I appreciate this new series from Variety, titled “Actors on Actors,” which features pairs of actors interviewing each other. The series launched just a few days ago, so there isn’t a full library of conversations to watch. As of today, there are 2: the first is between Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah; and the second is between Viola Davis and Jane Fonda. Both videos are embedded below – each is about 10 minutes long – so check them out.
Each conversation covers several different areas specific to the craft of acting and the business itself, like their process, fighting for roles, playing complex women in television, staying in character and the break-neck speed of filming television (or as Taraji P. Henson says, it’s like shooting a mini-movie each week); also Queen Latifah (Bessie) reminisces about her time on “Living Single,” and more.
First, here is the conversation between Henson and Latifah (Viola Davis and Jane Fonda follow it):
And here’s the chat between Viola Davis and Jane Fonda: