Series / Inside The Actors Studio
Inside the Actors Studio
is a long-running (since 1994) American TV program airing on the Bravo network, featuring a series of hour-longnote
one-on-one interviews between James Lipton (Dean Emeritus of the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York) and various famous actors, directors, and writers.
Presented as a acting/directing/writing masterclass (the studio audience is made up of Masters of Fine Arts students from the Actors Studio), at its core Inside the Actors Studio
is basically a Talk Show
—albeit a very highbrow talk show, with the educational setup allowing Lipton to probe deeper and the guests to discuss some of the more mundane and and technical topics in acting and discuss them in much greater depth.
The show is famous for its intentionally slow pacing, Lipton's comprehensive research on his guests (to the point of unnerving a few of them with his knowledge), and an atmosphere of almost fawning adoration towards the guests. Every interview ends with a audience Q&A and Lipton administering the Pivot Questionnaire, a shorter version of the Proust Questionnaire.
Inside the Actors Studio provides examples of: