to shows outside of our norm. With so many shows on so many platforms, it has become easy to dismiss a series assuming it’s not aimed at you. To have the mindset of loving The First Wives Club movie but then assume the series is not for you after learning it is on BET+. Many people talk about the importance of inclusivity and diversity in our daily lives yet dismiss it when it comes to our viewing habits.And it’s not just about race. When Disney+ came out with Big Shot starring John Stamos, there was a part of me that wanted to dismiss this show about a girls’ high school basketball team. Turns out Big Shot is one of my favorite streaming shows of the year. Not to mention cast member Yvette Nicole Brown who gives one of my favorite performances of hers. Good writing and good characters should be colorblind. Make me laugh and I don’t care what race or background you are. It would be easy to dismiss Big Shot and yet I lost track of how many times the show had me in tears thanks to strong writing and a great cast. With that said I hope more people give The First Wives Club a chance.Wrapping things up, it was wonderful to hear the passion in Michelle’s voice talking about The Mitchenor Foundation, a charity she started to provide visual and performing arts education courses for children in under-served communities. I enjoyed hearing about the Foundation’s recent work on Skid Row in California. I sincerely appreciate talking to Mitchenor and hope you check out season two of The First Wives Club on July 15 on BET+ especially if you are a fan of the movie. One last comment on what Brie Larson and others have said about critics. She’s right in some sense; there does need to be more diversity with critics but not at the detriment of calling out others due to their race. Speaking as someone who literally went from homeless to writing hundreds of reviews and interviewing countless celebrities, I proudly stand by my reviews as being fair and honest. Frankly, that's how everyone should be judged— by the quality of their work and how they treat others.I again thank Michelle Mitchenor for partaking in this meaningful discussion and coming on The Staffa Corner. **Clarification - a couple of times during our conversation I referred to the Disney+ series as Big Shots&a
Rock Prodigy Kjersti Long Talks Music and Dealing with Anxiety
Jun 20 2021
Rock Prodigy Kjersti Long Talks Music and Dealing with Anxiety
Labeled a rock prodigy at the age of 14 years old, Kjersti Long has already made a name for herself. Writing her first song Rollercoaster at the age of 9, the talented songwriter and singer was headlining at the iconic rock club The Bitter End in New York City by the time she turned 11. She’s performed at such notable venues as The Apollo and House of Blues. Recently she released her first single Not Your Princess.During our conversation, it didn’t take long for me to be impressed by the maturity of this young woman. Not only does she have a good head on her shoulders, but she’s also wildly entertaining to listen to. I couldn’t help but laugh at her story of how her single Not Your Princess came to be. Just from talking to Kjersti, it’s clear she’s a gifted storyteller and I’m excited to hear her talent in future songs.It’s refreshing to learn someone with her gifts wants to use them to empower other young women. She realizes her battles with anxiety are nothing to be ashamed of. Despite the age gap, I found her stories relatable on a human level. Frankly, many adults could learn a thing or two from this rising star, As much as I enjoyed talking to this singing prodigy, I was initially hesitant. It had nothing to do with Kjersti but how we as adults treat kids these days. We become dismissive when a teen experiences heartbreak. Rather than being supportive we often impose reality checks, especially when young adults  talk about hopes and dreams. I found myself very self-aware as to not mention my own experiences to her. Just because I had no clue what I wanted out of life at 14 doesn’t mean she doesn’t. And let’s be honest, after listening to Kjersti, it’s clear her maturity is well beyond what mine was at that age. I, for one, look forward to following Kjersti’s career and seeing what becomes of this young musician. She has a talented future ahead of her, not just in her music but also as an inspiration and role model for young women everywhere. After listening to this episode of The Staffa Corner, you can check out some of Kjersti’s music below. Music Video: https://vimeo.com/529973441/a0045d2abbPerformance Video: https://vimeo.com/529973434/33fb3732f8
Bechir Sylvain Talks Claws, Bigger, and Roles as a Haitian Actor
Jun 18 2021
Bechir Sylvain Talks Claws, Bigger, and Roles as a Haitian Actor
Growing up, Haitian-American Bechir Sylvain always figured he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. That was until his high school drama teacher suggested acting was his true calling. Now with over 30 TV and film credits, Bechir is living the American dream as a rising Hollywood star. He currently can be seen on TNT’s Claws and BET+’s Bigger. On June 17, he will appear in episode 5 of the Netflix series Black Summer.What struck me about talking to the talented actor is his reverence for the mentors in his life. From his father, teachers, and industry insiders, Bechir has been surrounded by people who have been instrumental in shaping his life. He has a profound respect for these people that I found refreshing.Recognizing Bechir as a Haitian fluent in French, Creole, and English, there are not many like him in the industry. His effort to represent his fellow Haitians proudly, as well as finding ways to share more of his culture and heritage on screen, is to be commended. One thing that has greatly impacted his life is the loss of his wife Shannon due to cancer. I wanted to give Bechir a chance to openly discuss anything he wanted on the topic as a way to honor his wife. While the topic isn’t fun to discuss I hope you listen to his heartfelt and impactful words. Be sure to check out Bechir on TNT’s hit series Claws, BET+’s Bigger, which is currently streaming season 2, and on episode five of Netflix’s series Black Summer, which drops June
Grady Cooper Talks The Unicorn Cancelation and More
Jun 4 2021
Grady Cooper Talks The Unicorn Cancelation and More
Married with two children, Grady Cooper was living the dream. Not only was he a loving family man, but he was also a successful TV editor having worked on shows like Survivor, Wilfred, The League, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more. Then, in 2015 everything changed when Jane, his wife of 20 years, died of brain cancer. Along with his daughters Audrey and Ellen, Grady faced a new reality as a single father. As time passed, he explored the possibility of dating again and found it to be an entirely different world from the last time he dated some 20 years ago. After sharing tales of his escapades with friends like Marvel’s Ant-man director Peyton Reed,they realized there was a potential comedy series in his stories. It wasn’t long until The Unicorn, starring Walton Goggins as Wade Felton, was born. The show would run for two seasons before getting canceled earlier this month. It’s fascinating to listen to Grady talk about finding the comedy in tragedy while being respectful to his wife’s memory. I hadn’t known Goggins had lost his first wife to suicide and was surprised to hear how instrumental he was in assembling the talented and diverse cast. One of the things I love about doing this podcast is seeing the human side of people like Peyton. We instantly associate himwith blockbuster films yet rarely think of his compassionate side in comforting a friend over the loss of his wife. I don’t know about you but I gained a lot of respect for the director hearing how he and others were there for Grady. As much as the series and Grady’s story is about moving forward after losing a loved one, it’s really about friendship.It was a pleasure listening to Grady share his story especially on the heels of The Unicorn getting canceled. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did,
Actor Clark Furlong talks about new Stephen King series Lisey's Story and more.
Jun 4 2021
Actor Clark Furlong talks about new Stephen King series Lisey's Story and more.
At 14 years of age Clark Furlong is just getting started in what appears to be a very successful career in Hollywood. Best known for his portrayal of young Jules, a transgendered woman on the hit HBO series Euphoria,Clark has also appeared on shows like The Prodigal Son, The Rookie, and High Fidelity. The talented young actor will next be seen on the new Apple+ series Lisey’s Story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King and adapted by King. In addition to Clark, the series stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and many othersRight off the bat, I was impressed by Clark’s maturity. I got the sense the young man was aware of the struggles faced by childhood actors and was doing all he could to stay grounded. Taking care of his family’s chickens, goats, and donkeys on the family farm in Virginia seems just as important to him as a television role. While this episode is a celebration of Clark’s work, a special shout-out goes out to his mother. Parents have a hard enough time getting kids to soccer practice at the local park, yet his mother drives him several hours to auditions and meetings with studio executives. Even more importantly, listening to Clark gave methe sense he truly appreciates the sacrifices made by his family as he pursues a career in acting. It’s hard not to root for this young man and I look forward to seeing where his career takes him. Hopefully, we will see more of Clark on television and film for years to come, Lisey's Story premieres on June 4 on Apple+
Writer/Director Jason Headley talks about SXSW and working at Pixar
Mar 4 2021
Writer/Director Jason Headley talks about SXSW and working at Pixar
Jason Headley is a talented writer, director, and author. He recently co-wrote the Pixar film Onward featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, and is currently working on another yet to be announced Pixar film.I met director Jason Headley in 2017 during South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. He was premiering his film A Bad Idea Gone Wrong starring Matt Jones, Will Rogers, and Eleanore Pienta. The comedy would go on to win a special jury award for best ensemble at the film festival. As I explain in this episode, It was a meeting that almost didn’t happen.Despite all the pressures of attending SXSW and promoting a film, there was a peacefulness to Headley’s personality that I found captivating. His demeanor wasn’t what I expected from a Hollywood director. In a touching moment when posing for a photo, Pienta laid her head on Headley's shoulder. It was clear he created a comfortable environment for those around him. Perhaps it’s no surprise Headley wrote a self-help book titled F*ck That: An Honest Meditation.Having loved the film and the corresponding interview, I continued to follow Headley’s career and was thrilled when it was announced he had co-written the Pixar film Onward. Unfortunately, the film’s release date of March 6, 2020 was the start of major events started shutting down due to Covid-19. The theatrical release was short-lived and by April 3 the film was available on Disney+. Thankfully, Headley is working on another project for Pixar and I can’t wait to learn more about this unannounced film. Jason Headley is one of the nicest people I’ve had a chance to interview. And we’ve stayed in touch via social media in the years since. Early on I knew he was someone I wanted to have on The Staffa Corner. I am thrilled for his continued success and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. You can check out his film A Bad Idea Gone Wrong here on Amazon Prime . His book F*ck That: An Honest Meditation is also available here on Amazon while Pixar’s Onward can be streamed on Disney+. You can check out my review of A Bad Idea Gone Wrong and interview here.