Hollywood on the Potomac

Spies and Corsets

April 15, 2015

“I found the transition into this role relatively smooth,” Heather Lind told Hollywood on the Potomac about her acting in TURN: Washington Spies, AMC’s spy series that launched its second season appropriately at the International Spy Museum with cast and director in tow.  A layered spy thriller, TURN is the untold true story of America’s first spy ring whose members turn against King and family to fight for freedom. Based on the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, TURN introduces us to The Culper Ring, a group of childhood friends who become George Washington’s secret weapon in turning the tide of the war and, in the process, revolutionize the art of espionage.

Heather plays Anna Strong, a kind of unlikely heroine. Lind delves into how it felt to be her from costumes to thoughts.  “I sort of understood what a corset does to my mentality,” she said of her period costumes and the mentality of women at that time.  “I understood the expectation socially of what a woman could and couldn’t do in that particular period. I’m not a method actor, but I sort of read as much primary source material as I could. I looked at paintings of the period and I read some Alexander Pope poetry and I read Alex Rose’s book Washington’s Spies. I wanted to gather as much information as I could. Once I got to the set and put all the costumes on I did what I know how to do which is just be that person and feeling that period. It starts to feel really immediate and comfortable. What I love about period pieces is you realize how universal the human experience is in many different time periods.”

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'The Martini Shot'

April 5, 2015

We weren’t surprised that George Pelecanos has a short Bucket List; after all, he is an award-winning author as well as a producer for The Wire. With 19 books under his belt, multiple producing credits and non-stop offers, it’s no wonder the list is short. It’s impressive though: “I’d like to direct,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at The Woodley hosted by Andy & Mike Manatos, Jim & Ted Pedas and a Q&A with Garrett Graff, Editor Politico Magazine. “I think I could do a good job at that. And, I’d like to make a Western.”

Pelecanos is a proud Washingtonian of Greek descent who started working with his dad when he was 11 delivering food orders from his diner.  He has worked as a line cook, dishwasher, bartender, and woman’s shoe salesman before publishing his first novel in 1992.  “I was a kid,” he told us reminiscing about working with his dad. “It was a turbulent and exciting time for a boy.”  Those experiences were the impetus for his crime writing based on the underbelly of Washington.

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House of Cards Designer

April 2, 2015

“I have not met Dr. Biden,” New York Designer Alvin Valley told Hollywood on the Potomac just prior to her arrival at Ann Hand Boutique in Georgetown for a special trunk show in his honor.

Often referred to as The King of Pants, the Cuban-American was recently appointed to the White House’s Initiative on Educational Excellence to work with and inspire Hispanics of heritage, like himself.  “The initiative focuses on empowering Hispanic students to make new choices. A huge amount of Latinos go into the Army or Marines, but this initiative is working on encouraging them to get higher education and to dream big,” he recently remarked on how he hopes to encourage Hispanics.

Not to diminish that initiative, but guests were more interested in his affiliation with Season 3 of House of Cards for which he designed the wardrobes: “I met with Robin Wright. Most of the time I work very closely with the person who is wearing them.”

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