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colbert is next. >> innkeeper watching. the news continues on cbsn bay area. captioning sponsored by cbs >> paul gosar, the republican from arizona, has been censured. the arizona republican is facing official condemnation after he posted a photoshopped anime video that showed him killing democratic congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez and attacking president biden. >> you're watching c-spanime. somehow, we've even made this boring. up next, the anime censure vote of paul gosar. >> ooooh-aaaaw! >> ooooh-aaaaw!
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>> ooooh-aaaaw! >> coming up next, steve bannon turns himself in. ( snorting ) >> announcer: it's "the late show with stephen colbert." tonight: and the super stars of w.w.e. answer just one question. plus, stephen welcomes: adam driver and america ferrera featuring jon batiste and stay human. d now, le onape fromhe ed slivathea new york city, it's stephen colbert!
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( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey! man alive! ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: good to see you. >> jon: yes, indeed! >> stephen: welcome to "the late show." i am your host, stephen colbert. foks, i know you turn to this show for one thing and one thing only and that is sports news! we got all the hottest shapes of balls. i'm talkin' about the fastest, tallest, or thickest people, all of theem running their dunks straight to trophy town! so let's get to the highlight reel. the staples center, home of the los angeles lakers, the clippers, and the kings, is changing its name to arena. crypto!
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the most confusing thing a venue has been named since houston's "the plot of inception" stadium. ( laughter ) generations of fans have grown up with the staples center. for my younger viewers, that name refers to the staples office supply company. an office is something you used to go to for meetings, which are like very boring in-person emails. oh, emails are long texts with more words. and words are faceless emojiis that remind you you're a relic of the past and the future no longer belongs to you ( laughter ) ( applause ) go, cryptos! now, the staples center had so many great sport memories: kobe bryant's 81-point game, the l.a. kings' stanley cup victory, logan paul getting punched in the head. ( applause ) now, the bigwigs over at arena shelled out some long ducketts for this one.
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they paid more than $700 million for the naming rights, which i believe converts to five bitcoin. nope, sorry, 50,000-- no, it's changed again-- half a bitcoin and three bags of flour. it's a fairly volatile currency. now, here's the thing there's more vaccine news, and it's about more vaccine. the f.d.a. plans to authorize pfizer boosters for all adults this week. ( cheers and applause ) i agree. that's great. quiet your third. third time's a charm, right. that's great, because many americans are eager for additional protection ahead of holiday gatherings. you need extra protection for the holidays, especially for your feelings. there is no vaccine for that moment the friday after thanksgiving, when the party bus shows up to take your younger brother out with his high school friends, and you spend the night watching "manifest" with grandma. ( laughter ) here in new york city, health providers have been told to give booster shots to all adults who want them.
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any chance we can expand that to adults who don't want them ( cheers and applause ) because they're the problem. just deputize the times square elmos to jab anyone who comes within tickling distance. ( as elmo ) "elmo welcomes you to new york! gunh!" take your vaccine! since the passing of his landmark infrastructure plan, biden's been taking a victory lap. literally. here he is in michigan, testing out a new electric hummer. ( tires screeching ) >> anybody want to jump in the back? on the roof? >> you look good, mr. president. >> this sucker's something else! ( applause )
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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: (as biden) "you wanna hop in the back? on the roof? you call shotgun? it's like my mom always said to me: she said, 'joey, my rule is ass, gas, or grass... no-one rides for free.' she was a long-haul trucker, used to down poppers like they were tic tacs. get in, loser. we're saving the planet!" now, he's not the only one cell-- oops. it's very hard to do the rest of the monologue with these on. now, he's not the only one celebrating the benefits of the new plan. take alabama representative and salesman at the medical supply store who's here if you have any questions, gary palmer. palmer recently tweeted to applaud funding for a new highway in his district: "completion of birmingham's northern beltline has been a priority of mine since i was elected to congress, and new funding for the project has now passed." one small problem: palmer voted against the package.
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( laughter ) you can't take credit for the thing you opposed. there's a reason jamie spears was not welcome at the "free britney" rally. ( laughter ) ( applause ) it's not just... ( applause ) true story. not invited. >> jon: he wasn't there. >> stephen: wouldn't make sense. wouldn't make sense! it's not just that palmer voted against the bill. he's also a member of the conservative house freedom caucus, members of which are seeking to punish their 13 republican colleagues who joined democrats in voting for the infrastructure bill. so you finally got the thing you wanted, and now you're going to punish the people who gave it to you? that's like a kid on christmas saying, "yay, a bike! i'm so happy! okay, santa, now it's payback time! guh! speaking of lying blowhards, former president butternut berlusconi. thanks to jonathan karl's new
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book, we're learning new details about the run-up to january 6, especially the behavior of former first son-in-law and non-player character in a video game about wall street, jared kushner. when mike pence's aide marc short called kushner directly to ask him to maybe help keep the vice president from getting hanged, "kushner told short he had neither the time nor the interest, because he was working on middle east peace." oh, so that's why the middle east is fine now. according to karl, marc short was persistent, begging, "please, jared, can you talk to your father-in-law? this is getting dangerous. somebody's got to tell him that mike pence can't singlehandedly overturn the election." but "kushner simply took a step back and did nothing." it's just like john stewart mill famously said, "all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to depend on jared kushner." ( laughter ) ( applause )
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>> jon: that's exactly what we said. >> stephen: exactly. he was good. that guy was good. lately, the news has been kind of repetitive and somewhat depressing, so i've got to say-- and i hope this is never taken out of context-- thank you, qanon. ( laughter ) i'll update you on their latest unhinged whack-job hijinx in tonight's edition of "the q files: the truth is out there. way out there." ( laughter ) now if you watch the show, you know a few weeks ago, i told you the tale of a group of qanon followers who had gathered in dallas, texas, in anticipation of a big announcement from john f. kennedy jr. unfortunately, john f. kennedy, he was, shall we say, not able to attend. but the q-faithful believe john-john faked his own death, as did his father, and that's not the crazy part. the crazy part is two weeks later, hundreds of qanon
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believers are still in dallas waiting for j.f.k. to show up. oh, yeah, because if j.f.k. ever came back, he'd want to go straight to dallas. just like-- ( applause ) that's what-- you know... just like when lincoln comes back alive, he's going straight to broadway! ( laughter ) now, you'll notice there's some confusion as to which j.f.k. they're actually expecting. let me clear that up for you right now: i don't know. depending upon who you ask, everyone from princess diana to j.f.k. jr. were rumored to be appearing. you can read all about it in samuel beckett's classic play: "waiting for who ya got?" so why are they still waiting? untreated mental illness. but also, they're following michael brian protzman, a former demolition expert. i don't know why "former."
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did he accidentally left something un-blowed-up? protzman makes wild predictions using a bastardized version of the hebrew numerology system known as gematria. and i would describe protzman using a bastardized version of yiddish: schmuck. ( laughter ) ( applause ) originally-- ( applause ) schmuck! you putz. originally, protzman crunched the numbers and predicted j.f.k. was going to be resurrected on november 2nd. when neither of the johns f. kennedy showed up that day, protzman changed his prediction, because according to the julian calendar, monday was nov. 1, and so j.f.k. was actually going to reappear at midnight. don't you hate it when you and your friend are supposed to meet, but he's on the gregorian calendar and you're on the julian calendar? that's why i remember this simple rhyme: "30 days has september.
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you're an insane qanon member." ( laughter ) ( applause ) the rest have 31. >> jon: that's right. >> stephen: the rest have 31, except february. the reason the q-folks might be out of whack is they're missing the advice of one of their spiritual leaders: q-shaman and winner of america's next top fred flintstone, jacob chansley. not only did chansley commit the crime of looking like an idiot. he is one. ( laughter ) after failing to find mike pence in the capitol, he scrawled a note at the vice president's dais that read: "it's only a matter of time. justice is coming!" which, turns out, was a "note to self," because earlier today, q-shaman jacob chansley was sentenced to 41 months in prison. ( cheers and applause ) that's nearly three and a half years. so, with good behavior, he could be out in time to storm the
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capitol in 2024. now, the q-shaman's lawyer has blamed the former president for his client's crimes. and after sentencing, he told the press just what he would say to the ex-potus: >> i'd tell him, "you know what? you got a few (bleep) things to do, including clearing this (bleep) mess up and taking care of a lot of the jackasses that you (bleep) up because of january 6th. but my opinion doesn't mean (bleep). >> stephen: wow, i-- i like that guy. they should put him on tv, maybe as a tough-talkin' public defender on "law & order s.v.f.u." ( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight! my guests are adam driver and america ferrera. but when we come back, the superstars of w.w.e. answer just one question.
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( applause ) >> stephen: jon batiste and stay human, everybody. there you go.
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there it is. ( applause ) ( cheering ) jon. thank you very much. thank you all over there. hey, listen, jon, i have in my hands the hot little cards with the questions on them, not that i'll need them. the lovely and talented america ferrera will be out here in just a little bit. ( applause ) but first we're anything to have your friend, adam driver is going to be out here in just a moment. you all know each other back from the juilliard days. >> jon: a great friend of mine, yes, indeed. >> stephen: that's lovely. folks, all across the country, families are gathering together to celebrate this special time of year-- the w.w.e. "survivor series," happening this sunday here in new york. and i have so many questions, like "who will take home the title?" and "will someone get
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hit with a folding chair, or will they up the stakes and use a lay-z-boy?" and i'm not the only one with questions. i think everyone here at "the late show" would love to ask just one question of the biggest w.w.e. superstars, like randy orton, seth rollins, bianca belair, becky lynch, the street profits, big e, and the miz. so we let my staff do just that. this is "the late show's just one question: w.w.e. edition." ( cheers and applause ). ♪ ♪ ♪ >> what's your favorite part about being in w.w.e.? >> i get to beat girls up and lift them over my head and get paid while i do it. >> there's nothing quite like entering an arena and having 10,000 people chanting, "you suck." >> if you could fight anybody in the world, who would you pick? >> i would fire department george clooney.
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>> maybe cruela devill. >> this is going to blow everybody's mind. i think i would fight myself. >> hey, big e., do you think i can get as big as you? >> of course you can. it's mostly positivity and optimism. you're going to want at least 70 pounds of positivity! >> i've been watching a long time, and i've always wondered, why do they call it a ring when it's a square? >> that's a-- that's a good question. >> whoa! you just made me work up on the the most important muscle of all. the bicep. ( laughter ) >> what's the most painful hold you've ever experienced? >> right now. i've been on hold 45 minutes >> seth rollins, i heard that when you travel you always bring your championship belt with you on the plane? why? >> well, how else am i supposed to keep up my championship pants. >> my question is for street
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profits. i notice that you spell profit with an "f," like money. so do you have any financial advice for people? >> yeah, stop talking about bitcoin. >> yeah, just stop. just stop talking about it. >> randy orton, they call you the viper. is that because of your instincts? >> no. classic rave claw. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> what music gets you pumped up before a w.w.e. match? >> nah, i love heavy metal after a match, but before a match i only listen to bob dylan's christmas album. so weird. it makes me really angry. >> becky, this guy wants to know if it hurts to get hit by a steel chair. >> oh! >> oh, wow, i guess it does hurt. >> bianca belair, i love when you use your long braid to whip
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people, but i've always wondered-- is it real? >> not only is it real. it has a mind of its own. check it out. oops, there she is. there she is. there she is. oh, she likes you. oachment! >> hey, there. you working on any of your finishing moves? >> yeah, goit this new one called "the gut buster," where i serve them an entire thanksgiving meal and i wait for them to take a nap so i can pin them. i'm bringing all the fixin'. ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: thank you, w.w.e! "survivor series" streams live this sunday on peacock and "wrestlemania 38" tickets are on-sale now! we'll be right back with adam driver. ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause )
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( applause ) >> stephen: hey, welcome back, everybody! hot! it's hot in here. >> jon: oh, yeah, it's hot. it is, very hot today. >> stephen: welcome back, everybody. ladies and gentlemen, my first guest tonight is an actor you know from "black klansman," "marriage story," and "star wars." he now stars in "house of gucci."
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> who is making this stuff? who is allowing this to happen? >> they're pretty good. i'd buy them. .>> don't be such a cretin. >> don't call me a cretin, sweetie. >> that's not what i said. this is serious, and you're laughing it off. >> at least it's my name on the mugs, not yours. >> our name. sweetie. on junk. ( applause ) >> stephen: please welcome back to "the late show," adam driver! ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause )
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♪ ♪ ♪ ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: welcome back. >> thank you, thank you. >> stephen: nice to see you. >> good to see you again. >> stephen: first of all, thank you for dressing appropriately autumnal. i like it. >> thank you. >> stephen: it's seasonally appropriate. it's very p professorial at the same time. >> i feel it. >> stephen: in the new film, "house of gucci," you are the prime gucci. you are maurizio gucci. >> i think so. >> and lady gaga, plays your wife who is patrizia reggiani, right? who-- spoiler, it's not a spoiler, everybody knows-- plots your murder. >> sure. >> stephen: i'm not giving anything way, am i? >> no in life and the movie. >> stephen: here's a pic of
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the two of you on set. this made the rounds last year. it got people very excited about this film. there you are in st. moritz or something. where are you doing this famous thing? >> st. morit. we're in italy. yeah. >> stephen: so my question is, is it fun to play rich people? like, are the conditions for shooting nicer if you're playing a rich person, as opposed to, say, an average joe? >> oh, yeah. yeah, it's way better. >> stephen: yeah. you recommend it. >> well, in the shooting, the clothes are nicer, they feel better. but the conditions are pretty much not as glamorous as that picture is. it's-- it's okay-- yeah, it is. because then people come and they bring lamborghinis for you to drive. as opposed to, i don't know, what the other movies were. they're not lamborghinis. whether they're pintos or -- >> stephen: there has to be something between a lamborghini and a pinto. this is your second film in the last-- coming up this year that
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you shot with ridley scott. i'm curious, what is he like as a director? ths no rio between the duel-- it's called "the last dual." which the "house of gucci." what's the commonality between the way he directs? >> he has a very specific process where he really believes in momentum. and moral is a huge thing. and he trusts you, which you expect him to kind of come on with his resume and be like a-- you know, "i shot 'blead runner" and 'alien." if you want to do something he'll adapt. he'll pivot in a moment. .>> stephen: does he give you notes, and say, that's good. >> even his notes are very succinct. he doesn't waste time. >> stephen: "last duel" was shot in the countryside of france and this was shot in italy.
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are you choosing projects just based upon how good the fooled is where you go? >> completely. >> stephen: and if so, and you had to choose-- and you must choose because it's my show-- french food or italian food? >> oh, my god. >> stephen: no, you have to answer. you're sworn in. we swore him in back stage. we swear in all of our guests. >> i would have to say italian food ( applause ) thank god that was the right answer. during the weekends, i would take some trips to tuscany and eat there as much as i could and it was pretty incredible. >> stephen: are you the kind of person who can eat and not gain wait? and keep in mind if you say yes, everyone hates you. >> no. >> stephen: really. >> shock will, no. >> stephen: we have to take a quick break. stick around we'll be right back with more mr. adam driver, everybody. ( applause ) th, complete hiv treatment for adults who are undetectable.
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( applause ) >> stephen: hey, everybody, we're back with mr. adam driver. adam, last week was veterans day, and you were a marine over a decade ago. ( applause ) i want to get this name right. you cofounded arts and the armed forces. why did you want to bring theater to active-duty service members? >> well, i had just gotten out of the military, and i was interested in acting before i left for the marine corps.
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when you get out you kind of pursue the thing you were interested in-- at least i did-- before. because compared to the military it seems attainable, which is an illusion. i happen to have gone to school at juilliard with jon, actually. >> stephen: with jon right over there. yeah. ( applause ) >> that's where we met. and for the first time, we kind-- the connection of language and-- through theater, that had nothing to do with the military and the process of working on something is exactly like being in the military, actually. obviously, one-- you're pretending the stakes are life and death, and the other that they actually are. but the team effort of it, that you have a role and you know your role within your unit, and the person that's leading it is paramount, and if they know what they're doing, what you're doing feels active and relevant and necessary, and if they don't it feels like a waste of time and dangerous. and it's really not about the individual journey. it's about-- acknowledging other
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people and asking them questions about themselves. but working as a team in a unit, you know, and it kind of takes-- all to accomplish a mission that's bigger than any one person. and that's exactly what it's like, you know, being on a film set or a crew. everyone's battling technology and time, and there's improvisation under pressure. and people are there for you or they're not. >> stephen: you threw a benefit event right down the street here at roundabout, studio 54. >> we have done it a lot of times. >> stephen: there is fairly recently. there you are right there. and, look, a familiar face was there. there's jon playing at it. ( applause ) jon, how-- how was it? >> jon: i think it's such a beautiful idea to bring the arts to people outside of hollywood or the coastal elite cities, art circles, and things like that. particularly people who have risked their lives for our freedoms. so people in my family, going back four generations, have all
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served this country. so i just loved the idea. it was great to be there. ( applause ) >> jon did one of our first performances that we ever did, which was in camp pendleton, where i was stationed at. we initially started it,s it was a hard sell because you take-- you take theater out of a metropolitan area and suddenly it's a weapon. you know, when someone's performing it live it's more memorable and effective. but now, celebrity really breaks down barriers and opens doors for us in a sense. and it's really not for the higher-ups anyway. it's really for people that are all over the united states, or have joined the military for a green card, you know. and they're the grunts. they don't have access to theater,cha real it really is just as valuable a tool to communicate as a rifle. i think it can save your life. >> stephen: did it save yours? ( applause ). >> i think so.
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there's a-- there's not a lot of emphasis on articulating a feeling, and i saw in people they served with, when they couldn't-- when they couldn't say the thing, they'd get mad. you know, they'd have-- when you can't express a thought or a feeling or even though you ha have-- you have no tools to get it out, you can watch people self-destruct. and i think in watching something, even if it's not-- we specifically picked things that have nothing to do with the military because we're not telling the military what it's like to be in the telling, like through a tony kushner play, or august wilson, you know, play, suddenly you're watching something about, you know,-- you're watching fences and you're making a connection and your life, even though you have nothing-- no relationship to those people at all. their life is completely different than yours and as you feel in your audience, a collective intelligence starts happening in the room in theater with strangers. you know, people who have totally different experiencs and the way they're telling you
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about the play. and that's the thing about live performance that-- and theater that why not share that with the less than 1% of our country that's being asked to bear 100% for its safety, you know, because they won't get a play? you know? ( applause ) give them a rifle. but they-- sam sheppard is too confrontational, you know. >> stephen: i think one of the amazing things about human beings is we all have so many emotions. we're often so poorly trained to share them with each other, that we will go pay money to sit in a dark room and watch people on stage have them for us. there is some magical transformation that happens in us by witnessing the freedom that's happening on stage. >> right. >> stephen: and frees you in some way. >> and the dialogue is not-- literally, people start eath i an-- and t diversity of
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audience with the diversity of-- and specificity of a great story on stage, there's nothing more ancient than that, actually. >> stephen: and something that was very common at one time. >> oh, yeah. >> stephen: it's in our modern lives that theater is only in metropolitan areas. >> it goes to the greeks, urip disease, generals who wrote plays for an audience at war, so they would get together and sit and watch someone in their community and act what was just happening on the battle front. and know-- it's not a new idea. it's actually an ancient one. and actually, when i came back to new york, i saw, i went and saw a movie, i went and saw a gallery, and then i saw carolina at the roundabout. it doesn't get more archaic than this in a sense. we're people that we're pretending they don't see, and they're pretending they don't see us, and we're watching them
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advocate a life that we don't know if it's-- suddenly we're all reminded of our shared humanity, you know, in a way that also in movies i think can happen, which is what's dangerous about streaming, but i will leave that alone. ( laughter ) there's something powerful about getting in a dark room with strangers and sharing-- watching something collective, you know. >> stephen: i hope people are doing it in a dark room right now at home in their beds with strangers. ( laughter ) well, adam it was so great to have you here. >> sorry for monologuing. >> stephen: i love it. ( applause ) "house of gucci" is in theaters november 24. adam driver, everybody! we'll be right back with america ferrera. ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause )
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has just returned for its second season. please welcome back to "the late show," america ferrera! ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> stephen: hey. >> hi! >> stephen: it's so nice to see you again. >> it's so good to be back. >> stephen: we have not talked, you know, in front of a camera since 2018. >> i can't believe that. >> stephen: and thiness then, you have had a baby girl, luckia. congratulations. >> she's number two. she was born may 2020. >> stephen: all right, great. >> i was seven months pregnant when quarantine began. and she has a lot of 2020 energy. >> stephen: sure. >> she is fierce, and sort of
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unrelenting, and she bites occasionally. >> stephen: sure. it has-- i can't believe this, it's flown so fast, "ugly betty" premiered 15 years ago. ( applause ) >> that's crazy. >> stephen: you've changed a little. and what do you remember about getting that gig? how did you find out that you were going to be the lead? >> oh! >> stephen: on this show? >> i was-- i was 21. i was doing an off-broadway play. it was a two-day show. i was in between shows. i was going around the corner to get a pizza because that was what was cheap and i didn't have a lot of money, and i got the phone call while i was having a slice of pizza in between shows off broadway. it was, obviously, life changing on so many level s. >> stephen: when did you know the show was a hit? >> i mean, you kno w sound stage, like, 20 hours a
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day. >> stephen: you don't really have time. yo you don't have the concept of yeah, i guess people are watching this. 17 million people watched the premiere. what does that even mean? that's just a number. but i think the first time i realized what it means to be on television, like in people's living rooms all around the world, i was traveling, i was on a vaxz with my-- my now husband, then boyfriend, we were in italy, and we were going to morano, which is a tiny island where they blow colorful glass. and we were like this is so nice, we're getting away. and i was on this tiny island and this woman said, "ugly betty!" and i wasov a tiny island in italy and someone recognized me. and i thought i can't believe this. and, also, i'm going to have to buy some colored glass now, because she was such a fan, and she, like, you know, people think you're on tv and you have a lot of money. but everything she showed us was like a $20,000 boston terrier. and i was like, what-- so i left
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with this $600 menorah. and i'm not jewish! but, like, but -- >> stephen: i bet it's lovely. i bet it's lovely. >> but now menorah is my husband's code word for, like, eject. like, do not get-- like, do not get-- don't let this person upcell you! but i didn't want the 20,000 boston terrier, so i went for the menorah, and i gave it to my friend, sarah, who send me a lovely picture every hanukkah. >> stephen: that's lovely. it had a happy ending. >> yeah. >> stephen: you've been so politically active, you know, working to empower other latinos, and i'm just wondering, like, many people are politically active in-- in voting. how do you keep that going between the times when it's sort of in the public consciousness not as much? >> yeah, well i think those aret important to engage communities and engage people. because, look, i feel like i've
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had the experience of-- i could set my clock every two months before an election, you know. people think it's enough to, like, pull out "ugly betty" at a rally and be like buenos dias! go out and vote." like that's a winnie strategy, and it's not, shocker. and i think what i've learned being out there, registering people to vote, it's not about people's vote. it's about people's lives. and people understand when things are transactional and you're just there to get a vote a couple of months before a campaign. communities need sustained engagement. they need education. they need-- they need to deeply understand how their vote is tied to their lives, to their health insurance, to their education, to their-- to their neighborhoods. and i think it's the work we do in a nonelection year that determines what happens in an electionr. ap>> steen: yes.
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absolutely, right.ica feera, whu running for office? >> oh, god. why aren't you running for office? ( applause ) >> stephen: we'll run together. we'll run together. exactly. but come on, president america. >> it writes itself a little bit. >> stephen: it kind of does. it kind of does. >> stephen: your show "gentified" is back for season two. congratulations for that. that's always a very good feel. on "gentified" here directing and executive producing. so what is the show about and what can we expect this year? >> "gentified" is a dream come true for me as an executive producer and director. i directed eight episodes. the show is about the morales family in boyle heights, a small mexican american community in los angeles. and it's about this family and it's about their job and love and humor.
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season-- the end of season one, spoiler alert. go watch it-- is that pop, who we know and love who the whole family has been fighting to keep his taco shop open gets picked up by ice, and when his family learns that he is in fact undocumented. so season two is about him not knowing what his fate is going to be. and pop is played by the incomparable joaquin carcio. he's like our marlon brando. he's brilliant. and it's this story about humanizing the families and the lives and the people behind what most people know as headlines and statistics. but it's a comedy-drama, and it's hilarious and has style and will make you laugh and cry, and i-- for me, it's a dream come true. as someone who started in this industry 20 years ago and was asked to speak with more of an
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accent, and there weren't, you know, roles for someone like me when i began. and so to come full circle 20 years later to to get to create and executive produce and direct shows that create that opportunity for so many latinx talented creators is really a dream come true for me. ( applause ). >> stephen: well, congratulations on the second season. season two of "gentified" is on netflix now. america ferrera, everybody! we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ ( applause )
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