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Ep. 152 | Judith Hoag, Kieran Darcy-Smith & Felicity Price

Actress Judith Hoag (Nashville, Hitchcock, Big Love...) & Aussie husband/wife filmmaking duo Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price join us on The Matthew Aaron Show Wednesday (6/5) as we broadcast LIVE from Taste Chicago in Burbank starting at 5pm PT.

Judith will be will us to discuss her long, diverse career. From originating the role of April O'Neil in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, being a series regular on HBO's BIG LOVE & ABC'S NASHVILLE, to co-starring in the soon to be released film "BAD WORDS" which is directed by and starring Jason Bateman.

Kieran & Felicity we're able to take some time to tape an interview earlier with Matt in which they discuss their careers, as well as their new film WISH YOU WERE HERE which was written by the duo, directed by Kieran & starring Felicity, Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer. "Wish You Were Here" open in select theatres here in the US on June 7th.

Show starts at 4pm PT (6pm CT / 7pm ET). Stop on by Taste Chicago and experience the show in person, otherwise you can stream it live from our website or subscribe for free and download the show on iTunes. You can also listen on the go on your Android/iPhone/iPad device via Stitcher.


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HOAG

JUDITH HOAG has spent the last twenty five years creating a body of work that has been described as wide ranging and often chameleon-like. Her role as "Tandy Hampton" on ABC's addictive new series "Nashville" is no exception. Created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, the series was just picked up for its second season and is a favorite of both fans and critics. "Nashville" features Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as dueling country stars thrown together in a tumultuous yet increasingly poignant relationship. "Nashville" isn't just a story about music (brilliantly produced by Academy Award winner T-Bone Burnett) it's also about intense family bonds and complicated relationships. Judith Hoag co-stars as "Tandy Hampton" the sister and confident of Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). Under the often strangling tutelage of her mentor and father Lamar Wyatt (Powers Boothe) Tandy has been groomed to become the successor to the family's billion dollar corporate dynasty, Wyatt Industries. It is a tense relationship that explodes as the first season concludes.

Judith co-stars in the film "Bad Words" a soon-to-be-released Aggregate Films feature directed by and starring Jason Bateman. "Bad Words" is an adult comedy that revolves around a grown man's misguided attempt to hi-jack and win the National Spelling Bee. The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney and Ben Falcone. 

Most recently, Ms. Hoag appeared in the Fox Searchlight film "Hitchcock" starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Judith's role spotlighted her ability to easily hold her own alongside the great Helen Mirren, who received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal in the film.

For five seasons Judith appeared as "Cindy Price" on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Big Love" as the sister of "Barb Henrickson" played by Jeanne Tripplehorn. Judith was delighted to work with Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn who played her mother on the series.

An increasingly ardent legion of fans are devoted to Judith who originated the role of "April O'Neill" in the cult classic film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". 

She spent her elementary years in Ossining New York but a family move in middle school to Newburyport Massachusetts proved life changing. As a teen she was a founding member of "The Theater of Newburyport". She attended boarding school at the prestigious Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Natick Massachusetts. She was honored in 2012 with a Distinguished Alumni Award as well as presiding as Keynote Speaker. Never one to follow the rules, Judith skipped college and moved to New York City where she was immediately tapped to appear Off-Broadway in the world premiere of "The Times & Appetites of Tolouse Lautrec" at The American Place Theatre. A contract role on the soap opera "Loving" soon followed as well as over fifty commercials. "Commercials saved me from ever having to wait tables" says Judith. 

With roles in the films "Armageddon" "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "I Am Number Four" Judith mixes big budget studio films with numerous edgy independent features. A sampling of her extensive television work includes: Sons Of Anarchy, Weeds, In Plain Sight, Happily Divorced, The Middle, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Bones, Criminal Minds, Grimm, CSI, NYPD Blue, X-Files, Six Feet Under, Carnivale, Mad About You and Roseanne

Judith lives in Los Angeles with her husband actor Vince Grant and their two children. In her spare time she's devoted countless hours to volunteering at her children's schools, is an avid gardener and recently ran her first half marathon. She spins, regularly tortures herself with pilates and hikes the LA canyons as often as possible. Judith describes her attitude as "pathologically positive" and credits her daily meditation practice with keeping her sane in a challenging and often insane business. 


SMITH

KIERAN DARCY-SMITH is an assured director, photographer and dedicated screenwriter whose screenplays have won awards incluKieran is an assured director, photographer and dedicated screenwriter whose screenplays have won awards including the Inside Film Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for Memorial Day and the Australian Writer’s Guild Mentorship Award for Little Sky Cambodia. His writing talent matured while working with acclaimed producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix Trilogy, Tomorrow When the War Began) and in 2009 his screenplay Wish You Were Here was selected for the prestigious Aurora Script Development Program.

Wish You Were Here is Kieran’s feature film debut. His next movie, Memorial Day, sees him collaborate once again with Wish You Were Here producer Angie Fielder, and acclaimed US indie producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, Happiness) is executve producer.

Kieran is a founding member of Blue-Tongue Films (www.bluetonguefilms.com), an independent collective of writer/directors who have garnered international acclaim for their work.

Kieran has been active both in front of and behind the camera since graduating from drama school in Sydney in 1995. He has written, directed and starred in a number of internationally acclaimed short films and music videos. His second short film, Bloodlock, was nominated for an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award, and other shorts The Island and Loaded have garnered genuine international recognition. As an actor Kieran’s feature film roles include The Square, September, The Cave, Two Hands and The Reef.ding the Inside Film Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay for "Memorial Day" and the Australian Writers Guild Mentorship Award for "Little Sky Cambodia". His writing talent matured whilst developing scripts with acclaimed producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix Trilogy, Tomorrow When the War Began) and in 2009 his screenplay "Wish You Were Here" was selected for the prestigious Aurora Script Development Program. 

He is currently finishing the final draft of the screenplay for his next movie, "Memorial Day," which he will also direct. "Memorial Day" sees him collaborate once again with "Wish You Were Here" producer Angie Fielder, and acclaimed indie producer Ted Hope (21 Grams, Happiness) is executive producer.

Kieran is a founding member of Blue-Tongue Films, an independent collective of writer/directors who have garnered international acclaim for their work.


PRICE

FELICITY PRICE is an acclaimed Australian actor who has established a strong presence working extensively across theatre, film and television as well as a noted writer for both screen and theatre.

Her film credits include playing the flamboyant, young Florence Broadhurst in Gillian Armstrong’s feature film, Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst and roles in West, Russian Doll and The Sugar Factory. In television she’s worked on a number of Australian productions that have sold internationally including parts in Home and Away and Farscape.

Felicity has extensive theatre credits including Don’s Party for the Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Companies, Romeo and Juliet (as Juliet) for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Fat Pig for the Sydney Theatre Company.