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Jillian Armenante

You Might Know Her From

We’ve got actor, writer, director, producer Jillian Armenante on the show today, ay, now that’s amore. You Might Know Her From Judging Amy, Vice, North Country, Kittens in a Cage, Bad Teacher, Fresh Off the Boat, and Girl, Interrupted. We go in deep with Jillian about being the comic relief on a CBS courtroom drama (Judging Amy) and how that differs from being on a bonafide sitcom like Fresh Off the Boat. Jillian talked to us about her theatre roots in Seattle, the stage adaptation of The Cider House Rules that earned her a Drama Desk nom and a career in Hollywood, and what it’s like to come into the machine as an already out LGBTQ+ actor. We also got into the sisterhoods on the sets of both Girl, Interrupted (where she ran in a crowd with Clea DuVall and bff Angelina Jolie) and North Country (where she bonded with Michelle Monaghan, and Charlize Theron had them top off their whiskey shots with her breast milk). All that plus Jillian gives us some old Hollywood lesbian gossip and talks to us about acting in The Dark Knight without knowing her co-star’s lines. We are just giddy from this one. Enjoy! Follow us on social media: @damianbellino || @rodemanne  Girl, Interrupted details on Wiki (Leelee Sobieski took Joan of Arc instead of Girl, Interrupted) How to Make an American Quilt was  If These Walls Could Talk (1 is about abortion, 2 is about women) Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her still mostly about men Anne has announced The Mummy Returns is lesbian canon Nomi Malone = Elizabeth Berkley Stockard Channing at the beginning of The First Wives Club is gay canon Glenn Close wore gloves to the Oscars Oscars with Glenn and “Da Butt”  Glenn’s drunk gif at the 2013 Golden Globes SATC is not gay canon but Desperate Housewives is Played Donna on Judging Amy (CBS) for 6 seasons Dan Futterman, Amy Brenneman founded Cornerstone, Tyne Daly In the episode “Waterworld” Donna gives birth in Amy’s house with Maxine helping her (tyne’s idea!) Cider House Rules play (performed @ Seattle Rep, The Atlantic, Mark Taper Forum) won an Obie Fresh Off the Boat was an offer  Kittens in a Cage (featuring Tyne Daly, Constantine Maroulis) is a camp sendup of women in prisons movies: like Caged with Eleanor Parker, Wentworth, and Prisoner of Cell Block H Stuck with former YMKHF guest, Heather Matarazzo (full episode here)  Playled Cynthia Crowley in Girl, Interrupted “Dyke” was something Angelina Jolie improvised about Jillian’s character Gay energy on set with: Jolie, Armenante, Clea DuVall + Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Angela Bettis Lisa Beach casting director  Angelina bisexual talk Re Jenny Shimizu BDUs North Country (dir: Niki Caro) Ensemble: Charlize Theron, Michelle Monaghan, Frances McDormand, Rusty Schwimmer, Jeremy Renner, Corey Stoll Renner and Charlize helped create a shot called “the white dog” aka Jack Daniels + Jillian’s breastmilk Tweeting about Barbara Stanwyck Best Hollywood lesbian lore: Judy Garland and Mary Astor (co-stars in Meet Me in St Louis), Marlene Dietrich, Hattie McDaniel The Barbara Stanwyck Show (not Hour as Anne said) featuring Anna May Wong Gave Charlize a GLAAD Award in South Africaans Actors she loved who felt similar: Marie Dressler, Dorothy Loudon Godmother to Angelina’s son, Maddox Grey’s Anatomy 2 ep arc has her screaming nonstop Ass juice to save your voice (from Josh Hamilton: boil grapefruit rind into a tea and sip) Vice with Rockwell, Bale, Carell Dark Knight Rises was extremely  secretive  Played drums in a teacher jam band with Timberlake in Bad Teacher Black Sabbitch is an all girl BS cover band with Angie Scarpa on drums Judy Garland slept with at least a few women Marjorie Main (Ma Kettle, The Harvey Girls, Meet Me in St. Louis, Summer Stock) is one of our favorite lesbians. She was in a relationship with Spring Byington who was in In the Good Ole Summertime Jillian was in Judging Amy with Amy Brenneman who was in Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her with Glenn Close, who was in Rex with next week’s guest (who was making her Broadway debut!)

55mins

29 Apr 2021

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Jillian Armenante chats about her love for acting and directing

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Actress, Writer, Direct Jillian Armenante comes on the show to talk about her extensive career, her personal projects such as the film Stuck which she directed. Armenante is known for her roles in shows such as Judging Amy. Fresh Off The Boat and The Mayor. She also starred in notable film such as Girl Interupted, Bad Teacher and The Dark Knight Rises.

15mins

25 Aug 2018

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Grant Cramer/ Jillian Armenante

The Jimmy Star Show w/Ron Russell

Actor/Producer/Director Grant Cramer and Actress/Producer/Director/Writer Jillian Armenante join us on this episode of The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell broadcast live from the W4CY studios on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018.@GrantmanC @JillianArmenante #KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace #GirlInterruptedThis show is broadcast live on Wednesday's at 3PM ET on W4CY Radio – (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (http://www.talk4radio.com/) on the Talk 4 Media Network (http://www.talk4media.com/).

1hr 50mins

3 May 2018

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Grant Cramer/ Jillian Armenante

The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell

Actor/Producer/Director Grant Cramer and Actress/Producer/Director/Writer Jillian Armenante join us on this episode of The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell broadcast live from the W4CY studios on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. @GrantmanC @JillianArmenante  #KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace #GirlInterruptedSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-jimmy-star-show-with-ron-russell9600/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 50mins

2 May 2018

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Beyond the Playlist with JHammondC: Jillian Armenante

Beyond the Playlist with JHammondC

Beyond the Playlist Jillian Armenate An Interview in the Artemis Film Festival Interview Series. I talk to director, writer, actress, Jillian Armenante. We talk about her work as an actress and her current projects. We talk about her about how she approaches her work and her philosophy to it. https://twitter.com/JillArmenante http://www.kittensinacage.com/ https://www.stuckfeature.com/ http://www.artemisfilmfestival.com/ www.WomenKickAss.com Sponsored by: http://www.tweakedaudio.com/ For more Beyond the Playlist with JHammondC https://twitter.com/JHammondC https://www.facebook.com/groups/Beyondtheplaylist/ Theme music by Magnus Sellergren featuring The Jimmy C and the New York Brass Cover art by Phil Rood

28mins

25 Mar 2018

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Award-Winning Director Jillian Armenante joined Janeane Monday at 9:50am pst to talk about her latest hilarious project "STUCK!"

KUCI: Get the Funk Out

Actress, @FreshOffABC Director, Producer of @Kittensinacage #TheList & @stuckfeature w @stoicentertain@producersguild @AWD_Directors@sagaftra @ActorsEquitySTUCK has an Amazing Cast. Hilarious footage. Just a little support, and they'll have a MOVIE!HERE'S THE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/192820837 www.stuckfeature.comABOUTDreams came true shooting this film! With female-director-badass Jillian Armenante, hilarious performances came to life from Heather Matarazzo, Amir Talai, Kate Flannery, Kirsten Vangsness, Joel McHale, and so many more. Like any great indie, we went through hell to get it on camera. Grip trucks broke down, neighbors threatened us, cops were called, extra days added... But in the end it was ALL worth it, because we got KILLER footage. Now we just need a little help to make it a movie...Writers Heather Turman and David Mickel were introduced through Newfilmmakers LA to award-winning director Jillian Armenante, and together the three of them joined forces to produce Stuck! Together, the three of them did something remarkable -- completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, were given a production grant from MovieMaker Magazine, got announced in a Deadline article ( http://deadline.com/2016/09/heather-matarazzo-n... ), and finished principle photography with a celebrity cast unheard of in a low budget indie.CASTIncluding Joel McHale, Kate Flannery, Kirsten Vangsness, Paul Scheer, Felicia Day, Constantine Maroulis, and Chris Redd.And of course, an absolutely stellar performance by actress Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Saved), in the proper adult lead role her fans have been waiting for. (Here's a preview of our actors in action!)https://vimeo.com/189804428 But as all filmmakers know, shooting is only half the battle. The project we poured our hearts and talents into is in limbo, as we need to now pay for editing, color-correction, sound, music, titles, looping, reshoots, etcetera, etcetera...We've got a hilarious movie on our hands that exceeded all of our artistic expectations, but getting it done and seen by everyone requires more money, time and resources.FIND OUT MORE HERE!https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stuck-in-post-production-finishing-the-movie#/ www.stuckfeature.comDETAILS ABOUT THE TEAM Director Jillian ArmenanteMs. Armenante has dedicated her artistic life to creating original stories and new works. Most recently she executive produced, wrote, directed and acted in the original series Kittens In A Cage (based on the play by Kelleen Conway Blanchard), with such notable actors as Michelle Monaghan, Felicia Day, Misha Collins, Joel McHale and dozens more. Kittens won a multitude of awards, including Temecula Independent Film Festival: “Best Comedy Feature” and “Top 5 of Festival,” IndieFest Film Awards: “Award of Excellence,” LA Spotlight Film Festival: “Best Feature Film,” LA Comedy Festival: “Best Feature” and “Best Ensemble,” and DIY Film Festival: “Best Comedy Feature.” Additionally, the project took home the coveted “Grand Prize” award at WebSeries Festival Global, and was an Official Selection at a myriad of other festivals in the US and abroad. As an actress, Jillian Armenante boasts film credits in Hail, Caesar!, The Dark Night Rises, Bad Teacher, A Mighty Heart, North Country and Girl, Interrupted. She was a series regular (130 episodes) on the CBS Drama Judging Amy for which she won a TV Guide Award, and is currently in a recurring role on ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat. Additional television credits include Better Call Saul, Scandal, The Fosters, Shameless, Party Down, The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing and countless others. She also holds a BAPA degree from Middlesex University, London. She is represented by DOMAIN TALENT and FRAMEWORK ENTERTAINMENT.Writer/Producer Heather Turman Though she’s known best for her work as a stand-up comedian, Heather Turman has over a decade of experience in creating comedic content of all varieties. At just 19 years-old, Turman co-produced and acted in the short-film Subdivision with Larry Laboe (producer of NBC’s Ctrl and Fact Checker’s Unit). She also wrote, produced, directed and acted in short Opening Night, which premiered at Newfilmmakers LA, and her original web-series Conversations with Future Stars was featured at LA Webfest in 2013. Other acting credits include a role alongside Ryan Gosling in the upcoming film La La Land, by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, and the mockumentary Archie Black: The Worst, starring Jay Mohr. Turman was also a sketch-writer for the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase, and recently, she and writing partner David Mickel co-wrote and sold their feature The Catch to Principle Entertainment, and the female buddy-comedy is set for production in 2017. As a stand-up comic, Turman attacks the stage with an unapologetic sense of self. Her impeccable timing and brutal honesty have landed her on the FOX series Laughs, and Comedy Time TV. She was also a top-finalist in the 2015 Westside Showdown in Los Angeles, and she has entertained audiences in 20 states and 75 cities. She is represented by Andy Coleman at LINK ENTERTAINMENT.Writer/Producer David MickelWith more than ten years of professional screenwriting experience, Mr. Mickel has optioned and sold a variety of comedy scripts to Hollywood. David’s first feature, the teen comedy Crimes of Fashion was bought and produced by ABC Family, and starred Kaley Cuoco and Megan Fox. He later optioned Dating Mr. Huggles to producer John Davis (I Robot, Predator, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) who sold it to 20th Century Fox. Most recently, Mr. Mickel & Heather Turman sold their buddy comedy The Catch to Principle Entertainment, which is slated to begin production in 2017. Mr. Mickel is very proud to have STUCK as his debut production-venture.

20 Feb 2017

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152: Ace in the Hole with Jillian Armenante

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TV and film Actor/Director Jillian Armenante (Judging Amy, North Country, Fresh Off The Boat) joins Brett to talk about life as an actor, projects that range from her start in the industry to the present (Kittens in a Cage), Rock and Roll, and the finer points of low-tech Holiday decorations.

1hr

30 Nov 2015

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Ep. 15 Jillian Armenante Has Created Her Own Show – Kittens In A Cage

Motherhood in Hollywood

There is something very raw, campy and sexy about the women in prison genre. Those who are fans of classics like Caged and the not-so-subtly titled Girls in Prison you know what I'm talking about. (Nikki, I'm looking at you!)  It was the style of these locked up ladies that inspired actress Jillian Armenante (Fresh Off The Boat, Judging Amy, Girl, Interrupted) when she was creating her new show, Kittens in a Cage.  As she explains in this episode, Kittens was based on a play written by Kelleen Conway Blanchard after reading it on a trip to Seattle.Rebecca Mozo (Junie) with Erin Anderson (Vickie)There is something very raw, campy and sexy about the women in prison genre. Those who are fans of classics like Caged and the not-so-subtly titled Girls in Prison you know what I'm talking about. (Nikki, I'm looking at you!)  It was the style of these locked up ladies that inspired actress Jillian Armenante (Fresh Off The Boat, Judging Amy, Girl, Interrupted) when she was creating her new show, Kittens in a Cage.  As she explains in this episode, Kittens was based on a play written by Kelleen Conway Blanchard after reading it on a trip to Seattle.Actress Jillian ArmenanteIn fact, Seattle played the backdrop for a lot of the history between Jillian and her craft. Hearing her tell stories about her theater foundation and how it led to her life in LA makes me feel a little out of my depth. I never fully pursued theater as a career because I was scared to death of failure. And, yet...here I am in Hollywood. I'm a star! Rather, I'm a co-star!! I made it?Any who, I love hearing stories from other actors on why they perform and what keeps them going in the face of a career with constant rejection. It can truly wear on your soul after a while. The best part of all of this is that Jillian and her wife Alice Dodd are moms to two beautiful little girls. I couldn't wait to ask her how she found time to produce a TV show, star in a billion other TV show and films, and still take care of her kids. How did she do it?  After our chat I'm guessing lots of booze... Noted, Jillian. Noted.Plus when I found out she pulled it all together with a Kickstarter campaign, lots of favors from friends, and enough moxie to fill a...moxie holder... I was super inspired! I wanted to know more and find a way to tell my friends to watch. We should all watch and support other actors who get out of their "cage" and try new things. (see what I did there?)Lauren Weedman, Joel McHale and Jillian ArmenanteKittens stars Rebecca Mozo, Erin Anderson, Rebecca Field and of course Jillian who also directs and executive produces. The guest star list is ridiculous...Joel McHale, Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Felicia Day and Constantine Maroulis to name a few.  You can find more info on the Kittens website, and watch it on Hulu, Vimeo and Amazon.Felicia DayKeep up with Kittens and Jillian on Twitter and Facebook.  Then come back here and let me know what you thought of the show! I think it's sexy, sassy and swell. Just like  Motherhood in Hollywood.

1hr

12 Oct 2015

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Jillian Armenante - Episode 421

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Steve Cooper talks with actor Jillian Armenante. Jillian is best known for playing the role of Donna Kozlowski on the TV show Judging Amy. Her feature-film credits include Contagion, Bad Teacher, A Mighty Heart, North Country and Girl, Interrupted. On television, she has made guest appearances on several shows including Shameless, Medium, Party Down, Castle, The Closer, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Las Vegas, ER, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, and Northern Exposure. Also very active on stage, in Seattle, she was a member of Annex Theatre for eight years, where she appeared in The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Review, Bessemer's Spectacles, Tattoo Girl, and Hamlet The Musical. At Annex, she directed Triplets In Uniform, Exquisite Torture, and Running From Boomerangs. She was the Associate Artistic Director for Alice B. Theatre where she produced Pretty, Witty and Gay and Memory Tricks by Marga Gomez at the Broadway Performance Hall and she played Melony in a stage version of The Cider House Rules which was performed at The Atlantic Theater in New York City, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. For this role she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, received a Garland Award and a Theatre World Award for Debut on the New York Stage. The show also received a Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for Best Production in a Larger Theatre. She currently is a recurring character in ABC's Fresh Off the Boat and stars, produced, directed and co-wrote Kittens in a Cage.

1hr

20 Sep 2015

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Director Jillian Armenante joined me today at 9:30am to talk about her women-in-prison comedy series Kittens in a Cage!

KUCI: Get the Funk Out

KITTENS IN A CAGE is a must-watch women-in-prison comedy series. Jillian Armenante has officially created your new favorite show." AfterEllen.comDirected By Jillian ArmenanteWritten By Jillian Armenante -based on the play by Kelleen Conway Blanchard.Email: kittensinacage@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.kittensinacage.com/Here is the official Trailer...http://youtu.be/80sJIclvIAUHere is the show...www.kittensinacage.com

16 Mar 2015