Salon Talks: Actor Alison Pill


Actress Alison Pill reflects on her starring role alongside Laurie Metcalf and Glenda Jackson in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women" on "Salon Talks." She opens up about her acting career that began when she was just 10 and her ability to find consistently interesting, smart roles, like the ones she's had in films like "Milk" and "Miss Sloane" and shows like "The Newsroom" and "American Horror Story."

She reflected on the idea of being a "character actor" with Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams. "I've just been one since I was small. Most people think character actors are older, but that's what I feel I've done. Those are the careers that I've always admired, because you get to do cooler stuff. I wasn't capable of doing dumb s**t," Pill said. "I also feel like theater saved me. When I moved to New York, I started doing theater seriously, because the roles that existed gave me a completely different thing to measure other roles against. I was working with astonishingly talented people, and had an expectation that the female roles should be complicated, fleshed out and not sexual objects."

Watch the full interview to hear Pill's take on playing a character who's "like Scrooge if he didn't wake up with a redo." Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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