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Welcome to The Envelope: Your ultimate guide to award season. Every Wednesday, join Los Angeles Times television and film reporters Yvonne Villarreal and Mark Olsen to hear interviews with award season's top contenders, from the Golden Globes to the Oscars to the Emmys. Actors, directors and showrunners share insights into their roles, along with behind-the-scenes stories you’ll want to hear.
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John Boyega

John Boyega

2021-06-1643:15

Our guest is actor John Boyega, who recently played police officer Leroy Logan in “Red, White and Blue,” which is part of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology series. Boyega talks about his relationship with his dad, moving on from the "Star Wars" trilogy, using his platform to highlight social injustice and working in Hollywood. For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo courtesy of Getty.
Phoebe Dynevor

Phoebe Dynevor

2021-06-0929:43

Our guest is actor Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton in the steamy Netflix Regency drama “Bridgerton.” Dynevor talks about the passionate fanbase behind the show, tips the intimacy coordinator shared on set and shooting kissing scenes in the rain with costar Regé-Jean Page. For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo courtesy of Netflix.
Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins

2021-06-0242:08

Our guest is Barry Jenkins, the director and showrunner for "The Underground Railroad," which is based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Jenkins talks about his artistic vision for the show, why he chose a television format over film, and what he learned from making "Moonlight" and "If Beale Street Could Talk." For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo courtesy of GL Askew II.
Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

2021-05-2639:37

Our guest is actor Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff in "WandaVision." Olsen talks about the television sitcoms she watched while researching for the role and her approach to acting in the Marvel series. For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter.
Best in show

Best in show

2021-05-1943:40

With the Oscars behind us, the 2021 Emmys season is kicking into gear. And we’re looking back at our favorite conversations with TV stars and directors this season, including Steve McQueen, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Anya Taylor-Joy and Josh O’Connor. For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter.
Steven Canals

Steven Canals

2021-05-1251:56

Our guest is Steven Canals, co-creator of FX’s groundbreaking drama “Pose.” Canals talks about directing the series finale while grieving the loss of his grandmother, striking balance in the show between joy and trauma, and why he feels “ultra privileged” to be working in TV and entertainment right now.For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo courtesy of ID PR.
Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

2021-05-0549:45

Our guest is actor Kate Winslet, who plays a Pennsylvania police detective in the new HBO series “Mare of Easttown.” Winslet talks about how she got the Delaware County accent down for the series, sharing a house with fellow actors Guy Pearce and Jean Smart and how she was able to hold her breath for more than 7 minutes for "Avatar 2."For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo by Frederic Auerbach.
Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo

2021-04-2801:12:31

Our guest is actor Cynthia Erivo, who plays Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha” in National Geographic’s biographical anthology series. Erivo talks about how she landed the role, using her platform to advocate for change and the way scent has helped her find characters. Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Academy Awards from L.A. Times columnists Glenn Whipp and Mary McNamara.For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo by Terrell Mullin.
Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell

2021-04-2151:38

Our guest is Emerald Fennell, who wrote, directed and produced “Promising Young Woman.” Her debut feature film got five Oscar nominations. Fennell talks about the strong responses to “Promising Young Woman” since its release, the importance of casting actor Carey Mulligan in the starring role and writing a new screenplay about the DC Comics superhero Zatanna Zatara.For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo by Faye Thomas.
Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

2021-04-1449:12

Our guest is actor Amanda Seyfried, who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marion Davies in “Mank.” Seyfried talks about why this performance is her favorite to date, what it was like to meet the film’s director, David Fincher, for the first time, and the prep she’s doing for her next role playing disgraced Silicon Valley executive Elizabeth Holmes.For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo by Michael Nagle.
Kate Mara

Kate Mara

2021-04-0749:17

Our guest is actor and producer Kate Mara, who plays a high school teacher who gets involved with her teenage student on the FX on Hulu series “A Teacher.” Mara talks about the importance of having discussions about sexual assault, what it was like to produce her first TV series, and the happy accident of not being cast in “Lost.” For more exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for our Envelope newsletter. Guest photo by Diego Uchitel.
Our guests are actor Mads Mikkelsen and director Thomas Vinterberg. Their latest collaboration is the Oscar-nominated “Another Round.” Mikkelsen and Vinterberg talk about why they set their film among high school teachers, whether there really was any drinking on set and how they created that already iconic dance number at the end of the movie. Photo by Henrik Ohsten. For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley

2021-03-2440:00

Our guest is artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley, who earned a documentary feature Oscar nomination for “Time,” about subject Fox Rich’s 21-year fight to free her husband from prison. Bradley talks about weaving together archival and contemporary footage, why she's obsessed with shooting close-ups of her characters, and how vintage piano jazz composed by an Ethiopian nun became the emotional score for the film. Photo courtesy of Garrett Bradley.For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen

2021-03-1759:57

Our guest is Sacha Baron Cohen, who has received Golden Globe awards and Oscar, SAG, PGA and WGA nominations for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” and for his portrayal of activist Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of The Chicago 7.” Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Oscar nominations from our columnist Glenn Whipp. Photo credit: Russell James. For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
Shaka King

Shaka King

2021-03-1045:44

Our guest is Shaka King, the director, co-writer and producer of “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The film tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and FBI informant William O’Neal, whose intel led to Hampton’s killing by law enforcement in 1969. King talks about why he felt a responsibility to make the movie, how one day of shooting felt like stepping into a time warp, and making the jump from indie filmmaking to big studio production. Photo credit: Parris Whittingham.For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

2021-03-0345:44

Our guest is Steve McQueen, the director, co-writer and executive producer of “Small Axe.” McQueen talks about the ethos behind this anthology of five films set in London’s West Indian community in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and the steps he's taking to get more young people of color into the entertainment industry. Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Golden Globes Awards from our writer Glenn Whipp. Photo credit: BBC Studios.For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.Sponsors include:Hulu, presenting “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” the Golden Globe award-winning film, and “Palm Springs,” the twice Golden Globe award-nominated film. Now streaming, only on Hulu.
Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

2021-02-2458:54

Our guest is Kaley Cuoco, who was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for her role in “The Flight Attendant” on HBO Max. Cuoco talks about needing some convincing to play certain scenes, what it was like to work with co-star Rosie Perez and what she’ll be wearing for the Globe awards on Sunday. Photo credit: Nino Munoz.For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.Sponsors include:HBO, presenting “The Undoing” and “Lovecraft Country,” two Golden Globe-nominated and SAG Awards-nominated critically acclaimed HBO original TV series. Now streaming on HBO Max.
Lee Isaac Chung

Lee Isaac Chung

2021-02-1736:39

Our guest is Lee Isaac Chung, the writer and director of “Minari,” a semiautobiographical story about a Korean American family living in rural Arkansas in the 1980s. Chung talks about the long personal journey leading up to the release of the movie, the young actor who dressed up as a cowboy at the Sundance Film Festival world premiere, and the decision to make “Minari” in Korean.
Josh O’Connor

Josh O’Connor

2021-02-1042:14

Our guest is Josh O’Connor, who was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the Netflix show “The Crown.” O’Connor talks about the challenges of playing a real-life character in a fictional series, the scrapbooks he makes to get into the right mind-set for acting roles, and his love of ceramics. Photo credit: Matt Holyoak.For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
Our guests are Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, who play Jen and Judy in the Netflix show “Dead to Me.” Applegate and Cardellini talk about the true friendship that developed between them on set, how Wi-Fi challenges nearly thwarted the Emmys last year, and the TV shows they're watching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times. For more Envelope exclusive awards season coverage, visit latimes.com/envelope and sign up for the Envelope newsletter.
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