Rank #1: Timothee Chalamet
It's all happening very fast for Timothee Chalamet and he knows it. Sure, he's been acting and performing for years but no other 21 year old can point to the trifecta of films he's just made, all earning awards season love. Oh and he's just been filming the new Woody Allen movie in between endless red carpets and interviews like this one.
On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused", TImothee opens up to Josh about his career aspirations, his acting idols, and how he almost ended up playing Spider-Man.
Plus Timothee and Josh talk about the film that is launching Chalamet into the stratosphere, this universally loved, "Call Me By Your Name".
Dec 07 2017
Rank #2: Anna Kendrick
Who doesn’t love Anna Kendrick? We all do! Anna joins Josh to talk about the surprise success of Pitch Perfect which lead to Pitch Perfect 2, why it’s good to have a period in your acting career where you are struggling, the resurgence of tattoo necklaces, and more.
May 18 2015
Rank #3: Christian Slater (plus Sam Heughan, Vol. II)
We've jammed so much "Happy Sad Confused" goodness into this episode it's almost too good to be true! The proceedings get off to a fun start with returning favorite guest Sam Heughan dropping in to say a quick hello to Josh and Sammy, lament missing out on the lead role in the new film version of "Dune", and enthuse all about his "The Spy Who Dumped Me" co-stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon.
And then there's the main event, an extensive trip down memory lane with the great Christian Slater. Currently starring alongside Glenn Close in "The Wife", Christian is all too happy to open up about his extraordinary career, from "Heathers" and "Pump Up the Volume", to his resurgence in recent years thanks to "Mr. Robot". Plus Josh and Christian hatch a plan for the actor to re-team with Winona Ryder for "Stranger Things"! Are you listening, universe?
Jul 31 2018
Rank #4: Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf has certainly packed a lot into his relatively short 30 years on this planet. From child star to a franchise leading movie star. From avant garde artist to outspoken asshole. He’s been labeled a lot of things (some unfairly, some he’ll cop to quite willingly) and he’s not afraid to talk about all of it in this very honest conversation with Josh Horowitz on this week’s “Happy Sad Confused”. Professionally this has been a banner year for LaBeouf, earning widespread acclaim for his role in “American Honey” and now returning to his roots, re-teaming with filmmaker Dito Montiel for “Man Down”, a PTSD drama co-starring Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. LaBeouf discusses his changing priorities for his career, how he’s obsessed with chasing truth, why he considers himself a blue collar actor, and whether he could imagine returning to a “Transformers” or “Indiana Jones” movie. The answers, like LaBeouf himself, will likely surprise you.
Nov 30 2016
Rank #5: Jon Stewart
The remarkable Jon Stewart has been dominating the airwaves for almost 15 years with his amazing hosting duties on The Daily Show. He joins Josh for a relaxed conversation about the genesis of his directorial debut Rosewater, the ol’ MTV days of The Jon Stewart Show, his love of baseball, his illustrious acting career, and his many nicknames.
Nov 16 2014
Rank #6: Joe & Anthony Russo, Vol. II (Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler Interview!)
SPOILER ALERT: We mean it. Every second of this podcast will spoil "Avengers: Infinity War" so if you haven't seen it yet, this is not the podcast for you.
Still there? Great. On this special edition of "Happy Sad Confused", Josh asks all the big and small questions you can imagine about the game changer that is the newest film in the MCU. For the first time, directors Joe and Anthony Russo can spill all the secrets of their much discussed new film. And it's all right here in this spoiler filled conversation.
May 07 2018
Rank #7: Sam Heughan
Sam Heughan is a charming guy and hard working actor. Sam joins Josh this week to talk about the new season of the Starz series Outlander, where he was in his career before he got his role in the series, and the pros and cons of being objectified for your looks.
Apr 18 2016
Rank #8: John Krasinski
The charming and talented John Krasinski joins Josh to talk about directing "The Hollars", nearly playing Captain America, and getting his action hero on in the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series.
Aug 20 2016
Rank #9: Quentin Tarantino, Vol. II
Name a more influential filmmaker from the past 30 years than Quentin Tarantino. Go ahead, we'll wait.
The one and only auteur is back with his 9th film, another stone cold classic, "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood", this time teaming up two iconic movie stars for the first time, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
Quentin returns to "Happy Sad Confused" to discuss where this story came from, why he's content to soon retire from feature film directing, and discuss what may end up being his last slew of projects--including a new "Kill Bill" story and a "Star Trek" film!
Jul 22 2019
Rank #10: Taika Waititi
There's no rule that says film directors have to be as entertaining as their films but Taika Waititi is just that. His films, from "What We Do In The Shadows" to "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" are overflowing with charm and humor and the same can be said for the Kiwi director.
All of which is to say, this is a fun episode of "Happy Sad Confused" with Waititi visiting Josh to talk about his thrilling new film, "Thor: Raganrok". Josh and Taika talk about the the influences on the film (and Taika himself), including "Flash Gordon" and "Big Trouble in Little China", why the director may take on "Akira" and what amazing flashback scene almost ended up in the Thor sequel.
Oct 31 2017
Rank #11: Paul Rudd & Justin Theroux
Come for the effortless charm of Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux but stay for the fart talk. That's right, this episode of "Happy Sad Confused" runs the gamut but what would you expect when Josh is visited by these two hilarious actor/writers?
First there's the important stuff. Paul and Justin have re-teamed for a 4th time on screen with their new film, "Mute", a sci-fi noir from the mind of Duncan Jones. But these two can riff on anything and Josh takes full advantage in this chat. Among the topics broached: that distinctive NPR voice, how challenging the luge really is, that time Paul was in a Hong Kong action movie, their favorite underrated comedies, and yes, flatulence.
Feb 21 2018
Rank #12: Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, chats with Josh about his new romantic comedy “What If?”, his obsession with Katy Perry, and his freakish knowledge of American football.
Aug 03 2014
Rank #13: Cillian Murphy
He generally doesn't do a lot of interviews so that makes this extended chat with the great Cillian Murphy all the more special. Cillian visits Josh to chat about his beginnings, collaborations with Danny Boyle and Christopher Nolan, and why he keeps coming back for more "Peaky Blinders".
Oct 10 2019
Rank #14: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, And Ruth Negga
Forgive the pun but it’s a love fest on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast this week with two stars of Loving (in theaters November 4th), the new Jeff Nichols awards contender, plus a hysterical chat with two of our favorite comedians. If you’re a comedy nerd, you’ll be excited to hear the first conversation with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, starring in “Oh Hello on Broadway”. As you’d expect from comedic veterans of SNL, Kroll Show, and Documentary Now, this chat goes everywhere – from Anthony Weiner to why they’re over zombies to why John is more interesting now that he’s sober. Plus they talk of course about their new show in which they play two “deep losers” as they put it. Kroll also stars in Loving which brings us to our second conversation of the week, with that film’s star Ruth Negga. You may have seen her in “Preacher” or “World War Z” but this may be the performance of her career. Loving in the true life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage resulted in a supreme court case that forever changed the legality of interracial marriage.
Nov 02 2016
Rank #15: Aubrey Plaza
If you think you know Aubrey Plaza from her character on "Parks & Recreation" or her delightfully deadpan talk show appearances, you've only seen a part of her. On this episode of "Happy Sad Confused," get to know the real Aubrey! She's complex and conflicted, dry and earnest, self-critical and cocky, and most of all, very ambitious.
In this chat, Aubrey talks about her heady show "Legions" (now in it's second season on FX), why Bill Murray recently called her up, what 80s sitcom she was obsessed with, and her secret script she's working on that's inspired by "Mrs. Doubtfire"!
Apr 26 2018
Rank #16: Toronto Film Festival Special with Timothee Chalamet (Vol. II)/Elisabeth Moss
It's a special edition of "Happy Sad Confused" straight from the Toronto International Film Festival! With Josh running around the fest talking to dozens of actors and filmmakers, we present two conversations, one a familiar guest to podcast listeners, one a newbie!
First up is Timothee Chalamet! Almost precisely a year to the day after they first met, Josh and Timothee talk about the young actor's eventful year, his new role as an addict in "Beautiful Boy", and the prospect of starring in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of "Dune".
Plus, Josh sits down with Elisabeth Moss! Best known for "Mad Men" and "The Handmaid's Tale", Moss hit Toronto with a bold performance as a punk rocker in "Her Smell". Moss talks about her musical theater ambitions and gives a sneak peek at her upcoming film with "Get Out" director Jordan Peele.
Sep 13 2018
Rank #17: Miles Teller, Sebastian Stan
On the 100th episode of Happy Sad Confused, the dynamically short-haired Miles Teller returns to join Josh to talk about Han Solo rumors, The Divergent Series, and his perspective on Fantastic Four. Then, the delightful Sebastian Stan joins Josh to talk about his many nicknames, The Bronze, and becoming the Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mar 16 2016
Rank #18: Christopher Nolan
It’s difficult to avoid superlatives when discussing this week’s guest on “Happy Sad Confused”. Let’s just say Christopher Nolan is certainly one of, if not the most revered and successful directors working today.
In this rare conversation (this may in fact be Nolan’s first podcast), the “Inception” and “Memento” helmer talks about his early influences, from George Lucas to Ridley Scott, and what he’d have wanted to talk to Stanley Kubrick about had the two ever met.
Of course, Nolan’s new film, “Dunkirk” is discussed at length, plus talk of how the Dark Knight trilogy evolved, Nolan’s dreams of a James Bond flick, and whether he’ll ever dust off that Howard Hughes script.
Jul 19 2017
Rank #19: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is known for many things but being a great impressionist is not one of them (she’s not shy about admitting this). All of which makes her transformation into Jackie Kennedy in the new film, “Jackie”, that much more impressive. It might be time to stop placing any expectations on the 35 year-old, unless you’re expecting her to land another Oscar nomination for this performance, because that’s basically a done deal. Far from a conventional cradle to grave biopic, “Jackie” captures the grieving first lady at a pivotal juncture, in the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. On this episode of “Happy Sad Confused”, Portman takes us back to the beginning, how her career bizarrely intersected with Britney Spears’, how she avoided being sexualized on screen at a young age, and finally answers the million dollar question: which “Star Wars” film will she show her children first?
Dec 28 2016
Rank #20: Anna Kendrick
This is a historic moment for Happy Sad Confused. Anna Kendrick is now officially a 3 time guest on the show! She joins Josh this week to talk about Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, writing her book Scrappy Little Nobody, and much more.
Jul 04 2016