Ryan Phillippe opens up about ‘Lady of the Manor’ comedy, digital age and success

Ryan Phillippe as Tanner Wadsworth in the comedy “Lady of the Manor”. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

World famous actor Ryan Phillippe chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about the comedy film “Lady of the Manor”, written and directed by brothers Justin and Christian Long, and released via Lionsgate. He also shared the best advice he has ever been given and explained what it is like to be an actor in the digital age.

American track and field legend Steve Prefontaine once said, “Giving something less than your best is sacrificing the gift. Actor Ryan Phillippe is an individual who embodies this quote in all aspects of his life.

The synopsis for “Lady of the Manor” reads as follows: Past and present collide in this supernaturally funny buddy comedy when ripper Hannah (Melanie Lynskey) is hired to play Southern Belle Lady Wadsworth (Judy Greer). died in 1875, while visiting the historic Wadsworth Manor estate.

Hannah, who is a hot mess, thinks she can fake it until Lady Wadsworth’s ghost appears! Lady Wadsworth tells Hannah it’s time to change her wild ways or she will haunt her until she does.

Work with filmmakers Justin and Christian Long

Phillippe stars as Tanner Wadsworth in the film, and he’s talked a lot about his collaboration with filmmakers Justin and Christian Long. “It was a great time,” he admitted. “I have known Justin Long for many years and we have grown together in this industry. We’ve always been friendly and he told me he and Christian would be co-directing a comedy and they asked me to take a look.

“I read the script and laughed the whole time, and I think it’s still the best test,” he added. “With this character, I saw the opportunity to have a lot of fun and play something so different from me. I immediately had all these ideas about how he would look and wanted to wear a lot of pastels and colors. bright colors.

“It was the last pre-COVID project any of us did,” he said. “It was a good group of people. This is the best you can ask for: having a good time with the people you love.

The film is in select theaters, on-demand and digital starting today, September 17.

“Lady of the Manor” got a favorable review from Digital Journal, and rightly so.

The digital age

As an actor in the digital age, Phillippe said, “It has definitely fundamentally changed everything. Every industry goes through these transitions and evolutions, so you need to navigate your way. There are elements of if that are frustrating. I liked it when everyone was watching the same thing at the same time, and it was a collective experience in society, and it kind of got lost.

“Now people can binge on an entire series in a weekend, or someone can not see it for a year,” he said. “It’s just the way we consume entertainment now, and there’s an acceptance you have to have to that.”

“As an actor who is a little older now, the goal is a little different. Younger people are confronted with all social media and its importance in their careers, ”he added.

“I just celebrated a birthday, and I can’t believe how old I am, and I can’t believe how old my children are,” he said but was reassured by this reporter that the age is just a number. “I definitely don’t feel like a young man anymore,” he admitted.

Career defining moments

Commenting on his defining moments in his career, he said: “Being a father for the past 22 years has definitely defined me. It changes everything and it becomes the most rewarding and valuable part of who you are. It is certainly the most defining moment for me.

“Plus, I still feel like I’m growing and learning, and that’s a good thing, even at this age,” he said. “I feel like there are things to experience and things that interest me, and things that I want to learn. Hope this is something that will continue for the rest of my life. I never want to feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve done it all or learned it all because I think there is so much out there.

Motivations as an actor

Regarding his daily motivations as an actor, he said: “I am motivated by different things at different times. As you get older it becomes more about experience, how much time you are going to have, and who you are going to hang out with. I make a lot of my decisions based on these factors.

“Really it comes down to the story you tell and hoping the audience has a good experience. I try to give my best no matter what the project,” he added.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Phillippe said with a soft laugh: “Making peace with aging.”

Tips for Hopes in the Theater World

For aspiring young actors, he said, “Challenge yourself in every way the industry allows you to get the most out of your experience. Plus, stay true to who you are as an individual. It’s such a different world now in so many ways.

“It’s a tough industry, there are a lot of ups and downs and a lot of rejections. You just need to believe in yourself and stay true to who you are, ”he said.

Phillippe also shared the best advice he has ever received. “I worked with Jeff Bridges in one of my first jobs and I remember him telling me that ‘we have no control over what happens to the movie after we finish our role’ and that he can succeed and do well in the office box or it can do terribly but if you are having a good time and your heart is in the right place, you will enjoy the trip.

“I learned that you shouldn’t focus so much on results. This is something I will also tell young aspiring actors. They should enjoy the trip because you can’t predict the results. Whether something succeeds or fails won’t matter as much if you know you did it for the right reason and had a good time, ”he explained.


Phillippe defined the word success as “being able to feel good about yourself and what you have spent your time in.” We all only have a limited time. A successful person is someone who feels like they have spent their life with intention and that they are also well spent and not wasted. “

For his fans, he concluded about “Lady of the Manor”, “I want them to have a good time. I think the world we live in now is really stressful and is a lot more complicated than it is. was before all of this happened. I hope this movie provides some breathing space and respite from the stress and pressures we all face. It’s so funny, well written, and hopefully just that people will have a good time.

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