Actor Abby Quinn (Knock at the Cabin, “Better Call Saul,” “Mad About You”) sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of Hollywood at Home, a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with entertainment industry’s who’s who. In this episode, Quinn takes listeners behind-the-scenes of the newly released blockbuster film, M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin and much more. Highlights below.
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Highlights from Hollywood at Home featuring Abby Quinn:
On what was most challenging in her new movie Knock at the Cabin: “The whole movie is pretty high-intensity, and emotional – most of the characters are at their peak of emotion, intensity, and anxiety for various reasons. Pretty much the whole shoot for my character [Adriane] was requiring me to be at this very, very emotionally intense peak for about five weeks. And, one day in particular, I just sort of had this big emotional release. I just went to my room for lunch and was just on my couch, sobbing. I remember that day in particular, it was very difficult. We shot in Philly. She’s [Adriane] a very hard worker and very anxious – like the manifestation of anxiety. The movie begins with a couple and their daughter going to vacation in a remote cabin; and then four strangers hold them hostage. It’s categorized as an ‘apocalyptic horror film.’ I don’t usually watch a ton of horror, but it’s so interesting to be in one.”
On shooting Knock at the Cabin: “It was also interesting because most of the movie takes place inside the cabin built on a soundstage. Every day we are going into this cabin. The same people every day. The same set every day. Was it cabin or stage fever? It was like a mind warp.”
On attending Carnegie Mellon and leaving after one year to pursue acting: “I went for a year after high school and was planning on taking a gap year in LA, and then ended up staying. Now that I’ve had some distance and didn’t have the entire college experience, I find myself wanting that as I get older – you know, feeling like I missed out in some way – but I do feel lucky that I at least even had a year because I did learn so much. I felt like I zeroed in on what I love about acting and what kinds of roles; so it was very helpful, even though it was just one year.”
On starring as Mabel Buchman in the reboot of “Mad About You,” working with actors Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt: “I had a couple of rounds of callbacks and I got to meet them – Helen [Hunt] and Paul [Reiser] – a few times, so I remember in that period it felt like we were exploring together about who Mabel is. I learned a lot watching the show and imagining Helen and Paul being my parents and their relationship and how it could have impacted my [Mabel’s] childhood. They cared so much about the integrity of every character, even outside of their own. It felt like they were really tuned into Mabel and wanted to help me get there and find that. Their rhythm is so specific and the writing so specific. On paper, Mabel’s kind of snarky, between adulthood and teenage angst.”
On guest starring on “Better Call Saul”:“It’s a really intense show. Everyone kind of operated with an ease, even though the material is very lengthy, long monologues.”
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Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “Hollywood at Home” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.
Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Iain Armitage (“Young Sheldon”), Alan Cumming (“Schmigadoon!, “The Good Wife”), Colman Domingo (“Euphoria”), Kerry Ehrin (“The Morning Show”), Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Willie Garson (“And Just Like That…”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Middle”), Jason Isaacs (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Harry Potter”), Richard Kind (“The Watcher”), Nathan Kress (“iCarly”), Marlee Matlin (“CODA”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Let’s Get Physical”), Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Molly Smith Metzler (“Maid,” “Shameless”), Ken Olin (“This is Us,” “Thirtysomething”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”), Kyla Pratt (“Call Me Kat”), Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Abbott Elementary”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), Tramell Tillman (“Severance”), Krista Vernoff (“Grey’s Anatomy”), KT Tunstall (“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” “Suddenly I See”),and Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), among others.
More about The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.
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