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    Not 'Slipping'

    Daniel Talbott planned to be an actor and director. The desire to write plays came long after high school, when he read the late British playwright Sarah Kane's "Blasted," a bleak and violent piece scripted when she was 23.

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    She's on Fire   

    The absence of artifice also informs Charlyne Yi's bracingly unaffected stage presence—but the resulting comedy is about as far from mainstream as you can get.

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    'You Got the Part'

    Chris Messina shares that auditions are not usually his strong suit. "I'm scared when people go, 'I love auditioning.' I hate it. I'm bad at it," he admits.

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    And Now for Something Completely Different

    Ansari has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years, despite being only 26. The American Indian made his mark at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and won a standup award at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2006.

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    Facing the Truth

    Hugh Dancy has no choice but to agree when it's pointed out to him that he has thus far made a career of playing lucky, confident, blithe men in beautiful period pieces.

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    Schmooze Alarm

    If anyone has proved the Woody Allen maxim that "80 percent of success is showing up," it's actor-producer Dan Griffin. In 1995, he went to the set of the TV series "Central Park West" for three days straight, hoping to land a background role.

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    Quenching His 'Thirst'

    Park Chan-wook's films are not for the delicate. They contain murdered children, incest, live-octopus eating, face boils, twisted humor, and a whole lot of revenge.

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    Refusing to Toe 'The Line'

    Actor Jordi Vilasuso does not want to be pigeonholed as a Latino; indeed, he has turned down roles that are stereotypical or too similar to those he has played in the past.

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    First Love

    Anna Chlumsky is a native Chicagoan and proud of it. But despite hailing from one of the improv comedy capitals of the world, she never formally trained in the art.

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    Rules of Longevity

    Jeff Daniels says family has always been his top priority. Indeed, when other up-and-coming actors might have relocated to Los Angeles, he and his wife, Kathleen, moved home to Southeastern Michigan to raise their three children.