By: Judy Shields
Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) 7/28/16 – “You don’t know and you watch the stories and the show is always intact with a great tapestry of talented actors. It’s been great being here from the beginning and should we keep doing it. David Hollander, Executive Producer told the audience at The Paley Center for Media last night.
The cast and executive producer appeared on the Paley Center stage in Beverly Hills for the first time for an intimate screening and panel conversation with moderator Stacey Wilson Hunt, Hollywood Editor, New York Magazine/Vulture last night.
In their first Paley Center appearance for the series, the stars and executive producer joined an intimate audience to discuss one of TV’s most powerful dramas.
The PaleyLive LA program featured a special screening and panel discussion. The full panel event and clips from the program will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu at a later date.
Now in the midst of its riveting fourth season, Ray Donovan, Showtime Networks’ gritty cinematic noir, explores the complicated dynamic of the Donovan family as Ray further faces his own tortured past. Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber leads a gifted ensemble of actors who occupy the often grim world of the titular Hollywood Fixer who does the dirty work for LA’s top power players.
The cast and director in attendance were:
David Hollander, Executive Producer (Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series – Ray Donovan • Exsuscito • Showtime • SHOWTIME Presents, The Mark Gordon Company, David Hollander Productions Directed by David Hollander Emmy® nomination)
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Emmy® Nomination 2016)
Jon Voight, “Mickey Donovan” (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series – Emmy® Nomination)
Paula Malcomson, “Abby Donovan”
Devon Bagby, “Conor Donovan”
Kerris Dorsey, “Bridget Donovan”
Dash Mihok, “Bunchy Donovan”
Katherine Moennig, “Lena”
Steven Bauer, “Avi”
Pooch Hall, “Daryll”
Moderator Stacey Wilson Hunt ask each of the cast members “What was your big break in Hollywood?
David Hollander said that he had written a play for off-Broadway when he was 24 and that the next day he got a call from Scott Rudin, which he didn’t know who he was and told him “kid you are going to write me a movie.” David told Scott I have never written a movie before and Scott said, “I don’t care, write me a movie”. “Scott wrote me a check and I wrote him a movie!”
Liev Schreiber said that Nora Ephron saw him in in a play called “In the Summer House” and hired him to play a suicidal transvestite. (Laughter erupted) It all makes sense Stacey Wilson said.
Paula Malcomson said that she was upstate New York watching a ballet Saratogian Summertime and a man came up to her with a script underneath his arm and said “I want to cast you in my movie” it was Kevin Jarre, he wrote Tombstone. Paula said she wasn’t an actress at the time and told him that she was not an actress and Kevin said “yes you are!” Jon Voight said “Wow, so that is how it began for you?”
Stacey Wilson Hunt chimed in and said “Don’t you guys know these things about each other?
No, we don’t talk about acting, he talk about everything else the cast shouted out.
Jon Voight said that when he thinks about it, that he did a play called “A View From the Bridge” a play that was very successful back in the 60s, the hottest thing at that time. He said he got a great deal of attention from it and to work with Bobby Duvall. That was his big break.
Dash Mihok said that he was still trying to figure out what his big break was and that certainly this role is great to play. He could point to playing a role in Romeo and Juliet that he is very proud of.
Devon Bagby said that this is my first role. (Applause and laughter) Jon Voight said “stay with you are going to be great!”
Kerris Dorsey said that she got her first break at age 5 when she did a movie called “I Walk The Line” and she played Johnny Cash’s daughter (Cathy Cash) and that she got cut out of a lot of it, but I got that credit and that is all that matters.
Katherine Moennig said she would have to say the L Word.
Steven Bauer said that he was in Miami, Florida doing a lot of theatre and did a local sitcom locally that went national and a Hollywood casting director called him and told him that they were flying him out to LA because they like what he was doing and he had a meeting with a Columbia Pictures executive who told him that they were putting him under contract and they would find something for him and that was it, he was up and running. Stacey said “and there was this thing called Scarface! (applause and laugher)
Pooch Hall said he thinks he break came when a commercial campaign called Buddy Lee Jeans where he played opposite this dog called Buddy Lee and it was very cool and that the dog gave him lots of stuff to work with (laughter). “I’m right here with my family Ray Donovan and what sup!
Stacey told Liev that a couple of years ago when she visited the set he told her something funny that has stuck with her, that he wasn’t used to making something that his friends actually watched. Really because he had done tons of work and theatre and he had enjoyed being under the radar, no all these years later, how have you adjusted to all this living and breathing thing, which keeps growing and growing and how have you settled into this.
Liev, silence! “it’s a new experience every year and every season and adjusting to the character and to the writing and where the rest of the ensemble takes it. I think in this line of work you are as good as the people you surround yourself with and I have the great fortune of having some incredible people that I am working with in the writers room and this cast.” It’s work like I have never had to work before, I have had to grow up a little. You know you become an actor and you don’t expect to work this hard. (laughter) I was a mason assistant and I expected to work hard then I became an actor and through I would get a break.
Stacy asked Liev about his directing some of the episodes of Ray Donovan like the first episode for season 4.
Liev said that the most difficult thing is the speed. It take about three months to shot a feature film and they do half of that work in 10-13 days and when you are acting the only way to access your performance is to stop and look at the playback and go back and when you have to do that it all grinds to a halt. You have to have people around you that you trust and other creatives and the cast and ask them how did that go.
Liev also said “before Ray Donovan, I was actually known for speaking (laughter). Paula said that is why this is the toughest job of your career.
It was a great night in Beverly Hills with the cast of Ray Donovan. I have to say, I have yet to watch the show, but after seeing last night season opener and meeting some of the cast, I sure will be getting myself caught up with Ray Donovan.
Don’t forget to catch Season 4 episode one this Sunday on Showtime.
New Episodes Sundays at 9 PM ET/PT
ABOUT THE SERIES
Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA’s top power players. The one-hour series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Liev Schreiber in his first lead television role as the go-to guy who makes the problems of the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful drama unfolds when his father, played by Oscar® winner Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.
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