I’m Michael Rosenbaum, I’ve spent the better part of the last two decades in and out of film and television - mostly known for playing the bald dude on the show Smallville. I’m the guy that you probably don’t know by name, but when you see my face you might say “oh, that guy from that thing.” I’ve befriended some of the most talented people in the business, but it wasn’t until I started inviting them into my home that I realized, I didn’t really know these people. What started as me having some fun, quickly evolved into something I’ve fallen in love with. What I’ve discovered is that all these people aren’t that different from you and me. They have the same insecurities and flaws that we all deal with every day. In a dark, yet enlightening way...I find a lot of comfort in that. I invite you all to join me while I get inside each of these fascinating people.
Smallville week continues with a bonus episode! Kristin Kreuk discusses her upbringing with practical, goofy and supportive parents, the extra efforts she made to be unattractive from a young age, and the way a woman’s age is perceived today. Kristin divulges her first impression of me on the set of Smallville, the dynamic between Lex and Lana on the show, and the moment she realized the show was changing her life.
Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar kick off two weeks of Smallville interviews. Al & Miles discuss growing up with families on different ends of the world who both supported their passion for film, meeting in a class of future Hollywood giants while at USC, and the struggle to continue creating despite the loss of a loved one. They reveal early stories in their careers of selling their first script for $400,000 while still in film school and the unique opportunity they had to create the iconic Smallville!
Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels, Star Trek: Discovery, Poolhall Junkies) opens up about how his father’s death impacted him at thirteen years old, how horribly picked on he was in school, and losing his virginity at fourteen. Anson discusses his role as Captain Pike on Star Trek, the time his ringtone went off during a scene with Christopher Walken, and his trip to Mexico with Gary Busey.
Kevin Nealon (SNL, Weeds, Man with a Plan) discusses growing up in Connecticut on a lake playing hockey, how little he got laid in high school, the ways Albert Brooks, Andy Kaufman and Steve Martin have influenced his comedy. Kevin opens up about his dad’s passing last year, the years he spent on Saturday Night Live, and how much he cries when he hikes by himself.
Elvira (The Mistress of Darkness, Casandra Peterson) discusses her relationship with her abusive mother, how she moved out at fourteen and became a showgirl in Las Vegas when she was seventeen. Elvira opens up about the time she almost slept with Elvis, how Tom Jones took her virginity and all of the cocaine and LSD she took in the 60’s and 70’s.
Anthony Jeselnik (Fire in the Maternity Ward, Thoughts and Prayers) discusses getting fired from every job hes ever had, how he doesn’t date but he takes lovers, and why his perfect relationship would be married with separate houses. Anthony opens up about his asshole on-stage persona, how much he hates actors that become comedians, and how most of his success comes out of revenge.
Jimmy Connors (2x Wimbledon Winner, 5x US Open Champ, Former #1 Tennis Player) discusses the start of his career...being trained by his mom and grandma, moving to Los Angeles at 15 to train with Ecuadorian tennis pro Pancho Segura, and the first moment he felt a rush of adrenaline from the crowd. Jimmy opens up about his competitive rage and how it impacted his game, his rivalry with John McEnroe, his infamous 1991 US Open run, and finally reuniting with Aaron Krickstein after all these years.
David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Smallville, Supernatural) aka the pilot whisperer discusses selling sixteen pilots in a row that went to series, the secret behind directing Brad Pitt, George Clooney & James Gandolfini, and how he still treats every job like its his first. David opens up about shooting the Red Wedding, directing three of the final six Game of Thrones episodes, and the time Barack Obama told him he kills all his favorite characters.
Zachary Levi (Shazam, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Chuck) returns to the podcast to talk about preparing himself both physically and mentally to embody a superhero on screen, the audition process to get the role, and what it's like to make a movie that's pure joy. Michael and Zach get inside of each other this week when they discuss moving past trauma, spirituality, parents, and what Zach wants out of a romantic relationship. Also, Michael talks about his audition for Shazam!
Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead, Ash vs Evil Dead) talks about getting to a spiritual level and transcending self while acting, how with age he’s chosen pot over boner pills, and embracing the paranoia when he’s high. Bruce opens up about working with Sam Raimi and how much of a pioneer he was, how the rating system screwed him over, and why he won’t use live firearms on set.
Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks, 6x All-Star) discusses growing up in a hockey family just north of Toronto, how he always wanted to be in either the military or the NHL, and how he got his two front teeth knocked out as soon as he got his braces off. Burns discusses how lucky he was to be drafted by Minnesota and how mentally and physically strong players coming into the league are now. He opens up about losing to the Penguins in game 6 of the Stanley Cup, how fat he used to get in the offseason, and the time he got attacked by a cheetah.
Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street, Robin Hood) opens up about being bullied in school for his size, how close he has always been with his mother, and how much anxiety he gets over the thought of losing her. Kristian discusses his back problems from carrying Bran all the time, taking two weeks to shoot the infamous Hodor scene, and what he has planned next for his career.
Jo Koy (Stand-Up Comedian, Chelsea Lately) discusses how Eddie Murphy Raw inspired him to be a comedian, getting rejected by Netflix and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce his own special, and how hes finally started to feel like he belongs. Jo opens up about his brother’s schizophrenia and how heartbreaking their relationship is, how leaving the Philippines impacted his teenage years, and how his mom cried when he told her he was going to pursue comedy.
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Supergirl, Pretty in Pink) discusses the impact his parents' divorce had on him as a four-year-old, how his father being out of the house stunted his masculinity and coming into his own as a feminine intellectual dork. Jon gets brutally honest about his experience with Charlie Sheen and where their relationship is at now, how much he loved Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor as a kid, and the inside scoop on playing the new Lex Luthor on Supergirl.
Maria Menounos (E! News, Access Hollywood, Kick’ It Old Skool) discusses going from size 3 to 14 when she started working at Dunkin' Donuts, how she almost got married on the Howard Stern Show, and helping her mom through her battle with brain cancer. Maria opens up about her own brain tumor, how she reacted when she found out, and how she managed to stay so strong during it all.
Bobby Lee (Splitting Up Together, Mad TV, Harold & Kumar) returns to the podcast to discuss the time he farted in a costar’s mouth at Mad TV, what Jews and Koreans have in common, and how devastated he’d be if I died. Bobby opens up about his dad’s stroke, Khalyla’s heart attack in the Philippines, and his mom’s reaction to Hodor’s penis.
Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Me Before You, Happy Valley) joins me on the podcast this week...you might know him as Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter movies. You know, one of the biggest movie franchises in cinematic history. Matthew, with his sexy accent, talks to me about his love of rugby, his crush on Emma Watson, and his biggest regret from the Harry Potter set...not giving Gary Oldman his shoes.
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us, Camping, Guardians of the Galaxy) discusses growing up in Sacramento and going to a progressive Catholic Church, how he stopped drinking 2 and a half years ago, and how big The Knick was for his career. Chris opens up about living in conscious gratitude, how anxiety affects him and how he overcomes it, and the new album he’s recording with Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes.
It’s been 17 years in the making, finally, the Sorority Boys are back together!! Barry Watson, Harland Williams and I discuss Roger Ebert's raving review of the movie, how we were all single during the movie and partied nonstop, and the Playboy model Harland brought on set. Barry opens up about getting Hodgkin's lymphoma, how we bonded over getting our privates waxed together, and just how much making this movie meant to us.
Aimee Garcia (Dexter, Lucifer, George Lopez) discusses how she almost died when she was four years old, going to school with mostly boys, and her work on Impastor, Rush Hour, and Lucifer. Aimee opens up about her think, laugh, cum philosophy, the horror movie she’s writing, and how she likes to wake up and run around her house naked listening to Sam Cooke.
Jim Jefferies (The Jim Jefferies Show, Legit) discusses being physically abused by his mother growing up and how he’s been able to forgive her, his relationship with ecstasy and cocaine in his 20s, and how everyone dies alone. Jim opens up about how hard it was when Legit got canceled, the time Paul McCartney saw him do stand up at the Comedy Store, and having his butthole shaved for hemorrhoid surgery.
Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) discusses growing up in the tough city of Manchester, getting slapped across by a stranger in Thailand, and how to correctly pronounce the word “herb.” Dominic opens up about his views on climate change, listening to the Lord of the Rings storybooks with his dad as a kid, and landing the job that changed his life.
Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone, My Girl, Richie Rich) discusses getting in fights when he was a kid at Catholic School, his relationship with his father growing up, and the seven of them living in a one bedroom apartment. Macaulay opens up about getting Uncle Buck and how that led to the Home Alone franchise, getting drunk on set in Thailand on Seth Green’s movie, and his relationship with Michael Jackson.
Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) discusses getting into Juilliard and not going, her love for World of Warcraft, and going to Hollywood at 20 years old just to be famous. Felicia discusses starting her company with YouTube, her four seasons on Supernatural, and how she wished her poop would smell like Juicy Fruit.
Matt Bellassai (Unhappy Hour, Whine About It) discuss how he was loved too much as a child, getting high and going to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, and how depression affects his life. Matt discusses his first stand up gig, bombing at Toronto Just for Laughs, and he tells us which guys he’s masturbated to.
Theo Von (Stand Up Comedian, This Past Weekend Podcast) discusses having a father that’s 70 years older than him, growing up in Louisiana in the stray animal belt, and having an adult penis by the time he was 5 years old. Theo opens up about wetting the bed until he was far too old, how love ruins sex for him, and the time he gave an escort a gift card to a dermatologist.
Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time, House, Star Trek) discusses starting her modeling and acting career at a young age, how good she was at the clarinet, and how badly she was bullied after peeing her pants in front of the entire school. Jennifer discusses doing a cover shoot with Michael Jordan for Sports Illustrated, her upcoming directorial projects, and her involvement in the creation of Glee.
King Bach (The Mindy Project, The Babysitter, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) - internet sensation, actor, and comedian discusses his parents dream for him to take over their accounting firm, what he saw Vine was missing that helped make him a star and his Guinness Book of World Record for the most followers. He blows me away as he explains to me how much money he makes for social posts, he tells me his goal to be the biggest movie star in the world, and divulges how many times he cried during a Star is Born.
Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, Portlandia) discusses getting bullied in high school and the toll it took on him, the way movies and video games became an escape for him, and how different America was from his expectations. Kumail discusses his comedy career in New York and Chicago, meeting and falling in love with his wife Emily, and how shockingly close the Big Sick was to what happened between him and his wife.
Bert Kreischer (Stand-Up Comedian) tells an incredible story about accidentally smoking PCP with Tracy Morgan and how to skip out on a bill, how Rolling Stones named him the biggest partier in the country, and his introduction to alcohol. Bert discusses running for president of the PTA at his daughter’s school just to fuck with another student’s mom, his hardcore codependency with his wife and why he thought Will Smith wanted to have sex with him the first time they met.
Jamie Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos, Entourage, Dark Ride) discusses landing a role at such a young age, what it was like working alongside the late James Gandolfini, marrying and divorcing her manager when she was in her 20’s, and how being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has affected her career. Jamie discusses the juicy details of the long lost love (spoiler: it’s me) that got away because she was running around with Mark Sanchez in New York.
James Roday (A Million Little Things, Psych, The Dukes of Hazzard) and Dulé Hill (The West Wing, Psych, Suits) are reunited again and discuss falling in love with one another on Psych, James secretly dating their co-star on the show, and the moments they realized the show was going to be a hit. James discusses being a New York theatre kid with a chip on his shoulder and how much Dulé helped him with his social anxiety. Dulé talks about his success on The West Wing, inheriting a 13-year-old daughter, and understudying Savion Glover.
Stephen Merchant (The Office, Extras, An Idiot Abroad), tv royalty joins us and discusses how dumb the bullies were at his school growing up, the lessons he learned shooting a film with Ralph Fiennes, and how uncomfortable small things make him. Stephen complains about Ricky’s impatience but also explains how it contributes to how well they work together. Stephen explains how he’s been able to find fulfillment in show business and how much Hello Ladies was like his real dating life.
Andrew McMahon (AMITW, Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate) discusses his writing philosophies, how influential Billy Joel’s music has been to him, and the profound impact his uncle’s passing had on his life. Andrew opens up about getting diagnosed with Leukemia, the moment his doctor called him and gave him the news, and how reckless he became with his body once he got better.
Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Barry, Arrested Development) tells me about his parents escaping Nazi Germany during WWII with jewelry smuggled in chocolate, how uncool and nervous he was as a kid, and getting his big break in a repertory group at Yale. Henry discusses his amazing career - how he got cast at the Fonz, dating Shirley from Laverne & Shirley, and his new show with Bill Hader.
Jana Kramer (Country music star, One Tree Hill, Dancing with the Stars) discusses growing up in Detroit, catching her dad cheating when she was a teenager, and the daddy issues she deals with. Jana opens up about her ex-husband that tried to kill her and the PTSD she suffers from it, the drama on the set of One Tree Hill, and how her country music career started on a CMT reality show.
Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, WWE, Final Score) discusses his tough childhood - being raised by a single lesbian, what it was like to not have a father in his life, and seeing a dead body in his front yard. Dave opens up about the day that he made a conscious decision to change his life, his career in the WWE, and landing the role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Michael Rooker (Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Cliffhanger) discusses his childhood - how he got paddled in 1st grade and refused to speak the rest of the year, how he’d get run over by his cousins on their bikes, and how he realized acting was the creative outlet his artistry needed. Rooker tells me about blacking out all his mirrors as he went method for a role, how he almost didn’t get the role on the Walking Dead over a dispute with a producer, and how his cousins used to hit each other with rattlesnake whips.
Erika Christensen (Traffic, Parenthood, Swimfan) discusses getting into showbiz at an early age, how she was able to book commercials are twelve years old, and the different ways she’s learned to deal with her nerves. Erika opens up about the role religion and Scientology plays in her life, her long run on the hit show Parenthood, and the time she tried to kiss me at a Foreigner concert and I apparently turned her down.
Known for his roles in Chuck, Tangled, Thor, and upcoming DC Comics Shazam...Zachary Levi joins me on the podcast this week. Zachary opens up about his tragic relationship with his mother (which I relate to very much), how getting cast in Shazam is started to reshape his life, and how he tested for Lex Luthor on Smallville - find out who got the role. Oh, and while I’m inside him, he sings a very beautiful song
Stephen Amell (Arrow, The Flash, Hung) discusses the beginning of his career, the surreal experience of getting cast on Arrow, and his experience with crossover episodes. Stephen opens up about his first marriage, what went wrong, and dealing with depression towards the end of their relationship. We end the episode on a high note, Stephen tells the fairy tale story of meeting his now wife and becoming a father.
Ep 20: Michael Gervais (Sports Psychologist, Seattle Seahawks)
Michael Gervais (Sports Psychologist, Seattle Seahawks, Finding Mastery) enlightens me on his philosophies, how he’s learned to condition people’s mind so they can be more present, and his studies of how the most exceptional people in the world work. Michael discusses working with Felix Baumgartner for the Red Bull space jump, walking into the locker room after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, and how he’s impacted 1 in 5 people at Microsoft to be more present.
Dax Shepard (CHiPs, Parenthood, Hit and Run, Idiocracy, Armchair Expert) opens up about his rough past - the domestic violence he had to deal with as a kid, his run-in with gang members in his neighborhood, and how he used to try and fill a void in his life by sleeping with lots and lots of really attractive women. Dax talks me through his journey to getting clean...quitting drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and meeting a special lady, getting married, and having kids. He tells me the secrets of maintaining his relationship with Kristen and how he’s learned patience with his family over the years.
Topher Grace (That ‘70s Show, Spider-Man 3, BlacKkKlansman) joins me to talk about landing the role as Eric Forman on his first ever audition, the events that led up to him signing his contract without an agent, and how there was no sweeter first than that whole first year of the show. Topher discusses hanging out with Tom Welling before his wedding, gives me an amazing Michael J. Fox impersonation, and discusses auditioning for one of the most hated characters in US history in BlacKkKlansman.
Seth Green (Can’t Buy Me Love, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Austin Powers, Family Guy, The Italian Job) started acting at 7 years old and he’s the genius behind Robot Chicken. Seth tells me the best things he learned growing up in show business around all levels of celebrity, how he met his wife at the grand reopening of Golden Apple Comics, and why he chooses acting over everything else he does.
Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters, Maze Runner, Monsterville) discusses graduating high school at fourteen years old, the moment she knew she wanted to do with her life (hint: it’s acting), and how she likes to make up curse words. Katherine talks about what it was like to work alongside Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones, how scotch makes her feisty and Irish, and we bond over her love of horror films.
Karen Gillan (Jumanji, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who) discusses growing up in Scotland next to Loch Ness, writing a play called Scream: the Musical at ten years old, and where her self-confidence stemmed from. Then we bond over scary movies - she tells me about how everything she creates ends up being really dark and scary, the horror movie she just directed, and she sings me a traditional Scottish Gaelic song.
Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo, Lost) sits down and talks to me about his childhood, growing up in a broken family, how he adjusted as a kid to his mom coming out of the closet, and how he lost his virginity at sixteen. Then, we get into It’s Always Sunny - the first night Kaitlin made a pass at him and the biggest fight he’s had on set with Charlie and Glenn.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Heartbreakers, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ghost Whisperer) discusses her descent into show business at an early age and living in the Oakwood Apartments around the likes of Elijah Wood, Neil Patrick Harris, and Johnny Galecki. Jennifer opens up for the first time publicly about the passing of her mother...how catastrophic and devastating it was to lose the most important person in her life and what she’s done to deal with the pain since.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn joins me to talk me about the filthy commercials he used to make with his friends when he was a kid, how he used to think sex was just putting a penis in the vagina to help the baby come out at birth, and the start of his miraculous and inspiring career. James opens up about his insecurities in relationships and how hard it is for him to be vulnerable, his marriage with Jenna Fischer, and how he’s finally found a way to juggle his career and personal life.
Controlling Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss sits down and talks about her childhood - how she dealt with her parents’ divorce, how she used to sneak away by the horses at the racetrack, and what living at the Pickfair Mansion was like. Jeanie gets into her life with the Lakers...what it was like when her dad bought the team in ‘72, her dad bringing Magic Johnson to the team and they became great friends, and the tough decision she had to make in firing her brother as the executive vice president of basketball operations.
Colin Hanks (Dexter, Fargo, Life in Pieces) discusses what it was like growing up as Tom Hanks son, his mom finding Jesus after her divorce, and the time Madonna sat on his lap when he was 13 years old. Colin talks to me about leaving Roswell to do the Orange County movie, the emotions he dealt with while making the Eagles of Death Metal documentary about the Bataclan shooting, and how he was able to learn to handle his depression.
Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, ID10T, Talking Dead, @midnight) opens up about his alcoholism, his anxiety attacks and how he copes with them, and how he got his start in the 90s with MTV. Chris tells the story of meeting his wife, and how he thought she was blowing him off when they first started dating...about doing Talking Dead episode after episode and how he really feels about the show, and how he really, really wants to direct a horror movie.
Justin Hartley (This Is Us, Smallville, The Young and The Restless) and I discuss growing up in a small midwest town, the effect his parents’ divorce had on him as a kid, and moving to LA with nothing to his name. Justin talks about the panic attack he had underwater filming Aquaman, going through a devastating divorce of his own, and what it’s like being a part of one of the biggest shows in the world.
Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Veronica Mars, Frozen, Bad Moms) is one half of Hollywood’s most powerful couple. Kristen talks to me about her relationship with Dax, and the time he drop kicked a guy after he threw a big gulp at their car. Then she opens up about her depression and anxiety - how she recommends trying to change your physical regimen before going right to medicine. She also explains to me that Rob is actually my boss and how lost I’d be without him.
Olympic figure skating gold medalist Tara Lipinski joins me on the podcast this week. We get inside what it was like to grow up in the spotlight as a young superstar, how she actually got into the sport, and when she realized the Olympics were actually a possibility for her. Then hear the story about her infamous 1998 Olympic run...going head-to-head against Michelle Kwan, the mind games she’d play with her competitors, and what her career has been like after she stopped competing.
Bobby Lee (MadTV Alumni, TigerBelly, Splitting Up Together) joins me on the podcast...most people know Bobby from his wildly inappropriate sense of humor, but on this week’s episode, Bobby opens up about his childhood - from drug use to inappropriate masturbation and everything else he’s overcome. He gets into the time he shit in his executive producer’s office, 69’ing while standing up in some girl’s closet, and how his penis looks like the finger of the alien from ET.
The Flash’s Danielle Panabaker joins me this week on the podcast. Danielle tells me her amazing story...growing up without a lot of friends and how important schooling was to her even when her acting career was taking off. Then we get into her career - auditioning for Mean Girls and being crushed when she didn’t get it, working with the legendary Kevin Costner in Mr. Brooks, and how much fun she has working with everyone on The Flash.
Walking Dead star Emily Kinney is our guest on the podcast this week. You know Emily from her role as Beth Greene on the biggest show in the world, The Walking Dead, and for her beautiful music. We start off by discussing what it was like growing up in Nebraska, her big break, how Steven Yeun invited her to brunch the first weekend to help her feel like a part of the family, plus stories from Masters of Sex and The Knick.
Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, Inglourious Basterds) opens up about his career as a cybersex sex operator, what it was like to work alongside Quentin Tarantino, and growing up with a Freudian-trained psychoanalyst as a father. Listen as Eli and I talk about his career - from making over 100 short films before finishing high school to his Student Academy Award-winning film featuring Ronald McDonald on a killing spree. Oh, and we talk about how we both masturbated to the same scene in Cannibal Holocaust.
At last, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor are reunited. Tom and I spent ten years working together on Smallville - he’s like family. We reminisce about old days on the set together...how we got him a driver so he didn’t kill himself driving to set at 4:30am for an 18-hour day, the time I yelled at him when I was directing an episode, and how much we both enjoyed making out with Kristin Kreuk.