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Greetings from the Land of Enchantment

By Robyn Reede

benjaminwhere during the Santa Fe Film Festival we had a great opportunity to attend Acting Workshop w/ John Benjamin Hickey: From the Stage to the Screen (No subject).You may know him from his role in Manhattan or perhaps in Truth or Flags of Our Fathers or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen or maybe even from Broadway. This Emmy-nominated, Tony Award-winning actor talked about how to elevate your craft to the next level with the same techniques and insights that have helped him become one of the most sought-after  talents in film, television and the stage. He shared his experiences while performing in the Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s play in the early 90’s that he performed in NY about the HIV epidemic, New York City. Almost 30 years later, he’s cemented his place as an insider, landing roles on everything from Showtime’s “The Big C” to “Pitch Perfect,” “The Good Wife”and the hit WGN America series “Manhattan,” on which he played theoretical nuclear physicist Frank Winter. He shared that exploring a character that is so far outside of your own experiences you have to go another direction and “If you have a hard time understanding the brainy stuff, you have to look at the emotional truth of the character.” He also shared with us that he still faces what a lot of us face the — dreaded audition and oftentimes not getting a part you really wanted. So, do your homework and bring your A game and then “forget about it.”

Mr. Hickey will also be starring in Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney in NYC in April of next year – don’t miss it.

It was a very dynamic experience with talent and humanitarian, John Benjamin Hickey!

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.