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'Variety Studio: Actors on Actors' Season and Episode Archive

See which actors and actresses have graced"Variety Studio: Actors on Actors."
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Season 13 (2021)

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Episode 1
Jodie Foster (The Mauritanian) with Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Ben Affleck (The Way Back) with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Trial of the Chicago 7)
George Clooney (The Midnight Sky) with Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit)

Episode 2
Tom Holland (Cherry) with Daniel Kaluuya ([[Judas and the Black Messiah)
Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) with Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)
Jamie Dornan (Wild Mountain Thyme) with Eddie Redmayne (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy( with Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island)

Episode 3
Jared Leto (The Little Things) with John David Washington (Malcolm & Marie)
Zendaya (Malcolm & Marie) with Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)
Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) with Steven Yeun (Minari)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) with Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Season 12 (2020)

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Episode 1
Regina King (Watchmen) with Reese Witherspoon (Little Fires Everywhere)
Anne Hathaway (Modern Love) with Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)
Kieran Culkin (Succession) with Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Episode 2
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) with Kerry Washington (Little Fires Everywhere)
Tessa Thompson (Westworld) with Ramy Youssef (Ramy)
Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice) with Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

Episode 3
Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show) with Lisa Kudrow (Space Force)
Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer) with Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon)
Henry Cavill (The Witcher) with Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard)

Episode 4
Claire Danes (Homeland) with Damian Lewis (Billions)
Zendaya (Euphoria) with Mj Rodriguez (Pose)
Chris Evans (Defending Jacob) with Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself)

Season 11 (2020)

Variety and PBS SoCal, Southern California's home for the premieres of new PBS programs, announced today the schedule for the 11th season of the Emmy® Award-winning series VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS

Episode 1
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) with Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)
Awkwafina (The Farewell) with Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Episode 2
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory) with Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Chris Evans (Knives Out) with Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Mindy Kaling (Late Night) with Constance Wu (Hustlers)

Episode 3
Adam Driver (Marriage Story) with Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) with Alfre Woodard (Clemency)
Shia LaBeouf (Honey Boy) with Kristen Stewart (Seberg)

Episode 4
Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) with Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse)
Sterling K. Brown (Waves) with Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) with Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Season 10

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Episode 1
Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora with Julia Roberts (Homecoming)
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects) with Richard Madden (Bodyguard)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) with Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)

Episode 2
Benicio del Toro (Escape at Dannemora) with Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) with Regina Hall (Black Monday)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon) with Renée Zellweger (What/If)

Episode 3
Chris Pine (I Am the Night) with Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) with Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
Sacha Baron Cohen (Who Is America?) with Don Cheadle (Black Monday)

Episode 4
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) with Billy Porter (Pose)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) with Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) with Maya Rudolph (Forever)

Season 9 (2019)

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Episode 1
Amy Adams (Vice) with Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased)
Mahershala Ali (Green Book) with John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman)
Darren Criss (American Crime Story) with Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Felicity Jones (On the Basis of Sex) with Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)

Episode 2
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) with Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther)
Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) with Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) and (A Quiet Place (film)|A Quiet Place) with Hugh Jackman (The Front Runner)

Episode 3
John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) with Rosamund Pike (A Private War)
Michael B. Jordan (Creed II and Black Panther) with Charlize Theron (Tully)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Kindergarten Teacher) with Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Episode 4
Glenn Close (The Wife) with Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Armie Hammer (On the Basis of Sex and Sorry to Bother You ) with Dakota Johnson (Suspiria)
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) with Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Episode 5
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)

Season 8 (2018)

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Episode 1
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) with Claire Foy (The Crown)
Angela Bassett (9-1-1 (TV series)|9-1-1) with Laura Dern (The Tale)
Darren Criss (American Crime Story) with Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Jason Bateman (Ozark) with Bill Hader (Barry)
Jessica Biel (The Sinner) with Alison Brie (GLOW)

Episode 2
Debra Messing (Will & Grace) with Sharon Stone (Mosaic)
Michael B. Jordan (Fahrenheit 451) with Issa Rae (Insecure)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower) with Laura Linney (Ozark)
Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G.) with John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert)
Edie Falco (Law & Order: True Crime) with J. K. Simmons (Counterpart)

Season 7 (2018)

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Episode 1
Jennifer Lawrence (Mother!) with Adam Sandler (The Meyerowitz Stories)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger) with Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) with Kristen Wiig (Downsizing)
Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) with Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Episode 2
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick)
Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan (film))
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Episode 3
Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game) with Holly Hunter (The Big Sick)
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) with Kate Winslet (Wonder Wheel)
Hong Chau (Downsizing) with Diane Kruger (In the Fade)
Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) with Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool) with Robert Pattinson (Good Time)

Season 6 (2017)

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Episode 1
Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce) with Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies)
Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick) with John Lithgow (The Crown)
Thandie Newton (Westworld) with Oprah Winfrey (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Freida Pinto (Guerrilla) with Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life) with Constance Zimmer (Unreal (TV series)|Unreal)

Episode 2
Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) with Ewan McGregor (Fargo)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things) with Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) with Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) with Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Riz Ahmed (The Night Of) with Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale)
Brit Marling (The OA) with Issa Rae (Insecure (TV series))

Season 5 (2017)

Variety Studio Season 5

Episode 1
Viola Davis (Fences) with Tom Hanks (Sully)
Molly Shannon (Other People) with Emma Stone (La La Land)
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) with Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) with Matthew McConaughey (Gold)

Episode 2
Natalie Portman (Jackie) with Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)
Amy Adams (Arrival and Nocturnal Animals) with Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) with Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Annette Bening (20th Century Women) with Naomie Harris (Moonlight (2016 film)

Episode 3
Colin Farrell (The Lobster) with Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Adam Driver (Paterson (film)) with Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)
Dev Patel (Lion) with Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Sallie Field (Hello, My Name Is Doris) with Hailee Steinfeld (The Edge of Seventeen)
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) with Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)

Season 4 (2016)

Episode 1
Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens) with Lady Gaga (American Horror Story: Hotel)
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) with Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story)
Felicity Huffman (American Blue) with Jennifer Lopez (Shades of Blue)
Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager) with Aaron Paul (The Path)
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) with Jay Duplass (Transparent)

Episode 2
Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl) with Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story)
Rob Lowe (The Grinder) with John Travolta (American Crime Story)
Aziz Ansari (Master of None) with Kerry Washington (Confirmation)
Kirsten Dunst (Fargo) with Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)
Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) with Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)

Season 3 (2015–16)

Episode 1
Cate Blanchett (Carol and Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes)
Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) with Will Smith (Concussion)
Joel Edgerton (Black Mass) with Brie Larson (Room)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) with Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

Episode 2
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) with Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy) with Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol)
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour)

Episode 3
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) with Seth Rogen (Steve Jobs)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight)
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Walk)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) with Isabella Rossellini (Joy)

Season 2 (2015)

Episode 1
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Taraji P. Henson (Empire) with Queen Latifah (Bessie)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) with Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman) with Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) with Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex)

Episode 2
Don Cheadle (House of Lies) with Claire Danes (Homeland)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) with Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) with Clive Owen (The Knick)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie)
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) with Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)

Season 1 (2014–15)

Episode 1
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) with Edward Norton (Birdman)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) with Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Hilary Swank (The Homesman) with Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)
Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)

Episode 2
Jessica Chastain (Interstellar) with Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Laura Dern (Wild) with Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) with J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)
James Corden (Into the Woods) with Kevin Costner (Black or White)

Episode 3
Michael Keaton (Birdman) with Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) with Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) with David Oyelowo (Selma)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) with Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)

Episode 4
Jennifer Aniston (Cake) with Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) with Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) with Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up) with Logan Lerman (Fury)

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