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iJosh Charles’s longest day job was that of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and he’s been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Even though his character was brutally murdered this past season, Josh hasn’t been sitting shiva long. He’s appearing in several upcoming films and will direct future episodes of The Good Wife.

He had to audition twice for two different directors for his role in Dead Poets Society, revealing how grueling acting, especially as a kid, can be. Still, his talent and determination paid off, as his earliest roles were alongside legends, like the late Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society) and for John Waters (Hairspray).

From the get go, Josh was incredibly passionate about acting and snatched up his first manager as a kid at the sleep away camp Stagedoor Manor. He’d already performed stand up in Baltimore, where he grew up. I’m relieved Ted Talks didn’t exist back in the 80’s, as I suspect Josh would have probably delivered his first one in the womb.

Our conversation was taped live at Joe’s Pub. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and attend our next live taping Thursday, September 18th at Joe’s Pub with the legendary Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffe. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

Josh Charles’s longest day job was that of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and he’s been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Even though his character was brutally murdered this past season, Josh hasn’t been sitting shiva long. He’s appearing in several upcoming films and will direct future episodes of The Good Wife. Josh’s first big break was in John Water’s Hairspray. He had to audition twice for two different directors for his role in Dead Poets Society, revealing how grueling acting, especially as a kid, can be. Even then, Josh was incredibly passionate about acting and snatched up his first manager as a kid at the eponymous sleep away camp Stagedoor Manor. I am relieved Ted Talks didn’t exist back in the 80’s, as I suspect Josh would have probably delivered his first one in the womb.

Our conversation was taped live at Joe’s Pub. You can see the pictures we discuss at Lazarusrising.com.

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and attend our next live taping Thursday, September 18th at Joe’s Pub with the legendary Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffe. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

I envy those who can really let their fur down.

Vulture’s Not So Snarky TV Critic

I interviewed Matt Zoller Seitz live at Joe’s Pub. You can hear our interview by clicking HERE.

Seitz is a journalist and film and television critic. He writes well, sometimes better than the actual shows and films he covers. His encyclopedic knowledge of both film and television, palpable love for the medium, have endeared him to his peers, including the late great Roger Ebert. Like Ebert, Seitz is also a prolific writer and editor, and is currently both the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com and TV critic for New York Magazine, which means her churns out multiple reviews and features in a week.

During his spare time, he writes books. He’s the author of The Wes Anderson Collection. The first person to ever cover Anderson, Seitz is currently working on a series of companion books for Anderson’s films. Seitz is also branching out to cover Oliver Stone and some other filmmakers. All the while, he manages to watch, obsess over, and share his analysis weekly at New York Magazine and rogerebert.com. While he’s been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, this is his first time winning The Employee of the Month Award.

If you enjoyed our interview, please attend the next live taping of Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub in New York, Thursday, September 18th at 9:30 pm. You can also subscribe on iTunes for free. To find out more, go to Employeeofthemonthshow.com.

Martha Plimpton is genuinely curious about others, a rare trait in actors, despite the importance of being so for their jobs. Wait an actor who isn’t narcissistic? It happens! That said, acting means many different things. Some folks are lucky enough to be paid to act and manage to fail upwards. Others shine in a particular genre, say Shakespearean regional theater or as a “nosy neighbor” roles on sitcoms or as a walking STD in PSA’s. But it is rare for even great actors to truly embody a slew of different characters across mediums. Martha Plimpton is that exceptional actor. I don’t know whether she’d describe her day job or even spirit animal as being a chameleon, but that’s what she’s been doing for the past three decades in over 35 films and television shows, on Broadway and off off off Broadway.

As a kid, Plimpton made her debut in theater, but became known for her roles in critically acclaimed and box office films hits like Mosquito Coast, The Gooines, Running on Empty, and Parenthood. Even as she took parts in films and television, she mainly did theater, earning three Tony nods and garnering critical praise for her roles in The Sisters Rosensweig, Glass Menagerie, Top Girls, and The Coast of Utopia. Then the hilarious comedy writer Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) picked Plimpton to star in his comedy series Raising Hope for Fox. Plimpton went onto recieve an Emmy Nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Fox let the show go, despite its cult fan base. Plimpton went onto receive more Emmy nods for Outstanding Guest Actress, and won one for Outstanding Guest Actress on The Good Wife. This fall she will appear in a limited run of the revival of a Delicate Balance on Broadway with Glenn Close and John Lithgow at the Golden Theatre.

Throughout her career, Plimton has remained actively involved in politics, most notably with Planned Parenthood and A is For. To get involved, please check out A is For here: http://www.aisfor.org

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