Back to One

A podcast about acting -- just the work. by Peter Rinaldi

  • A blonde white woman in a black jacket and white top Back to One, Episode 202: Alison Pill

    I was lucky to catch Alison Pill on Broadway, 16 years ago, in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and then became enamored with her work in shows like In Treatment, The Newsroom, Devs, and movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Milk, to name just a few. Nowadays she plays Dr. Agnes Jurati on the series Picard, and stars with Sarah Gadon in Michael McGowan’s new film All My Puny Sorrows. She shares what she believes to be the secret ingredient that made that film work, and talks about how adopting a physicality for a character is foundational to her…  Read more

    On May 17, 2022
    By on May 17, 2022Actors
  • Back to One, Episode 201: Anamaria Vartolomei

    Anamaria Vartolomei is the French-Romanian star of Audrey Diwan’s film Happening, about a young college student in desperate need of an illegal abortion in 1960s France. The camera follows Vartolomei’s character so closely, both literally and figuratively, that you begin to feel like you are experiencing the movie from inside her. On this episode, Vartolomei talks about why the closeness of the camera actually made her feel protected; how curiosity rather than competition helped her in the audition; how feeling safe leads to fearlessness in action; and the importance of breathing, surprises, and, most importantly, anger. Back To One can…  Read more

    On May 10, 2022
    By on May 10, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 200: André Gregory

    The legendary theater director, actor, shaman André Gregory has been producing ground-breaking work for over half a century. He’s perhaps best known for the projects he did with Wallace Shawn—My Dinner With André (which is celebrating its 40th anniversary), Vanya on 42nd Street and A Master Builder. His recent book This Is Not My Memoir details, with refreshing honesty, his extraordinary life through incredible stories about, for instance, learning from the great Jerzy Grotowski, getting punched by Gregory Peck, buried alive in Richard Avedon’s backyard, to name just a few. On this episode, Gregory answers some questions about his unique…  Read more

    On May 3, 2022
    By on May 3, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 199: Wunmi Mosaku

    Wunmi Mosaku won a BAFTA award for Damilola, Our Loved Boy. She was only the second Black actress to win one in 62 years. You might know her from her incredible work as Ruby in Lovecraft Country, Rial in His House, or B-15 in the Marvel series Loki. Her latest is We Own This City, from the makers of The Wire, which premiered Monday on HBO Max. On this episode, she talks about her early days of learning the ropes of screen acting, how rehearsal makes a big difference in her process, why connecting to people is so important to…  Read more

    On Apr 26, 2022
    By on Apr 26, 2022Columns
  • A young white woman -- actor Fiona Glascott -- in a black top against a neutral backdrop Back to One, Episode 198: Fiona Glascott

    In the new HBO Max series Julia, talented Irish actor Fiona Glascott plays Judith Jones, the real life editor who pulled Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking from the reject pile and turned it into a bestseller. In this episode, Glascott talks about the joy of inhabiting that trailblazer and playing opposite the great Judith Light in a pivotal scene. She also details the unique preparation process she employs when she takes on the young Professor McGonagall in the Fantastic Beasts films, shares an inspiring reason why she doesn’t obsess over landing some ideal role, and much…  Read more

    On Apr 19, 2022
    By on Apr 19, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 197: Eddie Marsan Back to One, Episode 197: Eddie Marsan

    Eddie Marsan first came to my attention with his now legendary performance in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. He has so many layers at play under Scott’s anger, gives so much depth to that character; It is a wonder to behold. He kept doing it in films like Tyrannosaur, Still Life, Sherlock Holmes, as Terry in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and now in his newest film, The Contractor, opposite Chris Pine. In this half hour, Marsan talks about the formative influence of Leigh on his work and the meaning of the command “dig a hole and sit in it.” He shares…  Read more

    On Apr 12, 2022
    By on Apr 12, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 196: Dominique Fishback

    Dominique Fishback talks about the characters she plays as if they inhabit her rather than the other way around. This begins to explain the immense, yet subtle, and always authentic power on display in performances such as Darlene in The Deuce, Kenya in The Hate You Give, and Deborah Johnson in Judas and the Black Messiah. Now she stars with Samuel L. Jackson in the Apple+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. She talks about the interesting way her character, Robyn, disrupted her usual psychological preparation process; where she gets the courage to fiercely advocate for her characters; repairing…  Read more

    On Apr 5, 2022
    By on Apr 5, 2022Columns
  • Back To One Episode 195: Kelly AuCoin

    You know him as Pastor Tim on The Americans, or “Dollar” Bill Stearn on Billions, or maybe Kelly AuCoin has wowed you as a regular on the New York stage for many years. In this episode he lifts the hood and lets us peek in on what keeps his acting engine running, or (because he prefers sports metaphors) what keeps him in the game. He talks about how his wife made him realize he actually does have a preparation process, the differences between his hours leading up to “action” as apposed to “curtain up,” the importance of the often overlooked…  Read more

    On Mar 29, 2022
    By on Mar 29, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 194: Ani Mesa and Alessandra Mesa

    Alessandra Mesa and Ani Mesa are the stars of Erin Vassilopoulos’ debut feature Superior, a fascinating, fun, and suspenseful genre-blending exploration of identity. The three collaborated on a short of the same name six years earlier, and the feature functions almost like a sequel. In this episode they talk about the benefits of having the “real memories” of the short as a kind of backstory to use in the feature, how they made the anxiety of shooting on film work to their advantage, the interesting way Ani helped Alessandra (who co-wrote the script) take off the writer’s hat and put…  Read more

    On Mar 22, 2022
    By on Mar 22, 2022Columns
  • Back to One, Episode 193: Adrian Holmes

    He played Captain Pike on Arrow, Basqat on Smallville, and Nick Barron on the acclaimed Canadian drama 19-2, and now Adrian Holmes has stepped into the biggest role of his career—Uncle Phil on Bel-Air, Peacock’s dramatic reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In this half hour, Holmes talks about the process of finding his own version of that iconic character, the theatrical trick he plays on himself in auditions that keeps him dropped in, why telling positive black stories is so important, and much more. Back To One can be found wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts,…  Read more

    On Mar 8, 2022
    By on Mar 8, 2022Columns
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