Alicia Malone

Author and presenter Alicia Malone joins Illeana this week. She’s a Fandango Correspondent and host on FilmStruck, the streaming home of the Criterion Collection.

We talk about her early career, an awkward red-carpet greeting with actor Ben Mendelsohn, and that Oprah gives good hugs. Listen in!

Alicia is on Twitter and Instagram.

You can find her book, Backward and in Heels here.

Mary Birdsong

Hilarious and talented actress Mary Birdsong joins Illeana via Skype (our first!) on the podcast. She talks about the pilot she’s in NYC shooting, originating a role in a series, and her fantastic Judy Garland impression, and lots more. This is a fun one, don’t miss it!

Mary is playing “Maryanne” in the new HBO series “Succession” (produced by Adam McKay & Will Ferrell).

Also, check out her video series #365CharactersIn365Days

on her YouTube channel:

You can find her here on Twitter. 

And here on Instagram. 

Mary’s website is here. 

Julie Ann Emery

Known for roles in Better Call Saul and Preacher, Julie Ann Emery joins Illeana on this week’s podcast. They talk about growing up with horses, watching movies as an escape, and Julie Ann being cast against type as Rizzo in Grease. She considers her role in Preacher, “The best role of my career,” and that working on Hitch was like having a “creative panic attack.” Don’t miss this interview!

Julie Ann is HERE on Twitter, and HERE on Instagram.

Merrin Dungey

You may know her from her work on King of Queens, Brooklyn Nine-nine and Big Little Lies. She’s also appeared in films like EdTV and Deep Impact. Merrin Dungey is on the podcast this week.

You can find Merrin on Twitter @RealMerrinD and on Instagram @RealMerrinDungey



Dane Cook

Funny and self-revelatory, Dane Cook joins Illeana on the podcast. They talk about his comedy influences (some GREAT stories there), his going from football to West Side Story, his relationship with his parents, and playing Madison Square Garden.

Such a good interview. Listen/watch. Links below.

Dane is on Twitter here, on Instagram here, and his website is


Anson Mount

Anson Mount joins Illeana in studio for this week’s show. They talk about why he loves working with women filmmakers, “crying songs,” Playing Black Bolt and being part of the Marvel Universe, and his new podcast.

You can find Anson here on Twitter.

And here on Instagram.


Annette O’Toole

The absolutely luminous Annette O’Toole is on the podcast today, she talks about being a singer/dancer, her audition process for “Smile,”  how Bruce Dern defended her, and rollerskating with Ed Begley Jr., and Cher.

She’s on twitter here.


Randal Kleiser

Director Randal Kleiser is with Illeana today. Talks about directing Grease and Blue Lagoon, taking classes at USC taught by Jerry Lewis, and having George Lucas as a roommate. Listen in!

Randal’s Website is here.

He’s here on Twitter.

And here on Instagram.

Bruce Davison


Actor Bruce Davison is on the podcast today. He and Illeana discuss the roles he’s best known for, Longtime Companion, Runaway Jury, X-Men, and of course, Willard.

In this funny and candid interview, Bruce talks about the best advice he ever got… from Burt Lancaster, more acting tips from Peter Fonda, and life advice from Ernest Borgnine. And meeting his co-star… a rat… for Willard. Don’t miss this one!

You can find Bruce here on Twitter.

And on Instagram here.


John Heard

UPDATE: Days after recording this interview, John sadly passed away. This is his final interview.


Actor John Heard joins Illeana via Skype on the podcast today, from his “secret location” in Northern California. 😉

They talk about appearing in big studio movies (Big, Beaches, Home Alone), working with panthers in Cat People, and hanging out with legendary actress Gloria Grahame. John is insightful, and hilarious. Listen in!