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ASU-TV Lands Hollywood Interview

Ann Kenda
Arkansas Public Media

A Communications degree student due to graduate this week from Arkansas State University finished off her college journalism career with an interview with Hollywood actor and director Stephen Baldwin filmed at the university's television studio.

“I’m a little nervous,” Destiny Quinn admitted as she paced around, anxiously checking her phone every few minutes for a text from Baldwin, who was running late but had promised her an interview about politics, his acting career and life in general.

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KAIT-TV anchor Diana Davis, left, with her daughter Destiny Quinn, who also plans to become a news anchor.

Quinn, the daughter of longtime KAIT-TV anchor Diana Davis, got some advice from her mom as she waited for the big interview about how to sit and when to look at the cameras before Davis had to rush off to anchor the evening newscasts.

When Baldwin arrived, he asked for some powder and a few minutes to change his shirt. 

“Isn’t that just like a Hollywood guy, to show up late and ask for 10 more minutes?” he joked.

After they discussed the Christian movies that Baldwin has in the works, Quinn dared to ask the question

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Actor Alec Baldwin's impersonations of Donald Trump have sparked controversy even within his own family. Youngest brother Stephen Baldwin is a Trump supporter.

that everyone wanted to know: What does Stephen, an unapologetic Trump supporter, think of his famous older brother Alec’s impersonations of President Trump on Saturday Night Live?

“I’m here to break a big scoop here, Destiny, on your program.  I really believe that Alec Baldwin plays Donald Trump on SNL because he actually secretly is a Trump supporter,” said Baldwin, who also added that he was just kidding.

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Actor/director Stephen Baldwin, right, gets miked up for his interview on ASU-TV.

Baldwin, who turns 51 on May 12, starred in Threesome (1994) and The Usual Suspects (1995) amongother films and many appearances on reality TV, such as Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Apprentice.  Recently, he’s also been known as an evangelical Christian involved in charities and conservative politics.

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Ann Kenda joined Arkansas Public Media in January 2017 from Sudbury, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and previously worked in public radio, commercial radio and newspaper in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She focuses on health, justice, education and energy as part of the Arkansas Public Media team. Her stories can be found on the airwaves, and social media.
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