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Nerdist Podcast: Mira Sorvino
Episode 570: Nerdist Podcast
Mira Sorvino
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Nerdist Podcast: Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino, in her first podcast appearance, talks to Chris about being a real nerd in high school (and even harassed by a D&D player), winning an Oscar, coming up with her character in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, living in China in college, the importance of family in her life, and her new show Intruders, on BBC America!

Chris and Mira talk about their mutual friend Champagne Joy in the podcast; follow and encourage Champagne at @champagne_joy.

Follow @MiraSorvino on Twitter and watch Intruders on BBC America, Saturdays at 10pm!

Photo Credit: BBC Amercia

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  1. RC says:

    Great episode. Enjoyed it a lot. Always liked Mira Sorvino. I was happy to learn that she seems to be as pleasant as I had always imagined her. Better even.

  2. Carlos Perez says:

    This woman needs a podcast. NOW! Please make it happen. Her nerdy goodness should be shared with the world. Please!

  3. objectivecyd says:

    Favorite part? Mira talking about the various languages she is fluent in. Currently learning Welsh and I’m looking forward to the day that I know it well enough to dream in it.

  4. Ross says:

    The cranking out kids as soon as possible, Chris, isn’t “an Italian thing”–it’s a Catholic thing. We used to refer to families with pushing-a-dozen kids as “going for that Good Conduct medal from the Pope”. Except for one clan of 13 kids my siblings and I all went to school with–they were “The Few. The Proud. The Malines.”
    Another great conversation, with a remarkable and stunning woman. I will admit, though, that whenever I see her work, or hear her speaking in an interview, I have to fight the urge to giggle, because my brain immediately calls up her blaring, high-pitched drone from “Mighty Aphrodite”(the restaurant scene, where Woody Allen looks like he wants to hide under the table when, at the top of her lungs, her character is describing the big epiphany she had about life while doing a spit-roast scene in a porn movie–makes me laugh out of the blue regularly).
    That regional dialect problem happens all over; my experience in both Germany/Austria and Italy is that, when you point out the differences, your local speaker will say the same thing: “Oh, Venetians(or Saxons, or Prussians, or Romans, etc.)–they’re not _real_ Italians/Germans…”

  5. manfulloftrouble says:

    So we’re just not going to acknowledge the Matt Mira/Mira Sorvino thing? 

  6. Chris says:

    I think this was a great interview! I dig the podcast so I’ll always listen. Honestly, I’d rather have “B list” actors but I won’t complain either way. The quality is always there. Each episode has something to offer.

  7. BassBone says:

    FYI, someone fluent in multiple languages is a polyglot. A polymath is someone versed in multiple academic disciplines.

  8. polisciguy29 says:

    Only a handful of “holy shit” people in my world. This is one. Beautiful person on a number of levels. 

  9. gonzlobo says:

    The interview was great because LaughTrack was muted. God, that guy bugs.

  10. ericmci says:

    Back in the day – the Nerdist podcast had more – eclectic guests.  More hostfuls. Science- tech people- weirdos- artists.  Now it’s definitely more B level celebs with projects to promote.  I appreciate that it’s still a conversational style show.  I appreciate that but I find myself gravitating to the earwolf podcasts far more these.And before anyone says it- I get it- it’s a ‘free’ podcast.But I wanted to voice my opinion, I doubt I am alone in it.

    • Andy Ellis says:

      Yeah, but Jonah and Matt can’t put everything on hold for the podcast, especially as Jonah’s getting more acting roles. And I don’t think Mira and Michael Sheen are B-list talent or Tom Cruise. And the more popular this podcasts gets the more people are going to want to get on it, and that excites me. Yes, they promote their projects, but they don’t spend the entire time talking about it. The podcast is just evolving, but I do love that he’s including Kyle more. Maybe Katie is next.

      • Martin Kilgoe says:

        Anybody who had actually <<listened>> to this interview would have known that it ranged much more widely than some PR fluff piece.

        • ericmci says:

          I did in fact listen.  Maybe b list wasnt exactly what I meant.  But the podcast is Heay on actors now.  Its so funny how people feel the need to white knight here.  I just gave a personal opinion.  I labeled it as such even.  But the fact is the depth and varitey of guests other than actors is lacking lately.  Chris has said before that it used to be a format in which he met an interesing person and just invited them on to talk about what they do.  Now the show has “bookers” and it is owned by a movie studio in Legendary.  Now- mostly actors.  And hey- HEY I am not saying that is inherently bad- it Can still be a good episode, but to me I would like to see more guests who makes a living at something other than acting for the increase in variety that goes with that.

        • A says:

          The concept of “white knighting” isn’t meant to defend any stupid thing you say with respect to a woman. If you say something ignorant, you get called out. The fact that you jumped to “white knight” as a reason for the pushback says a lot about your issues.

    • David H says:

      Did you actually listen to the podcast before coming up with that commentary, or just look at the photo of the guest?

  11. Todd Mason says:

    This interview simply extends my appreciation for Sorvino’s work and existence as a person. And I can certainly sympathize with the language scramble, having studied Japanese, Mandarin and Italian together in college after six grades-worth of Spanish, and the strong desire to say “chiave” when I mean “llave” or even “finito” when I mean “terminando” persists…

  12. Scott B. says:

    Fantastic talk!! This confirms every great thing I loved about Mira, her intelligence, her modes, her compassion!! She’s doing meaningful things with her life, from raising a family to raising money to fight cancer to trying to stop human trafficking!! My best crush ever!!

  13. Andy Ellis says:

    Is it possible to get Mira’s friend (Champaigne?) on the podcast? It seems like she’d be really fascinating.