Kyle MacLachlan

“The thing about acting that’s important to me is— I don’t have to agree with everything a character does, but I have to understand why they do what they do. I have to understand where it comes from. We’re all connected as people.

-Kyle MacLachlan, episode 362 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

In celebration of Dune’s 40th anniversary, we have a damn fine cup of coffee with actor (and now podcaster) Kyle MacLachlan.

We discuss his new true crime podcast Varnamtown (7:08), MacLachlan’s small-town upbringing (15:36), and what inspired him to pursue acting after college (18:15) before landing his debut role in Dune (21:16). Then, he describes the film’s momentous premiere (27:42), his second collaboration with David Lynch in Blue Velvet (32:40) and the personal challenges he faced while making the film (34:08).

On the back-half, we talk through Twin Peaks (41:25), Showgirls (46:57), how he taps into raw emotion as an actor (50:22), his recent foray into social media (58:25), and to close, a poignant George Price cartoon (1:01:00).

For questions, comments, or to join our mailing list, reach me at This conversation was recorded at Spotify Studios in Los Angeles.

Original illustration by Krishna ShenoiReference Photograph by Sophy Holland.

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