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Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson

Apr 28, 2020

Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, Friends, That Thing You Do, Sahara, Saving Silverman, Dallas Buyers Club, Suburbia...) is so fun onscreen that he's kinda the best thing about every movie he's in. Or at least every scene.

Last spring, Steve was in town for the Brooklyn Film Festival, where his short film, I'm No Holiday, written and directed by his friend and fellow actor Rick Gomez, was screening.

So I met him in Williamsburg. We set up the voice recorder. And later, a camera. (You can see him and me do a funny video with random questions at Here's the result.

You'll hear about:

  • He laughs at which movies and TV shows I watched to "research" him
  • How Ben Stiller "discovered" him
  • Reality Bites
  • Friends
  • Shattered Glass
  • Saving Silverman
  • Theater acting
  • Bonding with Ethan Hawke
  • The 5 people he still keeps in touch with, which includes a few phenomenal (and famous) actors
  • The timeless magic of That Thing You Do
  • Tom Hanks
  • Face Deals (stay tuned!)
  • Auditioning
  • The American Repertory Theater, aka The ART Institute at Harvard University
  • Self-tape, or doing auditions at home and uploading them to Vimeo
  • His wife, successful writer Robyn Peterman
  • Social media, marketing and live tweeting
  • Luck vs. hard work
  • Being recognized
  • The White House Correspondents' Dinner
  • Being a farmer
  • Compassion
  • Being real
  • The theater of politicians
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Mike Judge
  • Bradley Whitford
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Bridge Too Far
  • Quibi




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Music - Take a Chance by Kevin MacLeod - incompetech - Creative Commons