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Five Things with Lynn Hirschberg

Hollywood's brightest sit down with W Magazine's Editor-at-Large, Lynn Hirschberg, to talk about "Five Things" that have made them who they are: a person, a place, an object, one positive event, and one negative event.

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Episode 3: Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman sits down with Lynn Hirschberg to discuss everything from her early family life (including the fact that she was born in Hawaii) to how she met her husband, Keith Urban, at a get together in California for Australian-Americans called "G'Day L.A." (In fact, she and Urban had their picture taken together when they were first introduced—Kidman says they both look liked "stunned mullets.") The actress also shares deeply personal details about how she processes emotions, and how life, including childbirth, major shifts, and losses have fully informed her craft. She recalls her father's humble nature—including the fact that he refused to fly business class, even when Kidman offered—and, ultimately, concludes that her main inspiration is to "give, give, give artistically."--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wmagazine/message

28mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 4: Noah Baumbach

Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach sits down with Hirschberg to discuss the films that impacted him the most as a child, his deep connection with Brooklyn, collaborating with his partner Greta Gerwig and the most difficult time in his professional career. Baumbach also talks about how the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers still comes up in therapy sessions and how, even though people rarely ask him about the autobiographical aspect of Francis Ha, there’s a line in the film that encapsulates how he felt in his late 20s.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wmagazine/message

48mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 9: Quentin Tarantino Part 2

In part 2 of Lynn’s conversation with Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker reflects on his first experience at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991, when Reservoir Dogs premiered and, as he puts it, there was “an explosion of American independent cinema.” He also goes through every single film he saw in theaters in 1979—including The Deer Hunter, which he went to see six times.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wmagazine/message

1hr 26mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Episode 8: Quentin Tarantino Part 1

In Part 1 of Lynn’s interview with Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker covers everything from his decades-long admiration of the late New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael to how he rejects the characterization of Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood as a “love letter” to Los Angeles. He goes deep on the process of writing his first script, True Romance, with Roger Avary, and recalls his early attempts at screenwriting (he never made it past page 30). Tarantino says that, when he was younger, going after his dream of making movies felt almost non negotiable: “Everything else was just so depressing by comparison that I had no choice but to live my dream. It was the only outlet I had."--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wmagazine/message

1hr 3mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 7: Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron opens up about family, her childhood in South Africa, and the people who helped her break into Hollywood. The Bombshell actress tells Lynn about JJ Harris, her late mentor, and speaks candidly about how therapy helped her balance her relationship with her home country and its traumatic history. She also shares a story of an unruly camel on her first modeling job in Morocco, confesses her love for Temptation Island and The Bachelor, and reflects on the enduring importance of one of her most vulnerable roles.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wmagazine/message

24mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #5