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Gillian Jacobs talks Community and Julliard on the Speakeasy with Paul F. Tompkins

5 Mar

Paul F. Tompkins Speakeasy series where the drinks are flowing as much as the conversation is a TV Ate My Wardrobe favorite, as is this week’s guest Gillian Jacobs. The Community star talks about why she got into acting (it’s kinda heartbreaking, but she seems over it), the rigorous training at Julliard and why she was on probation there and her foray into independent film making. She also discusses the pop culture references on Community and which ones she didn’t get when they first shot a now iconic episode. They also cover the return of Dan Harmon and Jacobs reveals what she wouldn’t do again. It’s a really fun conversation and there’s a good rapport between Jacobs and Tompkins.

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Lizzy Caplan Talks Freaks and Geeks, Party Down and Masters of Sex

30 Dec

Lizzy Caplan is the latest guest on Paul F. Tompkins’ Speakeasy series and she’s talking about her scary experience on Freaks and Geeks, the joy of Party Down and her most recent show Masters of Sex.

Freaks and Geeks was Lizzy Caplan’s first acting job and she reveals that she found the whole experience to be terrifying. While she was good at real life high school socializing, this wasn’t the case on fake high school as she got all shy when coming on as a guest star. Caplan admits that at the time she “didn’t like them” and considering how much she has worked with some of them since, it’s lucky that her feelings towards them have now changed.

It’s Paul F. Tompkins wife’s favorite show of all time, it would make my top 5 and it’s Party Down and she refers to it as “one of those magical situations.” It wasn’t just the working environment that made it special and Caplan compliments the material, talking about how sad they got to make the story. Caplan is drawn to cable as you can take it to a “dark, sad place.”

The white shirt Caplan is wearing is giving off major Party Down vibes, just with a fancy embellished collar and no bow tie. This is of course excellent and Masters of Sex has me obsessing with fancy collars.

Watch the whole interview below and find out how Lizzy Caplan got through her first nude scenes on True Blood and why she’s more than fine with it on Masters of Sex.

Jake Johnson Talks Drunk Acting and the New Girl Audition Process

23 Apr

New Girl isn’t back until next Tuesday, but don’t despair as Jake Johnson joins Paul F. Tompkins on his YouTube series Speakeasy to discuss his forthcoming movie Drinking Buddies, the New Girl audition process and his improv background. It’s a relaxed interview and while the pair enjoy a Stoli on ice with a bit of lime Johnson reveals that the road to Nick Miller was a long one beginning with New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recommending him for the part (thanks to working together on No Strings Attached) to a very long audition process (which appears to be the norm during pilot season). He also discusses what the atmosphere is like on set as there is a lot of good natured teasing when anyone screws up from both the cast and crew. With performing this kind of material you should be having fun with the material and each other and it seems like this is very much the case on New Girl.

For a bonus here is Jake Johnson recreating some popular Internet memes including Grumpy Cat (who did it better Jake Johnson or Alison Brie?)

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