RUSSELL CROWE PLAYS ROGER AILES

"Television is the most powerful force in the world," says Crowe, 55, as Fox News founder Roger Ailes in Showtime's new limited series The Loudest Voice (June 30). It's based on Gabriel Sherman's bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room, about how Ailes built a red-state TV empire.

FRED SAVAGE WILL SPOOF YOU

Here's a mind-bender: Savage (of The Wonder Years fame) has a new gig hosting an after-show, What Just Happened??! (June 30 on Fox), for fans of The Flare, a show about a post apocalyptic battle for human survival. Except The Flare isn't real, and What Just Happened??! is actually a spoof of after shows like AMC's Talking Dead. But still, he will interview the "cast" of The Flare. "If I had my preference, I would be on The Flare, but that wasn't an option," jokes Savage, 42.

The Newsroom and X-Men: Apocalypse alum, 38, goes the fantasy thriller route in The Rook. She plays Monica Reed, an American with superhuman strength, in the new Starz TV series (June 30). Reed is part of a clandestine British secret service, Checquy, whose employees (all with special abilities) are being murdered.

What does the title mean?

It's based off of the chess game.

Monica comes to London because her ex-lover was murdered. Does she have an ulterior motive? She's trying to figure out what happened and, in that process, opens up Pandora's box.

You were the only American in the cast. Did that make you feel like a fish out of water? I was a little girl in a military family, so I moved around all the time. I grew up feeling like the world was one big revolving door, so I wasn't really nervous going anywhere.

Is one theme of The Rook that we're afraid of things that we don't understand? There is an element of that. There's also the element of coveting things that are special and also wanting to limit things that are different. I think that we've dealt with that for as long as we've been on this earth. If somebody has something special, a lot of times we covet that or it creates envy and we want to destroy it.

What's next for you? A thriller, The Gateway, with Shea Whigham and Bruce Dern, and the Netflix romantic comedy Love. Wedding. Repeat. with Sam Claflin.

What are you passionate about besides acting? Keeping pets healthy and finding ways to give them the best chance to live their longest, happiest life possible.

Best advice you've ever received? The first one that comes to mind is from my mom: Always stand up for yourself, even if your legs are shaking.

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