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Welcome to The Envelope: Your ultimate guide to award season. Every Wednesday, join Los Angeles Times television and film reporters Yvonne Villarreal and Mark Olsen to hear interviews with award season's top contenders, from the Golden Globes to the Oscars to the Emmys. Actors, directors and showrunners share insights into their roles, along with behind-the-scenes stories you’ll want to hear.
 
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Mj Rodriguez has busted through a tough barrier as the first transgender performer nominated for an Emmy in a lead acting category. Now that she’s wrapped up her successful run in the hit FX show “Pose,” will there be more great mainstream opportunities for trans performers in the future? “Pose” took us into New York’s LGBTQ ballroom scene amid the…
 
Hannah Waddingham discusses her Emmy-nominated performance in “Ted Lasso,” the feel-good Apple TV+ comedy series that centers on the upbeat American coach of an English soccer team. Waddingham plays the coach’s initially vindictive and cynical boss, Rebecca. She also talks about her turn as the “Game of Thrones” nun who infamously yelled “Shame! Sh…
 
Chances are, you already know the names of Emmy favorites like “Ted Lasso” and “The Crown,” which are expected to rack up the statuettes when the TV academy hands out its annual awards next month. But you may not have had time to catch up on all of this year’s Emmy nominees just yet — and on this latest crossover between “The Envelope” and “The Tim…
 
He was a legendary lawyer. She’s a Real Housewife. Together, Tom and Erika Girardi made a striking couple. He funded their lavish lifestyle with multimillion-dollar settlements. She used that money to create a career as a pop singer named Erika Jayne. But did they break the law to build their dream life?In this crossover episode with our sister pod…
 
Our guest is Steven Canals, co-creator of FX’s groundbreaking drama “Pose.” Canals talks about directing the series finale while grieving the loss of his grandmother, striking balance in the show between joy and trauma, and why he feels “ultra privileged” to be working in TV and entertainment right now. For more exclusive awards season coverage, vi…
 
Our guest is actor Cynthia Erivo, who plays Aretha Franklin in “Genius: Aretha” in National Geographic’s biographical anthology series. Erivo talks about how she landed the role, using her platform to advocate for change and the way scent has helped her find characters. Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Academy Awards from L.A. Times columnists Glenn Whip…
 
Our guest is Emerald Fennell, who wrote, directed and produced “Promising Young Woman.” Her debut feature film got five Oscar nominations. Fennell talks about the strong responses to “Promising Young Woman” since its release, the importance of casting actor Carey Mulligan in the starring role and writing a new screenplay about the DC Comics superhe…
 
Our guest is actor Amanda Seyfried, who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marion Davies in “Mank.” Seyfried talks about why this performance is her favorite to date, what it was like to meet the film’s director, David Fincher, for the first time, and the prep she’s doing for her next role playing disgraced Silicon Valley executive Eli…
 
Our guests are actor Mads Mikkelsen and director Thomas Vinterberg. Their latest collaboration is the Oscar-nominated “Another Round.” Mikkelsen and Vinterberg talk about why they set their film among high school teachers, whether there really was any drinking on set and how they created that already iconic dance number at the end of the movie. Pho…
 
Our guest is Sacha Baron Cohen, who has received Golden Globe awards and Oscar, SAG, PGA and WGA nominations for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” and for his portrayal of activist Abbie Hoffman in “The Trial of The Chicago 7.” Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Oscar nominations from our columnist Glenn Whipp. Photo credit: Russell James. For more Envelope ex…
 
Our guest is Steve McQueen, the director, co-writer and executive producer of “Small Axe.” McQueen talks about the ethos behind this anthology of five films set in London’s West Indian community in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and the steps he's taking to get more young people of color into the entertainment industry. Plus: Reaction to the 2021 Golden…
 
Our guest is Josh O’Connor, who was nominated for Golden Globe and SAG awards for his portrayal of Prince Charles in the Netflix show “The Crown.” O’Connor talks about the challenges of playing a real-life character in a fictional series, the scrapbooks he makes to get into the right mind-set for acting roles, and his love of ceramics. Photo credit…
 
Our guests are Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, who play Jen and Judy in the Netflix show “Dead to Me.” Applegate and Cardellini talk about the true friendship that developed between them on set, how Wi-Fi challenges nearly thwarted the Emmys last year, and the TV shows they're watching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Katie Fal…
 
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