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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

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Laurie Metcalf on her Academy Award nominated role in 'Lady Bird'

Laurie Metcalf is a veteran actor. In the late 1970s, while she was in college, she and a few of her classmates started putting on plays at a Unitarian Church in Deerfield, Illinois. Those classmates included people like Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and Tracy Letts.

The theater, called Steppenwolf, became one of the most acclaimed theatre companies in the US. Maybe you were lucky enough to see Laurie in the Off-Broadway rendition of Balm in Gilead back in the 80s - she won a bunch of awards for her part in it.

You almost definitely know Laurie from TV's Roseanne. For 9 years she played Jackie, Roseanne's sister on the show. She's now starring in The Conners, the ABC produced spinoff of the show.

In 2017, she was nominated for her first Academy Award for her starring role opposite Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, the fascinating, beautiful coming of age film directed by Greta Gerwig.

The movie centers around the title character, Lady Bird McPherson, a high school senior living in Sacramento, California. She's played by Ronan. Lady Bird dreams of leaving Sacramento, moving to the east coast, going... wherever writers live, she says.

These days, Laurie's been working a lot on Broadway. She's been nominated for a bunch of Tony's and won 2017's Best Actress award for her role in A Doll's House Part II. In a profile earlier this month the New York Times called her "The First Lady of American Theater."

This interview originally aired in February of 2018

Who Shot Ya? Episode 71: We'd Like to Remind the Academy of a Few Things and 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Who Shot Ya?

If Beale Street Could Talk

Ahhhh. A fresh new 'Who Shot Ya?' off the vine! This week the crew is talking about Barry Jenkins' follow up to Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk. They dissect the film and discuss Jenkins' use of close ups, the portrayal of black love, and depicting black men in a different way. PLUS, the gang has some things to tell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about the Oscars in a segment called "I'd Like to Remind the Academy…" In this segment they will remind the Academy of things they may have carelessly overlooked when voting on Academy Award nominations. And since our podcast is the official podcast of Hollywood, we may just sway some votes. To finish off the episode, as always, we have staff picks.

In news, the panel's reaction to the Golden Globes, Brooklynn Prince from The Florida Project is directing a short film, and the number of female directors in the top 250 grossing films is down this year.

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