what to see this weekend June 28 edition

Rainy days and hazy, hot and humid days have one thing in common--it's too miserable to be outside. The perfect place to take solace is inside a cold, dark movie theatre. Looking at the weather conditions for most of the U.S. this weekend, it looks like this is a good weekend to take in a movie.

Here's what's opening this weekend. Your choice--the girls vs. the guys.

"The Heat"
Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, rated R
Director Paul Feig

Who will enjoy this film: Fans of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy will get exactly what they expect from these two comic actresses who play an FBI agent (Bullock) and a Boston cop (McCarthy) partnered together to fight a drug kingpin. Sure, it's a classic buddy cop story but with the addition of a script from "Parks & Recreation"writer Katie Dipppold and director, Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids") the comedy is a fun way to spend 117 minutes with two funny women this weekend.

"White House Down"
Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, rated PG-13
Director Roland Emmerich

Who will enjoy this film: Director Roland Emmerich knows how to make a July 4th blockbuster. Just take a look at his 1996 film "Independence Day" starring Will Smith or "2012," or "The Day After Tomorrow." The guy knows how to make a motion picture about danger. This time around he directs Jamie Foxx as the President of the United States and Channing Tatum as a Washington D.C. policeman  who's in the right place at the right time to save the President from terrorist opposition. Sure, there's chases and explosions but there's also the buddy-buddy chemistry between Tatum and Foxx that just works.

Also playing: 

"I'm so Excited" (If you're feeling smart and cheeky, catch this sub-titled film by Pedro Almodovar)
"Monsters University" (It's hot. Kids are already bored. Take them to see this movie. Good dad.)
"World War Z" (Brad Pitt + zombies. That's all you need to know.)
"Man of Steel" (Superman. Period.)
"This is the End" (The end of the world with Rogen, Franco and Hill)
"Now You See Me" (You caught a illusion show in Vegas and now you're into magic)

{happy video} the cymbal fail kid who rules

You know that dream you have of turning up at school naked about to take a test? Or performing in a band in front of hundreds of people and your instrument breaks? It happened to this young man. His cymbal breaks but what happens next makes me believe in the amazing resilience of humans. (I wish I had had this poise when I dropped my full dinner tray in the cafeteria on the first day of college.)

The part you're looking for begins just after the 1:04 mark but why not just enjoy the brilliant music first?

Have a Happy Thursday!

{review} breville crispy crust pizza maker

Larry and I love pizza. We. Love. Pizza. In fact, we love pizza so much that one year for Larry's birthday I surprised him with a private Pizza & Calzone cooking class. We did learn the secrets to easy fail-proof pizza dough and sauce, and the pizza was very good but I've never been able to replicate that crispy restaurant-style crust, even with a pizza stone. 

Last week we were in Williams-Sonoma looking for juice glasses (we chose these) and we saw the new Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker. We love Breville products. Almost all of our small appliances are Breville because from the very first purchase (the juicer) the products have proved outstanding. We asked the associate about the product, especially the pre-heating time. Typically, we make pizza at least once (sometimes twice) a week and I pre-heat the pizza stone for two hours each time at 450 degrees. This is four hours of energy usage that also heats the kitchen, not ideal during summer. The tabletop Breville pizza maker (with pizza stone) pre-heats to 660 degrees in 30 minutes. 

Because we had already had the dough + the sauce perfected, we decided that this pizza maker could be just what we needed to turn out the restaurant style pizza crust we were looking for. We took a moment to scan the reviews online and encouraged, we bought the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker for  $149.95.

Last night we tried it for the first time. It was easy to set up, literally just removing the pizza maker from the box and turning it on. Earlier in the day I had removed my homemade dough from the freezer and while the pizza maker heated up I divided the dough in two and rolled the first ball out to 10 inches in diameter, medium thickness.

With the dough rolled out onto the slightly floured pizza peel, I prepared the sauce in less than 5 minutes. (Sauté minced garlic + olive oil + chopped tomato + basil). Next, I added the sauce to the dough and topped it with freshly shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Carefully, I opened the pizza maker (Be careful with this step! It will be HOT!) and using a spatula I slid the raw pizza on the hot pizza stone and closed the lid. I turned the dial to Medium thickness and set a timer to 7 minutes. 

Here is the before and after. 

Using a spatula, I easily slid the hot pizza onto a serving board. As we let it cool for a couple moments, I rolled out the second dough ball into a thin 10 inches and added the pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella and fresh basil. I slid it onto the pizza stone, set it to Thin crust and set a timer for 5 minutes. 

As the second pizza cooked, Larry and I sat down across from each other, ready to try what could be the perfect pizza. We each took a slice and took a bite. It. Was. Perfect. It was better than literally any pizza that we have ever had. This crispy, cheesy, spicy, hot pizza tasted like it was cooked in a brick oven in Napoli. It was incredible. We tried the second pizza, this time the thin crust pizza and it was just as good. The crust was crispy and the topping melted to perfection. Both pizzas could not have turned out better.  We were hooked. The Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker was absolutely a hit. 

                 Thin crust Margherita pizza made with our new Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker


The Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker earns our highest marks. This is a product that turned out restaurant style pizza quickly and cost efficiently. It is an investment at $149.95 but we did a cost analysis and the pizza maker will pay for itself in less than 6 months. Here is the cost breakdown: 

Average pizza delivery: $15 (pepperoni delivered)
Average pizza night out: $28 (pepperoni pizza + drinks)
Average Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker pizza: $2.70  (dough + sauce + cheese + pepperoni)

Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker Pros:
  • You control what's in the pizza, using more or less cheese, pepperoni etc. You can make an extra cheesy meat lover's pizza or a healthy pizza using whole wheat dough, veggies and no cheese.
  • You will save a significant amount of money (over time) versus delivery
  • You can have pizza 24/7
  • You can make homemade pizza in less time than you can cook a frozen pizza
  • You can make everyone in your home individual pizzas
  • Your house smells amazing
  • Clean up is minimal
Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker Cons:
  • The machine is bulky, about the size of a crockpot. It will take up considerable space in a cabinet.
  • It is very hot! Take care when opening the pizza maker. If you have small children around, keep them away from this appliance. It is HOT!
  • The initial investment is steep

We love this product and suggest giving it a try! Enjoy!

the happygirl guide to. . .homemade pizza dough & pizza sauce

Best Homemade Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cup warm water (110 F - 115 F)
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1/1/2 envelopes)
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons salt

Brush large bowl with oil. Mix warm water and honey in stand mixer with a dough hook. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to dissolve. Let stand until mixture bubbles, about 5-10 minutes. Add flour, 4 1/2 tablespoons of oil and salt. Turn the mixer on low speed and let mix. Once mixed together, turn up the speed to meium-low and let knead for about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to prepared bowl, turning to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap (or towel). Let dough rise in a warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Divide dough into 8 equal portions; roll each into ball. I like to freeze these so we always have dough on hand. To freeze, add a small amount of oil to a quart size freezer bag and add one dough ball. Roll out air and seal bag. Add all the zipped bags into one larger freezer bag and freeze. To use, remove from freezer several hours prior to cooking. When thawed, roll out as you would with fresh dough.

*I use 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of Caputo 00 flour (found at Italian specialty shops). This is the secret that many gourmet pizza restaurants use to get that perfect texture for their crust

Best Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons minced fresh basil (or 3 fresh leaves)
2 cloves garlic minced
salt to taste

Heat pan to medium heat. Add olive oil and garlic. Saute for one minute. Toss in the basil on top of the garlic. Add tomatoes. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

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{happy videos} piano stairs just make life more fun

I can be lazy.

I see a parking space directly in front of a store and I get giddy. It's like I won the soft stuffed koala in the claw machine. When I face the choice of an escalator vs. stairs, I have to actually force myself to take the stairs. Life is just made up of one good choice after another (or bad, I guess too.)

The cool folks in Stockholm decided to make this choice easier. To encourage people to add more activity into their lives, one day they installed piano stairs in the Odenplan Metro station. Given the choice of standing on a boring escalator or playing a little tune, what would you do? That's right, you'd choose the music. Watch and get your happy on. (I love grandma at 1:26 who is having her own little moment.)

Genius!  I wish they would install these everywhere. Imagine how much happier taking the subway would be?!

happy summer music 1: quadron's sea salt

The moment: It's around 7pm. The sky is pink, melting into an azure sea. You spent the day together in the water diving, swimming, happily exhausted. You've taken a cool shower and changed into breezy white linen that just skims over your warm skin. You're walking over to enjoy dinner al fresco hand in hand with your love when you hear this song coming from the windows of a grey shingled beach house. It's groovy, melodic, happy. It's going to be a good good night.

Take a listen.

the happygirl guide to national flip flop day

Today is the first official day of summer and the day that you can wear flip flops willy nilly. It seems in the summer no one will bat an eye if you wear these breezy shoes to to church, a wedding or even work (depending on where you work. When I worked at Microsoft, flip flops were worn all year-long.)

While not every flip flop design will work in every situation, here's a guide to what works and where.

for when you want to roll old school

Sometimes you just need to throw on a pair of flip flops to fetch an espresso or take the dog for a stroll. These Havianas are simple and comfortable. You can never go wrong owning a pair of these classics. ($26, Athleta)

for a busy Saturday of errands 
(the farmer's market & 
brunch with your sister)

With a platform footbed, these Fleur FitFlops will still feel comfortable later in the afternoon after you've walked around the city.  ($100, Zappos.)

for a beach wedding 
(bride or guest)

Beach weddings are of the loveliest things about the summer. However, it's always a question of what to wear for shoes. These Highlighters by TKEES are the perfect mix of dressy and simple for a nuptial event. ($49.95, Nordstrom)

for when you're feeling preppy

When I was 14 years-old my family went to Nantucket of the first time. It was on the wharf that I bought my first rope bracelet and from then on I was hooked to the preppy lifestyle. These Tuckerfish flip-flops by Sperry will make you want to wear a long sleeve pink oxford (cuffs rolled, of course) and pale green shorts. Bonus: they're adorable and comfortable. ($49.95, Nordstrom)

for the guys

These North Face Base Camp flip-flops have a secure footing (due to the rubber outsole) but also offer comfort from the eggcrate footbed. They're also stylish and can handle whatever outdoor activity you can throw at them. Bonus-- they dry quickly when wet. ($30, Zappos)

{design} happy things: paper lanterns

When I was in college, my roommate Bonnie and I shared a dorm room that looked like peach sorbet. We had matching fluffy, pale peach down comforters, peach/sepia toned art and we drank Bartles & Jaymes peach wine coolers. The only exception to all the peachness was a huge, round, delicate white paper lantern that hung from our ceiling. We felt very adult and a little Bohemian in what was otherwise a laced up tight Catholic college. 

I was reminded of this, this past weekend at my sister-in-law's in Rhode Island. On a perfect sunny June day we decorated for her Happy Summer party. This included hanging a dozen colorful paper lanterns from the trees. With my three nieces we pondered just the perfect limbs to tie the lanterns to. Along with a hand painted wooden sign directing people to the backyard games, the effect was simple and sweet as the lanterns moved with the breeze. 

Later that night as the sun set and the firepit was lit, the lanterns subtle movement in the trees just added a magical vibe to what was becoming a balmy unforgettable evening.

Available almost everywhere, including Oriental Trading Company, paper lanterns (both lit and not) provide a huge design impact for a small investment. (OTC has a set of a dozen for $15.)  

Here's to summer starting tomorrow and many happy days in the sun!

{video} the accidental flash mobber

Sure, flash mobs can be confusing for the people who are not in on it. Sometimes, however, it's a magical surprise and you just want to dance. Watch this video about a flash mob that took place at the College of DuPage. Keep your eye on the guy on the right side of your screen wearing a gray t-shirst and glasses. He just wants to dance and dance he does, perhaps a little mystified as to why everyone else seems to know these moves.

I love people who just want a little happy in their lives.

{the interview} nathan fillion & clark gregg "much ado about nothing"

Recently I met with actors Nathan Fillion ("Firefly," "Castle") and Clark Gregg ("The Avengers," "Iron Man") to talk about their new film "Much Ado About Nothing." Directed by Joss Whedon ("Avengers," "Firefly"), this Shakespeare adaption shot in twelve days at Joss's home and features an outstanding cast including Nathan Fillion stars as Dogberry, the comic constable and Clark Gregg as Leonato, the Governor of Messina.

Fillion and Gregg have an easy rapport as they talk about Joss's infamous Shakespeare brunches, "Firefly," Twitter, their  favorite music and five happy things. 

"Much Ado About Nothing" (PG-13, 107 minutes) releases across the U.S. this month. 

About “Much Ado About Nothing”

Q: So, we heard about Joss Whedon's legendary Shakespeare brunches. How does that work? You get a call "Let's have some French Toast, let's read a little Shakespeare. . ."

Nathan Fillion:  It's an email that says "We're doing it again. Who can make it?" and then everybody starts replying all and you get to read everyone's smart comments. From that we get a cast list and this is the play we are doing, this is the version we are doing. These two characters are going to be one character, this one character is going to be a girl instead of a guy. Brunch starts at 11. . ."

Clark Gregg: Don't tell Clark. 

Nathan Fillion: Right. Don't tell Clark. (laughs)

Clark Gregg: I hadn't met any of them yet. I was never at a Shakespeare brunch. It sounds so damn fun. It kills me every time I heard about them. What was served?

Nathan Fillion: It was like a proper brunch. 

Clark Gregg: I knew it!

Nathan Fillion: Mimosas, cheeses, fruits. . .

Clark Gregg: Were there Eggs Benedict? 

Nathan Fillion: YES!

Clark Gregg: Probably not Eggs Beatrice?

Nathan Fillion: No. 

Clark Gregg: That would have been weird. 

Nathan Fillion: Had you been there. . .

Clark Gregg: If I would have been invited. You always get right to my bitter side when you talk about the Shakespeare brunches. I went to a Moliere brunch with Michael Bay. 

Nathan Fillion: (laughs)

Clark Gregg: I didn't. (sighs) I wasn't invited to that either. Paul Thomas Anderson does a Chekov lunch. No, he doesn't. If he does I wasn't invited to that either. 

Q: If Joss decided to do another Shakespeare film adaption, what do you hope it would be and what part would you hope to play?

Clark Gregg: Would there be brunch involved? I would want there to be tater tots. I'll be honest. I would like to see the envelope pushed. I would like to do "The Taming of the Shrew." I would like to be Kate. I know who I would like to be Petruchio. (looks at Nathan) My man! (laughs) It would be kind of a thing about marriage equality. 

Nathan Fillion: I would like to do "Hamlet" and I would like to play my own double. I would like to play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. 

Clark Gregg:  That's the winner. 

 – © – Image courtesy gettyimages.com

Q: The Shakespeare brunches. Is that how this whole movie began?

Nathan Fillion: Joss would say “We should film one of these. I really want to film one of these. “ Then he was taken away on a project. I’m trying to remember the name. It’s about getting revenge, it starts with an A. “The Avengers”! That’s the one! He had two weeks vacation, enough time to film a twelve day thing at his house and he had met some nice talented actors while doing “The Avengers.”

Clark Gregg: An opening came up in the cast. I was free and two days later there I was trying to remember the lines. I thought “This is crazy. You can’t shoot a Shakespeare film in black & white with a couple digital cameras in twelve days in your house. I hope no one sees this or else it will be on YouTube maybe.” Then I started to see what was going on and I thought “They know what they’re doing. These people really know what they are doing.”

It became something really kind of magical and fun and I am really excited an happy that it is getting attention and getting seen by people. It is really amazing, I have to say, what Joss is able to pull off. It doesn’t look like it was done in twelve days. It looks like a lot of money was spent and done in the normal amount of time. There is a lot of nuance and he has brought a whole take to the story and people come in and do a turn as if they have done Shakespearean comedy their whole lives.

Q:  You two are so good together. Did you just automatically fall into this easy banter?

Clark Gregg:  This is why I want him to be my Petruchio. (laughs)

Nathan Fillion: Let me tell you, for me, the secret to success if riding on other people’s coattails. Much like my experience with “Much Ado About Nothing.” These guys had already been filming it. I swept in on a weekend.

Clark Gregg: We had been filming it for one day. (laughs)

Nathan Fillion: There you go. I came in going “What’s going on here?” and I got swept up in this tide of talent thinking “I don’t know what I am doing. Please God, let me get my lines out and not forget anything.” It was the scene in the front yard. . .

Clark Gregg: This is the kind of sentence you often hear from the guy who then puts the movie in his backpack and then walks away with it.

Nathan Fillion: (laughs)

Q: There was booze in just about every scene of this movie.  How much drinking was going on?

Nathan Fillion: I didn’t attend the party at the end.

Clark Gregg: He was working a lot. This guy heroically worked a long week on his hugely successful television show (“Castle”)  and then would show up on the weekend and do Shakespeare. There were parties that went on after wrap. Shakespeare is a little too hard. No one was really dipping into the supplies. They call it the martini shot for a reason.

Nathan Fillion: Though there was a party scene where Joss invited a bunch of friends to actually be the background in the scene.

Clark Gregg: Those people were hammered.

Nathan Fillion: Those people got ripped. Not knowing that this party is going to go until all hours so while our cast was hard working they were tired and pushing to go home.

Clark Gregg: Oh, they were loaded. By the time we stopped I saw a guy throwing up in iambic pentameter.

Nathan Fillion: (roars laughing) Thanks for coming!

 – © – Image courtesy gettyimages.com

About “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Q: Clark, how will  "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." TV universe fit into "The Avengers" universe?

Clark Gregg: This will be a short answer because I don't know much. The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" pilot takes place after "The Avengers." It's a show about people who don't have superpowers dealing with a world that suddenly has them. Everyone wants them and everyone who do are not very nice. 

Nathan Fillion: (looks over at Clark) Good answer.

About “Firefly”

Q: Will there be more “Firefly”?

Nathan Fillion: If there was going to be more “Firefly” this is probably not the arena where you’d find out. There would probably be some kind of announcement. You heard it here first!

Clark Gregg:  Would you do any if there were?

Nathan Fillion:  I know nine people who would do it. We would love that though. It would be great but everyone’s pretty busy right now, pretty employable and doing their thing. Not the least of which—Joss.

Clark Gregg: Yeah, Joss is a little busy.

About Video Games

Q: Nathan, you're into video games. How different is voicing a video game like "Halo" as opposed to acting in a film?

Clark Gregg: Did you do a voice in "Halo"?

Nathan Fillion: Yeah. The company that does it is Bungie and they are here in Seattle.

Clark Gregg: Did you come up here to work on it?

Nathan Fillion: No, they were kind enough to come to LA for me to do my voice stuff. I was just there. Bungee sold “Halo” off to Microsoft and now they are starting a new game called Destiny and I just went to visit their new offices.

Clark Gregg: I hear Destiny is amazing.

Nathan Fillion: (smiling) Oh yeah, it is! Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Clark Gregg:  Do you have a role in Destiny?

Nathan Fillion:  I don’t but let me put it this way. I know some guys so. . .

Clark Gregg: You might end up with a role.

Nathan Fillion:  I know some guys.

Clark Gregg: Skipper, if you need a Gilligan in Destiny, I’m just saying. . .

Q: Clark, do you game?

Clark Gregg:  I do game. It sounds weird but I do game, yes. I like Call of Duty. . .

Nathan Fillion: I’m there too.

Clark Gregg: That is one I play obsessively. My wife is like “What are doing? Are you going in to play a mission?””

Nathan Fillion: Do you go online to play?

Clark Gregg: I have. You have never seen anyone get killed quicker. I get whacked.

Q: Do you play as Michael Rooker?

Nathan Fillion: When you play online you don’t play as a character.

Nathan Fillion: I do an excellent Michael Rooker. (Nathan was in “Slither” with Rooker.) You pretend like you smoked like ten packs of cigarettes and you went to some concert the night before. (imitating Rooker) “And now you’re Michael Rooker. I love being on “The Walking Dead.””

Q: What’s your perfect gaming night?

Nathan Fillion: I come from work. On my way home from work I have a multitext from everybody that I play with. I say I have one hour and I will be home in 25 minutes. I get home. I make a little snack. Sit down in front of the TV, put on my thing, people start jumping online and we play for about one hour. Then I turn it off. Just press the button boom.  I’m visiting with all my friends chatting and laughing, catching up on what we’re doing.

Clark Gregg: Can they be on your team?

Nathan Fillion: Yes.

Clark Gregg: See that is the part. I go in there by myself and some 15 year-old blows my head off before I even realized I had been materialized in that world.

Nathan Fillion: Dying amongst friends is an easy way to die.

Clark Gregg:  I would like that. I would like to have your back (looks at Nathan).

Nathan Fillion: When you die I’ll go “Nooooooooo!” Yeah, then you turn off the machine. Everyone’s gone, you go to bed and no one drank your beer.  Your perfect gaming night?

Clark Gregg: My perfect gaming night? I am just realizing I have never come close to a perfect gaming night. I kind of saunter in there stressed out thinking I should be going to sleep because I have to wake up early and I think I need to take out some of these frustrations on a horde of faceless synthetic enemies and before I know it I have hit restart  45 times and it’s 2am in the morning and I am blood soaked.

Q: You’re in a house full of girls. You need that Testosterone.

Clark Gregg: That’s true I do.

About Future Projects

Q: What else do we have to look forward to for you both?

Nathan Fillion:  I have another movie coming out this summer.

Clark Gregg:  Do tell.

Nathan Fillion: It’s a little movie by a company called Pixar. If you’ve heard of it. . .

Clark Gregg: Yes, I have.

Nathan Fillion:  They’re doing a prequel to “Monsters Inc.” called “Monsters University”  and it winds up being an 80’s frat movie with the cool frat versus the nerd frat and I am the president of the cool frat. I’m a jerk.

Clark Gregg: You’re a jerk?! How’s your mom about that with the nice boy that she raised?

Nathan Fillion:  Awesome. She loves it.

Clark Gregg: I’m coming out with this film “Much Ado. . .” and a film called “The To Do List” with Aubrey Plaza and Andy Samberg and Bill Hader written and directed by Bill’s wife Maggie Carey who is a really funny writer/director. It’s a very funny raunchy summer coming of age movie from the point view of a woman, a very high achieving high school Valedictorian who realizes that the one part of her education that she ignored was her sexual to-do list.

Nathan Fillion: (laughs)

Clark Gregg:  It was originally called “The Hand Job” but for some reason they changed the title. I did another movie called “Labor Day” for Jason Reitman with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. I think that’s coming out late in the fall.

About The Five Happy Things

Q:  What are 5 things that make you happy? Off the top of your head, quick.

Nathan Fillion: (looks at Clark) We’ll alternate. I’ll go first. Grilled meat.

Clark Gregg:  Really good sushi.

Nathan Fillion: Sunshine.

Clark Gregg: Early Stevie Wonder.

Nathan Fillion: Calm azure blue tropical water where you can see the bottom?

Clark Gregg: Azure? OK, now I have to come up with something with a really good color. Um, I’m going to have to say my daughter’s freckles.

Nathan Fillion: Nice.  Nice. Scuba trips with my brother.

Clark Gregg: Coconut anything.

Nathan Fillion: Christmas with my family in a tropical location so there’s no snow.

Clark Gregg: Christmas with Nathan’s family. (laughs)

Nathan Fillion:  It’s weird that that’s on both of our lists. (laughs)

Clark Gregg:  It would have been weirder if my answer was first. (laughs)

About Twitter

Q: Let’s talk Twitter. Clark, your description says “Actor, writer, lover of the dance.” Would that be your wife’s dance?

Clark Gregg:  There is no dance that I am a bigger lover of than my wife’s dance. (Clark is married to actor Jennifer Grey who starred as Baby in “Dirty Dancing.) Like a lot of things, it’s dangerous for me to be on Twitter. It allows me to pop on every once in a while and not censor myself. That just popped out. I thought “Hunh, I wouldn’t have thought of myself that way but apparently someone inside there does.”

Q: Nathan, your Twitter description says “ It doesn’t cost anything to say something kind.” Where did that come from?

Nathan Fillion: My mom used to say that a lot. Then I wrapped it up with “. . .Even less to shut up all together.”

About Music

Q: What are you listening to lately?

Clark Gregg: Frank Ocean, the first record, the mixed tape record. Maybe it’s called “Novacane.” I’m not sure. It’s CRUSHING me right now. It’s one of the most brilliant things I’ve ever heard.  That and Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke collaboration with Flea, my favorite bassist.

Nathan Fillion: If I could recommend anything to you it would be. . .It’s an old album. I saw this performed in concert a number of times and it was just magical, at the Troubador. His name is Martin Sexton and the album would be “Black Sheep” which is the best song on the album. He sings like an old black man but he kind of a roly poly white guy. I really like him.

Clark Gregg:  I have also been listening to Siddhartha. It’s really interesting. Kind of jazzy rock. Very interesting and complex.

Q: Is there a song that never fails to put you in a good mood?

Nathan Fillion: “Run Run Away. I can’t remember who does it.” (Nathan starts singing it and looks it up on his mobile device.) Slade, an English rock band."

Nathan and Clark wrap up the interview offering to take a photo. Great guys.

Catch "Much Ado About Nothing" playing now in a theatre near you.