Chit Chatting with Adam Campbell

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Adam Campbell is a well-established actor. Some of his acting credits are from Mixology, My Life As an Experiment, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Now this UK native is on the comedy show Great News, which can be seen on Hulu. Keep reading and learn more about him, his show, five things you may not know about him, and a tip on how to memorize your lines.

 

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

A: Well, my name is Adam. I am a rather small Englishman. I started acting in school doing plays and various amateur productions. I then went on to study theater at University before going to drama school in London. Six years training – I could have been a doctor!

 

R: Tell our listeners about your show, Great News, and about your character Greg Walsh.

A: Great News is a comedy series on NBC – it’s extremely funny because it’s from the team behind 30 Rock. It’s set in a cable news station. I play Greg, the executive producer. He is a rather small Englishman.

 

R: What is it like working with the cast and crew?

A: Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Horatio Sanz, Nicole Richie, and John Michael Higgins make up the cast – they’re absolutely brilliant in the show, and are truly so much fun to work with. The crew is also amazing, and in many cases, funnier than the cast.

 

R: Do you have any anecdote from the set of Great News?

A: The cast is quite gassy. During many of the takes, they have to stop filming because of uncontrollable burps. Especially the females.

 

R: What kind of roles do you prefer? Comedy? Drama? Horror?

A: I really enjoy comedy roles because I tend to watch comedy in my free time. My favorite television show is The Office. I don’t really watch much drama or horror as I get enough of that from my one-year-old son.

 

R: What character was the toughest for you to change into?

A: Although I’ve never really played a role that’s too far removed from myself, I did a horror movie last year called Wolves at the Door about the Manson murders. I had to play a Polish guy, so it was a lot of work to get the accent right. If you’re Polish, I recommend you don’t watch me in it.

 

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

A: I’m going to plug my wife’s TV show – it’s called Trial and Error. It’s also on NBC, and she is absolutely fantastic in it.

 

R: Do you have any secrets on how to memorize your scripts?

A: YES! Read the lines right before you go to sleep – in the morning, they should be lodged in your memory. Not sure why it works, but it does.

 

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

A: I don’t really have that many fans, apart from my mother. The nicest thing she’s ever done is give birth to me.

 

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

A: I highly recommend getting as much experience as you possibly can: trying out for school plays, getting involved with local amateur drama productions etc. It’s the BEST way to figure out, truly, if that’s what you want to do with your life. Acting is a tough profession, as I’m sure everyone says, so it’s definitely worth being honest with yourself if it’s really what you want to do. By getting involved in school productions, you might discover that you’re more suited to writing, directing, set decoration, etc. Explore as many different avenues as you can before making the commitment to just one path in the entertainment industry.

 

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

A:

1. I am quite good at handstands. It’s how I make a living when I’m not acting.

2. Apparently I talk to myself a LOT. It freaks my wife out.

3. Put me in a swimming pool and I will spend the day in there. Try getting me out. You can’t.

4. I am extremely competitive playing sports or games with friends. I try to give the impression that I don’t care and that we’re just having a bit of fun, but my face goes red and my laugh sounds fake because I NEED TO WIN.

5. I’m Batman.

 

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

A: The Union Rescue Mission is a wonderful organization in downtown Los Angeles that serves the enormous homeless population down there. I am trying to get more involved with them. Homelessness is a growing problem in LA – I feel helpless as an individual, but URM provides shelter, meals, counseling, safety and love for the community in ways that astound me. If anyone is keen to get involved, please visit www.urm.org

 

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

A: I am on twitter (@adamcampbelly) but I don’t tweet much.

 

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

A: Mum, stop calling me at 2am, we’re on a different time zone out here.

 

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

S:  Thank you!

 

Photo credit: Sarah Dunn

Chit Chatting with Eden McCoy

 

Written by Jill Sheets

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Chit Chatting with Actress 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 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 Actress Grace Van Dien

 

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing the talented young actress Grace Van Dien. The first time that I really noticed Grace was in the movie Sleeping Beauty. When I heard that she was going to be on the Netflix show Greenhouse Academy, I couldn’t wait. Read on to learn more about her.

 

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

G: Hey! My name is Grace. I first got into acting when my dad cast me in one of his features three years ago. We filmed Sleeping Beauty in Bulgaria, and that experience gripped my focus onto acting as a career. Since then, I have worked on multiple indie films, a pilot directed by Lena Dunham, and a Netflix original TV series.

 

R: Can you tell us about your new TV show Greenhouse Academy? Do you know the release date and where we can find it?

G: Greenhouse Academy follows the story of a group of teenagers that have the potential to become great leaders, but, of course, are faced with your average drama from relationships and school challenges. I’m not allowed to say much about the project, but it comes out in early 2017!

 

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

G: The audition process took a week. I met with the casting directors twice before meeting the writer, director, and producers of the show. After that, I met with different actors that ended up booking the show with me and we all got to fly to Israel together and spend months getting to know each other. I’m now best friends with one of the girls and dating one of the guys from the show!

 

R: I read that you are in the movie Riding Faith. Can you tell us more about it and about your character Grace?

G: Riding Faith is a Christian movie I filmed in February 2016. My character was originally named something else but was changed to Grace when I was cast. This was my second time working alongside an animal for the majority of a film, but the first time working with a horse. It’s important to connect to the animals you work with to help them feel more comfortable and natural with you when the cameras are rolling. To create that bond, I would arrive to set early or hang out with the horse in between takes. She had so much spunk!


R: Do you have any other projects that you are working on?

G: Another project that I filmed this year will be released on Lifetime in early 2017, under the working title The Bad Twin. I play both twins, Olivia and Quinn. This project was so much fun because I had to create two different people to become and hop back and forth between them. One is good, and the other not-so-much, but it’s up to the audience to find out which is which.

 

R: Who are five people you would love to work with and why?

G: Five people! Wow, that’s a lot. One person I would love to work with is Robert Redford. He’s an icon and so brilliant in his role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I would love to work with my dad again. We’ve been father/daughter for three projects now and he’s my favorite person to work with. Each time is a treat. I also want to work on a project with my boyfriend. We met on the Netflix show in Israel, but our characters rarely meet so I’d love to do a project where I get to actually work alongside him a lot. He’s a very good actor. A director I would love to work with would be Tim Burton. My dad got my dream and worked with him years ago on Sleepy Hollow. He’s definitely one of my favorite directors because his style is so different and twisted. The last person would have to be Sigourney Weaver. She is the ultimate inspiration! Just the thought of working with her gives me the chills.

 

R: I read that you are writing or have written a novel. Is that true? If so, will you tell us a little bit about it?

G: I do write! I love to write poetry, short stories, and novels, usually dystopian. Recently, I’ve been getting into screenplays and it’s so much fun because I start thinking of how it would look as a movie. If I ever lose inspiration, I write or sketch in my journal.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence?

G: My biggest influence has been my dad. He has a strong work ethic and is able to stay calm and collected through every situation. And he’s my biggest fan, which is a bonus!


R: What are your future goals?

G: I want to write and direct a screenplay. I think it would be amazing to create a different world and bring it to life to share with everyone.

 

R: What do you like to do in your spare time?

G: In my spare time, I love to read dystopian novels. I also love to paint the universe – I have an obsession with space. I go on adventures with my friends, like forest exploring, improv shows, skiing, etc.

 

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

G: I have the weirdest friends so we ask each other all the time, “would you rather do this or this?” It would be hard to pick the weirdest one. But usually the stranger the question, the harder the laughs are!

 

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

G: I just got out of being a teenager and have three younger siblings that are teenagers, so the advice I would give them is to try and keep a positive mind. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in negative thoughts and to be hard on yourself, but if you really focus on yourself and learn how to love parts of yourself, you’ll be so much happier. Remember that everyone is figuring out who they are, no matter how old they are, and the only person’s judgment that matters is your own. So judge yourself nicely.

 

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

G: I’m a huge cat person. A lot of my friends call me Kitty. I could eat pasta for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and a lot of the time I do just that). I love Western and sci-fi movies, but I also have a soft spot for romance. My favorite music is classic rock. I love Billy Joel, Queen, and Aerosmith. And finally, I love to play tennis.

 

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

G: Yes!

Instagram: @gracevandien

Twitter: @GraceVanDien

Facebook: Grace Van Dien

 

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

G: Thank you for your support! You’re all so lovely.

 

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

G: Thank you!

 

Written by: Jill Sheets

Photo credits: Dan Brookman, Alivia Latimer, Will G. Macneil