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Interview with series Richard Kind,
Craig Roberts, and Alexandra Socha of "Red Oaks" on Amazon 10/20/16
It was a real thrilled to speak with all of the actors
today from this wonderful show, but especially
(Sam), who's been in so many great shows over the years.
However, I have to say, he really shines in this role. Well,
they all do. It's a great cast and the writing is fabulous.
You may know Richard from one of the zillions of shows he's
been in, but especially "Spin City," "Curb
Your Enthusiasm," "Mad
About You," or "Gotham."
He's one of the great character actors of our time.
(David) is the star of this ensemble show, but he ably
carries it among all of the seasoned veterans. He
really does remind me of a young Dustin Hoffman (which I
suspect was one of their goals). I was surprised to find
that he's from Wales! I was not expecting that. He does a
great job of sounding American in the show. Lastly, but
certainly not least, is
Socha as Skye, David's girlfriend, and the daughter of
Doug and Fay. She's a really cool actress as well as being
beautiful. She's done some wonderful series as well, such as
"Royal Pains" and "Damages." I think she will go far.
They were all so sweet and fun in this interview! I wish
we'd had a lot more time. Honestly, I could have gone on and
on with them.
Oaks" returns for its second season November 11, 2016.
You can watch
Here's a recording
of our interview. (This
is the short version -- I urge you to listen to the
Suzanne: Craig, was it easier for you this season, with more focus
on other characters?
Craig: No. [Jokingly] Yeah, I
suppose so. A lot of my stuff was with Alexandra. We had a
lot of stuff.
Alexandra: A lot, yeah.
Mainly kissing. [Laughs] Which was fine. I suppose it was
easier. I like the stuff outside. I mean the country club is
great. But outside of it there's a lot more venturing out
and escaping it, which felt really nice and more mature,
which I really like. But you know, it's never easier.
Suzanne: Did you guys actually go to Paris?
Alexandra: Yes. It's like my favorite place in the
world. So I was pretty happy about the season's situation.
Suzanne: Craig, Do you plan to do directing, like David, or just
Craig: Just focusing on staying alive.
Alexandra: No! He has directed a movie!
Richard: He directs movies! You know how many of his
movies I've been in? [Jokingly]
Craig: [Laughs] Yes I
do. And it's quite great.
Suzanne: Alex, what was the hardest
part about playing Skye?
Alexandra: I think sometimes
being reminded that I'm in a comedy. Because she tends to
err towards the side of drama, as do I. So there were times
I had to make sure not to get too over dramatic. You know,
just the right amount of over dramatic for this tone.
Suzanne: Did you guys know much about the 80's before you did
this show? Are you experts now?
Craig: Only by John
Alexandra: Yeah, I know, really. Does "The
Breakfast Club" count? Because that's what I imagine it was
like. I am feeling the effects of it at least in the
fashion. I remember shoulder pads and everything in our
house was brown. That was still there when I was growing up,
it was just on its way out. I think I grew up with
technology from the get go which I think has made my life
much different than what people experience.
Yeah. Probably not so much in the grand scheme of things.
Suzanne: Richard, I love this role, seems like your best ever.
You work a lot. Love you in Gotham. Was it fun working with
Paul Reiser again?
Alexandra: [Jokingly] Terrible.
Richard: [Jokingly] I hate him more today than I did
back when I met him.
Craig: To be honest. He's
Richard: I think his performance this
year is not just astounding as an actor. It's astounding
because when he came to the table, as far as his resume
(with the exception of "Aliens"), you see a different side
of his talent. Immense talent. I think he's brilliant in
Craig: He really is. He brings a Tony
Soprano quality. You hate him, but you love him at the same
time. Very good.
Richard: He's so great in this.
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