Jacob Trussell

Jacob Trussell is a writer based in New York City. His editorial work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Rue Morgue Magazine, Film School Rejects, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the author of 'The Binge Watcher's Guide to The Twilight Zone' (Riverdale Avenue Books). He is available to host your next spooky public access show. Find him on Twitter here: @JE_TRUSSELL (He/Him)
Awkwafina In The Farewell

Awkwafina Defied Typecasting in ‘The Farewell’

By Jacob Trussell 

The comic rapper turned actress broke our hearts with her quietly effective dramatic debut in Lulu Wang’s 2019 film.

Jennifer Lopez Selena

The Experiences that Helped Jennifer Lopez Become ‘Selena’

By Jacob Trussell 

Between access to her family and a fateful press tour, Lopez was given a unique look into the late singer’s life.

Lauren Ambrose In Servant

We Need to Talk About Lauren Ambrose in ‘Servant’

By Jacob Trussell 

It’s never been more fun watching someone spiral out of control like Dorothy Turner does in M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV+ series.

Denzel Washington Malcolm X

No Other Actor Can Do What Denzel Washington Does in ‘Malcolm X’

By Jacob Trussell 

Washington’s triumphant performance in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic is a perfect representation of the tightrope actors must walk when playing an iconic figure.

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs

The Self-Reflection of Jodie Foster in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

By Jacob Trussell 

Foster’s own experiences dealing with the psychopathic obsessions of men helped her craft a psychologically stunning performance as Clarice Starling.

Willem Dafoe In Shadow Of The Vampire

Willem Dafoe Skewers Method Acting in ‘Shadow of the Vampire’

By Jacob Trussell 

Portraying a fictionalized version of ‘Nosferatu’ star Max Schreck, Dafoe uses his expressive talents to let us laugh at the ridiculous antics of overly committed actors.

Nicolas Cage In Leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage is So Good in ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ It’s Scary

By Jacob Trussell 

We unlock the reasons why Cage’s Academy Award winning performance is as stunning as it is deeply uncomfortable.

Brad Pitt In Monkeys

’12 Monkeys’ was Brad Pitt’s Career-Defining Performance

By Jacob Trussell 

It only took one frenzied role for the world to recognize he wasn’t just a pretty face; he was a bonafide character actor.

Whoopi Goldberg In The Color Purple

No One Made a Better Film Debut than Whoopi Goldberg in ‘The Color Purple’

By Jacob Trussell 

Legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen gave Goldberg the tools she needed to create her revelatory performance.