Chit Chatting with Trinitee Stokes


Written by Jill Sheets

I first saw Trinitee Stokes on the Disney TV show K.C. Undercover–she plays a member of the Cooper family…a robot member. I was surprised when I watched the show how perfect her comedy timing was and how great an actress she is. She looked perfectly comfortable in front of the camera. She is going to go far in her career. But don’t just take my word for it–check her out for yourself! K.C. Undercover is aired every day on Disney channel.

R: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting

T:  I am 11 years old and originally from Jackson, Mississippi. I When I was two years old, I was watching an episode of That’s So Raven and it was really funny. That’s when I told my mom that I wanted to be on TV, so that I could make people laugh, too. I started out in theater at the age of three when my mom created me a role in her first stage play. When I turned five, I landed an agent in my hometown in Mississippi and my professional acting career began.


R: You are in K.C. Undercover. For those who have not seen it yet, tell us about it and about your character.

T: I play the role of Judy. Judy is the youngest sibling of the Cooper family, disguised as a sophisticated robot. She is there to assist the family when solving missions. Judy is cute, sassy, no nonsense, and very intelligent. She has started to feel some human emotions, which is something she hasn’t been able to do in the past. Some of the lines in her scripts would be something that I would say, so it makes it that much easier to come across in a natural way. Judy also has great fashion sense.


R: What is it like working with Zendaya and the other cast? Has she given you any advice?

T: Its wild working with the cast. We work hard, but we also laugh a lot. We always find time to start a dance party on set. Since I’m the only kid on the show, I get treated like everyone’s little sister. Something Zendaya always says is that we have a voice, so we should use it for good.


R: Tell us about Teachers and about your character Lauren.

T: Teachers was so much fun to shoot. It was the first TV show outside of Disney Channel that I had the privilege to work on. My character Lauryn is a very intelligent girl, yet funny in her own way. Her character was totally different from Judy.


R: If you could work with any five people, who would they be?

T: Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Denzel Washington, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansen.


R: Who is your biggest influence?

T: My mom is my biggest influence because her life motivates me to believe the impossible and to pursue everything God has for me.


R: I read that you also sing. Tell us about your song “Win Now.” Where can people get your song? Do you plan on recording more in the future?

T: “Win Now” is a song about learning to be comfortable with the way that God made you. Sometimes God has a special anointing on you and no matter how hard you try, you just won’t fit in with the crowd. “Win Now” encourages you to embrace your gifts and know that the moment that you believe you are who God says you are, you win! “Win Now” is available on iTunes.


R: I read that you are also an author and fashion designer. Tell us about that!

T: I am currently working on my first novel and a children’s series with my mom.


R: What has been your favorite memory so far?

T: My favorite memory thus far has been when my parents packed up our home in Mississippi and drove cross-country to California on faith. We made the trip a three-day site-seeing adventure. We stopped and spent the night in different states, and we sang songs like we were the Beverly Hill Billies!


R: What are your top five favorite books?

T: The Great Chocolate Chase, Judy Blume and the Not so Bummer Summer, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Story of Josephine Baker, and Land of Stories.


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


1. I like country music

2. I love to do different experiments

3. I enjoy cooking

4. I love solving murder mysteries

5. I am a young minister of the gospel


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

T: I recently “adopted” a child in need through Compassion International.


R: What are some of your future goals?

T: I have so many short and long term goals, but here are a few. I definitely want my own TV show and to star in feature films. I also want to travel the world performing and selling out arenas. Also, I look forward to walking into a department store and seeing my clothing line on display!


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


Instagram: @the_trinitee

Twitter: @the_trinitee

Facebook: Trinitee Stokes

YouTube: Trinitee Stokes


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

T: I would tell all of my fans to always believe that they can accomplish whatever dream they have. Even if it looks impossible or they think that it is too big, still believe. Also, always work hard and have integrity. Lastly, always be true to yourself. Don’t try to be like anyone else. There is no one else in this world that can do you, so JUST BE YOU!

Photo credit: BOBBY QUILLARD

Chit Chatting with Actress Kaila Kondo


Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing up and coming actress Kaila Kondo. She is in the movie Before I Fall. Read on and learn where she would visit if she could go back in time, who her favorite actress is, five random things about her, and all about her movie.


R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start into acting.

K: I’ve always loved the performing arts! I am a very dramatic and enthusiastic person. When I was younger, my parents put me into a performing arts preschool, and I fell in love with acting. From there, I continued attending art schools, performing in plays, and auditioning for roles in television.


R: Tell us about your movie Before I Fall and about your character, Bunny Cupid.

K: Before I Fall is about Samantha Kingston, a popular high school student, who finds herself having to relive Valentine’s Day over and over until she “gets it right.” It’s about self-discovery and realizing that sometimes you need to look outside yourself and make changes in your behaviors and interactions with others before moving forward. Bunny Cupid has a small role in the movie – one line actually. She is part of a group of three cupids whose job it is to go around to classrooms and hand out Valentine’s roses. Although it wasn’t a large role, it was a great experience being on set and getting a chance to work with the other actors.


R: What was the audition process for this movie?

K: A request was made through my agent for me to read for the part. I received the script the night before and rehearsed my line over and over. In the audition room, they asked me to say the line and start handing out the roses to imaginary people in various emotions such as bubbly, flirty, and nervous. I guess I impressed them because I got a call saying the role was mine!


R: What was your favorite part about filming this movie?

K: It definitely had to be getting to know everyone on set! I loved meeting both the actors and the crew and getting to chat with them every day. It was so inspiring seeing everyone hard at work trying to make this film come to life – the passion was really evident in everyone I got to meet.


R: Do you have any other upcoming projects coming out that you can talk about?

K: I am actually taking a break from acting at the moment while I start university, but I hope to be back in front of the camera soon.


R: If you could work with any five actors and/or actresses who would they be?

K: I would love the opportunity to work with Emma Watson, Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Dwayne Johnson.


R: What shows would you like to make a guest appearance on?

K: I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds. My mother and I always marathon the episodes and I would love to make an appearance on it!


R: I read that you can ballroom dance. Is that true? If so, how long have you been studying? What is your favorite style?

K: Yes it’s true, I can ballroom dance! I have been studying on and off for about five years now. I do it mainly for fun and am nowhere near a competitive level. My favorite style is swing! I have always enjoyed the fast pace of the music and how it can be super catchy!


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

K: Always be yourself, regardless of what others think. Sometimes in life, you meet people who are judgmental or manipulative and who might want you to conform, but you should never change who you are to fit someone else’s standards.

I encourage everyone who reads this to write one positive note, such as “You are beautiful,” and place it on your mirror or somewhere you often look. Then every day you can constantly affirm that you are amazing, or smart, or confident, or all the above. It is so important to believe in yourself and to have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer the world.


R: Who is your biggest influence and why?

K: Definitely my mother. She’s such a hard working and kindhearted person. She has been through everything with me and has supported me no matter what. She believes in me and pushes me to be the best that I can be.


R: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you pick and why?

K: I would like travel back in time to Ancient Greece. I have always been fascinated with their culture, architecture, and beliefs. It would be amazing to experience everything first-hand rather than reading about it in a book.


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

K: I am a lifeguard and swim instructor. I played on an all-girls baseball team and took 1st place at the Canadian nationals. I love playing the game Candy Crush and I am on level 867! I know how to surf. My best friend is my dog, Ty, who is an American Eskimo that we rescued from a shelter in Taiwan.


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

K: I was at a sleepover with some friends, and we were eating s’mores. My friend turned to me and asked if I could fit a mini marshmallow up my nose. Intrigued, I gave it a shot and the marshmallow fit! Although it did not get stuck in my nasal cavity, I do not recommend for others try this.


R: Are you on any social networking sites?

K: No, I am not.


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

K: Don’t give up on your passion! If you love something, do it with all your heart. When times get tough, you might think it is easier to give up on something than to push through it; however, if you persevere, you’ll come out stronger than before.


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

K: Thank you so much for interviewing me! This was my first interview, so it means a lot to me!


Picture credit: Ian Redd


Chit Chatting with “Wrecked” Actress Ally Maki


Written By Jill sheets

Ally Maki is not only a talented actress, but she is also a talented singer. She plays Jess on CBS’s show Wrecked. One of her first jobs she ever had was on the Disney TV show That’s So Raven. Read on and learn more about this amazing actress, five things people may not know about her, and where you can find her on social media.

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

A: I grew up in a small town near Seattle, Washington called Kirkland. I have always been in love with performing ever since I was young. I was kind of a shy girl, so performing was an outlet for me. I started out kind of doing a lot of musical theater, voiceovers, and tech work in my hometown. When I was 14, I ended up being scouted by a manger and I was supposed to go out to Los Angeles for a summer and try it out (auditioning and that kind of stuff). I ended up staying in LA and I have been out here ever since.


R: Tell us about Wrecked and your character Jess.

A: Wrecked is an awesome ensemble comedy on CBS every Tuesday night at 10:30. It is an amazing mix of horror, comedy, action, adventure…well, everything! I feel like it’s unlike anything people have seen. It really has something for everyone. My character Jess is fun, feisty, and a wear-her-head-on-her-shoulders kind of girl, but a little of a hopeless romantic and sometimes a big hot mess. She has been a relationship with Todd, played by Will Greenberg, for seven years. The first season was sort of her diving in and figuring out her relationship and what she wanted; now she is in this high-stake situation of being stranded on the island. The second season is really fun because now Jess and Todd have figured their groove out and so they are working more as a team this year. It has been really fun to play with that and there was a big wedding last week. That was really cool.


R: What was the audition process for the show?

A: The audition process was really easy in a sense, which is not normal at all. At the time I was attached to another show for a year and a half, but devastatingly it did not get picked up at the last minute. I read the script and was instantly hooked from the first page. The Shipley brothers have this amazingly fresh, modern take and this specific new sense of humor and I really wanted to be part of this project. I did not think they would go in an Asian-American direction because of where we were at in the industry. The casting director, Julie Aston (who I worked with before) asked me to come in because TBS and the producers wanted to be more diverse and were looking at anybody and everybody. They wanted people who are these roles and I was like “whatever,” so I went in and did my thing. A month later my agent called at about 10pm and said “You have to go to Puerto Rico tomorrow, you’ve booked Wreck.” It was a life changing moment for me.


R: What has been your favorite episode so far?

A: Oh my gosh, there are so many. I think there was an episode last week, ‘The Cleans versus The Dirties’, it was just so weird and wacky, with that out-of-the-box Wrecked kind of humor. We had so much fun filming–kind of a nightmare, but in the best way. We were on a boat, there was a food fight…it was to see the dichotomy of the cleans versus dirties and what you do when you could take a shower for the first time in months. It was really fun.


R: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to talk about?

A: I do! There is an amazingly huge one that I cannot share yet and I cannot wait until I can. I am next delving into the world of writing and a developing project based on my family history–a passion project for me. It is all brand new and I am excited about it.


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

A: Five things! Number one, I am a total homebody. All my friends know that they can probably just find me on my couch, snacking and watching TV. Number two, I was in a really embarrassing all-girl band when I was 14 years old called the Valli Girls. Number three, the first job I ever did in L.A. was That’s So Raven. Number four, I am a little too obsessed with Snapchat filters. Number five, if I wasn’t an actress, I always dreamed of being a journalist. When I was younger, I was a writing intern for US Weekly for a bit.


R: Can people hear the music from the all-girl band?

A: HA! I am not going to tell you how but if you dig (I always tell people to please not Google it) it is out there. One of the most embarrassing days of my life was when they had curled my hair for a photo shoot and I looked like a poodle. I still will never live that day down, I went into the bathroom and cried because I thought I looked like a poodle and still have a fear of looking like one today.


R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: Most definitely my mom and my grandmother, because they basically raised me. I am so lucky to be raised by amazingly strong women who supported me along my journey. Especially my grandmother, who was in a Japanese-American interment camp when she was sixteen years old, so her teen years were basically spent incarcerated in this camp. She has this strength unlike any woman I have ever met. She never let that define her in a sense. She was my number one advocate besides my mother, always encouraging me to chase my dreams.


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

A: Oh, gosh! The greatest thing I learned and would want to tell my fourteen year old self is to embrace the things that you think are weird about yourself. When you get older, those are going to be the most interesting and fantastic things. When I was younger, I just couldn’t understand why I looked different and couldn’t embrace the fact that I was Asian-American. Now I think it is so cool to be a little different and unique. I grew up with all big brothers and was the one girl without a sister. I felt so insecure about it. But now I love that I have brothers because I have that feisty, take charge of your own life kind of spirit that I learned from them.


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

A: You are really stumping me here. I might have to say this question only because I never been stumped so hard where I can’t come up with an answer. So you may have set a new record.


R: Are you on any social networking sites​, if so which ones and do you have an official website and/or YouTube?

A: Yes. I am on twitter @allymaki, instagram @allymaki and I have not posted on YouTube in a while, but I do have some fun stuff up there.


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

A: I would say especially to the girls out there to keep pursuing those big dreams and live large. And also a big thank you to Relate Magazine!


R: Thank you so much. It was a honor and you have a great rest of the day.

A: Thank you and you too.


Chit Chatting with Raffaela Capp


Written by Jill Sheets

Multi-talented Raffaela Capp was able to sing before she could talk. She is also an actress, writer, songwriter, dancer…you name it! Read on and find out more about her, her acting, and her singing.


R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start acting.

Raffaela: I’m a 5’2” New Yorker living in Los Angeles. Acting is something I’ve always done. My grandma did theatre, my mom did theatre, and I was in my first show at the age of five as a little princess in The King and I.


R: Tell us about your movie and about your character, Kimberly Hill.

Raffaela: REACH is a teen dramedy with a strong message of hope in the lives of a few teenage boys. An anti-suicide, anti-bullying message is its theme. I play Kimberly Hill, older sister to Daniel Hill (played by my real life brother, Steven) and girlfriend to Nick Perkins (played by the talented Jordan Doww – nominated for second year in a row Teen Choice for best comedian). Kimberly is dating the “wrong” guy and by the end of the movie, she comes into her own.


R: What was the audition like for the movie?

Raffaela: My audition involved the director viewing my reel, and then a meeting. I was recommended for the role by the writers and producers. Because of my relationship with the production team, I had the opportunity to witness REACH develop from the ground up over the last 3 + years. Johnny (writer, Clarence) and I played opposite each other as CB and Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead in December 2014. There were talks of only name actors for all roles, including Kim. But the creative team and other producers knew that the purpose of REACH was to empower not only the audience, but also empower the talent involved in the movie. It was a mixture of seasoned TV and film pros with talent who were given an opportunity to “reach” to the next level in their career, and that included me. The beautiful thing about REACH is it gave a lot of “unknown” talent the opportunity to work and be a part of something powerful–something that has the potential to be life changing for all.

R: What was your favorite part about being in the movie?

Raffaela: Getting to work with such a fun and talented cast and crew. Joey Bragg (Disney’s Liv and Maddie) is hysterical and is such a talent at improv and comedy. He had us laughing, which was a good way to off-set the seriousness of the bullying and suicide themes. It was a family. The director’s brother is in it, and my brother and sister (Natasha), too.


R: You are also a singer/songwriter. What is your writing process?

Raffaela: It usually starts off as a story I wish to tell. It then transitions into a song with a beginning, middle, and end! Then everything is kind of inspired thereafter. It’s really different every time, depending on my mood, emotions, and how I’m feeling that moment or that day. Sometimes it happens walking to my car after a long shift at work. I’ll start singing a melody and record it on my iphone. That’s what happened with “I Love Me.”


R: Tell us about your single “Hurricane” and about “I Love Me”

Raffaela: “Hurricane” is a song written by Bruce Vanderveer, Ebony Vanderveer, and Elise Legrow. I sang the vocals and collaborated with actor/rapper Chris Redd. He wrote the rap! “I Love Me” is a song I wrote. It is my own personal anthem and I hope it to become one for others, especially those who find that they’ve been compromising their truth. I want them to hear my song and gain the strength to stand up! Both songs are about empowerment, and loving and rocking who you are.


R: Where can people get your music?

Raffaela: “Hurricane” is released under the InRage Label, and I have a single, “So What,” from my first EP which is also available to download. You may listen to them on Soundcloud and on iTunes. “I Love Me” will be my single off my second EP and will be released simultaneously to the release of the movie (hopefully this fall!). “I Love Me” as well as my second EP will be released under the InRage Label and will be available on Itunes, Spotify, and Tidal.


R: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to talk about?

Raffaela: I just performed at the Jones Beach Bandshell and had a blast. I definitely hope to visit Jones Beach again.


R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

Raffaela: Sandra Bullock, for being a classy and inspiring representation of strong, beautiful, and powerful women. Musically, I have too many to list!


R: If you could travel back in time, what time period would you pick and why?

Raffaela: The 80’s. The fashion! The clothes! Even though I’m fine with wearing sweats all day long. Still. So cool!


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

Raffaela: When I see the color green I melt, eggplant parmesan is the way to my heart, my go-to snack at the movies is popcorn mixed with peanut M&M’s, I love Adam Lambert, and Lord of the Flies and The Outsiders are still my favorite books.


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

Raffaela: “Will you go away to Venice with me and let me bathe you in chocolate?” Thank you Tinder.


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

Raffaela: Love you to the best of your ability. Embrace being different. Embrace being unique. Being “normal” is overrated. There is nothing wrong with you, ever. People are mean, and fitting in is no way near as cool as standing out. So if you’re considered “weird,” you’re the winner!


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

Raffaela: Yes Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and I just got a Snapchat!

Twitter: el_la_bel_la

Instagram: el_la_bel_la_

Facebook: Raffaela

Snapchat: RaffyCapp


YouTube: Raffaela Capp


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

Raffaela: Thank you! Tweet me, Instagram me, Facebook me, or Snapchat me anytime!


Photo Credit: Raffaela and Reach – The Movie


Chit Chatting with Actress Lou Lou Safran


Written by Jill Sheets

11 year old Lou Lou Safran is surrounded by a talented family. Her mom is a singer and songwriter, and her dad is a film producer. No wonder Lou Lou wanted to be an actress. Read on and learn more about this up and coming actress, her new movie, and find out five things people don’t know about her.


R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into acting.

L: Thank you so much for having me! I love your magazine. It has so many thoughtful and positive articles. I also really love that I don’t have to worry I’ll come across something on your website I will wish I hadn’t seen.

I am 11 and going into middle school this year. I am a huge lover of the arts and I have always been passionate about film, music, theater, and anything creative and crafty. I love nature, animals, travel, friends, and anything Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets related. I am also nuts about Gary Cooper, particularly in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. I love classic Hollywood movies so much! This summer it’s like one big Hollywood oldie festival every place we go because we have been watching as many as we can, at least one a night. The characters are so charming in those films, so witty and smart. And you don’t have to cover your eyes during any love scenes. They were very discreet and much more romantic in those days.

My mommy is a singer-songwriter and a really great one too (not that I’m biased or anything) and my dad is a film producer, so all my life I have been surrounded by the arts and all sorts of talented, creative people. I’m sure that has inspired my interests, but I really got intrigued by acting when I was five and in my mom’s music video. I knew then that I wanted to be an actress more than anything else in the world. A few years later on the set of my very first movie, The Choice, I got to confirm for myself that this was my true passion.


R: How did your parents take it when you told them that you wanted to act?

L: My parents have always been super supportive of everything I’ve ever wanted to do, even when I used to want to be a rock star-vet-princess. But letting me try acting, other than in my mom’s music videos, was a much bigger decision and they were quite apprehensive about it. I guess they were most concerned about letting me try for it at my young age, so first I had to prove to them that I was serious about it. We had many talks, much nagging and begging on my part, lots of cleaning up of my room, the turtles’ habitat, and taking care of the dog, all A’s in school, and a lot of reading and writing and other tasks before I was finally allowed to put my first audition on tape. It was for the role of Katie in Nicholas Spark’s The Choice. I was elated when I got the part and I think I proved to them that I could do it by always being prepared for my scenes, getting into the character and doing my work well. The Choice director Ross Katz said I was a natural and I was so happy to hear that! But getting to audition for the Annabelle: Creation part wasn’t any easier with my parents. I sure hope they don’t make me jump through hoops every time I want to try out for a part!


R: Tell us about your movie Annabelle: Creation and about your character.

L: Our movie tells the story of how the Annabelle doll was created and why she is the monster we know. It is also a story of family loss and a group of young girls who find themselves in the toughest of circumstances but stick together no matter what.

I play Tierney, one of six girls who has to move to a new orphanage with their guardian nun after their old orphanage is closed down. Their new home turns out to be a creepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Everything seems strange and dark there, but they keep trying to get used to it, since they don’t really have a choice and they always have each other. The girls have been through a lot and are a tight-knit family at this point. But then they find a weird doll in a bolted dusty closet and things start to go horribly wrong…..


R: Did you find yourself getting frightened during the movie?

L: This goes to show what a great director David Sandberg is and what an amazing set we had for the movie, because even after rehearsing the scenes, making fun of the Annabelle doll whenever we had her on the set, and watching actors being turned into demons in the VFX makeup chairs, we would scream and run every time in every scary scene! Luckily we were meant to do that, but the reactions you’ll see on screen were hardly ever very “acted” by any of us. We loved every minute of it!


R: If you could be on any five TV shows, which ones would they be?

L: It would be amazing to work on Modern Family, Fawlty Towers, Wonder Woman, Full House and the Brady Bunch. To be on the set with that big cast of kids would be great fun, I bet!


R: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to talk about?

L: I am on the Gold Coast of Australia right now and I just finished out the school year here in a great Aussie school – shout out to the Broadbeach State School, class 6c and Ms. Cusack! My parents are working on a movie here, so I’ll be in Australia until August, and then I head back to LA for the Annabelle premiere which I am sooooooo excited about! I just got a ukulele and I have been practicing new songs, learning to rock climb, and surf. I have just started a YouTube channel and I’ll be posting silly videos of my Arctic Monkeys and TLSP covers on the piano and random uke tunes. I hope to record a few of my own songs soon, too. That’s all I can say of my projects for now.

R: What five actors and actresses would you like to work with?

L: I hope they can be from any time, present or past, because I really WISH I could work with Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Dudley Moore, and Julie Andrews. Sorry, that makes six.


R: I read that one of your favorite movies is Clue. What makes it one of your favorites?

L: I am impressed. You are very well informed! Well, it’s true, up until recently it was my number one favorite because of the suspense, ridiculous situations, characters, and the sense of humor, which struck me every time even after watching it thirty times. My best friends Audrey and Annabelle and I would watch it every sleepover and never get tired of it. It will always be tops for me, but the ranking has just changed a little. May I give you my new top five?

  1. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town with Gary Cooper. It is irresistible and so clever!
  2. Arthur with Dudley Moore in possibly the funniest role ever and a great lesson to learn.
  3. Singing in the Rain – you can’t not love this movie.
  4. Clue, of course.
  5. The Choice and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2

If you haven’t seen The Choice yet, I promise you will love it. It’s about finding love and purpose in life, and we shot it on the most beautiful set ever, right on the water in Wilmington, North Carolina.


R: Who or what has been your biggest influence in your life?

L: My parents and music. It would take hours to list all the reasons why.


R: What are some of your future goals?

L: I hope to become a better actress with every year. I want to hone my craft as much as possible and get to practice it on every set I get a chance to work on. I need to get better at the piano, and I’m planning to learn all the Eddie Vedder ukulele songs by the end of summer. I would like to improve on my Polish and French reading this year and learn Spanish too. My tennis game and swim moves could use more practice, and I’d like to get back to dance, too.

Once I’m back in Los Angeles and the school year begins, I promised myself to devote more time to my three favorite organizations: Animal Tracks, Project Angel Food, and A Sense of Home. If you would like to hear more about them, please go to my website,, for more information. They are truly inspiring and effect the community in the most beautiful and selfless ways.

R: Do you have a hobby or some other thing that you like to do when you are not working?

L: Beside acting, I spend most of my time on music. I am always listening to new songs, playing piano, and learning the ukulele. I love discovering new kinds of music, bands, and artists for myself. My mom, dad, and my Uncle Mick are always introducing me to new sounds, too, and it’s like a great adventure. I also love going to concerts. There is nothing like watching your favorite band live!

Besides that I spend every chance I get playing with my friends, telling jokes, climbing trees, and coming up with elaborate schemes for our sleepovers.

We also have an organic garden back at home. I tend to the milkweeds and look after the monarch butterfly caterpillars that we get a ton of. They are endangered these days, and it’s super important to create safe habitats for them to grow. It’s not too difficult to do — you can do it in any space, and it’s breathtaking to watch them grow and transform. But I can’t say I’m a very good gardener besides that. Apparently, I lack patience…I plan to improve on that, too.


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


  1. I want a baby sister like there’s no tomorrow.
  2. I cannot handle roller coasters!
  3. I’ve been called a messy bessy by those in the know.
  4. My favorite color is every shade of blue.
  5. My favorite animals are finger monkeys, turtles, sugar gliders, and fainting goats.


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

L: I just started my website. My mom helped me set it up and I’ve been working on the content. It’s been a ton of work to get it done, but it’s creative and really fun. I plan to write more and post stories that inspire me.

I love taking photos so I often post on Instagram – lots of silly things and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the movies I am working on.

My Facebook is


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

L: My mom wrote a song for me when I was really little and she always says that if I ever get lost or confused in life I should just listen to the lyrics. It’s one of my favorite quotes ever and I hope you all like it as much as I do:

“Promise me you won’t let the world change you

you are the love and always will be

let your spirit guide you

and forever stay free

do not ever forget you came from love

and were born into grace.”


R: Thank you for the interview, Lou Lou!

L: Thank you for listening and featuring me in your magazine. It’s been a pleasure!


Do You Have What It Takes To Become An Actor?

A lot of people dream of a fantastic career on the stage or screen. But the reality is that remarkably few of these actually have a passion for acting. The lure of fame and fortune is a strong pull, of course, but there is a lot more to acting than the glamour and glitz of Hollywood -which is an impossible dream for 95% of all actors. But you don’t have to make it to the big time – acting jobs are everywhere. And with the right attitude, experience, and desire to put yourself forward, you can make a decent living out of the art if you put your mind to it. Here’s what it takes to start an acting career…

You have an advantage

As a young person, you are in a good place to start planning a career in acting. With your life in front of you, time is most definitely on your side – but you the sooner you dive into acting, the better. Join your school drama group, and if it’s offered as a subject, take it. Sign up to local independent groups, too – and don’t be afraid to go to auditions. The truth is that auditions can be a little scary, but if you start trying out for things now, things will get a lot easier very quickly.

The college route

You don’t have to study drama – but as point out, it will help. You will learn all kinds of important aspects of acting, as well as learning how to set a stage up, lots of theory, and a good mix of styles. You can actually find yourself at acting school – maybe you will learn you are better suited in musicals than comedies, for example?

You need experience

Experience is vital when it comes to acting – whether you are going to college or looking for paid work. You might hear about young children who have been plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight, but these situations are incredibly rare. You are far better off doing as we suggested above, and getting as much experience as possible. There are plenty of services out there like which list audition opportunities and casting calls. Your local papers will also display acting jobs on occasion. The most important thing, however, is to get involved with local drama groups – you will learn such a lot from more experienced actors, and don’t forget: you never know who might be watching!

Your proof

Although an audition will seal the deal for you, every actor needs proof to get that audition in the first place. You’ll need a showreel, showing off your range, skills, and experience. You might want to consider signing up with an agency, too – although please be careful to go with a reputable company. Agents have a lot of contacts and will be notified of upcoming jobs – and if you have star quality, they will back you to the hilt.

So, do you have what it takes to become an actor? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?

Chit Chatting with Eden McCoy


Written by Jill Sheets

Teen actress Eden McCoy has been acting awhile. If you are a soap fan, you may have seen her as Josslyn Jacks on General Hospital. This Los Angeles native has come a long way, from being very shy to where she is now. Read on about how she got her start acting, how she prepares for a role, and what advice she gives to other teenage girls.


R: Tell us about yourself and how you got into acting.

E: I was really shy in elementary school, so I took a theater camp one summer so that I would be more comfortable speaking publically. There was an agent there who approached my family at the end of the camp and asked if I had any interest in acting professionally, and I said yes. Two months later, I filmed my first commercial for Wells Fargo.


R: You are on the soap opera General Hospital. Tell us a little about the show and your character Josslyn.

E: Josslyn is a teen that is going through a lot right now on the show. Her older brother recently died in a mob-related car explosion, she just found out her kidney donor (Joss had a kidney transplant as a toddler) has been executing a revenge plot against her mother that involved sleeping with her mother’s husband, and now her stepfather is having her father arrested for buying the kidney that was donated to Josslyn many years ago. I love how the writers trust me to show Joss’s emotions and they write powerful scenes for my GH family and me. It’s an honor to portray Josslyn – I love the character!


R: Tell us about the TV movie The Nerd Posse and about your character Jenny.

E: Jenny is one of three “mean girls” in this pilot and is part of a clique called “The Jennys” (Jenny, Jennifer, and Jen). The pilot episode deals with how some anime misfits and comic book fans come together and stand up for themselves against the Jennys and learn to be proud and confident in who they are.


R: What was the auditioning process like? How did you find out that you got the role?

E: This was actually one of those rare occasions when I did not have to audition for this role – the casting director and the producers were familiar with prior work I had done, so they viewed my reel and offered me the part. I was super excited to work with such a talented group of actors, and the director Suzette Troche Stapp was amazing!


R: You were on the Thundermans. What was that like? How was it working with the cast?  

E: My role on the Thundermans as a snooty mean girl was really fun to play, except that I had to be mean to Addison Reicke, who has become one of my closest friends in the business! Everyone on that cast was so welcoming and kind, and that show is near and dear to my heart because that’s how I met Addi!


R: Are there any upcoming projects that you can talk about?

E: I’ve been auditioning for a few things. I can’t really talk about any of them, but stay tuned!


R: How do you get ready for a role that you play?

E: I try and create a “backstory” or an emotional history for the character if they don’t already have one, and if they already have one then I sort of fill in the blanks with personal details that make me able to relate to them more. For example, I decide what her favorite food is, what sports she likes to play and why, her best friend, what books does she like to read, what the last conversation she had with her parents was, and things like that. It makes the character seem more real to me, and I think it helps the character seem more truthful for the audience.


R: If you could work with any actors, who would they be?

E: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and basically the entire cast of 30 Rock!  It’s my favorite show ever!


R: You are also a model. What is your favorite part about modeling and who are some of the companies that you model for?

E: I usually only model in fashion editorials at the request of photographers, not specific brands, but one company that I worked with is Izzy Be Clothing. Their message is so powerful and important! They are dedicated to positive self-love and empowerment messages that make a difference – they advocate the importance of seeing beauty in others and finding beauty within ourselves. They also partner with select global and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to human rights. It’s been a privilege to work with them.


R: Have you ever had a “star struck” moment?

E: Well even though I didn’t wind up getting the part, I was very star struck when I was invited to audition for an upcoming pilot being produced by Amy Poehler. It was a director and producer’s session, so Amy was in the room. She is one of my favorite actors of all time, and getting to audition for her and making her laugh really hard was a very powerful experience for me. She said I did great and that she loved my audition!


R: What advice would you give to other teenage girls?

E: Just to be kind to each other. We are all struggling with something, and no one’s life is perfect. A smile and a little kindness can make all the difference.


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

E: I have a list in my iPhone Notes of funny dog names, when I chew gum I always chew two pieces at the same time, sometimes I spend hours on YouTube looking at teacup piglet videos, I keep and collect all the key cards from every hotel I’ve stayed at, and I keep a secret stash of candy hidden in my room.


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

E: My Instagram is @edenmccoy, and my twitter is @realedenmccoy.  I also have a Facebook page (there are imposter pages, but my real one has a blue verified check next to my name).


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

E: Please keep sending me messages on social media. I love to hear from you and know what you think – and I read them all! I am so grateful for all the support you guys give me – LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU ALL!


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/ @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


Chit Chatting with Actress Jessica Green


Written by Jill Sheets

I remember about two years ago sitting down and binge-watching Jessica’s debut TV show Lightning Point. Jessica played one of the two teens that came to Earth from another galaxy. Read on and learn more about her, her upcoming projects, and who she would like to work with in the future.


R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in the acting business.

J: I was born and raised in Tasmania with my brother Tyler, but I now live in Queensland Australia. I grew up always performing or doing sports; dancing, singing, rugby, surf lifesaving, and surfing. I kept my parents busy! I am an animal lover and was going to be a vet nurse, but I started modeling at the age of fourteen and from that I also did a few acting classes. It led to an audition for a lead role in the TV show Lightning Point, where I was lucky to land the role of Kiki. That was the beginning of my acting career.


R: Tell us about your film Red Billabong and the role of Rebecca.

J: Red Billabong is an action thriller filmed in the Australian outback. It’s the story of two brothers that, when they discover an old secret, their family lies and their friends start to go missing. I played the role of Rebecca, one of those friends that disappeared, only to reappear in a different form. It is a bit of an on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller! There are great special VFX effects and it was so much fun to film.


R: What was the audition like for this movie?

J: I was living in the United States when the role was offered to me, so I self-taped my audition and then skyped with the director Luke Sparke.


R: You have also worked on TV shows. What are the major differences when filming?

J: There is not a lot of difference except time. Our filming was done over a couple of months for the movie, but a series like Lightning Point we were on set nearly every day for six months. I even had to do schoolwork on set, since I was in my final year of school.


R: Speaking of TV shows, you played Kiki on Lightning Point. Tell us about the show and your character.

J: I had to learn how to ride a horse for the role of Kiki. It was so much fun! I went riding every morning for a month before we started filming. I also had to practice surfing every day.

R: Do you have any tricks on how to remember your lines?

J: Practice, practice! The more you practice, the easier it becomes.


R: Do you have any other projects that you want to tell us about?

J: I have just had a busy few months filming a great short film called Cino with a talented film crew. It will be released in the next few months. I also have done another music film clip as the lead actress. The film clip releases in July. It’s called “The Weekend” by Jesse Porsches. I also have two new super exciting TV series which I am currently filming in New Zealand. Both are USA productions; one is a Netflix production, but you will have to keep an eye out as I cannot yet say what they are. Stay tuned!


R: If you could work with any five actors and actresses, who would they be?

J: I would love to work with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, and Rachel McAdams.


R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to become an actress?

J: Never give up on your dream. Take as many acting courses as you can. You can always improve on your craft.


R: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

J: My mum. She is there for me every step of the way, supporting me and encouraging me.


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


  1. 1. I am a bit of a tomboy

2. I am terrified of cockroaches

3. I train MMA fighting for fitness

4. I have a Green Cheek Conure Parrot named Pepeeto

5. I have a tattoo that says “thug” on the inside of my bottom lip where no one can see it! I had it done with my best friend when we left school. Since we were massive fans of Tupac, hers says “life.”


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

J: Be respectful and kind, and try to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.


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

J: Facebook:




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

J: Thank you for the support.


Picture credit: Neil Dixon Picture, Ocean Road Magazine


Chit Chatting with Actress Nicola Posener


Written by Jill Sheets

Actress Nicola Posener has an impressive resume that dates back to about 2005. Besides what she mentions in this interview, she has also made guest appearances on Lab Rats and House of Anubis. Read on about this London native and find out about her upcoming projects and discover five things you may not know about her.


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

N: Hey, Relate Mag readers! My name is Nicola, I am a London-born actress and voice-over artist, and I have been living in Los Angeles for the past two years. I have been pursuing acting my whole life, and began training at an early age. It began mostly as a hobby, but naturally turned into a career. I’ve been passionate about pursuing it ever since–it was when I was seventeen or eighteen years old, after I left school, that I began to work professionally, gaining representation. My first television role was in the children’s BBC show Mysti, followed by a series regular role in the UK Disney Channel Sketch Show Life Bites.


R: Tell us about your TV show Age of the Living Dead and about your character, Yvonne.

N: Age of The Living Dead is a 6-part mini-series set in the near future, where America has been quarantined by the rest of the world and divided into two halves – vampires on the East Coast and humans on the West. A “no man’s land” keeps the two sides apart and a fragile peace exists, but both sides have plans to break the truce and destroy the other. While the other world superpowers debate intervening, a small group of humans grant refuge to Yvonne (my character), who may be the key to their survival…or their destruction. Yvonne is the 17-year-old daughter and heir to the highest family in the vampire hierarchy. She is not like the others, and expresses herself in a more human-like manner. The vampires fear the potential chaos of her human tendencies and the humans fear her birthright and vampire species. She is very much alone, but with the intention of a better existence and creating peace between the two warring enemies.


R: Is your movie Living Dead connected to your show? Tell us about the movie.

N: It certainly is! The movie Living Dead is, in fact, the television series formatted into a feature-length film to reach a larger audience who may not have access to the series. We are expected to begin principle photography for Season 2 within the coming months.


R: Tell us about the movie End of Term and about your character. What was the audition process like?

N: End of Term is a movie where art meets horror at the renowned Ford Barrington Art School, as a group of graduates are tormented by the lingering menace of Garth Stroman, an artist who had a disturbing vision fifty years prior. Myself and the fellow students discover that true art can only be achieved through suffering and pain. The climax of the film sees graduation celebrations turn into a twisted confrontation with medieval torture…all in the name of art. Without giving too much away, I play one of the leading roles, Ashley, who is a villainous character of sorts. I actually auditioned for this film via self-tape whilst in Los Angeles. The film was shooting in Yorkshire, and they were seeing various British actors for the role. I was absolutely delighted to have heard that my audition made an impact. They flew me out the following month to begin filming.


R: You have an impressive resume. Tell us about some of your other upcoming projects.

N: Thank you. I’m currently working on a feature film called Angels Fallen. It’s an action/adventure movie where I play the leading role of Hannah, ex-demon hunter. We shot the majority of the film on location in Macedonia, which was a brilliant experience. The film involves fire, water, stunts–a great amount of fun! I can also be seen in the upcoming pilot for Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, playing an MI5 spy and potential love interest. It’s rare that I get to use my British accent in films! I worked with the most fantastic team and cannot wait to see how it turns out.

R: You are in the Mythica movies. What was it like working with Kevin Sorbo and Melanie Stone?

N: Mythica has been such a treat. It was a series of five separate feature films that we shot back to back. Kevin Sorbo was fantastic throughout. Most of my scenes were with Melanie Stone, Jake Stormoen, and Adam Johnson. We play a team of four unlikely heroes trying to rid the land of an undead plague, fighting a multitude of creatures in the process. We’re all great friends, having worked together over the past three years. It was such a fun adventure shooting a fantasy series, and I had so much fun everyday on set. They became like family to me.


R: What is the best thing about acting? What are some of the hardest parts about it?

N: I’d say the best thing has to be when you receive the phone call from your agent finding out you’ve booked the role! I remember I was in London handing out flyers about Disney’s High School Musical Tour when I got the phone call from my agent saying that I landed the series regular role in Disney Channel’s brand new television series Life Bites. It was my biggest break yet and I could not get over the irony of what I was doing at that exact moment in time. Definitely a moment to treasure. The hardest part is to not allow yourself to be a perfectionist, to trust in your performance and not be hard on yourself once the scene is complete. It’s always so difficult watching it, but you must remain confident that the character choices and decisions on set were right at that moment in time. There is no place for insecurity in the industry.


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

N: A relative of mine suffers from Crohn’s disease. It doesn’t have great awareness, but it’s an incredibly debilitating disease and with no cure yet, it’s a case of managing day to day life. Both my sister and I have been involved in the 10K charity run through London for Crohn’s. There are many wonderful charities out there searching for cures that would all be worthy of small donations. Even the tiniest amount can make a big difference.


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

N: Good question. I’m being super honest in revealing this one, but I’m actually really terrified of fish, an unusual phobia but a real phobia nonetheless. Another thing is that I love to sing–I originally trained in musical theatre and have a strong soprano belt (which I tend to keep to myself). My favorite animals switch between dolphins and pigs, because they’re both incredibly smart! I used to train in martial arts and I’m extremely rusty, but hey, I can defend myself if need be. The last thing is that I used to play electric guitar and play in a band when I was fifteen and sixteen years old. Great memories from my more musical days!


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

N: Ah yes, definitely not easy. The most important thing is to remain confident in yourself–no doubts. Teenage years are tricky, and there are so many comparisons to others and insecurities that can pop up along the way. The most important thing to remember is that YOU are wonderful, smart, talented, and not to let anything make you believe otherwise.


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

N: Oh gosh, I’ve been asked many and none of them are coming to mind. We have a fantastic fan group created by the Mythica fans themselves, the Mythies in which I regularly tune in to the online Q&A’s with rather unusual questions. Pop by the Facebook page Mythica Musings…no doubt you’ll spot a few unusual (but fun) questions!


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

N: Absolutely. I can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I love to hear from fans so don’t be shy! Reach out and I’ll be sure to say hello!


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

N: Yes, a great big thank you for all the support! It always makes my day when I’m sent a link to a fan video or a piece of artwork, even poetry. It amazes me how creative the gestures are and I truly love to hear from everyone.


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

N: It’s been a pleasure, thank you.


Picture credit: Age of The Living, Nightmare Wedding Lifetime Network, Life Bites Disney Channel, Mythica