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‘Nanny’ Star Anna Diop Never Expected to Find Such a Meaningful Character to Play

Anna Diop didn’t know when she would be able to represent her own culture onscreen. Then she was cast in Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny. “I’ve never had the chance to play Senegalese, so I’m like, ‘This is bananas,’ ” she recalls. “I didn’t know when in my career that would happen, where I could really show our […]

‘Devotion’ Star Christina Jackson on Playing “the Heart” of the War Drama

From Christina Jackson’s perspective, acting chose her — not the other way around. “I was always very animated, and my parents thought I [might become] a lawyer,” recalls Jackson, 35, of her formative years in Plainfield, New Jersey. The vocation she would make her career as an adult first presented itself when Jackson was in […]

‘Empire of Light’ Star Micheal Ward on His Dramatic Ascent and Prophetic Vision for His Career

In a story likely to be repeated numerous times as his star continues its upward trajectory, when he first met his agent, a 19-year-old Micheal Ward was asked what sort of project he’d love to be a part of if it was possible. “Something like Top Boy,” he said, referring to Ronan Bennett’s cult crime series — about […]

‘Gangs of London’ Star Sope Dirisu Says the Shorter His James Bond Odds Become, the “Less Likely It’s Going to Happen”

There’s a certain rite of passage that every British male actor of a certain age who has recently displayed a certain set of skills onscreen must go through — at some point they’ll be talked up as a possible James Bond. For Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, this happened shortly after the first season of Gangs of London, […]

‘My Policeman’ Star David Dawson on Sex Scenes With Harry Styles: “We All Just Had a Laugh”

Afair degree of the noise surrounding My Policeman — especially emanating from the hundreds who amassed outside the Princess of Wales Theatre for its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival — may, understandably, be connected to a certain former One Direction star. But much of the critical praise for the Amazon Studios film, in […]

As Alex Cooper Reigns at Spotify, the Podcast Host Gets More Comfortable Being Political

Seated in one of the plush sofa chairs inside her recording studio (which she calls the “Dad Pad”), Alex Cooper, the host of the relationship advice and comedy podcast Call Her Daddy, recalls feeling “so much fucking pressure” to prove she was worth her $60 million, three-year deal with Spotify.  That’s because, four years ago, Cooper was sharing […]

Hasan Minhaj Confronts His Own Clout-Chasing and the One Thing He Has in Common With the Crown Prince

“In comedy we talk a lot about ‘pushing the envelope,’ ” says Hasan Minhaj. “But sometimes the envelope pushes back.” He’s talking about the now-infamous episode of Patriot Act, his Peabody Award-winning talk show, that took aim at Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged involvement in the Jamal Khashoggi murder. The full story […]

‘Bros’ Star Luke Macfarlane Talks Masculinity and Gay Identity

If Luke Macfarlane had to describe his career so far, he would call it “chaos theory.” In 2005, shortly after graduating from Juilliard, he was cast in Over There, an FX series created by the late, great Steven Bochco, a gig that the young actor was certain would make him a TV star. “I really […]

What Arden Cho Learned About Speaking Up: “I Was Taught Not to Rock the Boat”

About five years ago, Arden Cho started saying no to scripts. It began when her role as Kira Yukimura, the only woman of color in the main cast of MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, was abruptly cut from the final season in 2016. She decided to hold out for the right next project — which […]

Samantha Hanratty on Her ‘Yellowjackets’ Character: “I Just Want to Hug Her and Tell Her to Go to Therapy”

When Samantha Hanratty was filming the terrifyingly intense plane crash sequence that kicks off the plot of Showtime’s Yellowjackets, she had to do the opposite of tapping into her own emotions. “I’m a very emotional person; I’m an empath,” she says. “I, as Samantha, would have been sobbing. I would have been having a mental […]

‘Hacks’ Star Kaitlin Olson on Portraying a “Comedic Character” That Has “Broken, Raw Emotion”

Kaitlin Olson is best known for playing Deandra “Sweet Dee” Reynolds for 15 seasons on FX’s long-running comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, holding her own alongside her four male co-stars (Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito and her real-life husband, Rob McElhenney). In 2021, she earned her first Emmy nom for the shortform Quibi […]

‘Severance’ Star Tramell Tillman on How Playing Milchick Has Changed His Life: “Nobody Knew Who I Was in January”

Playing Seth Milchick, a supervisor and middle man at the mysterious Lumon Industries, on Apple TV+’s Severance, has changed Tramell Tillman’s life. “The show dropped in February of this year … and nobody knew who I was in January,” Tillman tells THR. “I went to Comic-Con for the first time [in July], and my whole […]