In 1997, to mark my 15th birthday, I rented three Eddie Murphy movies from the video store. One of those movies was 48 HRS, and that film was my first exposure to my newest interview subject. Greta Blackburn played Lisa, a hostage of Ganz (James Remar), and although her role was small, it was memorable. As I grew older, I would see Ms. Blackburn in movies like Chained Heat and Yellowbeard, and then I would become familiar with Greta’s work beyond that as a model, a musician and an author. I became Facebook friends with Greta Blackburn earlier this year, and we talked earlier this Summer about her long and varied career. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this incredibly beautiful and versatile performer.
My first exposure to my next interview subject came via HBO Comedy in the 00s. I had read a review of the 1980 comedy Serial in a 1987 book of movie reviews from People Magazine. Intrigued by the review, I saw Serial on HBO Comedy and loved the tale of hippies transforming into yuppies on the cusp of a new decade. One of the movie’s many memorable performances came from Stacey Nelkin, who played a cashier named Marlene. As the years progressed, I would come to enjoy Ms. Nelkin’s work in projects like Get Crazy and Yellowbeard. Eventually, I became friends with her on Facebook, and after reaching out to her press representative through her website The Daily Affair, where she writes about parenting and other topics, she agreed to an interview. We spoke on March 6th, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Ms. Nelkin, who is not only an actress, but a writer and a parenting expert as well.