John Magaro On ‘Crisis In Six Scenes,’ Working… by Uinterview

John Magaro stars in Woody Allen‘s new Amazon series Crisis in Six Scenes alongside Miley Cyrus and Rachel Brosnahan.

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Magaro’s character Alan in Crisis in Six Scenes is staying with family friends Sidney and Kay Munsinger (Allen and Elaine May) while getting his MBA at Columbia University. Coming from a conservative family and preparing to settle down with his equally conservative girlfriend Ellie (Brosnahan), his world is turned upside down when the free-spirited Lennie (Cyrus) comes into the picture.

For Magaro, being directed by and acting alongside of Allen provided a “pinch me” moment on set.

“It was a dream come true. I mean, Woody has been an idol of mine for a long time, I’ve admired his work for years, it’s one of the reasons that I went into this profession,” Magaro told uInterview in an exclusive interview.

“He really trusts the people he hires, and what was the strangest thing. I was in this situation, very lucky that he’s also acting in it as well, and that hasn’t happened recently,” Magaro added. “One of my first scenes was with him and stepping into that room and seeing Woody do what he does so well was surreal. I rarely have to do this, but I had to pinch myself and just do what I had to do and rise to the occasion.”

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Magaro also has his fair share of scenes with Cyrus in Crisis in Six Scenes. After working with the current The Voice coach, Magaro has only positive things to say about her.

“She is fantastic, she’s such a hard worker,” said Magaro. “She just showed up everyday, worked so hard, gave it everything she could, and was a pleasure to be around. Such a sweet person, and such a talent, in many capacities – so talented in music, acting and you could go on. I had such a good time with her, and I think she had a good time on the set as well.”

As for their characters’ journeys in Crisis in Six Scenes, Magaro is more tightlipped.

“This is in the 60s and there’s a lot of turmoil and she is a young revolutionary who is on the run, and my character Alan becomes quickly enamored by her and her ideas, and the rest you’ll have to watch to figure out,” he said.

Crisis in Six Scenes can currently be streamed on Amazon.


Q: Who is your character in the series? -

Alan is a young man who comes from a very conservative family. He’s getting his MBA in business at Columbia in the 60s and staying with a friend of their family, which is Woody and Elaine. Their world — all of our worlds — are shaken up when Miley Cyrus’ character Lennie arrives and challenges our very traditional beliefs.

Q: What was it like working with Woody Allen? -

It was a dream come true. I mean, Woody has been an idol of mine for a long time, I’ve admired his work for years, it’s one of the reasons that I went into this profession. So, having the chance to work with him, I wasn’t gonna turn away from. Your nerves get going when you first step on that set, but as soon as we started playing the scenes he puts you at ease, he really trusts his actors, he moves quickly and makes the set a good environment. Yeah, it was amazing, really amazing.

Q: Did he give a lot of notes? -

He really trusts the people he hires, and what was the strangest thing. I was in this situation, very lucky that he’s also acting in it as well, and that hasn’t happened recently. In his most recent work he’s directing and writing, he’s not acting in it, but one of my first scenes was with him and stepping into that room and seeing Woody do what he does so well was surreal. I mean it was surreal. I rarely have to do this, but I had to pinch myself and just do what I had to do and rise to the occasion. But, his notes are very gentile and if he ever gives you one it’s very self-deprecating. He tends to blame himself if there’s a problem. He says, ‘You can take the note, but you don’t have to take the note.’ It’s really comfortable and really a lot of fun.

Q: What was it like working with Miley Cyrus? -

This is in the 60s and there’s a lot of turmoil and she is a young revolutionary who is on the run, and my character Alan becomes quickly enamored by her and her ideas, and the rest you’ll have to watch to figure out. But, she is fantastic, she’s such a hard worker. I think she had retired from acting; the youngest person ever to retire from acting. She said the only person who could bring her back was Woody and he did it. I believe he wrote the character for her and she just showed up everyday, worked so hard, gave it everything she could, and was a pleasure to be around. Such a sweet person, and such a talent, in many capacities – so talented in music, acting and you could go on. I had such a good time with her, and I think she had a good time on the set as well.