Happy Sad Confused

By MTV Podcast Network w/ Josh Horowitz

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<p>On Happy Sad Confused, Josh Horowitz gets nerdy and intimate with the biggest movie stars and filmmakers on the planet. Each and every week, you’ll hear in-depth, career-spanning conversations with everyone from Emma Stone and Hugh Jackman to Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to get casual with A-listers like Anna Kendrick, Tom Hiddleston, or Kristen Stewart (all HSC regulars), then come on in and join Josh in the Happy Sad Confused studio.</p>

Episode Date
Evan Rachel Wood on "Clue" (#MyComfortMovie)
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It's a new era for "Happy Sad Confused"! With all of us sadly separated for a while, we're all looking for comfort and so begins a series of conversations about our favorite comfort movies. We start this series off with a conversation with "Westworld" star Evan Rachel Wood who is obsessed with the comedy mystery "Clue"! If you're looking to find a way to help our heroic healthcare workers, please consider contributing to https://www.gofundme.com/f/frontlinerespondersfund
Mar 31, 2020
Jane Levy
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Now more than ever we need some song and dance escapism, right? Jane Levy is here to deliver just that for you. She joins Josh on "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about her NBC series, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist", her career from "Evil Dead" to "Don't Breathe" and to offer up the longest pregnant pause in "Happy Sad Confused" history.
Mar 25, 2020
Barry Sonnenfeld
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Two neurotics walk into a podcast...and this happened! Josh welcomes famed director Barry Sonnenfeld to his office to chat about his new memoir, "Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother" and his hysterical life in film, from working with the Coen brothers to "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black".
Mar 23, 2020
Amy Ryan
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We're back with a new episode in a new world! "Happy Sad Confused" hopes you and your loved ones are staying safe and that our little show brings you some comfort. In this chat taped before all hell broke loose in the world, Amy Ryan stops by Josh's office to talk about her life in the theater and in film. Her latest, "Lost Girls" is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Mar 17, 2020
Aaron Tveit
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Eight times a week Aaron Tveit is singing his heart out in Broadway's spectacular new interpretation of Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge". And while it's the hardest job of his career, Tveit knows how special an opportunity it is. Aaron joins Josh this week in his first solo podcast appearance(!) to talk about his path through musical theater, his memorable big screen performance in "Les Miserables", and why he hasn't done a big screen musical since.
Mar 10, 2020
Patrick Stewart, Vol. II
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Talk about a guest who needs no introduction! The great Patrick Stewart returns to "Happy Sad Confused" this week to talk about his long journey playing Jean-Luc Picard, why he said no to bringing him back many times, and why "Star Trek: Picard" was too tantalizing an opportunity to pass up.
Mar 03, 2020
Tony Goldwyn
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Through the ups and downs of a career on the big and small career, theater has always been the consistent refuge for Tony Goldwyn. Tony joins Josh on the podcast to talk about his current performance on stage in "The Inheritance" as well as his notable roles in "Ghost" and "Scandal" and how he fell into the family business.
Feb 25, 2020
Rob McElhenney
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"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" never should have made it to the air. And Rob McElhenney surely never should have been running a show with no experience. But sometimes when you throw the rulebook out something great can emerge. Rob joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about his unlikely path to success, why he's passionate about his new TV series, "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet", and what happened to that "Minecraft" movie of his.
Feb 18, 2020
Sam Heughan (Vol. III) LIVE!
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It's time for another special LIVE Happy Sad Confused event! Enjoy this epic night with friend of the show Sam Heughan taped at Symphony Space in New York City!
Feb 12, 2020
Anya Taylor-Joy
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We've just celebrated the five year anniversary of the launch of Anya Taylor-Joy's career. It was January of 2015 when "The Witch" premiered at Sundance and blew audiences away. Since then her life has been a rollercoaster filled with exciting opportunities. She chats with Josh about it all, from "Split" to her uncharacteristically sweet new film, "Emma". Plus Anya looks ahead to the release of "The New Mutants" (finally!), her upcoming Edgar Wright film, and re-teaming with Robert Eggers.
Feb 04, 2020
Ben Schwartz, Vol. II
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Josh welcomes the very busy Ben Schwartz back on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". Ben's got 2 big movies on the way--"Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Standing Up, Falling Down". And yes, Josh and Ben talk about both but also ramble down tangents ranging from the Oscar nominations to Ben's contributions to "The Rise of Skywalker".
Jan 14, 2020
Paul Walter Hauser
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It's a new year so it's fitting a new talent joins Josh for this episode of "Happy Sad Confused"! You may have seen Paul Walter Hauser in supporting scene-stealing roles like his turn in "I, Tonya" but now he's making the leap to leading man status with "Richard Jewell". Paul joins Josh to talk about his passion for comedy and acting, working with Clint Eastwood, and much more.
Jan 07, 2020
David Harbour (Vol. II) & Patrick Wilson & Justin Long (Vol. II) (Live episode!)
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What took us so long? After five years of "Happy Sad Confused" we finally went live for a fun holiday special taped at the Bell House in Brooklyn! Joining Josh for the wild night was David Harbour talking all things "Stranger Things" & "Black Widow" Later, Patrick Wilson joined the fun for a chat and a couple memorable songs. Finally Justin Long joined the crew showing off his array of impressions. Happy holidays from Happy Sad Confused!
Dec 23, 2019
Jon Hamm
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It's taken five years but the dashing and delightful Jon Hamm has finally made his "Happy Sad Confused" debut! It was worth the wait. Jon joins Josh to talk about working with Clint Eastwood on "Richard Jewell", the challenges of following up "Mad Men" and that time he auditioned to play Superman!
Dec 17, 2019
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
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It's all happening seemingly all at once for Yahya Abdul Mateen II. Just a few years ago, he was laid off as a city planner. Acting wasn't part of the plan. But a plum job on Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down" has launched a career that seems unstoppable now. Yahya joins Josh to talk about his pivotal role on "Watchmen", going toe to toe with Jason Momoa in "Aquaman" and his upcoming roles in the latest installments of the "Candyman" and "Matrix" franchises!
Dec 10, 2019
Ed Harris
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Who do you turn to to take on an iconic role like Atticus Finch? Who can possibly project intelligence and decency and make the part their own, standing outside the long shadow of Gregory Peck? Ed Harris is of course the man for the job. The 4-time Oscar nominee joins Josh this week on "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about his run on Broadway in "To Kill a Mockingbird", why he can't stand downtime on a set, and how he keeps it all fresh on stage and in film.
Dec 06, 2019
Alan Alda
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To love theater, TV, or film, is to love Alan Alda. His warm and reassuring presence has been a part of our pop culture for decades and he's showing no signs of slowing down. At 83, he's a prolific podcaster and actor (his latest film is the fantastic Noah Baumbach dramedy "Marriage Story"). Alan joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about his life and career and why a fascination with communication is the passionate centerpiece of his existence.
Dec 02, 2019
Rupert Grint
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No one as famous as Rupert Grint should be as chill as he is. But that's just who he is--laid back with a great perspective on the bizarre life he's had. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Rupert drops by Josh's office to reminisce about "Harry Potter" of course but also to chat about his first foray into horror for the new Apple + series, "Servant".
Nov 20, 2019
Eddie Redmayne, Vol. II
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Somehow it's been five years since Eddie visited Josh and lo and behold quite a bit has happened since then. Josh and Eddie discuss Eddie's Oscar win, how it changed his life, his adventures in the Wizarding World, his forthcoming film with Aaron Sorkin, and his new collaboration with Felicity Jone, "The Aeronauts"!
Nov 13, 2019
Edward Norton
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Edward Norton chooses his projects deliberately. You can tell from from his acting choices and even moreso from his directing career. His second directing effort, "Motherless Brooklyn", has arrived in theaters 19(!) years after his first time behind the camera, "Keeping the Faith". Edward joins Josh to discuss his wayward path to acting, working with legends like David Fincher & Marlong Brando, and why Bruce Springsteen is as much an inspiration to him as any artist.
Nov 07, 2019
Bruce Springsteen
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Do we really need to tell you anything about Bruce Springsteen? Well, here's something you might not know: he's made a movie! "Western Stars" represents his feature co-directing debut. Josh details the unusual circumstances that led to him visiting the Boss at his home studio in New Jersey. This is a special one!
Oct 29, 2019
Willem Dafoe, Vol. II
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With a career as storied as Willem Dafoe's, it's no wonder he's back on "Happy Sad Confused"! This time, he's got another award worthy performance to talk about--the grizzled foil to Robert Pattinson in the moody and haunting film, "The Lighthouse".
Oct 23, 2019
Timothee Chalamet (Vol. II) & Joel Edgerton (Vol. II)
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Josh welcomes two of his favorite guests back to "Happy Sad Confused" this week! You've never seen Timothee Chalamet quite like this in "The King" and we've got co-writer (and co-star) Joel Edgerton to thank for it.
Oct 16, 2019
Cillian Murphy
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He generally doesn't do a lot of interviews so that makes this extended chat with the great Cillian Murphy all the more special. Cillian visits Josh to chat about his beginnings, collaborations with Danny Boyle and Christopher Nolan, and why he keeps coming back for more "Peaky Blinders".
Oct 10, 2019
Ben Platt
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Ben Platt is a busy man! A new album ("Sing to Me Instead"), a new TV series ("The Politician"), AND he just played Radio City! Not bad for a 26 year-old. Ben joins Josh to talk about his love of musical theater, his successes on stage and the big and small screen, and much more.
Oct 04, 2019
Lauren Lapkus
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Actor, podcaster, & master improviser Lauren Lapkus joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about the "Between Two Ferns" movie, giving up her SNL dreams, and why she's obsessed with "Small Wonder".
Sep 24, 2019
Bill Skarsgard
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Don't be frightened, Bill Skarsgard is anything but scary in this visit to "Happy Sad Confused". The young actor talks about growing up as part of Sweden's famous acting family, his career-changing role as Pennywise, and his new film, "Villains"!
Sep 17, 2019
Samara Weaving
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She's kicking ass in a big way in her new film, "Ready or Not", but don't be scared, Samara Weaving is a delight. The up and coming star joins Josh on the show this week to discuss her exploding career, including upcoming films with Keanu Reeves and Daniel Radcliffe.
Aug 28, 2019
Kirsten Dunst
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Talent and good taste. That's really all a great acting career needs. Easier said than done but Kirsten Dunst clearly has both of those skills. From "Interview with the Vampire" to the "Spider-Man" films, Josh and Kirsten talk about it all even as they sweat it out on a steamy day in New York.  Kirsten's new series is "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" on Showtime!
Aug 21, 2019
Lee Pace, Vol. II
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Lee Pace is always a busy guy, constantly jumping from theater to TV to film. Whatever the medium he always makes an impression which is why he's always welcome on "Happy Sad Confused"! On this return visit, Lee talks about his amazing run on Broadway last year in "Angels in America", playing John DeLorean in the new film "Driven", and why he's ready for a comedy.
Aug 16, 2019
Geena Davis
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Virtually from the moment Geena Davis landed on the big screen in "Tootsie", her run was unstoppable -- "Beetlejuice", "The Fly", "Thelma & Louise", "A League of their Own", an Oscar win for "The Accidental Tourist". And then as if out of a bad Hollywood script the roles dried up as soon as she turned 40.  On this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Geena Davis talks about that amazing run as well as her inspiring work in recent years, launching her own institute studying gender inequality in media, acting in new projects like GLOW, and receiving an honorary Oscar very soon.  Her new film, "This Changes Everything" is in theaters and on VOD on August 9th.
Aug 06, 2019
Robert Richardson
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It's a moment long overdue on "Happy Sad Confused" as Josh welcomes the first cinematographer to the show! It's better late than never though as Josh chats with legendary DP Robert Richardson about his unique collaborations with Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino.
Jul 30, 2019
Quentin Tarantino, Vol. II
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Name a more influential filmmaker from the past 30 years than Quentin Tarantino. Go ahead, we'll wait. The one and only auteur is back with his 9th film, another stone cold classic, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood", this time teaming up two iconic movie stars for the first time, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Quentin returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss where this story came from, why he's content to soon retire from feature film directing, and discuss what may end up being his last slew of projects--including a new "Kill Bill" story and a "Star Trek" film!
Jul 22, 2019
Ari Aster
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Few filmmakers in recent memory have begun a career with a 1-2 punch as provocative and memorable as Ari Aster. Last year he disturbed audiences with "Hereditary" and this summer he's taking them on a decidedly long and strange trip to Sweden in "Midsommar". Ari joins Josh this week to talk about his beginnings, his unique sense of humor, and Albert Brooks? Yeah, you read that right.
Jul 16, 2019
Jesse Eisenberg, Vol. II
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It's been five years since Jesse Eisenberg dropped by the podcast so there's a lot of ground to cover in this fun fast paced conversation -- from his new film "The Art of Self-Defense", why it took ten years to get the gang back together for a "Zombieland" sequel, and that time Bob Weinstein threatened his life!
Jul 10, 2019
Daisy Ridley, Vol. II
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It's a special day when the voice of "Happy Sad Confused" (well, besides Josh) stops by for a chat. On this visit, Daisy Ridley talks about her big leap, starring in a film all her own with "Ophelia", plus an update on what to expect in "The Rise of Skywalker" and Daisy's very late take on "Game of Thrones".
Jul 01, 2019
Annabelle Wallis
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The self-professed "feral" actress known as Annabelle Wallis pays a visit to "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about her new Showtime mini-series "The Loudest Voice", landing a role on "Peaky Blinders" despite Cillian Murphy's protests, and whether Tom Cruise texts her emojis.
Jun 25, 2019
Jack Reynor
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You may know Jack Reynor from "Transformers: Age of Extinction" or "Sing Street" or as the guy who nearly was Han Solo but this summer you'll know him as the star of the super scary "Midsommar", from Ari Aster (director of last year's critical fave "Hereditary"). Jack joins Josh to talk about being a certified film geek from the start, embarrassing auditions for the likes of Andy Serkis, and why superheroes might not be for him.
Jun 20, 2019
Sienna Miller
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Sienna Miller joins Josh to discuss the most rewarding film of her career, "American Woman", transforming herself for "The Loudest Voice", knowing her worth as an actor, and much more!
Jun 12, 2019
Ron Howard, Vol. II
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One of the most accomplished filmmakers of our time, Ron Howard, returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about his newest doc, "Pavarotti", plus he reflects on "Solo", and reveals plans to bring "Willow" back!
May 29, 2019
Allison Williams, Vol. III
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By now "Happy Sad Confused" listeners should know not to judge a book by its cover. Allison Williams clearly has a dark twisted soul beneath her sweet exterior and we love her for it. She's back on the show this time chatting about her latest subversive flick, "The Perfection". You're not prepared!
May 21, 2019
Nicholas Hoult, Vol. III
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A "Happy Sad Confused" visit from Nicholas Hoult is always a welcome treat, filled with tangents, absurdities, and of course a little movie talk. This summer Nicholas has not one but two offerings for audiences with "Tolkien" and "Dark Phoenix"!
May 14, 2019
Anthony & Joe Russo, Vol. III (Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Special!)
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Anyone interested in a little film called "Avengers: Endgame"? Here it is, the conversation you've been waiting to hear. A SPOILER-filled discussion with the directors behind the global phenomenon everyone is talking about!
May 06, 2019
Elijah Wood, Vol. II
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Elijah Wood is still a young man but he's lived a few distinct acts already as a successful child actor, the face of global franchise, and in recent years a successful genre producer and actor. He joins Josh on "Happy Sad Confused" this week to talk about all of it including his latest film, "Come to Daddy"!
May 02, 2019
Jodie Comer
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Jodie Comer joins Josh to talk about her career making role in "Killing Eve", all the ups and downs that led to it, and why she's still living at home!
Apr 23, 2019
Terry Gilliam, Vol. II
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After years and years of false starts and absurdly bad luck, Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" is here at last and the great filmmaker himself returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to talk all about it and his storied career.
Apr 16, 2019
Milla Jovovich
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Milla Jovovich has become a genre queen thanks to "The Fifth Element", "Resident Evil", and so much more. And now she's back in the new "Hellboy" opposite "Happy Sad Confused" fave David Harbour!
Apr 09, 2019
Colin Farrell
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How did Colin Farrell, the former notorious bad boy of the 2000s turn into the wholesome star of "Dumbo"? It's been a long strange for Colin and he opens up about it all with Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused".
Mar 26, 2019
Oscar Isaac
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Oscar Isaac might seem like the busiest actor working today but don't cry for him, he's actually on a break, and luckily for us he's taking a break from that break to catch up with Josh about his new Netflix movie, "Triple Frontier"! Plus, Oscar and Josh talk everything from "Star Wars" and "X-Men" to his next gig in Denis Villeneuve's "Dune".
Mar 19, 2019
Ricky Gervais
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Ricky Gervais joins Josh to ponder the great mysteries of the universe: life, death, whether you'd rather be two feet shorter or taller, all the important stuff. Plus Ricky talks about his new Netflix series, "After Life"!
Mar 13, 2019
Nina Dobrev
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Nina Dobrev stops by "Happy Sad Confused" to talk her new CBS sitcom, "Fam", and have a little tequila!
Mar 01, 2019
Christoph Waltz
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Two time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz stops by "Happy Sad Confused" this week to discuss his beginnings in Vienna and New York, why he's a self-avowed snob, and his new film, "Alita: Battle Angel".
Feb 05, 2019
Daniel Radcliffe, Vol. II
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Daniel Radcliffe returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss his new comedy series "Miracle Workers", why he hasn't seen "Harry Potter & the Cursed Child", and more!
Feb 01, 2019
Andrew Rannells
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You know him from Broadway ("The Book of Mormon") and TV ("Girls") and now you can add author to Andrew Rannell's list of credits! Andrew joins Josh to talk about his new memoir and his new Showtime series, "Black Monday".
Jan 23, 2019
Samuel L. Jackson, Vol. II
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Samuel L. Jackson, the coolest man in the universe returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss "Glass", Nick Fury's future, Star Wars, & more!
Jan 16, 2019
Tatiana Maslany
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By now you probably know how insanely talented Tatiana Maslany is from her multi-award winning performance (or is that performances?) in "Orphan Black" but she's still working overtime like she has something to prove. She joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" in a rare off moment from her starring role opposite Bryan Cranston on Broadway in "Network" but she's also talking another transformative performance in the crime drama, "Destroyer", But don't worry it's not all serious actor talk on this episode as Josh and Tatiana talk comedy, animation, and poutine in a delightfully all over the place chat.
Jan 08, 2019
Felicity Jones
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We're ringing in a new year of "Happy Sad Confused" with a brilliant portrayal of a living icon. Felicity Jones joins Josh to talk about playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the new film, "On the Basis of Sex", her anxiety before "Rogue One" hit it big with audiences and critics, and why she's never going up in a hot air balloon again.
Jan 01, 2019
Adam McKay
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He's a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a former head writer for Saturday Night Live, and an Oscar winning filmmaker behind everything from "Anchorman" and "Step-Brothers" to "The Big Short"! Adam McKay joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss his new Dick Cheney biopic, "Vice", the comic book character he'd love to tackle, and much more.
Dec 19, 2018
James Wan
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James Wan is no stranger to big challenges but his latest film, "Aquaman" may be his biggest yet. The result is an ambitious blend of sci-fi/fantasy, a classic superhero origin story, plus a healthy does of irreverent humor. Oh, it's also a crazy ginormous adventure. Not many filmmakers would rise to this challenge but Wan, the director of "Saw", "The Conjuring", and "The Fate of the Furious" is more than up to the task.
Dec 12, 2018
Elizabeth Debicki
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It was only five years ago that Elizabeth Debicki made her first big splash on the big screen, plucked from virtual obscurity by Baz Luhrmann to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan in "The Great Gatsby". She made an impression from the get go and since then she's wasted no time in assembling an impressive resume.  Elizabeth joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss her latest film, "Widows", plus her experiences in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II", "The Night Manager", and more.
Dec 05, 2018
Diego Luna
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Sit back and enjoy the infectious positive spirit that is Diego Luna's. He's got a lot to be excited about on this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", with "Narcos: Mexico" earning rave reviews since dropping on Netflix. Plus he's slated to return to the Star Wars universe soon to reprise his "Rogue One" character!
Nov 28, 2018
Ben Stiller
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Ben Stiller makes his "Happy Sad Confused" debut to talk about directing the new limited series, "Escape at Dannemora", his various films from "The Cable Guy" to "Tropic Thunder" and his love of "Star Trek".
Nov 13, 2018
Jason Reitman
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Jason Reitman just can't stop giving us to this year with not one but two exceptional films! The Academy Award nominated director of "Juno" and "Up in the Air" joins Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss re-teaming with Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody for "Tully" and directing Hugh Jackman for the first time in the political drama "The Front Runner".
Nov 06, 2018
Richard E. Grant
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Richard E. Grant joins Josh to talk about his illustrious career, from "Withnail & I" to "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and the upcoming new Star Wars film. He even puts up with Josh's obsession with "Hudson Hawk". A true gentleman.
Oct 30, 2018
Jodie Whittaker
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The doctor is in! Sure "Happy Sad Confused" has welcomed "Doctor Who" veterans like Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the past but here is a first--the current custodian of the iconic role themselves!  And if anyone is up to the challenge of this role it's certainly Jodie Whittaker who makes a delightful first appearance on the show in the middle of a hectic whirlwind New York Comic Con week. Josh and Jodie talk at length about the process of landing the famed role, the weight of being the first female to assume the mantle, and trace the actress' past, back to childhood and her first important roles in "Venus" and "Attack the Block".
Oct 23, 2018
Damien Chazelle, Vol. II
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You'd be hard pressed to find a more impressive trio of films in a young filmmakers' career than Damien Chazelle's trifecta of "Whiplash", "La La Land", and his newest effort, "First Man". It's no wonder the 33 year-old stands as the youngest recipient of the best director Oscar in history (that would be for "La La Land").  In this return visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Josh and Damien delve deep into the appeal and challenges inherent in a space race film like "First Man", from the technical obstacles to the emotional underpinnings. Chazelle also candidly talks about the influence of Steven Spielberg (an executive producer on "First Man"), whether we'll ever see a genre or franchise film from him, and more.
Oct 16, 2018
Sam Elliott
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It's not just about the voice and the mustache but those two things certainly don't hurt. Sam Elliott is one of the last links to the old Hollywood system (he's quick to point out all the people from the early part of his career who are now dead). A former studio contract player, Elliott now finds himself at an unlikely point in his nearly 50 year career -- he might just be at his apex.  In this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Elliott looks back at his beginnings -- his complex relationship with his father (get your tissues ready), his regrets over being too honest early in his career, how a role in "Robot Chicken" gave him a boost, and his recent career renaissance, from "Grandma" to "I'll See You in My Dreams" to "The Hero" and now a turn in "A Star is Born" that may just land him a ticket to the Oscars.
Oct 10, 2018
Kathryn Hahn, Vol. II
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Kathryn is a "Happy Sad Confused" original, her first visit coming on just the fifth episode! Yet somehow it's been four years since she's visited Josh's office so there's a lot to catch up on, from her work with Jill Soloway on "Transparent" to her must see performance in the Netflix film, "Private Life" from writer/director Tamara Jenkins.
Oct 03, 2018
Bill Pullman
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Bill Pullman may have been something of a late bloomer, never setting foot on a film set until his early 30s, but once his career was launched, there was no looking back. To look back at his career is to look at some of the great film highs of the 80s and 90s. And that's just what Bill and Josh do on this episode, going all the way back to "Ruthless People" and "Spaceballs" through his "nice guy who doesn't get the girl" period of work to his biggest hits like "While You Were Sleeping" and "Independence Day".  These days Bill is finding rich rewards in theater (he's set to star with Sally Field in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" next year at the Old Vic) and television with the acclaimed series, "The Sinner", now concluding its second season on USA. You'd be hard pressed to find a nicer guy than Bill Pullman. Sit back and enjoy!
Sep 19, 2018
Toronto Film Festival Special with Timothee Chalamet (Vol. II)/Elisabeth Moss
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It's a special edition of "Happy Sad Confused" straight from the Toronto International Film Festival! With Josh running around the fest talking to dozens of actors and filmmakers, we present two conversations, one a familiar guest to podcast listeners, one a newbie! First up is Timothee Chalamet! Almost precisely a year to the day after they first met, Josh and Timothee talk about the young actor's eventful year, his new role as an addict in "Beautiful Boy", and the prospect of starring in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of "Dune". Plus, Josh sits down with Elisabeth Moss! Best known for "Mad Men" and "The Handmaid's Tale", Moss hit Toronto with a bold performance as a punk rocker in "Her Smell". Moss talks about her musical theater ambitions and gives a sneak peek at her upcoming film with "Get Out" director Jordan Peele.
Sep 13, 2018
Paul Feig
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Not only is Paul Feig the most dapper director to walk into the offices of "Happy Sad Confused" but he always brings the goods too. From "Freaks & Geeks" to "Bridesmaids", he's responsible for some of the most influential comedies of our times. And now Paul is mixing it up with a thriller, "A Simple Favor", starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively! Of course it's no surprise that his latest starts two amazing women since that is clearly the unifying thread of his film work. In this chat, Josh and Paul talk about Feig's journey from actor to writer and director, what drove him to make his latest film, and how he looks back on "Ghostbusters".
Sep 05, 2018
Domhnall Gleeson, Vol. III
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It only seems like "Happy Sad Confused" has a Gleeson on every week what with Brendan making his debut a few weeks back and returning champion Domhnall back in the hot seat for a third time on this episode.  But there's a reason the Gleesons are always welcome. On this visit to the show Domhnall nearly spills the beans on Episode IX, talks about his creepy mustache in his new film, and teases a return to comedy! Besides all the randomness and laughs Josh and Domhnall actually also talk about his new film, "The Little Stranger", which marks another collaboration with Lenny Abrahamson.
Aug 29, 2018
Chris Weitz
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Don't even try to pin down Chris Weitz's career, it's a fruitless endeavor. From "American Pie" to "About a Boy" to writing a Star Wars movie, to helming a fact based thriller like "Operation Finale", the only consistency is quality.  Chris joins Josh on this episode to reflect on his unusual childhood (and fascinating parents), the lessons learned from directing "The Golden Compass", how he sold Disney on [SPOILER ALERT] killing off every major character in a Star Wars movie, to directing Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley in his latest.
Aug 22, 2018
Lauren Cohan
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Please excuse Josh and his guest, Lauren Cohan, if they're a little punch drunk on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". Chalk it up to a post Comic-Con fog but for you lucky listeners that means an entertaining chat and the debut of Lauren's unusual new catch-phrase, "You're gonna know it!". Of course it's not all fun and games when it comes to the subject matter of Lauren's intense new action movie, "Mile 22". She gets to kick ass alongside no less than Mark Wahlberg in this one. She also reflects on her incredible run on "The Walking Dead" and what the future holds for her character and her career!
Aug 14, 2018
Brendan Gleeson
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You don't have to have the last name Gleeson to be a great actor but it certainly doesn't seem to hurt. If you're a "Happy Sad Confused" listener you already know Domhnall but today it's time to recognize the accomplishments of dear old dad, Brendan. And there's a lot to recognize.  Brendan only became a feature film actor in his mid 30s but he's made up for lost time ever since, working with the likes of Scorsese, Martin and John Michael McDonagh, Danny Boyle, John Boorman, Neil Jordan, and countless other notables. In this chat with Josh, he talks about what he needed to learn about film acting when he made the leap, embracing the magical world of Harry Potter, and at long last working for the Coen brothers in the upcoming "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs". Plus, Gleeson talks about making the plunge into television for Stephen King and David E. Kelly in the series, "Mr. Mercedes". The 2nd season premieres August 22nd on the Audience Network.
Aug 08, 2018
Christian Slater (plus Sam Heughan, Vol. II)
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We've jammed so much "Happy Sad Confused" goodness into this episode it's almost too good to be true! The proceedings get off to a fun start with returning favorite guest Sam Heughan dropping in to say a quick hello to Josh and Sammy, lament missing out on the lead role in the new film version of "Dune", and enthuse all about his "The Spy Who Dumped Me" co-stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. And then there's the main event, an extensive trip down memory lane with the great Christian Slater. Currently starring alongside Glenn Close in "The Wife", Christian is all too happy to open up about his extraordinary career, from "Heathers" and "Pump Up the Volume", to his resurgence in recent years thanks to "Mr. Robot". Plus Josh and Christian hatch a plan for the actor to re-team with Winona Ryder for "Stranger Things"! Are you listening, universe?
Jul 31, 2018
Betty Gilpin
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It's been an eventful two years for Betty Gilpin. The daughter of two character actors who never got the role that made them a household name, she was resigned and indeed okay with that same sort of life, theater in New York, guest spots on TV to pay the bills. And then the biggest role of her career came around on the Netflix show, "GLOW". Flash forward to today and "GLOW", in its second season, is garnering absurdly stellar reviews and Gilpin is getting much of the credit. She's just landed an Emmy nomination too but don't worry she's still a delightful self-deprecating presence, as evidence by this chat on "Happy Sad Confused."
Jul 26, 2018
Julie Taymor
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It's been 11 years since "Across the Universe" was released in theaters and today it remains no less miraculous than it was then. Featuring over 30 iconic Beatles songs in an array of show-stopping spectacular sequences, the movie musical immediately earned a small but devoted cult following. Now it's getting another shot on the big screen. On July 29, 31, and August 1, the film will screen in over 450 theaters (more info at FathomEvents.com).  Joining Josh to detail how the film came to be, why it's more resonant than ever, and why it never got the release it deserved, is visionary filmmaker Julie Taymor. Listen to her today and you'll see her passion for this project hasn't waned, if anything it's grown.
Jul 18, 2018
Alex Wolff
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He's only 20 with a handful of film credits on his resume but it's clear Alex Wolff has a lot of wind at his back. A supporting role in the billion dollar phenomenon that was "Jumanji" certainly helped but it's a much smaller film that will likely have greater impact in the long run. You've likely heard the buzz by now, "Hereditary" is one of the scariest and most audacious debuts in years. No spoilers here but Alex's Peter is a major reason this film is sticking with audiences. In this visit to "Happy Sad Confused," Alex talks about his journey from the Naked Brothers Band to finding his way in TV and film, all the while learning from his mom, actress and director Polly Draper, and older brother Nat along the way.
Jul 10, 2018
Zachary Quinto
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By night, Zachary Quinto is stealing scenes in the revival of the Broadway hit play "The Boys in the Band" and by day he's pretty busy too -- shooting a guest spot on a hilarious TV show, plotting a myriad of projects as a producer, and even squeezing in this chat -- his debut on "Happy Sad Confused".  Josh and Zachary cover quite a lot in this fun and at times serious episode -- from Quinto's formative acting days back at Carnegie Mellon alongside his "Boys in the Band" co-star and friend Matt Bomer, to the meteoric rise of "Heroes", his incredible journey as Spock and subsequent friendship with Leonard Nimoy to his perspective on Kevin Spacey and his own decision to come out years ago. Plus, there's Zachary's revival of "In Search Of", coming to The History Channel next month, and rumblings of another Star Trek film -- or two.
Jun 26, 2018
Nick Offerman
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Need a little unadulterated joy in your life? We've got two recommendations for you -- a delightful father/daughter tale called "Hearts Beat Loud" (out in theaters now!) and this week's episode of "Happy Sad Confused"! What do they have in common? The great Nick Offerman of course. On his first visit to the show, Nick talks about his long awaited first leading man role in a film, what it's been like for him in his post "Parks & Recreation" life, plus Josh and Nick give their mutual friend, Michael Shannon a call!
Jun 20, 2018
Mandy Moore
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You can stop grouping Mandy Moore in with Britney and Christina. Sure, she was discovered seemingly overnight at 15 and was suddenly opening for NSYNC and dominating the MTV airwaves but the truth is that pop star image was never what Moore was or even wanted.  It's taken a while but Mandy seems to have found her niche. This week on "Happy Sad Confused", she talks about landing "This Is Us" just when she was beginning to think she was the one cursing prestige TV projects she was landing. Mandy also reflects back with good humor on all the projects she's been a part of, from "A Walk to Remember" to "Southland Tales" to finally becoming a Disney princess with "Tangled".
Jun 12, 2018
Toni Collette
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Sometimes it takes a twisted little psychological horror movie to remind you that Toni Collette is one of our finest actors working today. Make no mistake, after you've seen "Hereditary" (and you really should!), you'll remember once again that she's one of our most versatile actors.  In this first visit to "Happy Sad Confused," Josh takes Toni down memory lane, from her humble beginnings in Australia, the shocking successes of "Muriel's Wedding" and "The Sixth Sense" to mixing it up with Vin Diesel for "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage".
Jun 05, 2018
Dan Stevens, Vol. II
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Settle in and enjoy the sweet voice of Dan Stevens in his triumphant return to "Happy Sad Confused"! Why triumphant? Well, there's "Legion", now in its second mind-bending season on FX, which seemingly is the role and show that fits Dan to a tee. Plus, this is his first visit since "Beauty & the Beast" earned well over a billion dollars! But there's much more on Josh and Dan's mind on this episode than money. They're positively giddy about a third Bill & Ted movie, Harry Potter, and they even revel in Gary Oldman's strangest movie.
May 22, 2018
Michael Shannon, Vol. II
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It's an all too rare treat for the spirit animal of "Happy Sad Confused", Michael Shannon, to stop by, but it's always worth the wait. On this visit with Josh, the two dissect their odd relationship, contemplate the sorry state of the world, and even plug a movie, "Fahrenheit 451", along the way! Plus, enjoy a rant from Michael about why he's finally given up his archaic flip phone to enter the 21st century.  As with all things Michael Shannon this is a delightfully bizarre, eccentric, and windy road. You will not be sorry you took the trip.
May 15, 2018
Joe & Anthony Russo, Vol. II (Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Interview!)
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SPOILER ALERT: We mean it. Every second of this podcast will spoil "Avengers: Infinity War" so if you haven't seen it yet, this is not the podcast for you. Still there? Great. On this special edition of "Happy Sad Confused", Josh asks all the big and small questions you can imagine about the game changer that is the newest film in the MCU. For the first time, directors Joe and Anthony Russo can spill all the secrets of their much discussed new film. And it's all right here in this spoiler filled conversation.
May 07, 2018
Joshua Jackson
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It's two Joshuas for the price of one on this edition of "Happy Sad Confused" with Joshua Jackson making his debut on the podcast! Speaking of debuts, Jackson is enjoying one memorable Broadway debut with his role in "Children of a Lesser God". It's a huge responsibility and acting challenge as Joshua details in this episode. And of course we have to go down memory lane with Joshua, From "The Mighty Ducks" to "Dawson's Creek", he opens up about it all. Plus, did you know Joshua almost played Batman for Christopher Nolan? What about a certain leading Marvel role? That and much more revealed on this fun and illuminating episode!
May 01, 2018
Aubrey Plaza
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If you think you know Aubrey Plaza from her character on "Parks & Recreation" or her delightfully deadpan talk show appearances, you've only seen a part of her. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused," get to know the real Aubrey! She's complex and conflicted, dry and earnest, self-critical and cocky, and most of all, very ambitious.  In this chat, Aubrey talks about her heady show "Legions" (now in it's second season on FX), why Bill Murray recently called her up, what 80s sitcom she was obsessed with, and her secret script she's working on that's inspired by "Mrs. Doubtfire"!
Apr 26, 2018
Martin Freeman
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If you've listened to "Happy Sad Confused" before, you know we love our Brits around here so of course it was inevitable that we'd welcome Martin Freeman to the show. And as you might expect, Martin does not disappoint, in this fun and meandering conversation about the "Sherlock" actor's career, fame, and which Hobbit characters he'd fuck, marry, and kill. Martin is currently appearing in "Ghost Stories" (in select theaters) and "Cargo" (debuting on Netflix on May 18th).
Apr 23, 2018
Hayley Atwell
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Marvel may have given Hayley Atwell fame but a television adaptation of a century old novel may end up being the game changer for the actress. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Atwell explains why playing Margaret Schlegel in the critically lauded adaptation of E.M. Forster's "Howards End" (currently airing on Starz) is the role she's been waiting for.  Plus Hayley reveals why she loves pulling pranks on her co-stars, how she landed the role of Peggy Carter, and introduces all of us to her secret American alter ego, Tiffany.
Apr 17, 2018
Adam DeVine & Anders Holm & Blake Anderson
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You'd think that seven years of a TV show would make Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson, want to take a little break from each other. But nope, wasting little time since the conclusion of "Workaholics", the three have reunited for  their first film together, "Game Over, Man!".  The trio join Josh on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about their new Netflix film, the cameo that got away (spoiler: he was Blade), and the perils of the furniture in Josh's office.
Apr 10, 2018
Simon Pegg
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Simon Pegg makes a triumphant return to "Happy Sad Confused" on this episode that hits all the proper nerd pleasure centers. Simon can currently be seen in Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" so of course that sends Josh and Simon down a Spielberg rabbit hole, including a ranking of the Indiana Jones films. Plus Simon explains why he's got a new view on potentially contributing to the Star Wars universe, why "Star Trek Beyond" was a tough experience, and how soon we can expect a reunion with Edgar Wright and Nick Frost.
Apr 03, 2018
Sean Penn
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Strap yourself in for a chat with one of the greats. Two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn pays his first visit to "Happy Sad Confused" to spread the good word about his debut novel, "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff".  In this conversation, Penn opens up about the reasons he's turning away from acting for the solitary pursuit that is writing. But of course Josh takes the opportunity to explore some of Penn's most notable collaborations, from Woody Allen to David Fincher. Plus Penn reminisces about random phone calls from Marlon Brando, the importance of his mentor, Jack Nicholson, and so much more.
Mar 28, 2018
Ben McKenzie
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Lightning has struck three times for Ben McKenzie when it comes to beloved TV shows but the guy could use a break. 22 hours of TV a year isn't for lightweights and nowadays Ben's a father and a husband (to co-star Morena Baccarin) but he still knows how lucky he is. And of course it all started with "The O.C.". On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Ben talks frankly about the opportunity and frustrations associated with becoming a teen heartthrob virtually out of nowhere. Plus he discusses the critically beloved series, "Southland", and his current project, "Gotham", in which he's just directed his second episode.
Mar 26, 2018
Jeff Goldblum, Vol. II
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Josh once again remembers what true joy feels like on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". For Jeff Goldblum, one of the world's most entertaining specimens, has returned! And as one would hope, Jeff is delightfully eccentric and thoughtful in this conversation.  From Jeff's latest collaboration with Wes Anderson ("Isle of Dogs") to "The Fly" and "Jurassic Park", this chat zigs and zags in the best possible ways. Plus, don't let Jeff's light-hearted nature fool you, there are some valuable acting tips from one of the masters in this episode.
Mar 22, 2018
Hugh Jackman & Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
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It's a movie musical trifecta on this edition of "Happy Sad Confused"! Hugh Jackman returns to the show and this time he's brought some very talented friends, the Oscar/Grammy/Tony winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. All three are basking in the glow of their hugely successful original movie musical, "The Greatest Showman".  Despite a soft initial opening and divided critics, the audiences have spoken and they love this film to the tune of nearly $400 million worldwide. In this conversation the trio talk to Josh about the film's unlikely trajectory, what they'd like to do with the material next, and why a superhero musical may not be such a bad idea!
Mar 20, 2018
Zoey Deutch
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It's only slightly awkward to welcome Zoey Deutch to an office where a "Back to the Future" poster hangs prominently (her mom is of course Lea Thompson) but luckily Zoey thrives on the slightly awkward. That's why she's a welcome guest to this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". Josh and Zoey talk about her young film career, the ups and downs of "Vampire Academy", her new film, "Flower", and why she's never met her therapist in person. Plus Josh recaps his 2018 Academy Awards experience!
Mar 06, 2018
Heather Graham
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You know Heather Graham for a slew of memorable roles -- whether it's Roller Girl in "Boogie Nights" or Felicity Shagwell in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" but her new role as a writer/director is clearly the one she's proudest of.  On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Graham visits Josh to talk about her passion project, "Half Magic", why it's more timely than ever, and of course reminisce about some of her most memorable films
Feb 27, 2018
Paul Rudd & Justin Theroux
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Come for the effortless charm of Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux but stay for the fart talk. That's right, this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" runs the gamut but what would you expect when Josh is visited by these two hilarious actor/writers?  First there's the important stuff. Paul and Justin have re-teamed for a 4th time on screen with their new film, "Mute", a sci-fi noir from the mind of Duncan Jones. But these two can riff on anything and Josh takes full advantage in this chat. Among the topics broached: that distinctive NPR voice, how challenging the luge really is, that time Paul was in a Hong Kong action movie, their favorite underrated comedies, and yes, flatulence.
Feb 21, 2018
Holly Hunter
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Don't call it a comeback because if you really look at her resume, Holly Hunter has basically been killing it consistently ever since the cameras found her. She burst out of the gate like a bullet with "Raising Arizona" and "Broadcast News" in the same year and hasn't looked back since. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" the Oscar winning actress visits Josh to talk about her return to television with her new HBO series "Here And Now", the phenomenon of "The Big Sick", why she popped up in "Batman v. Superman", and what it was like to live with Frances McDormand way back when.
Feb 14, 2018
Francis Lawrence
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Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen most of Francis Lawrence's films and likely many of his iconic music videos (he's helmed classics for the likes of Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce). Lawrence isn't a bombastic personality but don't let his amiable manner fool you, he's at the top of his craft, working with huge budgets, beloved franchises, and ginormous movie stars. Look no further than "Red Sparrow", the spy thriller coming out March 2nd that stars Jennifer Lawrence (this marks Francis' 4th consecutive collaboration with the Oscar winner). In this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Lawrence talks about his unique creative partnership with Jennifer, how she put herself through the ringer for their latest film, and what it was like to helm the last three installments of "The Hunger Games" saga. Plus, Lawrence reflects on his regrets surrounding "Constantine" and "I Am Legend", whether there's another comic book film in him, and why he's excited about potentially directing a "Battlestar Galactica" film.
Feb 06, 2018
Rachel Brosnahan
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Let's be honest, a year ago very few people knew who Rachel Brosnahan was. Hell, even a couple months ago, before "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" debuted on Amazon, she could still pass by unnoticed on the streets of New York where she lives. That's all starting to change very rapidly now that her Amazon series has landed and garnered amazing reviews, not to mention a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series and a Best Actress award for Brosnahan herself.  On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Brosnahan talks about what it's like to be the face and voice of Midge, the memorable center of this delightful series. Plus Rachel reveals why her pivotal role on "House of Cards" was such a surprise, what role she lost out on really wrecked her, and why Raven-Symone's work is forever embedded in her brain.
Jan 30, 2018
Domhnall Gleeson Vol. II
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It's the 200th episode of "Happy Sad Confused" and what better way to celebrate than to bring back one of our favorite guests, Domhnall Gleeson! It seems like it's always an embarrassment of riches when Domhnall re-enters the spotlight and that's certainly the case right now with no less than three films out within weeks of each other, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture", "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", and "Peter Rabbit". Josh visits with Domhnall who is enjoying his first Sundance film festival with the story of the rise and fall of the National Lampoon, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture", premiering there. But of course this conversation veers all over the place in the best possible way with plenty of fun Star Wars talk and much more.
Jan 26, 2018
Evan Peters
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In our second episode direct from Park City, Utah, Josh hangs out with Evan Peters on his birthday, while he celebrates his first visit to the Sundance Film Festival. Evan's new film, "American Animals", a bizarre true story of a heist gone terribly wrong, has just premiered at the festival. In his first visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Evan talks about why he misses roaming the aisles of Blockbuster video, what actors he's obsessed with, the impact Ryan Murphy has had on his career, and drops some interesting info on his upcoming return to the X-Men franchise in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix".
Jan 24, 2018
Joe & Anthony Russo
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Direct from Park City, Utah, "Happy Sad Confused" welcomes the directing tandem that is Joe and Anthony Russo. On this, the 20th anniversary of their first visit to Utah, the brothers reflect on the difference Slamdance and the mentorship of Steven Soderbergh meant to their careers way back when.  Flash forward to present day and the brothers have a tremendous challenge on their plate, helming the next two "Avengers" films. Josh talks to the Russos about what we can expect out of "Infinity War" and the still mysteriously untitled 4th Avengers film, plus their take on Star Wars, and a Black Widow movie.
Jan 22, 2018
Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
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There's a lot of laughter and even some tears on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". Would you expect anything less from two icons like Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin? In the sprawling conversation, Josh talks to the two famed actors about their similarities and differences, why they're loving bringing a different face to old age on their hit show "Grace & Frankie" and what filmmaker Jane would love to work with. Plus, you can't have two legendary activists without a candid conversation about the Time's Up movement, what they'd recommend young activists do today, and what cause is making them lose sleep.  But on the whole this is a joyous conversation and a rare treat to hear from two of the greats recounting amazing stories of two lives well lived.
Jan 17, 2018
Garrett Hedlund
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A new year of “Happy Sad Confused” begins with a newcomer to the podcast, Garrett Hedlund!  With his latest film, “Mudbound”, Garrett once again proves his taste runs more indie than blockbuster. Plus, he’s got a new Steven Soderbergh show, “Mosaic” to talk about! Garrett talks to Josh about his memorable film debut in “Troy” (and why he wore a pink thong to a meeting with Brad Pitt), the saga of bringing “On the Road” to the big screen, why he’s just fine with opting out of franchise film opportunities like “Captain America” and “Akira”, plus he sings!  Also revealed, what sounds like the coolest fantasy football league in existence, a league that counts Garrett, Chris Pratt, Miles Teller, Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, and James Marsden.
Jan 02, 2018
Christian Bale
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When your name has become a verb to other actors, you know you're doing something right. ie. If you're "pulling a Christian Bale", then you've probably just gained or lost a tremendous amount of weight all in the interest of transforming for a role. He's done it a few times. Down for "The Machinist". Way back up for Batman. Down again for his Oscar winning role in "The Fighter". And guess what, he's back up again to play none other than Dick Cheney in a upcoming film. That's the Christian Bale who sat with Josh for this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", an actor who relishes going all in. And he goes all in for this conversation, speaking with surprising candor about what it took to play a man who dresses up as a bat, why he regrets his Terminator movie, and how he moved on from that infamous leaked audio meltdown on the set of that same film.  All of that plus the tantalizing fact that one franchise Christian could envision himself joining is Star Wars! Christian's new film is "Hostiles" from director Scott Cooper. It's now out in theaters.
Dec 25, 2017
Michael Stuhlbarg
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If there's one scene from a feature film released in 2017 that should go into a time capsule for future actors showing how it's done, it might as well be Michael Stuhlbarg's monologue that comes near the end of "Call Me By Your Name". To those who know Stuhlbarg's diverse resume it shouldn't be much of a surprise. This is an actor who can do just about anything.  He's been "Hamlet" on the stage and led a brilliant Coen brothers film ("A Serious Man") but he's also carved out a career as an unparalleled character actor playing roles big and small for the likes of Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. The only common denominator in his performances seems to be excellence. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Stuhlbarg gives a master class on his approach to acting on the stage and screen, how his career changed virtually overnight thanks to the Coen brothers, and what it was like to work on a trio of acclaimed films ("The Shape of Water" and "The Post" round out the group" out this year.
Dec 17, 2017
Claire Foy & Matt Smith
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One would think when you welcome two guests to the podcast, each esteemed British actors, playing no less than Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh respectively, that a very dignified and maybe even stodgy conversation awaits. One would be very wrong. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Josh welcomes Claire Foy and Matt Smith for a wild and unpredictable conversation about pretty much everything but their Netflix show, "The Crown". From Matt's musings on starting a podcast to Claire and Josh's sad ignorance of "Doctor Who", this chat is off the rails in the best possible way from the start. Somewhere in there, Claire and Matt debate classic movie trilogies, who Ryan Gosling loves more, and how high on their respective friends lists the other is. This is a fun one. Enjoy!
Dec 14, 2017
Timothee Chalamet
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It's all happening very fast for Timothee Chalamet and he knows it. Sure, he's been acting and performing for years but no other 21 year old can point to the trifecta of films he's just made, all earning awards season love. Oh and he's just been filming the new Woody Allen movie in between endless red carpets and interviews like this one.  On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", TImothee opens up to Josh about his career aspirations, his acting idols, and how he almost ended up playing Spider-Man. Plus Timothee and Josh talk about the film that is launching Chalamet into the stratosphere, this universally loved, "Call Me By Your Name".
Dec 07, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani
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A year ago Kumail Nanjiani's career was going great. Between a hugely successful stand-up career and a role on the hit series "Silicon Valley", not to mention various podcasts and supporting film roles, he wasn't wanting for much.  And yet, here were are in the thick of awards season and Nanjiani has found himself lauded left and right for a whole new side of his career -- starring (and co-writing with wife Emily Gordon) in the hit film, "The Big Sick".  On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Najiani joins Josh to discuss his newfound career as a leading man in the movies, how it's affected his career, how it's changed his work on "Silicon Valley", plus Josh and Kumail chart out what kind of roles the actor/comedian should snag in the next "Avatar" and "Star Wars" films.
Dec 06, 2017
Richard Jenkins
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It's hard to pick a favorite Richard Jenkins performance simply because he's always excellent. Do you love him as the suffering father in "Step-Brothers"? Or maybe for his Oscar nominated performance as a solitary widower who takes up the drums in "The Visitor"? Or perhaps his nearly silent turn as an aging caretaker of a vampire in "Let Me In"? And how could we forget his ATF agent in "Flirting With Disaster"?!? In other words, the man has range like few others in his profession.  In this visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Jenkins talks to Josh about his approach to acting, why he had given up on a film career decades ago, how he's managed to carve out a prosperous career while living in Rhode Island, and of course, his latest role in Guillermo Del Toro's magical new film, "The Shape of Water".
Dec 04, 2017
Armie Hammer
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It would be so easy to hate Armie Hammer. He's been blessed with the kind of looks that would make Captain America roll his eyes. He was born into privilege. And he was cast as one of the most iconic superheroes ever (Batman) at 19 years old with virtually zero film experience. But damn it, try not to fall in love with Armie Hammer. Go ahead listen to this podcast and try! Good luck. In this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Hammer proves himself to be a charming self effacing storyteller (how many times did he see "Titanic" in the theater?!?) and gets candid on the up and down arc of his career -- from the highs of "The Social Network" to the lows of "The Lone Ranger". Plus Armie talks about his beloved new film, "Call Me By Your Name", why he could only have done it now, and why he's cool with becoming a dancing internet meme. All of that AND Josh picks Armie's brain about the long lost "Justice League" film he almost starred in, why he doesn't have any desire to play a superhero, and whether he'd ever work with Roman Polanski.
Nov 29, 2017
Denis Villeneuve
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It seemed like an impossible proposition for any filmmaker but somehow miraculously Denis Villeneuve achieved the next to impossible -- directing a sequel to "Blade Runner" that actually may rival (and in some critics' estimation surpass) the original. In this SPOILER-filled (you've been warned!) conversation about "Blade Runner 2049" with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, Josh finds out how why Denis couldn't pass up the opportunity to direct, what scene worried him all the way up to release, and whether a 3rd installment may in fact still come to pass (spoiler: it might!). Plus Josh talks to Villeneuve about his love of sci-fi, what he's planning for his adaptation for "Dune", and what could lure the director to the Star Wars universe.
Nov 27, 2017
Ben Mendelsohn
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Ben Mendelsohn admits that only a few years ago he'd all but given up on his dreams of a film career. For a couple decades he'd experienced pockets of success in his home country of Australia but while his contemporaries like Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce broke through it just seemed like it was never going to happen for Mendelsohn. As Mendelsohn tells the story in this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", it all changed with a little crime thriller named "Animal Kingdom". Since then it's been a remarkable run for Ben and he tells Josh all about it here, from starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in "Mississippi Grind" to playing an instantly iconic Star Wars villain in "Rogue One". Mendelsohn geeks out with Josh about their mutual love of his "Darkest Hour" co-star, Gary Oldman, plus he talks about the prospect of playing a villain in "Captain Marvel" and reveals why his dream role is Doctor Doom!
Nov 22, 2017
Jon Bernthal
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Jon Bernthal knows how lucky he is. "Art has saved my life," he says on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused". In truth, it's a lot more than luck that's gotten Bernthal to where he is today, a much in demand actor on the big and small screen.  Bernthal has definitely had an atypical journey, from getting his nose broken more times than he can count to studying his craft in Moscow. He talks about it all with Josh including how "The Walking Dead" turned his life around and how the premature departure of executive producer Frank Darabont rattled him. Plus, Jon and Josh talk about their mutual love for Shia LaBeouf and why The Punisher is the comic character Bernthal was best suited for.
Nov 20, 2017
Josh Hutcherson
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Josh Hutcherson only seems to be the most well adjusted child actor turned young adult performer in Hollywood. In fact, as you'll learn in this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Josh is hiding an abundance of secret traumas, from Tom Hanks mocking his flatulence on the set of "The Polar Express" to having his first kiss be on camera for "Little Manhattan". Thankfully Josh takes it all in stride on this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" which gets a little raunchy thanks to his filthy (and hilarious) new Hulu show, "Future Man". Josh also talks about the moment he thought he'd landed the role of Spider-Man, how he looks back on "The Hunger Games" and why he's sick of Los Angeles.  Josh also stars in the James Franco comedy, "The Disaster Artist", out in theaters in December!
Nov 14, 2017
Kenneth Branagh
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Kenneth Branagh has been nominated for an Academy Award in 5 different categories, acted and directed in critical favorites and blockbusters alike, gotten his hands and feet enshrined just this month in Hollywood, and is generally considered THE foremost interpreter of Shakespeare's work on the stage and screen today. He also somehow remains humble and grounded and hungry for new challenges, all of which comes up this episode of "Happy Sad Confused".  Branagh makes a return visit to the podcast to discuss his 70mm production of the Agatha Christie classic "Murder on the Orient Express". The actor/director also discusses what it was like to achieve fame and acclaim in his 20s, how his upbringing kept him humble, his thoughts on "Thor: Ragnarok", and why he'll always return to "Hamlet" throughout his career.
Nov 09, 2017
Taika Waititi
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There's no rule that says film directors have to be as entertaining as their films but Taika Waititi is just that. His films, from "What We Do In The Shadows" to "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" are overflowing with charm and humor and the same can be said for the Kiwi director. All of which is to say, this is a fun episode of "Happy Sad Confused" with Waititi visiting Josh to talk about his thrilling new film, "Thor: Raganrok". Josh and Taika talk about the the influences on the film (and Taika himself), including "Flash Gordon" and "Big Trouble in Little China", why the director may take on "Akira" and what amazing flashback scene almost ended up in the Thor sequel.
Oct 31, 2017
Adrianne Palicki
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It's not lost on Adrianne Palicki how tough an iconic TV show is to follow up. But lightning may be striking twice for her as the actress is enjoying the early success of her new series on Fox, "The Orville".  This week on "Happy Sad Confused", Adrianne talks about her genre friendly career, from comic books and action films like "John Wick" to what it's like to go full sci-fi on "The Orville", a true passion project for Seth MacFarlane.  Adrianne also talks about "Friday Night Lights" of course, her dream spin-off for the show, and why so much of the cast (including herself) still live in Austin. Plus, she talks about being one of a select few actresses who have gotten to play Wonder Woman!
Oct 23, 2017
Sarah Silverman
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It's been an eventful few years for Sarah Silverman and all not necessarily for the better. One need only look at the three dedications on her latest comedy special, "A Speck of Dust" to realize she's been dealing with loss. But Sarah is nothing if not resilient (well, resilient and hysterical) and she's focused her energies lately on an abundance of exciting projects. This week on "Happy Sad Confused", the brilliant comedian discusses her new show for Hulu, "I Love You, America", acting in "Battle of the Sexes", and even an upcoming musical project! Plus, Sarah reminisces about the impact Garry Shandling had on her career, how she nearly died last year after a routine check up, and why she decided to speak up at the Democratic National Convention last summer.
Oct 16, 2017
Chadwick Boseman
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Chadwick Boseman doesn't get intimidated easily. At least that seems to be the case when you look at the roles he's tackled in his young film career. From Jackie Robinson in "42" to James Brown in "Get on Up", and now no less than Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall", Boseman is not only stepping to the plate for bigtime biopics, he's excelling with each and every performance. It's no wonder Marvel snapped up Chadwick for their next superhero franchise, the eagerly anticipated "Black Panther". In this first visit to "Happy Sad Confused", Chadwick talks about his much different career and life back in New York City before his film career took off, where his priorities lie, and why he's feeling the pressure playing Black Panther.
Oct 09, 2017
Willem Dafoe
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For a high school AND college dropout Willem Dafoe has done alright. Actually for anyone Willem Dafoe has done more than alright. He is without a doubt one of our finest actors as evidenced by one of the most eclectic and impressive resumes that continues to grow year after year. Add his latest, "The Florida Project", to that lofty list and perhaps add another Oscar nomination (he's already got two under his belt).  This week Willem joins Josh for a career spanning chat, from his beginnings in Wisconsin, to his formative experimental theater days in New York, to working with the likes of Lars Von Trier and Oliver Stone. Dafoe talks the talk and walks the walk of an actor who takes his craft seriously. Plus, you'll learn why he's one of the few actors who has actively shunned television for a life devoted to film and theater.
Oct 03, 2017
Tim Roth
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You can tell a lot about an actor by the filmmakers they've worked with. And if that's the case, there is no one more respected than Tim Roth. From Quentin Tarantino to Francis Ford Coppola, from David Lynch to Ava DuVernay, Roth is always in high demand. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Roth reflects on impressive credits, his humble beginnings, when he knew Tarantino was something special, whether he's interested in more comic book films or a Star Wars baddie, plus why he turned down playing Snape in the Harry Potter films. Roth is currently starring in the Amazon Prime series, "Tin Star".
Sep 26, 2017
Dylan O'Brien
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Dylan O'Brien is at a crossroads in his career and he knows it. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", the young actor talks to Josh about the end of one era and perhaps the beginning of another. Dylan talks about his beginnings, growing up the son of an actor and a cameraman, his early aspirations to direct, and how he's desperate to get rid of his early youtube videos to this day. And then there's "Teen Wolf" of course which launched O'Brien. Dylan discusses the early days of the show and why it was important for him to come back for the final season. Things get serious in this conversation as well when Dylan speaks openly about the traumatic accident on the set of "The Maze Runner: The Death Cure" last year that had him questioning everything.  And then there's Dylan's new potential action franchise, "American Assassin". Dylan talks about the pressures of being an action star and why the film was ultimately therapeutic.
Sep 15, 2017
Nicholas Hoult
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Nicholas Hoult returns to "Happy Sad Confused" this week to probe deeper into his food preferences, his recent experimentation with a creepy mustache, and his love of podcasts! But of course Nic has a ton of movies to talk about too, including playing JD Salinger in the new film, "Rebel in the Rye", his fourth X-Men film, currently shooting in Montreal, his upcoming JR Tolkien biopic, and re-teaming with the great Michael Shannon for "The Current War". Plus, Nic reveals a bombshell from his past. Could you imagine a universe in which Nicholas Hoult played Harry Potter?!? It almost happened.
Sep 14, 2017
Guillermo del Toro
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Guillermo del Toro was already perhaps the most beloved filmmaker working today by the industry, critics, and movie geeks around the world but now with "The Shape of Water", his latest, he may have achieved another level. This week Josh chats with Guillermo the morning after his film received a huge standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival. The "Pan's Labrynth" filmmaker discusses the themes behind "The Shape of Water", how he almost shot it in black and white, why "Crimson Peak" was such a blow to him, plus "Star Wars" and "Fantastic Voyage"!
Sep 12, 2017
Taylor Kitsch
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Taylor Kitsch may always be Tim Riggins to some but he's come a long way from "Friday Night Lights" thanks to memorable roles in "True Detective", "The Normal Heart", and yes, the underrated "John Carter". Now he's visiting Josh to talk about going bad in "American Assassin" opposite Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton. But there's another role on Kitsch's mind that they have to discuss, playing cult leader David Koresh in the upcoming "Waco" series, a role that's still haunting the actor. Plus Kitsch talks about his life in Austin, invites Josh to the house, and teases his upcoming directing debut!
Sep 08, 2017
Lake Bell
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Lake Bell stops by Josh's office this week to talk about her latest directing effort (which she also wrote and stars in), "I Do....Until I Don't" and she brought her mom to boot!  Josh and Lake talk about love, marriage, and Lake's eclectic career, from drama school in England to Jeff Goldblum to "Children's Hospital".
Sep 07, 2017
Kyle MacLachlan
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Through 2 films and one historic television series, Kyle MacLachlan and David Lynch have created one of the great artistic collaborations of our time. And now, after a 25 year gap in working together, Kyle is back in a big way in his most iconic role with the new season of "Twin Peaks". In this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", Kyle talks at length with Josh about launching his career with David Lynch in "Dune", continuing it with "Blue Velvet", and achieving pop culture immortality with "Twin Peaks". Plus, Kyle digs deep into what it's been like to return to "Twin Peaks" all these years later, playing not one, but three roles!
Aug 31, 2017
Jay Baruchel
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You know and love Jay Baruchel from "Undeclared", "This is the End", and "How to Train Your Dragon" but forget acting, what's always wanted to do is direct! And finally he's doing just that, helming "Goon: Last of the Enforcers", a sequel to his beloved 2012 hockey flick, "Goon". Jay joins Josh this week for a massive film nerd geek out. Jay waxes poetic on the films and filmmakers he loves, why he approached his directing debut the way he did, and so much more. Plus, Jay discusses at length the amazing "Justice League" film that almost was in amazing detail AND why he'll never leave Canada plus his exciting new comic book venture.
Aug 31, 2017
David Harbour
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David Harbour stops by "Happy Sad Confused" this week to reflect on how his career changed completely after the ago of 40 thanks to a rare leading man role in the hit series, "Stranger Things." David loves talking the craft of acting and he and Josh thoroughly geek out on everyone from Branagh and Pacino to Winona Ryder.  Plus, David discusses how he's prepping for the highest profile film role yet of his career, Hellboy and why he doesn't care so much about winning an Emmy as much as being able to give a speech.
Aug 16, 2017
John Boyega
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John Boyega joins Josh this week just as his critically acclaimed film, "Detroit" hits theaters. He discusses the intense experience of working on a Kathryn Bigelow film, his path from "Attack the Block" to "Star Wars" and why he's okay with missing out on roles in "Kingsman" and "The Maze Runner".  Plus, John looks ahead to starring in "Pacific Rim: Uprising," what's in store for Finn and Poe in "The Last Jedi," and much more.
Aug 03, 2017
Christopher Nolan
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It’s difficult to avoid superlatives when discussing this week’s guest on “Happy Sad Confused”. Let’s just say Christopher Nolan is certainly one of, if not the most revered and successful directors working today. In this rare conversation (this may in fact be Nolan’s first podcast), the “Inception” and “Memento” helmer talks about his early influences, from George Lucas to Ridley Scott, and what he’d have wanted to talk to Stanley Kubrick about had the two ever met. Of course, Nolan’s new film, “Dunkirk” is discussed at length, plus talk of how the Dark Knight trilogy evolved, Nolan’s dreams of a James Bond flick, and whether he’ll ever dust off that Howard Hughes script.
Jul 19, 2017
Matt Reeves
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Yes, it is possible to make a summer blockbuster filled with drama and heart and yeah, even some super cool action. Matt Reeves has it down as evidenced by his two amazing films in the “Planet of the Apes” series. In this return visit to “Happy Sad Confused,” Reeves goes deep on his love for the franchise, where it goes next after “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and whether he thinks we’ll ever see a performance capture role earn some awards attention. Plus, Josh and Matt go back to his amazing beginnings, befriending J.J. Abrams as a kid, how he got the first “Star Wars” bootleg ever, and how his feature film career took a backseat to a little show called “Felicity” for a while. And of course Josh probes Matt about his upcoming film, the next installment in the Batman franchise, and why you shouldn’t believe all those casting rumors just yet.
Jul 12, 2017
Lily Collins
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Lily Collins has never been one to waste time. As a teenager she flirted with a career in journalism, but decided to double down on her passion for acting and things have been paying off in a big way ever since. Since her film debut in “The Blind Side," she’s led fantasy films like “Mirror Mirror” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” but 2017 will likely be the year she’ll look back on as a game changer. In this, her first visit to “Happy Sad Confused,” Collins talks openly about growing up as the daughter of a pop icon (Genesis’ Phil Collins), why she decided to open about intensely private subjects like an eating disorder in her book “Unfiltered,” and what it was like to audition for a “Star Wars” movie. She also discusses her roles in three new projects, two films on Netflix, “To The Bone,” a candid film about recovery from Marti Noxon, “Okja,” a wild adventure from Bong Joon-ho, and the Amazon series, “The Last Tycoon.”
Jul 06, 2017
Edgar Wright
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Before “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and yes, even before “Spaced”, there was “Baby Driver”. At least in Edgar Wright’s brain, that’s how far back this pet project goes and now a mere 22 years later after he first dreamed up a unique blend of action, car chases, and music, his crowd pleasing critical hit, “Baby Driver” is in theaters. With this, in his first visit to “Happy Sad Confused”, Wright and Josh of course engage in full on nerding out on everything from "Mad Max" to "Star Wars." Wright reveals the first filmmaker that gave his films a seal of approval and why he regrets his one chance encounter with Martin Scorsese. Plus, Wright opens up about the awkwardness that came after leaving “Ant-Man”, including why he still can’t even bring himself to watch a trailer for the film.
Jun 29, 2017
Will Arnett
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Despite an arbitrary underlying tension with Josh that’s been festering for years, Will Arnett is the delightful guest on this week’s episode of “Happy Sad Confused.” In truth, Will and Josh get along famously, but what’s life without a designated nemesis, even if it’s all in good fun? Of course, every self-respecting comedy nerd became obsessed with Arnett when he appeared on ‘Arrested Development,’ but in this conversation he reveals that his comedy career was something of an accident. And now he’s balancing a little drama with his comedy in the second season of his Netflix show, ‘Flaked.’ This wide-ranging chat also reveals Arnett’s hatred of duplicity, a possible alternate personality named Lewis, and how Jennifer Aniston almost died while making his new version of ‘The Gong Show.’
Jun 21, 2017
Colin Trevorrow / Sam Richardson
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Normally it would be easy to resent a guy like Colin Trevorrow, a filmmaker who somehow made the leap from a small Sundance debut (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) to being given the keys to a beloved franchise like “Jurassic Park.” But Colin is as aware of his luck and as humble as you could imagine, so unfortunately we’re just going to have to like him and appreciate his talents. Colin joins Josh on “Happy Sad Confused” this week to geek out about “Wonder Woman,” his secret past as a child opera singer, and, of course, his new film, “The Book of Henry” (opening this week). Oh, and then there’s “Star Wars.” As he prepares to direct “Episode IX,” Colin talks about his early obsession with the franchise, why he thinks he was destined to direct a “Star Wars” film, and just how he got this job of a lifetime. Also joining Josh on the show this week is the extremely funny Sam Richardson, best known as the sweetly earnest Richard Splett on “Veep.” Sam talks about how his one-episode guest spot blossomed into a series regular role; how he got his own Comedy Central show, “Detroiters,” off the ground; and why he’s desperate to get into the next “Black Panther” movie.
Jun 15, 2017
Kate Mara and Jake Johnson
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It’s a full-circle moment for “Happy Sad Confused” as our very first guest, Kate Mara, returns at long last! A lot has changed since Kate last visited, and she and Josh take stock of it all, from a little perspective on “Fantastic Four” to introducing fiancé Jamie Bell to her One Direction obsession. Kate also talks about her love of animals (including a trip to Liberia to hang with some chimpanzees and her sister, Rooney) and working opposite a canine costar in her new film, “Megan Leavy.” Later in the show, Jake Johnson makes his debut to talk about what it’s like to do crazy, death-defying stunts with Tom Cruise (their new film “The Mummy” is out this Friday). Jake also talks about his bittersweet feelings on the “New Girl” ending, what it was like to hang out with Prince, and why his biggest box-office success, “Let’s Be Cops,” wasn’t a fun experience.
Jun 07, 2017
Hasan Minhaj, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Adam Pally
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Hasan Minhaj admits he’s feeling a little sleepy, but you would too if you had as much as he’s got going on. This week on “Happy Sad Confused,” the “Daily Show” correspondent dissects his huge moment delivering the big speech at the recent White House Correspondents’ dinner, revealing his contingency plan if the president had shown up and why the room was so tough.   Minhaj also describes what went into making his first comedy special, “Homecoming King” (now on Netflix), why he’s ashamed of one pivotal decision in his relationship with his father, and that time Amy Schumer introduced him to Madonna.   Also joining Josh this week are the writer/director/star of “Band Aid,” Zoe Lister-Jones, and her leading man, Adam Pally. The duo compare bar/bat mitzvah stories and describe what it was like working with an all-female crew on the Sundance hit, which comes to theaters this Friday.
May 31, 2017
Alexandra Daddario & Doug Liman
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You’d be hard-pressed to find two films more dissimilar than “Baywatch” and “The Wall,” currently in theaters, but that’s what “Happy Sad Confused” is all about — and, indeed, this week’s show runs the gamut.   First up is Alexandra Daddario, best known for the “Percy Jackson” films and a career-altering turn in “True Detective,” who now finds herself reinvented in a sexy comic role in “Baywatch.” According to Daddario, it wasn’t all smooth sailing in her career at the outset, as she shocked her parents (two accomplished attorneys) and herself by embracing acting. Come for the “Baywatch” talk, stay for the classy chat about boobs and penises.   Later in the show, Josh welcomes director Doug Liman (his new movie, “The Wall,” is now in theaters), a filmmaker who has consistently thrown out the rule book in a career that’s ranged from “Swingers” and “Go” to “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow.”   Liman is nothing if not frank about his clashes in the business, including the remarkable story of how “The Bourne Identity” went from surefire flop to phenomenon. The director also delivers some exciting details about the “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel and what it’s like to share a house with Tom Cruise (hint: you’d better bring your A game to your household chores).
May 24, 2017
Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride; Plus, Katherine Waterston
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It’s an “Alien: Covenant” love fest this week on “Happy Sad Confused” as Josh welcomes three of its stars. Michael Fassbender makes a triumphant third appearance on the podcast and this time he’s brought a friend: the always hysterical Danny McBride! Fassbender and McBride talk competitive eating, explain why Michael hasn’t appeared in a comedy yet, and deliver some scoops on the future of the "X-Men" and "Halloween" franchises. When you think of the "Alien" franchise you have to think of the kick-ass heroines (Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley remains iconic), and Katherine Waterston is up for the challenge, as she tells Josh. Waterston also reminisces about the seedier side of New York, the magic of P.T. Anderson, and why she’s still traumatized by her audition for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
May 17, 2017
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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While “Game of Thrones” fans eagerly anticipate the show’s return for a seventh season this summer, “Happy Sad Confused” has a treat for you: breakout star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In this visit with Josh, the Danish actor gets real about his life and career, and nothing is off limits. From his alcoholic father to his ill-conceived choice to do coke to get into character for an early role, this chat is refreshingly honest. Oh, and he’s funny too! Coster-Waldau laughs about his near miss almost being cast as John Carter, why the “Game of Thrones” pilot had to be shot twice, and what fans can look forward to next season.  Coster-Waldau is currently starring in the crime drama “Small Crimes” (out on Netflix now).
May 10, 2017
Karen Gillan
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Karen Gillan has nerd cred to spare and we love her for it. This week, as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters, she visits Josh to talk about her love of "Star Trek," how “Doctor Who” changed her life, and why imitating Marilyn Monroe was the secret to playing Nebula.   Josh also talks to Gillan about her Scottish roots, why the actress really wants to be known as K-Gill, her endorsement of Dwayne Johnson for president, and directing her first film!   Plus, she talks about starring opposite Emma Watson in the new film “The Circle."
May 03, 2017
Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman’s fertile imagination has been entertaining and enthralling readers for decades. Whether you know him from his groundbreaking comic-book writing for “The Sandman,” his acclaimed novels like “Stardust” and “The Graveyard Book,” or his writing for film and TV (“Beowulf,” “Doctor Who,” and “Coraline,” just to name a few), if you like imaginative fiction, you’re likely a fan.   This week on Happy Sad Confused, Gaiman joins Josh to discuss one of his most beloved works, American Gods, and its long-awaited television debut. Launching on Starz at the end of April, the show stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, and Gillian Anderson, to name a few, and has received some of the best reviews of any show in 2017.   In this conversation Gaiman discusses the process of bringing “American Gods” to the screen, why he hopes “The Sandman” will also end up on TV, and why he’s sick of grim and gritty superhero films.
Apr 27, 2017
Anne Hathaway And Bella Thorne
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Why was Anne Hathaway, one of the biggest and most celebrated movie stars in the world, considering leaving acting only a couple years ago? The Oscar winner joins Josh this week to talk about her peaks and valleys, how this Jersey girl made it big, and why she’s sick of nice-girl roles.  Hathaway’s new film is “Colossal”, a delightfully bizarre blend of sci-fi, comedy, and drama, that’s been wowing critics since it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.  Also on this week’s episode of “Happy Sad Confused” is actress and social media superstar Bella Thorne. At just 19, Thorne’s already got an impressive resume in television and film. She joins Josh to talk candidly about being nearly broke at 18, how social media actually pays her bills, and her new TV series, “Famous in Love” (which just debuted on Freeform).
Apr 19, 2017
Bill Nighy
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For most actors, a life of quiet consistent work is practically a dream come true. And that’s the life Bill Nighy led for most of his career, steady work on the stage, on television and film, and even on radio, but never “that part”—the one that would launch him. All of that changed in 2003, when, by now in his 50s, he stole “Love Actually” out from under the likes of Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson with a memorable turn as a rock n’ roll legend Billy Mack.  Since then, he’s added class and wit to a variety of high profile projects (not to mention returning to the stage and television whenever he can). Joining Josh on the podcast this week, Nighy reveals himself to be a self-deprecating delight, soft spoken but hysterical, and quite insightful. In this conversation, Nighy talks about his latest role as a hammy actor during WWII in “Their Finest”, why he loves working in sci-fi, and why he’s astonished that after all this time, it’s now that filmmakers are asking him to take off his clothes.
Apr 12, 2017
Joe Manganiello
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Just because a guy looks like Hercules doesn't mean he doesn't love geeking out about Tolkien and Dungeons & Dragons. As evidence we present the larger than life Joe Manganiello.  This week on "Happy Sad Confused", Josh welcomes Joe to the podcast and finds himself out-geeked by a guy who looks like a real life superhero.  Manganiello (about to be heard as Hefty Smurf in "Smurfs: The Lost Villge" out this week) discusses almost playing Superman AND Spider-Man, how giving up drinking turned his life and career around, and his passion project, turning Dungeons & Dragons into a franchise. All that and he does a mean Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Apr 06, 2017
Scarlett Johansson and Colin O’Donoghue
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If it seems like Scarlett Johansson’s been kicking ass on screen non-stop in recent years, you’re right. A slew of appearances as Black Widow, a Luc Besson adventure in “Lucy”, and now the eagerly anticipated “Ghost in the Shell” (out this Friday) might make you forget the 32 year old started out an indie darling with films like “Ghost World” and “Lost in Translation.” This week she joins Josh on the podcast to reflect on her unusual career trajectory and also confess “mama’s tired”. So while yes, she’s shooting “Avengers: Infinity War”, don’t look for her to sign on for another ass kicking heroine immediately. Johansson talks to Josh about early days growing up in New York, how Woody Allen changed her career, and why she could have been known as Scarlett Schlamberg. Later in the show, Colin O’Donoghue visits “Happy Sad Confused” to chat about his much obsessed over show, “Once Upon a Time,” singing in an upcoming episode, and his new film, “Carrie Pilby”.
Mar 29, 2017
Woody Harrelson And Rebecca Ferguson
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Woody Harrelson has this celebrity thing figured out. Any man who counts Bill Murray and Willie Nelson as friends, calls Maui home, and bounces between Star Wars flicks and the quirky comedies, certainly seems to have cracked the code. That being said, all Woody wants to do is stop working. In this second visit to “Happy Sad Confused” the self-professed “slacker hippie” admits he’s desperate for a break. Don’t worry too much though, Woody knows great material when he gets it, which certainly applies to “Wilson” (opening Friday) and the forthcoming Han Solo film, a project he believes might be the greatest Star Wars film yet. In the course of this chat, Josh takes Woody back to his acting beginnings, how he was able to break into films with “White Men Can’t Jump,” why “Natural Born Killers” drove him a little crazy, and why after becoming known as a notorious stoner he gave up smoking nearly a year ago. Also joining Josh on the podcast this week is Rebecca Ferguson, who exploded onto the big screen in 2015 stealing scenes from no less than Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”. Now, as she prepares to reprise her role in the next “Mission”, she talks to Josh about fighting aliens in “Life” (opening Friday), why she bought a windmill and a circus wagon, and why she feels like Hermione on this latest press tour.
Mar 22, 2017
Rob Huebel And Paul Scheer
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If you invite consummate improv geniuses like Paul Scheer or Rob Huebel on your podcast you’re going to go on a tangent or two. Invite them both on, with their long history together, well you’d better strap yourself because things are going to get weird. That’s definitely the case on this week’s “Happy Sad Confused” as Josh welcomes two of the funniest men on the planet as they promote their new hilarious go90 series, “Drive Share”.  The conversation quickly goes awry in the best possible way as the guys discuss everything from why Idris Elba should be the next Batman and why you should never trust Cameron Diaz with a secret to Paul’s strange reason for having a Ralph Fiennes autograph in his childhood bedroom to a lengthy consideration of Rob’s penis (probably too lengthy to be honest).
Mar 15, 2017
Jerrod Carmichael
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Jerrod Carmichael doesn’t need you to laugh at everything he says. For most comedians that might seem antithetical to their very existence, but Carmichael has different ambitions— as you might expect if you’ve seen his unique work. This week, we find out what’s on the mind of this brilliant young comic as he’s set to unveil his new stand-up special, “8” (debuting Saturday night at 10pm on HBO).  Taped only weeks after the election, Carmichael’s set is raw and real and yes, provocative at times. And here he’s all of the above — not to mention hysterical too — as he delivers his take on Trump, a culture he thinks is a little too whiny, and why so much comedy today doesn’t do it for him. Plus, Carmichael gives a sneak peek at season 3 of his critically hailed NBC sitcom, “The Carmichael Show,” why he wanted to make a network show in the golden age of cable, and what it’s like to be in a Transformers movie.
Mar 09, 2017
Anna Kendrick and Jeffrey Blitz, plus Stephen Dorff
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At this point, Anna Kendrick is close to achieving full-time cohosting status on “Happy Sad Confused.” She visits Josh this week for a record fourth time, this time bringing a friend along in filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz. Kendrick and Blitz first teamed up for the Sundance hit "Rocket Science" a decade ago. They reminisce with Josh about how that film jump-started each of their careers and talk about why it took them so long to reteam. Their new film, Table 19, opens this week.  Also joining the podcast this week is Stephen Dorff, making a bold left turn in his career with his country-western movie and album "Wheeler" (now available on-demand). Dorff talks about being known as that “e-cig guy,” and living down "Blade" almost 20 years later.
Mar 02, 2017
Allison Williams and Dan Stevens
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On this week’s “Happy Sad Confused,” we find Allison Williams in crisis. The final season of "Girls", the show that launched her career, is airing right now; her new (and first!) film, "Get Out", is opening in theaters this week; and she’s not doing well with the news that Monopoly is doing away with the thimble. So yeah, not exactly earth-shattering, disturbing developments, but still, Allison is ready to let loose in this episode, from her unlikely obsession with "Pearl Harbor" (and Josh Hartnett), to her fear of ventriloquist dummies, to why she can’t bring herself to watch the "Beauty and the Beast" trailer. Speaking of the forthcoming Disney flick, Josh welcomes the Beast himself, Dan Stevens, on this episode as well. Dan reflects on "Downton Abbey," the show that launched his career; the way his Downton character was initially written out of the show; his new critically acclaimed FX show, "Legion"; and why he felt like “a crash test hippo on stilts” making his new movie.
Feb 22, 2017
Dane DeHaan
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If you’ve seen Dane DeHaan’s work, you might think he’s a tortured angst-ridden teenager, prone to moodiness and ripping a bully at school’s teeth out (okay, that just happened in “Chronicle”, the movie that launched his big screen career). The reality is DeHaan is a pretty even keel guy, and yes a fully functional well adjusted adult. He’s 31, happily married (to actress Anna Wood), and expecting his first child this year, all while juggling two major films he’s the lead in. The first of these, “A Cure For Wellness” (opening this week) puts DeHaan through the paces (if you fear the dentist, drowning, or car crashes, you’ve been warned). On this episode of “Happy Sad Confused”, DeHaan reveals he’s been through worse, almost getting his head cracked open on the set of “Chronicle”. But enough about near death experiences, this conversation is filled with fun, from the actor geeking about his forthcoming sci-fi film, “Valerian”, to what his Match.com profile would look like (spoiler: do NOT touch his feet).
Feb 15, 2017
Taran Killam and David Oyelowo
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Welcome to podcasting history. This week “Happy Sad Confused” welcomes two April fools babies as Josh’s guests, surely a first in the annals of the medium.  First up is Taran Killam, whose eclectic career has included six memorable seasons on “Saturday Night Live”, a surprising appearance in “12 Years a Slave”, and now a Broadway run in “Hamilton”.  Killam lives up to his nerd reputation in this conversation that goes deep into “Star Wars” (including the tongue in cheek audition tape he made for the Han Solo movie), how to properly imitate Christoph Waltz, what it’s like to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a detailed pitch for the superhero movie he desperately wants to star in.  Later in the show David Oyelowo visits Josh to talk about his starring role in the true life romantic drama, “A United Kingdom” (out this Friday). Oyelowo also talks about his remarkable performance in “Selma”, why Idris Elba has his vote to be the next James Bond, and even sings a little power ballad, just to show off his range.
Feb 09, 2017
Tavi Gevinson, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, and Zoey Deutch
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One of the exciting byproducts of visiting a film festival like Sundance is getting a sneak peek at the next big thing, whether it be a filmmaker or an actor. Certainly this year was no exception with relative unknowns like Chante Adams (“Roxanne Roxanne”) and Danielle Macdonald (“Patti Cake$”) breaking through in a big way.  Then there’s the young talent, already established, but still on the rise. That’s what this week’s “Happy Sad Confused” delivers with four conversations with some of the best and the brightest actors working today, each making a splash at Sundance this year. Tavi Gevinson is only 20 years old, but already boasts an eclectic list of accomplishments, from writer and fashion maven to magazine editor. It’s her acting career however that is the focus of this conversation, from her stage work in “The Crucible” to her Sundance debut, “Person to Person”. Returning to the podcast on this episode is the charming and self-deprecating Dave Franco, whose Sundance flick “The Little Hours” teams him up with Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, and real-life fiancé Alison Brie. Franco talks about his absurdly awkward sex scenes, being objectified, and still finds time to rib Josh for never having seen “The Room”.  Another returning guest and Sundance veteran at just 25 is Logan Lerman, starring in the ambitious drama, “Sidney Hall”. Lerman again proves he’s the real deal in this heartbreaking story of a young writer grappling with success, fame, and his own demons.  Finally, Josh welcomes a newcomer to “Happy Sad Confused” in Zoey Deutch, making her Sundance debut with two films, “Rebel in the Rye” (she stars as Oona O’Neill opposite Nicholas Hoult’s JD Salinger) and “Before I Fall”, a sort of dramatic “Groundhog Day” by way of YA that’s garnered great reviews in advance of it’s March 3rd opening.
Feb 01, 2017
Woody Harrelson, Jack Black, Melanie Lynskey, and Elijah Wood
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"Happy Sad Confused" (in the person of Josh Horowitz) has hit the road this week to take you to the Sundance Film Festival. So don't worry about scoring a ticket or trekking to Utah we've got you covered with three conversations straight from the historic launching pad of indie films. First up, it's Woody Harrelson, who memorably plays the title character in the Daniel Clowes adaptation, "Wilson". But we couldn't let Woody go without talking a little Star Wars (he was recently cast in the forthcoming Han Solo film). Josh finds out if Woody knows what kessel run is and discovers why the actor stays away from urinals at all costs.  Surprisingly Star Wars was also on the mind of Jack Black in this episode (find out how he ranks all the films here). Black made a triumphant return to Park City, starring in the hilarious fact based comedy, "The Polka King". Finally, we welcome two newcomers to the show but they're veterans of Sundance, Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood. Josh chats with the pair about their new black comedy for Netflix, "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore".
Jan 25, 2017
M. Night Shyamalan
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***SPOILER ALERT***If you have not seen “Split,” do NOT read this or listen to the accompanying podcast. You have been warned!  ***SPOILER ALERT***  M. Night Shyamalan, so celebrated for his early films like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs” has essentially reinvented himself in recent years, abandoning big budgets, to work on his own terms for psychological thrillers that could at times almost pass as black comedies. “The Visit” scored with critics and audiences alike and now he continues the trend with “Split”, starring James McAvoy as a man with DID (dissociative identity disorder). It’s all totally new territory for Shyamalan. Right? Not quite. If you’ve seen the film, (and if you haven’t this your last chance, get out of here!) you know the big secret at the heart of “Split”. This is the long awaited continuation of “Unbreakable”, complete with a return of Bruce Willis as David Dunn. Fans of “Unbreakable” have clamored for a sequel virtually since the film’s release in 2000. And while the filmmaker has teased a possible return to the universe at some point, no one anticipated it would happen this way. Talking at length in this exclusive conversation with Josh Horowitz specially for a spoiler-centric “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, Shyamalan reveals a lot—from the origins of “Split” in the original “Unbreakable” script to his plans for the 3rd installment of the story, a film that will bring together David Dunn (Willis), The Horde (James McAvoy) and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), a film the director intends to make next. There’s a ton of juicy details in the conversation below. If you’re an “Unbreakable” fan, prepare yourself!
Jan 23, 2017
Bryce Dallas Howard
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Bryce Dallas Howard’s busy 2016 (there was her memorable SAG nominated turn in “Black Mirror” and the underrated “Pete’s Dragon”) may be over but 2017 has a lot in store for her as well. In this return visit to “Happy Sad Confused”, Howard talks about co-starring with Matthew McConaughey in next week’s “Gold”, and how one memorable scene almost led her drinking the first alcohol in her entire life. Plus, Howard looks ahead to returning to “Jurassic World” for the sequel (her next shoot), confirming there is a title, and explaining why new director JA Bayona was “the one who got away” before he signed on to the film.
Jan 19, 2017
Fred Armisen
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In his eleven seasons on “Saturday Night Live,” Fred Armisen appeared in over 800 sketches, proving to be the most versatile oddball utility player the storied late night show could hope for. Since leaving the show in 2013, rather than setting his sights on film, as many of his fellow ex-SNL-ers have, Armisen has found a groove on TV. His Peabody winning show, “Portlandia” has just entered it’s 7th season on IFC. That channel is also home to his deliciously specific documentary spoof series, “Documentary Now”. And most nights you can find him leading the band on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”. All of these busy jobs come up on this week’s conversation on “Happy Sad Confused” but you may delight most in the tangents. From Armisen’s lamenting the end of the nerd era to his creepy plans for his own funeral (he plans to have his tombstone read “Buried Alive. 666”), it’s all uniquely Fred.
Jan 11, 2017
Janelle Monae And Damien Chazelle
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In this first “Happy Sad Confused” of the new year, it’s all the more appropriate that Josh welcomes two artists who very much represent the future. First up is Janelle Monae, already a phenomenal music success story, who has made a huge splash as an actor in recent months. Despite never acting on screen before, Monae’s first films roles, in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” prove she’s a talent to be reckoned with, no surprise to anyone familiar with the rest of her career. Monae chats with Josh about her path as an artist, why she’s always been a sci-fi lover, and the influence her friend and mentor, Prince, had on her life. Also joining Josh on the podcast this week is Damien Chazelle, the filmmaker behind “Whiplash” and the critically beloved “La La Land”. If you’ve seen Chazelle’s work you know he’s the real deal and he lays out much of his creative vision and aspirations in this conversation. The 31 year old discusses his love of “crazy movies”, how a Miles Teller/Emma Watson version of his film (which nearly came to be) would have differed, and how a phone call from JJ Abrams changed his career.
Jan 04, 2017
Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman is known for many things but being a great impressionist is not one of them (she’s not shy about admitting this). All of which makes her transformation into Jackie Kennedy in the new film, “Jackie”, that much more impressive. It might be time to stop placing any expectations on the 35 year-old, unless you’re expecting her to land another Oscar nomination for this performance, because that’s basically a done deal. Far from a conventional cradle to grave biopic, “Jackie” captures the grieving first lady at a pivotal juncture, in the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. On this episode of “Happy Sad Confused”, Portman takes us back to the beginning, how her career bizarrely intersected with Britney Spears’, how she avoided being sexualized on screen at a young age, and finally answers the million dollar question: which “Star Wars” film will she show her children first?
Dec 28, 2016
Michael Fassbender And Megan Mullally
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If you’re going to list the actors most filmmakers are dying to work with these days, Michael Fassbender’s name had better be at or near the top of the list. All of which makes his decision to lend his talents as an actor and producer to “Assassin’s Creed” all the more intriguing. And yet, despite being an admittedly lapsed gamer, the 39 year old says, on this week’s “Happy Sad Confused” the concept was too intriguing to pass up. But this conversation goes far beyond actor motivations and career calculations. Fassbender goes full showman, singing his own made up song for the upcoming “Alien Covenant” and debuting spot-on imitations from “Dumb & Dumber” and “The Big Lebowski”. Plus, just how close did he come to starring in a “Star Wars” movie? Speaking of what ifs, Megan Mullally joins the podcast this week to talk about some films you might have missed her in, such as her cut role from David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and her blink and you’ll miss it film debut in “Risky Business”. But it’s the “Will & Grace” star’s role in “Why Him?” opposite Bryan Cranston and James Franco that has her excited, calling it “the biggest job I’ve ever gotten”. She explains why in this very funny chat.
Dec 21, 2016
Emile Hirsch
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Emile Hirsch, acclaimed for performances in films like “Into the Wild”, “Milk”, and “Lone Survivor”, has returned to the big screen for “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”, a thriller that earned raves when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest earlier this year. In this, his first extensive interview in nearly two years, Hirsch opens up about his formative acting experiences, from “The Girl Next Door” and “Alpha Dog” to “Speed Racer.” He also opens up for the first time about the incident that changed the course of his life in 2015 when, drunk past the point of recall, he was arrested for aggravated assault at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. Hirsch plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, servicing 15 days in jail. In this candid conversation, he candidly discusses for the first time his rehab time, sobriety, and finding clarity as the father of a three year old.
Dec 14, 2016
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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A lot of assumptions have been made about Aaron Taylor-Johnson. He became tabloid fodder simply because of his engagement at the age of 19 to noted filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. This wasn’t the career playbook for an actor on the rise thanks to diverse works like “Nowhere Boy” and “Kick-Ass”. In this conversation on “Happy Sad Confused”,  his podcast debut, Taylor-Johnson opens up about what it’s been like to be scrutinized and judged simply for falling in love and wanting to be a young father. Currently starring in the critically hailed Tom Ford thriller, “Nocturnal Animals”, the 26 year old reveals he never harbored a wish to play a superhero despite playing two already. Plus he pulls the curtain back on what it’s like to be “media trained” and why his big moment with Bruce Springsteen got ruined.
Dec 07, 2016
Shia LaBeouf
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Shia LaBeouf has certainly packed a lot into his relatively short 30 years on this planet. From child star to a franchise leading movie star. From avant garde artist to outspoken asshole. He’s been labeled a lot of things (some unfairly, some he’ll cop to quite willingly) and he’s not afraid to talk about all of it in this very honest conversation with Josh Horowitz on this week’s “Happy Sad Confused”. Professionally this has been a banner year for LaBeouf, earning widespread acclaim for his role in “American Honey” and now returning to his roots, re-teaming with filmmaker Dito Montiel for “Man Down”, a PTSD drama co-starring Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. LaBeouf discusses his changing priorities for his career, how he’s obsessed with chasing truth, why he considers himself a blue collar actor, and whether he could imagine returning to a “Transformers” or “Indiana Jones” movie. The answers, like LaBeouf himself, will likely surprise you.
Nov 30, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving From Happy Sad Confused
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There's no new episode of Happy Sad Confused this week, but Josh and Sammy wanted to wish friends and fans alike a happy holiday and let everyone know what's coming up next on the show.
Nov 21, 2016
Warren Beatty
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A veritable legend visits “Happy Sad Confused” this week.  The story of American moviemaking and celebrity in the 20th century would be woefully incomplete without a chapter devoted to Warren Beatty. He’s counted John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan as friends. He was trained by Stella Adler, discovered by Elia Kazan, battled with studio heads, flirted with running for public office, and was perhaps the last person to see Marilyn Monroe alive. Beatty is a delightful set of contradictions. He’s a charming storyteller who hasn’t done interviews in nearly 20 years. He’s a self-admitted control freak who talks endlessly about how much he values collaboration. He’s a quintessential hunky leading man with the soul of a comedian. Beatty is back in the public eye with “Rules Don’t Apply” (out November 23rd), a dramedy set in the waning days of the studio system and just as the sexual revolution was about to transform America.  The film stars Beatty as Howard Hughes alongside Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. This chat goes everywhere, from Beatty’s uneasy relationship with celebrity, why he turned down such classics as “The Godfather”, “Kill Bill”, “Boogie Nights” and “Superman”, to his take on the state of politics and the film business today.
Nov 17, 2016
Paul Verhoeven And Naomie Harris
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A legendary filmmaker and an actress on the rise visit Josh Horowitz for this week’s episode of “Happy Sad Confused”. In the 80s and 90s, Paul Verhoeven’s name was synonymous with Hollywood spectacle and at times, controversy. He directed a trio of acclaimed sci-fi films, Robocop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. But he also pushed buttons with sex, violence, and at times with sheer high camp with Basic Instinct and Showgirls. But for many years Verhoven has been making smaller films in Europe, often barely getting any attention in the states. He’s back in a big way with “Elle” (opening November 11th), a tale of yes, sex and violence, that earned a standing ovation in Cannes and widespread critical praise ever since. The filmmaker joins Josh to talk about his new film, why he refuses to censor himself, and what’s been missing in the many sub-par remakes of his films. Later in the show, Josh is joined by a true chameleon of an actor in Naomie Harris. She’s perhaps best known for her roles in 28 Days Later and two giant franchises, the James Bond series, and the Pirates films. But it’s her acclaimed performance in the small but powerful film, “Moonlight” that may prove to be the most important of her career. Harris talks about playing a crack addicted mother in the course of just three days on set and why she didn’t want the part at all at first.
Nov 09, 2016
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, And Ruth Negga
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Forgive the pun but it’s a love fest on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast this week with two stars of Loving (in theaters November 4th), the new Jeff Nichols awards contender, plus a hysterical chat with two of our favorite comedians. If you’re a comedy nerd, you’ll be excited to hear the first conversation with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, starring in “Oh Hello on Broadway”. As you’d expect from comedic veterans of SNL, Kroll Show, and Documentary Now, this chat goes everywhere – from Anthony Weiner to why they’re over zombies to why John is more interesting now that he’s sober. Plus they talk of course about their new show in which they play two “deep losers” as they put it. Kroll also stars in Loving which brings us to our second conversation of the week, with that film’s star Ruth Negga. You may have seen her in “Preacher” or “World War Z” but this may be the performance of her career. Loving in the true life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage resulted in a supreme court case that forever changed the legality of interracial marriage.
Nov 02, 2016
Nick Nolte and Daisy Ridley
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There’s something for everyone on this week’s “Happy Sad Confused” with Josh Horowitz. Want to catch up with the young woman who burst out of nowhere in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”? Daisy Ridley joins Josh to explain why she signed up to narrate and executive produce the inspiring new documentary, “The Eagle Huntress” (out November 2nd).  Plus Josh of course grills Daisy for some Episode VIII news, how she feels about Rey being called a “Mary Sue”, and why she left Instagram. Maybe you like a more grizzled world-weary actor? Have we got the guy for you! Nick Nolte joins Josh to talk about a helluva life, from his infamous mugshot, how it felt to be People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive, to how he got roped into an epic prank involving Sean Penn and Woody Harrelson. Nolte is a consummate storyteller, not to mention one of our finest actors. Make sure to check him out in his return to television in the Epix series, “Graves”.
Oct 26, 2016
Kristen Stewart and Luc Besson
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The operative word is “enthusiasm” to sum up this week’s guests on “Happy Sad Confused” with Josh Horowitz. This episode welcomes two filmmakers—one just launching a career as a director, the other a legend returning to sci-fi with his biggest film yet. First up, Josh catches up with Kristen Stewart, fresh off launching three films at the New York Film Festival. Stewart is once again grabbing great reviews thanks to her performances in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (out November 11th), “Certain Women” (now in theaters), and “Personal Shopper” (out next Spring). But it’s directing that’s on Kristen’s mind today. With her first short now under her belt, she tells Josh “I fucking found the next level. I’m so excited.” Luc Besson has a big reason to be excited as well. That reason would be “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, an epic sci-fi spectacular he’s currently in the edit room with. Luc stops by the podcast studio to give Josh a preview of the Dane DeHaan/Cara Delevingne film and regale Josh with amazing anecdotes from a storied career that’s included classics like “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element.”
Oct 19, 2016
War of the Planet of the Apes and Bruce Campbell
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It's a geek's dream come true on this week's "Happy Sad Confused" as Josh Horowitz gets an exclusive update on "War of the Planet of the Apes" and welcomes a veritable icon in Bruce Campbell. First up on the podcast is a spoiler free chat with "Apes" star Andy Serkis, director Matt Reeves, and producer Dylan Clark. Serkis reveals that he considers the saga as his "Apehood", tracking an amazing arc for his character, Caeser. Plus, the trio reveal what kind of villain we can expect from Woody Harrelson and the scale of the war to come next July 14th when the film opens. Then things get groovy when Ash himself, Bruce Campbell visits the podcast studio, as "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" returns for a second bloody and delightfully depraved season on Starz. Campbell is a consummate storyteller and certainly brings it in this chat admitting "the biggest scam of all time is to be an actor", plus why fighting a possessed colon sucks
Oct 12, 2016
Mahershala Ali
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Mahershala Ali is in the middle of the transition every actor dreams of--from that guy to THE guy. He reveals all in this week's episode of "Happy Sad Confused" as he traces his trajectory, from "House of Cards" to his film debut in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to the enviable place he is now -- dominating every screen imaginable. On TV, he's Cottonmouth, the scene-stealing bad guy in the binge-worthy show of the moment, "Luke Cage". And on the big screen, come October 21st, he'll be looming large in the poignant coming of age drama, "Moonlight". Ali sits down with Josh to talk about it all, from working with David Fincher to Derek Cianfrance, to suddenly getting him moment in the sun at 42.
Oct 05, 2016
Tim Burton and Samuel L. Jackson
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Warning: this podcast is full of Samuel L. Jackson awesomeness. Yes, on this week’s episode of “Happy Sad Confused”, Josh Horowitz welcomes the king of the badasses and he does not disappoint. Prepare for a series of truth bombs from the star of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” from what the best thing about being Samuel L. Jackson is (spoiler: free shit) to what enrages him on a film set. This visit with Sam is one for the time capsule. As if that wasn’t enough, Josh is also joined by Jackson’s “Miss Peregrine” director, Tim Burton. The notorious man in black gushes over Christopher Lee and Winona Ryder, gives us a “Beetlejuice 2” update, and reveals the biggest fans of his films are often pets.
Sep 29, 2016
Emma Stone, Lily James, Jai Courtney
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Welcome to the debut episode of Happy Sad Confused! Kinda. Okay, not really. Despite being around since, it is true that Happy Sad Confused is new and improved, joining the MTV podcast network at long last. For the uninitiated, here’s the deal: each week Josh Horowitz nerds out with the biggest movie stars and directors—it’s that simple. If you’re late to the party you’ve already missed everyone from Hugh Jackman and Tom Hiddleston to Kristen Stewart and Anna Kendrick swinging by. But don’t worry, they’ll be back. Anna’s come by three times already. This week Josh has returned from the Toronto International Film Festival with three interviews in tow. First up is early Academy Award front-runner Emma Stone, starring in La La Land. Emma reveals her useless Trivial Pursuit skills, why it took her so long to do a musical, and her reluctance to watch Game of Thrones alone. Next up is Lily James of Cinderella and Downton Abbey Fame, starring in the upcoming thriller The Exception. Lily reveals how she ended up recently singing the Spice Girls in a strip club and why she’s a conflicted cat lady at heart. Finally is a gloriously off the rails catch up with Jai Courtney who opens up about the divided <em>Suicide Squad</em> reactions, whether he might be coming back for The Flash, and how disturbingly comfortable he is in the nude on screen.
Sep 21, 2016
Nicholas Meyer
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Nicholas Meyer is a novelist, a screenwriter, a director, and most importantly to Trekkies, the man perhaps most responsible for resurrecting Star Trek in the 80s. The director of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" reminisces with Josh about his life, influences, and all things Trek, including his long-awaited return to the franchise as a writer on "Star Trek: Discovery".
Sep 08, 2016
Tony Hale
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If you don't love Tony Hale from "Arrested Development," you love him from "Veep". Who are you kidding? You probably love him from both AND tons of other work. The Emmy nominated actor joins Josh to reflect on his career and give some important advice about enjoying the moment!
Sep 02, 2016
Edgar Ramirez
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Edgar Ramirez returns! The "Carlos" star makes a return trip to Josh's office to talk about bonding with Robert DeNiro and playing Roberto Duran in the boxing flick, "Hands of Stone". Also, Josh helps Edgar plot a reunion on the big screen with Jessica Chasten.
Aug 30, 2016
John Krasinski
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The charming and talented John Krasinski joins Josh to talk about directing "The Hollars", nearly playing Captain America, and getting his action hero on in the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series.
Aug 20, 2016
Stephen Lang
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Don't hate him just because he plays an awesome bad guy. Stephen Lang of "Avatar" fame stops by to update Josh on the sequels, reminisce about his theater roots, and discuss his new films, "Don't Breathe" and "Beyond Glory". Oh and about him playing Cable...
Aug 12, 2016
Logan Lerman
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The delightful Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson film series, Perks of Being a Wallflower) joins Josh to chat about the state of film, the difficult choices he has to make choosing roles, and much more.
Jul 25, 2016
Tom Hiddleston, Nicholas Hoult
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Josh catches up with Tom Hiddleston while he is in Australia shooting the new Thor film to chat about his Emmy nomination for The Night Manager. Also, actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) joins Josh to talk about playing Pokemon Go, asking Siri where to hide a dead body, and working alongside Kristen Stewart in his latest film Equals.
Jul 18, 2016
Dave Franco
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Actor Dave Franco (21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, Neighbors) joins Josh this week to about his latest teen techno-thriller film Nerve.
Jul 12, 2016
Anna Kendrick
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This is a historic moment for Happy Sad Confused. Anna Kendrick is now officially a 3 time guest on the show! She joins Josh this week to talk about Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, writing her book Scrappy Little Nobody, and much more.
Jul 04, 2016
Nicolas Winding Refn
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Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Pusher trilogy) joins Josh to talk about his new horror film The Neon Demon starring Elle Fanning, what lead him to start creating films that he wished to see, who would make the perfect Wonder Woman, and his love of the James Bond films. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Casper Mattresses.
Jun 27, 2016
Jeff Goldblum
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The one and only Jeff Goldblum joins Josh this week to discuss his admiration for numerous actors, returning to the Independence Day series with the new film Independence Day: Resurgence, and how fatherhood is treating him. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Casper Mattresses.
Jun 20, 2016
Jon M. Chu
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Filmmaker Jon M. Chu joins Josh this week to discuss his latest film Now You See Me 2, what he learned from Jem and the Holograms, and much more. This episode is sponsored by Audible.com.
Jun 06, 2016
Simon Kinberg
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Screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg joins Josh to talk about writing this year's summer blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse and so much more. Have a Happy Sad Confused Memorial Day!
May 30, 2016
The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone)
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Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island join Josh to talk about their latest hilarious film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
May 23, 2016
Shane Black
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Filmmaker Shane Black joins Josh this week to talk about his latest film The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, the importance of titling projects, how Kiss Kiss Bang Bang started out as a romantic comedy, The Longest Goodnight sequel that never happened, and much more. This episode is sponsored by www.replayseries.com
May 16, 2016
Caitriona Balfe
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Caitriona Balfe, the lovely and talented star of Outlander on Starz joins Josh this week to talk about playing Claire Beauchamp in Outlander, Money Monster, and much more.
May 09, 2016
Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Eric Bana
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Key and Peele sit down with Josh to talk about Keanu, and then Josh speaks with Eric Bana.
May 02, 2016
Ralph Fiennes
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The amazing Oscar nominated brilliant actor Ralph Fiennes joins Josh to talk about A Bigger Splash, Strange Days, Schindler's List, playing Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, and much more.
Apr 25, 2016
Sam Heughan
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Sam Heughan is a charming guy and hard working actor. Sam joins Josh this week to talk about the new season of the Starz series Outlander, where he was in his career before he got his role in the series, and the pros and cons of being objectified for your looks.
Apr 18, 2016
Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick
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It's a Happy Sad Confused first as Josh welcomes Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick to chat about their new quirky comedy action film Mr. Right in theaters now. Then, hilarious power couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone join Josh to talk about their new film The Boss, coming up through The Groundlings together, Ghostbusters and much more.
Apr 08, 2016
Don Cheadle
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The amazingly talented Don Cheadle of Hotel Rwanda, the Oscar winning Crash, and War Machine in the Marvel films joins Josh this week to talk about directing his first feature film, Miles Ahead. It's a real labor of love for Don as he goes into all the steps it took to get the film about the legendary Miles Davis ultimately made. Plus, Don shares a revealing fact about his House of Lies co-star Ben Schwartz.
Apr 04, 2016
Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen
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It finally happened. Tom Hiddleston joins Josh after much anticipation to chat about playing singer-songwriter Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, shooting Kong: Skull Island, his interest going back to the theatre, and much more. Plus, Josh catches up with the lovely Elizabeth Olsen about I Saw The Light, Avengers, and condiments.
Mar 28, 2016
Miles Teller, Sebastian Stan
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On the 100th episode of Happy Sad Confused, the dynamically short-haired Miles Teller returns to join Josh to talk about Han Solo rumors, The Divergent Series, and his perspective on Fantastic Four. Then, the delightful Sebastian Stan joins Josh to talk about his many nicknames, The Bronze, and becoming the Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mar 16, 2016
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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The astounding Mary Elizabeth Winstead join Josh this week to talk about her many film roles including her starring role in the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Death Proof, and a real gem known as Smashed.
Mar 09, 2016
Taron Egerton
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The very talented young man Taron Egerton joins Josh this week to talk about his latest film Eddie the Eagle, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and where he sees his career going in the future.
Feb 29, 2016
Jennifer Jason Leigh
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The Oscar award nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh joins Josh this week to talk about her great assortment of roles in her tremendous career from Fast Times at Ridgemont High to The Hateful Eight and everything in-between.
Feb 22, 2016
Michael Mann
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This was a big one. Michael Mann is kind of the man. Michael is an incredible director, screenwriter, and producer known for Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, and most recently Blackhat. Michael joins Josh this week to talk about the behind the scenes of many of his terrific films.
Feb 15, 2016
Gillian Jacobs
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The lovely and talented Gillian Jacobs joins Josh this week to talk about her new Netflix show "Love," how "Community" brought stability to her life as an actor, one of her worst auditions, and her short documentary "The Queen Of Code".
Feb 08, 2016
Joel Edgerton
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Joel Edgerton is a hard working actor and filmmaker. His 2015 directorial debut The Gift, which he also wrote, co-produced and co-starred in has been met with critical acclaim. Joel joins Josh this week to talk about how it was a miracle that his latest film Jane Got a Gun even got made, working with George Lucas on Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and his movie swag.
Feb 01, 2016
Rob Corddry
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Hilarious human Rob Corddry joins Josh this week to talk about the time he tripped his socks off at Comic-Con, the new 7th season of Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim, playing lovable bad guys, and more.
Jan 25, 2016
Chloe Grace Moretz
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The lovely and talented Chloe Grace Moretz joins Josh this week to chat about her latest film The 5th Wave, her recent 50 hour binge watch of Game of Thrones, an intense road trip to Nashville, her early memories of being on set, and much more.
Jan 18, 2016
Domhnall Gleeson
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The exceptionally talented, tall, and dashing Domhnall Gleeson dominated 2015 as an actor. Domhnall joins Josh this week to talk about his sketch comedy past, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, and portraying General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will be spoilers!
Jan 11, 2016
Natalie Dormer
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The lovely and talented Natalie Dormer joins Josh to kick off the New Year! They chat about Natalie playing twins in the supernatural horror film The Forest, taking her time to work on an accent for a character, working with Heath Ledger in her breakout film Casanova, and how Game of Thrones has helped her & the cast of the show immensely as actors.
Jan 04, 2016
Quentin Tarantino
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One of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time, Quentin Tarantino joins Josh to end the year strong with a conversation about his latest film The Hateful Eight, why he wouldn't be able to make a horror film as good as The Exorcist, meeting his hero Brian De Palma, the early version of Kill Bill, and the possibility of a stage version of The Hateful Eight. Happy New Year!
Dec 28, 2015
Kurt Russell
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In honor of The Hateful Eight, the great Kurt Russell joins Josh this week to chat about the latest Quentin Tarantino film (which comes out this Christmas) as well his John Carpenter collaborations from Escape from New York to Big Trouble in Little China. Get ready to listen to Kurt embodying Jack Burton as if no time has passed quoting lines from the film in character. Happy Holidays!
Dec 21, 2015
Edgar Ramirez
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The wonderfully talented and dashing Edgar Ramirez joins Josh this week to talk about playing the role of Bodhi in the 2015 remake of Point Break, working with David O. Rusell and Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming film Joy, and what lead him to take the leap into acting after being a journalist in college.
Dec 14, 2015
Mark Strong
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Incredible actor Mark Strong joins Josh this week to talk about currently playing Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge on Broadway, discovering acting while studying law, the importance of diction in acting, and his thoughts on playing villains in film.
Dec 07, 2015
Ron Howard
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Wonderful filmmaker Ron Howard joins Josh this week to talk about his latest ambitious tense drama film In the Heart of the Sea, going from being an actor in The Andy Griffith Show & Happy Days to directing, taking a risk as a filmmaker with Apollo 13, and Willow. Have a Happy/Sad/Confused Thanksgiving!
Nov 23, 2015
Paul Bettany
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Wonderful English actor (and now director) Paul Bettany joins Josh this week to talk about his directorial debut and passion project Shelter which is based on a real homeless couple, playing J.A.R.V.I.S. in many of the Marvel films as well as becoming The Vision, connecting with his friend Johnny Depp over scarves, and his experience working with Peter O'Toole.
Nov 16, 2015
Brie Larson
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The amazing and talented Brie Larson joins Josh this week to talk about the process of shooting her latest powerful drama-thriller Room, crying at the end of Chopped, and what she's learned from her experience as a child actor.
Nov 09, 2015
Sam Raimi
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Filmmaker Sam Raimi is a true geek God. Decades later after the original Evil Dead, he has returned to the franchise with the new Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Sam chats with Josh about all things Evil Dead from the very early beginnings to the brand new chapter in the series.
Nov 02, 2015
Danny Boyle
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Director Danny Boyle is as charming as he is talented. Danny joins Josh this week to talk about the world of Steve Jobs, how the best stuff coms from not knowing what you're doing, working with Ewan McGregor once again after having a falling out in the past, and the long awaited sequel to Trainspotting.
Oct 25, 2015
Vin Diesel
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Vin Diesel, star of The Last Witch Hunter joins Josh this week for a very rare podcast appearance! Vin talks about his indie filmmaking roots, writing the script for his first short film Multi-Facial in five days, the story why he passed on taking a role in Reindeer Games, and his dream project Hannibal.
Oct 19, 2015
Winona Ryder
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Miss Winona Ryder has been a movie geek from a very young age watching Cassavetes films thanks to her mother's projectionist connections. Winona joins Josh to talk about trying to jump into Fantasia the first time she went to the movies and being asked to leave, becoming friends almost immediately with Tim Burton, and the status of the Beetlejuice sequel.
Oct 12, 2015
Guillermo del Toro
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One of our best living filmmakers, Guillermo del Toro joins Josh to talk about his new romantic gothic horror film Crimson Peak, encountering the supernatural in the haunted Waitomo Caves Hotel in New Zealand, being heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and George Miller, and the possibility of a third Hellboy film in the future.
Oct 05, 2015
Ben Schwartz
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Mr. Ben Schwartz of House of Lies and Parks and Recreation joins Josh this week to test his coordination, talk about his role in the new Robert Zemeckis film The Walk, doing improv with actors who have never done it before onstage at UCB-LA, and share his Top 5 Influential TV Comedies.
Sep 28, 2015
Michael Shannon
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A truly unique and fascination individual, actor Michael Shannon joins Josh this week to talk about his rough high school years, his favorite Star Wars character, preparing for his role in 99 Homes, and his experience meeting David Lynch.
Sep 21, 2015
Andrew Garfield
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Andrew Garfield is a talented actor and overall good guy. Andrew joins Josh to talk about his experience playing Spiderman, finding a real connection to the subject matter in his new film 99 Homes, and performing on Broadway alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman.
Sep 14, 2015
Alison Brie
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The incredibly talented Alison Brie, star of Community and Mad Men joins Josh this week to talk about working with Jason Sudeikis on her latest film Sleeping With Other People, her bond with cheese, being a snobby theatre kid growing up, and her first gig on Hannah Montana.
Sep 07, 2015
Jason Schwartzman
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The affable, the talented, the hairy Jason Schwartzman joins Josh to talk about his terrific new film 7 Chinese Brothers, the 2nd season of Mozart in the Jungle, his manly beard, how BIll Murray was helpful towards him while shooting Rushmore, and more.
Sep 01, 2015
Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Outstanding actor Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Josh to talk about his new post-apocalyptic film Z for Zachariah, his complicated relationship with Chewbacca of Star Wars, the moment he discovered Shakespeare in his early years of acting, and more.
Aug 24, 2015
Guy Ritchie
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English filmmaker Guy Ritchie has a style all his own. Guy joins Josh to talk about the impact of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels had on his career, Snatch bringing him to the next level, working on Swept Away with Madonna, and his new film The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Aug 17, 2015
Alexander Skarsgard
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Tall drink of water Alexander Skarsgard joins Josh to talk about his role in Diary of a Teenage Girl, why he stopped acting after having a steady career as a child actor, why he’s doubtful that his character in Zoolander will return in the sequel, what he remembers fondly from his time on True Blood, and more.
Aug 10, 2015
Kevin Bacon
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The supremely talented Kevin Bacon joins Josh to talk about his memories of working at the All State Cafe in New York, his new thriller Cop Car, early on being in a play called Slab Boys with Sean Penn & Val Kilmer, JFK, X-Men, and much more.
Aug 03, 2015
Rebecca Hall
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The fantastic Rebecca Hall sits down to chat with Josh about the upcoming tight thriller The Gift, growing up with a opera singer mother and English director father, working with Woody Allen, being in the new Steven Spielberg film, and more.
Jul 29, 2015
Ezra Miller
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The wonderfully bizarre/spiritual/unique Ezra Miller joins Josh to talk about his first big studio film Trainwreck, the story behind The Stanford Prison Experiment, the time he was kicked out of camp for smoking pot, and more.
Jul 19, 2015
Bill Murray, Mitch Glazer
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On a very special episode of Happy Sad Confused, Josh shares a live recording of the Rock the Kasbah Comic-Con panel featuring the man, the myth, and the legend Bill Murray in his first Comic-Con appearance and Mitch Glazer.
Jul 13, 2015
Matt Bomer
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The amazing Mr. Matt Bomer of Magic Mike XXL joins Josh to talk about returning to American Horror Story, The Magnificent Seven, working with Lady Gaga soon, and how he was actually cast as Superman a decade ago.
Jul 06, 2015
Jai Courtney
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The wonderful Jai Courtney joins Josh to talk about the time they first met on the set of Divergent, currently filming Suicide Squad, working with Arnold on Terminator Genisys, the origin of his name, and little Jai.
Jun 29, 2015
Alan Rickman
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Mr. Alan Rickman is one of the best actors of our generation and has one of the most unique voices in film history. Mr. Rickman joins Josh to talk about the process of both directing and acting in his new film A Little Chaos, the transition from working as a graphic designer to becoming an actor full time at age 25, where his portrayal of Bill Clay in Die Hard originated, and much more.
Jun 22, 2015
Paul Dano
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A fine young and remarkable actor by the name of Paul Dano joins Josh to talk about starring in an excellent new film “Love & Mercy” which tells the story of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, his most notable films, filmmakers he was obsessed with, and much more.
Jun 16, 2015
Alicia Vikander
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You’ll be seeing a lot of the lovely and talented Alicia Vikander on the big screen very soon. Alicia joins Josh to talk about her new film Testament of Youth, growing up in fun play environment with her stage actress mother, horrible auditions gone awry, and much more.
Jun 08, 2015
Bryce Dallas Howard
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Wonderful actress and one of the nicest people on the planet, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Josh to talk about getting permission from her parents to see Jurassic Park as a child to now starring in Jurassic World, performing naked onstage, her experience on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, and more.
Jun 02, 2015
Anna Kendrick
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Who doesn’t love Anna Kendrick? We all do! Anna joins Josh to talk about the surprise success of Pitch Perfect which lead to Pitch Perfect 2, why it’s good to have a period in your acting career where you are struggling, the resurgence of tattoo necklaces, and more.
May 18, 2015
George Miller
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On a bonus episode of Happy Sad Confused, amazing director George Miller joins Josh for an in-depth discussion of all things Mad Max. You’re going to want to see Mad Max: Fury Road before listening for maximum enjoyment!
May 15, 2015
Jack Black
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What you see is what you get when it comes to actor, comedian, and all around great guy Jack Black. Jack talks about the one time he drew a Satan Claus picture for Martin Scorsese, savoring the latest hot out of the even Letterman episodes, his thoughts on his past appearance on Getting Doug with High, having an early obsession with John Malkovich, and much more.
May 11, 2015
Elizabeth Olsen
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The delightful Elizabeth Olsen aka Lizzy joins Josh to chat about the defining New York moment she recently had that would be a rare occurrence in Los Angeles, meeting with Woody Allen, the incredible work ethic of her sisters Mary-Kate & Ashley, becoming Scarlet Witch on the big screen, and much more.
May 04, 2015
Carey Mulligan
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The super charming and one of the best actresses working today, Carey Mulligan joins Josh to talk about performing on Broadway in Skylight, how she learned how to drive until a few years ago, her choice not to do social media, and much more.
Apr 27, 2015
Jennifer Morrison
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The talented, funny, and overall awesome Jennifer Morrison joins Josh to talk about how she became a part of a Nick Lachey video, making her directorial debut with her new short film “Warning Labels,” why she didn’t really consume pop culture until college, and much more. Send your questions to Josh on Twitter by tweeting @joshuahorowitz with the hashtag #HappySadConfused!
Apr 20, 2015
Elisha Cuthbert
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The lovely and talented Elisha Cuthbert joins Josh this week to talk about her new sitcom on NBC called One Big Happy, always loving comedy but gravitating to more dramatic acting roles early on, her amazing time on Happy Endings, being a child actor in Canada, and more.
Mar 30, 2015
Kenneth Branagh
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Sir Kenneth Branagh is one of the most talented actors and filmmakers of this generation. Kenneth and Josh talk about his experience directing/starring in Dead Again, being surprised by the reaction to the release of Hamlet, his new film Cinderella, and much more. Watch Kenneth & Josh in The Confession of Kenneth Branagh on YouTube right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQJa8izAi_U
Mar 16, 2015
Will Forte
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The amazing actor, comedian, and SNL alum Will Forte joins Josh for a delightful chat about the creation of his show The Last Man On Earth, his love of the F word, writing for Jenny McCarthy and the MTV Movie Awards early on, being terrified the first time he had the opportunity to audition for SNL, and much more.
Mar 09, 2015
Josh Duhamel
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Josh Duhamel is an amazingly talented actor and all around great guy. Josh joins Josh to talk about the time he put on a full body gimp outfit, his new show Battle Creek, his good ol’ modeling days, battling against the likes of Ashton Kutcher, auditioning for Guardians of the Galaxy, and much more fun stuff.
Mar 02, 2015
Adam Scott
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The talented, charming, dashing Adam Scott of U Talkin’ U2 To Me? joins Josh to talk about his new film Hot Tub Time Machine 2, his thoughts on Parks and Recreation coming to an end, not knowing what where he was going with his career before being a part of Party Down, and much more.
Feb 23, 2015
Hugh Grant
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Hugh Grant is a wonderfully witty and incredible actor with an amazing screen presence. Hugh joins Josh to talk about his recent time in Britain as a full time political campaigner, his new film The Rewrite, how you would approach creating a romantic comedy today, having fun while filming Cloud Atlas, and his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Feb 16, 2015
Colin Firth
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The suave Colin Firth joins Josh for a lovely chat about his amazing new movie called Kingsman: The Secret Service, growing up with James Bond & the rumors over the years of him taking the Bond name, being able to take a year off without anyone noticing, his in the Bridget Jones movies, and singing in Mamma Mia!
Feb 11, 2015
Allison Williams
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The delightful Allison Williams of Girls fame joins Josh to talk about how she would pretend to be Peter Pan as a kid and playing Peter Pan as an adult in Peter Pan Live!, growing up with her famous dad Bryan Williams, her musical theatre love, what lead to her auditioning for Girls, her aspirations, and why she hasn't done a film yet.
Feb 02, 2015
Jude Law
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The amazingly talented actor by the name of Jude Law joins Josh to talk about his new submarine thriller Black Sea, working with Spielberg, how Watchmen changed his life, why the theatre called him back, and the time he was almost Superman.
Jan 25, 2015
Sam Claflin
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Sam Claflin is nothing short of a charmer. He joins Josh to talk about how the film Love, Rosie has parallels with his own life, his first love being football growing up in Norwich, England, his awkward first meeting with Hugh Grant, and currently trying to prove himself as an actor.
Jan 18, 2015
Michael Keaton
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The incredible Michael Keaton is beloved by so many people and for good reason. From Night Shift to Birdman, Michael has had an amazing career and joins Josh this week to talk about his early days of doing stand-up with the likes of Letterman, whether he still practices his Beetlejuice, being the first to create the Batman voice, and much more.
Jan 12, 2015
Ethan Hawke
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Ethan Hawke is an exceptional actor as well as talker as he joins Josh this week to chat about working on Boyhood, exploring the life and lessons of piano teacher Seymour Bernstein in his documentary Seymour, how movies are about a collective imagination, his name being thrown into the mix for Doctor Strange thanks to Josh, and much more.
Jan 05, 2015
Hugh Jackman
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Hugh Jackman is one of the nicest guys in showbiz. He’s charming, he sings, he dances, he acts – he does it all! Hugh joins Josh to chat about starring in a small production on Broadway called The River, how theatre is like sex, his dad always being his rock, what lead to him being cast as Wolverine, and much more.
Dec 15, 2014
Al Pacino
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One of the greatest actors of all time, Al Pacino is a great storyteller and a fully engaged human being. Al joins Josh to chat about his film The Humbling, wrestling with fame after The Godfather, the infamous scene in Heat, and much more.
Dec 08, 2014
Michael Cera
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The great Michael Cera of many awesome comedies from Superbad to This Is The End joins Josh to talk about making his Broadway debut in This Is Our Youth, the Baby Daddy game, his recent album release “true that,” the first time getting in front of a camera as a kid in Canada, working with Harold Ramis, and his experience after Superbad became super popular almost immediately. This episode is sponsored by Audible. Go to www.audible.com/happy for a free trial and free book.
Dec 01, 2014
Eddie Redmayne
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It's award season and Eddie Redmayne might be the actor who ends up with an Oscar in his hands for his tour de force performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The delightfully charming and talented British actor joins Josh to talk about what he learned from being a part of Les Miserables, his role in the upcoming Wachowskis space opera film Jupiter Ascending, how he prepared to play Stephen Hawking, and his not so good Star Wars & The Hobbit auditions.
Nov 24, 2014
Jon Stewart
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The remarkable Jon Stewart has been dominating the airwaves for almost 15 years with his amazing hosting duties on The Daily Show. He joins Josh for a relaxed conversation about the genesis of his directorial debut Rosewater, the ol’ MTV days of The Jon Stewart Show, his love of baseball, his illustrious acting career, and his many nicknames.
Nov 16, 2014
Lisa Kudrow
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Lisa Kudrow is a tremendous comedic force. Lisa talks to Josh about the surprising return of HBO’s The Comeback after 9 years, her early beginnings with The Groundlings, having a good attitude about auditioning early in her career, being grateful for her time on Friends, and the underrated film Wonderland.
Nov 10, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris
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Neil Patrick Harris is a jack of all trades. He joins Josh to talk about the story behind his book Choose Your Own Autobiography, how hosting the Oscars is on his bucket list, the bevy of TV movies that he has done, the many hats he has worn as a performer that includes being the president of The Magic Castle, and his role in Gone Girl (there are spoilers).
Nov 03, 2014
Gillian Anderson
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Gillian Anderson stops by Josh's office to talk about her first book, "A Vision of Fire", fun "X-Files" stories, and what she'd do with three wishes!
Oct 18, 2014
Kristen Stewart
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Kristen Stewart stops by Josh's office this week! Kristen's got three movies coming out soon, "Camp X-Ray", "Still Alice", and "Clouds of Sils Maria". Kristen explains to Josh why LA is better than he thinks, why she feels so comfortable with film crews, and whether Jared Leto's hair haunts her dreams.
Oct 13, 2014
Miles Teller
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Miles Teller is one to watch thanks to an amazing array of performances in "Rabbit Hole", "Divergent", "The Spectacular Now", and his latest unusual thriller, "Whiplash". Miles pulls no punches when he visits Josh, talking about "The Fantastic Four", why he thought Nicole Kidman hated him, and how "Divergent" fans almost turned on him.
Oct 06, 2014
Jeremy Renner
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In just a few short years Jeremy Renner has gone from journeyman actor to one of the most sought after talents working today. And now he's producing his first film, the thriller, "Kill the Messenger". Josh talks to Renner about how Tom Cruise hilariously roped him into the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, what he learned from Colin Farrell and what extreme creepy lengths he went to research his role in "Dahmer".
Sep 29, 2014
Terry Gilliam
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Visionary director Terry Gilliam has helmed some of the most influential films of our times, from "Brazil" and "The Fisher King" to "Twelve Monkeys" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Thankfuly he's still got imagination to spare as evidenced by his latest film, "The Zero Theorem". Gilliam stops by Josh's office to talk about some of his notable triumphs and failures and why he doesn't consider himself a director.
Sep 21, 2014
Justin Long
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The always affable Justin Long stops by Josh’s to talk about the horrors of being turned into a walrus in “Tusk”, getting his start in the classic film, “Galaxy Quest” and that time he saw Britney Spear’s boob pop out.
Sep 14, 2014
HSC SHORT: Al Pacino
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This special Happy Sad Confused: Short features Al Pacino in a conversation at the Toronto International Film Festival. Josh talks to Pacino about his two new films, why he turned down playing Han Solo, and why he’s expecting a phone call from Marvel.
Sep 12, 2014
Simon Pegg
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Simon Pegg meets up with Josh at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about searching for happiness (it’s the name of his movie, calm down), Star Trek, and how his daughter saved the upcoming Star Wars film.
Sep 07, 2014
Kevin Kline
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Kevin Kline is a veritable acting legend which means this conversation is replete with stories of “A Fish Called Wanda”, “I Love You to Death” and the revelation that the Oscar winner has never eaten at Bubba Gump.
Aug 31, 2014
John Lithgow
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John Lithgow stops by Josh’s office to talk about “King Lear”, “Love is Strange”, and of course “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai”. All of that and John reveals a never spoken of affair. Scandal!
Aug 24, 2014
Rob Riggle
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Rob Riggle stops by Josh’s office to talk about “Let’s Be Cops”, mixing it up with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and what his recurring nightmares mean.
Aug 17, 2014
Michael Fassbender
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Michael Fassbender hides his face in “Frank” but bares all to Josh in this conversation touching on “Macbeth”, his love of “Silver Spoons”, and why he struck up a conversation with Martin Scorsese at a urinal.
Aug 11, 2014
Daniel Radcliffe
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Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, chats with Josh about his new romantic comedy “What If?”, his obsession with Katy Perry, and his freakish knowledge of American football.
Aug 03, 2014
Diane Kruger
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Diane Kruger, star of “The Bridge,” stops by Josh’s office to revel in Germany’s World Cup victory and talk about her career, from “Troy” to “Inglorious Bastards”.
Jul 27, 2014
Woody Allen
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Woody Allen, in his very first podcast conversation ever(!), talks to Josh about “Magic in the Moonlight,” his early stand up days, the actors who got away, and his controversial stance on bagels.
Jul 20, 2014
Andy Serkis
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Andy Serkis, the insanely talented actor behind Golem and King Kong, visits with Josh to talk about his awards-worthy performance in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, the misconceptions of performance capture, and Star Wars!
Jul 13, 2014
Richard Linklater
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Independent filmmaking icon Richard Linklater is still playing with the art-form with his latest bold 12 years in the making project, “Boyhood”. Josh chats with Linklater about time, resisting elder statesman status, and whether he has anything in common with Michael Bay.
Jul 08, 2014
Matt Reeves
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Filmmaker Matt Reeves takes a break from putting the finishing touches on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to talk to Josh about his biggest undertaking yet, why Apes was too tempting to pass up, and how he wound up writing a film for Steven Seagal way back when.
Jun 22, 2014
Guy Pearce
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Guy Pearce, the criminally underrated actor known for “Memento” and “L.A. Confidential” chats with Josh about his latest film, “The Rover”. Pearce talks about Hollywood’s expectations and how he almost lost his way years ago.
Jun 15, 2014
Phil Lord & Chris Miller
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Phil Lord & Chris Miller are nearly as fun and hilarious as their films are and that’s saying alot. Phil & Chris visit Josh to chat about “22 Jump Street,” argue the merits of “Ghostbusters 2,” and how to direct comedy.
Jun 09, 2014
John Green
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John Green is more than a best-selling author. He’s pretty much the leader of a movement. Nerdfighters, you know who you are. Green stops by Josh’s office to talk about “The Fault in our Stars”, why he doesn’t want to meet J.K. Rowling, and what his plan is for the zombie apocalypse.
Jun 02, 2014
Lee Pace
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Chance are you’re already a little obsessed with Lee Pace or at the very least, have a friend who is. We get it. Handsome, a little enigmatic, and an awesome actor known for projects like “Pushing Daisies”, “The Fall”, and now AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire”, he’s always a compelling presence.  Enjoy this rare interview […]
May 30, 2014
Clark Gregg
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The versatile triple threat (acting! writing! directing!) that is Clark Gregg stops by Josh’s office to talk about his return to writing and directing with “Trust Me” plus their mutual love of Sam Rockwell and the randomness of a well-played career.
May 26, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg
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Don’t invite Jesse Eisenberg on your show for a cookie cutter celebrity interview. The Oscar nominated star of “The Social Network” visits Josh to discuss “The Double,” Lex Luthor, Kristen Stewart, and how few Tom Cruise films he knows.
May 19, 2014
Taylor Kitsch
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If you watched “Friday Night Lights,” he’ll always be Tim Riggins but Taylor Kitsch proves there’s a whole lot more to him in this visit with Josh. Hilarious stories of early struggles in New York and Los Angeles, mortifying auditions, and one crazy drunken night, all told in this fun conversation.
May 11, 2014
Marc Webb
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How did Marc Webb go from holding cue cards for Gwen Stefani to directing “500 Days of Summer” to directing ginormous blockbusters like “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″? Josh breaks it all down in an honest and open conversation with the talented filmmaker.
May 05, 2014
Fran Kranz
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Fran Kranz, he of the Whedonverse including “Dollhouse” and “The Cabin in the Woods,” drops by Josh’s office to talk about his new film, “Murder of a Cat,” his Andrew Garfield man-crush, and why he doesn’t hate the Star Wars prequels.
Apr 28, 2014
Chris Messina
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On the eve of the premiere of his directing debut, “Alex of Venice,” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Chris Messina pays Josh a visit to talk about his impressive dance moves, acting, and of course, “The Mindy Project.”
Apr 21, 2014
Patrick Stewart
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Patrick Stewart is THE man. Agreed? Good. The X-Men/Star Trek living legend stopped by MTV News to talk to Josh about his new film, “Match,” plus show off what Jean-Luc Picard would have sounded like with a French accent (horrible) and so much more.
Apr 18, 2014
Darren Aronofsky
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Josh chats with visionary director Darren Aronofsky about his latest film, “Noah,” his flirtation with shooting Superman and Wolverine movies, and why he’ll never see any of his movies ever again.
Mar 27, 2014
Kathryn Hahn
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Kathryn Hahn visits Josh to chat about the new dark Jason Bateman comedy she co-stars in, “Bad Words.” Plus Kathryn dishes stories from the set of “Step-Brothers” and working with Jack Nicholson!
Mar 25, 2014
Paul Scheer
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Paul Scheer is the best. If you don’t know him from “Human Giant” or “NTSF: SD: SUV,” or “The League,” well I don’t know how to talk to you anymore. Listen. Enjoy.
Mar 17, 2014
Topher Grace
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Topher Grace came by my hotel on a rainy day in Los Angeles. It’s not as erotic as it sounds. But it did make for a great conversation about his new website, CerealPrize.com, and his always interesting career. Enjoy!
Mar 13, 2014
Robert Rodriguez
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It’s no exaggeration to say he’s inspired a generation of filmmakers. Enjoy this chat with man behind “El Mariachi,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Sin City,” and so much more. It’s Robert Rodriguez! Lots of fun stories about George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino in this one!
Feb 26, 2014
Kate Mara
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Kate Mara chats with Josh about “House of Cards,” “Fantastic Four,” why they both love Mark Wahlberg, and whether Kate should visit Africa.
Feb 24, 2014