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August 17, 2021

Rainn Wilson: Embrace Your Eccentricities & A Petri Dish of Creativity

Rainn Wilson ( The Office, Six Feet Under, Metaphysical Milkshake with Rainn & Reza, SoulPancake) joins Mayim and Jonathan in the studio as their first ever in-person guest to discuss his nerdy childhood, growing up with social misfit parents, and the evolution that therapy has provided to every area of his life. He explains how feeling unloved and alienated as a child in a petri dish of dysfunction led to anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and addiction issues. Rainn admits to learning early on in his acting career to embrace playing the role of an alienated misfit, and opens up about his meditation process and the tools his faith gave him in finding his own path and identity. Mayim and Rainn bond over being band geeks and chess club members and the expectations, insecurities, and limitations that come with being sitcom character actors. They examine the similarities between a recovery journey and spiritual journey, the benefits of going to AA even if you’re not an alcoholic, and reasons some individuals might be resistant to therapy.

Theme Song Written, Produced, and Performed by Ed Robertson. Mixed by Kenny Luong.
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Metaphysical Milkshake with Rainn & Reza
A weekly podcast, Metaphysical Milkshake, the show where we go deep, we get weird, and we search for the meaning of life along the way. In this show, your co-hosts in existential crimes, actor Rainn Wilson and scholar Reza Aslan guide you through conversations about Life’s Big Questions.
Rainn's Production Company: Soul Pancake
Throughout the years, we created content that explores the ways we all seek connection, hope, truth, identity, and purpose. Our decade-plus of award-winning content spans digital, television, branded, and live engagements, with hits such as Street Stunts for Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, Kid President, My Last Days, Science of Happiness, Tell My Story, and more.
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Books From Rainn Wilson
RAINN WILSON is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s The Office, though today he’s equally well-known for his millions of Twitter followers and the philosophy website he founded, SoulPancake, which launched a New York Times bestselling book of the same name.
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