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Make It So: Sir Patrick Stewart On Surviving Trauma, Staying Engaged & Lessons From The Artist Life

By October 5, 2023No Comments
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Episode #785



Beloved icon of stage and screen, my guest today is the singular Sir Patrick Stewart.

The knighted Shakespeare thespian, captain of the Starship Enterprise, international treasure, and master storyteller is here and brings conversational delights lifted from 83 years of life.

Today Patrick shares tales from his humble beginnings, how theatre saved him, and how childhood trauma informed his career and led to his passion for mental health advocacy.

We also discuss legacy, longevity, honing your craft, the importance of mentorship, and his unique friendship with Sir Ian McKellen. We of course dive into some epic Star Trek stories and explore why the series is so indelible—which naturally led to thoughts on UFOs and the ghost that he is absolutely convinced took up residence in his Silverlake home. 

“To not be Patrick Stewart, if only for a few hours a week, was such a relief.”


The occasion for today’s exchange is Patrick’s brand new memoir, Making It So—an excellent read that traces the improbable story of his life from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England, to the heights of Hollywood and worldwide acclaim.

They say never meet your heroes. I disagree. As a long-time Trekkie, this was a pinch-me moment. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to talk with a man I respect and admire tremendously.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts.

Video on Spotify: The video version of this episode (and episodes going forward) is also now available on Spotify. Just click the episode HERE as always and Spotify gives you the option to enjoy the conversation in either audio or video format. Have a look and let us know what you think in the Spotify comments section!


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