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Chit Chatting with Actress Isabella Alexander


Written by Jill Sheets

Many of you may have seen actress Isabella Alexander on the show Fresh off the Boat. Her character, Alison, is the girlfriend of Eddie, played by Hudson Yang. Read on and find out more about her, her character Alison and five things people may not know about her. Also, be on the lookout for her upcoming projects! You won’t want to miss them.


R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in acting.

I: I am 14 years old, and I am pretty much a normal teenager who happens to get to work on television shows and in commercials. My start in acting came from what I thought was a devastating setback. I have always loved any type of performing arts, but I used to concentrate on competitive dancing. A few years ago, I had a really bad injury that put me in a full length leg cast. My inability to dance led me to focus on acting, and I found out that I loved it more than anything.


R: Tell us about your show Fresh Off the Boat and your character, Alison.

I: Fresh Off the Boat is a very funny comedy (on ABC) about a Taiwanese family who comes to live in Orlando in the 1990s. I play the girlfriend of the eldest son, Eddie. Alison is a smart, sweet student, but she bonds with Eddie through their love of rap music. She can even play “Ain’t Nothin but a G Thang” on the piccolo!


R: What was the audition process for the show?

I: It was a very quick audition process for the role. I think I had one audition and boom, the role was mine! It usually doesn’t happen that fast.


R: What is it like working with the cast and what has been your favorite memory so far?

I: The cast has become like my family and working with them is so much fun! Some days I shoot with the characters in Eddie’s family, and other days the story is more about school and Eddie’s posse of friends. I have also learned so much as an actress from Randall Park and Constance Wu, who play his parents.

I have lots of great memories, but the episode about the Janet Jackson concert was my favorite. I got to dress up like Janet Jackson from her Rhythm Nation tour and work with some of her backup dancers.


R: You also played May in Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Tell us about the show and your character.

I: Gortimer Gibbons is a great show about two best friends who live on Normal Street, expect Normal Street has something a little magical going on. May is a fun character because she is a bubbly cheerleader who gets into funny situations with the other characters.


R: Do you have any other upcoming projects?

I: There are a couple of projects in the works, but like most things in Hollywood, I can’t say much just yet.


R: How do you balance school and your career?

I: I make sure that every day I count my many blessings and remind myself that in difficult and stressful times, I am a very, very fortunate girl. I try to stay very organized and prioritize my time. It isn’t always easy, and sometimes I have to give up time with friends or certain activities, but it is totally worth it!


R: I read that you sing. Do you have any plans in the future or near future to record music?

I: I love to both sing and dance, and would love to record music if ever given the chance, but right now I am focusing mostly on my acting projects.


R: Who has been your biggest influence?

I: In acting, Jennifer Garner and Angelina Jolie. They both are terrific actors but are also known for “giving back.” I think that is really important. In life, my brother is my biggest influence. He is a little older, and the complete opposite of me, but I love him so much.


R: What are five things people may not know about you?


1) I love dogs!

2) I love “old” musicians and almost all types of music

3) I would love to have my own clothing line

4) I really like science and hope to someday be a neurosurgeon

5) I love to travel and hope to study abroad for a year during college


R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them?

I: Accept yourself and all of your flaws, and accept them in others as well. Once I did, I became happier than ever before. Also, jealousy will get you nowhere. Be happy for the success of others. There is room for everyone.


R: Tell us about some of the charities that are close to your heart.

I: There are so many great charities and I feel it’s important for teens to get involved and give back. Read Across America is an organization that promotes reading for children. This organization has impacted me greatly because all kids should have books and be encouraged to read. I also support Wounded Warrior Project, because I feel we should honor and help those veterans who were injured protecting our freedom.


R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

I: “Do you and Hudson date in real life?’


R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official site and/or YouTube page?

I: Of course, I love keeping in touch with my fans!

Instagram: @isabellaalexander

Twitter/Musical.ly: @itsisabellaalexander


R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

I: I really do love and appreciate my fans so much. They remind me every day how lucky I am!


R: Isabella, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

I: It was so much fun talking to Relate!


Picture credit: Fresh off the Boat ABC, Sarah Dunlap


Taylor Swift Snubbed From ABC’s Triple J Hottest 100: Why? It’s A Secret

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift may have swept the boards at the iHeartRadio music awards to win artist, lyrics, and song of the year, but that didn’t stop ABC from disqualifying her Shake It Off single for the Triple J Hottest 100. If not for the move, BuzzFeed Australia’s #Tay4Hottest100 campaign would have got her to the number 12 spot — yet the broadcaster has kept the reason for the decision a secret, declining documents that would tell us why Swift got the boot.

The ABC refused a total of four public records requests under a section of Australia’s Freedom of Information Act which lets the public broadcaster refuse “program material” related requests, that is documents which are created or acquired during program creation, regardless of whether they were used in the publication or final broadcast.

Two of the requests were refused completely, while two (including one from Guardian Australia) received partial responses: mostly copies of emails that refused reporters’ requests to comment.

The head of corporate governance for ABC, Judith Maude, said part of the Guardian Australia request referred to documents which wouldn’t have been created except for the Hottest 100 broadcast, so the station wasn’t required to release them.

This isn’t the first time ABC’s refusal to release documents has attracted controversy. In 2006, an Australian federal court ruled ABC didn’t have to release details of the complaints it received related to its Middle East coverage.

Though the documents that did come out do not reveal while Shake It Off was blocked from the Hottest 100, they do reveal a lot of outrage over the decision. Listeners wrote in to criticise the decision-making process as “rigged,” “smacking of snobbish elitism,” anti-democratic, and more. “I think it’s shameful,” said one listener from Victoria, promising never to listen to triple-J again.

Another New South Wales listener pointed out the station’s eligibility criteria were inconsistent, with the station claiming to be democratic but then deciding to disqualify an artist simply because they don’t like her. The listener also criticised the station’s handling of the situation as “immature and disrespectful.”

One listener said they would be boycotting the Hottest 100 CD in protest, saying they believe the station had “sold out,” adding “this was not an American election” where the outcome has been predetermined.”

The controversy comes as Taylor Swift tickets are on sale for her Australian tour, and only served to reinforce the iconic artist’s popularity. Swift will be touring Australia from 28 November to 12 December of this year, visiting Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne. (She will also be playing Japan, the US, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and Ireland in the upcoming months.)

Even those who weren’t fans of Swift making it into the Hottest 100 criticised the station’s silence, saying it demonstrated a “loss of ethical backbone” even as they felt playing Swift would oblige Triple-J to play Miley Cyrus and the like as well.

The station released a humorous list of reasons why the song had been eliminated, but has not officially commented on the controversy. The list is styled in the Buzzfeed list style, mostly citing Twitter comments on the row.

Chit Chatting with Actress Sarah Hyland

Chit Chatting with Sarah Hyland

Written by Jill Sheets

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland

Image credit: Jen Lowery

Recently, we had the honor of interviewing actress Sarah Hyland. This talented actress plays Haley Dunphy on ABC’s hit show “Modern Family.” Read below to learn more about Sarah. Enjoy.

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

S: Well my name is Sarah Hyland, and I was born and raised in the east village, NYC. And no I’m not 14 years old even though I look like it. I’m 19. I was born in 1990… You do the math

R: How long have you been acting? What was your first role? Was acting something that you had always wanted to do?

S: I’ve been acting for 14 years now, since I was like 4 or 5 years old. When I was 4 I told my parents that I wanted to do what daddy does (my dads an actor) My First role was playing Howard Sterns daughter in his movie “Private Parts.”

R: We read that you were on Broadway in Grey Gardens the musical as a young Jackie O, what was that like? What other plays/musicals have you been in?

S: It was an honor to be able to play Jackie Bouvier, despite the fact that I was playing a 12 year old. I’ve always done musical theatre whether it be a workshop of a new musical, Off-Broadway or Broadway.

R: Tell us about your show “Modern Family,” and your character Haley Dunphy. Are there any similarities between you and your character?

S: Modern family is a comedy revolving around three families that are all related to each other in some way shape or form, and how they deal with the day to day basis of life. My character, Haley Dunphy, is your stereotypical teenager. She like boys, texting and makeup. The only thing I pretty much have in common with Haley is that my phone is almost always in my hand… Although I’m awful at texting people back…. I always forget.

R: What was the audition process like? How did you find out that you got the part?

S: The audition process was really simple. You had the callbacks and then screen tests. Of course everything like that is always stressful but Steve, Chris and Jason made it really comfy.

R: Can you tell us anything about “Conception” and about your character Tracey?

S: “Conception” is an Indie film that revolves around 8 different couples on one night when they all “fall in love.” I play Tracey, a vegetarian sophomore who dates a guy named JT, who’s played by my real life boyfriend. So that was a lot of fun.

R: Can you tell us anything about your movie “Mother’s Little Helper: and about your character Courtney.

S: “Mothers Little Helpers” is about a guy who can’t afford his tuition anymore, so he starts an underground escort service with the local mothers in town. My character Courtney is his same age girlfriend who makes it hard for him to continue his business.

R: If you could work anyone in the world who would it be and why?

S: Ooo good question…. I’d have to say either Johnny Depp or Leonardo Dicaprio, they are my favorite most talented actors I’ve grown up watching.

R: What has been your most “star struck” moment? Who was it and tell us about it.

S: I’m not that star stuck by people cuz they’re just people but when I was 5 years old, and filming my second movie “Object of My Affection,” I played Jennifer Aniston’s daughter and her best friend in the film was Paul Rude whom I had seen in “Clueless.” When I first met him in the makeup trailer I was literally speechless and screaming inside. It was crazy.

R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

S: Success is the best revenge – my mother.

R: What advice would you give teenage girls?

S: Just be yourself even if you’re different… In the end no one wants the girls who are like cookie cutters… They want something original.

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so, tell us about them?

S: The Ronald McDonald house is an amazing foundation.

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

S: 1.) an Arnold palmer is my favorite drink – – Ever.

2.) I LOVE to sleep

3.) I have a puppy named Barkley Bixby that my boyfriend surprised me with.

4.) I’d much rather stay in and watch a movie or kick it with friends than go out to a party or red carpet event.

5.) I didn’t have my own room till I moved to LA.. Ahh the joys of living in New York City.

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland

Source credit: Sarah Hyland and Much and House Public Relations

R: How would you describe your style?

S: I’m really lazy so very simple casual chic-ish (laughs) I don’t know.

R: What is your favorite piece of clothing to wear?

S : My sweatpants.

R: We read that you sing and dance. How long have you been singing and dancing? What is your favorite type of dance and why?

S: I took dance from the age of 3 till I was like 15. But work got in the way of all my classes and I mean all… I took ballet, point, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and theatre dance. As for singing, I was doing that even before I could talk. It’s just something that came natural.

R: What is your favorite song to belt out in the car or in your bedroom?

S : “We Are the World.” The new version

R: What singers and bands can be found on your mp3 player or ipod? What are your favorite songs by each?

S: Eye Alaska’s “Miles Don’t Mean Anything.”

R: What are five things you can not live without? They can also be people.

S: 1.) phone

2.) mom

3.) concealer

4.) chapstick

5.) My boyfriend

R: Describe yourself in five words.

S: according to my boyfriend I am….

1.) lazy

2.) spunky

3.) fresh

4.) real

5.) exciting

There you have it (laughs). I couldn’t answer that myself

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses?

S: Twitter! Twitter.com/Sarah_Hyland

R: Other than this one, what is the weirdest question you have been asked?

S: Umm… I don’t know. Not many weird ones.

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

S: Thanks for being a fan! (laughs). I don’t know. I don’t like talking about myself.

R: Sarah, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

Chit Chatting with Raven Goodwin

Chit Chatting with Raven Goodwin

Written by Jill Sheets


Raven Goodwin new smile[1]Picture credit: Raven Goodwin

Recently Relate had the honor of interviewing Raven Goodwin. She will be in the new ABC drama “Huge,” which will premiere the 28th of June. Read more and learn about Raven and her up and coming show.

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Raven: I am the biggest softy! It doesn’t take much for me to melt. One of my favorite movies is “The Notebook” I sob every time!!!! Yes I’m that girl!


R: At what age did you start to act? Have you always wanted to become an actress? What was your first role?

Raven: I was four years old. I started out with print work. So my first job was the cover of a parent value book. I can’t really remember it that well though!


R: Tell us about your new show “Huge”? What channel will it be on? Is there a premiere date yet?

Raven: HUGE is a amazing touching drama that will be on ABC family. June 28th is the premiere date. It’s amazing to be apart of such an amazing project. It’s truly bringing out the best in me!


R: What character do you play? Tell us about her? Are there any simulates between you and her?

Raven: I play the shy humble girl. BECCA HUFFSTATTER. And the difference between Becca and I is just that “SHY” that’s not me at all. So it’s amazing being outside of my comfort zone it’s a true challenge.


R: What other cast members are in “Huge?” How does the cast get a long?

Raven: There are amazing actors apart of huge the beautiful Nikki Blonsky who is amazing. Hayley Hasselhoff, Gina Torres, Andrew Caldwell, Ashley Holiday, Zoe Jarman etc.etc….We get along a little TOO well!!!! We have this strong connection already I seriously love them all. I respect their talented 100 percent awesome awesome cast.


R: What was the audition process like for the show? How did you find out that you got the part?

Raven: It was a LONG audition process. But it was Worth it! My manager called and said “WHERE ARE YOU? ARE YOU READY?! SHE GOT THE PARTTTTT!!” and i literally was frozen! (laughs)


R: We read that you are making guest appearances on “Good Luck Charlie.” What is it like working with Bridgit Mendler and Jason Dolley?

Raven: AMAZING working with Bunny aka Bridgit and Ja-saysay aka Jason (that’s what I call them) is amazing, so much fun!! I love to hear them play their guitars!!! I beg Bunny to sing to me all the time she’s amazing!!!


R: What singers and bands can be found on your ipod or mp3 player? What are your favorite songs by each of them?

Raven: You will find Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Jackson, Janelle Monae, COMMON! love him. etc etc. I like a lot of old school hip hop.


R: Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses?

Raven: I love Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Ellen Page, Ken Jeong, Gabrielle Union, LARENZ TATE! QUEEN LATIFAH


R: If you could work with anyone in the world who would it be and why?

Raven: It would be Queen Latifah she is soooo amazing so beautiful. She knows how to pick her roles also. She’s a dope MC, Covergirl, and actress I mean WHO CAN RESIST!!!


R: What has been you most “star struck” moment? Who was it, and tell us about it?

Raven: QUEEN LATIFAH!!! (laughs) at the KCA’S I think in 2007 I couldn’t meet her though BODY GUARDS.


R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

Raven: My favorite memories are being created right this second. But if i had to say it would be when I worked with Lil JJ and Chelsea Tavares. SO MUCH FUN!


R: How has been you biggest influence and why?

Raven: You know everyone that I work with i take a little bit of inspiration from. I’m always looking to be inspired and influence every second. So therefore I have a lot of influences. 1,000 mentors.


R: What is the best advice you have ever gotten and by who?

Raven: Director Allison Liddi-Brown told my cast and I to listen to one another. Listen to our selves. It took my skill and way of thinking to the next level.

R: What advice would you give teenage girls?

Raven: Be a TEENAGER there’s not a THIN-LINE between Teenager and ADULT there is a huge difference. Be responsible. It all will come so don’t rush enjoy being 15, 16, 17, etc these are years we’ll never get back. So be young ladies, and have fun!


R: What do you do in your spare time?

Raven: I write music. Chill with friends. You know the norm!


R: Do you have any hidden talents?

Raven: Yes I am the queen of TETRIS I love it. I need it! I live for Tetris!


R: I read that you were making a CD? How is that coming? Is rapping something you may want to work on in the future?

Raven: Yes I’ve been working independently on a little something, something. Yes I love it just as much as I love acting.


R: What are five things people may not know about you?

Raven: IM a CLUTS, I have an popsicle addiction! ummmm…..I’m a HUGE 90210 fan. I look in the mirror a lot! I love to take pictures. I would to do some print modeling!


R: What are five things you can not live without?

Raven: My blackberry, My mac book, my mommy, my sister, and my nephew!


R: What are some of your future goals?

Raven: Where ever I am what ever I’m doing. I want to be happy with it. NO MATTER WHAT.


R: Do you have an official website? If so, what is the address?

Raven: Yes ravengoodwinonline.com Check it out!


R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses?

Raven: Yes twitter addicted!!!!!! twitter.com/ravengoodwin


R: Other than this one, what is the weirdest question you have ever been asked?

Raven: “Will you sign my stomach?” DUDE NO!! (laughs)


R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

Raven: I LOVE YOU GUYS thanks for all the support!!!


R: Raven, Thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

Raven: NO prob! Thanks!