Michael Kelly

“I feel like I always get asked the same questions,” says actor Michael Kelly. Well, hopefully, not today. Kelly joins us on the show to talk his beachy college years in South Carolina (06:40), choosing acting over business and law (09:53), the impact of Arthur Penn and the Actors Studio (14:28), the benefit of his naiveté (18:05), being on set with Milos Forman and Jim Carrey for Man on the Moon (20:15), his 2000 Unbreakable breakout (27:41), the story of how he met his wife, Karyn (33:31), how the Kevin Spacey controversy impacted House of Cards (41:03), and then, finally, some stray reflections on today’s political landscape (56:45).


  • These days, you can catch Michael in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime.
  • Man on the moon, Unbreakable, and Changeling, mentioned in this conversation, are available to stream on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
  • House of Cards, in which Michael plays the infamous Douglas Stamper, is available to stream on Netflix.
  • Read about Michael’s work for the reauthorization of the Older American Act, here.

Illustrations by Krishna Shenoi. Music by Dylan Peck. This episode of Talk Easy was taped at York Recording in Los Angeles, California. Special thanks to engineer Tim Moore.

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