Judith Light has an unequaled emotional and tonal range as an actor. She also has a shape-shifting physicality that made her entirely convincing both as the shuffling yenta Shelly Pfefferman in Transparent and as the lithe, aristocratic Hedda Gabler. But she only got to exercise those talents by saying "yes" to a lot of less intricate roles -- most famously the housewife-prostitute Karen Wolek on One Life to Live and Type-A divorcée Angela Bower on Who's the Boss. Her manager (a former Psychology professor) helped her arrive at that place of openness. After a few bad auditions, he sat her down and said, "You have an expectation that people should just be giving you stuff, and it's untenable. People feel it. You walk into a room and nobody wants to be around you." "And so," Light tells Alec, "when I walked into the audition for Who's the Boss, I was in a very different place."
Actress Judith Light joins Norman and Paul to talk about the beginning of her career and her relationship with her parents, the importance of good writers and directors guiding you, saving the arts from being the first thing to be cut in schools, the significance of “Who’s The Boss?” and the play “Wit” on her career, and how no human being is one note.
Actress Judith Light sits down with Daniel to talk about the homework and process of her work, the importance of the arts in culture, going back to the theater after "Who's the Boss?", and being your authentic self.