With the long-running series Dexter coming to a close, Showtime was looking for a new series to capture TV audiences on Sunday nights. The network’s freshman drama Masters of Sex is looking to fill that void.
The show stars Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, the sex researcher who worked with Williams Masters. Together, the duo helped create new ways of thinking about sexuality.
With her co-star Michael Sheen, the 31-year-old actress has to reenact some of the sex research that made Masters and Johnson revolutionaries in their field. Caplan revealed how she had to let her guard down with him. Read more
Miles Teller on ’21 And Over’ and filming scenes naked “with a tube sock on with 40 crew guys around”
“I didn’t really give a shit about that. As far as being an actor goes, I know I have range, so I wasn’t really too worried about it,” he said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “Also, when I read the script, it was the funniest script I ever read. I was excited to do it. Project X, it was more of a cameo. With this movie, I always wanted to do a rated-R comedy. I just wanted to make something that would give people that experience.”
Teller read the script, from Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and was excited to be attached to the project. “Dude, when I read that script, I thought I had never read something that was so close to my own voice.” Read more
Yup. It’s true. He said it so himself.
“One of my favorite moments at the Oscars was when the streaker came across [past] YouTube moments….Drunk and nude, yes. So that’s our new fresh approach. It’s the Australian way.”. And we’re upping it a level and we’re just going to do most of the show naked. Um, well, there hopefully will be
‘Masters of Sex’ star Lizzy Caplan’s Advice on Shooting Nude Scenes: “You should feel protected by your crew and the actors around you”
Lizzy Caplan has had a successful career for a young actress, but getting there hasn’t been easy. In an interview with BGB Mag, the Masters of Sex star talked about the struggles of being “on avail” for a role and how the auditioning process never gets any easier.
Caplan plays the groundbreaking sex pioneer Virginia Johnson in the Showtime series. She was attached to the part for months before the contract was officially signed. The 31-year-old actress shared what that endless wait was like.
“It was not the most fun process, as you know. It took a while to be officially signed on to the show. It remained unofficial for months. So I mostly walked around with the news that I was to play Virginia as a secret, since I didn’t want to suffer the humiliation of telling everybody I got the part, then having to call all those same people and tell them that it didn’t work out. Which I’ve had to do before,” she said. “All actors and actresses seem to have their ‘firing story’. Pilot season happened while I was waiting to hear officially about Masters, and I didn’t have the easiest time convincing my agents and managers that even the POSSIBILITY of getting to do Masters of Sex was infinitely more appealing to me than the real, tangible pilot jobs that were being presented to me. But (somewhat miraculously), it all worked out.” Read more
For True Blood fans, Joe Manganiello is known for his portrayal of Alcide Heveaux, the leader of a werewolf pack on the HBO show. The primal role was the big break in his career, but he’s using his hiatus from the show to go back to where he started, the theatre.
The 36-year-old classically trained actor is spending part of his fall at New Haven’s Yale Repertory Theatre playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. He talked with The Courant about the iconic role and how his commanding physique got him cast without auditioning. Read more
As a child actor in one of the most recognizable roles of the last decade, Daniel Radcliffe is boldly taking his career in new directions. With three films currently premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 24-year-old actor is growing beyond his Harry Potter days.
In an interview with The Associated Press this weekend, Radcliffe talked about his acting strategy post-Potter.
He revealed, “Take chances. You have to make films based on your own instincts … I have to make the kind of films that I would want to see.”
His recent role choices showcase his range and his willingness to go into dark places with his acting career. It’s not about shedding his boy wizard image, it’s about finding more interesting characters to play.
One of Radcliffe’s TIFF entries includes the film Horns where the British actor plays a man suspected of murdering his girlfriend. He wakes up one day with a pair of horns growing out of his head. Read more
Nicolas Cage wants to make a few things very clear.
“There is a misperception, if you will, in critical response or even in Hollywood, that I can only do exaggerated characters. Or what they call over-the-top performances,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “Well, this is completely false. Another misconception about me is that I just do movies to pay checks. That I’m obsessed with comics. The other big misconception, which needs to be cleared up in my opinion, is video on demand. For a while there, it was the three Cs; castles, comic books and cars. I just can’t get that stuff off of me.”
Maybe interviews like this one will help Cage dispel the goofy-action hero persona he’s taken on. His opinions about video on demand come from the fact that his new movie, The Frozen Ground, will be available on demand. Cage wants the world to know that this doesn’t mean the movie is a failure. Read more
Hugh Jackman might be the only actor who will ever be able to impress both comic book fans and musical theater lovers. Though he began his career singing on a stage — and still sings from time to time, as I’m sure you’ve noticed — Jackman really broke through in film by portraying Marvel Comics superhero Wolverine in X-Men. In an interview with The Associated Press, Jackman spoke about starring as Logan in the upcoming sequel The Wolverine and next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
When asked if he was concerned about fans’ reaction to the first Wolverine solo movie, which wasn’t well received, Jackman responds, “I’m never afraid of that. I think the fans know I’m so grateful and very blessed to play the part. I love them. We try our hardest to get everything right, and I’m happy to hear from them. I learn from them. One of the main things I hear from fans all the time is we don’t see enough of the berserker rage, and I really took that to heart because, to me, that is one of the key things I love about Logan.” Read more
Rob Kazinsky is the newest cast member of the HBO vampire drama, True Blood. The British actor hasn’t had any trouble becoming part of the team, who have worked together for six seasons.
“It’s been wonderful. You meet these people and work with these kind of people and you don’t expect them all to actually be good people, but they are all good people,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “There usually has got to be one bad egg. I usually do a lot of my stuff with Anna [Paquin], and her and Stephen [Moyer] could not be more accommodating, more generous, more giving. They are so intolerant of ego, like if you are getting naked, you are damn well getting naked, and they make it really easy for you to do good work. They have been wonderful to me.” Read more
Lake Bell: “The most difficult thing about acting and directing in a film is acting and directing in a film”
Lake Bell has worked steadily in film and television since appearing in her first major role as Alicia Silverstone‘s character’s best friend in the short-lived NBC series Miss Match (which I do not remember ever existing, but apparently it did). She has also branched out into writing and directing, but she still remains an actress. She stars in the horror movie Black Rock alongside Katie Aselton, who co-wrote and directed the film. Bell spoke to Interview magazine about the way the film was shot and how she feels about working with other directors now that she is a director herself. Read more