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“The reason why I wrote so many one-woman shows over the years, and then I would always get films, is because it’s almost like dating. My mother used to say start dating a few guys and another guy will see you out at dinner, and that guy will then ask you out. Work begets work, but there were dry periods where I thought it was all over.” – Siobhan Fallon Hogan
I’ve interviewed a lot of amazing individuals on this podcast and for my Forbes blog, including Pulitzer Prize winners and top leaders from around the world in all kinds of fascinating industries, and today’s guest is no exception. Today’s Finding Brave guest has been thriving in the entertainment industry for many years now, and in this episode, she reveals the lessons that you can take from her life’s journey and apply to all areas of your life to great success.
For over thirty years, Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been one of the most iconic and recognizable working character actresses, appearing in blockbuster comedies (Men in Black) as frequently as independents (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville). Now, for the first time, Fallon Hogan is appearing in a lead role, starring as the tortured yet deeply relatable (and often funny) matriarch in the thriller, Rushed, which she wrote and produced. Fallon Hogan’s first role was in Golden Girls, and she has appeared in (or had featured roles in) Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Forrest Gump, and many more TV shows and films.
Her film Rushed features Fallon Hogan’s friends and family in her hometown of Rumson, New Jersey—and serves as a capstone to one of the most unsung careers in Hollywood. For decades, the talents of character actresses like Fallon Hogan have gone overlooked, which is in part why she decided to write and produce this female-directed (and casted and edited) film.
It is the story of Barbara O’Brien (Fallon Hogan), an Irish Catholic mother living in upstate New York who says her rosary daily, then swears profusely as she drives her kids to school. After her life is ruined when her son Jimmy, a college freshman, is involved in a fraternity hazing incident, Barbara resorts to extreme measures. Personally speaking, I found it riveting, relatable and a deeply moving film.
Siobhan is someone who has created her own luck through a lot of hard work and a continued, unwavering belief in herself and her talents and abilities, and it was such a pleasure to have her join me for a conversation on this podcast.
I’ve so enjoyed Siobhan’s work over the years, and loved her new movie Rushed. We would be thrilled if you’d check out Rushed and let us know how this powerful story resonates with you. It’s a story I believe that all mothers will relate to strongly, as well as those who’ve been through any kind of situation that forced you to do something you’ve never wanted to, and never dreamed you’d have to.
Highlights from this Episode:
- Where Siobhan believes her sense of humor, drive, and confidence come from [5:33]
- A look at her latest movie, Rushed, the way that she involved her friends and family in this project, and what makes the story it tells so relatable [16:46]
- Who this movie is for, and the real life stories of the mothers who lost children to hazing incidents [26:18]
- Siobhan’s thoughts on patriarchy and what really makes a good man [30:32]
- What most people don’t understand about the entertainment industry, and how she has been able to have a successful, active career in it for such a long time [32:50]
- Why Siobhan considers herself so lucky at this point in time [34:32]
- The way that she has created her own luck during her career, and how you can do the same [36:21]
- Why Siobhan says that you need to have humility to succeed in the entertainment industry [39:19]
- Her closing message about the magic of believing in yourself [44:20]
For More Information:
New Movie, Rushed: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rushed
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Other resources mentioned:
Kathy and Siobhan’s Forbes interview, Thriving In The Entertainment Field For 30+ Years-Keys To Artistic Success
Siobhan’s IMDB Profile
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QUOTES FROM TODAY’S SHOW:
“I believed what my parents told me, and they built such confidence in me. I just had this faith, not only in my parents, but in God, that I could do what I wanted to do.” [8:12]
“I just wrote all the characters [in Rushed] that I would like to play if someone would possibly think of casting me.” [13:38]
“Silent moments tell so much more than with someone who is able to talk [in a movie].” [24:19]
“I’m 60 years old and I feel like a kid again. Now I can do all these movies, not have to worry, and now I can create.” [34:32]
“You just treat people great and it all kind of comes around. You have to keep the good mojo flowing.” [35:36]
“I don’t believe I’m a somebody because I’m on TV and movies. Nurses and teachers are a lot more important than I am. I’m just pretending I’m somebody else for a living, and writing about it.” [40:29]
“Don’t let anyone tell you ‘no’, because you can do whatever you want and you can do it great[ly].” [44:20]
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