‘Actors on Actors’ Wins Emmy Award Celebrating Actor Interviews

July 26, 2015

Variety‘s Actors on Actors PBS series was recently honored with an Emmy Award for the category of best entertainment programming during the Television Academy’s 67th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards. Each episode of Actors on Actors is approximately ten minutes long and features two prominent actors who interview one another about various aspects of their careers. If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall at a Hollywood party to hear an insider’s take on the business, listen what stars really are saying to each other, or see who has a genuine rapport this series is for you. Many viewers comment how “inspiring” the talks are. The conversations can cover topics ranging from an appreciation for each other’s work, their personal audition stories, approaches to creating characters, challenges on set, and beyond.

The Actors on Actors episode featured above spotlights award-winning actresses Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black and Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin; their rapport feels so genuine they could very well be speaking to each other without cameras recording them. Other actor pairings include Jessica Lange with Taylor Schilling, Don Cheadle with Claire Danes, Jennifer Aniston with Emily Blunt, Benedict Cumberbatch with Edward Norton–and the list goes on.

Listening to Jessica Chastain talk about being a newbie and smiling for the camera when the continuity worker came to document the set, or hearing Edward Norton tell the story of when he jumped well ahead of the script while on stage is both entertaining as well as reassuring to know there’s certainly room for mistakes along the path of being an actor. For those of you who have watched the Actors on Actors series, which actor pairing is your favorite?