At The Greenhouse Studio, President and Creative Director Shun Lee Fong interviews individuals who are successful media professionals in their fields of expertise. One of our most recent guests was accomplished actor and director, Lou Diamond Phillips. He talked about how to have an incredible career in Hollywood from his experiences in film and television projects such as Stand and Deliver, Young Guns, Longmire, Courage Under Fire, and more.
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer across a myriad of platforms, including feature films, television, and theatre. On television, Phillips recently starred on the acclaimed Netflix series, Longmire, based on the mystery novels by Craig Johnson. In addition, Phillips is a recurring character on the Disney animated series, Elena of Avalor as well as the Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard. Last year, Phillips received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Drama or Comedy” for his role in the History Channel’s Crossroads of History. Other recent credits include a pivotal role on the NBC series Blindspot, in addition to roles on Training Day, Hawaii Five-0, Graves, You’re the Worst, Goliath, and most recently, recurring roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Ranch.
In 2013, Phillips won the “Best Supporting Actor” Award at the Milan International Film Festival and “Best Actor” Award at the 2012 Imagen Awards for his performance as ‘Jose Tonorio,’ opposite Gina Rodriguez in the Sundance Festival favorite Filly Brown. He was also nominated for an Imagen Award in 2016 for his performance as ‘Don Lucho’ in the Warner Bros and Alcon Entertainment film, The 33, opposite Antonio Banderas and Juliet Binoche, which chronicled the story of the Chilean Miners that were trapped underground for several weeks. Most recently, the Imagens have honored Lou with another nomination for “Best Actor” for his role as ‘Monsignor Renzulli’ in Created Equal, directed by Bill Duke.
As a director, Phillips recently helmed an episode of ‘Longmire’ and will be directing AMC’s hit series, Fear the Walking Dead. Lou made his feature debut with Dangerous Touch, a psychological thriller that he co-wrote for HBO. He previously directed the Hallmark Channel movie Love Takes Wing, and episodes of Resurrection Blvd., The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone. Phillips is a dedicated veterans’ advocate and most recently, was honored to accept the offer to serve as the National Salute Chairman for 2017. He is currently the National Spokesperson for the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Oxfam America Award for his dedication to ending world hunger. As a passion project, Phillips hosted An Officer and a Movie on the Military Channel. Phillips is also passionate about music and appeared in the 2013 MTV VMA-nominated music video “Radioactive” for the Grammy Award-winning artist Imagine Dragons. Phillips’ other passions include cooking and poker. As a cook, he is known for his American Fusion style, and for “Sundays with Lou” on the set of his films, making glorious meals for the cast and crew as a way of bringing people together. He has also taken his talent to the celebrity cooking world and appeared on, and even won, numerous cooking competition shows, including Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Sauce Boss, while also being asked to serve as a celebrity judge on Iron Chef America and competing on Chopped Tournament of Stars. Phillips, originally born in the Philippines, was raised in Texas and is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.
Our musical guest was multi-instrumentalist and producer Jason Achilles, who tours as an experimental & instrumental two-piece rock duo with drummer Forrest Mitchell. The pair had just returned from a month-long European excursion in support of their debut 2016 Comedewn LP release and most recently recorded an in-studio 360° virtual-reality format live rendition of the Jeff Beck classic “Rice Pudding.” He was most recently described by the Sacramento Bee as an “atmospheric L.A. rocker and zen-like sonic architect” who “takes no territory off the table for exploration with his wanderlust instrumental meanderings.”
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