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Seija Rankin

Senior Editor

Seija Rankin is a Senior Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where she covers books, television and film and oversees the magazine’s About Town section. Before joining THR, she was the Books and Features Editor at Entertainment Weekly. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism, and lives in Los Angeles.

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Next Big Thing: ‘Past Lives’’ Teo Yoo on Not Being Able to Hug His Co-Star

Teo Yoo is waiting for someone to tell him this is all a dream. The actor stars in Past Lives, the feature debut from playwright-director Celine Song that took Sundance by storm, and as the ethereal romance nears its June 2 release, he’s feeling ever more amazed that this is, in fact, real life. “Every […]

Josh Dallas Talks ‘Manifest’ Finale and Future: “There’s Major Sequel or Spinoff Potential”

The missing-plane drama Manifest has had a hell of a ride. First came the now infamous cancellation by NBC, followed by months of uncertainty over the show’s remaining two seasons and then culminating in a last-minute, 20-episode order from Netflix. The second half of the abbreviated final season will hit the streamer June 2 — […]

‘Succession’ Star Arian Moayed on His Busy Post-Stewy Future

“So you saw the heckler!” Arian Moayed says with a laugh while sitting in the Ambassador’s Lounge of the Hudson Theatre, where, two nights before, a woman interrupted a performance of the now-Tony-nominated A Doll’s House to tell the actor to take off his costume. “There’s a debate among the production about whether she was […]

“Stewy Will Always Pick Money”: Arian Moayed on ‘Succession’s’ Only Friendship and Top Memories From the Show

Arian Moayed is just like the rest of us in one glaring way: He’s in denial about the end of Succession. The actor, who has played the fast-talking, deal-making Stewy Hosseini since season one, never had time to truly close that chapter of his life — he wrapped production on the series finale and went […]

Josh Segarra Gets to the Heart of Hollywood: “I’ll Never Stop Being a Fan of This Business”

Josh Segarra could be Hollywood’s biggest fan. The actor, who has been working steadily for the past 15 years — first with day gigs like a scene in the Homeland pilot shortly after his graduation from NYU, later with recurring roles on Chicago P.D. and Orange Is the New Black — is effusive, bordering on […]

Jennifer Garner and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Bonded Before ‘The Last Thing He Told Me’ by “Smelling Each Other”

In the opening scene of the Apple TV+ series The Last Thing He Told Me, an adaptation of Laura Dave’s best-selling novel about a woman who teams up with her stepdaughter to track down her missing husband, Jennifer Garner’s character smashes her cellphone. Just before the screen cracks, we see the date: April 14, the […]

“Good Art, Bad Person”: Claire Dederer on the Way Entertainment Is Consumed After #MeToo

In 2017, Claire Dederer published an essay in The Paris Review titled “What Do We Do With the Art of Monstrous Men?” and it immediately went viral. It was less than two months after the first Harvey Weinstein exposés went live, and the critic examined the work of the likes of Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, […]

Keri Russell on Building Another Complex Onscreen Marriage in ‘The Diplomat’

Keri Russell’s new role all started — sort of — with Christmas dinner. The actress, who has been extremely selective about her jobs since wrapping the Emmy-winning The Americans in 2018, was in the midst of hosting three sets of grandparents for the holidays when word came in to take a Zoom meeting with Debora […]

Next Big Thing: Abby Ryder Fortson Takes on the Role of a Lifetime in ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Abby Ryder Fortson’s first starring role was many lifetimes in the making. After a worldwide search, she’s fronting the long-awaited adaptation of Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, the 1970 novel that has endured as one of the definitive coming-of-age tales of young-adult literature; the eponymous protagonist has been a beloved reflection […]

The Making of ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’: “It’s All So Raw, and You Can Feel It”

In Tiny Beautiful Things, some of the most powerful dialogue happens in voiceover. Kathryn Hahn’s meditations open and close most every episode, ranging in sentiment from anguished (the very first establishing shot of the series is accompanied by her character Clare Pierce’s desperate letter to the advice column Dear Sugar) to sanguine (by the final […]

‘Somebody Somewhere’ Star Jeff Hiller on How the Show Is “Queering It Up Through Humor”

Somebody Somewhere is having a really good year. Its stars Bridget Everett and Jeff Hiller were nominated for Spirit Awards, it’s up for outstanding new TV series at the GLAAD Media Awards, and on April 23 the second season will premiere on HBO — something Hiller wasn’t sure would happen. “We had really good reviews […]

Matthew Macfadyen Ponders the End and Looks to Life After ‘Succession’

It’s well known by now that Matthew Macfadyen is nothing like Tom Wambsgans. In Succession’s early years, comparisons focused on the juxtaposition between the refined British actor — a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and notorious for his role as one Mr. Darcy — and the bumbling Midwesterner he portrays. But now, […]