Category Archives: Actors

Academy Award winner Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1961 for Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story, also known for her role in Singin’ In The Rain. She’s also won Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards, making her one of very few two have received all four major awards. This year she won the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Moreno stops by Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about her career.

Moreno talks about the experience of watching Singin’ In The Rain on a big screen with an audience, saying that “unlike many other films that come back, people sit there and yell and applaud after certain numbers… that’s not something that one associates with film.”

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Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o made her film debut in 2013 with her role in 12 Years A Slave, but she’s already being honored with a Golden Globe nomination, with a fair amount of OScar speculation as well. Nyong’o stops by FilmGordon Radio to talk about landing the role.

Nyong’o, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, “auditioned three times in three different states” for the role. She calls the experience of working on the film “an education that I didn’t even know I needed “so glad that I got to take this time period so personally… I’m forever changed by this experience.”

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Luther’s Idris Elba

Idris Elba has had a big 2013 with major roles in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Pacific Rim. He’s capping the year off with Golden Globe nominations for both his title role in Mandela and his work on the BBC’s crime drama Luther. Elba is also known for his work on The WireSnowbizNow talks to Elba about his year.

Elba talks about his focus in the performance, saying that “the most important thing… was the presence of the man, which is a hard thing to capture and a very important component to capture,” and says that, because he doesn’t bear a physical resemblance to Mandela, he “really wanted to pay attention to the nuances about him, most importantly his voice.”

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Alan Cumming of The Good Wife and Any Day Now

Actor Alan Cumming is known for his role on CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife, on which he plays campaign strategist Eli Gold. He’s also known for his roles in Eyes Wide Shut and X-Men 2, as well as his roles onstage in HamletCabaret, and The Threepenny OperaSnowbixNow talks to Cumming about his movie Any Day Now. Cumming says that what drew him to the movie, which follows the custody struggle of two gay men over an adopted child, was “the sense of injustice… the utter lack of fairness and lack of goodness.”

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Captain Phillips’ Golden Globe-nominated Barkhad Abdi

Actor Barkhad Abdi is nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting actor for his work playing the Somalian pirate Muse in Captain PhillipsFilmGordon Radio talks to Abdi about the role.

Abdi learned about the role from a local televesion commercial calling for auditions. He talks about his own history with the conflict in Somalia, saying that he was “fortunate enough to have parents who got me out… to be a better person, get a better education.”  He says that he feels compassion for those Somalian people for whom “all they have is the guns that they use to make money.”

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Glee’s JC Jones

Nikki Rich talks to actor JC Jones of Glee.

Jones talks about how he got into acting, saying that he originally wanted to be a model but “kind of fell into acting… it just kind of happened,” starting with Glee. He calls himself “very, very fortunate” to have the opportunity, having moved to Los Angeles with nothing but “a dream and a vision.” His life philosophy is that “you don’t have to have everything figured out… believe that everything is going to work out.”

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Actor David Duchovny

Milling About talks to actor David Duchovny, of X-Files and Californication fame, about his new movie Phantom

Duchovny talks about filming the movie on an actual submarine, saying that “it gave us a real sense of what it’s like to be on that sub… the less an actor has to fake, the better.” He plays a KGB agent, and he talks about his actual Russiand, Polish, and Ukranian descent.

Duchovny also talks about his background studying Englsh at a Ph.D level, saying that he got into film after realizing “I can’t be in school for the rest of my life.” He says that he is interested in writing more screenplays.

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Helen Mirren on Red 2

Helen Mirren has appeared in movies for over four decades, winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in The Queen and also appearing in such films as Caligula and doing work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She talks with Money For Lunch about her latest film Red 2, in which she co-stars with Bruce Willis, Mary Louise-Parker, and Anthony Hopkins.

Mirren talks about the challenges of appearing in an action role, saying that one needs to enter a “meditative state of mind” in order to affect the stoic demeanor of an action star.

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