Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams

Michael B. Jordan, John Krasinski and more

In this episode, John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) talks about how his real-life experience of being a parent influenced the way he directed and re-wrote this film and why he cast deaf child actress Millicent Simmonds, while Rosamund Pike (A Private War) discusses how an eye-patch radically changes the way she negotiated the world and how she played real-life American journalist Marie Colvin. Michael B. Jordan (Creed II /Black Panther) and Charlize Theron (Tully) discuss how they prepare for roles when it dovetails with their current realities. Hear Theron’s thoughts on growing up in South Africa and how that affected the way she watched “Black Panther.” Finally, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Kindergarten Teacher) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) discuss the psychological divide between television and film, reflect on the existence of feminine filmmaking and the importance of total respect between director and actress. 

Get the free PBS App

Full Episodes

Upcoming Airdates

Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Murphy and more

Antonio Banderas (Pain & Glory) talks about playing someone near the end of his life after suffering from a heart attack, while Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name) recalls his fascination with the underground figure, Rudy Ray Moore. Chris Evans (Knives Out) discusses his process for playing a villain. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) talks about relating her own divorce to the divorce story portrayed in the movie. The two speak of finding follow-ups to The Avengers movies.

  • 2020-02-22T17:30:00-08:00
  • 2020-03-15T17:30:00-07:00

Charlize Theron, Alfre Woodard and more

Charlize Theron (Bombshell) speaks about finding ownership of a real character and the prosthetic work of Kazu Hiro, while Adam Driver (Marriage Story) explains how scripts can be exacting yet still produce variations because of intentions. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) explains how playing Harriet Tubman has supercharged her fire and determination. Alfre Woodard (Clemency) opens up about how her career has been rooted in activism.

  • 2020-02-23T13:30:00-08:00
  • 2020-02-23T16:30:00-08:00
  • 2020-02-29T17:30:00-08:00

Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and more

This episode features Julia Roberts (Homecoming) in conversation with Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora). Learn which movie both stellar actresses auditioned for and if either of them got the part. Meanwhile, Amy Adams (Sharp Objects) and Richard Madden (Bodyguard) discuss how they handle the anxiety of playing difficult characters. Finally, Taraji P.

  • 2020-02-28T13:00:00-08:00
  • 2020-03-01T16:00:00-08:00

Emilia Clarke, Michael Douglas and more

Watch veteran actors Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) and Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora) look back on their careers and choice of roles throughout the years; Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Regina Hall (Black Monday) speak about their first major acting roles and how clothing can help build up a character’s backstory; and finally, Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) joins Renée Zellweger (What/If) to discuss how the quality of television programs now equal that of theatrical films.

  • 2020-02-28T13:30:00-08:00

Variety Studio: Actors On Actors

Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) with Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse); Sterling K. Brown (Waves) with Laura Dern (Marriage Story); Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) with Florence Pugh (Little Women).

  • 2020-03-01T13:30:00-08:00
  • 2020-03-01T16:30:00-08:00
  • 2020-03-07T17:30:00-08:00

Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and more

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Renée Zellweger (Judy) discuss the challenges of portraying real-life iconic characters: Fred Rogers and Judy Garland. Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) looks back on his experiences working with Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, while Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems) talks about how riffing helps in drama.

  • 2020-03-08T17:30:00-07:00
  • 2020-03-14T18:30:00-07:00