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10 Hollywood Actors Answer Questions About Television

Television's biggest stars answer questions about what better than television! What's everyone binging? Who doesn't want to be on Succession? Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, Dominique Fishback, Sharon Horgan, Riley Keough, Niecy Nash-Betts, Elizabeth Olsen, Sheryl Lee Ralph, J. Smith-Cameron, and Ali Wong share their favorite scene partners, theme songs and the show they'll never stop rewatching. Director: Jackie Phillips Director of Photography: Dominik Czaczyk Editor: Matt Colby Celebrity Talent: Lizzy Caplan, Claire Danes, Dominique Fishback, Sharon Horgan, Riley Keough, Niecy Nash-Betts, Elizabeth Olsen, Sheryl Lee Ralph, J. Smith-Cameron, Ali Wong Producer: Ashley Hall Line Producer: Jen Santos Associate Producer: Emebeit Beyene Production Manager: Andressa Pelachi Production and Equipment Manager: Kevin Balash Camera Operator: Shay Eberle-Gunst Audio: Cassiano Pereira, Gray Thomas-Sowers Production Assistants: Phillip Arliss, Fernando Barajas Art Department: Morgan Roberts Post Production Supervisor: Nicholas Ascanio Post Production Coordinator: Jovan James Supervising Editor: Kameron Key Assistant Editor: Andy Morell

Released on 05/24/2023


Oh my God!

The first time I saw myself on TV, I was so happy!

I was so happy that my parents were so happy, too,

that they invited everybody from church,

and everybody crowded into the living room

to watch me on TV.

[inquisitive music]

My name is Riley Keough.

Elizabeth Olsen.

Ali Wong.

Claire Danes.

Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Lizzy Caplan.

Sharon Horgan.

I'm Niecy Nash-Betts.

I love my new last name. [meows]

Dominique Fishback.

J. Smith-Cameron.

[inquisitive music]

Love is Blind on Netflix.

I get giddy when it, when a connection is real.

RuPaul's Drag Race is my absolute favorite TV show.

I watch it every Saturday morning with my two daughters.

And then afterwards, I do watch The Pit Stop,

which is the official recap show.

The last TV show that I was obsessed with would've been

House of the Dragon.

I love the new Perry Mason. I do.

He doesn't look at all like the old one,

but I like it!

I just watched Swarm.

I watched it in two days, which I don't usually do.

I am obsessed with Ozark.

Do not judge me.

I found the show late,

but I'm obsessed.

I really like Reservation Dogs, Bad Sisters.

I like White Lotus, like Severance.

I have two children and I have, you know,

another one in development.

So this is not at all a current reference,

but I May Destroy You is still, still the show that

I am most impressed by and sort of obsessed with.

I guess Succession.

But I think everyone wants to be on Succession.

You know what,

I'd love to be on Succession, which is no more.

But I loved Succession.

You know, I'd like to be on Succession.

Well, I'm obsessed with Succession, too.

My family and my home.

I don't actually think I'd ever

want to be on Succession.

I don't want a peek behind the curtain.

I don't wanna see people eating craft service.

I wanna be purely an audience member forever.

The White Lotus.

I would be a very wealthy African queen who has come

to spend her billions wisely on herself.

I'm ready for it.

I'm like, come,

let us go take a trip.


I don't know if I'm ritzy enough to be a guest,

but maybe I could be one of those hotel staff people

that get in trouble.

I don't know, I'd play anything on White Lotus.

You know, just embittered wife probably, or a prostitute.

I think I would've had a good time on Sex in the City.

I think I would've had a real good time

and brought some Black Girl Magic to the Big App.

I love fantasy.

So that's kind of my like secret wish

is to do anything fantasy,

like House of the Dragon, or Game of Thrones,

or if they had a Harry Potter show,

that would be my dream job.

I would've loved to have guest starred

on The Last of Us.

I love that show so much.

I just finished it and it was so great.

Love is Blind on Netflix so that I can get a husband.

[laughs] No, I wouldn't.

I wouldn't go there.

All my shows that I really love is like kind of off now.

Like I would've been on New Girl for sure.

Jessica Day from the Hood. [laughs]

Oh man, I watched a lot of television as a kid,

and I watched these blocks of TV.

Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Family Ties,

and they all kind of were one blob of television

that brought me immeasurable joy.


There was something about seeing Diahann Carroll

fill up my TV screen every week.

I would look at that and say, I can do that.

I'm gonna do that.

I loved Charmed. [laughs]

An older teenager, I loved Sex in the City.

I mean when, with my friends and I,

I think I was always Carrie,

but I think it's 'cause I had curly blonde hair.

But spiritually,

I would be Samantha.

Oh, I Love Lucy,

was my favorite TV show growing up.

And then I learned that Jessica Day is the modern day

Lucille Ball that was in the show Bible,

so I'm consistent.

Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing.

All the soaps.

I think I would've won Legends of the Hidden Temple.

If I'm being honest.

I trained in my own pool.

I would try and run across rafts in my pool

and luckily I never hurt myself.

That's what happens when kids are unsupervised.

Oh man, probably like Full House or Saved by the Bell.

I loved Full House.

I had a huge crush on Uncle Jesse.

He had the best hair,

and he had good catchphrases, too.

Have mercy. Come on.

I used to have the biggest crush on Todd Bridges,

so I never missed Different Strokes.

And I memorized every single line of What's Happening!

If the little sister Dee ever, you know,

just decided she didn't wanna be an actress anymore.

If they called me, I was, I was,

I was waiting in the wings!


My ringtone on my phone is bum bum, bum bum,

bum bum bum bum.

And then when I get a text,

it goes, dinka dinka dink.

♪ We're moving on up ♪

♪ To the East side ♪

♪ To a deluxe apartment in the sky ♪

♪ Yeah, we're moving on up ♪

[sings theme song to Bewitched]

[sings theme song to Laverne & Shirley]

♪ We're gonna make our dreams come true ♪

♪ Doing it our way ♪

Thank you for being a friend.

I've traveled down the road and back again.

Your heart is true.

You a pal and a confidant.

Come on.

[sings theme song to Batman]

Batman! I don't know.

It's very, very effective.

Boy Meets World.

♪ I'll be there for you ♪

♪ I'll be there for ♪

Yeah. [laughs]

That's Friends. Oh [beep].

Well, what is the Boy Meets World one?

Friends. I don't, I've never even seen Friends,

to be honest, so.

Maybe I just know it from music.

I mean I like that.

I guess I like the Friends theme song,

but I've never seen it.

I've seen Friends [laughs] start to finish,

all 27 seasons, [laughs]

10 times probably.

Vampire Diaries.

Delena. Damon and Elena Forever.

Shark Tank.

And I watch it when it's usually on television,

which is the wrong way to watch it

'cause it's 50% commercials.

You know what I watch all the time

is World War II in Color.

I put that on.

That's probably the show I've watched the most.

I watch Avatar, the Last Airbender,

the animation show over and over again

because it's one of the few shows I can watch with my kids

without wanting to scream into a pillow.

Well, the British Office,

I mean, the American one, too,

but I would, I just,

that's like cozier for me for some reason.

Even though it's kind of cringe inducing.

Mary Tyler Moore Show.

I feel like I know all the episodes by heart.

My husband literally knows them.

I mean he, probably line by line

The Larry Sanders Show.

It's a perfect show.

Felt like I had a lot of tension in my face.

You know, they always talk about the elevens right here.

That's where all those women [clicks tongue]

nail with the Botox.

And you know, I was like,

geez, I really gotta relax my face.

That that's all I could think about.

Yeah, even now,

that's what I'm thinking,

I should relax my face. [laughs]

Oh my God!

The first time I saw myself on TV, I was so happy.

I was so happy that my parents were so happy, too,

that they invited everybody from church

and everybody crowded into the living room

to watch me on TV.

Now, I don't watch myself on TV,

unless it's Abbott Elementary.

I was 12.

I played a teenage murderer on Law and Order,

and I was so excited.

And I was convinced the day after it aired

that like it would be hard for me to walk the streets

of New York 'cause I would just be so recognizable.

It was very exciting.

There was like a viewing party.

It was sweet.

Really depressed.


I was like, I was like,


That's what I look like?

I don't know, it's really,

it's really hard when you make shows,

you get, it's you,

it's a lot 'cause you're watching yourself constantly

in the edit and you have to sort of desensitize, you know,

when you just play a part in a film and it's someone else's

and then you just turn up

and see yourself on a big screen.

That can be really shocking.

[scoffs] Horrified.

The first thing I did was Freaks and Geeks.

I was 15 and I saw it and I asked myself questions like,

Why does your face move like that?

Why do you look like that?

You're a monster.

The first time I saw myself on television,

I felt like God keeps his promise.

I knew that being an actor was the call on my life.

And, and you know,

the first time you are on TV as an actor,

most of the time it is not, Starring.

It's you walking by with a tray in the background

trying to hope the camera sees you.

It was miserable.

I mean, I thought,

Is that what I sound like?

Is that what I look like?

Why aren't I sitting up straight?

What's wrong with me?

And then, after I'd seen it a couple of times,

I was like, oh, it's okay. [laughs]

Steven Yeun.

You know, when we were filming Beef,

after they would yell cut,

we would unplug our mics,

and then we would go off into a corner

and like giggle and gossip and just, you know,

catch up on our personal lives.

And so, that's really what made,

you know, working with him so fun.

I mean,

I guess the first person that comes to mind

is Mandy Patinkin.

Just because I knew him so well after basically a decade

of working with him in far flung corners of the world.

And yeah, there's just a kind of trust

and fluency that develops.

It was in between scenes with Robert De Niro,

because he really took the time to one,

compliment me as an actor,

and encourage me as an actress.

The things that he shared with me about the industry

have made a great impact on me.

I truly thank Robert De Niro,

and I held my own, baby.

Yes, I did.

I really loved working with Rob Delaney on Catastrophe.

We just had such a blast and it was so easy.

You know, I've been really lucky.

I've had some great scene partners.

I love all my sisters on Bad Sisters.

That's a really joyful thing.

Just being around that many lovely Irish ladies.

The incomparable Lori Metcalf.

Watching Lori work is like a master's class,

and sometimes I would often forget my lines

because I was so mesmerized.

Never a take the same.

It's always going to be varied and nuanced and beautiful.

I think she is definitely an industry treasure.

Samuel L. Jackson told me it's cool to have a favorite,

just don't say who it is. [laughs]

So I can't say who it is.

[Interviewer] That's it!

Fabulous. Oh gosh.

Why? Why is my heart racing?

Thank you!

And it's all true.

Okay. [laughs] Wow!

Did I fail the TV questionnaire?

It's like I've never seen a TV show in my life past 1988.

That's ridiculous.

Thank you, guys. [crew applauds]

That was fun.

♪ Yeah, we're moving on up to the East side ♪

♪ 'Cause we finally got our piece of the ♪

♪ Pie ♪

Or something like that.