Laura Cayouette has over 20 years of experience and has appeared in some well-regarded recent shows like Treme, True Detective, and Now You See Me, but she is best known for playing Laura Lee in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. She has also written Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career, a practical guide for how to grow as an actor and survive the industry. It’s a book that has received glowing recommendations from the likes of Kevin Costner and Richard Dreyfuss, and is a helpful resource not just to actors but also to filmmakers who want to get better at working with actors.
Photo credit: Louis Sahuc
In the interview Laura discusses some of her acting experiences, her transition from Los Angeles to Louisiana, and the importance of connecting and contributing to our communities. After the interview ends, I share some things on my heart and discuss some of Tarantino’s films in context of certain current events.
Listen to the Podcast
- Laura’s website
- Laura on Twitter, @KnowSmallParts
- Laura’s book, Know Small Parts
- Laura’s blog, L.A. to NOLA
- Laura’s novel, Lemonade Farm
- The UK’s Channel 4 interview with Tarantino
- My blog post on Oedipus Rex and whether dramatic violence influences reality
We discuss some challenging topics in this episode, and we encourage discussion, but we ask that you approach with a respectful tone, whether or not you agree with my perspectives or Laura’s.
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