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Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio

  • Premiered: 
    August 14, 1994
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Talk
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Host James Lipton sits down for one-on-one conversations with Hollywood's most talented performers, directors and creators to learn about their personal lives, big breaks, iconic moments, and never-before-heard stories. Just 10 days before the 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS, James welcomed two Oscar nominees on back-to-back nights at 8pm ET/PT on Bravo: Amy Adams (Wednesday, February 19, 2014) and Matthew McConaughey (Thursday, February 20, 2014). Adams discussed what it was like growing up as one of seven children, her prominent dancing background, and how she met her partner, Darren Le Gallo. Plus, she delved into her roles in JUNEBUG, ENCHANTED, DOUBT and AMERICAN HUSTLE. McConaughey revealed his unorthodox break into acting with his first major role in DAZED & CONFUSED and which film made him a household name in one weekend. In addition, the actor discloses the rigorous homework he conducted for his portrayal of AIDS victim Ron Woodruff in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Two days before the Season 16 premiere of LAW & ORDER: SVU, Lipton sat down with the Mariska Hargitay, who describes what it was like to grow up as the daughter of one of the most famous Hollywood couples, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and how this affected her when auditioning for acting roles. On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on Bravo, Mariska also delves into how this character made an impact in her real life. On Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered a new installment of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, as Lipton sat down to chat with Jim Parsons. In the episode, Parsons delves into his Houston theater roots that have stayed with him throughout his career, his consistent connection to his late father which he experiences in his everyday life, and what he deems his perfectly "boring" relationship with partner Todd Spiewak. On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, Bravo premiered a new installment of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, as Lipton sat down to chat with Sarah Silverman, who took the audience from her childhood to the established success she endures today. She discusses her struggle with depression as an adolescent, as well as what drove her to entertaining others through humor at an early age. Steve Carrell joined Lipton for a new episode of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, which Bravo premiered on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. Carell reflected on his early days in the business, both as a student and teacher of The Second City, followed by his successful segue from the small screen to the silver screen.

The 23rd season of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO premiered on Sunday, October 13 from 10-11:30pm ET/7-8:30pm PT on Ovation. The incomparable James Lipton can never be replaced, so Ovation and The Actors Studio have curated an impressive roster of multiple hosts to engage with the guests and the students of The Actors Studio MFA program at Pace University, where the series is filmed at the school's Michael Schimmel Center. Confirmed episodes for the new season include Jane Lynch interviewing David Oyelowo; The Actors Studio co-president Alec Baldwin interviewing Hollywood legend Henry Winkler; Kelsey Grammer interviewing legendary television director James Burrows; The Actors Studio co-president Ellen Burstyn interviewing Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winner Al Pacino; and more. Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming and Production, Ovation said "We plan to honor the legacy of James Lipton's master class while also exploring the craft with eclectic, talented guests." In the 90-minute season opener, Alec Baldwin interviews actor Henry Winkler who recounts his career, from his role as Fonzie on HAPPY DAYS to his award-winning role as Gene Cousineau on HBO's BARRY
Tonight (Sunday, November 10, 2019) from 10-11:30pm ET/7-8:30pm PT, Ovation premieres a new 90-minute episode of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO. In this installment, Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson interviews four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard. Jackson and Woodard most recently starred together in the Netflix Original film JUANITA, directed by Clark Johnson. Woodard can currently be heard as the voice of Sarabi in Jon Favreau's Disney THE LION KING. She co-stars with Jason Momoa in the Apple series SEE, created by Steven Knight, and also headlines the feature film CLEMENCY, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Neon. Jackson currently stars on Broadway as Calpurnia in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird," alongside Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, and directed by Bartlett Sher.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Triage Entertainment (2019-?)