Inside the Actors Studio

The BEST episodes of Inside the Actors Studio

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

For over 12 years and more than 100 episodes, James Lipton has sat down with some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about the art of acting. The series premiered with Paul Newman, an Actors Studio alumnus and former president (1982-1994).

Last Updated: 5/25/2022Network: Ovation TV
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Jessica Lange
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10.00
1 votes

#1 - Jessica Lange

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/12/1996

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Francis Ford Coppola
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10.00
28 votes

#2 - Francis Ford Coppola

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/6/2001

One of the all-time great directors takes the stage to compare notes on his signature directing style, his relationship with his actors and the support of his family and the importance of all these factors on his work.

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Stockard Channing
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10.00
1 votes

#3 - Stockard Channing

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/27/2002

Julianne Moore
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1 votes

#4 - Julianne Moore

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/22/2002

Clint Eastwood
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10.00
30 votes

#5 - Clint Eastwood

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/5/2003

The writer, director and long-running acclaimed actor draws on over five decades of professional experience in a thrilling dissertation of his successes.

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Barbra Streisand
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1 votes

#6 - Barbra Streisand

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/21/2004

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Alec Baldwin (Ⅱ)
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3 votes

#7 - Alec Baldwin (Ⅱ)

Season 13 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/22/2007

James Lipton talks to Alec Baldwin about his career since his original 1994 appearance on the show, and his recent foray into television.

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James Lipton
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1 votes

#8 - James Lipton

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/10/2008

In the 200th episode, comedian Dave Chappelle interviews host James Lipton. Also, highlights and favorite guests from classic interviews.

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Al Pacino
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9.75
32 votes

#9 - Al Pacino

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired 10/2/2006

One of the most respected veteran actors in all of showbusiness takes the chair to go through the moments in life which defined him as both person and performer.

Goldie Hawn
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9.75
4 votes

#10 - Goldie Hawn

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/3/2008

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Robert Downey Jr.
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9.73
33 votes

#11 - Robert Downey Jr.

Season 12 - Episode 17 - Aired 7/9/2006

It hasn't been the smoothest of careers for the multi-talented entertainer, but here he recounts tales of his best and worst moments with panache.

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Morgan Freeman
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9.44
59 votes

#12 - Morgan Freeman

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/2/2005

The versatile, highly-skilled, softly spoken veteran takes the time to describe his life, his surprise at his success and his intentions to keep acting for as long as posslble.

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Dave Chappelle
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9.43
7 votes

#13 - Dave Chappelle

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/12/2006

Comedian Dave Chappelle discusses his TV and film work, including "Chappelle's Show," "Blue Streak" and "Undercover Brother."

Sir Anthony Hopkins (Ⅱ)
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9.03
60 votes

#14 - Sir Anthony Hopkins (Ⅱ)

Season 13 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/15/2007

Acclaimed actor and proud owner of a knighthood, Sir Anthony Hopkins returns to talk to James Lipton about his continually successful career on screen and stage.

Sean Penn
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9.03
33 votes

#15 - Sean Penn

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/17/1999

Actor Sean Penn is profiled and interviewed about his career.

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Spike Lee
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9.00
1 votes

#16 - Spike Lee

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/17/2000

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Ben Affleck
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9.00
28 votes

#17 - Ben Affleck

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/14/2001

The charismatic character actor discusses his on-screen personas, his writing career, his relationship with fellow actor Matt Damon and all points in-between.

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Ben Stiller
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9.00
28 votes

#18 - Ben Stiller

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/30/2001

The world-renouned comedic actor looks back on a life lived constantly in showbusiness, his appearances on various television shows and his breakthrough into the world of movies.

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Drew Barrymore
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28 votes

#19 - Drew Barrymore

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/2/2003

The charming actress discusses the challenges of being a child actor, her teenage struggle with drugs and her transformation into a venerable leading lady.

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Kate Winslet
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28 votes

#20 - Kate Winslet

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/14/2004

The beautifully vivacious, multi-award winning yet down-to-earth English actress, recently a mother at the time of broadcast, visits the studio.

Natalie Portman
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28 votes

#21 - Natalie Portman

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/2004

The former Harvard graduate and runaway success story takes the chair and discusses her mixed roots, her response to being cast in so many successful films and her plans for the future.

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Salma Hayek
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28 votes

#22 - Salma Hayek

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/5/2004

The beautiful and talented actress enlightens the audience about her struggles to become a leading lady and how much she intends to make the most of her accomplishments.

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Jodie Foster
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28 votes

#23 - Jodie Foster

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2005

James Lipton interviews the quietly successful lead actress in many different films. Taped after the making of, but before the release of, "Flightplan."

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Dustin Hoffman
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28 votes

#24 - Dustin Hoffman

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired 6/25/2006

A star-studded audience attends to see the beloved, talented leading man who gives a rare in-depth interview with humor and honesty.

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Conan O'Brien
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9.00
5 votes

#25 - Conan O'Brien

Season 15 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/26/2009

James Lipton interviews late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien. The onetime writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons" gives humorous expression to his life experiences and career journey.

Directors: Jeff Wurtz