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Greetings from the Land of Enchantment

By Robyn Reede

benjaminwhere during the Santa Fe Film Festival we had a great opportunity to attend Acting Workshop w/ John Benjamin Hickey: From the Stage to the Screen (No subject).You may know him from his role in Manhattan or perhaps in Truth or Flags of Our Fathers or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen or maybe even from Broadway. This Emmy-nominated, Tony Award-winning actor talked about how to elevate your craft to the next level with the same techniques and insights that have helped him become one of the most sought-after  talents in film, television and the stage. He shared his experiences while performing in the Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s play in the early 90’s that he performed in NY about the HIV epidemic, New York City. Almost 30 years later, he’s cemented his place as an insider, landing roles on everything from Showtime’s “The Big C” to “Pitch Perfect,” “The Good Wife”and the hit WGN America series “Manhattan,” on which he played theoretical nuclear physicist Frank Winter. He shared that exploring a character that is so far outside of your own experiences you have to go another direction and “If you have a hard time understanding the brainy stuff, you have to look at the emotional truth of the character.” He also shared with us that he still faces what a lot of us face the — dreaded audition and oftentimes not getting a part you really wanted. So, do your homework and bring your A game and then “forget about it.”

Mr. Hickey will also be starring in Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney in NYC in April of next year – don’t miss it.

It was a very dynamic experience with talent and humanitarian, John Benjamin Hickey!

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.