Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio is a television show that serves to have a new actor on each episode and have them interviewed with interesting questions. The host of the show is James Lipton. The show is taped on a college campus in New York. Each show has a live audience of students to watch the interview. In this way each show acts like a seminar for young actors where they are able to gather advice from some of the top actors in the business. The actors give these students advice each episode on acting and working in the business but they also share a great deal of their personal lives with the audience. The show has a very intimate feel.

The setting of the show is very simple. On the curtained stage sits a small table and two chairs, nothing more. There is nothing fancy or glamorous about the set up. If anything it is a little bland in appearance. For some reason this set up seems to work at putting these famous actors at ease. They often open up about their private lives and experiences on Inside the Actors Studio more than any other show. While the non-descript setting certainly seems to put them at ease, James Lipton himself is certainly partly responsible for their relaxed and open demeanor.

James Lipton comes across in a non-judgemental way. He has a relaxing aura and he seems to know what to say at the correct times. He doesn't seem like he is judging them and therefore most actors seem to blossom and open up to him almost without a thought. Inside the Actors Studio is on the Bravo network and it is one of their top shows. If you enjoy shows that delve into people's personal lives, especially the lives of famous actors, then you might enjoy catching some episodes of Inside the Actors Studio.

Monday 7:00 PM et/pt on Bravo
20 Seasons, 252 Episodes
August 14, 1994
Talk & Interview
Cast: James Lipton

Inside the Actors Studio Full Episode Guide

  • In anticipation of her upcoming film Downsizing, Wiig discusses her Hollywood beginning at The Groundlings improv troupe which led to her breakout role as series regular on Saturday Night Live, where she earned five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. From the small screen to the big screen, Wiig expanded her repertoire to include both comedic and dramatic roles in films such as Mother!, The Martian, Skeleton Twins, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Despicable Me 2, Welcome To Me, Ghostbusters, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and the upcoming Where’d You Go, Bernadette. In the episode, Wiig recounts her journey to writing, producing and starring in the Oscar nominated film, Bridesmaids, and how she created many of her iconic characters in Saturday Night Live including the ‘Aunt Linda’ and ‘Sue the Surprise Lady.’

  • Award-winning actress and producer Jessica Chastain discusses her rise to Hollywood stardom and work in such films as "A Most Violent Year" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

  • James Lipton interviews Christopher Meloni, who talks about his roles in "Oz" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

  • Cast members of "The Walking Dead" are interviewed.

  • Interviewed: Jeff Daniels.

  • Host James Lipton interviews Steve Carell, who talks about his early years at the Second City comedy troupe, his segue from the small screen to the silver screen, his films and his affinity for portraying "losers."

  • Through the episode, Cranston intimately recalls his early days, including a defining moment in his childhood when he went from an outgoing and happy youth to a recluse after his father left his family. He carefully navigates some of his most well-known roles and the challenges that came along with them, including how he shaped his quirky paternal character, Hal, in Malcom in the Middle, and how he drew inspiration from his own broken father when creating his vision for the iconic character of Walter White. Viewers will also be heartened to learn of the actor’s powerful thoughts while shooting one of the most pivotal scenes from Breaking Bad, as well as what Cranston believes to be Walter’s ultimate "truth."

  • Presenting a laugh-out-loud episode with iconic stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman. Host James Lipton sits down with the two-time Emmy-winning performer in anticipation of her leading role in the upcoming film, I Smile Back.

  • Featuring critically-acclaimed actor Jim Parsons in hot pursuit of his new Broadway play, An Act of God. Parsons is best known for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in CBS's The Big Bang Theory which earned him four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

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