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THE passage of time is perhaps not so acute to the centuries-old alien at the heart of the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” the shape-shifting hero known simply as the Doctor, who has had more than 50 years of adventures across dimensions known and otherwise.
But time and its measurement have become especially crucial to Peter Capaldi, who will make his proper, full-length debut as the latest actor to play the Doctor when the new season of “Doctor Who” has its premiere Saturday on BBC America.
It has been just over a year since the BBC announced that Mr. Capaldi would succeed Matt Smith, who was a 26-year-old relative novice when he was chosen to play the Doctor, and, after three seasons of putting his frantic, whirling-dervish stamp on the character, disclosed his departure in June 2013.
Since then, Mr. Capaldi, 56, has spent several months filming “Doctor Who” in Cardiff, Wales, trying to bring to the role his own personal take, which he says is more sardonic and elusive.
Still, as a lifelong “Doctor Who” fan, he could not quite contain his giddiness, all this time later, that he had actually landed the part.
“I just didn’t think that they would be going in this direction,” Mr. Capaldi said in a gentle, stately voice with only traces of a Scottish accent, on a visit to New York last week. Asked what he meant, he answered with a laugh: “Well, I guess, older. And more like me.”
Mr. Capaldi’s penetrating eyes and expressively lined face will be familiar to viewers of Armando Iannucci’s 2009 film satire “In the Loop,” and the BBC comedy that spawned it, “The Thick of It,” in which he played Malcolm Tucker, a short-tempered political aide who fired off obscene insults as fluidly and creatively as Shakespeare composed sonnets.
But he is still untested as the Doctor, particularly with American audiences who responded strongly to Mr. Smith: BBC America said the series grew from an average total viewership of 910,000 in his first season to nearly 1.9 million in his last, a trend the channel would surely like to see continue under his successor.
Though Mr. Capaldi is among the more accomplished actors to take on this storied science-fiction franchise, he is hardly a relic. But his age nonetheless represents a departure from the recent history of the series.
It is one more unknown factor for producers and audiences alike to consider as “Doctor Who” begins a crucial transition that elicited passionate criticisms and defenses before Mr. Capaldi set foot in front of the cameras.
“When launching a new Doctor, I don’t want to make it sound as though he’s just one of a set of options,” said Steven Moffat, the executive producer and lead writer of “Doctor Who.” “He’s the one and only right now.”
Mr. Capaldi is playing the 12th canonical version of the Doctor, though the show cheekily acknowledges its counting system has run off track a bit.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Mr. Capaldi grew up admiring character actors like Peter Cushing and John Hurt, and was a follower of “Doctor Who” more or less from the start.
Between the 1960s and 1980s, he watched the series transfer its lead role from elder statesmen like William Hartnell to expressive wits like Tom Baker, and, in its 21st-century revival, heartthrobs like Mr. Smith and David Tennant. (Mr. Capaldi also appeared in a 2008 “Doctor Who” episode playing a Roman in ancient Pompeii.)
As a steadily employed actor, Mr. Capaldi said, he’d fallen into a routine of “increasingly bland parts, turning up in episodic television as the slightly untrustworthy doctor or shrink, or the M.P. with a gay secret.”
“That was fine,” he said, “but quite dull.”
That changed in 2005 when Mr. Capaldi met Mr. Iannucci, creator of “The Thick of It,” on a day when Mr. Capaldi had come from another demeaning BBC audition and was not in a particularly good mood. “I was like, ‘O.K., show me what you’ve got,’ ” Mr. Capaldi recalled. “It was lucky I had just the right attitude at that moment.”
Mr. Iannucci, the creator and show runner of HBO’s “Veep,” said he recalled Mr. Capaldi as initially “very amiable and softly spoken.”
“When the switch came,” Mr. Iannucci said, “from this personable charmer to this rather ruthless and cold, frighteningly still person, I thought, ‘My God, that’s quite a trick you can pull off there.’ ”
Mr. Moffat said that the casting of Mr. Smith and Mr. Tennant on “Doctor Who” had not been a deliberate search for youthful demographics. “When people are trying to be cynical about modern ‘Doctor Who,’ they say, ‘Oh, they always cast these young fellows,’ ” he said. “We didn’t. It was always a young bloke who turns out to be right for it.”
Mr. Moffat said he and his colleagues quickly thought of Mr. Capaldi, for reasons he could not entirely quantify.
“He just felt incredibly right,” Mr. Moffat said. “He would just take the part in such an unexpected, different direction and overturn everybody’s preconceptions.”
At an audition at which the “Doctor Who” producers say Mr. Capaldi was the only candidate, he said he performed a test scene in which he had to ask another character to describe his new incarnation.
“The Doctor doesn’t have a mirror, so he has no idea he’s gotten older,” Mr. Capaldi said. “So he keeps asking her about his face. ‘Does it look good?’ ”
The answer he received was, “Well, it’s O.K.”
Mr. Capaldi was quickly offered the role and introduced in a live special last summer. But just as rapidly, some die-hard “Doctor Who” fans and casual viewers alike pushed back against the decision, disappointed that a role with seemingly so few boundaries had once again been given to a white male actor.
“I do think it’s well overtime to have a female Doctor Who,” Helen Mirren told the British morning show “Daybreak,” before the announcement. “I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be best of all.”
Asked about an audience’s desire for more diversity in the lead role, Mr. Moffat said:“I just cast on instinct, really. There’s nothing against that, and we have auditioned every shape and size and type of human being for this part the last time around.”
He added that Mr. Capaldi “looks like a Doctor Who,” and could have played the character at previous ages. “He’d have been a great 20-something Doctor and a great 30-something Doctor,” he said.
Yet Mr. Capaldi’s age does not go unnoticed in his premiere.
Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s adventuring companion, Clara Oswald, said that some of their very first scenes together required her to comment on how different he looked from his predecessors.
“My lines were like: ‘But he’s so old! Why is he gray? Why has he got lines on his face?’ ” Ms. Coleman said. “I didn’t know him at all at this point. In between takes, I was like: ‘Oh, Peter, I’m so sorry. Terribly sorry. You look great.’ ”
Mr. Capaldi approached all the kidding about his age as if it were a form of hazing.
“Sometimes, I get a bit annoyed with it,” he said. “I don’t think I’m old. I’m 56. Maybe people think that’s ancient. I’m not an old man.”
Mr. Iannucci said that the humor was probably intended more for younger viewers “now getting a Doctor who’s a little bit older than they’re used to.”
On “The Thick of It,” Mr. Iannucci said, “every member of the cast had to get used to some insult made about them, usually from Peter Capaldi. It’s about time he had jokes about his own physical appearance.”
Mr. Capaldi said he had consulted “Doctor Who” forerunners like Mr. Smith. Now, he spoke about his continuing work on the series with a mixture of trepidation and the kind of certainty that only comes with seasoned experience.
“I took Matt to lunch and he came in on crutches,” he recalled, “and I said, ‘What happened to you?’ And he said, ‘This show.’ I thought: ‘My God, you’re 30 years younger than me and you’re on crutches. What’s going to happen to me?”
With his first season nearly under his belt, Mr. Capaldi did not have to look into the future to believe that he would fare just fine.
“I survived without any injuries,” he said. “It keeps you fit. It’s great to wake up in the morning and think, I’m Doctor Who.”so
I personally don't see this as NSFW tbh. Anaconda video was much more explicit but anyway just in case.
To promote their movie Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliette Binoche and the human equivalent of a crumpled up paper bag full of spray paint fumes had a conversation for the German edition of Interview Magazine. As Celebitchy points out, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart’s talk was translated by a Kristen Stewart fan from the Russian edition of Interview. So the interview was done in English, then translated into German, then translated into Russian, then translated back into English. Or it was translated from KStew’s mumble speak into English, then into Russian and back into English. Whatever the case may be, there was a lot of translating going on and so shit could’ve gotten twisted in translation. But then again this wouldn’t be the first time that KStew has dribbled out a shit nugget of humbleness.
During most of the interview, Juliette and KStew have their lips attached to each other’s asses. KStew only pried her lips off of Juliette’s nalgas to press them against her own ass. Juliette and KStew got into talking about doing big-budget Hollywood movies and indies. KStew hates it when people say you should do one role for yourself and one role for the audience. KStew only does roles for herself (Side note: It shows, bitch, it shows). KStew then redefined the meaning of “humble” by saying that she’s a magical genie and all she has to do is snap her fingers to get a role.
Maybe Kristen Stewart said, “I am extremely lucky, because the piece of shit franchise I was in was a worldwide hit and made me a star and now directors will put me in their movies even though I have the acting skills of a dried drool stain,” and it got mixed up in translation. But Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and every other actress in Hollywood is still nervous as hell and Kristen Stewart’s fingers have become their #1 enemy. Because as long as KStew can snap her fingers, their careers are in danger. KStew’s fingers hold more power in them than the fingers of Evie from Out of This World. Beware actresses of Hollywood: Kristen Stewart can take your man by snapping her twat lips and she can take your roles by snapping her fingers.
You're the Worst on FX is doing markedly worse than its companion show, Married, in the ratings. But it shouldn't be. Even though Married has gotten more press and boasts a more familiar, pedigreed cast — Oscar winner Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, and even Paul Reiser — You're the Worst is the better series. Starring Aya Cash as romance-averse music publicist Gretchen and Chris Geere as her bitter Brit-novelist love interest, it's really the only show of its kind on the air right now. Here are six reasons you need to start watching (besides the fact that I just really want it to get picked up for a second season):
6. It's from the same guy behind Weeds and Orange Is the New Black.
Stephen Falk, who is co-executive-producer on OITNB and previously held down the same job on Weeds, is also at the helm of this FX series. So if you expect the same acerbic wit, outlandish situations, and flawed-but-somehow-appealing characters he's had such success in dreaming up and writing for in the past, You're the Worst won't let you down.
5. Brandon Smith is a total breakout star.
The two leads of You're the Worst are so well written that the show gets away with focusing most of its action on them; but its supporting cast more than holds its own. My favorite character on the series, by far, is Gretchen's problem client, rapper Sam Dresden (played by former Disney child star Brandon Smith). His weird antics land somewhere between Tyler the Creator and , and his unhinged one-liners have become the thing I most look forward to each week. In fact, I was really sad that he didn't pop up in the latest episode. Bring back Sam!
1. It's hilariously cynical . . . but secretly optimistic.
Married is kind of depressing. There's no way around it. Though it's clear there's real love and affection between its lead characters, Lina (Judy Greer) and Russ (Nat Faxon), their essentially sexless marriage, their endless financial problems, and the various misguided assholes who populate their world are downright repellant to watch at times. On the surface, You're the Worst seems like it would be the more jaded show, but that's just a trick. As the season goes on, Jimmy and Gretchen reveal more of themselves underneath their standoffish, self-centered personas. So while some critics dismissed the show out of hand as " ," I'd respectfully disagree. As a viewer, I find myself rooting for Gretchen and Jimmy just as often as I find myself wishing that Lina and Russ on Married would call it quits and put us all out of our misery.
You're the Worst airs Thursday nights at 10:30 on FX.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage has indeed hit a bump in the road.
Amid multiple reports that divorce is imminent for the couple who has been married for six years, Cannon, 33, has confirmed that he and Carey, 44, are living apart.
“There is trouble in paradise," the America's Got Talent host exclusively revealed to The Insider With Yahoo on Thursday. "We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”
Cannon also dispelled rumors that the problems in his relationship are due to infidelity.
“My main focus is my kids," he said of their 3-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, aka "Dem Babies."
The couple is said to have separated around May; however, at the time, Cannon told Parade there was no truth to divorce reports.
"You kind of have to ignore it because every week it's something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you," he explained. "There's no merit or truth to it. It's kind of humorous, really. It couldn't be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers."
Nick and Mariah continued to put on a united front over Father's Day weekend. The singer shared the below family photo — the last picture posted of the couple together on social media — on Instagram.
The pair secretly wed in the Bahamas in April 2008 after just six weeks of dating.
"We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey told People after their impromptu nuptials. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."
Cannon added: "She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside."
The duo lavishly renewed their vows in the years that followed except for their most recent anniversary (the couple claimed the had a low-key celebration).
While Nick admits they have been separated for months, he did not elaborate on what the future holds. According to some reports, the divorce is "a done deal" once the two parties negotiate a property settlement and custody agreement.
Tune into The Insider tonight on CBS for more details on Mariah and Nick.
what do we name this scandal? I say either The Elusive Divorce or, if there's cheating involved, It's a Wrap (feat. Nick Cannon)
Robin Williams is inspiring people even in death ...his young co-star from "Jumanji" has decided it's time for people like him suffering from depression to shed the shame.
Somehow our photog spotted Bradley Pierce -- who played Peter Shepard in the classic 1995 comedy -- Wednesday night in L.A.
Pierce said he's been motivated to talk openly about his battle with depression, which he's dealt with since he was 16.
Pierce also shared a great story about Williams from the set of "Jumanji" about filming the monsoon scene -- the only time he ever got aggressive.
It's an "old sketch" of a song she's been performing live for a few years.
The emotional song is a reworking of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, taking the originally upbeat and flowery song and transforming it into something much deeper and darker. “Black rage is founded on two-thirds a person,” Hill sings. “Rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens / Black human packages tied up in strings / Black rage can come from all these kings of things.”
Abs. Abs. Smile. Abs. Abs. Dimples. That’s what normally goes through my brain when Ryan Kwanten is mentioned. Don’t get me wrong – his comedic timing and lovable naiveté as Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s TRUE BLOOD is one of a kind, but I just turn into 7th grade girl goo when he appears on screen…or in my dreams.
You’d think Kwanten would take advantage of his abdominal super powers on a regular basis, but oh no, he’s one hell of a gentleman. When asked how he feels about TRUE BLOOD’s final season, he has a very down to earth vibe.
“The whole thing feels fantastic. From growing up in a coastal town to being on a HBO show, and for that show to last seven years, for me that’s still hard for me to comprehend,” he says. “There’s an amount of gratitude that comes with that… to have this success, I don’t take lightly.”
So how much of Kwanten do we see in his onscreen character? “I think in a weird way [Jason Stackhouse] has made me a better person, a better man, and I don’t think that I would have said that in the beginning,” Kwanten says. “He looks at everything with these wide, naïve eyes. To take that cynical hat off and approach things with innocence…it’s always more interesting to play characters like that, I think, who have faults rather than positive traits.”
Very rarely do you get a slice of humble pie served with this much handsome. Kwanten should have projects lined up from now until the end of 2037. What exactly is on the horizon for this cheeky Australian?
“It’s been crazy,” he says. “I finished three films over the last hiatus. After TRUE BLOOD ends, it’ll be the first time I’ll be free in eight or nine years. In a weird way, this show has taught me some patience. Every actor fights to see the door, to get a crack in the door, get inside the door and I feel like I’m almost in the room now and it’s nice to sit back and admire the landscape before really diving in again.”
So now that he has the time, how does Kwanten picture the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon? “I need to be near the water, the beach in some way or form. A beer, or bottle of wine, and some friends,” he says. “I’m a beach bum at heart.”
This sounds like dream date material. Even if this wasn’t the LOVE issue, we all would be clipping out Snoopy Valentines and writing Ryan’s name all over our Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers. Has he always been this laid back? Was there an emo-goth phase that nobody knows about? What keeps him grounded? To answer these questions, we offered him a magical DeLorean from “Back to the Future” so he could enlighten us, while giving young Ryan some sage advice.
“There’s an Emerson quote that is, ‘Everything that lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us,’” Kwanten says. “Teenagers are meant to be confused, bemused, and kind of annoyed by the world, and I wish I tapped into who I was. But also I think that’s the beauty in life: you make those stupid idiotic mistakes and try to learn from them as you can, and you move on. I’m happy that I made those mistakes.”
Now is the part where I have to tell you that Kwanten is not single. You can love him, but you aren’t allowed to LOVE Ryan Kwanten. Yes, this is a bummer, but in the spirit of all things romantic, he shared his first date details. “The first date that we had was a hike. We packed little knapsacks and I had some margarita thing that I had made. We hiked up to a picnic spot and we chatted.”
It wasn’t even Trader Joe’s ‘Two Buck Chuck’ or a sixer of beer- the man made his own margaritas! This guy thinks outside the box and then takes you up a hill for a chat.
Plus, he has even more words of wisdom. When asked if he prefers Jay-Z or Bob Marley, he responds with a mind deafening philosophy: “I would love to hear Jay-Z do like a gray album with Bob Marley.” The world just shouted ‘YES!’ at once. Done. Let’s do that. Everyone agrees.
Tacos or Sushi? “SUSH! NO….PIZZA! Hands down. I bought a pizza maker… I experiment with Nutella, coconut flakes, strawberries… I’ve got a whole set of sweets.” Strawberries and chocolate. Damn. This is starting to sound romantic again. What’s your one sentence take on love, Ryan?
“Give me a minute, I’m going to try to be inspiring.” He laughs. “Don’t seek it, but let it come to you. Find that middle ground. You can’t go looking for it but you can’t run away from it either. Only then can you love someone else.”
From talking to Kwanten, one would assume that everyone, even his mail carrier, falls in love with him. My wild guess is that Cupid pierced him with an arrow and sent him directly to Alan Ball’s TRUE BLOOD casting couch. So make a batch of margaritas and an oven full of Nutella pizza, because your butt is watching Ryan on the last season of TRUE BLOOD every Sunday on HBO.
After that, you’ll just have to Facebook stalk him like the rest of his ex-girlfriends.
Let's talk about pizza.
Being married to image-obsessed Kim Kardashian has obvs rubbed off on Kanye West.
The rapper, 37, has undertaken a strict new smoothie Reset diet and goes everywhere with pedometer to track his steps. Cripes.
Kanye has ditched his fave soul food, such as fried chicken and mac’n’cheese for a protein-heavy regime under trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak, whose A-list clients include Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus and Halle Berry.
The LA-based fitness whizz, 39, reveals: “I’ve known Kanye for many years and we’ve developed a very close friendship. We go on holidays together with our wives and daughters and I was there when he fell in love with Kim.
“My programme for him covers exercise in the gym, his steps outside, and his lifestyle habits and diet.
“He eats five times a day, with three meals and two snacks.
“For the first five days of the Reset diet he has three smoothies a day and two crunchy snacks.
“A white smoothie for breakfast, red smoothie for lunch, and green smoothie for dinner, made with protein, fibre and healthy fat in every meal, and with crunchy snacks in between.
"Snacks are either high fibre crackers with turkey, roasted chickpeas or air-popped popcorn or an apple with low fat cheese.”
That’s not very rock and roll.
It comes shortly after Kim announced she was going on a carb-free diet with “crazy workouts”, complaining that she has a “huge butt”. She posted on Twitter that she wants to lose 20lbs.
Kanye also takes his £70 Fitbit device with him everywhere, so Harley can keep an eye on his activity and ensure he’s not slacking too much.
Harley says: “Kanye works out with us at least five times a week – and I also have to influence him when he’s not training. He wears a Fitbit in his pocket every day. It’s a device which monitors his activity so I can chart his steps on my laptop.
“I tell my clients they have me in their pockets and I have them in mine. All my clients have to do a minimum 12,000 steps per day.
“They carry the Fitbit in their pocket or on their wrist like a watch.
“It’s linked with their phone so the information gets zapped straight to my computer.
”They must email me daily saying what they’ve eaten, how many steps they’ve taken and the hours they’ve slept.” That sounds pedantic, but then so is ranty Kanye, so probs suits him down to the ground...
what food can't you give up?
I understand why people feel Williams’ loss so intensely. His talent as an actor is not in dispute. His performance in Good Will Hunting is unimpeachable. I wonder if he was tapping into his own deep trench of personal pain to deliver some of those scenes. It was brave and excellent work. The more you think about it, the more you remember one great performance after another. Good Morning Vietnam is a favorite of mine.
When someone with this level of exposure dies in this way, it is confusing. An Oscar-winning actor, well-paid, with a career that most performers could only dream of — how could anyone so well regarded and seemingly fortunate have as much as even a single bad day, much less a life so unendurable that it has to be voluntarily voided?
On more than one of my USO tours, Robin Williams had been on the same stage a few days before me. That’s all I needed to know about him. As far as I was concerned, he was a good man.
But it’s here where I step off the train. I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say. And I also understand that his personal struggles were quite real. I can’t argue with that.
But I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.
How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don’t care how well adjusted your kid might be — choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids. So, you don’t kill yourself.
I know some people will disagree. And I get that you can’t understand anyone else’s torment. All that “I feel your pain” stuff is bullshit and disrespectful. You can appreciate it, listen and support someone as best you can, but you can’t understand it. Depression is so personal and so unique to each of us that when you’re in its teeth, you think you invented it. You can understand your own, but that’s it. When you are severely depressed, it can be more isolating than anything else you have ever experienced. In trying to make someone understand, you can only speak in approximation. You are truly on your own.
Everyone handles their emotional vicissitudes in their own ways. I am no doctor, but I think the brain is always looking for a sense of balance and normal function so the body can operate efficiently. Some people medicate accordingly, in an attempt to stay somewhat even. That pursuit can lead one down some dark paths. Someone who is an addict might not be an “addict” in the pejorative sense but merely trying to medicate and balance themselves.
Many years ago, I lived in Silver Lake with a housemate who suffered from severe bouts of depression. When she wasn’t in her small bedroom with the lights off, crying for hours, she was bright and hilarious. Anywhere we went, we laughed our asses off. She fought her depression with everything from bike rides to drugs, prescribed and otherwise. Years after the last time I saw her, I guess she could no longer keep up the battle and killed herself. No one who knew her was surprised. When she was in her deepest misery, she was unrecognizable.
The hardest part about being around her was you knew there was nothing you could do to help.
I get it, but then again, maybe I don’t.
When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind. I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not.
I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn’t cut short — it was purposely abandoned. It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to. It sucks they are gone, of course, but it’s the decision they made. I have to respect it and move on.
A few years ago, a guy I’d known for many years hanged himself in a basement. Weeks later, I went to the spot and picked up bits of plastic coating from the cord he used, which were on the floor after he was cut down. I liked the guy, but all I could think of then is all I can think of now — the drawings his kids had made that were pasted up on the walls of his kitchen.
Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it.
Fuck suicide. Life isn’t anything but what you make it. For all the people who walked from the grocery store back to their house, only to be met by a robber who shot them in the head for nothing — you gotta hang in there.
I have life by the neck and drag it along. Rarely does it move fast enough. Raw Power forever.
Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson is usually the serious one on Parks and Recreation. But in the season 6 gag reel, we get to see the king of bacon and eggs let loose: Offerman wiggles across the floor with a huge grin on his face as the crew breaks into laughter.Other highlights include everything Amy Poehler does (as always) and Jim O’Heir accidentally talking while the cameras are rolling. Typical Jerry.
Gina Rodriguez took a stand early in her career. The NYU Tisch grad (who rapped in 2012's Sundance hit Filly Brown) won't play characters unless they serve as role models for young Latinos.
She's now riding strong buzz for The CW family drama Jane the Virgin, the unexpected hit of July's Television Critics Association's summer press tour ahead of its Oct. 13 premiere. Rodriguez is currently featured in THR as The Next Big Thing.
How did you develop your career plan?
I saw an interview that Rita Moreno had done very early on [while I was] in high school before I started getting into theater. She had refused to play certain roles because of they way they made her feel and the way they made younger girls feel about her. I found that interesting because my parents never thought that change was possible through art. I could see this gorgeous, Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar winner tell me that I can do something with my art other than just the fancy dresses and the playing pretend. It's always somebody that opens the door before you. The idea of being a sacrificial lamb, or being a complicated actor really wasn't the truth; it was more for standing for what you believe in. I didn't see color as a young girl; I used to think that we didn't even exist … and then to see Rita do it, I just realized we needed to make a stronger impact. That set off my course. And I used to say that I was going to be the Latino Meryl Streep one day. (Laughs.)
You've been vocal about only taking roles that you're proud to portray. What was it about Jane the Virgin that made playing her so appealing?
It was a breath of fresh air to read a script that I felt was so representative of the way I grew up — this dual identity. They say, "We need to hear more Latino stories." There is no feeling that anyone is exempt because of their ethnicity. I embrace the fact that I have this dual identity. I find it so interesting that in this industry, we want to divide. I guess that's just an American culture: divide and conquer, right? But that's so limiting. I am not defined by the fact that my parents speak Spanish or that my skin color is brown. I'm defined by my character, and my character is a strong woman that's independent, that's following her dreams, that wants love, that wants a family, that wants to succeed just like anybody else in this world. I found it limiting to see women of my skin color only playing very specific roles as though Latino stories are different. There's no difference! Yes, being a maid and being a landscape artist … these are phenomenal professions that pay really well. I mean, my sister's nanny makes a lot more than the majority of my friends. These are great, wonderful careers except they're not the only stories. And trust, me, it's not just Latinos that are doing these jobs. I felt very limited by the opportunities I had in Hollywood to play the maid, the pregnant teen, the drug addict. Those all exist, but they all exist in every ethnicity and culture. I wanted to tell stories that showed little girls because when I was younger, I didn't see us in Casablanca and these phenomenal movies that told the human story.
And the show comes as TV is starting to become much more representative.
That is so encouraging. And Jane the Virgin is just that. It's just a story about a girl who's trying to make a plan, find the husband of her dreams, do the job of her dreams and live a normal life like anybody else. Then this crazy mix-up that could have happened to anybody, anywhere in the world, happened to her. And she gets to tell the story. Now little girls are going to look up and be like, "There we are in different stories, as the heroes, as the people that win." Every ethnicity deserves to own that story, because it's a human story. When I read Jane, I was like, "Here it is! I've been waiting for this." I thought so differently about myself growing up and what it took to undo that view of my people, of women, of beauty and those things, I'm like, "Hey, if Rita did that for me, and she made me see that I could do it too, then hopefully I can do that for someone else."
What kind of personal and professional hurdles did you have to overcome?
I got thyroid disease when I was 19. I had hypothyroid, underactive thyroid and it was very hard to deal with my weight. It was something I never thought about prior to getting thyroid disease. For a while, I would look at myself and what was on screen and in magazines and say, "This is never going to be possible because there's no way I can attain that beauty size." I had to look at myself and overcome the idea that I was limited by what God gave me. When I was freed from that, I was capable of anything because I wasn't limited by this mentality that stopped me before even trying. The only way to success is through failure, but we're not going to be stopped by that failure because we know that there is nothing that can inhibit us but ourselves. … And I refused to let money be the dictator of my happiness, and to be the dictator of the decisions that I make. When I choose a role because of money and not because I believe in the project, I do a disservice to that project.
Did you have a backup plan if acting didn't work out?
I went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Sadly, I didn't get the educational backup plan, but because of the way I was raised, I've never been afraid of hard work. I refused to believe that I was going to live off anything else but acting.
What's been your biggest career setback to date?
I don't see one. I've had to turn down roles that could have been life-changing or financially changing, but I have to believe in it so it can believe in me. I always say to myself, "Is this something you're going to be proud of and be able to back up? Are you going to be mad at yourself if this is a success and you're not a part of it? Are you going to let ego creep in?" And when the answer is no, I know I'm doing the right thing and I've been really lucky in that respect. I feel like I'm right where I'm supposed to be.
You turned down Lifetime's Devious Maids on principle. What else have you turned down?
It was about my journey and the stories that I wanted to tell and the change I wanted to create. Television and film are fictional reality to reflect our daily reality. I didn't connect to Devious Maids. I didn't want that to be my coming-out. I also passed on this hip-hop film — I can't remember what it was called but it hasn't come out — because it was really negative in the sense that it portrayed Latinos in a real negative light, and they were throwing a huge chunk of change my way, and I just couldn't do it. And thank God. I wouldn't have changed anything because this is what I was meant to do. This is supposed to be my journey. Whether this journey lasts one season or 10, I'll take what I can get, because these are the stories that I want to tell.
What representation do you think TV gets right when it comes to Latino portrayals?
I'm really excited about ABC's How to Get Away With Murder and Karla Souza, who's playing a law student. That was definitely like the kids I grew up with. I'm so excited for Cristela Alonzo [ABC's Cristela]. Television and film are supposed to be a reflection of reality, right? We just want to see a slice of life. We want to be able to connect. We want to cry. We want to look at our lives on screen. It's clear to me that execs need to step outside of their office and really look at life. We are in interracial relationships. We speak multiple languages. We're multiple religions inside of that. I have Jewish ancestors. My sister converted to Judaism. I have Christians and Catholics and Buddhists in my family. I have multiracial, multiethnic relationships. We need to start casting color-blind because there is no specific anymore.
What does Hollywood typically get wrong about Latino portrayals?
That we all walk around with a sombrero on our head, a jalapeño in our hand and a taco in the other one. That's never been reality. We all are proud of where we come from, no matter what religion or culture we're in. We all love our family; we all love our tradition. That pride does not go anywhere. But do we wear a flag on our shoulder? No. Are we always speaking Spanish and pregnant? No. That is so very far few and between, and that goes across the board. There is nobody exempt of going through hardships or going through success. What we get incorrect in this industry is that the Latino story is different than any other story. Or the black story is any different than any other story. We don't want to only be limited to our world, or our skin color. We want to transcend. We want to be invited to the same party as everybody else.
What message do you really hope to send to young women who are tuning in to Jane?
This is not specific to one ethnicity. We're going to represent the human story with a new face that hasn't been seen before. I want little girls to be able to see that their uniqueness is what makes them special; they're imperfectly perfect like everybody else. What's so beautiful about Jane is that she's the every-girl. Jane is not specifically Latina; she's a very specific girl who is a type-A who wants her dreams to come true. I want to change beauty norms. I eat cookies and brownies but nobody's talking about what I look like on this show. Nobody's talking about beauty on the show. It's not a conversation because it doesn't need to be one. Because the only person I'm worried about that likes what she looks like in the mirror is me.
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As we start making our festival schedules, cross-checking them with movies we want to see versus what scheduling conflicts will allow, it can mean that sometimes we need to be reminded about many high-profile movies coming our way. One to look out for over the next few weeks is Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie." And the first two clips are here to give a taste of what the charged romance will be bringing to the cinematic table.
This movie looks so much better than the first trailer made it out to be.
You’re nominated for an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, “Masters of Sex.” Can we be presumptuous and assume you’re going to win on Aug. 25?
I don’t think it’s fair to assume that at all. I’m Jewish, so I’m predisposed to assume there’s no chance in hell that’s going to happen.
Are you excited to be at the Emmys, or is it just something you’re obligated to do?
I mean, obviously I haven’t been nominated in the past, but anything where you’re getting super gussied up and wearing uncomfortable shoes and watching people make speeches hasn’t been my cup of tea. I’m legitimately excited, though.
When you watch an award show at home, are you reverent about it, or do you make snarky comments?
A combination of the two. I generally watch it with friends, and we wear sweatpants and eat a lot of food. It’s my ideal way to enjoy an award show. I’m never jealous of the people who are there in uncomfortable clothing and restrictive ensembles.
You’re a fan of the “Real Housewives” series, correct?
I am. Finally, someone who knows something important about me.
Why do you think they have continually been denied Emmys?
That’s a wonderful question. Clearly they all deserve Emmys for those riveting performances as normal human beings. I find reality television to be so delectable. I cannot even fully express how much it means to me.
Why is that?
It’s this idea of taking a somewhat normal human being and then putting them on this frying pan of fame. In real time, you can watch fame ruin somebody and makes them go insane.
“Masters of Sex” is set in the sexually repressed 1950s, and yet it doesn’t seem that far removed from today.
That’s the main thing I’ve learned from doing this show. On the surface, yes, we’ve come a great distance from the 1950s. You can see sexual imagery everywhere you look. Just flipping through your channels, you’re inundated with it. That said, the discussions about sex still come with uncomfortable giggles. But it’s become part of my job to have conversations like that.
Since doing the show, are you more comfortable talking about sex? Are you more likely to be the one who says something like, “Hey, let’s talk about dildos”?
Yeah, I mean, that’s pretty much how I start the majority of my conversations — “Hey, let’s talk about dildos” — especially around the Hanukkah table. I think people might be surprised. It’s as if people thought “Sex and the City” created this idea of girls out to brunch with each other, speaking very explicitly about sex. That has been going on well before that show, and will go on until the end of time.
If you become a parent, how are you going to approach the subject of sex education with your kids?
I think I’ll go old-school and tell them that if they masturbate they’ll go blind. That to kiss anybody other than your husband on your wedding day is terribly sinful. I plan to shame my children into remaining virgins for the rest of their lives.
In your coming film, “The Interview,” you play a C.I.A. agent, which is something you seriously considered as an actual career choice.
I have a habit of getting very obsessive about one thing, but it usually lasts no more than three days. The C.I.A. thing went on for longer, but my serious consideration was limited to doing an online application for the C.I.A. I poured my heart and soul into it and never heard back from them, so that’s where that story ends.
What did you think was involved with being a spy? Were you basing it on movies?
One hundred percent on movies, and not even James Bond movies. Like, “True Lies.” I wanted to be some combination of a C.I.A. agent and a hit man.
And be best buddies with Tom Arnold?
That goes without saying. You need a funny guy in the van, right?
One of the benefits of being discovered on a hit TV show is that a chance at a significant movie career is usually in the cards. Actually, it usually only occurs with talent on show that hits the pop culture lexicon. In this case, "Game of Thrones."
Sophie Turner has spent the last four years on "GoT" playing Sansa Stark and as any loyal viewer can tell you, she's been put through the ringer. She's seen her father beheaded (poor Ned), been engaged to a mad king against her will, was almost raped and then forced to marry the show's most popular character, Lord Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who doesn't happen to be that popular in King's Landing. Those key dramatic moments, among others, is just one reason Turner has come to the attention of casting directors, producers, international financiers and movie directors. She's got talent that's ready to be explored in other projects. The first of those new films, "Another Me," hits theaters in select markets today, but let's get to what all "GoT" fans want to hear about first: season five.
Turner spoke to HitFix Thursday from Belfast where she's in the middle of shooting the current "GoT" season. She's expected to continue production until the middle of December, but notes " I mean it's very unpredictable because there are so many parts on 'Game of Thrones.' If someone gets injured? The schedule can just like totally flip and I could be shooting a lot longer or a lot shorter."
The 18-year-old actress obviously wasn't going to spill specific details about the upcoming stretch, but did discuss how she's stopped reading the novels in preparing for each new season.
"I kind of read the 'Game of Thrones' books as the seasons [went on]," Turner says, "But now that the storyline and scripts are kind of going away from the books I decided I'm just going to read the scripts so I don't get confused and read the books later."
As for where Ms. Stark will end up Turner sounded quite excited about her character's new direction. More importantly, she thinks viewers will be too.
"'Game of Thrones' is so unpredictable and it was a big surprise what is happening to her this season," Turner says. "I am so excited because it gives me the opportunity to work with new people and it goes in a completely different direction. I think the fans will really like where her storyline is going this season."
The point of the interview, however, way to discuss "Another Me" and Turner is clearly proud of her work in Isabel Coixet's thriller. Based on a novel by Cathy MacPhail, the movie finds Turner playing Fay, a teenager in suburban Wales who is trying to juggle the pressures of school with a her father's debilitating illness. As time passes a number of events occur that makes her think someone is following, impersonating or playing mind games with her. What she's unaware of is that dear old dad (Rhys Ifans) knows exactly what's going on and doesn't have the heart to tell her.
"Me" premiered at the 2013 Rome Film Festival this past November and has been released in Italy and Spain. It also features an intriguing cast including Claire Forlani as her mother, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Fay's drama teacher and Geraldine Chaplin as a very strange neighbor.
Turner says she was thrilled to play a part where she could wear modern clothes and actually be comfortable in them. She bluntly admits, "Not have your breathing affected by your clothes is a big bonus apparently. It was really nice actually."
(Note to "GoT" costumers: Perhaps we should loosen up Ms. Turner's bodices a bit?)
She also adds, "It was really nice to be in a world which was very similar to my own and I think she's a relatable character anyway. So, the thing about this film is that everything came pretty easy to me. Just because you're not living in Medieval Times with dragons around and White Walkers. It was nice to have something you could relate to."
Considering it seems somewhat aimed for teenagers, "Me" gets much darker as it goes on and features a slightly unexpected ending. Turner, somewhat surprisingly, says they never shot alternate endings and it was always going to be the same as the novel.
"It's a Young Adult book. It can't be as brutal as 'Game of Thrones' and then it flips on its head again," Turner says. "That's why I was drawn to the story and the script. It was unpredictable. Maybe I'm just a sucker for a sad ending."
While "Me" took up her "GoT" break almost two years ago, she went in a completely different direction over her last offseason. In the action comedy "Barely Lethal" Turner plays Heather, the arch enemy of Megan (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenage assassin who wants to quite the killing business and just live a normal life. The movie was Turner's first production in the United States and she enjoyed Atlanta for a reason only those who have worked on or visited sets in Europe can understand.
"Oh my god I loved it. You guys have the best craft service," Turner says laughing. "You have trucks full of food. You had a mac and cheese truck and it was amazing."
(She's not kidding. The food served on most UK sets is worse than you could imagine - most of the time.)
"Lethal" also features Jessica Alba, Jamie King and Samuel L. Jackson. The independently financed flick is still looking for distribution in he U.S., but its expected to be released sometime next year.
Turner's upcoming "Thrones" break will be spent shooting the recently announced "Mary Shelley's Monster" alongside "War Horse" star Jeremy Irvine. It will be directed by British TV veteran Coky Giedroyc and is said to follow the "young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own 'monster' of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost." Take that for what you will. Needless to say, Turner is very much looking forward to it.
"In some ways it is a lot like 'Another Me' because it toys with the idea of the subconscious and the conscious and another aspect of yourself," Turner says. "It is also kind of fantastical. It has a lot of relevance in there. It's very visual and it's not what a lot people will expect I think."
For more on "Another Me" check out the trailer below.
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is not happy with a Thursday TMZ report claiming he is cooling his heels in jail on a $95,000 bond. He even said so in a video he posted on Facebook shortly after the story was published.
Rather than being in jail, Weiland said, "I've actually been touring, writing and recording my new album."
The gossip outlet claimed that Weiland had been in jail since July after he was arrested for shoplifting razors, and said that while police were searching him at that time, they found meth.
Part of the story is somewhat true, police said. A man claiming to be Weiland was arrested July 26 on suspicion of shoplifting and officers did allegedly find a "controlled substance" on his person, they said. His bail was set at $20,000.
But wait, it gets stranger: According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center website, there was a current inmate with the same name and birth date as Weiland.
Turns out the inmate, identified as Jason Michael Hurley, 44, was able to trick police and jail staff into thinking he was the famous rocker, police said late Thursday night.
The hoax went on for about four weeks before it was discovered Thursday, thanks to the real Weiland's video.
The now properly identified inmate will most likely face charges of giving false information to officers, police said.
Just how Hurley was able to trick police and jail staff is unclear, but he did have an upcoming court appearance Tuesday, according to records.
The real Weiland is threatening TMZ with legal action for what he called "a lie."
Attempts to reach TMZ for comment were unsuccessful.
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