Posts tagged #theatre

6 Award-Winning Film Actors with Roots in Theatre

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While it is tough to fathom, many film actors in Hollywood have risen to fame with very-little-to-no-classical training. Others, however, put in a ton of time and effort into perfecting their craft prior to doing as much as submitting a self-tape for a feature film or television pilot. And it’s safe to say that the latter paid off, as these award-winning favorites spent some serious time studying various methods while rocking a pair of super fashionable character shoes. Read on to discover how these actors went from stage to screen.

1. Andrew Garfield

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Although he’s originally from the film mecca that is Los Angeles, this Amazing Spider-Man began his career performing far less risky stunts on the stage and even won the Evening Standard’s Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2006.

2. Kristen Bell

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Bell landed roles in both The Crucible and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway in the early 2000s, long before we ever knew how adorably hilarious she was on the silver screen. She later went on to win an Emmy for ‘Best Actress’ on TV for Veronica Mars.

3. Jon Hamm

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It’s tough to imagine this Mad Man singing his heart out while dancing around on stage, but long before he was Don Draper and earning award after award for that performance, he was giving it all onstage starring in musicals, such as Sondheim’s Assassins, while attending the University of Missouri.

4. Jane Krakowski

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Any 30 Rock fan knows Krakowski can belt out any song at pretty much any given moment; after all, her pipes, along with insanely precise comedic timing, is what scored her a SAG award in 2009. But prior to us all falling in love with her as Jenna Maroney (or for us old folks, as ‘Elaine’ on Ally McBeal), Jane snagged a few Tony Award nominations, winning ‘Best Featured Actress in a Musical’ in 2003.

5. Chris Evans

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Evans sure did win over his entire community starring in countless plays with the Concord Youth Theatre. Watching his sister enjoy stage time and looking for some extra attention led to his love of acting, and he now wins awards for being incredibly talented at pretending to save the world with the hunkiest men in Hollywood.

6. Paul Rudd






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Although he’s heavily rumored to be a vampire, Paul Rudd has somehow managed to withstand the hottest stage lights, starring in major Broadway plays, such as in Twelfth Night as ‘Orsino’. Rudd also starred as ‘Adam’ in Neil LaBute’s play, The Shape of Things, which got turned into a major Hollywood screenplay.

The Three Types of Actors You'll Meet at Auditions

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It’s Fri-YAY and finally feeling like fall in the A, so why not have a little fun with our weekly blog post? As an actor with over 16 years of experience, I’ve auditioned all over the country for theatre, film, and schools, so I’ve seen my fair share of actor “types” in said auditions. Here are the top three types of actors you’ll meet in the waiting room, no matter what gig you’re auditioning for:

The Eager Beaver

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Also known as the Big Fish From a Small Pond, this person is trying EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER to book the part. They typically come from a smaller market and are trying to make it in the big city - which is really what we’re ALL trying to do, but the Eager Beaver thinks that this fact makes THEM unique. They are either overly friendly with you, sizing you up as competition, or overtly cold…also because they’re sizing you up as competition. Hot tip: even if the Eager Beaver is rude to you, don’t be rude back! I guarantee you the auditors are watching, even if you don’t think that they are.

The Model

In the words of the cult classic Mean Girls, “She doesn’t even go here!” - as in, sometimes non-actors will show up for auditions that are very tall and very, very attractive. These are models who are trying to broaden their resumes and maybe break into acting. Some models actually DO have pretty good acting chops, but some are just there to, for lack of a better term, diversify their portfolio. Basically, they’re your really, really ridiculously-good-looking competition.

The Newbie

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The “newbie” is the actor that’s just starting out, natch. They’re probably pretty nervous, and looking for advice - which means that if you sit next to them, you’re gonna be sitting next to a real Chatty Cathy, more than likely. Again, niceness is always the best policy in my book - not only do you never know who’s watching, you also never know who’s gonna make it in the “biz.” Give advice as much as you can, but also, focus on your character portrayal and lines. You do you, boo!

Posted on October 12, 2018 and filed under Actors.

Interview with Actor Mike Beach

Actor Mike Beach.

Actor Mike Beach.

I first worked with longtime working actor (and my own personal favorite celebrity!) Michael Beach on the set of a small independent feature called Scrapper. Scrapper was my first foray with Grinning Man Media Group’s Ed Dougherty, and my first time working with real, professional actors. By “real,” I mean actors that are consistently working, like Beach and Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen.

Beach has been around the block several times in terms of work - notable roles (besides films with moi in it!) include: Soul Food, Waiting to Exhale, Aquaman, Dynasty, Sons of Anarchy, The 100, Crisis, Third Watch, and countless others. Studio27 Talent recently sat down with beach to discuss training, what makes an actor successful, and what he’s learned since graduating from Juilliard.