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POP INTERVIEW: HBO “Treme” Star Jay Huguley on an Actor’s Passion

Check out Nicole Russin’s interview with the multi-dimensional, multi-talented Jay Huguley!

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You might have seen him on your favorite Lifetime chick drama Army Wives and recurring guest roles on shows like Nashville, Drop Dead Diva, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. Now, Huguley can be seen on the HBO hit Treme, filming on location in New Orleans. He e-mailed about the show, his career and what you don’t get to know from watching him on TV – an actor’s life is more than the 30 minute glimpse but a long life of hard work.

Out of your mixture of television work, which has been your favorite genre to work in and why? You did a CW teen drama, guest role on MadTV, etc. Very versatile!
For me its always about the character. If the character is interesting and multidimensional and really has some kind of inner life, then I’m happy. I find that I don’t think in terms of genre – and maybe that has something to do with why I’ve been lucky enough to work in so many different kinds of projects. If I can make the character a real person with a real life and a history, then it doesn’t matter if it’s on a half-hour comedy or a one-hour drama.

Women often talk about the challenges they face in finding worthwhile roles, avoiding being seen as objects and competing against stereotypes. What about men in Hollywood? What problems do you face in seeking quality work, earning equality among your peers or bringing something extra to your job?
Im so glad you are asking me that. Women get asked that all the time and I always think that it’s a question that men never hear. The parts definitely get more interesting for me as I get older. I’m never asked to just be “the boyfriend” anymore, and there is a huge relief that comes with that. It should be exactly the same with women. Women get more and more interesting, and beautiful, as they get older. I mean let’s face it, Diane Lane was always a really pretty girl, but now she is a drop dead gorgeous, interesting, sexy woman and she is one on a long list. Hollywood looks differently at men in their 40s than they do women in their 40s and I don’t know why that is, because there are a lot of great actresses that we should be seeing more of. We’ll see what happens when I get into my 50s, if it starts to shift, but I can’t complain now.

When you guest star on a show, it is like a first holiday meal with a tightly knit family you know next to nothing about. What do you do when you play a new character on a program so you fit in well not only with the cast offscreen but as a strong actor on screen?
You really need to grab the reigns and make some strong choices. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but it still can be awkward. You have to claim your space right away. Every set is different and you can usually tell a lot in the first five minutes. I have a friend who says, “Some sets are like a big, crazy, dysfunctional family waiting for someone to show up and be the sane one.” I think that’s true.

You cannot be luckier than working on a well written HBO program. Treme is no exception. Please talk about your role on the show, experiences, life offscreen, etc.!
When I got the call that I had gotten the job on “Treme,” it was like winning the lottery. The show’s creator is David Simon and I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. Like a lot of people, I worship ‘The Wire.” I play Will Branson, a real estate developer who is trying to capitalize on the money coming back into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Like a lot of David Simon’s characters, we don’t know what we are supposed to think of him. He seems like a good guy, and sometimes he doesn’t. “Treme” was the best set I’ve ever been on. When everyone is that talented and smart and committed to telling a good story, it’s incredibly relaxing for an actor. Everyone feels like a collaborator. The show is all shot on location in New Orleans with the best directors and actors and musicians. They have spoiled me for everything else. The only downside is the 10 pounds you gain eating at all of those great restaurants. When I finished the season, there were seriously pants that I could not button.

Who has been your favorite co-star? Onscreen? Offscreen? Why?
I just worked with Michael Fassbender on a movie that is coming out next year. I love the way he works. He’s totally focused and like a great athlete with his head in the game. I’m not an actor who likes to talk in between takes, and Michael is like a boxer who goes right back to his corner when they say cut. There is a strange freedom in that, to know the guy you’re working with cares that much about getting the scene right. I love that. I did a TV series a few years ago called “Brothers & Sisters” and worked a lot with Calista Flockhart. I learned so much from watching her, on set and off. She is maybe the most open, available actor I’ve ever worked with. She seems to take all of the preciousness out of acting and she has the best instincts. I would love to work with her again.

What is your personal story?
I think there are all kinds of actors. I did my first play in college, “The Glass Menagerie,” the great Tennessee Williams drama. I remember walking home one night after a performance and thinking that acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It scared me to death. How am I going to make a living? It’s a very unusual life you sign on for as an actor. You have to be bold and fearless and patient and resilient. My goal from the very beginning was always to get better and better, and to play interesting parts. I think I will have the same goal when I’m 90.

I’ve been really lucky in my career, but the thing I valued most was getting to study with the great Milton Katslelas. He changed the way I saw the world. He had great respect for art and for artists, in a way that I hadn’t seen before.The first time I did a scene for him in acting class, he said “You’re good, but there’s one thing we really take care of. Theres a bit of an apology in your work. I can sense it.” I looked him right in the eye and without really knowing what I was saying, said “I’m so sorry.” He burst out laughing and so did the class. But we were off on our journey. Milton believed an actor should be what he called an “Artistic Killer.” By that he meant someone who finishes what they start, who leaves no stone unturned, focused and hard-working and never takes “no” for an answer. By the time I came to study with him, he had worked with George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gene Hackman, Gena Rowlands, Bette Davis, Alec Baldwin — all a lot of actors that I admire. To this day, every time I walk onto a set, I have his voice in my head saying “Nothing is impossible. Nothing is out of the question.”

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Jason Momoa Was Hosed Down After A Dirty Dune Buggy Ride And The Photos Are As Hot As They Sound

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We couldn’t love him any Momore.

Social media is a bit of a double edged sword. Some days it feels like all there is to scroll through is overused quotes or endless tirades expressing personal opinions that no one cares about. But just when you think you might need to take a little social media sabbatical something like this happens.

Earlier today, Jason Momoa took to Instagram to share photos of himself being hosed off after a particularly messy round of dune bugging riding. And when I say hosed off I mean…shirtless…with a hose. Of the ride the Aquaman star wrote “like a pig in shit. 🤣🤣🤣hard to explain this one. but i had an amazing day. now i need a dune buggy. dune coming soon aloha j. @schaeffersgarmenthotel dirty pink 😭🤣😂” I fully support the idea of Momoa purchasing a dune buggy if it means he will share more content like this.

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Of course fans went wild for the sizzling pics. One Instagrammer asked “Where do I apply for the hose guy’s job?” Another pointed out the obvious by saying “good god that is a man right there.” And finally one brought offered this very sage advice and said “wash your hands like you’re washing Jason Momoa.” Definitely wouldn’t mind washing for the full recommended 20 seconds am I right?

To see more of the stars sizzling snaps click here!

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Disney+ Series ‘Muppets Now’ Reveals Shocking Detail About The Swedish Chef

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Bork, Bork, Bork?!

If you haven’t taken the time to check out the new Disney+ series Muppets Now, stop reading and start streaming! The improv sitcom is an unscripted, segmented series in which our favorite fur-covered friends put together a digital show. Think The Muppet Show meets millennials. I watched the first episode, which became available for streaming as of July 31st, and I smiled through the entire thirty minutes. It’s cute and campy and reminds us all why we love The Muppets so much. I was enjoying the childhood nostalgia of seeing Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang when suddenly our favorite gibberish-spewing chef came on the screen to partake in a cooking challenge. Of course I was prepared to giggle at the Swedish Chef’s horrendous attempt at cooking but I was immediately distracted and could only focus on one shocking detail!

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Did you see it? Can you see what I was distracted by?! The stached Swede is wearing a wedding ring on his left hand! The Swedish Chef is married?!?!

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I mean, sure, it’s not surprising with the sexy foreign accent and killer eyebrows but still, I would have never guessed the chef had someone waiting at home for him! Since the chef is one of the few Muppets to actually feature human hands, I first thought the ring might have belonged to a neglectful puppeteer who forgot to take off their ring. But I did a quick Wikipedia search and apparently the Swedish Chef has been donning the gold ring since 2010 and is known to be married!

I guess there truly is a lid for every pot.

Muppets Now is now available for streaming on Disney+.

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Martha Stewart Responded To Chelsea Handler Recreating Her Sultry Pool Selfie With Some Shade, Compliments And An F-Bomb!

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We are all Martha-Stewart-Livinggggg for this.

Domestic goddess Martha Stewart has turned into a spicy septuagenarian and it has only made her fans love her more. She is besties with Snoop Dogg, she has no trouble roasting celebs and most recently, she posted a selfie that left the internet buzzing. At 78, Stewart posted this stunner to Instagram earlier this week:

Peep that pout! It’s safe to say that any of us would kill to look this good when we reach our seventies. Hell I’d give my left foot to look this good now. It came as no shock that the selfie went viral, so viral in fact, comedian Chelsea Handler took the time to recreate the selfie. With a caption that read “I’m here to take @marthastewart48’s swimming lesson. If I look this good at 78 I better still have a pool to show myself off in” the 45-year old shared this to Instagram:

Along with tips for party throwing and scenic tablescapes, Stewart is also known to have quite the funny bone and can give a backhanded compliment better than most. In a response to Handler’s recreation Stewart wrote “Dear Chelsea, I’m so happy that you like my post well enough to emulate it. I do think my pool is a little bit prettier than yours and that my facial expression is a little bit more relaxed.” THE SHADE! “Nevertheless you are a beautiful girl and F–KING too young to be emulating me,” Stewart continued dropping a wholehearted F-Bomb, “Continue with your comedy, your humor, and your amazing ability to gather around you political liberals. We need it!” And because she is the queen of good manners, Stewart finished the comment with “Love Martha.”

All of this is just goals.

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