An Artful Expedition of Life and Culture with Finola Hughes
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Everybody uses everybody, don't they? This is one of my personal favorite lines from the movie Staying Alive with John Travolta and Finola Hughes, as it does tend to ring true in Hollywood. But I have always believed that Hollywood is also filled with kind and true artists, and Finola fits the bill. In this inspirational new podcast episode, I chat with Finola Hughes: acclaimed British actress, dancer, director, and executive producer.  Finola takes us back to her childhood and shares how her love for ballet eventually led her to some iconic roles in the London version of Cats and the movie Staying Alive. We get a sneak peek into her creative process and her undying love for storytelling. We also delve into the profound connection between performing and understanding the human condition, a subject that Finola holds close to her heart and teaches at USC.

We candidly discuss the pressures women face in Hollywood and the burgeoning potential of the current generation to challenge these norms. In a fascinating turn, we contrast the cultural differences between Europe and America and draw parallels with the Barbie movie and its underlying message of happiness. This episode is a thoughtful exploration of art, culture, and the human condition - a must listen for all!

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