Hollywood Unscripted

CurtCo Media

A show for film lovers by film lovers. Hollywood Unscripted delves into illuminating and unique conversations with top professionals in the entertainment industry. Hear stories and lessons from behind the scenes of the biggest blockbusters and most-admired features in film history. Featuring candid conversations with Hollywood legends, moguls, auteurs and other industry insiders, host Jenny Curtis goes far beyond the standard celebrity interview to take listeners inside the creative process. Listen each week to find out how the most creative minds in film and television do what they do and what their work ultimately means to them. From CurtCo Media.

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51 - Anna Camp (Here Awhile)
Jul 13 2021
51 - Anna Camp (Here Awhile)
This interview was recorded in March 2021. Actress Anna Camp joins Jenny Curtis and special co-host producer-actress Deborah Lee Smith to talk about her career and recent indie film Here Awhile.  Episode Timestamps: 6:33 – Anna explains that it’s hard being consistently type cast. With Here Awhile she was able to go outside her comfort zone and play a different type of character. 10:00 — Anna agreed to film Here Awhile almost immediately after reading. Deborah shares that the process was one of the fastest turn arounds to filming that she’s experienced. 11:44 – While preparing for the role in Here Awhile, Anna watched the documentary How to Die in Oregon. 15:13 – She speaks about the work of letting go, even with cameras all around you, and connecting to the spiritual side of the arts and acting. She calls acting a very self-aware art and the need to let go of the ego. 15:49 – 16:22 - AD Break  18:50 — Deborah shares how Anna takes pieces of her characters with her and what lead to them getting matching tattoos after making the film. 27:42 – Anna explores her path to becoming a professional actor and knowing she wanted to act since second grade. 31:02 — Anna explains why even though the play Equus was a pivot turning point in her career, she initially wasn’t eager for the role because of the required nudity. 34:12 — Anna reveals her top pick for her craziest moment in True Blood. 36:06 – 36:08 —  Ad Break  37:05 — Anna talks about the evolution of the Pitch Perfect franchise. 40:47 — Anna speaks to the differences of working on a higher budget project like Pitch Perfect 3 compared to an independent film like Here Awhile. Many times lower budget projects create a more intimate and impactful setting for the crew and actors. 42:43 — Anna talks about her guest star roles on iconic television series such as the Office, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 49:00 — Anna shares the acting moment that she’s most proud of, a scene from her performance in Here Awhile. 50:02 — Anna speaks about moving into the role of producer and projects that she’s excited to help get off the ground. 53:56 — The conversation shifts back to Here Awhile and Deborah shares what attracted her to the script. 56:01 — Anna expresses what being a storyteller means to her.   ----------- Learn more about Hollywood Unscripted: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Host & Producer: Jenny Curtis Music By: Celleste & Eric Dick Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscripted  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 - Sarah Jones (For All Mankind)
Jun 8 2021
50 - Sarah Jones (For All Mankind)
Actress Sarah Jones talks with Jenny Curtis about her role in the series ‘For All Mankind’.  She talks about the history of her performance career which started in dance before she successfully turned to acting with key roles in ensemble casts like Big Love.  Her mission to pursue dynamic female roles prevented her from initially agreeing to play Tracy in ‘For All Mankind.’ This changed however following persuasion from show creator, Ron Moore. From there it was about developing the to maximize its trajectory, just as she had done with other roles she had played in shows like The Path and Damnation. Deeply grateful for a career in storytelling, she aims to draw upon the artistic process to connect with the characters she plays. If audiences can then appreciate her work, she considers this “icing on the cake.” Episode Timestamps:  0:30 Host Jenny Curtis Introduces Sarah Jones  4:18 Sarah explains some of the origins of For All Mankind, and the exciting journey of starting a series, and developing a character for years.   7:10  Sarah initially turned Ron Moore down when he offered her this role in For All Mankind because she wanted to play a more interesting character.  8:40 Sarah speaks about a new character being like a new relationship, where you can’t stop thinking about it.  12:30  Her frustration with men never being asked  'how they do it all'.   16:20 How Sarah's role on Big Love led to her the major shift to pursue acting.   22:12  Sarah’s explains where the series’ Damnation was intended to go.   23:07 The trajectory her character took in The Path.   24:02 She talks more about her character's story arch in season 2 of For All Mankind, what it means to her to play a character that shows love to others, but also puts herself first.   29:33 Sarah shares what it means to have a life in storytelling. She feels privileged to be a part of the work she’s doing and enjoys that might also impact others.   ----------- Learn more about Hollywood Unscripted: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Host & Producer: Jenny Curtis Executive Producer: Reenita Malhatra Hora Music By: Celleste & Eric Dick Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscriptedSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 - Alfred Molina (The Water Man)
May 25 2021
49 - Alfred Molina (The Water Man)
Prolific actor from stage and screen Tony Award winner Alfred Molina joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about his illustrious career in entertainment, including some favorite moments and memories, what it means to be an actor, and his latest movie, The Water Man. Episode Timestamps: 1:13 - Jenny introduces Alfred and asks whether Alfred prefers going by ‘Alfred’ or ‘Fred’ 1:33 - How does Fred define himself as an artist? 2:25 - How working with young actors inspires Fred 3:37 - A young journalist reminds Fred of a Q & A she attended, in which he gave her great advice 3:58- What’s the one piece of advice Fred would give to someone starting show business?  4:23 - Fred shares why he’s never content with his performances 5:32 - The Water Man & what drew Fred to the film  9:06 - Staying friends and working with David Oyelowo 12:10 - Actors (Fred) actually like line readings?! 12:52 - Working on the short film, Sam Did It 15:19 - The experience of creating physical comedy on The Imposters 17:21 - Being part of the ‘tribe’ of actors 18:10 - What does it mean to be an ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ and how has it evolved today? 20:25 - “Show Business Practitioners” & “Entertainment Specialists” 20:40 - Fred shares how his mother made him business cards when he graduated from acting school and why he couldn’t use them 22:08 - Listener questions: “What is a role that has impacted the person/actor you are today?” 23:34 - Listener question #2: “What is a role you still hope to play some day?” 25:12 - Does Fred still get nervous when he starts a job? 26:22 - Fred receives second hand advice on a new director 27:27 - Meeting Robert DeNiro 28:00 - What does it mean to Fred to have a life in storytelling? ----------- Learn more about Hollywood Unscripted: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Host & Producer: Jenny Curtis Executive Producers: Stuart Halperin & Reenita Malhatra Hora Music By: Celleste & Eric Dick Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscriptedSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
48 - Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)
Mar 5 2021
48 - Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)
Director, Writer, Producer Lee Daniels joins host Jenny Curtis and Special Guest Co-Host Dana Gourrier to talk about his life long drive towards entertainment and his latest movie, the United States Vs. Billie Holiday. 00:56 – Taking a moment to get to know this episode’s co-host, Dana Gourrier, a little better. 2:37 — Dana boils herself down in a nutshell as strong artist and shares the magical moment when you feel connected to the material you’re acting. 3:37 — One of Dana’s favorite things about acting is to one day be able to take everything she’s learned and transition into directing. This leads into the discussion Jenny and Dana are about to have with Lee Daniels, who directed Dana in the United States Vs. Billie Holiday. 4:09 — Jenny Curtis introduces Lee Daniels and welcomes him to the show. 4:34 — Lee Daniels discusses where he found his creative spark. For him, it began with when he watched Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at six years old. He describes the feeling of almost leaving his body as he imagined himself as Cinderella, and began directing his cousins and siblings. 6:06 — Lee describes discovering the theater section of his library at eight years old. He pulled out “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” took it home and began directing his family in the parts. 7:29 — Dana asks if Lee felt a connection to his fellow high schoolers in theater. Like Dana, Lee felt some of that connection in high school, but he discovered a deeper comradery in the first few years of college theatre. 9:30  — Lee talks about always having been in entertainment and knowing from a young age that’s what he wanted to do. 9:58 — Lee had no money, lied to his mom about still being in college, and hopped on a bus to Los Angeles. He was homeless, living in the back of a church, and began directing small theatre projects. Some people get afraid of being a nomad, he wasn’t. 12:30 — Lee speaks about how he fell into owning his own at home nursing care agency. 13:56 — Lee shares how getting very rich young lead him down a path of using drugs. He went through a period of watching and holding many friends as they died and he attributes those experiences to where the depth of his creative work comes from.  16:06 — Lee talks about his abrupt transition of selling his nursing agency to become a production assistant for one of his nursing client’s son. 17:50 — Lee says that his work has been driven by honesty. He believes that his honest an true connection with the crew and actors shows in the work he creates. 18:08 — Dana and Lee talk about her role in the United States Vs. Billie Holiday and what it’s like being on one of Lee Daniel’s sets. Dana calls Lee an actor’s director. 22:00 — Lee addresses situations on set that now in hindsight he understands were feelings of prejudice against him and racism. At the time he wanted to believe the best of everyone, but recent events made him see those actions against him differently. He feels he had a lot of blinders on with people being prejudice against him for his race, because he was so focused on the discrimination and abuse he’d endured for being gay. 25:00 — Lee talks about working with up and coming actors. He loves working with first time actors because they really trust you as the director. A lot of actors are jaded by directors and editors who haven’t been able to capture the magic of their work when they are bringing their all. 29:24  — Lees speaks about a scene in the United States Vs. Billie Holiday the took a little more work to capture the magic. 32:05 — Lee opens up about the United States Vs Billie Holiday being the first film he directed completely sober. He believed it was important to respect Billie Holiday and their shared substance issues by abstaining and starting his own journey of recovery. 36:38 — Lee admits to second guessing his directorial choices more when sober. 38:23 — Lee explains the development process of the United States Vs. Billie Holiday. 42:28 — Lee speaks about confronting issues of racism in this country being a part of the spirit of the film. He had an awakening in the editing room as racism came to the forefront of the news cycle in America. 44:39 — The conversation pivots to discussing Lee Daniel’s films the Paperboy and Monsters Ball. 49:08 — Lee talks about how the United States Vs. Billie Holiday was shot on film with the intention of it being shown on the big screen. He’s grateful that Hulu is running the film, but he will miss being in a theatre and around people experiencing the film for the first time. 51:09 — Lee shares what it means to him to have a life in storytelling. He doesn’t know of another way to exist. ----------- Learn more about Hollywood Unscripted: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Host & Producer: Jenny Curtis Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Music By: Celleste & Eric Dick Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscripted  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Stacey Sher // Reissue
Mar 1 2021
Stacey Sher // Reissue
In honor of Women's History Month, we are re-issuing one of our favorite episodes: our conversation with prolific producer Stacey Sher; An incredible career retrospective, hosted by Jenny Curtis with special guest co-host Dana Gourrier. In a conversation focused on connection, passion, and the love of filmmaking, we hear stories and advice from Stacey and Dana. Episode Topics: • The introductions of our co-host and guest. We learn that in this special, we are joined by actress Dana Gourrier, who has previously worked with our guest for this episode, producer Stacey Sher. • Stacey discusses her current life at home during Quarantine • Dana describes what Stacey’s producing style is from her perspective, having worked with her on and .Django Unchained The Hateful Eight • Starting at the beginning, Stacey explains her college years and how she ended up at USC. • Stacey describes how she ended up with her first two credits ( and ) and the importance of getting to know your peers.Adventures in BabysittingHeartbreak Hotel • Stacey talks about working repeatedly with talented people, treating people well, and connecting people in the industry. • Stacey discusses a crossroad in her life and how she ended up at Jersey Films. • Stacey talks about films being ahead of their time, such as and and receiving a revised review from Roger Ebert.Gattaca Reality Bites, • Stacey discusses how Erin Brockovich came to be and the journey in getting the movie made. • The conversation turns to and Stacey explains how the movie was born in passion and belief in Zach Braff’s vision.Garden State • Stacey explains how all films are “your baby”, feelings on how a film is received, and reveals a comment from Quentin Tarantino that stuck with her through her career.  • The conversation moves to what was expected in this current pandemic, and what they could not have predicted.Contagion, • Jenny and Dana discuss how they’ve been connected previously and how that connection includes Stacey. • Stacey reveals that she doesn’t have a formula for her career, and how belief and love for what you do is the only way to survive in the industry. • Stacey discusses still not having an ending while the shoot was in progress, and her “mind-meld” relationship with Tarantino.Django Unchained • Stacey discusses treating the filmmaking team as partners and working together as a team and reveals how constraints can inspire new ideas. • Dana and Stacey remember struggling to shoot with a lack of snow and other challenges on set. • The conversation moves to and the incredible story being told in the upcoming series, the motivation behind the creation of the story, the amazing cast and crew and the environment on set.Mrs. America • Stacey discusses the similar approach to film vs series. • When asked which moment she would re-live from her career, Stacey gives an array of inspiring, moving, funny stories from set. • Stacey describes feelings and behavior after wrapping a shoot. • Stacey closes the episode describing the challenges, the passion, and what the love of filmmaking really is. ----------- Learn more about Hollywood Unscripted: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Host & Producer: Jenny Curtis Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Music By: Celleste & Eric Dick Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtcomedia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/curtcomedia Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscripted  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
47 -  Chris Columbus (The Christmas Chronicles 2)
Dec 14 2020
47 - Chris Columbus (The Christmas Chronicles 2)
Prolific writer/director/producer Chris Columbus joins host Jenny Curtis in a conversation about his career path, incredible collaborators, experiences working with children, behind the scenes stories and his newest holiday adventure, THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2. Through the conversation they discuss:  1:08 - His experience in this holiday season and not watching many holiday films.  1:52 - When Chris knew he was going to be a filmmaker, his path to NYU and his first screenplay written on the nightshift of his summer job.  5:22 - The luck of Steven Spielberg reading GREMLINS, the call Chris got that brought him to LA, and working at the Amblin office.  8:08 - A lesson learned by getting fired from INDIANA JONES.  10:20 - Connecting to John Hughes and turning down NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION after not connecting with Chevy Chase, and getting the script for HOME ALONE. 12:15 - Being new to stunts for HOME ALONE and being nervous for the stuntmen.  13:55 - His unique approach to working with children on HOME ALONE and HARRY POTTER.  16:25 - The magic of working on HARRY POTTER 17:19 - How Chris is drawn to films that take place over Christmas 18:38 - Putting his own family in his films 19:16 - Why Chris decided to write/direct CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2 20:28 - Working with Kurt Russell and the strong woman Goldie Hawn played in Mrs. Claus. 23:45 - Creating the language of Elvish working with Darby Camp.  25:16 - Traveling back in time in the film.  26:03 - Stealing from himself in his films 27:09 - Why he made RENT in the way he did.  28:53 - Listening to film criticism and having critical response differ from audience response.  30:55 - Having mixed reviews on MRS. DOUBTFIRE while having successful test screenings.  31:57 - Working with Robin Williams and MRS. DOUBTFIRE and his cameo in NINE MONTHS 34:21 - His company with his daughter Eleanor, Maiden Voyage 35:49 - Supporting Robert Eggers in sticking to his guns on THE LIGHTHOUSE.  37:28 - Loving to shoot musical numbers and the days on set that are joyful.  37:55 - Being ready to quit and being pulled back.  38:30 - His life in storytelling.  ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 - Joe Manganiello (Archenemy)
Dec 7 2020
46 - Joe Manganiello (Archenemy)
Actor/Producer Joe Manganiello joins host Jenny Curtis for a conversation about his career path, process and new film, ARCHENEMY.  TIMESTAMPS: 0:46 - When Joe first knew he wanted to be an actor 3:08 - Joe’s experience at Carnegie Mellon in a cut-program.  3:55 - Shooting a movie in secret while at school 5:08 - The exhaustion of making it through his acting training 6:43 - Lessons in school that clicked while filming MAGIC MIKE XXL and TRUE BLOOD 9:06 - Graduating and moving to LA following his NY showcase 9:40 - Not wanting to do TV  10:30 - Auditioning for SPIDER-MAN 12:29 - The 8 year path from SPIDER-MAN to TRUE BLOOD and moving from character actor to leading man.  14:55 - The experience of being part of a highly skilled team of creatives on TRUE BLOOD while performing outlandish storylines.  17:31 - The concern of his work being marginalized and joining MAGIC MIKE.  20:20 - The Twilight routine in MAGIC MIKE XXL 21:20 - Working and training with a partially torn bicep throughout MAGIC MIKE XXL 23:34 - Creating his production company 3:59 with his brother and making BOTTOM OF THE 9TH 25:37 - The story behind the name of his production company and the story of Roger Bannister 27:55 - Joe’s love for the film MANDY and how that led to ARCHENEMY 28:33 - Having the same vision as the ARCHENEMY director, Adam Egypt Mortimer 30:17 - The character work that Joe did to prep for the role of Max Fist and learning about the homeless lifestyle.  32:03 - Having a “meth coach” on set 32:21 - The tight schedule of a 17 day shoot and the challenges that entails.  34:24 - Having a split-brain during precise fight choreography  35:17 - What ‘acting’ is to him.  36:00 - The fulfillment that comes with producing your own work 37:04 - Having a life in storytelling.  ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
45 - David E. Talbert (Jingle Jangle)
Nov 30 2020
45 - David E. Talbert (Jingle Jangle)
Writer/Director David E. Talbert joins host Jenny Curtis and guest co-host Nik Walker to discuss his spectacular new holiday film, JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY.  0:30 - Nik Walker’s introduction, discussion of HAMILTON, his podcasts THE CHAOS TWINS & LITTLE JUSTICE, the experience of playwriting, and who he is as an artist.  4:37 - David E Talbert joins the conversation 5:22 - Nik and Jenny’s impressions of JINGLE JANGLE 6:04 - The initial idea of JINGLE JANGLE being thought of for theater and how it became a film.  7:22 - David’s son’s seeing himself in JINGLE JANGLE, representation, and creating a universal story.  9:45 - The movies that inspired the innovation aspect of the film 10:20 - Creating beautiful songs that move the plot with Philip Lawrence and John Legend 12:33 - The 11 o’clock hour song, ‘Make It Work’ and how that number broke the form.  15:55 - Deciding to cast Phylicia Rashad 16:48 - Meeting Forest Whitaker at a vegan restaurant to discuss the film and casting him as someone he could trust to be a strong #1 on the call-sheet 18:33 - The professionalism of Madalen Mills and her ability to light up the camera.  19:58 - The amazing experience of Forest Whitaker singing live on set.  21:24 - Keegan-Michael Key nailing his challenging song.  22:30 - Discovery on set, costuming and detailing in the design.  24:13 - Inspiration pulled from HUGO.  24:59 - Nik’s impression of the imagery in Journey’s song and David’s decision to put her (safely) on the roof.  27:29 - The choreography in the film 28:27 - the animation for Ricky Martin’s role 28:45 - Doing pre-records of the song and being able to break the rules by not knowing them 29:47 - Changing the first song a week before shooting.  30:40 - Adding to the shoot while filming.  32:26 - What the concept was when JINGLE JANGLE was going to be a piece of theater and bringing it back to the stage in the future.  35:25 - Being ‘The Christmas Movie’ guy by accident 36:31 - Remembering the dichotomy of the holidays  38:47 - David’s connection to Jeronicus Jangle and his parallels to JINGLE JANGLE 40:39 - The creation of Ms. Johnston’s background trio.  43:30 - A life in storytelling ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Guest Co-Host: Nik Walker Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
44 - Alan Ball and Stephen Root (Uncle Frank)
Nov 23 2020
44 - Alan Ball and Stephen Root (Uncle Frank)
Writer/director Alan Ball and actor Stephen Root join host Jenny Curtis to talk about their processes, career paths and new film, UNCLE FRANK. Through the conversation they discuss:  1:02 - their experiences in quarantine 1:42 - Alan’s history and how it inspired Uncle Frank 3:29 - Stephen being drawn in by the script 4:40 - Why now was the time to make this film 5:05 - Casting Alan’s wishlist of actors 6:00 - Stephen’s take on Alan’s directing style 6:34 - Alan’s take on working with Stephen as an actor 7:57 - The cast’s fun off-set 8:28 - Alan’s memories from set 9:20 - Starting in theater in each of their careers and making the switch to film/tv 11:50 - Alan’s Oscar win with AMERICAN BEAUTY 12:58 - Being drawn to dark comedy 13:55 - Stephen’s experiences on the set of BARRY 15:42 - BARRY episode 5’s unique character and storyline  17:23 - TRUE BLOOD and the scene that Alan could not believe they made.  18:30 - Stephen’s time on TRUE BLOOD 19:11 - The best death scene Stephen has had.  19:37 - Alan’s writing process in TV versus Film 20:49 - Sounding boards Alan has for writing 21:35 - Alan writing direction into the script 22:32 - Stephen working with directors who have written the script (including the Coen Brothers, Mike Judge, and Ben Stiller) 23:42 - One of the most memorable direction Stephen has received 24:19 - How Alan figures out communication with each actor 25:03 - Stephen’s process in creating a character, but in live action and in voice work 27:39 - Finding inspiration  28:39 - Alan’s reviewing of his scripts 29:30 - Working with Paul Bettany 30:44 - Alan seeing his scripts come to life 31:26 - Stephen learning on set every day 31:53 - Challenges Alan faces 32:32 - Reinforced lessons from UNCLE FRANK 33:26 - Meditating for Alan to deal with stress 34:00 - The inspirations that they steal from in their crafts 35:20 - Their need to have a life in storytelling ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
43 - Jake McDorman (The Right Stuff)
Nov 9 2020
43 - Jake McDorman (The Right Stuff)
Actor Jake McDorman joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about the Disney+ series THE RIGHT STUFF, the lessons he’s learned throughout his career, and behind the scenes stories from his many projects. Throughout the conversation they discuss:  0:36 - the impending election at the time of the recording 1:15 - his experience of quarantine and being back in Los Angeles 3:03 - getting to live through the fantasy of being an astronaut and learning about the history of the space race in THE RIGHT STUFF 5:22 - finding inspiration in unique ways per projects 5:55 - Getting to learn about the real life Alan Shepard from conversations with astronauts who’d met him.  7:34 - Taking a road trip to Florida in order to have time to absorb his research 8:50 - Getting to do some astronaut training, including what Jenny calls ‘the spinny thing’ 10:25 - The casting process and feeling like he bombed his initial audition. 14:34 - Having the role of Alan be offered to him without reading and how that changed his process of approaching the role.  16:38 - The cast’s united effort to prepare without having much rehearsal 17:23 - The big confrontation scene with John Glenn and Alan Shepard 18:38 - The episode shoot order 19:46 - Always finding the character on the last day and watching his work in post.  22:41 - What makes a hero in the face of public image versus human flaws 24:23 - What the feeling of being strapped to a rocket and being blasted into space could be like.  26:35 - Taking classes when he was young and his experience of moving to LA for pilot season 29:10 - Booking Quintuplets and gushing over Andy Richter 30:48 - Having a tight-knit ensemble on GREEK and staying close 31:40 - Actively deciding with his reps to pursue projects on a more mature level, beginning with SHAMELESS 35:15 - Lessons learned from Bradley Cooper in working with him on AMERICAN SNIPER and LIMITLESS.  38:05 - Dealing with the anxiety in wanting to get it right 39:02 - AMERICAN SNIPER’s quick process 39:53 - Moving quickly on LIMITLESS 42:15 - Having LIMITLESS being a different kind of procedural 45:08 - Thinking about where Brian Finch might be had the show continued 46:00 - Loving LADY BIRD and connecting to the script immediately with a unique connection to St. Francis 47:53 - Knowing that when production asks you to prepare something “just in case”, you’ll definitely need it, and brushing up on algebra for LADY BIRD 49:09 - Using GREEK to learn all the lessons from set 50:07 - Getting cast in the series, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, the surprising scene on his first day on set, and Taika Waititi having some fun.  54:27 - his upcoming holiday film, HAPPIEST SEASON.  55:30 - The consummate actors he’s worked with setting the tone on set and getting to apply that when leading LIMITLESS.  58:03 - What ‘The Right Stuff’ is to be in the entertainment industry 58:42 - Getting sappy and loving this medium of telling stories. ----------------- Learn More: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Follow Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollywoodunscripted Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscripted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodunscripted Hosted & Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick A CurtCo Media Production https://www.curtco.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
42 - Zoe Lister-Jones (The Craft: Legacy)
Oct 26 2020
42 - Zoe Lister-Jones (The Craft: Legacy)
Actress/Writer/Director/Producer Zoe Lister-Jones joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about her career and life as a creative. Through the conversation they discuss:  0:56 - The rollercoaster of her career ambitions and the struggle to decide on a creative path.  2:39 - The core of Zoe’s parents teaching her to be an artist.  4:09 - Going from the world of theater into the world of film.  5:20 - Being on WHITNEY, learning from Whitney Cummings, and her favorite memory of that time.  6:28 - How she made her first film with her partner, Daryl Wein - BREAKING UPWARDS.  10:14 - The ease of embodying a character based on herself.  11:40 - LOLA VERSUS and working on her first studio film.  13:44 - LIFE IN PIECES and working on an ensemble show.  15:42 - Creating a supportive environment with an all female crew and a cast of friends on her directorial debut, BAND AID.  17:56 - Playing the music live on set.  18:10 - Getting the idea for a couple that turns their fights into song for BAND AID.  19:28 - Deciding to direct and facing her fear.  20:57 - The path to THE CRAFT: LEGACY and determining the story she wanted to tell in it.  23:00 - Walking the line of paying homage to the original and creating a new story for THE CRAFT: LEGACY 23:39 - Working with VFX for the first time.  25:42 - Directing without acting in the film.  27:04 - A scene in the film that portrays genuine kindness and creating a narrative where women support each other.  29:01 - Always being aware of the representation of women in media  30:11 - Giving objects meaning when creating a good energy on set and having an intention setting ceremony before the shoot.  32:02 - Starting a shoot with an activity in community.  33:34 - Overcoming self doubt.  35:29 - Her Halloween plans.  35:46 - The responsibility in having a life in storytelling.  ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
41 - Mary Laws (Monsterland)
Oct 19 2020
41 - Mary Laws (Monsterland)
Showrunner Mary Laws joins host Jenny Curtis to discuss her career, writing, and her new anthology series on Hulu, MONSTERLAND. Throughout the conversation they discuss:  0:37 - Finding her way to the arts as a young child.  2:20 - Receiving some harsh but beneficial advice from a teacher in undergrad.  3:36 - Starting out as a playwright and the first play she wrote, FINGAL’S CAVE.  4:50 - Tina Howe’s observation of Mary 5:35 - Going to NY and working at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater 6:21 - Not giving up on getting into Yale 7:39 - Studying with Paula Vogel and taking lessons from her to MONSTERLAND.  8:51 - Going from playwriting to writing NEON DEMON with Nicolas Winding Refn.  11:55 - Writing with other people and creating now for a visual medium in film & TV.  15:36 - The experience of being a first-time showrunner.  16:43 - Adapting from Nathan Ballingrud’s book NORTH AMERICAN LAKE MONSTERS.  19:34 - The choice in naming the episodes after the locations they were set in.  21:07 - Staffing the writers room and creating an open environment.  24:24 - The first day on MONSTERLAND and challenges with wind.  25:33 - Creating one world that the anthology series exists in.  26:20 - The monster Mary is the most proud of and using practical effects.  29:11 - Wrap day on MONSTERLAND and the challenges of doing an anthology series 32:24 - The exciting opportunities of working in television.  34:55 - What storytelling has done for Mary on a personal level.  ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media Production  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 - Jessica Rhoades (Utopia)
Oct 12 2020
40 - Jessica Rhoades (Utopia)
Executive Producer Jessica Rhoades joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about the new Amazon Original series UTOPIA, her career, supporting the writer’s vision, mentoring, and advice for creatives. Through the conversation they discuss: 0:59 - The experience of putting two series out during quarantine, DIRTY JOHN: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY and UTOPIA.  2:54 - The title of ‘non-writing executive producer’ and what Jessica does in production.  4:34 - Discovering that she could be a producer when seeing Marti Noxon’s name in the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER credits 5:52 - Jessica’s fan-girl moment when beginning to work with Marti Noxon.  7:29 - The friction on the set of SHARP OBJECTS making the project better.  8:26 - Working with first time showrunners and supporting Gillian Flynn in her first experience as showrunner.  10:39 - Having Dennis Kelly, the creator of the British UTOPIA, involved in this version.  11:45 - How UTOPIA began and Jessica’s first impression of the scripts.  13:58 - Hiding the violence of the show while working from home with children.  14:56 - The fun of making the show and the experience of creating ‘FringeCon’.  16:28 - Getting John Cusack on board, when he doesn’t normally work on series.  17:13 - Casting the rest of the actors, including Sasha Lane.  18:01 - Sharing a name with the main character.  19:08 - Sasha’s fight training.  19:29 - The actors’ knowledge of who makes it through the show and who doesn’t.  20:04 - Growing up through her career, from Disney to Blumhouse to Pacesetter Productions 23:29 - What Jason Blum saw in Jessica to know that she would be a good fit for the Head of Television.  24:47 - Her upcoming series STATION ELEVEN being another project about a virus.  27:21 - The UTOPIA team’s reaction when the pandemic first hit.  27:57 - The mentorship program #StartWith8Hollywood and advice that can be given to upcoming creatives.  30:06 - Why to shoot an independent feature rather than a spec pilot.  31:22 - Joining an established show 31:53 - Taking new lessons, even personal ones, from each set.  32:30 - Not having official mentors of her own, but what she has instead.  33:07 - Advice would be to her young self.   34:00 - A life in storytelling ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
39 - Julie Taymor (The Glorias)
Oct 5 2020
39 - Julie Taymor (The Glorias)
Director Julie Taymor joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about her amazing career in the arts, from Lion King on Broadway to her new film THE GLORIAS. Through the conversation they discuss:  1:07 - Julie’s experience during quarantine.  1:51 - How she connected to Gloria Steinem and began the process of THE GLORIAS 4:59 - Developing a core image to build a story around in THE LION KING, MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, and THE GLORIAS.  7:00 - Having the film come out at this time and how the original concept was adjusted after the 2016 election.  11:18 - Reaching a younger audience 12:08 - The women who have raised their voices, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and the importance of voting.  15:01 - Collaborating with playwright Sarah Ruhl on THE GLORIAS screenplay.  15:56 - Gloria Steinem’s involvement, her trust in Julie through the process and the shared wavelength they were on.  18:10 - Working with Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore in their development of their individual Glorias.  20:40 - The conversation Julie would be having with herself on Julie’s ‘bus out of time’ and finding inspiration from her younger self.  22:44 - Having perspective on the US 23:09 - The legacy of THE LION KING and the freedom it has given her.  25:51 - Dealing with death in THE LION KING, a family who found understanding in the show, and how art can ease pain.  29:20 - TITUS and the experience of Julie’s first film.  31:10 - Anthony Hopkins’ challenge in diving into the character of Titus.  32:49 - Connecting with Salma Hayek and directing FRIDA 34:20 - How working with Harvey Weinstein did not tarnish the memory of the making of FRIDA.  36:01 - Finding Joe Anderson and Jim Sturgess for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, attaching the rest of the cast and rehearsals for the piece.  38:18 - Evan Rachel Wood’s first day on set singing live.  39:27 - The activism in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE being relevant today. 41:01 - The life of storytelling.  ----------------- Learn More: https://www.curtco.com/hollywoodunscripted Follow Us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollywoodunscripted Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hlywdunscripted Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodunscripted ----------------- Hosted & Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick A CurtCo Media Production https://www.curtco.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
38 - Lance Reddick
Sep 28 2020
38 - Lance Reddick
Actor Lance Reddick (THE WIRE) joins host Jenny Curtis and guest co-host Dana Gourrier in a conversation about his career and craft. Through the conversation they discuss: 1:13 - Lance's experience on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN and working with Jessica Lange 3:29 - Dana’s experience with Jessica Lange on COVEN, her friendship with Gabourey Sidibe, her recollection of Lance’s role and working with Sarah Paulson 6:01 - Dana’s take on working across actors of a certain level 7:19 - Lance’s experience working with one of his idols, Kathy Bates.  12:03 - Lance’s beginnings in music and his path to drama school.  15:23 - Lance’s vocal warm up 17:28 - Lance’s first role in TV, AGAINST THE LAW 18:36 - Working in theater and his transition to film & tv 20:31 - Changing lines versus being word perfect to the written script and the strict nature of FRINGE 25:07 - Dana’s experience of having to change a character while on set and her feel of creating a character for a network show.  26:34 - Not getting time to prepare for a monologue in his audition for THE WIRE.  28:11 - Being able to pull out an accent for JOHN WICK because of one of his early films 29:07 - The difference and similarities in maintaining a character through a series or through a franchise.  30:27 - Ethan Peck’s memory of a line change in TENNESSEE 32:04 - Creating different characters within the same archetype  34:07 - Choosing to play Broyles on FRINGE and Irving on BOSCH  38:46 - Not getting CORPORATE at first and the genius of the creative crew.  41:40 -  Working with Regina King on ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI 42:16 - Remembering some bad directions given to him.  44:16 - A quote from Keanu Reeves about subtle acting.  45:00 - Acting for an audio series and how voice acting is different than film & TV.  46:08 - Dana and Lance share their experiences on THE DOMESTICS 47:24 - The importance of a life in storytelling.  ----------------- Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
37 - Harry Bradbeer (Enola Holmes)
Sep 21 2020
37 - Harry Bradbeer (Enola Holmes)
Director Harry Bradbeer (FLEABAG, KILLING EVE, RAMY) joins host Jenny Curtis to talk about his career, process, and new film ENOLA HOLMES. Through the conversation they discuss:  0:50 - The nature of the pandemic  1:19 - Harry’s parents  1:45 - Finding the arts and connecting to entertainment 3:47 - His first short film 4:44 - Going to America for film school  6:31 - Writing to John Schlesinger, his love of MIDNIGHT COWBOY, his connection to John, and his experience of meeting and working with him.  9:41 - What he said in the letter to John and John’s unique way of introducing Harry to people.  11:29 - Getting involved with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, identifying with FLEABAG, and working as a team to shape the story.  15:05 - The style of the balance and collaboration between Harry and Phoebe.  17:53 - Developing the tool of breaking the fourth wall and how the second series took it further.  20:11 - How they found the inspiration for the story of the second series.  21:09 - Why it isn’t hard to let go of the show now that it has ended.  24:00 - When FLEABAG may reappear.  24:19 - Why he says series instead of season.  24:31 - How he came on board for KILLING EVE and how he connected to the script.  27:33 - How directing a pilot is a bigger responsibility than directing subsequent episodes in a show.  28:29 - Getting into the world of RAMY.  30:24 - Being drawn in by the ENOLA HOLMES script 31:40 - The challenges of fight sequences and how they found a way to keep telling the story through the fights in ENOLA HOLMES.  33:18 - Breaking of the fourth wall in ENOLA HOLMES and what originally made Harry nervous about it.  35:20 - Enola’s line of “our future is up to us” and the other powerful messages for audiences.  36:12 - Working in period pieces.  37:44 - Working with Millie Bobby Brown and developing the role of Enola.  40:16 - The challenges Millie faced in leading the cast, but how she stepped up to the challenge. 41:11 - Discussing the transitional “pop-up” animations.  43:26 - A specific scene that Harry loved shooting and building the world of London.  46:32 - A scene that got cut from the film and why keeping a tight cut is important.  47:30 - Having a life in storytelling.  Learn More: Hollywood Unscripted Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook ---------------------- Produced and Hosted by: Jenny Curtis Co-Produced and Edited by: J Whiting Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin Theme Music By: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.