The Hot Seat 2012: Lit, music, stage and screen stars talk shop

This year's buzzworthy stars talk to us about their latest projects, including new films, hit television series and theater shows.

We're turning up the heat as stars talk to us in the Hot Seat. Browse our weekly Q&As with writers, activists, actors, directors and musicians, and go behind the scenes on their latest projects.

  • Kyle MacLachlan

    Actor Kyle MacLachlan chats about Twin Peaks fanatics, Zeppelin love and his new show, Made in Jersey.
  • Kelly Macdonald

    Kelly Macdonald

    The Boardwalk Empire star talks the HBO series’ upcoming season, Scorsese and avoiding The Sopranos.
  • Anthony Bourdain

    Roving gastronome Anthony Bourdain embarks on his final No Reservations voyage.
  • Alanis Morissette

    The singer-songwriter deals with her rage head-on in her latest album, Havoc and Bright Lights.
  • Liv Tyler in Robot & Frank

    Liv Tyler

    The charming actor returns to the big screen in Robot & Frank.
  • Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy

    Jeremy Renner

    The Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner chats with us about his most ass-kicking (and biggest) role yet.
  • Dennis O'Hare

    Denis O’Hare

    The True Blood baddie, who is currently starring in The Public Theater's Into the Woods musical, is a sucker for tragic fairy tales.
  • Zoe Kazan in Ruby Sparks

    Zoe Kazan

    Actor and screenwriter Zoe Kazan discusses her new film, Ruby Sparks, and exploring relationships through her writing.
  • James Murphy

    James Murphy

    The musician talks about breaking up LCD Soundsystem, selling out MSG and making a movie about it.
  • Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike.

    Joe Manganiello

    True Blood’s maverick werewolf, Joe Manganiello, drops trou as a big-screen stripper in Magic Mike.
  • Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield

    The Amazing Spider-Man star chats about fame and spandex.
  • James Hetfield of Metallica

    James Hetfield

    Metallica’s singer-guitarist discusses Orion Music and More, the band’s Atlantic City megafest.
  • Kristen Schaal

    Kristen Schaal

    Comedien, actress and author Kristen Schaal warms up for Comedy Central’s Indecision in the Park live show.
  • Greta Gerwig in Lola Versus

    Greta Gerwig

    The indie darling moves into the spotlight.
  • Oliver Platt

    Shakespeare in the Park and the Public Theater welcome Oliver Platt, who stars in an Off Broadway production of As You Like It.
  • Jason Schwartzman in Moonrise Kingdom

    Jason Schwartzman

    The indie-film star conquers his fear of the great outdoors in Moonrise Kingdom.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal

    In Hysteria, the Brooklyn mom stars in a sex-toy origin tale.
  • Seth Grahame-Smith

    The author and screenwriter discusses working with an idol.
  • Jeff Goldblum

    The actor storms Broadway as a swearing, sex-obsessed teacher.
  • James Franco

    The Renaissance man wrote, directed and stars in his NYU thesis.
  • Hugh Grant

    The U.K. rom-com king stars in a new animated adventure.
  • Zosia Mamet

    The Mad Men hipster trades pretention for naivete in Girls.
  • James Van Der Beek

    The charismatic actor ditches his nice-guy persona in a new sitcom.
  • Jay Baruchel

    Jay Baruchel

    The fresh-faced, foulmouthed actor-writer toasts the art of the hockey brawl.
  • David Greenspan

    The actor, playwright and director swaps genders again for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Susan Sarandon

    The actress surrenders to fate in Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
  • Ice Cube

    The rapper-turned-actor goes from dissing cops to playing one in 21 Jump Street.
  • Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem

    The pioneering activist reflects on young feminists and on 40 years of Ms.
  • William Shatner

    The actor beams up to Broadway for a one-man show.
  • Elizabeth Reaser

    The Twilight star drops the vamp act to tackle real-life horrors.
  • Björk

    The Icelandic artist embraces new platforms with Biophilia.
  • Antony

    The provocative soul man exhibits himself in a Radio City extravaganza.
  • Nick Jonas

    Goodbye, Harry Potter; hello, JoBro.
  • Jon Heder

    The Napoleon Dynamite star brings his nerdtastic character to TV.