Uzo Aduba was known mainly as a Broadway actress -- she starred in the revival of the musical "Godspell" a few years back. But these days she's known for her deeply sympathetic portrayal of Suzanne, a.k.a. "Crazy Eyes," on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." The actress digs deep into her character's love-based pursuits, reveals her most unconventional fan interaction, and asks to keep her pie.
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Jason Segel gained fame on comedy shows like the beloved "Freaks and Geeks" and "How I Met Your Mother" and cut his teeth writing and starring in films like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Muppets" reboot. In his latest film, he stars as the late author David Foster Wallace in "The End of the Tour" and talks to Rico about tackling "Infinite Jest,"disillusionment in American materialism... and Snapchatting selfies.
The "Rectify" star, best known for her roles in distinguished cable dramas, tells Brendan about her "Floribama" roots, her big break from "Mad Men," and undergoing therapy in public.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera takes us from the spoken-word poems of his mother's kitchen to the inherent contradiction of being the nation's appointed poet. Plus, he'll share with you the nutrients that poems need to grow.
Devendra Banhart's alternately gentle and psychedelic pop music has garnered him a cult-like following. He's collaborated with the likes of Beck and Antony and the Johnsons. But meanwhile, he's pursued a parallel career as a fine artist. He talks to us about his new art book, and launches a new band with Rico.
Al Pacino has starred in such classic films as "The Godfather," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico," and "Scent of a Woman." He's won an Oscar, two Emmys, two Tonys, and four Golden Globe awards. Now, as his new film "Manglehorn" hits theaters, the actor talks to Brendan about playing (shades of) himself, improvising for Sidney Lumet, and having fun with his remote control.
The actor talks to Rico about trying to capture the brilliance and sadness in the early years of the legendary music figure, whom he portrays in the music biopic.
The graphic novelist talks to Brendan about developing her best-selling memoir for the Broadway stage and having three "stunt doubles."
The comedian talks about breaking into comedy, sheds a little light on the new Netflix "Wet Hot American Summer" series... and reveals a new development in biotechnology.
Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein chat with Rico about cultivating their mod image, wrestling with band names... and just plain wrestling. A new exhibit of Stein's photos of the band is now on display in L.A.