Stephanie Beatriz and Griffin Dunne on Joan Didion

30th October 2017

For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit Fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. She plays Detective Rosa Diaz, easily the toughest cop in the precinct – she’s brave, she’s serious, she rides a motorcycle. Now, she stars in a new film – a drama called The Light of the Moon. It’s a nuanced, touching and realistic look at the trauma left in the wake of a brutal sexual assault.
After that: Griffin Dunne! He’s an actor. You might’ve seen him on the new Amazon series I Love Dick, or as the lead in the Scorsese classic After Hours. He’s also a director, and his latest film focuses on the writer Joan Didion, who happens to be his aunt. He talks with Jesse about the decision to make the film, her legacy in the world of journalism and how he mustered up the courage to ask her some pretty tough questions.

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Stephanie Beatriz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and taking the lead in The Light of the Moon
For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. It’s for real one of our favorites, everyone’s great in it – Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Chelsea Peretti. Stephanie plays Detective Rosa Diaz. And Rosa is easily the toughest cop in the precinct – she’s brave, she’s serious, she rides a motorcycle.

Now, Stephanie is starring in a brand new movie. It’s called The Light of The Moon. In it, Stephanie plays Bonnie, a young woman living in Brooklyn with her boyfriend. Towards the beginning of the film she goes through a vicious sexual assault. And from there, the movie tells the story of the aftermath of that event – its effect on her work life, her relationships… even little stuff – like whether or not she wears headphones when she’s walking off the subway. It’s a little brutal to watch, but it’s also nuanced, realistic and really touching.

Stephanie’s talks with Jesse about all that and more from NPR’s studios in New York.

A quick warning – the second half of this interview contains some honest and frank talk about sexual assault and the trauma dealing with it.

Click here to listen to Stephanie’s interview on YouTube!”

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Griffin Dunne on making a documentary about his aunt, Joan Didion
Griffin Dunne is mainly an actor. Recently he starred alongside Kathryn Hahn in the Amazon series I Love Dick. He was also in the Dallas Buyers Club, an American Werewolf in London, and in the 1985 Scorsese classic After Hours.

He’s also a director – and just released his first ever documentary. It’s a biography of his aunt, Joan Didion, one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary writers.

Didion rose to fame for her journalism – she immersed herself in stories. In the late 60s, she broke through with Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In her career she covered a bunch of different stuff – the counter culture, war, immigration. She also wrote a handful of novels, a couple memoirs.

She’s lead a fascinating life, but until now, there hadn’t been a documentary about her. She’s pretty private – doesn’t give a lot of interviews, either.

The film is called Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, and it’s available on Netflix now. Dunne gives us an intimate look at one of the most compelling thinkers alive. It talks about her impact on journalism, her works of fiction too. Dunne also focuses a lot on one of the biggest tragedies to strike Didion’s life: in 2003, her husband John Dunne died of a heart attack. Not long after that she also lost daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne.

Click here to listen to Griffin’s interview on YouTube!”

The Outshot: The Dana Carvey Show
Finally, for this week’s Outshot, Jesse plugs the Dana Carvey Show – possibly the funniest thing to ever follow Home Improvement on ABC.

Click here to listen to Jesse’s Outshot on YouTube!”

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