Participants Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show with Bob and Dave, Breaking Bad), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Missi Pyle (Dodgeball, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite) got attendees in touch with Hollywood reality, if there is such a thing.
What was your first paid acting experience?
Mark Hamill: My first job was on the Bill Cosby show — the first one when he played a coach; mostly though I just worked with his stand-in.
Missi Pyle: I can’t believe I’m sitting next to Mark-frigging-Hamill. Well, the first show I got paid for was a summer stock musical about young Abraham Lincoln. I played two roles. If you’ve got 35 minutes I can sing the whole score for you.
Julie Bowen: My first job was a training video for Lady Footlocker showing employees how to use the new shirt folding machine. It was really exciting. We got to go into the mall after it was closed.
When did you know that you were famous?
Michael Jai White: I forget I’m famous. I go the market in the 'hood and I see a bunch of guys staring and pointing at me and I go, “What the hell you looking at?” And then they say, "Aren’t you that guy in that movie?” Then I have to say, "It’s cool."
Mark Hamill: Carrie and Harrison and I were arriving by plane in Chicago and I looked out in the lobby and there were all these people standing around. I said, “Look, there must be somebody famous arriving.” Then I saw a girl dressed like Princess Leia. It all happened so fast, none of us were ready.
Bob Odenkirk: People who know me from Breaking Bad don’t know me from anything else. I forget I’ve been on anything ever. When someone does recognize me I really know they are a true fan.