How Actor Blair Underwood Gets Inside His Characters’ Heads

“Wherever you can, just try to open up those rooms in the mansion of your psyche, emotionally or just intellectually.”

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Episode Notes

This week host Isaac Butler talks to actor Blair Underwood about performing for the stage and screen. In the interview, Blair talks about landing a role on the legal drama L.A. Law when he was still an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon. He also explains how he prepares for roles and how he gets in the right mindset to play tormented characters.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam discuss the mysterious craft of acting.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Blair tells the story of the time he found himself sitting next to Sidney Poitier on a flight from New York to L.A.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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