On the back of a speeding horse, Pierce triumphantly returns to television on AMC’s “The Son.” Click on the image above to read my entire interview with him for Saturday Evening Post.
Journalism as an institution is traveling into uncharted waters. Who better to help steer the ship than 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl?
You can read the entire piece on Muck Rack.
Rocky Carroll is having fun on NCIS, the most watched show on TV. He’s looking forward to a guest appearance on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans both for the opportunity to play his character with a different cast and to feast on some great food in The Big Easy.
But even more delicious – he’s continuing to direct episodes of NCIS and Rocky told me that one of the show’s stars won’t stop giving him grief!
Rocky: Mark Harmon, who is my biggest supporter and probably one of the main reasons I’ve been allowed to direct but I have to say that he has a lot of fun while I’m in the director’s chair.
Jeanne: Oh come on! Give me an example.
RC: He’s a real prankster, a real pain in the ass when I’m directing and he enjoys it. He loves to see me squirm. Let’s just put it that way. Any chance he can get to make me squirm in the chair, he’ll do it. He’s great though. Everybody is. They’re terrific.
JW: I’m sure everyone stands behind you as a director.
RC: It doesn’t hurt to have been on the show for nine seasons and to have that kind of camaraderie. I tell people that being a director is like being the royal wedding planner. You don’t realize how many details go into making an episode and the questions are nonstop. As an actor, you show up and go to makeup then your trailer until they call you to set. The director is just nonstop.
JW: So many actors have said to me that when they directed it made them such a better actor.
RC: It is true. I think every actor should have to do it. It’s like being in the Israeli army. You should have to do it for at least one year. I promise that you’ll never be late to set. When they ask you to go into hair and makeup, you’ll go. As a director, you have to wait for everyone to get ready and when you’re an actor, you don’t realize. When you’re the director, it changes everything.
You can see Rocky’s NCIS episode, Off the Grid, tonight on CBS at 8pm!
In 2010, Ruth Negga became the National Theatre’s first ever black Ophelia. However, she’s made her television mark in the States with roles pulled from much different source material than Shakespearean plays – comic books. First, as Raina in ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and then as Tulip O’Hare in the DC property and new AMC series, ‘Preacher.’ Now she’s bringing history to life on the big screen as Mildred Loving in ‘Loving.’ The film is based on a true story about the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage, and is already generating Oscar buzz.
That sort of visibility doesn’t go unnoticed. I asked Ruth what it would mean to have the movie honored on such a large stage:
“It would be awesome,” she said laughing at the prospect. “The great thing about awards is that it draws attention to your film and in doing so will draw attention to this couple. They stand for – I think – what’s great about America. You can have many identities and still be quintessentially American.”
If there’s one thing Ruth Negga understands better than most it’s occupying many different identities. As an actress, she’s nothing short of a chameleon. Her portrayal of Tulip O’Hare in ‘Preacher’ is a complete 180 from Mildred Loving. Seth Rogen, one of the executive producers of ‘Preacher,’ said that Negga “takes things that aren’t even meant to be funny and makes them funnier” – high praise from one of America’s most recognizable funny men.
While ‘Preacher’ still waits for word on if there will be a second season, I don’t predict Ruth Negga will be going away anytime soon. If you see her name popping up on Oscar ballots next year, don’t forget that Jeanne told you first!