Move over, Brad and Angelina. New ‘Dynamic Duos’ are on the rise. The best chemistry I’ve seen onscreen lately is Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, terrifc in tandem in the new ‘Bromance,’ 21 Jump Street. But as the New York Times notes in rating the odds of celebrity marriage ‘doom’, chemistry is harder to maintain offscreen. One rising power-couple who may give Brad and Angi a run for their money both on and off the screen are the actor/activist husband/wife team of Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche .
I saw Alysia’s brilliant short film Speed Grieving when it screened with our own Celebrities in Disgrace at Woods Hole Film Festival.
And I was lucky to see Alysia perform in person in NYC in a moving staged reading of Wonder Drug (by blog fave Caitlin McCarthy). Alysia is now helping to bring Wonder Drug to the screen as both producer and star.
Alysia won a SAG for the film Sideways and has appeared on stage, screen and TV (The Sopranos, Law & Order). She finds time to advocate for the environment. Among his credits, David starred in the Oscar winning film UNITED 93 and he will be shooting season 2 of THE EXES this year. Alysia Reiner just wrapped 2 plays Off-Broadway as well as BACKWARDS, a film with James Van Der Beek. She’s been mentioned lately as a possible future ‘Bond Girl‘ (as in ‘Bond, James Bond.’)
The couple juggle their multiple roles with grace, all while staying married for 14 years and raising a daughter. Plus, like Jonah & Channing, David & Alysia are lots more fun than Brad & Angi (see David & Alysia’s new WMDean social-networking online contest, with celebritized prizes).
Cheers to all duos who manage to be dynamic both on and off the screen.