TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 13

NEWSROOM Star Alison Pill Talks Cocaine, Lumbersexuals and North Korea

Alison Pill of the Newsroom, Snowpiercer, Milk & many more talks about North Korean comedy gold, lumbersexuals, and the benefits of cocaine. Justin Bieber and the truth about Canadian beaver-fever, the making of Milk with Sean Penn, and the joys of drugs and alcohol are discussed with Harper Simon on Talk Show.


Guest Bio

Alison Pill starred on Broadway in House of Blue Leaves (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Miracle Worker, Mauritius and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Tony nomination), and Off-Broadway in This Wide Night (Drama League Nomination), Reasons to be Pretty, Blackbird (Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations), On the Mountain (Lortel nomination) and The Distance from Here (Drama Desk Award – Outstanding Ensemble). Pill’s film work includes Snowpiercer, To Rome With Love, Midnight in Paris, Goon, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Milk, Dan in Real Life, Dear Wendy and Pieces of April. Pill currently stars in the Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom.  Other television work includes the HBO drama In Treatment, The Book of Daniel and Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.


The Newsroom star Alison Pill discusses her role on the HBO hit, speculates about North Korean comedy and explains her firsthand experience with the new male type known as “lumbersexual.”

The conversation kicks off with a chat about the news of the day – ongoing fallout from theNorth Korea hack attack – and possible options for a funnier movie premise than The Interview.

Alison is also asked whether she would have any fear if personally faced with a cyber attack. “I’d be a little afraid,” she said in the event of a real hack, but added that she probably doesn’t have anything worthy of attacking. “It’s mostly pictures of my cat, comments about cute things that the animals did that day.”

Speaking about the seemingly endless possibilities of humor inspired by North Korea and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, Alison jokes, “He’s a joyful man. As long as there are some ladies and some butterscotch pudding, that man is set.”

She said that while in high school, she longed to be another semi-famous dictator, a former Turkmenistan leader known as the Turkmenbashi.

“I wanted to be the next Turkmenbashi – speaking of, you know, favorite dictators through the years, the Turkmenbashi, who named months of the year after himself and his mother. The history books in classrooms was a biography he had written.”

On bad days back then, Alison said she’d turn to her friend and declare that when she grew up, she wanted to be the Turkmenbashi, “and just really have a good time.”

Speaking about her role as Maggie Jordan on The Newsroom – which recently aired its series finale episode – she said the conclusion of the journalism drama was bittersweet.

“Did I cry when I wrapped, no it was sort of this funny weird thing – it was so unbelievable that we would be done, that I don’t think it really struck anybody. It still hasn’t fully set in that I won’t be going back this spring to see everybody and to go back to the bullpen.”

Alison also talks about some real news anchors and reveals that one among her current favorites are CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who she calls a “wisecracking firecracker.”

The discussion then turns to the actress’ personal life and preferences for men. “When I heard the word lumbersexual – I think to everyone who is in our mutual acquaintances, this is a new term,” she says, pointing out that it refers to a variant of a metrosexual, and she is dating one.

“Now there’s lumbersexual, which I believe is like a straight bear,” she explains, adding that there’s also a bit of a hipster vibe. She sums up by saying she considers her current boyfriend a lovable combo “lumbersexual bear.”

Watch the full interview to also hear Alison talk about her Canadian roots and thoughts on fellow countryman Justin Bieber, plus her views on drugs and partying.