Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors StudioI’m a big fan of Inside the Actors Studio.  It’s something that I discovered recently, so I’ve only seen episodes that have aired in the past few years.

As a movie buff, I like learning the behind-the-scenes stories from big-time actors in iconic roles like Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby and Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise.

Plus, I like hearing about  what people are thinking when they are engaged in the creative process.  It’s like finishing a really great book and finding a final chapter in which the author explains the how and why of his writing process for that particular work.  Bonus.  Stephen King has been known to do this.

I also like trying to connect with the artist as a person and finding a link within myself to the art.  It’s the if-she-can-do-it-so-can-I frame of mind that encourages me to push forward with my own work.

Inside the Actors Studio just celebrated its 250th episode with a two-hour retrospective special.  If you’re familiar with the show, you know that host James Lipton asks each guest the same 10 questions at the conclusion of every interview.

I thought I’d tip my hat to the show by taking a shot at those 10 questions:

1. What is your favorite word?  juxtaposition

2. What is your least favorite word?  hate

3. What turns you on?  a woman in tall black leather boots

4. What turns you off?  ignorance

5. What sound do you love?  heavy rain when I am safe inside my house  

6. What sound do you hate?  yelling

7. What is your favorite curse word?  god dammit

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?  English professor

9. What profession would you not like to do?  grade school teacher  

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  You tried really hard.

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How about you?  Share some of your answers here.

7 responses to “Inside the Actors Studio

  1. This is one of my favourite shows ever. Love to see what actors are really like. Very surprising sometimes.

  2. Its one of my favorite shows to be sure! It airs at odd times though so I’ve got my DVR set to record it just because I don’t want to miss one episode. I saw that anniversary episode recently. Loved Lipton in the “hot seat” for once! But he’s an interesting guy in his own right. I like you taking a stab at the list!

    • Lipton is an interesting character. Would love to learn more about him and his adventures in Europe. Apparently, he was a pimp of sorts. He has that old-school Hollywood charm that I find so irresistible.

      • He WAS a pimp! when he lived in France. but the pimps there weren’t like the ones we know of here! He is classy in a Cary Grant sort of way! 🙂

  3. partlycloudypessimist

    1. What is your favorite word? — Cacophony.
    10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? — You really had nothing to worry about. Come on in!

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