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Laya Hayes in a scene from THE ANGRY BLACK GIRL AND HER MONSTER, working on machinery in a lab with a look of foreboding on her face.

Image courtesy of AllBlk/Shudder/RLJE Film

At just 18, actor Laya DeLeon Hayes already has a decade in film, television, and video games under her belt. She voiced Doc McStuffins, won a BAFTA for God of War Ragnarök, and co-starred with Queen Latifah on The Equalizer. Now she’s helming a film of her own in Bomani J. Story’s The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, a reimagining of Frankenstein that premiered at SXSW and is now in theaters. She comes to us today with the kind of character she hopes to see more of — and play more of — on screen: the fun, awkward, and freely herself Issa Dee on Insecure, as played by the show’s creator, Issa Rae.

Then, Jordan has one very quick thing about the new Expendables 4 trailer.


With Jordan Crucchiola and Laya DeLeon Hayes

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On Feeling Seen, writer and general enthusiast Jordan Crucchiola invites filmmakers, writers, comedians, and artists to discuss the movie characters that made them “feel seen.” It’s about that instant when a person connects to a piece of art so deeply that they see themselves reflected in it. Every week Jordan gabs it up with a guest about those magical moments when they were watching a film and realized, “That’s me!” It’s an informative, funny, and comforting show about our intimate relationship with movies, the impact they have on our lives, and how they influence our art.

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