Chit Chatting with Actress Fola Evans-Akingbola

Written by Jill Sheets

Picture source: Isaac Sterling

fola-2Recently I had the honor of interviewing Fola Evans-Akingbola, who is not only an actress, but also an up-and-coming model. Read on to learn more about her and about her show Dawn, with can be seen on Hulu.

 

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

F:  I am a born and raised Londoner. I grew up in Bermondsey and then moved to Honor Oak Park in my early teens. I am mixed-race: half-English and half-Nigerian. I sort of fell into the acting world. After I had finished school I was meant to go to university to study philosophy, but I ended up canceling my place and going into fashion modeling. That gave me the opportunity to travel, make some money, and see a different world I hadn’t previously been exposed to. I started taking a few acting classes, just for fun, but I caught the bug and one thing led to another. I did National Youth Theatre, went to Identity Drama School, and then found my tribe at The Actors’ Temple in London which focuses on the Meisner technique. Since signing to my agent, IAG London, in 2014 I’ve been steadily working in the industry and have been going across the pond to Los Angeles too, where I am represented by WME and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

 

R:  Tell us about your new show Dawn and about your character. How did you find out about this role?

F:  Dawn is a new project for the streaming service Hulu. The show was created by Hank Steinberg and Ken Nolan. Our director was Robert Stromberg, who has won Oscars for his production design work on Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. It was such a great team to get to be a part of. The show is about three tribes fighting for survival at the dawning of man. That is all I can really tell you for now without getting myself into trouble! We shot the pilot in Ireland, so the locations were absolutely stunning. I was actually in LA when I received the audition from my UK agents (IAG) to put myself on tape for the casting directors here in London. After several weeks I got the call saying I’d booked the job!

 

R:  You were in Game of Thrones. For those who have not heard about it, tell us about the show and your character. What was it like working with the cast?

F:  Game of Thrones is an HBO show based on the fantasy novels written by George R.R. Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire. There are different noble families and tribes all fighting for power and survival. There is also a fabulous amount of magic and dragons thrown into the mix to keep you on your toes. In Season 6, I played the wife to the leader of the Dothraki tribe, Karl Moro, who captured Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). It was so much fun shooting in Spain and having to learn the Dothraki language. I was already a fan of the show, so it was surreal being on set with the main cast and then seeing myself in the episodes when it aired!

 

R:  How do you prepare for a role?

F:  I’m still learning and figuring out what works best for me, but generally it is about finding how I can relate to the character and understand them on a human level. I have had to play a few characters with accents, so that is an important part of the process. Language and accents are such a big part of our identities, so it can be really useful in unlocking the character. Obviously I have to spend some time learning the lines, but what’s important is coming to the table with strong choices and ideas for my character and their journey.

 

R:  Tell us about some of the other movies/shows you have been in.

F:  I played Rosey Fabrice in the BBC series Death in Paradise, which is shot in Guadeloupe. It was such a treat to be out in the Carribean shooting on the beach! I was a semi-regular character for Season 5 and it is such a fun cast and crew to have joined. For the first episode, I worked with a bunch of amazing, talented actresses – Elarica Johnson, Hannah Brittland and Heida Reid. That is what is so fun about this job — getting the opportunity to work with wonderful people. Don Warrington, Kris Marshall, and Danny John Jules have all been on the show for a while and are such talented actors. It was great to get to watch and learn from them.

 

R:  I read that you are working as an Equalities Champion for Her Centre. Tell us about it and how you got into it.

F:  Her Centre is a charity in Greenwich that focuses on empowering women, particularly those who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. Gender inequality is the biggest human rights violation in history and domestic and sexual abuse is just one manifestation of that. It is important to me to be educated about what is going on, not just around the world, but also in our own backyards and to be proactive about trying to make a change. I am hoping to be able to contribute more this coming year, because my recent schedule prevented me from helping as much as I would of liked. There are two other wonderful women who also work as Equalities Champions for the Her Centre. They have been working hard to try and bring Bryony Beynon’s “A Good Night Out” campaign to the Greenwich area. It focuses on helping venues tackle harassment. Everyone should be able to go out and enjoy themselves without being harassed. Specifically for young women (aged 13-19 years old), the Her Centre has a Young Women’s advocate who offers one-to-one support for any young woman experiencing relationship abuse, sexual violence or exploitation.

Picture source: T. Lourds 

flora-1R:  Where can people get more information on it and how can they get involved?

F:  For more information and to donate you can visit the website www.hercentre.org and www.goodnightoutcampaign.org .

 

R:  Who has been your biggest influence?

F:  There are lots of people who inspire me and that I am influenced by on a day to day basis; from a random stranger to actors, musicians and writers. But really, it is my family and friends who provide the biggest support and guidance in my life. My mother is a huge influence on me as a person and she is my best friend. I think the energy we have around us has a massive impact on our lives, so you have to be careful about who you surround yourself with. All my friends and family are very focused, hard-working, supportive, loving, and fun!

 

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

F:

  1. If I wasn’t an actress, I think I would be interested in being a human rights lawyer.
  2. My best friend Anouska Cope, who is a TV Presenter, and I have just started salsa classes. It’s so much fun!
  3. I am a chocolate addict. My most recent vice is the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Magnum ice cream.
  4. I used to do karate with my sister when I was young and did Wing Tsun with my dad in 2014. We want to pick it up again soon.
  5. I am a terrible singer!

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

F:  I would like to continue to build my acting career in a way that allows me to continuously work with amazing, creative people who are telling interesting stories. I would also really love to start writing and creating my own work and taking control of my own creativity. There is no excuse nowadays; there are so many platforms and outlets, you don’t have to wait for the phone to ring. But I have to start practicing what I preach and put my own stuff together!

 

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

F:  Focus on what makes you happy and what feels good for you. Life is an ever-changing and continuously evolving learning process; everyone’s path is different so just stay true to yourself. Oh, and, especially for us young girls, you don’t have to always be nice and polite –  Find your NO and don’t be afraid to use it.

 

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

F:  I can’t think of anything at all! Or certainly not one that is appropriate! Perhaps I block out all the strange questions people ask me.

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

F:  No I don’t have any social media.

 

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

F:  Thank you.

 

 

R:  Fola Evans-Akingbola, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

 

Picture source: Isaac Sterling

Chit Chatting with Actress Madisyn Shipman

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently I had the honor of interviewing talented actress and singer Madisyn Shipman. This 13-year old from North Carolina plays Kenzie on her new show “Game Shakers.” Read on to learn more about her, her new show, five things people may not know about her, and more.

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

M: First, I’m an animal, sushi, music, and people lover, in no specific order. I have a big family and I love it (even if I never get any privacy)! I have been acting since I was 6 years old. We moved to NYC and I booked a Broadway show. Being on Nickelodeon was always a childhood dream of mine, and I’m so grateful that I am literally living my dream right now!

 

R:  Tell us about your show “Game Shakers” and about your character Kenzie Bell.

M: “Game Shakers” is about two girls, Babe and Kenzie, who create a game for their science project that is an overnight sensation. They become business partners with Double G (played by Nickelodeon veteran Kel Mitchell) and create a gaming empire. Throughout the episodes we create different games that you guys at home can download from the App Store and play along. I play Kenzie Bell. She is a smart girl who loves to code. She’s the brains behind the operation. I personally feel that Kenzie and I are pretty similar. She’s a little bit of a nerd but hey, so am I! We all have to embrace our inner dork!

 

R:  What was the audition process like and how do you prepare yourself for auditions?

M: I had to jump through several hoops to land the role of Kenzie on Nickelodeon’s “Game Shakers.” It was about a 6-month process, but honestly, it was the best thing that has ever happened to me! To prepare for auditions I study the script and begin developing the character.

 

R:  What is the best thing about “Game Shakers?”

M: The best think about “Game Shakers” is the amazing cast and crew that I get to work with and call family.

 

R:  Tell us about your up-and-coming movie “Geezer” and about your character Salome.

M: Geezer is about the struggle that Perry (Billie Joe), a former punk rocker, encounters. His band has been on a ten year hiatus and he is kind of experiencing a midlife crisis. He believes his wife (Selma) and his daughter (moi!) forgot his birthday. He decides to throw himself a pity party at a fancy NYC hotel and bumps into an old crush while there. I don’t wanna spoil everything for you guys, though. I play Salome. She is a normal girl who loves playing her guitar and is family oriented. The movie comes out in September, so plan to go see it! And you may even see me singing and playing guitar in the movie!

 

R:  What was it like working with such an amazing cast?  Did they give you any advice?

M: The cast of “Geezer” was awesome. Working with Selma and Billie was such a learning experience. They are both insanely talented. I mean, Selma has basically mastered the craft of acting. And it was such an honor to work with Billie. He is literally a living legend. He is so humble and so down-to-earth. He actually taught me a few little tricks on guitar. I have to say he’s someone I will always look up to.

 

R:  You have been on TV shows, movies, theater, and voiceover work.  Which one do you enjoy the most and why?

M: I enjoy all of them equally. I love performing and getting into character in any setting.

 

R:  Tell us about the Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation.  Where can people get more information on the topic and what should they do if they want to help out?

M: The Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation is an organization that promotes and supports cures for Niemann-Pick Disease. I’m very passionate about this organization because my cousin died at 2 years old from Niemann-Pick. It’s a rare disease and we need to raise awareness. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization should visit their website at www.nnpdf.org.

 

R:   I read that you sing.  Would you like to make a CD in the future?

M: I do plan to release a CD in the future. I actually recorded a 6 song EP when I was 10 years old. I co-wrote the songs as well. I never did anything with it but it was definitely a fun learning experience.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

M: I want to go to college and study neuroscience. I’m obsessed with medical science.

 

R:  What advice would you give teenagers these days?

M: I would say be a leader, not a follower. Don’t feel like you have to dress a certain way, talk a certain way, or do certain things to fit in. A true friend will not pressure you. Always believe in yourself and follow your dreams.

 

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

M: (laughs) Probably on Instagram when random guys comment “will you marry me please?” I mean, hello, I’m 13!

 

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

M:

  1. I play several instruments. I play guitar, ukulele, keyboard and a little bass.
  2. I have 3 younger brothers. Sawyer is 9 years old, Caden is 6 years old and Jesse is 3 years old.
  3. I love fitness. I’m really into cycling and kick-boxing right now.
  4. I have a bucket list and working with Sandra Bullock is at the top of the list. She is so inspiring on so many levels and is my idol.
  5. I’m scared of heights. So, cliff jumping or bungee jumping is out of the question.

 

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: I am on social media. My Instagram is maddiemoo_hoo. My Twitter is maddiemoohoo. And my Snapchat is madisynshipman. I’m actually pondering the idea of a YouTube channel so stay tuned, guys!

 

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

M: Always remember to be true to yourself. Never change just so people will like you. Your true friends will love you just the way you are!

 

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

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Picture source: Brett Erickson

Chit Chatting with Jenna Kingma

Written by: Jill Sheets

 

Jenna Kingma 1Recently I had the honor of interviewing Jenna Kingma.  Not only is she on the show “Tour Group,” she is a talented jewelry maker.   Continue to read on and learn more about her, her show and her jewelry.  

 

R:  Tell us about yourself.

J:  I grew up on the central coast of California, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University where I became a 3 time All-American in Track & Field and Cross Country. After graduation, I packed a suitcase and bought a one-way ticket to New York City on New Year’s Eve (because flights were the cheapest)! I knew NYC was the place I could live out my passion for jewelry design.

 

R:  Tell us about your show “TOUR GROUP.”  What channel will the show be on?

J : Tour Group airing on Bravo is unlike any other travel show in that it magnifies what it is like to travel with 11 complete strangers in exotic places around the world. Each traveler experiences their own personal journey on the trip and is lived out through intense cultural situation.

 

R:  What is it like traveling the world?  I read that you are reconnecting with your twin sister.  Will she also be traveling with you?

J: Traveling around the world is the most exciting and thrilling adventure! It grants you to boost you creativity, improve your mental clarity, be more open to new things and more humble.  The fearless mindset you have the journey sticks with you after the voyage. Specifically with me, the trip allowed me to reconnect with myself, find my voice, and gave me the courage to start my own jewelry company, Jenna Michelle Jewelry. I have never been happier.

I went on this trip with my twin sister, Misty, who is an entertainment blogger in Los Angeles. You’ll have to watch Tour Group to see how our relationship unfolds on this emotional journey!

 

R:  Tell us about your jewelry.  Where can people get or see your jewelry?

J:  Jenna Michelle Jewelry is edgy, sassy, and makes a bold statement. If you visit my website JennaMichelle.com, you can check out all the new pieces that were inspired by NYC and traveling around the globe on this trip of a lifetime.

 

R:  How do you come up with the ideas for your jewelry and do you have a certain one that you like the best?

J.:  Living in NYC provides me with inspiration in simply walking down the street. The energy, creativity, and brilliance there is unlike any other place. In addition, the designs in each country we traveled to on Tour Group (Morocco, Kenya, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Japan!) helped inspire my latest collection for Jenna Michelle Jewelry

 

R:  You have accomplished many things.  What drives you?

J: I have always worked hard and been a very determined individual- its part of my DNA. I like to think I was born with that itch to be successful and to be a creator. Design and creativity have always been a part of my life.

 

R:  Who has been your biggest influence?

J:  One of my jewelry teachers at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Vladimir Demings, has taught me a lot about the craftsmanship of jewelry making. He is still my mentor and continues to teach me in depth knowledge that is the foundation of how I was able to start building my company.

 

R:  I read that you are an active volunteer Toys For Tots.  Tell us about it?  How and when did you start volunteering for them?

J: All of my closest friends are gay and many of my family members. I have always strongly supported the LGBT community. When I moved to New York, I met my friend Matthew Hone while working at Christian Dior; he introduced me to his wonderful group of friends, that I’m still friends to this day. Since then, I have significantly donated each year to Toys for Tots and I attend the Hampton’s Tea Dance every summer.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

J: My future goals are to grow Jenna Michelle Jewelry into a successful global brand, continue to evolve my creativity, and to never stop being happy everyday.

 

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

J:   Learn to love yourself and try your very best to not care what others think. It only matters what YOU think. When you grow up, you will never see these people again!

 

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

J:

  1. I ran 80 miles a week in college to become a three time All-American in Track & Field and Cross Country.
  2. I made my first piece of jewelry at the age of 12.
  3. My mom bought my first piece of jewelry from Jenna Michelle Jewelry.

 

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

J:  Website: jennamichelle.com

Instagram: JennaMichelleJewelry

Twitter: JennaKingma

 

R:  Thank you for the interview.  It was an honor.  Have a great day.

Chit Chatting with Actor Ian Anthony Dale

Written by:  Jill Sheets

Picture credit:  Gabriel Goldberg

Picture credit: Gabriel Goldberg

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing Ian Anthony Dale.  Continue to read on and learn more about him, what it was like working with Tom Felton and about his show “Murder in the First.”

 

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

I:  You know, I was just on set earlier having such wonderful time working with all these talented people I had never met prior to today, and I was reminded of just how much I love what I do and how grateful I am to have discovered the theater almost twenty years ago. If not for my friends encouraging me to audition way back then, who knows what I might be doing today.

 

R:  Tell us about your show “Murder in the First” and about your character Jim Koto.

I:  “Murder in the First” is a San Francisco based murder mystery from Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal that spends ten episodes intimately dissecting a single case – from the commitment of the crime, through the investigation, arrest, and trial. Embroiled at the center of the case is a Silicon Valley tech genius with enough power, influence, money, and ego to take on city hall. I play San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant Jim Koto, a very ambitious rising star at the precinct with aspirations to one day be the mayor.

 

R:  What is it like working with Tom Felton?

I:  Tom was an absolute delight to work with – such a gentleman and such a pro. He really gave a stellar performance throughout the season.

 

R:  What was the audition process like for this show?

I:  Meeting Steven Bochco for the first time was a bit surreal. I remember walking into the room, seeing Steven’s signature white hair and immediately my heart rate increased a beat or two. He was very warm and welcoming and put my nerves at ease. It’s not every day you get to read for someone as talented and accomplished as Steven. I still can’t believe I get to work with him.

 

R:  How do you prepare for a character?

I:  I do as much research as I possibly can, and just when I feel like I’ve done enough I do a little more. For me to really get into a character, I like to fill in all the colors that are not on the page. For Koto, I wrote a twenty-page bio starting with the moment his parents meet and continued all the way to his promotion as Lieutenant.

 

Picture credit:  Gabriel Goldberg

Picture credit: Gabriel Goldberg

R:  I read that you are in “Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin.” Is that true, and if so, is there anything you can tell us about it?

I:  Well I can tell you one thing, I’ll be playing an assassin.

 

R:  You worked for two years as a set builder. What was it that like and what shows and/or movies did you work on?

I:  I worked as a union carpenter and set dresser for my first two years in Hollywood. It was such an invaluable experience for me. I think every actor should spend some time on the other side of the camera. There, you get a chance to understand just how much of a collaboration filmmaking really is. Everybody plays an integral part to the machinery of a production and everyone deserves be treated with kindness and respect. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the crews I work with. I will always feel like one of them.

 

R:  One of your hobbies is designing and building custom furniture. How did you get your start doing that and how long have you been doing this?

I:  My pops taught me how to swing a hammer when I was just a boy. We used to build skateboard ramps together. One summer we built a giant half-pipe that took up nearly half of our backyard. I guess I’ve been doing some form of carpentry ever since then. Lately, I’ve been working on custom projects for my new home. I’m pretty much always in my woodshop these days.

 

R:  What are some of your other hobbies?

I: I love to travel. My goal is to travel to one new country every year for the rest of my life.

 

R:  Is it true that you speak Japanese? If so, how long have you been speaking it?

I:  I speak a little. I took private lessons on and off for about three years. It is an extremely difficult language to pick up, especially as an adult. My mother is always urging me to continue with my studies. I’ll get back into class eventually.

 

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

I:  I’m a huge fan of early nineties love ballads. I’ve been known to eat an entire pound of bacon on any given Sunday. I have three brothers and one sister. My favorite color is black and yes, black is a color. I love to make cheesecakes. My favorite is white chocolate.

 

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

I:  Be passionate, be patient, and work harder than everyone else. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. Make sure you love it.

 

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

I:  I was once asked what my pregnancy craving might be if I were ever to be pregnant. I mean, how would I even begin to answer that?

 

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

I:  I’m on Twitter and Instagram at @iananthonydale and my website is iananthonydale.com

 

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

I:  Just thank you for all of your constant support. I appreciate each and every one of you.

 

R:  Thank you for the interview, it was an honor. Have a great day!

I:  Thanks! You too!

 

Interview With Olivia Holt

Written by Jill Sheets

olivia holtRecently I had the honor of interview Olivia Holt from “I Didn’t Do It.”  Continue to read on and learn more about her new show, what is like working with her cast and what are five people she would love to do an duet with.

 

R:  Tell us about your new show “I Didn’t Do It” and about your character Lindy Watson.

O: I Didn’t Do It is surrounded by these five best friends who are making their way through high school embracing all of the crazy, off the wall yet sometimes very relatable situations they get themselves into. As long as they have each others back there is nothing they can’t handle. I play the role of Lindy, who is very intelligent, passionate, and also a fraternal twin.

 

R:  What are some of the similarities between you and your character and the major differences.?

O: Lindy and I both have the same love for our friends. No matter what we want to be there for them and help them out. We adore them. A major difference we have would probably be our styles. Lindy has more of a sporty-chic look and I have a more bo-ho low-key sometimes girly look.

 

R:  What is a normal taping day like for you?

O: Normal is an understatement. Our taping days are always crazy fun. Since our show involves a lot of flashbacks we are constantly running from set to set, changing wardrobes, and having a blast while doing it all.

 

R:  What is it like working with the cast?

O: They are an endless joy to work with. We’ve all become very close and the chemistry you see between the friends in the show is the exact same chemistry off set, as well.

 

R:  Do you have a favorite episode so far? If so, can you tell us about it?

O: My favorite episode so far is called Lindy-licious. The storyline is super fun but the situation Lindy gets herself into, not so much. I had to have smoothie explode all over me. It was actually, kind of awesome.

 

R: Where, what time and what day can people catch your show?

O: You can catch I Didn’t Do It at 8:30/7:30c Sunday nights on Disney Channel.

 

R:  Do you have any up and coming plans on recording more music this year?

O: Absolutely! Been in the recording studio a lot recently working on new music. I actually sang the theme song for I Didn’t Do It which was super fun. And I hope to have my first album out this year!

 

olivia holtR:   What are five people that you would love to sing a duet with?

O: Bruno Mars, Colbie Cailet, Katy Perry, Jason Maraz, aaaand did I mention Bruno Mars?

 

R:  You won Radio Disney’s “ Best Crush Song” Award for “Had Me at Hello.”  What was that like?

O: Unforgettable. I was so shocked! So incredibly thankful and grateful. My first award ever!

 

R:  If you can make a movie out of any book, what book would it be and who would you like to play opposite of you?

O: Well, it would be The Fault In Our Stars, but they already made that into a film. But if they hadn’t, I would like to be in that and Dave Franco would play opposite of me.

 

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

O: My family, close friends, phone, Nutella, and music.

 

R:  One of the charities that is close to your heart is St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Tell us about it and what is it like visiting the children in the hospital?

O: St. Jude is one the most heartwarming places I’ve ever been too. When I visit I look at the kids and every single one of them have a smile on their face. It’s beautiful, just like them.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

O: I hope to continue to work on my music, as well as acting. And evolve in both, and also to learn more in other fields as well. Even if it’s just spending time in the writers room, or talking with the camera operators.

 

R:  What are the addresses to your social networking site?  Do you have a website?

O: My twitter is @olivia_holt. Instagram is @olivia_holt. My website oliviaholt.com and you can also find me on Facebook as just Olivia Holt

 

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

O: Thank you tremendously for your continuous love and support. I hope you love the new show as much as I do filming it and my music as much as I do making it.

 

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

 

Chit Chatting with Tyler Alvarez

Written By Jill Sheets
Tyler Alvarez  2 Recently, I had the honor of interviewing actor Tyler Alvarez .  Continue to read on and learn about his new show, what is it like working with the cast and how he gets ready of a role.

 

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

T:  Well, while growing up I always loved watching movies and I have had a passion for entertaining people all my life. My mom enrolled me in my first acting class, and the rest is history.

 

R:  Tell us about your new show “Every Witch Way,” and about your character Diego Rueda.

T:  Every Witch Way is a great new show on Nickelodeon all about magic, love, and friendship. Luckily I had the opportunity to play Diego Rueda, a student at Iridium High who also happens to be the only boy at Iridium High that has super powers. He can control all of the elements like fire, wind, and ice! He is a sarcastic, funny, and likeable character who is not a big fan of school… kind of like me. Anyways it’s a really cool show and I think you should check it out!

 

R:  What was the audition process like and how did you find out you got the role?

T: The audition process consisted of 2 auditions at the Nickelodeon headquarters in New York City and 2 days to test for the project in LA. I was a little nervous considering that this was my first test but I got over it and did my best. I later found out that I booked the job on 12/21/12, Which was the day the world was suppose to end according to the Mayan calendar.. great. I was saying to myself, YES! Finally my dreams are coming true, I just can believe that the world is ending on the same day!

 

R:  What has been your favorite episode so far?

T:   My favorite episode has to be “Beach Ball” because I love when my character Diego shatters the volleyball with his powers by accident in front of a lot of people.

 

Tyler AlvarezR:  What is a typical day like for you when you are shooting a scene?

T:  For me a typical day on set consist of 3 hours of school, which can vary according to schedule, hair and makeup, usually practice rehearsals a couple times, and then we shoot it. I found that the way we were filming was very fast and similar to that of a soap opera.

 

R:  What is it like working with your cast?

T: Working with my cast was an amazing experience and I can honestly say that there was never a dull moment. We all got along great and always had fun together, and I think that really shows in our work. I am happy to say that off set we were always together goofing around, and acting like normal kids.

 

R:  How do you get ready for a role?

T:  The way that I prepare for a role is by figuring out who the character is by learning everything I can about him so that when I am handed a script I know how the character would act under different circumstances.

 

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

 

Chit Chatting with Megan Goodman

Written By:  Jill Sheets

megan goodmanRecently I had the honor of talking to Megan Goodman, who plays Susan on Haunted Hathaways.  Continue to read on and learn more about her character, about what movie she would like to remake and to learn more about this talented actress.

 

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

 

M:  I am 15 years old and I have been doing musicals at The Norris, my local theater, since I was 9. I knew I loved acting from the first curtain.  I studied acting skills both in and out of school and was lucky enough to get picked up by my agent, then manager.

 

R:  Tell us about your show “The Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Susan.

 

M: The Haunted Hathaways is a hilarious new Nickelodeon show about a family who moves from New York to New Orleans into a house inhabited by a friendly ghost family. The show is about the two families living together and experiencing fun adventures along the way. My role, Susan, is a gymnastics teammate and friend of Taylor Hathaway. Together, we are on the Fighting Inchworms team at Kirshner Middle School.

 

R:  What are some of the similarities and differences between your character and you?

 

M: Susan and I are both loyal friends.  Susan is also smart and pragmatic, which isn’t too different from me.   The biggest difference is that I am really grateful to be a part of this team and genuinely support the success of all these new friends I have made. Susan can be a little less supportive of Taylor when she starts acting a little crazy.

 

R: What was the audition process like for this role and how did you find out that you got the role?

 

M: Haunted Hathaways is my first TV role.  Only one week before the shooting of the pilot, I was called in for the role of Susan. Like most other auditions, the room was filled with tons of other girls. After that first audition, I got a callback, and not too long after, I was offered the role. My mom told me the news as she picked me up from school. I was so incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity.

R:  If you could remake any movie, which one would it be and why?  What character would you play and who would you like to play opposite of you?

 

M: Even though it was recently redone, I would love the role Ariel in the movie version of Footloose.  I played her character onstage and loved the dynamic of old verses young, and finding her way to heal the divide in her family and community by trusting her instincts.   I would have Justin Timberlake play my opposite because he is my role model, and I would love the opportunity to work with him.

 

R:  What singers and bands do you listen to?

 

M: I love all kinds of music.  Depending on my mood, I might listen to country music with favorites The Zac Brown Band or Hunter Hayes.  I also love to listen to Muse, Train, and Cold Play.

 

R:  What are some of your hobbies?

 

M: I guess you would consider me a theater rat.  I love singing and dancing as well as acting and I take classes to keep improving.  For the past 4 years, I have been part of a singing and dancing group at our local theater.  It has taught me a lot about stage presence, composure, and ensemble performing.

 

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

 

M:  I do!  I was fortunate to be raised in a family that values helping others and making a difference in the world.  I am inspired by the work of the Make-a-Wish foundation.  Annually, I participate in One Voice to pack and distribute food to those in need.  I have also participated in fundraising and promoting awareness for Hadassah.  This is a women’s organization that helps women and families across the world in many ways.

 

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

 

M: I can’t pick just one!  I am so lucky to have had many teachers and mentors in my life that have helped me believe in myself and make choices that have made me who I am today.  My parents have always told me to follow my passion and work hard doing what I love.  That has brought so many amazing influences into my life.

 

R:  What are some of your future goals?

 

M: Right now, I’m enjoying every day building my acting career and staying committed to being a good student at school.   Professionally, I would love to try other roles in both film and television that allow me to grow and push myself as an actor.  I truly love performing and know I will continue to do this.  I also plan to go to college because learning is part of growing and I believe it is so important for anything I do.   There are many role models of successful actors who have successfully valued their academic education as well.  Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster, James Franco and Anne Hathaway come to mind.  I would love to follow paths like theirs.

 

R: What advice would you give teenage girls in general?

 

M: I would say that everything happens for a reason. There is always a good to the bad. I truly believe in this. Bad things happen to open the doors so that the good things can come in.  Stay true to yourself no matter what anyone says about you or tells you to do.  Use those tough moments to find the greater good of remembering to believe in yourself.  Also, parents can be annoying, but usually they are giving good advice.

 

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

 

M: 1. I have three awesome brothers

2. I like making birthday cakes for my friends

3. I am an Honor Roll student and speak French

4. I love to wakeboard and jetski in the summer

5. I have performed on a cruise ship (which was amazing)

 

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

 

M: I always laugh at the question “What’s it like to live with 3 brothers?”  It’s strange to me because I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without 3 brothers!

 

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

 

M: Overall, I can’t say I spend a lot of time on the networking sites.  I am on instagram, my username is megan3_goodman, and I just recently got a twitter, @ms_megangoodman

 

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

 

M: Fans? Really?  I think I’m a little new to say I have fans, but thank you so much for the love and support the people who know who I am have shown me on Instagram and

Twitter, it means so much to me!

 

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

 

M:  Thank YOU for your support of the “Haunted Hathaway”s.  I am privileged to be a part of the cast.

Chit Chatting with Up and Coming Actress Tess Oswalt

Written by:  Jill Sheets

 

Picture Credit:  Linda Campanelli of Sherman Oaks, California

Picture Credit: Linda Campanelli of Sherman Oaks, California

Recently I had the honor of interviewing a talented up and coming actress, Tess Oswalt.  Tess plays Nina in the new Nickelodeon show, Haunted Hathaways.  Continue to read on about the show, her short “MIMIc” and about her advice to you if you would like to become an actress.

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

 

Well, let’s see…I’m 10 years old and I will be going into the 5th grade.  I live with my mom, dad, older brother Connor and our two dogs, Quincy and Scarlett.

 

I’ve always wanted to act, but my first actual acting job was in a short film titled, “Green Valentine” directed by Christine Coe.  Christine needed a little girl to play a first grader and I was so happy to get the chance to do it!!  Right when I got to the set, I loved every minute of it, and I have been acting ever since!

R:  Tell about your show “Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Nina?

 

“The Haunted Hathaways” is a new show on Nickelodeon that premiered a few weeks ago.  It’s about a ghost family and a human family and how they learn to live together in the same house.  The character I play is Nina who is Frankie Hathaway’s friend.  Frankie is the younger daughter in the human family.

R:  What are some of the similarities between your character and what are the differences?

 

One way that Nina and I are the same is that we both have the same taste in fashion and Nina is a pretty loyal friend, just like me.  In one of the scenes, Nina doesn’t betray Frankie even when it’s kinda uncomfortable for her.  One way that Nina and I aren’t the same is that Nina is shyer that I am.  I tend to be a little more outspoken!

 

R:  What was the audition process like for the show and how did you find out that you got the role?

 

I had originally auditioned for the role of Frankie Hathaway back when it was pilot season.  That audition was a lot of fun!  Then I got the opportunity to come back and audition for the role of Nina with the same casting directors.  I came back for a callback to audition again for the producers and a few days later while I was working on the set of a commercial, my mom got the call that I had booked the role of Nina.  It was really exciting!

R:  What is the best thing about working on the show?

 

The best thing about working on the show is how nice everybody is.  The entire cast and crew were so friendly and made the experience so much fun to be a part of.  Also, the set is amazing.  All of the rooms in the Hathaway’s house are so cool.  I wanted to live there!!

R:  Tell us about your short “Mimic” and about your character Charly Collins

 

“MIMIc” is a film directed by Braden Duemmler.  It’s the story of a father, Tim Collins, who wants to be in complete control of everything in his life.  Throughout the story, he starts realizing that he is losing control of everything and what happens to him and his family because of it.  I play Tim Collins’ daughter, Charly.  Charly Collins is a young, curious, sweet girl who is full of life and loves being with her dad.

R: How do you prepare yourself for a role?

 

I get prepared for a role by reading the entire script (lots of times!) and getting to know my character inside and out. I also like to do a lot of rehearsing if possible.  It’s really fun to prepare for a new character and try different things.  Playing someone else is so much fun because it’s like meeting someone for the first time and then getting to know them really well.  I end up being friends with my characters and I really miss them when we are done filming!

 

R:  Tell us about any up and coming projects.

 

This summer, I took some time to do some acting workshops and learn some new things like stage combat.  Now, that was fun!  Right now, I’m busy auditioning for more roles and I am also getting ready to start school again in a few weeks.  I have an upcoming audition for a feature film that I am really excited about!  I will let you know how it goes!

R: You have been in many movies and TV shows.  Tell us a little bit about them.

Well, besides “The Haunted Hathaways” and “MIMIc”, I’ve also done a few other films, two television pilots and lots of commercials.  I also did my first live theatre role earlier this year at the Matrix Theater in a play called. “Complete” directed by Jennifer Chambers.  That was new and exciting for me.  One of the television pilots I did was called, “The Fishbowl” which is about the world of Little League Baseball.  I play a Little League player named PJ Lynch.  I also worked on a film called, “The Wedding Speech” directed by Tony McNamara.  It’s basically a love story about two people, Josh and Jill, who are brought together by their two dogs.  I play Jill’s daughter, Allison.  It’s a really touching story and it does have a happy ending. I mean, who doesn’t love dogs and a happy ending?!

R:  What are your future goals?

 

My future goals include continuing to act and learn as much as I can so I can grow as an actress.  I am also looking forward to school starting and studying really hard.  This is my last year in elementary school and then it’s on to middle school!  After that, its high school and then college and getting a college degree.  I don’t know what I am going to get a degree in yet.  My mom and dad say I still have plenty of time to decide!

 

R:  What singers and bands do you listen to?  What is your favorite song by

each one?

 

Oh wow, that’s a tough one because I love music and have so many favorites!  I guess if I had to choose, I would say Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.  My favorite Taylor Swift song is, “Ours”.  My favorite Maroon 5 song is, “Daylight”.

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

 

My advice would be to begin by joining your school’s drama club to see if you like acting.  If you do, then I would say go for it!  Take an acting class, go to some acting workshops and learn as much as you can.  The more you can be around it, the more you will learn.  It is a commitment, like playing a sport or a playing a musical instrument.  You should take it seriously but it should be fun for you and it should be something you can’t wait to do.  I am always so excited on days I am working on a set or rehearsing something.  It’s really fun and it’s something I love to do.  That’s what my mom and dad say is the most important thing.  Whatever you are doing, just make sure you enjoy doing it and it’s so true! And one more thing, always remember to never give up.  Chase your dreams because you can do it!

 

R: What do you like to do when you are not acting?

 

When I am not acting, I like to sing, listen to music and play my trumpet.  I also like to design clothes and draw.  I love to play with my friends and my big brother, Connor.  We play games like Four Square and jump rope.  I also love spending time with my family and my two dogs.

 

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

 

No, I’m not on any social networking sites.  My parents don’t think I am ready for that stuff yet and that’s cool because I’m only ten.  I do belong to IMDB (International Movie Database) but that’s about it for now.  I am hoping to have an official website sometime soon. I think that would be fun!

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

 

R:  Just thank you so much for all of your support!  It means so much to me.  I’m so happy that I get to do something I really love doing and I get to share my journey with you!  Big Hugs!

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

 

R:  Thanks so much, Jill!  This was a lot of fun!  You have a great day too!!

Chit Chatting with Actress Kimberly J Brown

Written by  Jill Sheets

 

Photo Credit: Hendershott Photography

Photo Credit: Hendershott Photography

Recently I had the honor of interviewing actress Kimberly J Brown.  Continue to read on about her show “Low Winter Sun” and how she picks out her scripts and a lot more.

 

R:  Tell our readers a little bit about yourself?  How did you get started in acting?

 

K: I started acting when I was 5 or 6 years old. I loved creating characters and making my younger brother put on plays for my family, so my parents put me in an acting class to see if I would like it and I did-very much! We were living in Maryland at the time and we started commuting to New York for auditions when someone from acting class referred me up there.

R:  You never have picked a bad script.  How do you pick the ones that you do?

 

K: Thank you! I usually look at the character first and foremost. I like to see if I can picture myself in her shoes, and getting to pretend to be someone that is the most unlike me in normal life is the most fun challenge.

 

R:  What are you currently working on?  Is it “Low Winter Sun” Are you allowed to tell us a little bit about it and about your character?

 

K: “Low Winter Sun” is a new AMC drama series that is premiering on August 11 right after “Breaking Bad.” It’s a dark, gritty drama about two detectives that murder a fellow detective, and how their worlds unravel around them. I play the assistant to the Lieutenant in the Detroit Homicide division. It’s a twisted show!

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

 

K: It depends on the character. I usually read the script or certain aspects of the script several times to sort out a backstory for the character. Some characters, like the manic-depressive schizophrenic I played in “My Sister’s Keeper” required extra research on the disorders. I always create a backstory for my characters which can come from the script and discussions with the director and fellow actors on a project.

 

Kimberly and Mark Strong on set of the new show "Low Winter Sun"

Kimberly and Mark Strong on set of the new show “Low Winter Sun”

R:  If you could remake any movie, which one would it be?  What role would you play and who would play opposite of you?

 

K: That’s a hard one. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of remakes, especially of films I love. I’m not sure that I would want to see the remake of them because the originals are so special. One of my favorite movies is “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. I’m not sure that I would ever want to see that redone or watch anyone other than the brilliant Goldie Hawn in that role. But I keep an open mind.

R:  I read that you write? Is that true?  If so, what kind of things do you write about?  Where can people get or read what you write?

K: I don’t really write, no. I LOVE to read, and have written here and there in the past: music, and contributing to scripts, but it’s not as big of a passion for me as acting is.

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

K: I love Generation Rescue, which helps families with people affected with autism spectrum disorders. They give information, help, treatment, and so much more.

http://www.generationrescue.org/

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

 

K: I’ve worked with so many great people along the way that it’s hard to talk about just one, but working with Debbie Reynolds has always stood out as such a special experience. One of many brilliant things she said to me was, “Honey, I finally got to a point where I realized I just didn’t give a S**t what people thought of me.” I think that’s a good thing to remember in life. You have to do what makes you happy, regardless of what other people think of you.

R:  What advice would you give teenage girls in general?

 

K: Don’t be so hard on yourself! (I was as a teenager) You have plenty of time to make mistakes….and don’t try to grow up so fast. It’s important to enjoy every different point in your life because time flies by so fast! I think its best to remember and know that it’s a good thing to make mistakes and go through not so fun times. It means you’re trying things and figuring out what does and doesn’t work for you. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or others around you, I don’t think anyone can fault you for that.

R:  What are your future goals?

 

K: If I can continue to do interesting and fun roles and keeping working in this crazy career, then I’ll be happy. I enjoy the behind the scenes part of the business too so I’m trying to produce some projects as well. As long as I can balance that with spending time with my family and friends, I’ll be a happy camper!

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

 

K: (laughs) I think the most interesting questions I get asked are always from people who don’t quite understand the line between real life and a character that I’ve played, so I get fun questions about storylines and other characters as if that character really is me. It’s funny, but also a compliment I guess if fans think I’m really that character.

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

 

K:  Hmmm…..Well, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. I’m Level 2 in Krav Maga, the Israeli Self-Defense system. I’m a little bit of a tomboy at heart and love playing most sports. I’d like to think I’m a pretty good cook (laughs).I think that recycling is so important and try to recycle everything that I can.

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

 

K: Yes and Yes! My official website/blog is: www.KimberlyJBrown.com. I’m on twitter @OfficialKJB and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OfficialKJB

R:  What is it like to communicate with your fans?  What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?

 

K: Social Media allows me to talk to fans and share pictures and stories with them, which is really cool. I love hearing their feedback and how some work that I’ve done has contributed to their happiness or made them think a little. Fans have shared with me how a movie or project I’ve done got them through a tough period or time in their life and have inspired them to try something new, and that always makes me really grateful that I could have a small impact in their life like that.

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

 

K: I’m so grateful for all of my fans. They make the crazy entertainment business worth it even more, because I love making them laugh and hearing their stories about them watching my work. Thank you all for your continued support!

R:  Kimberly, thank you for the interview.  It was an honor and I wish you the best in everything you do.

Chit Chatting with Actor Dylan Riley Snyder

Written by:  Jill Sheets

 

dylan riley snyderRecently, I got the honor of interviewing one of the stars from “Kickin’ It,”  Dylan Riley Snyder.  Continue to read on and learn about him and his favorite episode so far.

R: You have started your 3rd of the hit Disney XD show “Kickin’ It.”

DRS: Our show premiered on April 1, I spent the day preparing for it. My family lives in Alabama so I knew they’d be calling and messaging me during the episode. The DisneyXD channel ran a countdown so it was really getting the fans and myself hyped up and for those who had never seen the show and heard about it… Got them to tune in.

 

R: For those who have not yet seen it, tell them a little bit about your show and about your character Milton?

DRS:   For those who’ve not had the pleasurable experience to watch our show… We are a small group of kids who’ve really been outcasts of their school but at the Bobby Wasabi Dojo under the wing of Rudy (Jason Earles) and find a friendship that binds them together.  Our show has action, laughs, fashion, and always a heartfelt message to give to the audience.  We have a wide age range audience.  Younger kids go for the funny, Tweens go for the action and subtle romance, parents go for all of that and the positive messages we bring to the show.  Our writers have really found a great chemistry between our characters and played their strengths as well as gotten them (us) to explore our weaknesses. Example with that was Leo’s fear of clowns, Mateos knack for bringing new slang to the group, Olivia’s fearlessness with stunts and my ability to make Spandex the new black! That’s a joke! They’ve taken my love of science and techno gadgets into the mix. We could truly kick into a Mission Impossible story line throw in some laughs and have a meaningful message at the end… Tada our show!

Milton began as a sheltered genius who’s been defined by his family as frail little bird… Whereas in school he’s been bullied and ridiculed because of his differences. He’s decided that in his high school days he’s going to overcome the frail ness and joins a dojo in order to defend himself and gain confidence. What he finds in this dojo is an acceptance with other kids with different problems.

R:  Are there any similarities between you and Milton?  What are some of the major difference?

DRS:  Milton D. Krupnick and I share that we are close with our families and loyal to our friends. We both enjoy school… He loves math more than me and I enjoy Science.

 I think the major difference between Milton and myself is his confidence level in social situations is lower than mine. It seems that Milton’s family has sheltered him by nurturing his genius to the point they don’t make him go out and expand his interests. He seems to be making that decision on his own a little at a time… Firstly by taking Karate lessons.  My family has made it possible for me to explore my interests and encouraged me to look at other things that aren’t the norm. Whereas Milton is trying to fit in… I’m happy with being the unique individual that makes me Me.

In this season, the change you see in Milton is the result of the acceptance of the group. He’s still not the popular kid at school but he’s the one they are turning to for his knowledge. Think Bill Gates… And see where he is now. Milton’s character is easily relatable… There are thousands of Milton’s and Jerry’s in school… Which is why they are lovable.

 

R: How was your audition process for the show?

 

DRS:  I had submitted an audition tape thru my agency for the role of Milton when I lived in New York. I had always done drama or musical theatre so to suddenly audition for a comedy was fun. I felt that Milton was an underdog in a superhero costume in his mind. I tackled him as that character… not the typical “nerd.”

R:  What has been your favorite episode so far?

DRS:  I love the episodes where all of us have some sort of fight in the big fight sequence. They really use creative ways of using everyday objects to battle. We have fought the silly string, rope, napkins, bones.. It’s so fun! “Swords and magics was the casts first big fight scene together so that will have to be my all time favorite. This season we are really having a variety of storylines so it’s hard to pin point just one!

R:  What is it like working with the cast?

DRS:  We clicked from the first day at auditions. During our boot camp week before we began filming the pilot we immediately found our groove. Coming into the 3rd season is like “smooth!” We got a good rhythm going from the table read days to filming…everyone taking their piece of the laugh and taking pride in making things run smooth. It’s been a joy from day one!

R:  I read that you went through a Karate Bootcamp.  Is that true and what was your favorite part of the training?

DRS: My favorite part was just being able to finally partake in martial arts, even of it was just learning the basics. My dance background helped with the flexibility and ability to pick up the movements quickly. Now I’ve joined Leo and Jason in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu after work for my own enjoyment.

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

DRS: 1. Anthony Hopkins is my top pick. He has a wonderful ability to add an extra layer to his character and make it believable.

         2. Ed Norton, what a range this guy has!

 

    3. Matthew Broderick, he’s had the same background as me… Beginning on the stage, musical theatre, film & tv. Love me some Bueller! Favorite quote: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

     4. Bryan Cranston, he’s a leading man and a great character actor. Comedy or Drama he can do!

  5. Allison Janney, I’ve worked with her in my first film and now that I’m older, I’d love the chance to work with her again.

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

DRS: I hear that a lot… But there are so many variables for that to happen. I mostly hear “I wanna be famous!” so if that’s the reason you want to act I can’t help you.

Community Theatre is the best place to experience & learn. I sang in the Boy Choir and learned about music and took dance after school. In Musical theatre, you have to know how to do all those things… So I had not even thought about television. I guess you could say in the 8 years prior to my Broadway debut, I had pretty much trained to be a contender. You also have to be able to hear the word “no” and not take it personally. Rejection is the biggest part of being an actor.

R:  Tell us about Relay for Recess and LOLLIPOP Theater Network.

D: Recently, I have started working with two organizations, one being Relay Recess which is for the American Cancer Society, and the other being the Lollipop Theatre Network. Schools around California will be raising money and I will be able to go and have fun at a field day with the kids from the school which raised the most money for cancer research. FOr the Lollipop Theatre Network, I have been visiting children in the hospitals of California and hanging out out with them. This includes playing games, singing songs, and simply just talking with them.

 R:  Tell us about Broadway Kids Care.

 D: When I lived in NewYork, I was a part of this non-profit organization called Broadway Kids Care which gathered a handful of kids on Broadway and worked to help various organizations. Some of the activities we would do is do performances at festivals or have bake sales to raise money, then we would use to money to buy supplies to fit into baskets which we would either send out to the troops or kids in homeless and abuse shelters.

 R:  Do you have a girlfriend?  What do you look for in one?

 DRS:  I don’t have a girlfriend. I’ve kind of been focused on my career and school. My off-time is when I catch up with my family. My father and sister are still back in the South, so when i travel its in going home. I see my friends go thru relationship after relationship, drama, jealousy, plus fun times, but I just haven’t had the time to dedicate my personal time for someone else… When I barely have time for myself.

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

DRS: I still have my braces. I am ambidextrous. My imaginary friend’s name is Tad. I believe that bowties are cool. I am super interested in space and time.

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

D:  What time does the Narwhale bacon? Apparently this is a big reddit thing but I had never heard of it until it was asked. Apparently the answer was midnight.

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

D: I am on twitter, facebook, instagram, whosay, and more.  You can check them all out on my website www.dylanrileysnyder.com. There are also links to them on my twitter and facebook. @dylanrsnyder

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

D: New episodes of Kickin’ It are coming out now and soon so keep watching and tweet me anytime. I love reading tweets from fans so keep ’em coming.

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