Tom Mison on His Acting Techniques and Favorite Roles

“The holes in a script are actually the real gift.”


Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to actor Tom Mison, who discusses some of his favorite roles, from Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow to Mr. Phillips in Watchmen. Tom also discusses various approaches to acting and his process for learning how to convincingly portray a blind character in the Apple TV+ series, SEE.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss Tom’s description of different acting traditions in the UK and the US. Then, June turns to Isaac for some creative advice.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, June asks Tom about “posh” parts and “common” parts, a dichotomy that seems to exist all too often in the UK.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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