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?

I:

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

 

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?

J:

  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: https://www.facebook.com/Jessica.Green.Actress.Model

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicalaurengreen/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZIBHNorEx8u3yHAdcls9g

 

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!

www.twitter.com/NicolaPosener

www.instagram.com/NicolaPosener

www.facebook.com/ActressNicolaPosener

www.nicolaposener.com

 

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

 

Chit Chatting with Actress Holly Earl

 

Written by Jill Sheets

The first time I saw the brilliant actress Holly Earl, she was on the hilarious show Cuckoo, where she played the character Zoe Chance. Cuckoo was one of the shows that I would try to binge-watch whenever I had the chance. So, when I found out that she was going to be in the movie Once Upon a Time in London, I was very excited! I can’t wait to see it. Read on and learn more about her new film, her other upcoming projects, and what her favorite part of filming this movie was.

 

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

H: I started out as a child actor at the tiny age of three alongside my sister. At twelve, I took some time out to finish my schooling and be a regular teenager before deciding to return to acting at eighteen. I haven’t stopped since!

 

R: Tell us about Loving Vincent and about your character La Mousmé.

H: Loving Vincent was a fantastic experience. The film is about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, and the majority of characters are based on actual people he painted. It was captured in live action with actors, and then later hand-painted over by more than a hundred real artists in his distinctive style. Dorotea Kobiela and Hugh Welshman, who directed the film, were really clever about how they gave character and life to these portraits. I play La Mousme, who was an actual girl who sat for Van Gogh and, in the film, is a boisterous and nosey courtesan. I’m so grateful that I got asked to do this cameo in such a unique and inspiring project.

 

R: Tell our listeners about Once Upon a Time in London and about your character Aggie Vaux.

H: Once Upon a Time in London is the true story of notorious criminals Jack Spot and Bill Hill, who were the kings of the organized crime world from the 1930s to the 1950s. I play Aggie Vaux, an innocent but headstrong young woman who finds herself getting wrapped up with Billy and his antics. She was interesting to play, as she not only had to have the strength to stand with these men, but she also had to be vulnerable at the same time. She was a real person that lived this life and not much is known about her, so I wanted to do justice to the character.

 

R: How did you prepare for this character?

H: I started by researching into the real-life woman and finding out whatever I could about her. As I said, there’s not much to be found, as women didn’t have a lot of say at that time. Also, as a woman associated with criminals, you’d most likely want to keep some anonymity. What I did find out, however, is that she apparently had something very special about her. Other research I did was into the era, especially how women held and conducted themselves, which helped me get into the body and mind-set of a woman from that time.

 

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

H: As someone who is slightly obsessed with the glamour of the 1940s and 50s, one my favourite things about filming was definitely the costumes. Every day was a new, stunning outfit. Michelle May, the costume designer, did a fabulous job of finding unique and authentic pieces from that time. There were a lot of outfits I wish I could’ve kept!

 

R: You got to work with an amazing cast. What was it like to work with Geoff Bell, Dominic Keating, Andy Beckwith, and the rest of the cast?

H: Unfortunately, I didn’t get to work with everyone in the cast, as in the film they’re all off being gangsters and getting up to no good. I did, however, work closely with Leo Gregory, who plays Billy Hill. He is a fantastic actor and a real gentleman. We were lucky to get some rehearsal, which is quite a luxury when working on a film, and that allowed us to really develop our characters and their relationship.

 

R: Speaking about working with a wonderful cast, tell us about the show Cuckoo and about your character Zoe. What is your favorite episode from this show?

H: Cuckoo is perhaps one of my favourite shows to have worked on. It’s like one big family. Zoe’s fun, as she’s the complete opposite to me as a person. She’s stony-faced and a real tease to Tyger Drew-Honey’s character, Dylan. My favourite episode is Potato Party in the second series. When I read the script I laughed out loud! Let’s just say there are a lot of shenanigans going on, involving some questionable jacket potatoes and a bath…

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

H: My mum. She got me into acting when I was younger, and if it wasn’t for her I probably wouldn’t be doing what I love so much today. She’s my rock.

 

R: I know you like to draw. Tell us about it!

H: Art (drawing and painting) is my second passion after acting. They’re not dissimilar, as I love how I can create vibrant and different characters within a portrait. At the moment, it’s still a hobby, but I hope that one day I can share it more with the world.

 

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

H: The charity that is closest to my heart is Mind. I feel that mental health issues, whether mild or not, is something that everyone goes through at some point or another. It’s just not talked about enough, which makes people feel like they’re the only ones going through these things. There needs to be more open discussions about it that take the fear out of opening up. It shouldn’t be a taboo topic.

 

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

H: Be easy on yourself. Being a teenager is hard. You’re figuring out about yourself and dealing with a lot of things for the first time. Just know that things get easier and, if you’re going through a hard time, it won’t last forever. It all works towards making you a stronger adult on the other side.

 

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

H: My first crush was Marlon Brando, I have two gorgeous cats, I make a mean Mexican fajita, I adore baby elephants, and I’d love to go to Japan one day.

 

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

H: It’s not really a strange question, but I get mistaken for Emilia Clarke quite a lot. People ask me what it’s like to be Khaleesi and ride dragons. I wish I knew!

 

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?

H: I only use Twitter and Instagram, both under my name.

 

R: Anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

H: I’m grateful for everyone who is and has supported me so far. Thank you. it means a lot!

 

Picture credit: Jo Mclintok, Julie Edwards

 

Chit Chatting with Dancer and Choreographer Kristin McQuaid

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Kristin McQuaid is an actress, dancer, and choreographer. You may have seen her work on So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms, and she even got to dance on tour with singer Britney Spears. Read on and learn more about her, what she has acted in, and what five things people may not know about her.

 

R: Tell us about yourself and how you got dancing. Was being a choreographer something you wanted to do as a child?

K: Well, I didn’t start dancing until I was eleven years old. I was playing soccer, but my younger sister danced and I thought I would try it out. When I try something new, I put 110% into it, so, as you can imagine, I was at the dance studio seven days a week trying to master the art of dance. Choreography didn’t come into my life until around the age of fifteen. I started choreographing group routines and winning awards, and something told me that was my calling.

 

R: What is your favorite type of dance and why?

K: Jazz! It’s so high-energy and fun to watch. Jazz also matches my personality. I am really outgoing, spunky, and energetic. Jazz dance is all that combined.

 

R: What is your process of creating a dance routine?

K: I never pre-choreograph anything. I never like my choreography when I do so. I like to live in the moment and let my mind and body speak to me right then and there. I feel that is when some of my best work comes to life. Music is my biggest inspiration, as well as life’s struggles and accomplishments.

 

R: What advice would you give someone who wanted to be a choreographer?

K: To take a risk. Show who YOU really are. I feel that is the hardest part about being a choreographer these days with social media and YouTube on the rise. Everyone is seeing what is working and they then bring that same thing to the table. Be unique. Everyone is created differently for a reason and we should all embrace those attributes.

 

R: You have worked with many talented entertainers. Who were they and what are your top five projects?

K:

  1. Hailee Payne, So You Think You Can Dance Season 11: I got to choreograph her solos for the season.
  2. Nia Sioux Frazer, Dance Moms: I choreographed a concept piece for her called “Shark” and also just completed a celebrity endorsement commercial for her.
  3. Dance Moms: I was a guest choreographer on Season 6.
  4. I danced for Britney Spears during her Onyx Hotel tour.
  5. I was in a music video with Prince. It was really cool to have worked with such a legend.

 

R: You are also an actress. How did you get your start in acting? Tell our readers about some of the things that you have been in.

K: I fell in love with acting through dance. I find they are very relatable in many ways. My big break into the acting business was on American Dreams on NBC. It was a show set in the 60s and I got to dance and act on the show! It was the best of both worlds for me. I was then seen in the feature film Beautiful starring Minnie Driver, several episodes of Days of our Lives, and the film Zombie Prom, produced by Wes Craven.

 

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

K: I am going to be releasing a music video that I choreographed for a huge up and coming artist. I am so excited for everyone to see it! This artist is extremely talented and only thirteen years old!

 

R: Tell us about your clothing line Kraze. Do you have a website for your clothing line?

K: I started my own clothing line! I have my own spin on style and I wanted to share it with the world. I am all about being unique and being true to who you are. This line speaks that. All of my 2016/17 spring line is on sale now and my 2017 fall line is coming out soon!www.krazebykristin.com

 

R: How did you come up with the idea for the line?

K: I want people to feel they can express who they are with the clothes they wear. I feel my line lets you be YOU. Clothing speaks volumes and I want to improve the minds of those that feel trapped. I wanted to create a line that was comfortable to wear when just hanging out or even wear to dance class.

 

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

K:

  1.    If I wasn’t a choreographer, I would be a marine biologist.
  2.    I am a HUGE animal lover!
  3.    My favorite color is yellow.
  4.    I am OBSESSED with the Titanic!
  5.    I love Hello Kitty.

 

R: What are some of your future goals?

K: I definitely want to keep working on my craft. You can never stop learning and growing. I want to choreograph music videos for new artists, and work on more TV shows!

 

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

K: The ASPCA. With me being such a huge animal person, I knew that was the best charity for me to serve with and be a part of.

 

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

K: “Has anyone ever told you that you look like the singer Pink?” (I get asked that all the time!)

 

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

K: Yes!

Instagram: @kristin_mcquaid

Twitter: @kristin_mcquaid

Facebook: Kristin McQuaid

Snapchat: @krazebykristin

YouTube: Kristin McQuaid

Website: www.KristinMcQuaid.com

 

R: Anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

K: I would love this world to turn into a happier place, so try and find the positive in everything you do. Some days might be tough, but there is still a positive in there somewhere. I would also just like to thank all of my fans for their continued love and support! You guys are awesome!

 

Picture source: Kelly Lee

 

Christina Grimmie Steps it Up in The Matchbreaker

 

Written by Jill Sheets

 

When Ethan, played by Wesley Elder, gets fired from his job, he is offered money by the parents of a girl whose boyfriend they do not approve of. They hire Ethan to break the young couple up, and soon, by word of mouth more parents who don’t approve of their child’s relationships contact him to break them up. Things get a little sticky when he falls in love with a client, Emily, played by the late singer Christina Grimmie. How is he going to keep his secret job away from the girl that he is falling for? What will happen if she finds out?

The cover was the first thing that I noticed about the movie. I kept flipping through films on Netflix, and as I kept coming across The Matchbreaker cover, I kept thinking, “that looks like Christina Grimmie!” But I kept telling myself that there was no way that it was her.  As I continued to flip through the movies, however, I finally decided to look and see what the film information was and who was in the movie. I was excited to see that it was her and I could not wait to watch it. So at first, I watched the movie because of her, but I am glad that I did because it was a great film. Christina Grimmie delivered an excellent performance not only when she sang, but when she was acting. This movie was well done and will keep your interest from the start. The acting from the entire cast was fantastic, along with the writing for the film. I do not usually laugh out loud when it comes to funny movies, but with The Matchbreaker, I did. Even if you are not a Christina Grimmie fan, you will love this touching romantic comedy.

 

Chit Chatting with Charlotte Mary Wen

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing a very talented actress and singer, Charlotte Mary Wen. She was the winner of the 2013 LA’s Next Great Stage Star Award, and that award was well deserved. She has acted not only on stage, but also in movies and TV shows. Read on about Charlotte, her upcoming projects, and find out who her biggest influence is.

 

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

C: I grew up in San Diego playing on the beach, singing on kitchen tables, and putting on skits with my cousins. I think ever since I was little, the idea of “playing” and “creating” was a huge passion of mine. I started out in musical theatre in San Diego, then Los Angeles and New York City. I discovered a love and interest of TV and film when I got older, and now I’m in Los Angeles pursuing a career on the stage and screen!

 

R: Tell us about your TV movie Life on Mars and about your character Rebecca.

C: Life on Mars is about a young man trying to find his way – he’s a little lost in life and trying to find the balance between love and relationships and his career. Sounds kind of typical of young adults in Los Angeles! I play Rebecca, a snarky girl who shuts him down, but who hysterically does so by misusing idioms.

 

R: Can you tell us about the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

C: Oh my gosh! I can’t say much about the movie, but I will say you will love Melissa McCarthy’s performance. She is a dream and I loved working with her!

 

R: You are in the movie A Killer Walks Amongst Us. Tell us about the movie and about your character.

C: The death of a high school girl leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I play her best friend, Michelle.

 

R: You got to work with an incredible cast. What was it like working with Dominic Keating, Ashley Scott, and the rest of the cast? What was your favorite memory from that film?

C: The cast was so kind and professional. Everyone on set felt like a family. I loved filming my scene with Eva LaRue and Michael Welch – they exemplified ease on set that I aspire to achieve.


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

C: I’m excited to play Ali in Mamma Mia! at the Hollywood Bowl. I can’t believe I get to work with Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall and a stellar cast. I feel truly blessed.

 

R: What theater plays have you been in? Which ones were your favorite?

C: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), One Day: The Musical (Off-Broadway) and American Idiot (La Mirada) are some of my favorites, but I absolutely loved playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3DT).

 

R: What is the best thing about performing on stage?

C: I love the feeling of sharing an experience with a live audience. There is something beautiful about live theatre and every performance being different from the one before.

 

R: You also sing. Do you have any plans on recording an album?

C: I love singing covers on my YouTube channel. I’ve never thought about doing an album, but I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to it in the future!

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

C: My younger sister, Janelle! She has incredible faith and dedication and I aspire to be more like her every day. She is a graphic designer for Universal Studios and an incredible hip hop dancer and choreographer. She’s also my go-to for encouragement and advice.

 

R: What are your future goals?

C: I love comedy and sitcom. I’d love to get deeper into funny content on TV, film, and new media. I also want to eventually coach young adults in performing arts.

 

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

C:

  1. My two favorite cities are Barcelona and London
  2. I love pesto
  3. I once ate ten eggs for breakfast–yep, count ’em!
  4. My family has been in San Diego for five generations
  5. I have two dogs, one of which is 17 years old

 

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

C: I like this one! Hmm…I think my favorite is, “Why do you have such big feet?” It’s true. I have pretty big feet for my height, and it still baffles me. I think I was meant to be taller!

 

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?

C: Yes! My official website is www.charlottemarywen.com. I’m on Instagram and Twitter as @charmarywen, and my YouTube channel is youtube.com/charlottemarywen.  I use Instagram and YouTube the most!

 

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

C: In this career, you go through lots of ups and downs. Sometimes it feels like the downs are outweighing the ups, but you need to keep at it and if there is nothing else you could imagine making you as happy, stick with it. The work doesn’t validate you, but knowing you are enough and you have something to say and share is all you need. Oh, and don’t forget to enjoy every moment!

 

Picture credits: Taili Song Roth, CBS Television, LA Stage Alliance, Isaac James

 

Chit Chatting with Madison Lintz

 

Written by Jill Sheets

I recently got to interview 18-year-old actress Madison Lintz. Some of you may have seen her as Sophia Peletier on The Walking Dead, or as Maddie on the show Bosch. Madison has a new movie coming out called Tell Me Your Name. Learn more about this film, about her, and what the strangest question she has been asked is.

 

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

M: I’m from a family of actors, my mom being the first. She had to take me to set with her one day when I was six, and I knew right then that I wanted to be an actress, too.

 

R: Tell us about your movie Tell Me Your Name and about your character Hannah.

M: Hannah is a well-meaning friend who, during a DIY séance, unwittingly brings about a doorway to evil to her best friend. Séances are never a good idea! Don’t try them at home.

 

R: How did you prepare for your character?

M: The character was a little bit goth, a little bit spunky, but also popular, fun-loving, and kind. Hannah and I dress similarly, but that’s about it! I prefer having a small circle of close friends, and I’m not necessarily the most outgoing; I don’t prefer to be the center of attention. It was interesting to go outside of my comfort zone to play this character!

 

R: Tell us about your show Bosch and your character Maddie.

M: Bosch is a crime drama series on Amazon Prime. It’s based in Los Angeles around a tough cop, Harry Bosch, who struggles to attain justice amongst the most formidable cases. I play Harry Bosch’s daughter in the show, Maddie Bosch. My character definitely has an element of innocence to her.


R: You were on The Walking Dead. What was that like?

M: I absolutely loved my time on The Walking Dead! The cast and crew were so amazing and supportive–I have nothing but nice things to say about them. I was 10-12 years old when I did the series, so it was like summer camp, but with zombies.

 

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

M: I’m moving out to Los Angeles at the end of July to shoot Season Four of Bosch!

 

R: If you could make your favorite book into a movie, which book would it be? What character would you play and who would play opposite you?

M: Most of my favorite books have been made into movies! (Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Fifth Wave, I Am Number Four) There are so many other series that I’d like to see turned into good movies, like the Young Elite series, the Golden Son series, and so many others. I love to read!

 

R: What are your top five favorite movies and what are your top five shows?

M: Top five shows: Gilmore Girls, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Teen Wolf, and New Girl

Top five movies: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, How to Train Your Dragon, and Me, Earl, and The Dying Girl

 

R: What would your dream vacation be? Where would you go?

M: My dream vacation would be going to Europe, staying in a fancy flat, going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in theaters, then taking the studio tour at Leavsedon where Harry Potter was filmed…which is convenient, because that what my parents got me for my eighteenth birthday/graduation present!!!!!!!


R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

M: God is definitely my biggest influence. My goal in all that I do is to present myself in a way that represents him. I always hope that’s my biggest influence on how I treat others, especially.

 

R: What do you do in your spare time?

M: I go to the gym, hang out with my boyfriend and friends, play the violin, and I read non-stop!

 

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

M:

  1. I play the violin (going on 4 months)
  2. I may be in a show that shoots in all Los Angeles, but I’m actually based out of Alpharetta, Georgia
  3. I have two brothers and a sister, and they all act as well (so does my mother!)
  4. I’m 100% addicted to coffee
  5. I love Harry Potter, and literally slay at Harry Potter trivia–no one can beat me (except MAYBE my sister)

 

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

M: Someone has asked me to sign their arm so they could tattoo it! Nerve wracking.

 

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?

M:

Instagram: @madisonlintz

Twitter: @madison_lintz

To find out what me and my family are up to, visit my mom’s blog, lifeinthehoneywagon.com. Several of her posts include me being an absolute brat! Just kidding, but you should definitely check out her post titled “Sepulvatory”.

 

 

Chit Chatting with Actress Abby Donnelly

 

Written by Jill Sheets

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to be able to interview young actress Abby Donnelly. Many of you may have seen her as Darbie on the Amazon series Just Add Magic. Read on about Abby, what her favorite shows are, what shows does she want to make a guest appearance on, and who her biggest influence is and why.

 

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

A: When I was about nine, my best friend was acting and I thought it would be really fun to be able to act on some of my favorite shows, so that’s how I started!

 

R: You are in Just Add Magic. For those who have not yet seen the show, tell us a little bit about it and your character Darbie.

A: The show is about three best friends who find a magic cookbook. I play Darbie who loves cooking and eating. She goes on adventures with her friends and absolutely loves it.

 

R: What is your favorite episode that you have done so far and why?

A: In Season Two, there is an episode where we go back to the 1950s and it was so much fun to film! Seeing the transition from 2016 to 1950 is so cool.

 

R: If you could pick one thing from the magical cookbook to make what would it be?

A: I would make the Mind Peering Peppermints because it was super fun to film!

 

R: You made a guest appearance on American Horror Story. Tell us about the episode. Who did you play?

A: I played Peggy Cartwright, who was at school when she discovers a “monster.” Like anyone else would do, she screams and runs over to her teacher.

 

R: That show has many talented actress and actors. What was it like working with them and did any of them give you advice?

A: It was really great working with them! They were amazing because it was my first job and they were really welcoming.

 

R: If you can pick five shows to make a guest appearance on, which ones would they be?

A: Probably Agents of Shield, Stranger Things, Greys Anatomy, and The Flash.

 

R: What are some of your favorite shows?

A: I love Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 13 Reasons Why, and Survivor. 

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My mom is my biggest inspiration. Her work ethic inspires me, because she works six days a week and never complains. She inspires me to be my best self.

 

R: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I like to box and do calligraphy.

 

R: I read that last year you went to the Say NO Bullying Festival. Tell us about it! 

A: Yes I did! It was so inspiring to meet other kids who have overcome bullying. We met a mom and her daughter, who was being bullied at her school because she liked to wear boy clothes. I thought it was very important to tell her that she should not change the way she looks and to keep being herself.

 

R: Speaking of bullying, what advice would you give to someone who is being bullied?

A: Do not let other people bring you down. Always stay true to yourself no matter what and make sure an adult knows what is going on.

 

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

A: I box once a week, I’m starting to learn the ukulele, I am in a regular high school, I enjoy reading Shakespeare, and I love makeup!

 

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

A:  I was once asked, “Can you drive a tractor?”

 

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

A: I am on Instagram @abigail.donnelly and my Twitter is @itsabbydonnelly

 

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

A: Thank you so much for always supporting me and what I do! I love you guys!

 

Chit Chatting with Actress Marlowe Peyton

Written By: Jill Sheets

I recently got to interview “Fresh off the Boat” actress Marlowe Peyton, who started to act at the young age of 4 years-old.  This 12-year-old also has many talents other than acting.  She loves to sing, write songs and she was able to teach herself how to play the piano by ear and there are much more.  Continue to read and learn more about her talents, about her and her animated show.  I have a feeling that we are going to hear more good things about this young lady in the future.  Keep your eyes and ears open.

 

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

M: I was four when I started acting. My sister had been acting for a couple of years and I thought it looked awesome. I asked my mom if I could act like my sister but she thought I was just wanting to be like my sister. A few weeks later we went into Merit’s managers’ office and I just asked her manager if I could act too and they said “Yes.”  I went to my first audition and booked it and I’ve been acting ever since.

 

R: Tell us about your show “Fresh Off The Boat” and about your character Reba?

M: Fresh Off The Boat, is about a Taiwanese family in America during the 1990s. My character Reba is in love with their oldest son Eddie Huang. She’s a student at Abraham Lincoln Middle School with Eddie and his younger brother Emery. Reba’s a self-possessed, confident girl who runs the school paper, audio-visual department, makes the schools morning announcements and plays sousaphone in the school band. Fun fact: Reba also loves to sing and has sung twice on the show so far.

 

R: What has been your favorite episode so far?

M: Well, that’s an impossible question to answer! The writers on Fresh Off The Boat give me some amazing material. I’d have to choose between, singing, doing a Polish accent, playing the sousaphone or running the school paper! I can’t pick! (laughs).

R: Tell us about “The Nerd Posse” and about your character Aria Crunch.

M: The Nerd Posse is a show that wants you to know, “It’s weird NOT to be weird!” The posse consists of comic nerds, YouTubers, inventors, anime lovers and hackers. My character, Aria Crunch is the daughter of Carson Crunch played by Andrew Bowen (who is absolutely hilarious!!) my crazy, off-beat dad who has created a Nerdtopia for us! Aria is unique, quirky, constantly cosplaying and vlogging which has, sometimes made it difficult for her to fit in. I love this character and I can’t wait for you to meet the whole Nerd Posse! Follow @thenerdpossetv for updates and news!
R: What was it like working with Benjamin Stockham, Emma Rayne Lyle and the rest of the cast?

M: FREAKING THE BEST! Ben Stockham and I have been best friends for years. Interesting fact – Ben and I had a joint Gravity Falls birthday party a couple of years ago! Getting the chance to work with him was an awesome experience. Emma and I have been close friends for a really long time as well and I adore her. Everyone on this pilot Ben, Emma, Jacob Hopkins, Zoe Fowler, Izzy Eggerling and the rest of the cast are so talented and SUPER nice, we had the best time hanging out every day.  I look forward to working with the whole cast again!

 

R: If they were going to make your favorite book into a movie, which one would it be?  What character would you play and who would play opposite to you? 

M: Okay I’m about to go into dreamland here! (laughs) Since my favorite show “Gravity Falls” is over, I am reading the books that are out based on the show. Right now I’m reading – “Gravity Falls: Dipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates’ Treasure!.” How cool would a live action “Gravity Falls” movie be??? Kind of amazing right? So if I get to cast myself, (laughs) I would want to play Mabel, Ben Stockham as Dipper, Danny Devito as Grunkle Stan and Josh Gad as Soos. That would be the best thing to ever happen!

 

R: I read that you are creating your own animated show.  Is that true?  If so, tell us about it.

M: Yes it is true, I’ve been developing it for the last 2 years, it’s called “Parker Bubblegum.” I was trying to fall asleep one night and an image flashed in my mind of this girl, and I had to get out of bed and start drawing her immediately, that girl is now known as Parker. I have been obsessed with creating the world she lives in ever since. I have illustrated and created all the characters, developed the story and late last year I got the chance to direct the amazing voice actors I have involved in the project.

 

R: I read that you also sing.  Is recording music something you want to do in the future?

M: Yes, definitely! I have worked as a session singer in the past and I taught myself how to play piano by ear.  Since then I’ve been writing a lot of instrumental music, mostly for my show “Parker Bubblegum.” Each character has a theme song and I listen to those songs when I’m illustrating or writing storylines. Music and singing are a really important part of my life.

R:  What is your favorite genre of music to sing? Who are some of your favorite singers and/or bands?

M: Oddly enough, I don’t think my music taste has a genre! My favorite artist is GHOST (AKA Spud-P) I also love many different styles of music from producers that work with Japanese Vocaloids, A-tonal electronic music, electro swing, my playlist is pretty odd and eclectic.

R: Who has been your biggest influence in your life, so far and why?

M: Definitely Alex Hirsch! He is my all-time hero for many reasons. His show Gravity Falls had a HUGE effect on my life and has inspired me to perfect my drawing skills, write interesting stories, and learn how to animate, which has all led to me creating my own show. So, Mr. Hirsch thank you for being such an inspiration.

 

R:  What are some of your hobbies or what you like to do when you are not filming?

M: Besides illustrating, I also love to watch Youtube, some of my favorite Youtubers are Matthias, Zylbrad and Knitting Giant Beanies. Memes I’m obsessed with meme’s and often spam my friends in our group texts, I also love to play Overwatch!

 

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

M:

  1. You can sometimes see me on my sister Merit Leighton’s Youtube channel KawaiiHappii.
  2. My friends are everything to me I love them dearly.
  3. I had a heart defect in the womb, but my mom prayed over me and it was gone when I was born.  
  4. I’m super into the new Nintendo Switch, and Breath Of The Wild is slowing taking over my brain.
  5. I have a quite a dandy Tracer and Mei impression from Overwatch.

 

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

M: I can’t recall any actually, but one of my best friends got asked the most random question at school, “Have you ever frozen your arm?” (laughs)…so I don’t think I can top that.

 

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

M:  @marlowepeyton on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Website: marlowepeyton.com

 

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

M: Let me leave you with a quote that the very wise Alex Hirsch once said to me. “You can do it!”

 

R:  Marlow, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.