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Episode 105: Surviving Celebrity

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In Episode Five, Mark shares some stories about his experience in Hollywood, and what it means to be an actor. Our guest this episode is actress Yancy Butler. Yancy & Mark have a fun and funny conversation about Hollywood, acting, chasing our passions, and recovery.

About Our Guest: Yancy Butler Growing up in the bohemian Greenwich Village, where she resides to this day, Yancy started making showbiz inroads at an early age. She made her film debut at age seven with a small role in the slasher thriller Savage Weekend. At age 13, Yancy studied at New York’s prominent HB Studios. She also attended dance and ballet classes at the Joffrey and Ailey schools.

Soon after college, Yancy landed a guest spot on the then new hit show, Law & Order. Her performance caught the attention of the show’s creator-producer, Dick Wolf, who offered Yancy the lead role in his new science-fiction show, Mann & Machine, the following year. Soon after, Wolf developed and wrote a series for her entitled South Beach with John Glover and Patti D’Arbanville.

In 1993, she played a damsel in distress opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target, the Hollywood debut of legendary Hong Kong action auteur John Woo. In 1994, she co-starred with Wesley Snipes in the skydiving suspense film, Drop Zone. In 1995, she played a sexy dance instructor in Let It Be Me with Patrick Stewart, Campbell Scott and Leslie Caron. The Ex, in which Yancy starred in 1997, has become a cult classic.

Yancy’s guest appearance on NYPD Blue landed her another TV role, this time on the Emmy-winning Brooklyn South. Yancy secured the lead role in the TNT made-for-TV movie version of the popular comic book, Witchblade. She portrayed Detective Sara Pezzini, a troubled New York cop who becomes the keeper of the Witchblade; an ancient and magical weapon handed down through the ages. The movie was such a hit that TNT decided to expand it into a full-fledged series. And the decision was a good one. Soon Witchblade became the network’s top draw, and gained a solid fan following.Between the shooting of Witchblade the movie & Witchblade the series, she did a TV film with Joe Mantegna entitled Thin Air.

In 2003, she guest starred on a episode of Rob Lowe’s The Lyon’s Den and later that year starred in The Last Letter, teaming her once again with Drop Zone’s Grace Zabriskie, also starring William Forsythe. Yancy did two films in 2006, one with Lou Diamond Phillips, Striking Range, and the cult classic, Double Cross, based loosely on the Hitchcock film, Strangers on a Train. The next year, she played the greedy Hannah in Basilisk: The Serpent King and that same year she played Ann Barkley, a character on right-wing writer, Ann Coulter in Vote and Die: Liszt for President. Recently, Wolvesbayne finds her starring as Lilith, the queen of vampires, who, in Hebrew lore was believed to be the first true Eve. Also in 2009, she did a cameo as the wife, Angie D’Amico, in a Nick Cage film, Kick Ass 2, a fantastical story about a young boy who desperately wants to be a superhero.

Most Recently, Lake Placid VS Anaconda, Zero Tolerance, Death Race 2050, Boyfriend Killer, Chasing The Star, Blue Lives Matter, The Assassin’s Code, Witness Protection, American Criminal, AND MORE!

Awards:

Saturn Award Winner 2002

Best Actress in a Television Series (Witchblade)

Action Icon Awards Honoree 2014

Artemis Action Icon Award 2016

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