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Call Answered: Jason CoZmo: Dolly: Coat of Many Colors

I am a huge Dolly Parton fan! She is one of my top 3 favorite artists. Her music speaks to me in ways other artists' music doesn't. It's because of her song "Just The Way I Am," that I am comfortable in my own skin. Her movie roles also resonate with me, especially in the movie Straight Talk. It was because of that movie that I wanted to go into the entertainment industry and have my own radio show. Her live concerts are a unique experience, always leaving a smile on my face, and it's because of her fashion style that every time I did stand-up comedy, I made sure I was always dressed up in some kind of outfit that would make people talk.

So when I found out that celebrity impersonator Jason CoZmo was doing Dolly: Coat of Many Colors at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, I knew I had to be there, and get an interview with Jason to find out more about the man behind this country legend! In Dolly: Coat of Many Colors Jason recreates an intimate, authentic live Dolly Parton performance, lipsynching to many of Dolly's original hits and stage monologues. He is so convincing that in 2011 Dolly Parton herself was shown Jason's photo on Good Morning America and thought it was actually a photo of her.

Dolly: Coat of Many Colors will play at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, in the basement of the West Bank Cafe, between 9th & 10th Avenue) on Sunday, July 26 and Sunday, August 2 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton1. Your show, Dolly: Coat of Many Colors will be playing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on July 26 and August 2. What are you looking forward to most about this show? Thank you so much for taking this time to talk to me about my show! I'm so grateful to bring my show "Coat of Many Colors" to the Laurie Beechman Theatre. I've done this show for audiences from the shores of Fire Island, to conservative Salt Lake City Utah. It's been so fun and interesting to perform it for such diverse audiences. Dolly Parton's fan base is literally men, woman, children, gay, straight, liberal and conservative. I hope to have the same demographic. And what better place to do that then Time Square?

2. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of Dolly songs out there, how did you narrow down to the ones you wanted to do for this show? It was not an easy task! She has such a huge library of music, and it took a lot of time to narrow it down. I wanted to try and cover most of Dolly's genres. Music she wrote, covers, Country, Pop, Christmas, Patriotic, Gospel, Movies, Broadway. The show is set up into four sets. Starting with 70's into her huge hits from the 80s. The second set covers Gospel, some of her more recent motivational songs, and covers of classic Americana. Set three covers Christmas and an interactive song from "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Set four sums up the whole show with some of her famous songs about her family and life from the Smokey Mountains. I think one of the best things about Dolly Parton's music is it is relatable to everyone!

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton3. If you could give people one reason as to why they should come see Dolly: Coat of Many Colors, what would that reason be? SO MUCH FUN!!! The show is positive and upbeat from start to finish. You will be surprised how many songs you know. It's a toe tapping, uplifting, evening full of laughs and love.

4. In this show, you chose to lip sync to her songs and stage monologues. What made you want to go this route as opposed to singing the songs yourself? It's not so much that I chose this, this is what I do. I am an actor, not a singer. There are different types of impersonators, some are vocal, that's not what I do, and I do not choose to lip sync as a cope out, it's the art form. I have studied everything about Dolly Parton, the artist, the business, then the physical. How she moves, gestures, body language, facial expressions etc...I have chosen songs and material that are very true to me. So even though I am portraying her I am telling my personal story. The art of lip sync has had a really bad reputation. So many people consider it cheating or the easy way out, and so many assume if someone is singing live it's "good" or "better." In all reality people want to see a good entertaining show. When I am an audience member I don't care if you're singing live, lip syncing, dancing, or jumping through fire, just entertain me. Let me escape into your art. In this particular case I feel using Dolly's voice and vocals is the ONLY way to go! It captures her heart and soul in a way no one can ever recreate.

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Dolly: Coat of Many Colors? I hope people will walk away from the show with an even bigger love and appreciation for Dolly Parton. She is one of the most positive, influential, and beautiful artist of all time. Everyone should have more Dolly in their life, the world would be a better place! She's like vitamins for life. I hope people will walk away knowing more about me and my message. My message and Dolly's throughout the show is diversity, humor, family, self worth, and most importantly Love.

6. In addition to Dolly, you have impersonated Liza Minnelli, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and  Julie Andrews. What is it about Dolly Parton that made you want to create a whole show around her? I love and adore all of the stars I impersonate. It was most natural for me to tell my story through Dolly and her music. As I mentioned before, her library of music and art are bigger and more diverse then anyone I can think of! What other show could cover all of these generes with one person? I will also be showcasing seven different costumes and four different wigs. As Dolly's costumes, hair and image have been just as famous as her music. Out of all of the characters I've done, my "Dolly" gets me the most attention and appeals to a huge demographic. The gays and straights love it, liberals, conservatives, rich or poor, her art and hopefully mine will speak to all walks of life. People of every generation have some memory of Dolly, whether from music, movies or just her celebrity that spans over 50 years and going strong.

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Liza Minnelli7. What is your favorite or one of your favorite Dolly Parton songs and why is it your favorite? I love "I Will Always Love You." I think it's one of the best songs ever written. Another favorite would have to be "Coat of Many Colors." It's Dolly's personal favorite song. It's a beautiful true autobiography of being different, individual, and staying true to one's self. Also the endearing relationship with her Mother. I can completely relate to this song. Although my mother never made me a homemade coat, I have always been very different and quite the black sheep. I have fought my whole life to be myself and for what I believe. I come from a loving, supportive family, and I'm very close to my Mother. She's my biggest fan! It's a song EVERYONE can relate to. It's also why I named the show "Coat of Many Colors," it's about diversity, pride, and love. It's one of my favorite monologues and songs to perform. There's a lot of depth and substance that is so true for Dolly and myself.

8. In 2011, what was it like to find out that when Dolly Parton was shown a picture of you on Good Morning America, she thought it was herself? It was INSANE! GMA called me the day before and asked if they could use my photo. Said they'd found it online and thought it was the best. I was nervous because the last thing I wanted was for Dolly to see it and say something bad. That would have broken my heart. But the next morning my cell phone and Facebook blew up! It was crazy! It is the highest form of validation for the person you're impersonating to give you their blessing. So to have Dolly mistake me for her on national TV was awesome! It helped open a lot of doors. I've also met Liza backstage after her concert in Vegas and got her blessing. I would do anything for Dolly to see my show "Coat of Many Colors" live. It would be very nerve racking, but so surreal, and hopefully extremely rewarding.

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton9. Have you ever met Dolly Parton? If so, what was that meeting like? What went through your head during this moment in time? If you haven't met her, what do you think it would be like to do so? I have yet to meet her. She is so difficult to get too, next to impossible. I think it's way overdue now! I've been impersonating her for a living for 15 years and Dolly has been my full-time "9 to 5" for the past 6 years. My Dolly has been honed and fine tuned since the photo she saw in 2011. I hope she would be honored and pleased with my interpretation of her. I was booked this past May to go to Tennessee to be the headliner for the official Night of 1000 Dollys', and perform at the Fan Club and Collectors Dinner. It's the grand opening of Dollywood that time of year and Dolly does parades in the park and in the town. All of the major fans come in town from all over the world. I serendipitously met one of Dolly's personal assistants and designers at my hotel. He came to see my costumes and wigs. He was impressed with how some of my costumes are replicas of his designs. I was fortunate enough to have him come watch my performance. I was thrilled when he approached me after my show and told me that I was the best interpretation he'd ever seen! I was freaking out inside. So, I've yet to meet her, but I am one degree away!

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? First thing that comes that comes to mind is a saying a great acting coach taught me when someone asked a question about what to do for an audition. She said "always show them what you can do, not what you cannot do" I've found that to be true not only in show business but life in general. I try to challenge myself, but I always try to showcase my strengths. It's important for me to be genuine to myself and my craft, it seems ironic that someone who's made a living impersonating others I strive to have my own esthetic and brand, while being true to the stars brand. Someone criticized Dolly Parton once saying she wasn't the greatest actor, she simply replied with "I am no Meryl Streep...and Meryl Streep is no Dolly Parton!" No matter what you do, be the best you.

Jason CoZmo as Dolly Parton11. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Once again, it may seem ironic that someone impersonating others would be telling his own story, but I do. I realized it more so just recently when a friend of mine said to me after a show "Your impersonations are spot on, from the lip sync, costumes, to the make up and gestures…but we leave the show knowing all about you." I have always told my message, and made my statements through the characters and material I choose. The people I've chosen to impersonate, the specific music and material I choose to perform are not random. When I capture an audience's attention I want my message to be well thought out. When impersonating very famous people you really have to know how to hon. People know them inside and out, so I have to be two steps ahead. It's one of the most fascinating art forms there is, being able to recreate people and moments that so many know, while being true to yourself and sending your personal message.


12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To fly! Totally Peter Pan me out!

13. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? It would be a "CoZmo of Many Colors" With a Wild Berry top shelf vodka, various citrus juices, and the martini glass would have lights in it so it would continually change colors.

Jason CoZmoMore on Jason:

Jason CoZmo performs all over the USA and makes his living as a female celebrity impersonator for the past 15 years. Some of his most popular impersonations include Liza Minnelli, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Julie Andrews. But Dolly Parton has become his 9 to 5! Growing up in Salt Lake City Utah doing musical theatre, then off to California where he performed at Disneyland, and continued theatre as well as film. He hit the ground running when he moved to NYC in 2005, performing in all the posh clubs, cabarets, summers on Fire Island. Dolly soon became his staple as he was cast in professional Impersonation shows in Bermuda, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and NYC. When asked why he put this show together, Jason said "It's a very personal project. Dolly, being who she is and what she stands for are "Gospel" to me. Not only outspoken, and over the top in her look and humor, but most importantly she has been a front runner for Diversity, Equality, Spirituality, and Love! These are all things that I stand for as well."


Call Answered: John Epperson: LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET

John Epperson as Lypsinka

UPDATE: Due to an inury sustained by John Epperson, the run of LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET has been cancelled!

"Call Me Adam" chats with John Epperson, a.k.a. LYPSINKA! herself about the return of his smash hit show LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET, which will play at The Connelly Theater (220 East Fourth Street) from July 22 through September 12! Click here for tickets!

This award-winning revue features some of Lypsinka's greatest bits. Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern challenge of being overly-blessed with femininity, ego and celebrity. The return engagement of LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET will feature additional special material which will change weekly during the eight-week run.

For more on Lypsinka be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. After sold-out performances last Fall, this summer you are returning to the stage with LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET from July 22-September 12 at The Connelly Theatre in NYC's East Village. What made you want to bring this show back so quickly? There are several reasons. One is simply that the show was popular; and another is that the theatre was available and the stage there is a great "frame" for "The Goddess of Showbiz," Lypsinka. Thirdly, my friend, the famed costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane missed the show last Fall/Winter, and he offered to step in a s a producer on this encore engagement.

2. What do you enjoy most about performing this show? The reaction of the audience is almost always enormously rewarding.

3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET? I want them to say, "Gee, that was so much more than I expected it to be."

John Epperson as Lypsinka4. In creating this show, what was it like to go back through your career to pick out which moments you wanted to include? The primary impetus was simply to make the audience laugh, so that was first in my mind. Secondly, there’s some subtext in the show to chew on. I always try to give the audience member something to ponder.

5. Were there any moments that you wanted to include that you didn't get to? I think one of the best sequences I ever came up with was using THE THIRD MOVEMENT (ELEGY) OF THE BARTOK CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA as underscoring, and putting sound bites on top of that. But that sequence doesn’t work out of context.

"THE BOXED SET" does contain sequences from a show called "LYPSINKA MUST BE DESTROYED" that I only performed once, in San Francisco in 1996 for two months.  I should perform it in New York someday, it has some wild stuff in it. You can see some of it on YouTube.

6. What's it like for you to perform a show of all your "greatest hits"? It’s fun. A lot of hard work! It’s physically demanding, but it always has been. I’m grateful that I can still so it, and that the public wants to experience it.

John Epperson as Lypsinka7. In addition to performing your biggest hits, during this limited run, you are also incorporating new material every week. What excites you about this weekly change in material? It’s fun to give myself a challenge, and the audience always enjoys being in on something new.

8. Going back a bit to the beginning of your career, how did you come up with LYPSINKA? I wanted to do a drag performance that was rooted in a tradition. I wanted to poke fun at that tradition and at the same time raise it up high. I chose lip-synching partly out of fear. I was intimidated by the professional scene in New York at the time, and by lip-synching in female costume, I could hide behind the makeup and someone else’s voice. But I got over that fear long ago.

9. What has been the best part about performing as LYPSINKA? When I did my first Off-Broadway show for almost 12 months in 1988/89, I could feel myself growing as a private person. I had a lot of damage to get through.

10. What was the greatest hurdle you overcame as LYPSINKA? It pleases me that because of my reputation, some people don’t see me as a "drag queen," a term I personally loathe. Of course, there are some who still use that term to describe me.


John Epperson as Lypsinka11. What's the best advice you've ever received? The actor Roddy McDowall once said to me, "Don’t ever give up."

12. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Well, in addition to what I mentioned before, I have also learned that I did the right thing for myself by leaving Mississippi. But it must have been heart-breaking for my parents that I wanted to lead an unconventional life.

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? To leap over all the baby stroller, and dog leashes and cell phone users in a single bound.

14. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I don’t know much about drinking and cocktails. I like fine red wine and Blue Label Chimay Ale. I also like fine chocolates. So, if anyone wants to send anything to The Connelly Theater this summer, now they know what to send!

15. As LYPSINKA, what's your favorite skin care product? I use Kiehl’s moisturizer, and if I can’t get that I will use L'OREAL.

John Epperson as LypsinkaMore on John:

John Epperson was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a long way from the exciting worlds in which LYPSINKA travels: movies (Witch Hunt with Dennis Hopper, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Wigstock: The Movie, Angels In America, Kinsey, Another Gay Movie, Another Gay Sequel); television (HBO specials Sandra After Dark with Sandra Bernhard, and Dragtime; George Michael’s video Too Funky, PBS’s The United States Of Poetry and special features on the Mommie Dearest and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? DVDs); fashion (appearing in the Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles shows of haute couture designer Thierry Mugler, modeling for Valentino, Pauline Trigere, Barneys New York, and launching lines of cosmetics for Prescriptives, MAC, and Isabella Rossellini); advertisements (The Gap, LA Eyeworks, Naya Spring Water, Ilford Film); theater, including I Could Go On Lip-Synching!, The Fabulous Lypsinka Show, Lypsinka! Now It Can Be Lip-Synched, Lypsinka! A Day In The Life (New York Theater Workshop, two Drama Desk nominations, including Most Unique Theatrical Experience; revived in 1993 Off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre), Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip-Synching, Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!, Lypsinka IS Harriet Craig!, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (2001 Drama Desk nomination, Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award win for Outstanding Non-Resident Production / Outstanding Lead Actor nomination, wins for Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Best Sound Design and L.A. Weekly Theatre Award for Best Solo Performance); and special events (such as Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, on Broadway with Bette Midler, Elaine Stritch and Patti LuPone, and London’s Meltdown Festival curated by Morrissey).

John Epperson as LypsinkaFormerly a rehearsal pianist at American Ballet Theatre, John’s theatrical career was launched in the mid-1980s when he wrote the book, lyrics and music of Ballet of the Dolls and Dial "M" For Model at La Mama ETC. The year 1999 brought Epperson’s dramatic stage debut in Messages for Gary at The New York Fringe Festival. In 2004 John appeared Off-Broadway in The Roaring Girle with The Foundry Theatre. The same year he was the subject of a stage festival at DC’s Studio Theatre, which included his autobiographical piece John Epperson: Show Trash, As I Lay Lip-Synching, and his play, My Deah: Medea for Dummies, the Medea tale set in The New South. Also in 2004 Epperson played "The Stepmother" in the New York City Opera production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater. The play My Deah opened in an Obie Award-winning production Off-Broadway in October 2006 and is now published and licensed by Samuel French. His acclaimed Off-Broadway show The Passion of the Crawford, a fantasia on the personality of Joan Crawford, toured to California, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Illustration by Stefano ImbertLypsinka launched the 2007 Spring collection of MAC Cosmetics centered around the Barbie doll. Epperson’s version of James Kirkwood’s infamous play Legends! was produced at Studio Theatre in DC, Summer 2010. In 2014 in New York City, John devoted himself to a unique challenge for a solo performer by performing three of his shows in repertory under the umbrella title LYPSINKA! THE TRILOGY. John and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS. He provided the preface for the Rizzoli photo book Persona, and is the author of a new screenplay Happy Everything. John has also written for The Guardian (U.K.), The New York Times, The Washington Post and Interview and The Daily Beast.


Call Redialed: 54 Below That Girl/That Boy Facetime Interview with the legendary Charles Busch 

Live from 54 Below, "Call Me Adam" catches up with the legendary Charles Busch to talk about his new show That Girl/That Boy at 54 Below July 14, 16, 17, 23 at 7pm! That Girl/That Boy combines Charles' hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. Click here for tickets!

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"Call Me Adam's" That Girl/That Boy 54 Below Facetime Interview with the legendary Charles Busch:


More on Charles:

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in QuestionRed Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Charles the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Charles received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Charles made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.


Call Answered: Riley Bodenstab: Life in Pieces

Riley Bodenstab at Credence Entertainment Launch Event, Photo Credit: David Edwards -"Call Me Adam" chats with rising actor Riley Bodenstab about being on the new CBS series Life in Pieces which will be premiering this fall (starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski)! We also discuss working with Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt, starring on NBC's Days of Our Lives as "Cole Hines," FX's Justified as "Derrick Waters," starting his own production company, and just how far he's come in such a short time!

For more on Riley be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook and @RileyBodenstab!

1. The next time we'll see you on TV will be in the CBS series Life in Pieces. In the trailer, you are in a scene with Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt. How was that experience? Working on Life in Pieces was  a really rewarding experience. The entire cast was phenomenal. I am very proud to be a part of it. Betsy Brandt is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with on set. When I first met her in the make-up room, we were cracking jokes and laughing right off the bat.​ She is an incredible actress​, and I look forward ​to working with her again.​

2. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? That'​s a funny question in some ways,​ because I never really thought I could ever be an actor​. ​​B​ut a girl I had a crush on in high school (who worked with me at one of my many jobs...​haha) said she could see me on ​TV and being an actor someday. I had never acted a day in my life and thought she was actually a bit crazy but was just happy she was paying attention to me.​ I actually forgot about that until recently.

So no one really inspired me,​ per se, except maybe her putting it in the back of my head, in some ways. A​t the time I ​thought this was so far off base and that she was just being nice,​ so I didn’t think too much of it. Coincidentally, when I ​got to engineering school at S​anta C​lara U​niversity,​ I had to pick a liberal arts class,​ and the only one left was acting. I​ signed up for it only because I had to, since nothing else was available. I honestly worried if I would fail the class. I didn’t know if it was a good idea to sign up, since I had never acted and was really bad at memorizing. ​But they bumped me up a class and gave me the lead in the play. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, that I stuck to, and I’m still not really sure to this day why I did. ​B​ut I slowly fell in love with acting -​ e​specially once we put on the show, and the rush of the ​performance came over me. By the time the show was up,​ I​ was switching my majors to business and communications.

T​hat summer,​ I went to LA for a very intensive film acting program,​ and I was hooked.

Riley Bodenstab on CBS' "Life in Pieces"3. Who do you hope to get to work with both on and off-screen? Wow that's so tough, because there are so many incredible actors I would love to work with. I'​d have to say on-screen it would probably be Michael Fassbender. He is so incredibly engaged in every performance he does, and he ​captivates you like very few people can. I think my experience in gritty indie theater,​ like playing "Eric Harris" in The Columbine Project, taught me to not just be like the character - but to become the character.

Off-screen​,​ I'​d like to work with Darren Aronofsky. I have a few favorite filmmakers,​ but he is one guy who always goes after the film he wants to make the way he wants to make it, in a great way.

4. You ​were on NBC's long-running hit Soap Opera, Days of Our Lives in the recurring role of "Cole Hines" (also known as "Bad Teen #2"). What made you want to audition for Days of Our Lives? Bad Teen #2….Nice! I'​m impressed you knew that was the original episode character name for Cole...haha. Honestly,​ when you're starting out as an actor, you pretty much go in on whatever comes your way. Days Of Our ​Lives is a p​rofessional show and the characters, Marnie Saitta (the casting director), always had me read for I responded well to. Not to mention Marnie is a very supportive casting director who doesn’t make you feel like you'​re​ just a number. I owe her a lot, as she really saw something in me, and took a chance on me by trying to find something I could play. She brought me in a few times before I got a call,​ out of the blue,​ about taking on this character that had the potential to turn into something bigger.

5. I have heard that being on a Soap Opera is some of the best training an actor can get. What have you learned about the craft from being Days of Our Lives? Be ready and be prepared. It moves fast,​ so you really have to learn how to have everything ready to go and be prepared for anything.

Riley Bodenstab and Kaitlyn Dever on FX's "Justified"6. You we​re also on FX's hit show Justified as "Derrick Waters." What did​ you relate to most about "Derrick"? "Derrick" wa​s a bit of a loose canon, but had​ a big heart deep down. I think I related​ the most to his big heart. I don't act on my temper,​ or even say anything often,​ as I have a filter and a sharp analytical mind that "Derrick" didn​’t have.​ B​ut none-the-less, those elements of him are very similar to my own fiery emotions. He felt​ indestructible like many guys at that age. ​I think if I hadn’t gone through all the hard times struggling to just get by in LA when I got here,​ I'​d probably have that same false confidence about the world as well.

7. In addition to acting, you are also a filmmaker and head up the production aspect of Credence Entertainment. What do you get from film making that you do not get from acting? What is your favorite part of the creative process in making a film? I think the thing I get most out of filmmaking that I don’t get from acting is examining and engaging the​ psychology of human behavior and story telling. When you​'​r​e​ acting, your job is to become the character and bring that to life. You'​re​ very focused on finding and preparing the emotional and physical elements as an actor only. Filmmaking really lets me get behind the wheel and blend all of those elements together and drive the ship,​ if you will,​ to ​go to the places​ I​ want.

My favorite part of the creative process in making films other than acting is directing and producing.

Riley Bodenstab in "A Killer of Men"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? It doesn’t matter where you get your appetite,​ as long as you eat at home.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being an actor and filmmaker? I'​ve learned everything about myself from being an actor and a filmmaker. Ironically,​ I’ve also changed into a different person as a result of getting into acting. I've​ learned I am capable of almost ​anything.

10. What is like to be the boy from Sammamish Washington, living out his Hollywood dreams? Did you always have your sights on film/television or was there a different career path you thought you might take? It'​s surreal. It'​s almost hard to say it was my dream,​ because I never even thought i​t was an option. I always loved film,​ but it was a hobby that I couldn’t have imagined could have been my life. I thought I’​d get an engineering degree and go into business, real-estate or even architecture. But honestly,​ I was lost in general. I was already changing my major to business and communications instead of engineering after a couple weeks. I really didn’t know what I wanted. When I found acting, it kinda just fell into my lap. T​he whole thing became a dream,​ and it'​s been a very tough journey. I sacrificed a lot and though I’m finally working,​ I still have so many challenges and goals to overcome. But if anyone told me when I​ was 16 that I'​d someday be living in H​ollywood and acting on TV​, I'​d say they were crazy and ask what they were smoking...haha.

Riley Bodenstab on FX's "Justified"11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flight. I always wanted to be a fighter pilot secretly deep down growing up. My uncle was a former Top Gun Navy fighter pilot, and as a kid I actually dreamed about that more than anything. I love to fly -​ being on planes. I took a few flying lessons growing up. The most amazing and unbelievable experience of my life was when I went skydiving for my 18th birthday. That rush was very similar to being on stage.


12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients are you going to put in it? I’d call it Bodes Well.​ It would have Whiskey, Lemon, Cold Ginger Kombucha Tea - ​on the Rocks.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? Pouring cement and hauling dirt...​haha. But seriously,​ I work on my place a lot and run up in the hills.​ I built my own little cabin. I got in the best shape that way.​ I’ve kept it up doing little side projects pouring concrete steps or leveling off terraces. I also like going for runs up here in the hills and on ​hikes. I have a spot where I run to, and I can see all of LA. It reminds me how meaningless I am in the grand scheme of time and life. ​S​o that'​s my other favorite, as it'​s more than just a work out. It's​ a serene reminder of how unimportant the daily problems I give credence to really are.

14. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs all the way. :)


Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview: Tony Nominee Tony Yazbeck: 54 Sings Irving Berlin

Tony YazbeckLive from 54 Below, "Call Me Adam" chats with Tony Award Nominee Tony Yazbeck about performing in 54 Sings Irving Berlin, which celebrates the work of the American Songbook pioneer with renditions of "Alexander’s Ragtime Band," "Heat Wave," "Play a Simple Melody," "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody," and the song made famous from Berlin’s "Annie Get Your Gun," "There’s No Business Like Show Business." Click here for tickets!

In addition to Tony (who will only be at the 7pm show), 54 Sings Irving Berlin will feature the talents of Willy Falk, Molly Pope, Raissa Katona Bennett, Marissa Miller, Marissa Mulder, Eric LuJuan Summers, Madeleine Doherty, Janelle Robinson, Jennifer Sheehan, and Gabrielle Stravelli.

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