Tuesday 11th February 2020
Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award ® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, and based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. The film is directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.
Bombshell also stars Emmy® Award winner Kate McKinnon, Golden Globe® nominee Connie Britton, Emmy® Award winner Mark Duplass, Emmy® Award nominee Rob Delaney, Golden Globe® nominee Malcolm McDowell and Academy Award® winner Allison Janney. Lionsgate presents, in association with Creative Wealth Media / Annapurna Pictures, a Bron Studios / Denver and Delilah / Gramsci / Lighthouse Management & Media production.
Based on the real scandal, Bombshell tells the explosive story of the women who brought down the man who helped create the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News. But at heart of the film is also an exhilarating portrait of how courage is forged in the moment, as three very different women resolve to fight back against unchecked power and abuse.
No one saw it coming. Not a soul could have predicted that one of the first strikes in the catalytic movement to overturn the long history of workplace harassment would come from inside the least likely place: at the core of deeply conservative, profoundly loyalist Fox News. Yet, as the world would soon come to see, this was not an issue of right, left or center, but of righting a legacy of wrongs.
The fuse was boldly lit in the summer of 2016 by Gretchen Carlson, once the unswervingly perky co-host of influential "Fox & Friends." When the recently fired Carlson slapped Fox News' founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, most expected Carlson to get crushed. After all, Ailes was the untouchable master of the media universe-ready to use his influence and resources to defeat any foe.
Instead, what happened next reverberated around the world.
In just 16 wild days, Ailes would take one of the most dizzying falls from elite heights in corporate history. For even he could not survive the force of multiple women coming forward with their own stories, including superstar Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly.
But it was never just about the women at Fox. What happened in those two weeks-as Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and the women of Fox rang the alarm bells of cultural change-became a harbinger of a defining moment of our era. Just over a year later, in October 2017, the New York Times would report multiple accusations against entertainment titan Harvey Weinstein, a story that would then combust, growing the small, pre-existing #MeToo movement into a massive global phenomenon. By then, it was clear the corporate codes of silence were being detonated across every industry.
This deeper cultural significance is what most intrigued Bombshell's three producers: Emmy®-winning director Jay Roach (Game Change, Outstanding Directing-Limited Series/Movie, 2008; All The Way, Trumbo), who also directs; Oscar® winner Charles Randolph (The Big Short, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, 2015), who wrote the screenplay; and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Best Actress, 2003), who also plays Megyn Kelly.
Roach, Randolph and Theron set out to create a film that, while cognizant of our divided world, never lets politics overshadow what the story is really about. Theron explains: "This is a story about people's rights being violated, and that's not partisan. The bottom line is that we should all be free to be ambitious, to pursue the things we believe in and to do our jobs in a safe environment. You can have a healthy debate about the right way to go about the news business. But no one should ever be in a position where you feel that your ultimate goals will be taken away from you if you speak the truth about someone in power. That just shouldn't happen. To anybody."
The decision to play Kelly was a weighty one for Theron, who struggled to get past some of Megyn's more controversial aspects. She ultimately came to terms with the need to bring this story to the forefront in spite of those concerns saying, "When you can see the power of a message even through the eyes of someone you don't agree with-even someone who might anger you at times-that tells you there's something very real and very important there."
Theron is joined by the talents of three other Academy Award® winning and nominated performers who each bring instantly recognisable, larger-than-life characters to emotionally complex life: Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Best Actress, 2002) as Gretchen Carlson; Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment, Best Supporting Actor, 1983) as Roger Ailes; and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie (I, Tonya, Best Actress, 2017) as fictional Kayla Pospisil. They lead an incredible ensemble cast who bring out a wide range of human shadings in characters who represent many points of view, including Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Liv Hewson, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Rob Delaney, Mark Duplass, Stephen Root, Nazanin Boniadi, Alanna Ubach, Bree Condon, Brooke Smith, Michael Buie, Ashley Greene, Elisabeth Röhm, Alice Eve, and Spencer Garrett.
Immersing audiences into the revealing Fox News world is a behind-the-scenes team led by Oscar® nominated director of photography Barry Ackroyd BSC (The Hurt Locker, Best Cinematography, 2009; The Big Short, Captain Phillips), known for his kinetic, in-the-moment shooting style, as well as production designer Mark Ricker (Trumbo, The Help), editor Jon Poll (The Greatest Showman), four-time Oscar® winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016; Alice in Wonderland, 2010) and composer Theodore Shapiro (Last Christmas). Oscar®-winning makeup designer Kazu Hiro (Darkest Hour, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, 2017) also made a unique contribution helping to sculpt celebrity faces with prosthetics that, while uncanny, also allow the full weight of the actors' emotions to shine through.
The minute Charlize Theron finished reading Charles Randolph's script for Bombshell, she could not wait to produce it. Just as Randolph had shattered the mold of the current affairs movie with The Big Short, Theron saw him doing it all over again, turning another slippery, challenging but absolutely watershed moment of our times into an intense and incisive human drama.
"Coming to the film as a producer was really a no-brainer," says Theron. "Charles's script was just spectacular. The research he did was phenomenal, and he took such a broad view on how change is created. We were expecting something great and it surpassed all our expectations. On top of that, I was just totally moved that a man had written this story, because it proves this is a subject for all people."
Likewise, though set in the belly of partisan TV, the story wasn't about politics. Instead, it insisted on being about something deeper: how very different kinds of people can choose to stand up against powers that seem greater than themselves. Theron has always been drawn to films with tricky characters and complicated situations. In 2005, she starred in North Country, the story of the very first major sexual harassment case in the U.S. But the story of how the Fox News women took down their seemingly invincible boss went even further. It showed how three hugely competitive women ultimately upended the attempt to pit them against one another and instead turned against the power structure itself.
Also impressive to Theron was just how true Randolph's depiction was of what the women at Fox went through-the exhausting process of constantly trying to deflect, or develop entire personal strategies for handling day-to-day adversities when you're in an abusive situation. Yes, the story took place in the heightened pressure cooker of a newsroom-and reverberated with reflections on the whole idea of public image and media power-but it took aim at a bigger phenomenon. It was at its core, Theron felt, about that take-charge moment when a group of women found the freedom, whatever the results, to say "enough."
"What felt important was to go back to the story of these women who actually catapulted us into this movement that continues to grow," Theron says. "This was one of the first workplace harassment suits of its kind. It was over a year before the Harvey Weinstein story broke, so it was truly the precursor. And Charles had brought it all to life as a story that lets you get angry, that gets emotional, but that also lets you laugh at the absurdity. I saw in it a human story that was really complex and well-rounded." Much as she was keen to help shepherd the project, Theron was torn about the possibility of playing Megyn Kelly. Her struggle with the decision inspired her to send the script to her good friend Jay Roach, at first just angling for nothing more than his always-welcome insights. Roach was also an immediate fan of the script. In fact, he couldn't help but envision it coming to life-with Theron as Kelly. Though Roach knows well there's a distance between the way Kelly and Theron see the world, he also felt that this could push Theron into exciting territory, as she explored Kelly's internal drives and contradictions. Recalls Roach: "I said to Charlize, 'I know it's probably not the first thing on your mind to portray Megyn Kelly, and you probably don't agree on very much with her. But this is such a powerful story with a chance to reach a broad audience. I just knew she'd be great because Charlize always rises to the most complex challenges."
Theron then turned the tables. "She said, 'I'll do it, but only if you direct it,'" Roach remembers.
For Theron, Roach's agreement was the key to it all. "It can be a scary thing for an actor to play someone so removed from who you are," she admits. "But I feel incredibly safe with Jay. So, I felt if he were at the helm of this, then I would feel comfortable pushing myself and taking the risks."
Theron's commitment to working on both sides of the camera quick-started the production. "Charlize was truly the most profound creative force on Bombshell," Randolph says. "She was vital in getting it to the screen. And even as she was giving such a great performance, she was a very hands-on producer, delivering notes on every scene."
When Randolph began drafting the screenplay, he couldn't have known such a massive cultural sea change was at hand. And yet, he recalls that he increasingly sensed something boiling under the surface. He kept hearing from female friends about the systematic sexual pressure and even assault they experienced at work, including in the news business. Then, in 2016, Randolph learned about how Ailes plummeted from a veritable kingmaker to resigning in disgrace from the network he helped to build. If this was happening at the heart of Fox News, Randolph reasoned, then it was potentially happening in other places too, and he suspected it was a sign of things to come.
Randolph was inspired to dig deeper-and also to rethink how to tell this kind of story. "I felt this was a story that not only needed to be told for women, but also for men," Randolph explains. "I thought, if I can put male audiences inside the subjective experience of harassment and what that means and how it feels, that's what I really would like to do in a film. Women will recognise these experiences, but men may encounter something they hadn't realised."
To learn more about what spurred the women's decisions to take the leap, Randolph embarked on a research operation. He sat down with a stream women to get their first-hand accounts of sexual harassment in the workplace. These very personal and individual experiences helped to significantly inform the screenplay. "I was interested in finding a way to glean something more morally complex than what you saw in the news, something funnier at times and also sadder at times. I was looking for the larger truths."
Those larger truths resonated with Roach. Drawn to the places where political events and human revelations cross, Roach is best known for a string of deftly researched projects based on real-life incidents, including HBO's Emmy®-winning Recount about the 2000 presidential election, and Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign. Still, taking his cues from Randolph's screenplay, he felt this film demanded a stylistic approach that might break down walls and perceptions-that might invite audiences to engage with life inside the Fox News world in ways they maybe never anticipated, regardless of how where they came down on the network's slant on the news.
Roach also spent a lot of time thinking especially about what approach he should take as a man addressing a story in part about three women tapping fully into their agency. "I have a real interest in issues of gender equality, but I can't even begin to pretend to imagine what it's like to go through the things working women go through," Roach openly admits. "But the thing that convinced me that I could do this is not only that Charlize was asking me to do it and trusted me to do it. It was also this idea that when it comes to changing things, men really have to start talking more to other men. There aren't enough men right now asking all the hard questions about this issue."
Like Randolph, Roach dove into his own intensive bout of research, much of it also first-hand. I watched hours and hours of footage, read many books, but especially I did my own interviews with people about their personal experiences," says Roach. "I get so much out of talking to real people."
As development of the project deepened, Roach, Randolph and Theron conversed at length about tone. As he had in The Big Short, Randolph had taken a lot of creative storytelling risks -- from utilising six women narrators whose explanatory voiceovers serve as the connective tissue of the story to bursting through the fourth wall to address the audience. But Roach also knew he had to walk a tightrope. "It's not a film that's preachy, but it's about something hugely consequential. There's a lot of humor in Charles's writing, but the characters are going through crucial dilemmas. I really wanted to connect to the spirit of the writing and find that balance," he explains.
Roach, Randolph and Theron all agreed that one of the things that had made the script so exhilarating wasthat it avoids a singular point-of-view. Instead, it mirrors the chaotic, often clashing, mix of personal motives and decisions that are the least-talked-about part of social change. Each of the main characters starts in a different place from the others and wrestles very personally with the perils of speaking out.
"Megyn is the film's narrative center," Randolph describes. "She is our Dante, who takes us deep into this world. Gretchen is the moral center in that she frames the issue and makes the most heroic choice. And Kayla is the emotional center of our story-someone we identify with as she experiences harassment. Kayla's is the story we least often hear: the story of the woman who gives in to a harasser, and what that means to her life. I didn't want to put that burden on a real person, so I made that character fictional."
Also important to the filmmakers was taking the opportunity to examine just how many strikingly different forms of harassment exist, from the casual to the criminal. "We address about two dozen different types, from an unwanted backrub to a face-to-face proposition of 'you'll get this job if you do this,'" Randolph notes.
On set, this led to some intense moments, as the filmmakers tried to cultivate a safe place for volatile emotions. One scene that hit especially hard was when Margot Robbie as Kayla "auditions" for John Lithgow as Roger Ailes, in what becomes an alarmingly sexualized encounter based on real-life stories about Ailes's infamous insistence that his on-camera talent twirl before him.
Recalls Roach: "Unusually, I was a camera operator in that scene and there was something about watching it through the lens that made it even more empathetic, I was shaking with emotion, because I just could feel what these characters were going through."
Later, while editing, Roach found a singular shot that makes the scene work without needing to become explicit. "It was all about that tilt up and reveal that Kayla is just as horrified by this moment as you are," he says. "In that moment, Margot reveals all the horror, the humiliation and off balanced confusion that Kayla feels. It's one of the most powerful moments I've experienced in a film."
Moments like that are why Theron is extremely grateful that she and Roach connected in that first call. "I can't imagine now having made this film with anybody else," she says. "Jay can tell a complicated story in way that you feel transported into the room with these people. That's an incredibly powerful gift."
In the summer of 2016, the star rising at the speed of light at Fox News was Megyn Kelly, host of the highly rated nightly news show "The Kelly File." Fiery, confrontational, charismatic and unabashedly opinionated no matter the backlash, the former prosecutor was becoming a rare mainstream breakout. Even in the wake of controversies, Kelly would attain cultural heroine status after she confronted thencandidate Donald Trump about his treatment of women during the Republican debates. When it came to Roger Ailes, Kelly had successfully rebuffed his advances. Yet when Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Ailes kicked off an internal investigation, it was clear that Kelly had a choice to make. She chose not to duck, and not to defend her boss, but to go public about her harassment experiences with Ailes.
In Bomshell Kelly is a linchpin, the one person who can most draw the spotlight, even if she might get caught in the glare. Theron brings her penchant for disappearing into characters-from a serial murderer on death row in Monster to the fantastical warrior Furiosa in the iconic action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road - to the role.
Well before she got to the set, Theron began plunging herself into Kelly's persona, even listening to recordings in the car while driving. She poured through endless interviews and worked intensively with a dialogue coach. "I wanted to do all the research, all the voice work, thinking and processing, so I could then throw it all out the window and just be Megyn in the moment," Theron explains.
Though he expected a lot, Roach was awed by how all-in Theron was, ready to fully take on not only Kelly's candy-coloured stretch dresses but her deep-timbred voice and entire physical presence. "Charlize devoted herself 110% to connecting with Megyn. She gave up many, many hours of sleep to get to the set early and endure prosthetics application every day. Early on, I said to her, 'Charlize, you don't really need to do anything. You can evoke Megyn with pure performance.' But she said, 'I need to see myself in the mirror and not recognise myself. I need this voice to be coming out of Megyn Kelly's face.' Charlize has incredible craft, but she doesn't think about craft. She comes at the role thinking about truth."
What intrigued Theron most is that Kelly could have kept quiet and prospered but dared to come forward. "She was the superstar at Fox in the process of renegotiating her contract. She had everything going for her," Theron says. "It was very complicated for her, which is something we don't talk enough about-that women's choices in these circumstances are never easy; they're complicated and personal."
Theron notes that Kelly was always torn in her loyalties. "She was incredibly conflicted about how much she liked Roger Ailes, even though he was abusive to her. And that's another thing I hope we will talk more about. "We have to start talking about the truth of what predators look like, and that there can be a level of real seduction. Women feel a lot of shame to admit they sometimes liked their abuser even though they just wanted the abuse to stop."
Despite sharing so little in common with Kelly on so many issues, Theron says that this never really became a barrier to feeling passionate about telling this story, always a prerequisite for her. "Megyn was an important part of what has become an important moment in history. That doesn't cancel out everything else she has said or done, or how I feel about those things," Theron says with her typical honesty, "but in making the decision she did, she was part of something remarkable."
That passion kept Theron motivated during the rigorous daily makeup to subtly shift her into Kelly's squarejawed profile. Special makeup designer Kazu Hiro, who Theron brought aboard to design all the film's prosthetics, notes: "Charlize spent about 3 hours every day in makeup chair, and she did it because she was so committed to becoming this character completely."
Academy Award® winner and five-time Golden Globe® winner Nicole Kidman has shown her immense versatility in roles from a conniving newscaster in To Die For to the literary heroine Virginia Woolf in The Hours, a cabaret star in Moulin Rouge, a mother whose children are being haunted in The Others, an adoptive mother whose son wants to search for his birth family in Lion, an abused wife in the runaway HBO hit "Big Little Lies" and Queen Atlanna in Aquaman, to name just a few.
She takes another entirely fresh turn as Gretchen Carlson, the Minnesota-born, former Miss America-turned popular Fox News host, who shocked the world by suddenly daring to confront Roger Ailes and take a bold stand for women. Kidman brings a compellingly human edge to Carlson as she takes a driving satisfaction from turning Ailes's own game against him.
"Nicole's interpretation of Gretchen is fascinating," Randolph says. "It really leans into Gretchen's beauty-pageant-winner need for approval, mixed in with her Midwestern confidence. Her character is constantly self-motivating - she's convinced you just have keep pulling yourself up by the bootstraps."
Like Theron, Kidman came to the project with many ideas and a deep commitment to capturing the essence of Carlson, despite not having a chance to consult directly with her in preparing for the role, since Carlson's settlement with Fox News prohibited it. Recalls Roach: "Nicole had very specific suggestions, especially about connecting to Gretchen as a mother. She wanted scenes that showed she had a family to support and how much she cared about that. We also talked about how hard it was for Gretchen to be alone at first, wondering if others would also come forward against Ailes. Nicole has tremendous story instincts and she knew exactly what this character needed to land with audiences."
On set, Kidman was an inspiration. "She never performed any two takes remotely the same way," says Roach. "She constantly tries new things and everything she tries feels authentic."
The script that she absorbed was a magnet for Kidman. "What interested me is that it captures a moment in history that was the catalyst for change. And that the storytelling was so strongly from a female POV. The fact that it felt so entertaining yet still very hard-hitting was really appealing," Kidman explains.
As soon as she came aboard, Kidman began really excavating the character in her own way, bringing out twists of psychological insight and mischievous humor. "I always try to emotionally find a character first and foremost," Kidman explains of her process. "Because I don't think people want to see mimicry. So, I tried to connect emotionally with all that Gretchen went through and why she did what she did and what the ramifications were and are going into the future."
Kidman continues: "Of course, part of the fun is that Gretchen's is only one point of view, so she is just part of the story, but I really wanted to give Gretchen her due. With Megyn and Kayla, you get a more visceral feeling of the abuse that went on, but Gretchen's story is more about what she's up against in trying to make a change."
Although Kidman only has one scene with Theron and Margot Robbie-when the three women greet one another almost wordlessly in a Fox elevator-being part of the trio was also important to her. "It was lovely to be able to join forces with these women and know that what we were speaking to the stories of anyone who's been in a position of abuse and misuse of power. And maybe it will inspire someone to say, 'I don't need to put up with this. I can have a voice, I can be heard, and I can be believed."'
The fictional character of Kayla Pospisil was created by screenwriter Randolph inspired by the reported experiences of a number of women. A fresh-faced young weathergirl from Florida, Kayla is a hyper-enthusiastic newcomer to the cut-throat news business-prepared to do whatever it takes to emulate her idols Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, as she climbs up the Fox News totem pole. But when Roger Ailes takes an interest in boosting her career, Kayla faces pressure she did not know was coming.
Playing Kayla is one of this generation's most sought-after stars: Margot Robbie, who after her breakthrough in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street, garnered a Best Actress Oscar® nomination as figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. Robbie has gone on to play the title role in Mary Queen of Scots, screen legend Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and comic-book heroine Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Roach notes that Robbie's approach was different again from Theron and Kidman. Margot is very analytical, and she came prepared with questions," he recalls. "At our first meeting, she had colour coded every scene and had hand-written notes on every line. Her questions were so good, I brought Charles in, and he and I both found it so helpful to further exploring the character." By the time she got to the set, Robbie had created an entire backstory for Kayla. "She had mapped out her entire future, including her sexuality and her career, into her 60s," Roach muses. "I love her thoroughness. Yet in front of the camera, it's all heart and soul and exposed emotion."
For Robbie, playing Kayla was a chance to spark a conversation she feels hasn't gotten deep enough yet. "I don't think we've had the chance to really explore the murky grey areas of the MeToo revolution, so that interested me," she says. "I like that this film isn't a story of victimization-it's so much more complicated than that. I was really struck by how Charles Randolph approached this subject by exploring characters who each react to what's happening in honest and unpredictable ways."
Randolph was in turn impressed by Robbie. "She captures that wide-eyed enthusiasm and core naivete of Kayla, which gets shaken as Kayla starts to make darker and darker choices," he observes.
It was also a pleasure for Robbie to take on a kind of real-life persona not often seen on screen: an evangelical millennial, and not in any way a stereotypical one. "I love that about Kayla," Robbie says. "It's great to have a Christian character who isn't being made fun of and isn't there for comic relief. There are a lot of different layers to Kayla and I find her reasons for being at Fox really moving because her main hope is to give a voice to people like her, people who she feels haven't been represented in the culture."
Robbie credits Roach with giving her the space to take Kayla from the heights of youthful ambition to a dark night of the soul. "He understands how to make a satirical moment effective, and how to find authentic drama, but he also has the utmost sensitivity," she says.
To play Roger Ailes-and a man famously possessed of both a volcanic fury and a supremely personable charm-it was clear Bombshell was going to need an actor of unusual facility. Everyone involved was thrilled when John Lithgow joined the production. A two-time Oscar® nominee for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment, Lithgow is equally known for his award-winning television roles on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter and most recently his Emmy® Award-winning take on another vastly intricate historical figure: Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown.
Ailes presented the kind of hugely challenging, multichromatic role Lithgow loves to sink his teeth into. The character was so full of contrasts. He was a man loved for his generosity, but who also installed closed-circuit cameras to spy on his employees. He was known for giving undiscovered talent a chance, but also for taking control of the length of their skirts. He was revered by some as a brilliant strategist and reviled by others for unravelling TV news into partisan echo chambers. If you crossed him, Ailes could be the most ruthless enemy. On the other hand, if he liked you a lot it could be equally perilous. By his final days at Fox, Ailes was a divided soul. And that's what Lithgow embodies: an ailing commander who, with a mix of hubris and classical tragedy, still believes in his immense power even as his troops lose their loyalty. To start finding the character, Lithgow looked for documentation, but he notes that famous as he was, Ailes avoided being filmed. (Aisles passed away in May of 2017 at the age of 77.) "I found as much video as I could find but there's not a lot of it. Ailes was not a showman. He was a kind of ringmaster behind-the-scenes, but he didn't like to be seen."
Invaluable intel came from a long-time acquaintance of Lithgow's who had worked for Ailes. "I learned about what great company Roger could be, what an edgy, loud sense of humor he had," Lithgow says. "I learned about a whole different Roger Ailes then you've seen in the press. And just to know that was invaluable, to know there was something that captivated people and inspired their loyalty to him."
Part of Lithgow's multi-hued performance is Ailes's indignation at being accused by those he still believes adore and feel grateful to him. "I think Roger felt very proud of what he'd done for women. He thought he was on women's side. He says that in all sincerity in the movie: 'I gave these women their careers. How can anyone say I harmed them?' I think he truly believed that. But he was also a man in the grips of his own compulsions, which you see in the scene with Kayla."
Though the character was endlessly fascinating, a real draw for Lithgow is that Bombshell is decidedly not Ailes's story. "The real story here is the women who, following the lead of Gretchen Carlson, found the courage and the confidence to come forward and put an end to this poison."
The role also saw Lithgow donning considerable facial prosthetics, which he typically avoids. "I've always thought it extremely important for the audience to see every muscle in your face," he explains. But after meeting with Kazu Hiro, Lithgow was won over. "Kazu laid on about 6 pieces including jowls, a big double chin, a fake nose and earlobes. Then he spent another hour painting and painting to completely blend it with my own skin. He used this miraculous material, so the wrinkles in my face completely cohered with the wrinkles in the prosthetics. I was just astonished at how remarkably real I still looked."
Perhaps the greatest thrill of the role was uniting with his fellow actors to tell a story everyone felt passionate about telling. "This was the best ensemble I've ever worked with," Lithgow says, despite his lengthy resumé. "These are wonderful moments as an actor when you feel like you're in something that's important, and might actually move the goalposts, while delighting people."
For Roach, Lithgow was a revelation in the role. "You could portray Roger Ailes as a loud, predatory, obnoxious, raging narcissist. But the research showed that people loved Roger Ailes. Not just right-wing people, left-wing people also told me stories about how generous, warm and funny he could be. And what John was able to do was reveal the rougher side but to have this charming essence be the default," says the director. "John can do that. He can be disarming and also go to a very dark place."
Supporting Bombshell's main cast is a large, highly accomplished ensemble, many stepping into the challenge of portraying real people. On the family side, they include Megyn Kelly's husband, Doug Brunt, played by Emmy®-winning writer, director and actor Mark Duplass (Wild Wild Country, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series (Executive Producer), 2018), who previously worked with Theron in Tully. Duplass says the script hooked him because "it's about female empowerment, but from a different perspective than you've seen before. It's about three women trying to find that line in the modern world between asking what's best for me and my family and trying to stay true to their values."
As for Doug, Duplass loved that he plays second fiddle. "I enjoyed the idea that if this were the 1980s, Doug Brunt would be the wife role in the movie, but now we get to have such great and powerful female protagonists," Duplass muses. "Megyn and Doug are definitely a non-conventional conservative couple, where the gender roles are a bit reversed, with Doug the supportive spouse just trying to be there."
Another vital family portrait is that of Ailes's wife, newspaper publisher Beth Ailes, who came vociferously to his defense. She is portrayed by four-time Emmy® nominee Connie Britton, best known for her roles on Friday Night Lights and Nashville. Beth's unwavering fealty intrigued Britton.
Some Fox staffers also take on a personal significance. When Kayla moves from Gretchen Carlson's show to the higher rated The O'Reilly Factor, she meets fictional character Jess Carr, sparking an unexpected if nebulous relationship, one that Robbie notes her character doesn't know how to reconcile with the rest of her life.so she doesn't. "Kayla in many ways disassociates from her sexuality," Robbie observes.
Taking the role is Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon, seen recently in Ghostbusters and The Spy Who Dumped Me. Here, McKinnon takes on a more shaded, dramatic role as the least likely of all Fox employees: both a closet liberal and gay. "According to firsthand accounts, you wouldn't want to be either of those at Fox News," McKinnon laughs.
Yet paradoxically, Jess thrives at Fox. "She has this job she's great at, but she just has to watch herself and stay under the radar with those two facts about herself," McKinnon explains. "When Kayla arrives, Jess sort of takes her under her wing and gives her the lay of the land at Fox in general as she sees it. They develop a friendship that is really based on humor, which is so refreshing."
Megyn Kelly's high-powered staff includes her increasingly anxious fictional executive producer, Gil Norman, played by comedic actor Rob Delaney, co-star of the popular Amazon series Catastrophe. A self-professed news junkie, Delaney could not resist the chance to drop into the behind-the-scenes at Fox News. "The most exciting part for me was the morally gray element of my character," Delaney says. "I found it exciting that Gil is really caught between two poles. One the one hand, he is absolutely trying to protect himself and his own career interests, but he also sees what is happening, and he knows it will come at a cost."
Taking the role of Kelly's fictional researcher Julia Clarke is Brigette Lundy-Paine, seen on Netflix's Atypical. This was an entirely different kind of role. "Young, neurotic, and new to the news scene" - that's how Lundy-Paine describes her character. "She's way over her head when all of this goes down. Working for Megyn is her a dream job, and she's immediately tossed into this insane election. So, it comes as a total shock to my character, just as it did to the nation, that Megyn was one of the attempted victims of Ailes."
Rounding out Kelly's team is her fictional assistant and confidante, Lily Balin, played by Liv Hewson, who recently starred in Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet. Hewson says the way screenwriter Randolph was able to navigate the minefields of this tricky issue with such grace was magical. "It's a story that takes place at Fox News, but I think it really gets to how universal these experiences have been throughout history," says Hewson. "My character tries to underpin the things being said about Megyn with humor as much as possible. She often makes flippant quips, but really she is trying make it seem like it's all fine."
Long before Gretchen Carlson brought her suit against Ailes, another Fox employee served as a warning sign as to how hard the company would fight against allegations. In 2007, news correspondent Rudi Bakhtiar lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against Fox News' DC bureau chief, Brian Wilson (who has publicly denied the charges). Bakhtiar was promptly fired by Fox and, pursuant to a settlement agreement, was prohibited from talking about what happened to her to anyone-a promise she kept until the 2016 scandal broke.
Taking the role is Nazanin Boniadi, known for the Showtime series Homeland and Starz Network's Counterpart. As it turned out, Boniadi actually knows the real-life Bakhtiar, now a producer for Reuters. "How often does an actor get to play someone they know," Boniadi wonders. Her interest in the role went far beyond her personal relationship. "The story is so timely, but it's also timeless. Women have been going through this for hundreds of years, and the power dynamics behind it need to be explored."
Boniadi sees Bakhtiar as the bold forerunner who made the unseating of Roger Ailes possible. "She did it selflessly. She got nothing out of it. When I talked to Rudi about playing this role, she said, 'I hope you play it from the heart,' and I hope I have."
A parade of other hosts and anchors recognizable to Fox News viewers pop up throughout the story, from Judge Jeanine Pirro (Alanna Ubach) to Sean Hannity (Spencer Garrett), Ainsley Earhardt (Alice Eve), Geraldo Rivera (Tony Plana), Bret Baier (Michael Buie), Chris Wallace (Marc Evan Jackson), Greta Van Susteren (Anne Ramsay), Kimberly Guilfoyle (Bree Condon), Kevin Dorff (Bill O'Reilly), and Neil Cavuto (P.J. Byrne), among others.
As the accusations against Ailes broke into the evening news, one person watching them closely was an even more powerful force than Ailes himself-the scrappy Australian media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, the veritable king of the Fox realm. Having inherited his father's newspaper business, Murdoch turned News Corporation into a vast empire of social and political influence, sparking a worldwide wave of right-wing populism.
It was Murdoch who took a chance on Ailes after he left NBC-and was handsomely rewarded as Ailes helped to build Fox News into the number one cable news channel in America. But in the film, Murdoch is faced with the stark reality that Ailes is suddenly becoming a liability. Tackling the outsized persona of Murdoch is legendary British actor Malcolm McDowell, whose work ranges from Kubrick's classic A Clockwork Orange to Nicholas Meyers' beloved sci-fi film Time After Time to recent roles in "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Entourage."
McDowell notes that he was not an obvious match with the Australian mogul, but he could not resist. "Murdoch is a titan and a terrific character to play," he says. "Of course, this is somebody I don't look or sound like, so it was about finding the essence of who Murdoch is, or at least his public persona."
By the time Ailes was being openly accused, McDowell says that "Murdoch clearly knew that Roger had to go, that there was no way he could talk his way out of this one and that they had to show they weren't going to put up with any more shenanigans."
"But he and Roger were also good friends," McDowell continues, "and I think Rupert was extremely grateful to Roger for the incredible job he did at Fox, so it's a very interesting scene when it comes down to Rupert having to essentially fire the man he knows created this hugely successful news channel for him."
McDowell also credits his prosthetic chin for helping him to channel a man whose countenance was instantly recognisable. "They gave me this fantastic prosthesis that helped me to find that gravitas," McDowell notes. "It was kind of cool for me because I've never really worn prosthetics before."
Rounding out the powerful Murdoch family as Rupert's sons, Lachlan and James Murdoch, is a pair of actual Australian brothers: Ben (The Good Place) and Josh Lawson (The Eleven O'Clock).
While Fox stars and executives were the public face of the 2016 scandal, there was also a large role for Fox's large legal team. Playing Dianne Brandi, Fox News' general counsel and one of Ailes's lieutenants, is Amy Landecker, best known as Sarah Pfefferman on Transparent. Ultimately, for Landecker the story resonates because it's happening everywhere. "Whether you work at a Walmart or are an accountant, these dynamics are at play anywhere there's power and lack of power."
Landecker thought a lot about why many very smart women were ready to go to bat for Ailes's behaviour. "I think there was something incredibly appealing about Roger as human being that built that loyalty. It's a complicated thing to play but that's what makes a role like this so fun. There's an operatic quality to the story, because the Fox world is at once alluring and sad, moving and controversial."
Ailes' personal attorney Susan Estrich, the law professor and frequent Fox News analyst, is played by Academy Award® winner Allison Janney. Janney won in 2017 for Best Supporting Actress, opposite Margot Robbie in I, Tonya and is beloved for her long-running role on "The West Wing." Although Estrich and Ailes had been on opposing sides of political campaigns for years, Ailes was there for her during an illness, and according to Janney, Estrich felt she owed him. "Susan's complicated because she is a feminist, a rape survivor, an author of books about sexual assault, and she's on the side of women's rights. Yet she makes the choice to represent Ailes," muses Janney. "I think she not only was repaying a debt, but she's also a really smart, tough woman, and if someone tells her no, she's going to say, oh yeah? Watch me!"
Roger Ailes's other personal attorney is former New York Mayor and United States Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, portrayed by Richard Kind ("Mad About You," Argo) with the embellishment of prosthetic makeup effects.
Other Fox insiders seen in the film include Irena Briganti, Fox News' top publicist, played by Brooke Smith (The Silence of the Lambs); Bill Shine, who handles day-to-day management at Fox News, played by Mark Moses (Duck Phillips on Mad Men); and Bill O'Reilly, portrayed by former sketch performer and Emmy® Award-winning writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien Kevin Dorff (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Bombshell drops audiences right into the chaotic center of a 24/7 cable news network, with all the energy, speed and crazy-making tension of the real thing. To achieve this total immersion, which gives audiences a grounded reality from which to reel with the comedy and dilemmas, Jay Roach brought in a highly decorated crew.
Leading the team is Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, whose camerawork is among cinema's most recognizable. Renowned for his highly influential, kinetic take on natural realism, and his multi-camera shooting style, Ackroyd has been key to the in-the-moment feel of films ranging from Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker to Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and Paul Greengrass's United 93 and Captain Phillips. He also shot The Big Short, which led Roach to give him a call.
"I've studied Barry's work for years because I love the subjective camera," says Roach. And I love his use of zoom because I think it mirrors how the human brain focuses in on what's most interesting. It's all instinct with Barry. He doesn't use a shot list, but I had total trust in his eye and especially his empathy with the performers. It seemed he could read their minds at times and know where they were going to go, even before they did. It was extraordinary to watch him work."
Ackroyd was captivated by the challenge of turning an everyday office space into a visually dynamic realm of competition, maneuvering and survival. "Most of the film takes place in what could be visually conventional, confining, interior spaces," he notes. "So, the idea was to instead make it feel exciting and alluring. Charles had written this incredible script that we all wanted to feel completely alive." A big part of Ackroyd's trademark style is getting in close with characters and letting the camera react directly to the action rather than vice versa. To do that on Bombshell, he employed an array of Arri Alexa mini cameras, which allowed multiple operators (as he has done of all of his films, Ackroyd operated one of the cameras himself) to move through the scene. "Shooting in an office, one camera can only respond to what's in front of it," Ackroyd explains. "You can't create an energy over and above what exists. So, we used multiple cameras-for instance, one in a closet, one in a doorway and one by a wall. That gives the director and editor the chance to choose the best way to look at the world at any one point."
He paired the Arri Alexa minis with Angenieux lenses, popular with documentarians. "As a DP, most of what I can control comes from the lenses, and with lenses I always look for a kind of authenticity," Ackroyd says. "I like zoom lenses. I like the way they direct your eye and your emotions, how you can push in on a zoom and lose the background, concentrating the mind. I think that's very much how the human eye works."
Unusually in this film, Ackroyd was able to utilize his documentary-style approach. As a way of introducing the Fox News offices, Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly leads an on-camera tour through the building, with Theron speaking directly to the camera. "It becomes a great way of introducing the building, the place and the character," says Ackroyd. Working for the first time with Roach, Ackroyd felt simpatico with the director. "Our focus puller had a great way of describing this experience: it felt like surfing. It had that kind of flow," he says. "That has a lot to do with Jay's passion."
Ackroyd also credits production designer Mark Ricker for creating vastly detailed, life-like sets for his team to explore. Ricker, who worked with Roach on Trumbo and All The Way, relished creating Bombshell's more then 100 sets. "At first I thought it's just an office film, but then, I began to look at it as an epic design puzzle," Ricker recalls. "I saw the exciting challenge was to create a unique personality for the Fox News building and fit together all these different pieces within it to create the big picture."
Without an invitation into the real Fox News, Ricker re-created most of the interiors-including the newsroom itself-inside another media giant's offices: the recently vacated LA Times building in downtown Los Angeles. "Our location manager, Chris Baugh, first thought of the LA Times building," says Ricker. "It had everything going for it, especially in terms of being able to do everything under one roof."
Still, it would take a demanding effort to transform that building's circa-1935 Art Deco look into Fox's sleek Manhattan skyscraper. It began with scoping out inside sources, so Ricker could get the lay of the land. He and his team also scoured the internet for images from rogue posts on Facebook and Twitter.
One of Ricker's favourite sets was the famed Fox News basement, the nexus of the operation. "It was described to me as being three football fields worth of cubicles-which they call pods-full of production assistants, junior producers, editing bays and the assignment desk. From the evidence I saw in archival photographs it was party central down there with stuffed animals, blown up balloons, even party lights. The young staff just threw their personalities into this windowless space underneath the bowels of New York to make it as palatable as they could."
In stark contrast to the warren-like frenzy of the basement is the 17th floor, where Megyn Kelly and all the powerhouse anchors have their lavish offices bespeaking their top-of-the-food-chain position. Lining the walls of the executive offices is artwork by Georgia-based artist Steve Penley, whose presidential portraits and politically themed landscapes have become decorative must-haves for many GOP leaders. From there, each individual character's persona led that way. "We wanted each office to have the character of its occupant peeking through, using as much research as we could," says Ricker.
There were enough photographs of Kelly's former office that Ricker was able to glean 360 degrees of detail. "Her desk, her chaise, her shoe racks-it's all there," muses Ricker. "Hats off to our set decorator Ellen Brill who created something really spot on."
The 2nd floor is the realm of Ailes himself, shared with the network's legal and PR offices. "There was a 'Hollywood Reporter' article from 2015 that had some very good portraits of Roger's office, so that was a good starting point," says Ricker. "And we knew certain things that would be in there-a brick that was given to him from Osama Bin Laden's compound and a helmet signed by Jim Brown. We also knew that Roger had a special door installed, an extra layer of security that sets his office apart."
Finally, all roads at Fox begin and end on the 8th floor, where the Murdochs hold sway. "The 8th floor is command central," Ricker describes. "Stylistically, it's very, very elegant, full of glass and light."
The sets for both Megyn Kelly's "The Kelly File," and Gretchen Carlson's "The Real Story" were built at West Hollywood's Quixote Studios. Other locations include USC's Galen Center sports arena, which doubled for Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, site of both the Republican Presidential Primary Debate and Republican National Convention; the iconic Malibu Pier, which stands in for the Jersey Shore restaurant where Megyn Kelly is accosted by angry tourists while eating with her family; and a private 8000-square-foot French Country Estate near Malibu's Zuma Beach portraying the Ailes Mansion in Bergen County, New Jersey.
To create the instantly familiar Fox News anchor look-full of slim-fitting, leg-baring, red, white and blue dresses and high heels -- Roach brought in a film legend: the twelve-time nominated, four-time Oscar® winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, 2002; Memoirs of a Geisha, 2005; Alice in Wonderland, 2010; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016).
The sheer scope of the film, which involved the creation of some 500 distinct costumes, was a big draw for Atwood who has long thrived on epic jobs. "With more than 100 characters, I knew it would be a fun and interesting process," she says. "Some of the characters may only have brief moments on screen, but they all are important to putting together the full story."
For Roach, the chance to work with Atwood was a thrill. "Colleen is a master," says Roach. "She has done all this incredible fantasy character design work, and this was different because it's capturing a workaday look. But once you really dig into how key the Fox look was to the network and how strictly it was enforced it's a big part of the storytelling and Colleen completely engaged with that idea."
Atwood was acutely aware of the so-called "news uniform" style many of the Fox News women exhibited throughout the Roger Ailes era. "I don't think it's a look so much as a standard set for them, which was tannish skin colour, blonde hair, bold colours, tight-fitting silhouettes and a lot of leg," she observes. "Then some of the network's stars did their own riff on it. So, for example, Megyn brought a chic fashion sense to that aesthetic. But they're all definitely polished in a familiar way."
She has a chance to reveal more about the characters in their off-hours. "Newscasters don't walk around all day in bright red dresses in their real life," Atwood points out. "We were able to bring out more facets of their characters in their off-duty clothes. I worked closely with Charlize, Nicole and Margot, to figure out how they each saw their characters beyond their roles at the network."
Kidman's Gretchen Carlson changes her look after leaving Fox. "Her look softens from her very recognizable on-air persona and takes on a more approachable feeling," notes Atwood. "She's very vulnerable in this period of time, so I used a lot of soft tones for Gretchen."
For Megyn Kelly, Atwood was intrigued by the idea that she was not only a powerful star but also a mother with a whole other life. "She's got a family, and I thought it was important that we see that more relaxed side of her," Atwood explains. "She's a little bit more casual outside the office, but still very chic, because in every photograph of Megyn I've seen, she's always pulled together."
Atwood had more leeway with fictional Kayla, since she was creating her look from scratch. "She is someone who decides to come to the table and play the game, but that game kind of breaks her. So, we take her from softer, purer, Southern kinds of colours, into a more brittle, cosmopolitan style."
Once on the set, the pace of costume changes was grueling but exhilarating. "Every day we might have five or six looks for the main characters, so just maintaining it all was a huge challenge," says Atwood.
The costumers also worked to incorporate full-body prosthetics for some of the cast, especially Kidman and Lithgow, who have extensive enhancements. "Nicole has a very different body, so we built a whole-body suit for her to give her bigger hips and a bigger bust, even trying to make her look a little bit shorter. John Lithgow also wears a [prosthetic] suit which helps bring the character to life." Morphing well-known stars into other well-known stars also required the talents of a highly skilled team of makeup and hair artists. Supervising the team was makeup department head Vivian Baker (Grey Gardens, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), while Oscar® winner Kazu Hiro (the renowned sculptor who transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill for Darkest Hour) was in charge of the prosthetic makeup.
Baker loved collaborating with Hiro and was constantly amazed by how he can create prosthetics that look so human that you can't tell where the prosthetics end and real skin begins. "Kazu sets a really high bar," says Baker. "He loves to focus in on the details, and I do too, and we were able to work together so it looked everything was done by the same hands. It was quite exciting and very fun."
For those actors who needed physical transformation-not just Kidman, Theron and Lithgow but also McDowell as Murdoch, Richard Kind as Rudy Giuliani and Tony Plano as Geraldo Rivera, to name a few-the process began with 3D facial scans and plaster casts. From there, Hiro molded silicon appliances to match the real-life counterparts. Of the leads, Kidman had the most extensive facial prostheses, including eyelids, nose tip, chin, and jaw pieces. Theron had more subtle prosthetics but also wore contact lenses for Kelly's darker blue eye tint. Lithgow wore prosthetic cheeks, neck, nose and earlobes.
Hiro says subtlety was the key to his work. "These are famous actors, and everybody knows what they look like, so the idea was that we would add just a little hint of the person they're portraying-while making it light enough for them to move their face," he says. "It helps the actors go deeper into their characters and it helps the audience to immerse themselves into the story.
Continues Hiro: "You never want the prosthetics to feel like an obstacle to the actors. So, the hardest part is to figure out how to make them feel like this person-for Charlize to feel like Megyn and Nicole to feel like Gretchen-but also to feel like they have nothing that is restricting their face."
The actors were deeply appreciative of his sensitivity to their craft. Says Theron of Hiro: "He has the same kind of values that I have about the work, which is that he doesn't want the audience to see the mechanics of what he's doing. He's going for something pure."
Once Hiro applied the prosthetics, Baker followed with the beauty makeup. "It wasn't just about putting on lashes and lipstick. We were doing things like erasing their eyebrows and painting them in an entirely different place," Baker notes. "It's the kind of thing makeup artists really love to do."
Baker watched a lot of archival footage to dissect the "Fox face." "They're known for flawless skin," she observes. "Their lips are usually shiny, but not dark red, and the eyes have thick false lashes. In fact, we found we needed to stack three or four sets of lashes just to get the look we were going for!" The only main character who wears no prosthetics, Margot Robbie's Kayla, was especially fun for Baker. "Kayla is the one character who has a true physical arc where her look changes in the course of the story," she notes. "Kayla comes in kind of wide-eyed, with a simple, everyday look that doesn't quite have finesse yet. But as she climbs the ranks, and as she pays the costs of that, her look changes. And I think to some it may be beautiful and to others it may seem too much."
Hair, especially the golden blonde coif for female anchors and correspondents, is equally a staple of the Fox aesthetic. Baker was thrilled to reunite with hair designer Anne Morgan (The Artist, Gangs of New York, Walk the Line) who also worked with Jay Roach on All The Way. Morgan put the finishing touches on the characters, utilising more than 45 custom wigs. Watching hours of archived Fox shows, Morgan saw an evolution from the Gretchen Carlson era to the Megyn Kelly era. "Gretchen had that very stylised Fox look, with lots and lots and lots of hair," she observes. "But when Megyn became the star anchor, she took more risks." Morgan was especially fascinated by Kelly's dramatic 2016 crop right before the Republican debates. "I wished I could have had a conversation with her and ask why did you cut your hair? As a hairdresser for 30 years, my feeling was that this is a woman who just wanted to be taken seriously. It made a statement that she was taking control of herself and how she wanted to be perceived."
Margot Robbie as Kayla was also a lot of fun for Morgan. "We take her from a sweet, innocent Florida weathergirl to a Fox look I call the 'soft serve,'" Morgan describes. "She's like an ice cream cone all whipped up with so much fake hair."
Beyond the main characters there was a remarkable range of hairstyles to explore. "We really ran the gamut from old school Roger Ailes, Bill Shine and Rudy Giuliani to women newscasters like Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ainsley Earhardt and Alisyn Camerota, to their male counterparts like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier. When we had them all together in the room, it was fantastic to see. There was a feeling of paying respect to the real people while never crossing the line into caricature."
When production wrapped, the intensity only continued for Roach, who entered the editing room with his long-time editor Jon Poll and additional editor Nina Kawasaki. "Jon is such a great selector of performance," says Roach. "So often I would find that he chose the exact moment I most was looking for. He made the feel and pace of the movie that much richer and faster."
As the film was finding its dynamic structure, Roach was finalising the score with composer Theodore Shapiro, who had worked with him on Dinner for Schmucks. This was a completely different challenge. Echoing the risks of the writing, Shapiro and Roach went for an unconventional score that incorporates women's voices, like a Greek chorus commentating on the events.
"Teddy had the idea of using instrumentation that is nearly all voices," explains Roach. "It's really playing with the idea of women both as individuals and as a unified force. I'm grateful to Teddy for creating such amazing music for us." The final touch was Regina Spektor's original end credits song "One Little Soldier." Roach was taken aback when he first heard the song. "I said, Regina, you've channeled the whole movie--how did you find that? And she said, I just remembered what you said mattered most was connecting to the idea of a lone woman stepping forward to take on this whole institution."
Indeed, that idea-simple but very big-became the inspiration for nearly every element of the film. "I think that we all were thinking about the fact that a lot of women are in this situation right now where if they step up, they don't know if anyone will support them," says Roach.
For Roach, there is a lot of hope that more support and more change is coming. "There's still so much to be talked about, and this film is just part of the conversation," he says. "But you never know-as this story shows, sometimes it only takes one person speaking out to start something."
Charlize Theron [Megyn Kelly] is South African born and Oscar-winning actress is one of the most celebrated actresses of our time, captivating audiences with her ability to embody a range of characters. Over the years, Charlize has appeared in numerous films including The Devil's Advocate, The Cider House Rules, the critically acclaimed Monster for which she earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, North Country for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award, Hancock, Young Adult for which she garnered a Golden Globe nomination, HBO's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for which she received a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Emmy nominations, Snow White and the Huntsman, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dark Places, Kubo and the Two Strings and The Fate of The Furious.
In 2017, Theron produced (under her production company Denver and Delilah's banner) and starred in the Universal film Atomic Blonde, alongside James McAvoy. Denver and Delilah also produced Mindhunter, the hit Netflix crime drama that same year. The show has since been renewed for a second season. Theron also produced Netflix's Hyperdrive that launched this August.
In 2018, Theron produced and starred in Amazon's Gringo alongside Joel Edgerton and Amanda Seyfried. Theron reunited with Diablo Cody on the comedy Tully as both an actor and producer. She received a 2019 Golden Globe nomination for her work in the title role. In 2018, she also produced A Private War, a film based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War".
Theron most recently starred opposite Seth Rogen and produced the Lionsgate comedy Long Shot that hit theaters early this May. Theron also voiced Morticia Addams in the animated revival of The Addams Family, that hit theaters this October. In December of this year, she will portray Megyn Kelly in Lionsgate's Bombshell, which her production company is producing. Theron has recently wrapped filming on both Fast & Furious 9 and The Old Guard, based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández that her production company is also producing.
In addition to Theron's acting success and principal involvement with her production company Denver & Delilah, Charlize serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). CTAOP's mission is to help keep African youth safe from HIV through its support of on the ground, community-engaged organisations. CTAOP serves as a vehicle for communities to empower themselves and their youth in order to prevent the spread of HIV.
Nicole Kidman [Gretchen Carlson] is an Academy Award winning actress who first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce's riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller Dead Calm. Kidman has since become an internationally-recognised, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
In 2002, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann's innovative musical, Moulin Rouge! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar's psychological thriller, The Others, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours.
In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman's production company, Blossom Films. In October 2012, Kidman starred in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations. In 2014, Kidman was seen in Grace of Monaco, which earned her a SAG nomination. In 2015 she was seen in The Secret in Their Eyes, The Family Fang with Jason Bateman, which she also produced, and Genius alongside Colin Firth. In 2016, Kidman was seen in Lion with Dev Patel, for which she received Critics' Choice, Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Oscar nominations.
She was most recently seen in Karyn Kusama's Destroyer, which earned Kidman a Golden Globe nomination, Joe Edgerton's Boy Erased, Aquaman, The Upside and The Goldfinch. She will next be seen in Jay Roach's Bombshell opposite Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie. In television, Kidman starred in HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in 2012. Her portrayal as Martha Gellhorn earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations. Kidman returned to the small screen in 2017 with the limited series Big Little Lies alongside Reese Witherspoon for HBO (Kidman's Blossom Films and Witherspoon's Pacific Standard produced the project), for which she received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and SAG Award. Big Little Lies also received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for Outstanding Limited Series. She also had an arc on the second season of Top of The Lake: China Girl. The second season of Big Little Lies premiered in June 2019, where she again served as actress and executive producer. She will next star and executive produce the HBO limited-series, The Undoing.
In 2018, Kidman and her production company, Blossom Films, signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under the agreement, she will develop theatrical and series content, the first of which being a new drama series, The Expatriates, based off the novel by Janice Y.K Lee. In theater, Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glen in The Blue Room, David Hare's modern adaptation of Schnitzler's La Ronde. For her performance Kidman won London's Evening Standard Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2015, Kidman was seen on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, for which she received a London's Evening Standard Award.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia's highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women's empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women's human rights around the world and to end violence against women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women's Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women's cancer. In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival honored Kidman with a special award for her body of work and longstanding history with the festival. She is one of only eight people to ever receive this honor in the 70-year history of the festival.
Margot Robbie [Kayla Pospisil] is an Academy Award nominated actress and producer who has captivated global audiences with breakout performances alongside some of the most notable names in film. Continually evolving her diverse body of work, Robbie brings gripping narratives to life in coveted roles that speak to her powerful on-screen presence.
Robbie is currently in production on The Suicide Squad, which is the sequel to Suicide Squad. She recently wrapped production on the Harley Quinn spin-off, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). She is producing and starring in the film. Warner Brothers is set to release the film on February 7, 2020.
Robbie's production company, LuckyChap recently released their first television show "Dollface" on November 15, 2019 on Hulu. The series stars Kat Dennings and Shay Mitchell. Margot will next be seen in Bombshell, directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. Margot plays fictional character, Kayla Pospisil, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and John Lithgow. Lionsgate is set to release the film nationwide on December 20, 2019. Most recently, Robbie starred in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Sharon Tate alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film was released by Sony on July 26, 2019. Earlier this year, Robbie was named the face of CHANEL's fragrance "Gabrielle." She has been a CHANEL ambassador since March 2018.
In 2018, Margot starred in Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots, which was released by Focus Features on December 7th,, 2018. She played Queen Elizabeth opposite Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart. She received SAG and BAFTA nominations for her performance. Most notably, Robbie starred in I, Tonya, as the titled character, Tonya Harding. She also served as a producer on the film under her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment and received an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, and a SAG nomination for her performance. The film tells the controversial story of Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding, who infamously conspired to have her competition, Nancy Kerrigan, injured before the 1994 Winter Olympics. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Neon December 8, 2017.
In 2016, Robbie appeared in Warner Bros' Suicide Squad, playing the coveted role of "Harley Quinn" opposite Jared Leto, Will Smith, and Viola Davis. Robbie's portrayal of Quinn is the first time the villainous, fan-favourite, comic book character was revealed on the big screen. The film, directed by David Ayer, was released August 5, 2016. film was released on July 1, 2016 and grossed more than $356,700,000 million worldwide.
Robbie's breakout role came in 2013 in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street in which she stars as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort, the film tells the story of a New York penny stockbroker (DiCaprio).
Additional film credits include: Focus Feature's Mary Queen of Scots; Dreamland; Terminal; Sony's Peter Rabbit; FOX's Goodbye Christopher Robin; Paramount's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opposite Tina Fey; Roadside Attraction's Z for Zachariah opposite Chris Pine; Warner Bros' Focus, opposite Will Smith; Warner Bros' The Legend of Tarzan, Suite Française alongside Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts; and About Time opposite Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. Robbie has numerous film and television development projects under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner, all of which correspond to her objective of telling stories with strong female characters. LuckyChap has recently partnered with Hodson Exports to launch the Lucky Exports Pitch Program (LEPP), a new initiative that has selected six female-identifying writers to participate in the program, in which they will each focus on developing their own idea for an original action feature film.
LuckyChap Entertainment produced the award-winning feature film I, Tonya. Their independent film Dreamland starring Margot Robbie and Finn Cole premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28th, 2019. They recently wrapped production on the film, Birds of Prey (and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), with Warner Bros. Studios, Kroll & Co Entertainment and Clubhouse Pictures. LuckyChap also recently wrapped production on the thriller feature, Promising Young Woman, with FilmNation and first-time female director Emerald Fennell. The film will star Carey Mulligan. LuckyChap Entertainment has several other projects currently in development and a first look production deal with Warner Bros. Studios. Recently announced, LuckyChap will produce a female-driven dramedy series with John Wells Productions inspired by Stephanie Land's New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. Its impressive slate of projects includes a film adaptation of the book, "Bad Monkeys," written by Jessica Knoll and co-produced with Universal / Dylan Clark Productions; and the much-anticipated Marian, which stars Margot Robbie and is being produced in collaboration with Donald De Line and Amy Pascal. LuckyChap's business encompasses studio franchise films, such as the upcoming first live action feature of Barbie with Mattel and Warner Bros., and extends to projects including The Mall, which they are developing with Sundance awardwinning Chilean Director, Francisca Alegría and the adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation, alongside Atlas Entertainment.
Additionally, LuckyChap recently announced that they are partnering with Assemble Media and Warner Horizon for the YA-targeted horror anthology series "Ameri-Scares", based on Elizabeth Massie's book series.
On television, Robbie made her U.S. debut in the critically acclaimed ABC series, Pan Am, in 2011. In Australia, Robbie is most recognised for her role as "Donna Freedman" on the television soap opera Neighbours. Her role garnered her two Logie Award nominations for Most Popular New Female Talent and Most Popular Actress.
John Lithgow [Roger Ailes]'s roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey's The Changing Room. Since then he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning five more Tony nominations, another Tony, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. His Broadway performances have included major roles in My Fat Friend, Trelawney of the 'Wells,' Comedians, Anna Christie, Bedroom Farce, BeyondTherapy, M. Butterfly, The Front Page, Retreat from Moscow, All My Sons, The Columnist, and the musicals Sweet Smell of Success (his second Tony), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Lithgow has acted in England with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, playing Malvolio with the first and the title role in The Magistrate with the second. Lithgow returned to the New York stage in 2014, first as King Lear for The Public's Shakespeare in the Park, and then on Broadway in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. In April 2018, Lithgow appeared as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss in the Carnegie Hall Presentation of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. In 2008, Lithgow devised the one-man show John Lithgow: Stories by Heart for The Lincoln Center Theater Company and performed it in 35 cities around the country over the next 10 years, arriving on Broadway this past year for a warmly received three-month engagement at the Roundabout Theatre.
Lithgow recently returned to Broadway alongside Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton, a new play by Lucas Hnath, which premiered in April 2019. In the early 1980's, Lithgow began to make a major mark in film. At that time, he was nominated for Oscars in back-to-back years, for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. In the years before and after, he has appeared in over forty-five films. Notable among them have been All That Jazz, Blow Out, Twilight Zone: the Movie, Footloose, 2010, Buckaroo Banzai, Harry and the Hendersons, Memphis Belle, Raising Cain, Ricochet, Cliffhanger, Orange County, Shrek, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Campaign, This is 40, Interstellar, Love is Strange, The Accountant, Miss Sloane, Beatriz at Dinner, and Daddy's Home 2.
In 2019 so far, Lithgow could be seen in Mindy Kaling's comedy Late Night alongside Kaling, Emma Thompson and Hugh Dancy, The Tomorrow Man opposite Blythe Danner, as well as Paramount's remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. Lithgow will play Roger Ailes in Bombshell, the upcoming Charles Randolph project about the Fox News culture, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Allison Janney.
Lithgow has been nominated for twelve Emmy Awards for his work on television. He has won six: one for an episode of Amazing Stories, one for his twelve-episode arc on Showtime's Dexter, one for his supporting role as Winston Churchill in Netflix's original series, The Crown, and three for his work on the hit NBC comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun, as the loopy character of the alien High Commander, Dick Solomon. During the show's six-year run, Lithgow also won a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, The American Comedy Award, and, when it finally went off the air, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Additionally, his diabolical turn as the Trinity Killer in the aforementioned Dexter won him his second Golden Globe.
Most recently, Lithgow won his latest Emmy for his transformative role as Winston Churchill in The Crown. Both the series and Lithgow have received numerous accolades. In addition to his Emmy, Lithgow received a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series, won a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, and won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. In 2017, Lithgow starred in the new NBC comedy series, Trial & Error, playing an eccentric poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. John can next be seen on television in the HBO reboot of Perry Mason, as well as the upcoming FX show, The Old Man, alongside Jeff Bridges.
Since 1998 he has written nine New York Times best-selling children's picture books, most recently Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. He has performed concerts for children with major American orchestras and has released three kids' albums, Singin' in the Bathtub, Farkle & Friends, and the Grammy-nominated The Sunny Side of the Street. Lithgow has been honored with the New Victory Theater Arts Award for his work bringing kids to the arts and the arts to the kids.
In 2011, HarperCollins published Lithgow's memoir, Drama: An Actor's Education, presenting his life and career up to the age of 35. The book vividly portrays the worlds of New York, London, and American regional theater in the 1970s, and relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors of that era. His most recent book, Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse, was just released this month. Dumpty is a collection of original poems and drawings chronicling the recent history of Donald Trump's presidency.
John Lithgow was born in Rochester, New York, but grew up in Ohio. He graduated from high school in Princeton, New Jersey, attended Harvard College, and studied at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art on a Fulbright Grant. Lithgow has been honored with the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, induction into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Harvard. On that last occasion, he became the first actor to ever deliver Harvard's Commencement Address.
Kate McKinnon [Jess Carr] won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 and 2017 and was nominated in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 for her work on Saturday Night Live. In addition, she earned a Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016.
McKinnon's recent roles include a memorable turn in Danny Boyle's Yesterday, starring opposite Mila Kunis in the action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, Paul Feig's reboot of Ghostbusters, Rough Night opposite Scarlett Johansson, and Office Christmas Party with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. In addition, she has voiced roles in several animated projects, including Oscar-nominated Ferdinand and Pixar's Finding Dory. She has also voiced several TV series, including The Magic School Bus Rides Again for Netflix, The Simpsons and Family Guy. She was nominated for a 2017 Daytime Emmy for her work on the PBS animated series Nature Cat and can be heard as the lead of the Audible medieval fantasycomedy series, Heads Will Roll, which she co-created.
Upcoming projects include Lionsgate's Bombshell for director Jay Roach opposite Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, and the Fox Searchlight/Hulu limited series The Dropout, where she'll be portraying Theranos founder, Elizabeth Holmes.
Malcolm McDowell [Rupert Murdoch] is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors, yet also one capable of immense charm, humor and poignancy. McDowell has created a gallery of iconic characters since catapulting to the screen as Mick Travis, the rebellious upperclassman in Lindsay Anderson's prize-winning sensation, if... His place in movie history was subsequently secured when Stanley Kubrick finally found the actor he was searching for to play the gleefully amoral Alex in A Clockwork Orange; when McDowell himself conceived the idea for Mick Travis' further adventures in Anderson's Candid-like masterpiece, O Lucky Man!; and when he wooed Mary Steenburgen and defeated Jack the Ripper as the romantically inquisitive H.G. Wells in Time After Time.
Those legendary roles are among the ones that have endured with legions of filmgoers while new fans have been won over by his tyrannical Soran (the destroyer of Capt. Kirk) in Star Trek: Generations; his Machiavellian Mr. Roarke in Fantasy Island, and his comically pompous professor Steve Pynchon in the critically hailed CBS television series, Pearl, starring opposite Rhea Perlman. For his motion picture work, the American Cinemateque honored him with a retrospective in June 2001, highlighted by showings of his electrifying performances in two major works. The first is Paul McGuigan's Gangster No. 1, in which McDowell and Paul Bettany portray the consumed, driven title character and which affords McDowell the chance to create a character both on screen and through nuanced voice-over. The second is Russian director Karen Chakhnazarov's acclaimed and rarely seen Assassin of the Tsar, which Vincent Canby called "a remarkable mystical and psychological exploration of the murder of the Romanov family." About McDowell's performance as the conflicted Yurovsky, the man who carried out the crime, The New York Times said, "Not since reaching his mature years has McDowell given such a fine, strong, crafty performance. It is acted with immense skill." In 2012, Malcolm was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
McDowell's distinctive motion picture characterizations include: Richard Lester's Royal Flash, Paul Schrader's Cat People, Rachel Talalay's Tank Girl, Joseph Losey's Figures in a Landscape, Bryan Forbes' The Raging Moon, and the Chaplinesque studio boss in Blake Edwards' Sunset. His film credits are further highlighted by his compellingly sinister Caligula; the brilliant literary editor Maxwell Perkins in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek; his cameo in Robert Altman's The Player; and his final incarnation of Mick Travis in Britannia Hospital, the third film in Anderson's trilogy marking the disintegration of British culture.
McDowell's film work also includes Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, In Good Company, I Spy, Robert Altman's The Company; Robert Downey Sr.'s Hugo Pool with Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Cathy Moriarty; Just Visiting, Mr. Magoo, Hugh Hudson's My Life So Far, Blue Thunder, Neil Marshall's Doomsday in 2007, Rob Zombie's Halloween I & II, and the voice of villain, Dr. Calico, in Disney's 2008 box office hit, Bolt.
In late 2011, Malcolm was seen in the Academy Award winning silent film sensation, The Artist. In 2012, Amy Heckerling's Vamps with Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone followed, as did Silent Hill Revelation: 3D, and alongside Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the film, Some Kind of Beautiful. On television, McDowell continued his recurring appearances as Terence on the hit HBO series, Entourage until the show ended, Also as Linderman on NBC's Heroes, Darren Vogel on CSI: Miami, and his long stint as Bret Stiles on the hit show The Mentalist. He also popped up in NBC's Community as Professor Cornwallis giving the Greendale gang a new foe in their 4th season. In summer of 2011, Malcolm starred in his own show, TNT's, Franklin & Bash, as Stanton Infeld. Franklin & Bash's debut success and high ratings resulted in four successful seasons. In December of 2014, Malcolm was seen again as a series regular on Amazon's hit show, Mozart in the Jungle. McDowell played Thomas, a seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by the arrival of hot shot new conductor Rodrigo, played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The show's success won it two Golden Globes, for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Best Comedy Series. The show ended in 2018 after four fantastic seasons. In 2019 McDowell was cast again as a series regular for one season in the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost penned show, Truth Seekers. The show will be streamed on Amazon in 2020.
Brigette Lundy-Paine [Julia Clarke] is an American actor who currently stars as Casey Gardner in the Netflix original series Atypical opposite Keir Gilchrist. Brigette most recently completed shooting Lionsgate's Bombshell, which is set to release in December 2019 and Bill & Ted Face The Music slated for a Fall 2020 release. Brigette recently appeared in the movie Irrational Man, a drama film directed by Woody Allen. Brigette also starred in The Glass Castle as Maureen Walls alongside Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Brigette was born in Portland, Oregon but grew up in Northern California. Brigette went on to study acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Liv Hewson [Lily Balin] is a dynamic and versatile actor who is continuing to hone their craft with each new role in film and television. Upcoming, Hewson will star in Netflix's Let It Snow based on the popular young adult novel of the same name by best-selling authors John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. The film follows a group of high school students who unexpectedly cross paths when a snowstorm hits their small town on Christmas Eve. The ensemble cast also includes some of the most exciting young talent in the industry including Isabela Moner, Kiernan Shipka, Odeya Rush, Shameik Moore, and Anna Akana.
Later this year, Hewson will star alongside Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie in Jay Roach's gripping drama, Bombshell. The film follows Gretchen Carlson (Kidman), Megyn Kelly (Theron), and Robbie's original character, as they take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presides over at the network. Lionsgate is set to release the film in December 2019. Hewson was most recently seen starring opposite Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant in Netflix's hit comedy series, Santa Clarita Diet. The series ran for three critically acclaimed seasons and garnered considerable praise for Hewson's breakout performance as 'Abby,' the headstrong daughter of newly zombified Sheila (Barrymore) and Joel (Olyphant).
Previous television credits include the Australian mini-series, Homecoming Queens; the second season of Jane Campion's critically acclaimed crime-drama, Top of the Lake: China Girl opposite Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman; Marvel's Inhumans; and the 2016 original Viki series Dramaworld.
On the big screen, Hewson's credits include Puzzle, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the big screen adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel, Before I Fall, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Originally from Canberra, Australia, Hewson now splits their time between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
Rob Delaney [Gil Norman] is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is widely known as the co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 and Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe, which broadcasts in over 130 countries around the world. In 2016, Rob was nominated for a Primetime Emmy alongside his co-creator, Sharon Horgan, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2018, Catastrophe was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and in 2016 won the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for Best Comedy Writing.
In 2018, Rob was a breakout star as the fan favourite "Peter W." in Deadpool 2 - the newest (and beloved) member to the X-Force who has no powers but "just responded to the ad." Also in 2018, Rob hosted Comedy Central UK's Rob Delaney's Stand Up Central, an eight-episode stand-up comedy showcase. In December 2019, Rob is set to appear opposite Charlize Theron in the highly anticipated Lionsgate feature, Bombshell. Most recently, Rob wrapped his roles in the Amblin Partners' Sigourney Weaver-Kevin Kline feature reteam The Good House as well as the Warner Bros. live action feature Tom and Jerry, alongside the cast of Colin Jost, Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena. Other on-screen credits include the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Remake) The Hustle, Comedy Central's Key & Peele, Burning Love, and FX's Trust.
In 2013, Rob's first novel and bestselling memoir, Rob Delaney: Mother Wife Sister Human Warrior Falcon Yardstick Turban Cabbage was released by Spiegel & Grau in the US, and by Little Brown in the UK.
In 2012, Rob was named one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch. He's also been listed as one of The Funniest People on Twitter on such sites as the Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Vice Magazine, Paste Magazine, Comedy Central, and Funny or Die. Rob's debut one hour special, Rob Delaney: Live at the Bowery Ballroom, is available on Netflix and from Comedy Central Records. His upcoming Amazon standup comedy special Jackie is set to premiere in January 2020. He currently resides in London and regularly performs stand up across the world.
Connie Britton [Beth Ailes] is a four-time Emmy nominated actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. After stand-out roles on series such as Spin City, 24, and The West Wing, she starred in one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC's Friday Night Lights created by Peter Berg, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2010 and then again in 2011. Britton returned to the small screen fall of 2012 starring in ABC's Nashville, in which she played Rayna James, a legendary country music superstar, earning Britton her first Golden Globe nomination and forth Emmy nomination. Britton also starred as the female lead in the first season of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series for FX for which she also received another Emmy Nomination.
She teamed up with Murphy again in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson for FX, in which she played Faye Resnick and most recently for Murphy's new FOX procedural first-responder drama, 9-1-1, alongside Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. Britton most recently starred in the first season of Bravo Media's scripted anthology series Dirty John, based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard. She played Debra Newell, a successful interior designer and single mom from Orange County who falls in love with John Meehan, a charismatic and mysterious man who first divides then terrorizes her family. She also served as an executive producer and has earned an Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nomination for her portrayal of Debra. Britton also guest starred in Frankie Shaw's Golden-Globe nominated comedy SMILF for Showtime.
In film, Britton most recently completed production on Good Joe Bell, in which she stars alongside Mark Wahlberg. She will next be seen in Jay Roach's Bombshell in the role of Beth Ailes, the wife of media mogul Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow. The ensemble film also stars Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron. Her recent credits include: The Mustang, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman, Beatriz at Dinner, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, This Is Where I Leave You, The To-Do List, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, American Ultra, and Land of Steady Habits.
In April 2014 Britton was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In this role, she will raise awareness of UNDP's work in poverty eradication and women's empowerment, advocating to the American and global public.
Mark Duplass [Doug Brunt] is an award-winning actor, filmmaker and producer. As an actor, Mark has appeared in a wide range of film and television projects including the new Apple+ series The Morning Show in which he stars alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. He has also had recurring roles in Hulu's The Mindy Project, National Geographic's Manhunt: Unabomber, and the most recent season of Amazon Studios' Goliath. Notable on-screen feature film credits include Tully, Blue Jay, The One I Love, Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister's Sister, Humpday and the Creep franchise. From 2009 to 2015, Mark starred on the hit FX comedy series The League.
Mark and his brother Jay first gained recognition in the early 2000's for writing, directing and producing several acclaimed independent and studio films, including The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. On the television side, Mark and Jay have created two critically acclaimed television series for HBO: Togetherness (in which Mark also starred) and the anthology series Room 104. Notable producer credits include the Emmy-winning Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country and the HBO animated series Animals, as well as the feature films Safety Not Guaranteed (in which Mark also starred), The Skeleton Twins, and Tangerine.
Allison Janey [Susan Estrich] is incredibly versatile and has taken her place among a select group of actors who combine a leading lady's profile with a character actor's art of performance. Currently starring alongside Anna Faris in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, Mom, Janney also received rave reviews for her turn as 'Margaret Scully' on Showtime's groundbreaking drama Masters of Sex. Janney won Emmys for both roles in the same year; a feat that has only been done twice before in Emmy history. She won a second Emmy for Mom the following year, bringing her total number of ATAS statues to seven. In addition, Janney has continually taken on movie roles during her hiatus weeks from the sitcom. Most recently, she won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of figure skater Tonya Harding's mother, LaVona Golden, in I, Tonya opposite Margot Robbie for Miramax Films.
Janney will be seen next alongside Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Charlize Theron in Lionsgate's upcoming film Bombshell directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph about the fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News. She plays the role of Ailes' lawyer, Susan Estrich. Janney also stars opposite Hugh Jackman in director Cory Finley's film, Bad Education, written by Mike Makowsky about the true conspiracy that occurred during his middle school years in Long Island in the early 2000's. The film had its world premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
She recently wrapped production for Tate Taylor's Breaking News in Yuba County opposite Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, and Regina Hall. Janney's character Sue Bottoms finds herself at the center of a national news story after her husband goes 'missing'. She is also set to star as the lead in Bad Robot's dramatic thriller Lou. Directed by Anna Foerster with a script by Maggie McGowan Cohn, the movie follows a young woman and her landlord Lou as they team up to track down the former's kidnapped child.
Janney stars alongside Viola Davis, Mckenna Grace, and Jim Gaffigan in Troop Zero for Amazon Studios from directors Bert & Bertie. The film had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Janney most recently lent her voice to MGM's animated feature film The Addams Family alongside Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, and Chloe Grace Moretz. She was also seen in Tate Taylor's horror Ma alongside Octavia Spencer who she previously worked with the on the 2011 Best Picturenominated feature film The Help based on the best-selling novel of the same name. For their extraordinary performances, the cast also won Ensemble awards from the Screen Actors Guild, National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics.
Previously released movies include Judy Greer's A Happening of Monumental Proportions and Tallulah which reunited her with Ellen Page. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children marked her first time working with director Tim Burton and Girl on the Train saw her collaborating again with longtime friend, director Tate Taylor. Janney also appeared in two of the previous summer's biggest box office titles: the adorably animated Minions and Spy with Melissa McCarthy. Prior feature work includes The Duff, Jason Bateman's directorial debut Bad Words, the Dreamworks animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and The Way, Way Back with Steve Carell and Toni Collette.
Janney has also delighted audiences with outstanding performances in the Oscar-winning ensemble hit Juno and in the movie version of the Tony Award winning play Hairspray. For her role in Todd Solondz's film Life During Wartime she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Spirit Awards. She also appeared in Sam Mendes' Away We Go, the comedy Strangers with Candy, and was heard as the voice of 'Gladys' in Dreamworks' animated film Over the Hedge as well as 'Peach' in Finding Nemo.
She received another Spirit Award nomination for her work in the independent feature Our Very Own, and starred opposite Meryl Streep in The Hours, which received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. Other feature credits include the Academy Award winning film American Beauty (for which she won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture) as well as Nurse Betty, How to Deal, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 Things I Hate About You, Primary Colors, The Ice Storm, Six Days Seven Nights, The Object of My Affection, and Big Night. Throughout her career Janney has made a handful of memorable guest-star appearances on television, but she is renowned for her starring role in the acclaimed NBC series The West Wing, where she won a remarkable four Emmy Awards and four SAG Awards for her portrayal of White House Press Secretary 'CJ Cregg.'
While a freshman studying acting at Kenyon College in Ohio, Janney auditioned for a play that Paul Newman was directing and got the part. Soon after, Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward suggested she study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. She followed their advice and went on to make her Broadway debut in Noel Coward's Present Laughter for which she earned the Outer Critics Circle Award and Clarence Derwent Award. She also appeared in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, receiving her first Tony Award nomination and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award as well as the musical 9 to 5, for which she earned a Tony nomination and won the Drama Desk Award. Janney made her return to Broadway Spring 2017 in the revival of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. She played the title role of 'Ouisa' alongside John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins.
Nazanin Boniadi [Rudi Bakhtiar] is a British-Iranian actress, who is rapidly making her mark in both film and television as well as continuing her heartfelt work as a passionate, renowned activist. On the big screen, Boniadi can next be seen as former Fox News reporter, 'Rudi Bakhtiar,' in Lionsgate's upcoming drama Bombshell, opposite Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and John Lithgow. The anticipated feature centers around the real-life women of Fox News who are faced with the scandal surrounding its founder, Roger Ailes. The film is set to release on December 20, 2019. Boniadi starred as 'Zahra' in Bleecker Street's feature drama, Hotel Mumbai, opposite Armie Hammer and Dev Patel, and directed by Anthony Maras. The film is based on the astonishing and horrific true story of the devastating terrorist attack on Mumbai's iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008. The film was an Official Selection of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and also opened the Adelaide Film Festival in October of the same year. The film released in theaters on March 29, 2019.
On television, Boniadi starred opposite J.K. Simmons in the critically acclaimed Starz original series, Counterpart, as 'Clare,' an enigmatic young woman of curious origin. The story centers on a hapless U.N. employee (Simmons) who discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension. Written and created by Justin Marks, and Executive Produced by Jordan Horowitz and Morten Tyldum, the series premiered on December 10, 2017 and ran for two seasons. Boniadi previously co-starred as 'Fara Sherazi' in seasons three and four of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series, Homeland, for which she shared a 2015 SAG-AFTRA Award nomination for 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series'. Additional television credits include 'Nora', a relatively longstanding love interest to Neil Patrick Harris's 'Barney Stinson' in seasons six and seven of the hit CBS comedy, How I Met Your Mother. In 2014, she appeared as the notorious 'Adnan Salif' in season three of Shonda Rhimes' ABC political drama series, Scandal.
Additional on screen credits include, a leading role in the 2016 adaptation of Ben-Hur, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Passengers, directed by Morten Tyldum, The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis, and the first installment of Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, among others.
Born in Tehran, Boniadi and her family relocated to London shortly after the Iranian Revolution. Despite her early involvement in theater, Boniadi later moved to the United States to pursue medicine. After completing a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and receiving an undergraduate research award in heart transplant rejection, she switched gears back to her first love and trained in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, under the supervision of dramaturge, Lloyd Trott. In addition to her passion for the arts, Boniadi is a dedicated human and women's rights advocate with a focus on Iran. From 2009-2015, she served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) and continues to partner with the non-profit as an Amnesty International Artist of Conscience. In 2014, she was selected for term membership by the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2015, she joined the Board of Directors at the Center for Human Rights in Iran. Boniadi's advocacy work has taken her to Capitol Hill, British Parliament, and most recently, the Bundestag. Boniadi currently resides in Los Angeles.
Amy Landecker [Dianne Brandi] is known for her portrayal of Sarah Pfefferman on the award-winning Amazon Originals series Transparent. Landecker can soon be seen in the upcoming Showtime series Your Honor, opposite Bryan Cranston. Additional TV credits include Hulu's critically acclaimed series The Handmaid's Tale, FX's soon to be released Platform, Little Birds for SkyAtlantic, CBS All Access' The Twilight Zone, Sneaky Pete, HBO's Room 104, Louie, Revenge, House M.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm and House of Lies. Upcoming feature projects include Bombshell from Director Jay Roach and Academy Award winning screenwriter Charles Randolph as well as Netflix's Unititled Henry & Rel Sci-FI Project where Landecker will star opposite Jaime Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Additional film credits include: A Kid Like Jake, an independent drama also starring Jim Parsons; Beatriz at Dinner, opposite Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, The Hunter's Prayer; Babysitter; The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne; Project Almanac; 3 Days with Dad, Enough Said with Julia LouisDreyfus and James Gandolfini; All is Bright with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd; Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man and Dan In Real Life with Steve Carell, among others.
In 2017, Landecker made her directorial debut with Transparent: The Lost Sessions, a 10-episode offshoot of comedic shorts for Funny or Die using Jill Soloway's world of Pfeffermans and the cast of characters surrounding the often-dysfunctional family. Amy Landecker began her career in Chicago as an intern at the Steppenwolf Theatre, where she later went on to perform, in addition to The Goodman and the Public Theatre in NY. She won an Obie Award for her work in Tracy Lett's Bug at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Brooke Smith [Irene Briganti] With a career spanning every medium, Brooke has established herself as a well-respected actress in both drama and comedy. Growing up in New York, Brooke made her film debut in Alan Rudolph's The Moderns and shortly thereafter, was cast in the pivotal role of serial killer abductee Catherine Martin in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs. Brooke's seamless transitions between comedy and drama, and her work with famed directors, are also evident in her other film work which includes Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, Zoe Cassavetes Day Out of Days, Jason Reitman's Labor Day, Doug Liman's Fair Game, Mira Nair's The Namesake, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Daniel Minahan's Series 7, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company, Robert Altman's Kansas City, Henry Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons, Sydney Pollack's Random Hearts, Anthony Minghella's Mr. Wonderful, Olivia Milch's Dude, and Marti Noxon's To the Bone. Brooke is currently shooting a recur role in Amazon's new Anthology series Them: Covenant written by Little Marvin.
Brooke recurred in the fifth and final season of A&E's thriller Bates Motel as Sheriff Dana Green. Brooke recurred as Frances on Showtime's Ray Donovan. She recently guest-starred on The Good Doctor, Chicago Med, Unbelievable, The Crossing, Supergirl, Project Blue Book, Bosch, Nashville and Amazon's Hand of God. She created the character of Dr. Erica Hahn, head of cardio-thoracic surgery, on ABC's hit show Grey's Anatomy for four seasons. Equally varied characters have been portrayed by her in other television series such as Weeds, Crossing Jordan, Six Feet Under, Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Larry Sanders Show, HBO's Iron Jawed Angels, directed by Katja Von Garnier, and TNT's mini-series A Century of Women. Her theatre accomplishments run the gamut as well, appearing in such productions as Some Girls, by Neil LaBute at MCC, Stop Kiss at the Public Theatre, and co-starring in the Coen Brothers' radio play Theatre of the New Ear in New York and London. She also starred in Andre Gregory's production of Uncle Vanya at The Victory Theatre, leading to her role in Louis Malle's film adaptation entitled Vanya on 42nd Street, which garnered Brooke an IFP Spirit Award nomination.
Brooke's other interests include filmmaking, photography and journalism. She has directed two documentaries, as well as a short film, music videos, and several PSA's about conflict minerals in the Congo. Along with gallery showings of her photographs, she also has published interviews with such actors as Steve Buscemi, Fred Ward and Ed Harris and has a book of her punk rock photos from NY in the 1980's coming out soon.
Holland Taylor [Faye Orselli] has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and most recently Gloria Bell with Julianne Moore. Holland will next appear in the Netflix sequel To All The Boy's I've Loved Before 2, Bill & Ted Face the Music, as well as Jay Roach's highly anticipated Bombshell.
On television, Holland has been nominated for seven Emmy awards, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the sexually popular Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Among her numerous series starring roles: The Powers that Be, Norman Lear's short-lived but highly acclaimed political satire, Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks, Two and a Half Men, with Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher, Norman Lear's NBC Pilot Guess Who Died. Additionally, she can be seen in David E. Kelley's Mr. Mercedes. Holland is currently working on Ryan Murphy's Hollywood for Netflix.
The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor "the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw." Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley, opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. In Los Angeles she has performed in Kindertransport, and played opposite Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man at the Geffen. She has performed narrations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Essa-Pekka Salonen and John Adams, and narrated the Harry Potter Suite, for John Williams at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Holland was a dedicated student of Stella Adler, and has given talks about the work and cultural contribution of this great teacher. Proud to be a Philadelphia native, she went to Westtown Friends School in that area, and took a B.A. at Bennington College. In 2005 she became a student again, earning an M.A. from the University of Santa Monica and in '06, began work on the play. In 2013, Holland wrote and starred in Ann on Broadway, portraying the legendary Governor of Texas, Ann Richards.
Tricia Helfer [Alisyn Camerota] is a Canadian cover girl model-turned-actress who has developed her resume beyond the catwalk to include many diverse roles highlighting her versatile and natural screen presence. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, Cylon 'Number Six' in the critically acclaimed Syfy series, Battlestar Galactica, Helfer has since gone on to book leading roles on a wide variety of networks. She can currently be seen in Creepshow from Shudder Network, Syfy's Van Helsing, and FOX's Lucifer.
Prior to Lucifer, Tricia was recurring in season two of the Playstation & Sony Picture TV series, Powers. Just before that, Helfer also played the lead of the Syfy channel's original miniseries Ascension co-starring Brian Van Holt. In early 2014, Helfer starred as the lead of the ABC series, Killer Women. The Sofia Vergara-produced series followed beautiful badass Molly Parker (Helfer), in the notorious Texas Rangers frontier patrol, as she pursued justice despite being embroiled in a continuous fight for her peers' respect.
Born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada, Helfer launched her modeling career at age 17, and erupted into an international superstar after winning the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World Contest in 1992. Her modeling credits include appearances in high-end ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Givenchy, and Dolce & Gabbana as well as covers for national publications such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Flare and Vogue. In 2002, Helfer turned her focus to acting, moving to Los Angeles and quickly earning a guest star spot on the second season finale of C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. The following year she earned her break with Battlestar Galactica, achieving a remarkably fast and successful transition into acting.
During her hiatus from Battlestar Galactica, Helfer portrayed the legendary Farrah Fawcett in NBC's film, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels. She further expanded her portfolio by starring as 'Stephanie Jacobs' opposite Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane in the independent feature Memory, and later starred alongside LeeLee Sobieski in another independent, Walk All Over Me, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Helfer returned to the small-screen in 2008, joining the cast of the USA Network's hit series, Burn Notice for a multi-episode arc. The next year she filmed recurring guest spots on the award-winning CBS comedy, Two and a Half Men, while appearing on FOX's crime shows Chuck, and Lie to Me. In 2010, Helfer booked a series regular role on the ten-episode arc of Jerry Bruckheimer's Dark Blue, starring opposite Dylan McDermott and went on to do a variety of terrific roles on series such as Suits, on USA Network, Key and Peale, The Librarians, Community, Chuck, Jeremiah and Franklin & Bash, among others.
In addition to her vast array of television roles, Tricia starred in the film, A Beginner's Guide to Endings, with Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan, and JK Simmons and later, went on to star in Authors Anonymous with Kaley Cuoco. Next up, is another lead role in thriller, Isolation co-starring Luke Mably, a film that portrayed the true events of a couple vacationing in the Bahamas. The getaway quickly spirals out of control, forcing the couple into survival mode.
Adding to her impressive resume, Helfer has done prolific voiceover work in mega-hit video game franchises including, playing the roles of Commander Veronica Dare in Halo: ODST, EDI in Mass Effect 2 and 3, Sarah Kerrigan in Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, for which she won the 2010 VGA for Best Performance by a Human Female, as well as in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. She also showcased her voice talent in animated productions, Green Lantern: First Flight, a Cartoon Network TV movie, on Disney XD's The Spectacular Spiderman, and on Disney XD's TRON: Uprising.
In addition to acting, Helfer continues to support as many causes as she can, as she strongly believes in giving back. Tricia supports the Humane Society of United States, Best Friends Animal Society, AmFAR, PETA, Kitten Rescue and Richmond Animal Protection Society.
Ashley Greene [Abby Huntsman] is best known for her role as vampire Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga franchise. The five films broke box-office records with a cumulative $3.3 billion worldwide, cementing its place in history as one of the most commercially successful franchises of all time.
Next up, Greene will appear as Abby Huntsman in the highly Lionsgate drama Bombshell. Written by Charles Randolph and directed by Jay Roach, the film is based upon several women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. It features an all-star ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow. Greene will also star in the holiday film Christmas on my Mind. The film follows the story of Lucy (Greene) who wakes up with a wedding dress in hand and believes that she is late to her wedding with her ex-boyfriend Zac. However, she has no recollection of the past 2 years, including the fact that she is engaged to another man. The film premieres Thursday, December 19 on Hallmark Channel.
Greene recently starred in the final season of DirecTV's crime-thriller, Rogue, opposite Cole Hauser.
Past film credits include Accident Man opposite Scott Adkins and directed by Jesse V Johnson; Antiquities opposite Mary Steenburgen; In Dubious opposite Robert Duvall and directed by James Franco; Urge opposite Danny Masterson and Pierce Brosnan; Shangri-la Suite playing Priscilla Presley; Lorne Michaels' Staten Island Summer; Joe Dante's Burying the Ex, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014; Zac Braff's Wish I Were Here; CBGB opposite Alan Rickman; Jim Field Smith's Butter opposite Jennifer Garner; Todd Lincoln's The Apparition; and Sundance Film Festival darling, Skateland. In 2014, Greene served as the global ambassador of OAKLEY Women's Eyewear. She was previously the face of brands including DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Avon's Mark beauty and fashion brand, and SOBE Lifewater. She is an active voice in multiple anti-dating abuse and anti sex-trafficking charities for young women including A21, No More and GEMS.
She was the recipient of the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Fresh Face (Female); and the 2010, 2011, and 2012 recipient of the Teen Choice Award for Scene Stealer (Female). A Jacksonville, Florida native, Greene currently resides in LA.
Richard Kind [Rudy Giuliani] is a Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony Nominee for the Broadway Hit, The Big Knife. He is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Richard appeared in the Academy Award Winning Best Picture, Argo for director Ben Affleck and starred as 'Bing Bong' in the hit Pixar Film , Inside Out. He played a memorable, heartbreaking role in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter. Richard was 'Uncle Arthur,' brother to Michael Stuhlbarg in the critically acclaimed A Serious Man written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. He worked a second time with the Coen brothers in Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney.
Additional film credits include a two time collaboration with Tom McCarthy in The Visitor and The Station Agent as well as roles in several other independent films including Obvious Child, The Bellmen, Auggie, The Magnificent Meyersons, Andover, The Independents, All We Had, The Lennon Report and The Paper Store just to name a few, as well as voicing characters in A Bug's Life, Cars and the television series, Summer Camp Island, Big Mouth and American Dad.
Apart from his infamous roles on Spin City and Mad About You, Richard was also a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series, Luck as well as three seasons on Amazon's Red Oaks. This season, Richard will reprise his role as 'Dr. Mark Devanow' in the much loved and anticipated revival of Mad About You. Additionally Richard completed shooting a season of Brockmire opposite Hank Azaria. He has guest starred on many shows, and has had recurring roles on Fox's Gotham, Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here, and has appeared numerous times on Young Sheldon, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit.
On stage, Richard has starred in Guys and Dolls in London, the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Candide, and Bounce, among others. Richard started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall and Gary Kroeger.
Alanna Ubach [Judge Jeanine Pirro] ages up 24 years to portray Fox News' Jeanine Pirro in Jay Roach's Bombshell feature for Lionsgate and she also co-stars in Fox's upcoming midseason series Filthy Rich, starring Kim Cattrall. Ubach portrays Yopi, a Puerto Rican career gambler and mother of one of the illegitimate children of the recently deceased husband of Cattrall's character. In addition, Ubach is a series regular on two other upcoming series, Monsters at Work for Disney+ and Crossing Swords for Hulu. Ubach also portrays Suze Howard, the depressed mother of Sydney Sweeney and Maude Apatow on HBO's Euphoria, now prepping its second season. Ubach starred as Mama Imelda, the matriarch, pivotal female lead and singer of La Llorona in Disney's Academy Award-winning feature Coco and is best known for both Legally Blonde films, Meet the Fockers and five seasons starring as Jo, the outspoken bakery owner on Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Ubach was recently in A24's feature Julianne Moore-starrer Gloria Bell. For her work in Coco, Ubach won an Imagen Award and was also honored by the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
Last year Ubach co-starred on AMC's Dietland from Girlfriends' Guide creator Marti Noxon, followed by an arc on FX's Snowfall, Ubach was in two 2017 Sundance features, The Last Word and To the Bone. She starred as Tammy Murphy, lead Dana Delany's sister in Amazon's Hand of God series and voiced a 10-year old boy, Ansi, in Nickelodeon's Welcome to the Wayne. Ubach confesses, "I want to keep people guessing and never want to play the same character twice."
Ubach became a first-time feature film producer and had a co-starring role in the feature August Falls. Ubach's acting risks have resulted in many varied roles. Although written for a much older actress, she won the role of the housekeeper who deflowered Ben Stiller and held her own with De Niro, Streisand and Hoffman in Universal's Meet the Fockers. In HBO's Hung, she played Thomas Jane's sexstarved, memorably demanding Israeli neighbour, Yael Koontz. She was Ray Romano's sexy secret lover on Men of a Certain Age, which landed her and the series the 2010 Peabody Award. She portrayed Naomi, the bitter, profanity-spewing waitress in Waiting; the horny neighbour who invites Marlon Wayans' character over for a Mandingo party in the surprise hit, A Haunted House; a grieving, drunken British rock widow in a multi-episode arc on Californication; and Danny DeVito's crack whore girlfriend in one of the most beloved episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She also starred in DirecTV's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.
Earlier in her career, Ubach acted in a string of Sundance indie darlings including Denise Calls Up, Freeway, Clockwatchers and Johns.
She studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and was an Off- Broadway theatre star at 15 in both WPA's Club Soda and Manhattan Theatre Club's lead in Kindertransport. Ubach wrote, directed and starred in both a short film and a one-woman show, Patriotic Bitch, which debuted Off-Broadway to rave reviews at the Harold Clurman Theatre. She is also an in-demand voiceover actress in TV and film from Gore Verbinski's Rango and Ben 10: Omniverse to Pound Puppies and groundbreaking Latino voices in Teamo Supremo and El Tigre. If you can't place her, then she succeeded in disguising herself in her characters.
Born on October 3rd, Ubach grew up in Downey, California to her Mexican-born mother, Sidna, and Puerto Rican father, Rudy. As a teen in L.A., Ubach spent two years starring as Josie on Beakman's World, an award-winning, syndicated children's science show and in films such as Renaissance Man, Airborne, the Whoopi Goldberg-starrer Sister Act 2 and The Brady Bunch Movie. Other notable credits include Denise Calls Up, as a woman who goes to a sperm bank and tracks down her potential donor. In Freeway, Ubach portrayed "a badass gay Latina girl in jail." She was David Arquette's attitude-filled girlfriend in Johns and became a Sundance sensation with her trio of performances. She also starred with Toni Collette and Parker Posey in Clockwatchers, a film about disgruntled temps.
In Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde she played Serena, part of Elle Wood's triumvirate of friends. She used her earnings from that film to finance a self-produced, written and directed short film, A Mi Amor Mi Dulce. She also starred in the short, which premiered at Los Angeles' Outfest followed by the Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Chicago's Reeling Festival. Ubach makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, their toddler son and their dogs when she's not on a film, television or theatre stage.
Mark Moses [Bill Shine] made his film debut in Oliver Stone's Academy Award winner, Platoon. Other films include, Academy Award® nominees Born on the Fourth of July, and Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima, Deep Impact, Swing Vote, The Doors, Caesar Chavez, Someone to Watch Over Me, Gettysburg, Fear Inc., One Man's Hero, Mapplethorpe, and the soon to be released, Bombshell. Audiences are most familiar with Mark from his television roles as Paul Young in Desperate Housewives, or as Duck Philips in Mad Men, where he garnered 3 SAG Awards between them. He played Dennis Boyd in the 4th season of Homeland, Coronel Cox in Manhattan and President Mitchener on The Last Ship. Other television credits include Berlin Station, The Killing, Key & Peele, Salvation, and Mr. Robot, among many others. His roots started in theater, on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theaters across the country.
Michael Buie [Bret Baier] is a Canadian born actor, writer, and director. Buie is best known for portraying 'Mick Brennan' in The Next Three Days directed by Paul Haggis, 'Connor Banks' in Mystery, Alaska directed by Jay Roach, 'King Agon' in Marvel's Inhumans for IMAX and ABC, 'Brian Early' in Cedar Rapids, and 'Ricky Randall' in Blackbird.
Buie's television credits include Grey's Anatomy, Republic of Doyle, Hawaii Five-O, Prime Suspect, Wonderfalls, This is Wonderland, Millennium, The Outer Limits, Street Time and series lead in TNT cop drama Hard Time. Most recently, Buie just finished work with Peter Farrelly on his show Loudermilk.