‘Inside Out’ Star Phyllis Smith Wants the Oscars to Start Recognizing Casting

     November 4, 2015


With Inside Out now available on DVD and Blu-ray, I went to San Francisco last month for the home release press junket. For those who somehow missed the worldwide hit, the film takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications of her emotions run the show.  When Riley is uprooted from her home in the Midwest so her father can take a new job in San Francisco, Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Joy (Amy Poehler) try to help her cope with the sudden change.

I got the chance to sit down with Phyllis Smith, and during our conversation, we  talked about her favorite part of the movie, how her past work as a casting director informed her approach to auditioning, and why its time for the Oscars to start acknowledging casting directors.  We also play the movie-themed version of “Would You Rather”.

Watch the full interview below. Inside Out is now available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.

Phyllis Smith

  • 0:27 – Her favorite part of the movie.
  • 1:25 – How working as a casting associate informed her approach to auditioning.
  • 2:36 – Her thoughts on how there’s no Oscar for Best Casting
  • 3:40 – Playing “Would You Rather?”


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