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Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

NBC's "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist" provides sharp, conversational coverage of the day's news, along with in-depth profiles of the people and ideas shaping our culture. In his “Sunday Sitdowns,” Geist chats with some of the biggest names in news and pop culture, from actors and musicians to presidents and CEOs, about the stories behind their success. This podcast features the full, unedited versions of those conversations for an even deeper look at the names in the headlines. "Sunday TODAY" airs live on NBC from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET. Check your local listings.

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  • 18.10.2020
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    Lorne Michaels

    45 years ago, a new era of American comedy began with the premiere of Saturday Night Live and a young producer named Lorne Michaels calling the shots. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the SNL creator and executive producer in famed Studio 8H to talk about the show’s legacy, and how they put on a live production in the middle of both a pandemic and a presidential election.

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  • 04.10.2020
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    Ina Garten (2020)

    Ina Garten has spent the last seven months of the pandemic at her home in East Hampton, trying out recipes for her new cookbook Modern Comfort Food with her husband Jeffrey as the lucky taste-tester. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Barefoot Contessa for a virtual catch-up to talk about that new book and what it’s like to film her cooking show by herself at home. Plus Jeffrey and Willie’s wife Christina make a special appearance, as the couples get together for a cocktail party over Zoom.

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  • 27.09.2020
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    John Cusack

    John Cusack has been on our screens for the better part of four decades, first in movies like Better Off Dead and Say Anything and later starring in classics like Grosse Pointe Blank and Being John Malkovich. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor over Zoom to talk about that long career of memorable roles and his latest shift into television with the new Amazon Prime series Utopia.

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  • 20.09.2020
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    DJ Khaled

    DJ Khaled has made a name for himself in the music industry with his infectious beats and famous collaborators, but he’s also known for his relentless hustle, positivity, and self-confidence. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the radio DJ turned hip hop mogul to talk about his rise to the heights of music, his latest album, and what life has been like in quarantine with his wife and two young sons.

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  • 13.09.2020
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    Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol nearly 18 years ago, and since then she has sold more than 45 million albums and won 3 Grammy Awards with her powerful voice. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the singer to talk about her transition into hosting a daytime talk show, her new music, and what life has been like during quarantine.

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  • 06.09.2020
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    Mary J. Blige

    The groundbreaking career of Mary J. Blige is all the more impressive when you consider she escaped a troubled childhood in the projects of Yonkers, New York and was discovered while doing karaoke at a local mall. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Grammy winner about her journey since then including her debut album “What’s the 411?,” the new music she’s been writing during quarantine and her latest venture into the world of wine.

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  • 30.08.2020
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    Chadwick Boseman (2018)

    Chadwick Boseman passed away this week at the age of 43, losing a four year battle with colon cancer that he never discussed publicly. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist revisits his interview with Boseman from 2018, when the actor soared to fame in the groundbreaking film Black Panther. They also discuss what it was like for Boseman to play some of history's most famous figures, including Jackie Robinson and James Brown. (Original broadcast date: March 4, 2018)

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  • 23.08.2020
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    Tim McGraw

    Tim McGraw has built up a big base of fans over the thirty years since he stepped off a Greyhound bus in Nashville and walked right into a honky tonk. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the country star about graduating from those downtown bars to sold out arenas around the world, performing alongside his wife Faith Hill and putting out his 16th studio album “Here on Earth.”

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  • 16.08.2020
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    Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer made her name in stand-up comedy over the course of 15 years on the road with a brash, relatable and honest act. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Amy over Zoom to chat about that long career, what her life in quarantine has been like as a new mother and her latest projects.

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  • 09.08.2020
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    Keanu Reeves (2019)

    Keanu Reeves has been a Hollywood powerhouse since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure put him on the map three decades ago, going on to star in movies like The Matrix, Speed and Point Break. Through it all, Reeves has stayed grounded and kept his personal life private. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown" Willie Geist talks with the actor about his role in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and coming full circle with the new film Bill and Ted Face the Music. (Original broadcast date: May 12, 2019)

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  • 02.08.2020
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    Viola Davis (2019)

    Viola Davis’ journey to the top of Hollywood’s A-list began on a former plantation in South Carolina, where she was born. She moved to Rhode Island at a young age and grew up poor, but found her way out through acting. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actress about her extraordinary life and career, as well as a project that’s close to her heart - a documentary about the diabetes crisis in the United States. (Original broadcast date: May 5, 2019)

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  • 26.07.2020
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    Lenny Kravitz (2018)

    It’s been over 30 years since Lenny Kravitz released his breakthrough first album “Let Love Rule.” Since then he has sold more than 40 million albums and at one point won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the rock star about his long career in the industry and the interesting way he came up with his most recent album “Raise Vibration.” (Original broadcast date: September 9, 2018)

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  • 19.07.2020
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    Chris Evans

    Chris Evans is best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his latest projects are a change of pace for the Hollywood star. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actor for a virtual conversation about his role in the new Apple TV series Defending Jacob and his step off the screen into public policy.

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  • 12.07.2020
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    Jennifer Hudson (2019)

    Jennifer Hudson’s big, unmistakable voice has carried her from the pews of a Chicago church to stardom on “American Idol,” then to an Oscar and a pair of Grammy Awards. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the singer and actress about that journey, her role in Cats, and how she moved forward after unthinkable tragedy in her life. (Original broadcast date: December 15, 2019)

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  • 05.07.2020
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    Charlize Theron

    Since leaving her native South Africa as a teenager, Charlize Theron has worked her way to the top of Hollywood’s A-List. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Oscar winner for a virtual conversation about that journey, her new Netflix movie The Old Guard, and life at home with her two daughters.

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  • 28.06.2020
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    Jake Gyllenhaal (2019)

    Jake Gyllenhaal’s role in the blockbuster hit Spider-Man: Far From Home was a first for the Oscar-nominated actor, who over the last twenty years has earned his place among Hollywood’s elite. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to Gyllenhaal about pivoting from that big-budget superhero film to his role in a critically-acclaimed Broadway play. (Original broadcast date: July 28, 2019)

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  • 23.06.2020
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    John Legend

    At 41 years old, John Legend has already joined the most exclusive club in show business – earning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, and becoming the first African-American man to achieve the elusive EGOT. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the award-winning singer over Zoom to talk about his latest album and these times in which it’s being released.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Samuel L. Jackson (2019)

    Samuel L. Jackson’s breakthrough in the cult classic Pulp Fiction came at the age of 45, after he had already lived a full life both professionally and personally. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the legendary actor about his prolific movie career since then and the road to becoming the most bankable star in Hollywood. (Original broadcast date: June 16, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Kerry Washington (2019)

    Kerry Washington has a habit of playing strong women, from Anita Hill in the 2016 film Confirmation to her seven-season run as Olivia Pope on the hit show Scandal. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist talks to Washington about how starring in that show changed her life, her role in the Broadway play turned Netflix movie American Son, and why her parents didn't want her to become an actor. (Original broadcast date: November 10, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ben Stiller (2020)

    Before Ben Stiller became one of the most famous actors and directors in Hollywood, he was a kid growing up in New York City with a pair of comedy legends for parents: Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist gets together with Stiller over Zoom to talk about his beloved father, Jerry, who passed away in early May at the age of 92.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Tiffany Haddish (2019)

    Tiffany Haddish has been on a whirlwind run since her breakout role in the box office hit Girls Trip. She has appeared in movies, television, commercials, her own stand-up comedy special and even a historic hosting gig at Saturday Night Live. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the actress to talk about her incredible journey from homelessness to Hollywood’s A-list. (Original broadcast date: August 11, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ina Garten (2018)

    Ina Garten is a beloved chef in part because she seems like one of us – she has no formal training and she taught herself how to make a great meal by experimenting with cookbooks. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to the Hamptons for lunch with the television host and bestselling author to talk about her life before “The Barefoot Contessa,” her down-to-earth approach in the kitchen and the release of her 11th cookbook “Cook Like a Pro.” (Original broadcast date: October 28, 2018)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Shaquille O'Neal (2019)

    NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most dominant athletes in the history of sports. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the basketball legend to talk about his success on and off the court, including his second act as a prolific businessman and analyst on “Inside the NBA.” (Original broadcast date: April 21, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Woody Harrelson (2019)

    Over a 35-year career in Hollywood, Woody Harrelson has remained Woody: the one-of-a-kind guy you want to hang out with. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the legendary actor in Austin, Texas to talk about his long run in show business, from the early years on Cheers to big budget turns in The Hunger Games to his latest Netflix film The Highwaymen, and he opens up about his biggest influences along the way. (Original broadcast date: March 17, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Sheryl Crow (2019)

    With her breakout hit song “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow quickly went from talented backup singer to household name. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to the musician’s Nashville home to talk about her journey from a tiny town in Missouri to the top of the music charts, and why she says her most recent album “Threads” will be her last. (Original broadcast date: September 8, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Chip and Joanna Gaines (2019)

    Chip and Joanna Gaines have built something of an empire with their Magnolia lifestyle brand and sparked a renaissance in their hometown of Waco, Texas. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to Waco to talk to the “Fixer Upper” stars about walking away from the show that made them famous, keeping life normal for their five children, and their latest projects – renovating a hotel and launching a television network. (Original broadcast date: October 27, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ryan Reynolds

    The “Deadpool” franchise gave Ryan Reynolds the signature role of his 20-year career, but its success was far from a sure thing. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Hollywood superstar about his decade-long fight to bring that character to the big screen, plus his new life as a businessman and majority owner of American gin company, Aviation Gin. (Original broadcast date: October 21, 2018)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Kristen Bell

    Kristen Bell returns to the big screen as the voice of Anna in Frozen 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the original Frozen movie which became a billion-dollar sensation six years ago. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Bell to talk about reprising that role, the final season of her hit show The Good Place and her marriage to fellow actor Dax Shepard. (Original broadcast date: November 24, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Octavia Spencer

    Octavia Spencer's rise to fame may seem like overnight success, but she actually worked for over 15 years in Hollywood before her breakout, Oscar-winning performance in The Help. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actress about her journey from Production Assistant to three-time Academy Award nominee, and her latest leading role in the Netflix series Self Made about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Sterling K. Brown

    Sterling K. Brown is best known for his role as Randall Pearson, the adopted son and adoring father on the hit NBC show “This Is Us.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actor about the huge success of that show, the 13-year grind before landing that breakout role and his emotional connection to his new movie, “Waves.” (Original broadcast date: November 17, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Shania Twain

    It’s been 25 years since Shania Twain burst onto the scene with her hit album “The Woman in Me,” followed by the even more popular “Come on Over,” which set records for a female artist and established Twain as one of the iconic musicians of her generation. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the country star about her incredible journey from poverty to the top of the music world, including her latest residency in Las Vegas.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Luke Combs

    Luke Combs has had a meteoric rise to the top of the music world with two #1 albums, seven consecutive #1 singles, a Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist” and a recent induction into the Grand Ole Opry. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist chats with the country star about that impressive journey from learning how to play guitar at 21 to the top of the music charts.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Al Pacino

    The name Al Pacino calls to mind some of the most memorable performances in the history of film, from The Godfather and Scarface to Scent of a Woman and Heat. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with the Hollywood icon to talk about his legendary career, including his Oscar-nominated performance in The Irishman and his new Amazon series Hunters. Plus Willie takes Al for a cruise around Beverly Hills in a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    John Mulaney

    Since leaving Saturday Night Live as a writer in 2012, John Mulaney has become one of the most popular stand-up comedians in America. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Emmy winner about his time at SNL and his run of hit Netflix specials, including his latest, John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ewan McGregor

    Ewan McGregor’s rise to stardom started in the small Scottish town of Crieff, where he was just a teenager when he dropped out of school to chase his dream of becoming an actor. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Hollywood star about that journey, from starring in films like Trainspotting, Moulin Rouge, and Star Wars, to his latest role as the villain in the highly-anticipated new superhero movie Birds of Prey.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ava DuVernay

    It was only 8 years ago at the Sundance Film Festival that Ava DuVernay finally decided to become a full-time filmmaker. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the director and producer about that big career shift and establishing herself as a groundbreaking force in Hollywood with Oscar-nominated films like Selma and 13th.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Josh Gad

    Actor and comedian Josh Gad may be known best as the voice of Olaf the snowman in the two biggest animated movies in the history of Hollywood: Frozen and Frozen 2. But Gad originally rose to fame on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination for his role in the hit musical “The Book of Mormon.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Gad at his favorite bar in the theater district to talk about his journey from that show to his latest project, an HBO series called Avenue 5 set in outer space.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Aidy Bryant

    Aidy Bryant grew up in Arizona watching women like Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri and Ana Gasteyer on Saturday Night Live. Today, she is a member of that exclusive comedy club herself. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actress and comedian about her eight season run on SNL, as well as her latest role as executive producer, writer and star of the acclaimed Hulu series Shrill.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Ed Harris

    Ed Harris burst onto the Hollywood scene in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff, and since then he’s earned four Academy Award nominations and won two Golden Globes in a prolific 40-year career full of memorable roles. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actor about that lengthy career, which includes playing The Man in Black in HBO’s hit series Westworld and his latest role as Atticus Finch in the Broadway adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Awkwafina

    Actor, rapper and comedian Awkwafina, whose given name is Nora Lum, has been on quite a ride recently with big roles in box office hits “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the rising star about that whirlwind ride as well as her more dramatic performance in the film “The Farewell," for which she is nominated for a Golden Globe. (Original broadcast date: July 14, 2019)

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  • 19.06.2020
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    John Lithgow

    When you hear the name John Lithgow, you may call to mind a number of different movies, TV series or plays, including “The Changing Room,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the Emmy and Tony award-winning actor about that prolific career on both stage and screen, and his latest transformation into former “Fox News” chief Roger Ailes for the highly-anticipated new movie “Bombshell.”

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Jennifer Hudson

    Jennifer Hudson’s big, unmistakable voice has carried her from the pews of a church in Chicago to stardom on “American Idol,” then to an Oscar and a pair of Grammy Awards. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the singer and actress about that journey from reality show to Academy Award, her role in the highly-anticipated new “Cats” movie, and how she moved forward after unthinkable tragedy in her life.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Lena Waithe

    Just over two years ago, actor, writer, and producer Lena Waithe made Hollywood history when she stood on stage with an Emmy award in her hand, and she’s been on a roll ever since. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to Laithe about how that Emmy changed her life, and her new movie “Queen and Slim” that has people talking.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Robert Pattinson

    Robert Pattinson rocketed to fame in the movie “Twilight” and the four sequels that followed, earning an army of devoted fans and a constant pack of paparazzi prying into his personal life. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actor about being thrust into that spotlight, the awards season buzz around his new film “The Lighthouse,” and how he’s preparing to take on the iconic role of Batman.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Kristen Bell

    Kristen Bell returns to the big screen this weekend as the voice of Anna in “Frozen 2,” the highly-anticipated sequel to the original “Frozen” movie which became a billion-dollar sensation six years ago. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Bell to talk about reprising that role, the final season of her hit show “The Good Place” and her marriage to fellow actor Dax Shepard.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Sterling K. Brown

    Sterling K. Brown is best known for his role as Randall Pearson, the adopted son and adoring father on the hit NBC show “This Is Us.” In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist talks to the actor about the huge success of that show, the 13-year grind before landing that breakout role and his emotional connection to his new movie, “Waves.”

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Kerry Washington

    Kerry Washington has a habit of playing strong women, from Anita Hill in the 2016 film "Confirmation" to her seven-season run as Olivia Pope on the hit show "Scandal." In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist talks to Washington about how starring in that show changed her life, her latest role in the Broadway play turned Netflix movie, "American Son," and why her parents didn't want her to become an actor.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert is one of the biggest stars not just in country, but in all of music. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist gets together with the Grammy-winning artist to talk about the roots of her Texas swagger, her new album "Wildcard," and its inspiration from her recent marriage to a New York City police officer.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Chip and Joanna Gaines

    Chip and Joanna Gaines have built something of an empire with their Magnolia lifestyle brand and sparked a renaissance in their hometown of Waco, Texas. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist travels to Waco to talk to the “Fixer Upper” stars about walking away from the show that made them famous, keeping life normal for their five children, and their latest projects – renovating a hotel and launching a television network.

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  • 19.06.2020
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    Edward Norton

    Edward Norton burst onto the scene in 1996 with his appearance in the movie "Primal Fear," for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe. In this week's "Sunday Sitdown," Willie Geist talks to the actor about his incredible run of award-winning films since then, including "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "American History X" and "Fight Club." They also chat about his latest work, "Motherless Brooklyn," a film which Norton wrote, produced, directed and stars in.

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