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22 Apr, 2013

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Esposito discusses his roles in the AMC drama Breaking Bad and the NBC drama Revolution in this interview for PBS.

Maybe it’s this laugh I have. But I never, I don’t know if I ever expected to be as successful playing the villain as I am, but I think it’s that you get a brief introduction, and you see a chink in the armor that is compassion.

1 May, 2013

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Brosnan discusses his new film, Love Is All You Need, about a widower finding new love, in this interview for PBS.

All the people in this film are somewhat mangled in their own way, fractured in their own way, and searching in their own way. So there was no remorse, there was no sentimentality; there was no kind of me trying to work out past histories of my own life. This was purely for entertainment value.

6 Jun, 2013

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Whedon discusses his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, and his upcoming ABC series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in this interview for PBS.

But I love the poetry of the thing, but then ultimately, the more I studied it, the more I go, “Oh, this is about me.” Which is the case of all great literature. But it really just, it strikes themes that obviously it’s 400 years since he wrote it and they still completely resonate, and the jokes still work.

17 Jun, 2013

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Aghdashloo discusses her career and new memoir, The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines, in this interview for PBS.

I was born an actress. Since I was four or five years old, I mocked each and every member of the family. As a matter of fact, after a while it turned into entertaining sort of nights for my parents and families.

22 Aug, 2013

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Galecki discusses his role as Dr. Leonard Hofstadter in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory in this interview for PBS.

It’s been a really healthy, relatively slow climb, which is good for all of us on the show. Because I think to come out of the barrel and just be a phenomenon must be pretty jarring.

3 Sep, 2013

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Collette discusses her career, upcoming CBS drama Hostages, and film The Way, Way Back in this interview for PBS.

Well, I think the most interesting thing about any story is how people change. That’s usually a struggle, because change is pretty much an uncomfortable thing. We’re all really happy with what’s familiar. But what’s inevitable in life is change. That’s what life is.

6 Sep, 2013

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Torres discusses her career and her role in the USA drama, Suits, in this interview for PBS.

I have been very, very fortunate on this show, on Suits, where the writers do come to me and they ask my comfort level and, if they want to push an envelope in a certain direction, if I’m okay with that. And, by and large, I am. I think it’s important. I think I lend myself.

18 Sep, 2013

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Dern discusses her role in the HBO dramedy, Enlightened, which she also co-created, in this interview for PBS.

Well, I will tell you that it’s a huge story point this season for my character, and she and I are pretty much on par about how outrageously naïve we are about everything technological. She doesn’t have a clue, I don’t have a clue. She writes on the show, which she becomes, she gets on Twitter and her first tweet is “My first twit.”

27 Sep, 2013

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Newhart discusses his career and winning his first Emmy after 50 years in the business in this interview for PBS.

I found the most difficult thing when you became successful – when I had the record album, it won Album of the Year – that you were cut off from the source of your material. Your material was everyday people and you were kind of cut off from that and you had to work at it. You had to – I go into a city and people stop me and they say, “You sure look like him” and I say, “Yeah, I’ve been told that.”

2 Oct, 2013

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Harden discusses her new movie, Parkland, about the fallout in Dallas after Kennedy’s assassination, in this interview for PBS.

What’s so interesting that I didn’t know is that Parkland Hospital was a learning hospital. This is where the doctors went to learn how to be doctors. So they didn’t know what they were doing, and the person who would run that room would have been the head nurse. Can you imagine being an intern and you’re going there just to learn how to be a doctor, and in comes the president in such a tragic, tragic state, and not but three days later, Lee Harvey Oswald in the same hospital.

7 Oct, 2013

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Tripplehorn discusses her new movie, Morning, that was written, directed by, and co-stars her husband Leland Orser, in this interview for PBS.

It just so happened he was my husband, but I really – his script was stellar. It was a perfect, beautiful script, and I knew he knew what he wanted. So I knew as a director that there would be no tension, because all any actor wants from their director is for them to steer that ship, to lead them. I knew he knew what he wanted, so it was easy. It was pretty flawless.

8 Oct, 2013

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Lange discusses her new children’s book, It’s About a Little Bird, which is illustrated with hand-tinted photographs, and the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Coven, in this interview for PBS.

I really wrote it for my granddaughters, just with the intention of giving it to them, making a little handmade book for them, illustrated with these photographs, about our lives together and everything. But as I started writing it, this story came to me that I wanted to share with them about something that had happened to me, and it’s all true. When I was living and working in Rome one time, I bought a tiny little canary at a bird market on the streets in Rome.

15 Oct, 2013

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McQueen discusses his career and his film, 12 Years a Slave, in this interview for PBS.

Look again. Never forget. Look again, never forget. To remind ourselves where we are, where we come from, and possibly hopefully where we could go in the future. You have to go back to our past and see where we’re going, and the sort of unfortunate situation, events such as Trayvon Martin, the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, 50th anniversary of March on Washington, the voting rights being revoked, having a Black president.

30 Oct, 2013

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Abrams discusses his new project, an interactive novel entitled S, in which two readers leave notes for each other in the margins in this interview for PBS.

So what occurred to me was what would happen if someone found a book and there was a bunch of writing in it, and the person read some of the book and read some of the notes and, almost as a joke, wrote some notes in response, and then left the book back for the person. What if that person who originally wrote the notes found the book, saw those notes, and actually left a thing? What if a relationship began between two people through a book? What if a book became a means to communicate?

6 Nov, 2013

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Haysbert discusses his career and his role as host of the third part of the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary miniseries, CIVIL WAR 360, in this interview for PBS.

I learned about what, how steadfast I am in how I approach life. Because I saw on this show and I saw when they were introducing these artifacts just how cruel things were, how inhumane things were. But on the other side, I found bits of humanity that didn’t quite jibe with what’s going on. There’s one gentleman in the stories who had a book that he wrote and that his family wrote, and he was a slave. I don’t like to call our people slaves. I call it being enslaved.

25 Nov, 2013

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Bochco discusses his career and his upcoming series for TNT, Murder in the First, in this interview for PBS.

Well, cop shows are by definition melodramatic, they’re larger than life. They create very stark contrasts and conflicts emotionally. They’re provocative, assuming they grapple with – to the extent that cop shows are mirrors of the culture. They really provoke thought and conversation and I think people have always liked the sort of certainty of good guys and bad guys. One of the things I always tried to do in the cop shows I did was to blur those lines and be a little more ambiguous, whether it was a cop show or a lawyer show.

12 Dec, 2013

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Burton discusses the 30 year run of Reading Rainbow and his current campaign to relaunch the project as a mobile app in this interview for PBS.

It is a mobile library for tablets for kids. We’re on the iOS platform and the Kindle Fire platform right now. Our immediate plans are to get to the Web as soon as we can, so that our product can be enjoyed more ubiquitously. However, we are a mobile library on the tablet. A library of 300-plus books and growing, and 75-plus videos, new video content. Original video field trips with LeVar, just like the original television series. We deliver it all in an environment that kids are really excited about exploring, so that they can discover books they want to read.

17 Dec, 2013

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Huston discusses her new memoir, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York, detailing her early years growing up in a famous family in this interview for PBS.

I think – and that’s any help that I can get that may be people outside my family. I was always reticent about taking offerings from my father, and I think it was maybe because I felt the caveat was that I had to give something back, and I didn’t like that position.

9 Jan, 2014

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McDonnell discusses her career and her role as Captain Raydor, first seen in The Closer and now the spin-off, Major Crimes, in this interview for PBS.

This spinoff stayed in the environment and took one character and put her into a different professional position inside of it. So we were able to move it forward in a more organic manner than I would say other spinoffs, and it was highly successful, so we’re really thrilled.

15 Jan, 2014

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Dern discusses his life as an actor and coming from a family of well known politicians in this interview for PBS.

I ran from it all, and when I was 18, I ran for good. I ran because there was a lack of – when you grow up in that environment you’re taught that you’re privileged and you have a lot, but you still have to prove it every day to everybody in the household.

16 Jan, 2014

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Cheadle discusses the upcoming season of his Showtime comedy, House of Lies, in this interview for PBS.

He’s always feeling like he’s got to be the top dog. And we see in this season coming up where he does let that guard down and what it cost him. Every time he does that we’ve seen it, for Marty, there’s a cost.

17 Jan, 2014

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Branagh discusses his latest project, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, based on the book by Tom Clancy, in this interview for PBS.  He speaks on directing and co-starring in a film in which another one of the actors, Kevin Costner, is a director himself.

Well, you know what I found is that they are very, very sensitive to what you’re going through. I think that they’re aware that the major time preoccupation you have is the logistics, you know. People need answers from you all the time. So they know that people are coming at you and that sometimes messes with your brain.

22 Jan, 2014

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Delpy discusses her career and newest film, Before Midnight, in this interview for PBS.

We were very happy, and I have to say I was a little surprised, because we went in such dark places with the story sometimes, even though the film is quite funny, that I was worried we would get a little bit like some people would get angry at us or something, some critics and stuff. But in the end it paid off, and when we were writing it we decided to be completely genuine, to just do whatever we felt, even though it wasn’t necessarily a crowd-pleaser. It turned out to be even more successful than the two other films, so somehow, it worked out for us.

23 Jan, 2014

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Gaynor discusses her career and memoir, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, in this interview for PBS.

Well I first started collecting the stories in my head because people were telling them to me. Ever since I first recorded the song, people have been telling me these stories, and the stories have been uplifting, encouraging to me, so I thought I’m being a little bit selfish here. I need to share this encouragement, this inspiration, with the world, and hence the idea for the book.

10 Feb, 2014

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Curtis discusses addiction, including her own struggles, in this interview for PBS.

But 40 million people are addicted. This is a nationwide epidemic that we have to look at, and if my voicing my own personal, very – by the way, very personal experience – so that others might feel that they can voice their own personal struggles, then I will feel that my “outing” myself in a public way then had some value.

12 Feb, 2014

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Pierce discusses his career and latest project, directing a Los Angeles production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, in this interview for PBS.

There are so many bad productions of Chekov, because he’s really hard to do. Because it’s not slapstick, it’s not drama; it’s kind of like real life. There’s a great quote about The Cherry Orchard, someone had said about his play The Cherry Orchard: “Nothing happens except one world ends and another begins.”

13 Feb, 2014

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Ejiofor discusses his career and role in the film, 12 Years a Slave, in this interview for PBS.

It’s been an incredible journey with this film. I really – I think it’s just a film we’re all so deeply proud of, and we were just deeply passionate about making. It’s been incredible, the way it’s been received. So I’m kind of thrilled about it.

14 Feb, 2014

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Bryant discusses her career, including NBC drama Parenthood and movie About Last Night, in this interview for PBS.

I just think – I mean, we’re not a post-racial society no matter what anyone wants to think. But it is a sign of progress that I can be in a relationship with a white guy on a show and not be a big issue within the show.

21 Feb, 2014

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Perlman discusses her career and latest project, the TV Land sitcom, Kirstie, in this interview for PBS.

Really, really, I mean, like working with Kirstie Alley, you know, she’s just such a nut job which is my favorite thing. I mean, she is. If you’ve seen her on anything, she is just like she is. You know, she’s a wonderful person.

25 Feb, 2014

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Lennix discusses his career and his new role on the NBC drama, The Blacklist, in this interview for PBS.

We were up against some pretty stiff competition, some old standbys and a couple of new things. But we somehow managed to break through, and it only took me about 50 years.

27 Feb, 2014

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Whitaker discusses his latest movie, Repentance, and touches on his foundation that empowers young people into becoming community leaders.

It tries to work with peace-builders to become community builders in their neighborhoods. We work with the first 34 youths and we train them in conflict transformation and life skills, because we work with life coaching and things of that nature, and trauma release and stuff like that.

3 Mar, 2014

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Keys discusses her career and album, Girl on Fire, in this interview for PBS.

Well, I personally, this whole project, this whole time in my life, this whole album really represents a really important time for me, where I’ve actually – it’s funny you bring up that word – where I’ve actually been in the process of removing fear from my vocabulary, from my essence. Because I feel like we can do so much greatness when we’re not afraid. It’s when we become afraid of everything and worried about everything that you are never going to reach your highest potential.

13 Mar, 2014

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Gordon-Levitt discusses hitRECord on TV, his re-invented for the social media age variety show, which has debuted on the new network, Pivot, in this interview for PBS.

So in our first episode there’s 426 people whose work is all featured in that. In that first short film there were around 1,400 contributions that we whittled down to I forget the exact number, 60-something, and that’s people who did the voiceover, people who played all the different instruments on the score, people who did the animation behind the actress and who contributed the individual illustrations that went into the animation, all coming from different people.

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Shyamalan discusses his career and book, I Got Schooled, about the state of education reform in the United States, in this interview for PBS.

What I did was go around and research and meet with all the experts around the country, and spent my time and resources from our foundation to put on the table all the information. All I wanted to do was put all the information in one place that the experts had proven to see if it made a picture, and to see the picture, and it did. It was the answer that I wanted five years ago.

20 Mar, 2014

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McBride discusses her career and latest CD, Everlasting, in this interview for PBS.

You know, I just have always wanted to make a record like this, and I just kind of listened to my little voice, that little creative voice that said, “This is a good thing. You should do this.” I just love this music. I’ve always put songs like this in my show over the years. We’ve covered everything from At Last, Natural Woman, songs like that. So yeah, it just felt – it’s just fun.

21 Mar, 2014

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Conway discusses his career and memoir, What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life, in this interview for PBS.

Well, I think when I learn the rules, then I kind of go against the rules because why would you have somebody sitting out there not saying anything but elephant? So I try to fill in those blanks, yeah. A lot of times, it doesn’t work out because people are doing this. But it’s not my show, so why would I worry?

9 Apr, 2014

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Langella discusses his career and newest projects in this interview for PBS.

I think the danger of my generation and certainly some of my colleagues is oh, I’ve been there, oh, I’ve done that – why bother? But my feeling now at this age, and I’m lucky, I’m healthy and I’m in relatively good shape, is if I don’t do it now, when am I going to do it?

14 Apr, 2014

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Burns discusses his newest documentary, The Address, about the Gettysburg Address, in this interview with PBS.

Because we’re all liberated by this speech. We’re all liberated by the struggle, and that liberation can extend in many places. When 9/11, first anniversary of 9/11 happened, the English words spoken besides the desperately sad list of the dead? The Gettysburg Address. Has nothing to do with 9/11 but everything, because words, as you know as well as anybody I know on this planet, are medicine, are medicine.

15 Apr, 2014

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Cash discusses her newest album, The River & The Thread, and how it’s different from her previous work in this interview for PBS.

It’s like you work hard to reach a level that you feel you’re at the top of your game, and I felt that we were both at the top of our game in making this record, and songwriting. Also it’s the most old-fashioned thing I could do. I made a concept album. There’s a single narrative that goes through this album. They’re all songs about the South, the deep, dark, mystical, beautiful, strange South.

17 Apr, 2014

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Collins discusses her career and previews her latest novel featuring Lucky Santangelo, Confessions of a Wild Child, in this interview for PBS.

I wrote this as a young adult book. I thought, this will be fun. I gave it to my publishers, I delivered it, and they go, “Oh, no, no, no, this is for everybody. Everybody loves Lucky, so we’re going to put this out as a book for everyone.”

22 Apr, 2014

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Somerhalder discusses his work as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and his environmental advocacy in this interview for PBS.

I think there’s a growing sensibility that whether you’re a sports figure, a movie star, or an evangelical preacher, if you have a platform, you’re ultimately responsible to provide information that’s real to people. Particularly when it involves something that deals with all of us. Climate change is not just happening to you or them; it’s happening to all of us.

29 Apr, 2014

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King discusses his six decade spanning career, the Donald Sterling scandal, racism, and segregation in this interview for PBS.

I’ve never understood prejudice, which means to pre-judge. To pre-judge is stupid. I don’t like this; I won’t read that, I won’t look at this – that’s insane. Even if I looked at it just from a standpoint of monetarily, as Ross Perot told me once: “Forget morality. The insanity in the South of building two bathrooms when you only needed one.”

30 Apr, 2014

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Roberts discusses her career, her bout with cancer, and her new memoir, Everybody’s Got Something, in this interview for PBS.

And yes, when I was a little kid playing in Mississippi and somebody would hurt my feelings or something and I’d come in, and Mama said, “Oh, honey, everybody’s got something.” When I got older and the challenges became a little bit more than someone just picking on me, I remember in 2007 when I was diagnosed with cancer, and she sweetly said, “Honey, everybody’s got something.”  That’s what I tried to impart in this book, the life lessons that I learned, to help me get through my something and hopefully get people on the road to something better.

1 May, 2014

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Hamlin discusses joining the cast of the AMC drama, Mad Men, in this interview for PBS.

In this case I went in to read for a swinger boss, which was another smaller character, and they said it was one or two days’ work. I thought I did a good job, and then I got the call that I didn’t get the part. I went, “Aw, shucks. Well, there goes Mad Men.” Then three months later I get the call to come in and play this guy. I don’t know, I think it’s – however Matt Weiner works, there’s a particular kind of genius going on there.

5 May, 2014

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Bruni discusses her first North American tour and fourth CD, Little French Songs, in this interview for PBS.

It’s wonderful to be able to be in America and to play my French music in America. But so music has no language, right, so yeah, I feel a lot freer and very happy, because we have time for the family, a lot less pressure.

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Senator Sanders discusses the minimum wage debate, poverty in the United States, and presidential politics in this interview for PBS.

Well first of all, let’s be very clear. You have many, many Republicans, and I don’t think most Americans know this, but you have many Republicans from the Koch brothers on down who not only do not want to raise the minimum wage, their view is that we should abolish the concept of the minimum wage. That means if you’re in a high unemployment area and an employer offers you three bucks an hour, then that’s what the wage will be. But the bottom line for the Republicans in general, it’s the same old story.

8 May, 2014

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Dancy discusses his career and role in the NBC thriller Hannibal in this interview for PBS.

Straight off the bat in that first script there was something going on that was different to me from a character point of view. Then after that, Mads, who plays Hannibal, Laurence Fishburne, who plays the other lead character in the show, got attached, and it just got a stronger and stronger package, really.

12 May, 2014

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Slattery discusses his directorial debut, God’s Pocket, and working with Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last screen appearances in this interview for PBS.

Well the bottom line is he was extremely proud of the movie, pleased with it. We were partners, producing partners on the thing, and he had been there at rough cuts and gave notes, extensive notes.

13 May, 2014

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Britton discusses playing a country music superstar in the ABC drama Nashville in this interview for PBS.

Well the character is, Rayna Jaymes is the queen of country music, as we like to say, and she has had a very illustrious career which – and that’s so much fun to play too, to try to play somebody the likes of, I don’t know, I think of Bruce Springsteen or somebody like that, who’s really kind of legendary.

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