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 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 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.

madisyn shipman

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 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!

 

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 Singer CJ Fam

Written by: Jill Sheets

Picture credit:  Brenda B Photography

Picture credit: Brenda B Photography

Recently I had the honor of interviewing singer/songwriter CJ Fam (she was on X-Factor Season 3).  Continue to read on to learn more about her, her music and who she would love to do a movie with.

R:  Tell us about yourself and how you got into the music industry?

CJ: I started singing when I was 7 years old when I was asked to sing at a rodeo. I really liked it, A LOT! That’s when I knew I loved to sing.

R:Not only do you sing, but your write your own music.  What was your first song about?  What is your writing process?  Do you start with the words?

CJ: The first song I wrote was Ordinary Popstar when I was 10.  It is a song about being popular but not wanting the fame and having a private life and being a normal person.  When I start writing a song I start with an idea, then the lyrics and melody start coming and everything just builds from there.

R:  Tell us about some of your original music?

CJ: My original music comes from emotional parts of my life and things that am going through.  One of my original songs is Stand Your Ground, a song about bullying.

R:  Where can people get your music?

CJ: most of my music is found on Itunes, CD Baby, CJFam.com, Youtube, Social Media, and Other music sites.

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

CJ: One word come to my mind, Controlled CHAOS! Its a crazy exciting day, and the butterflies are so worth it in the end.

R:  I read that you like to act.  Is that true and if so, what are five actors and/or actresses you would love to be in a movie with?

CJ: I am in love with Jennifer Lawrence. She is my idol. I would also like to be in a movie with Sandra Bullock, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claffin, and Dakota Fanning.

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

CJ: When I was on X-Factor Season 3 and sang for Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio.  Demi Lovato is my idol and Simon Cowell said, “You are a natural born singer and you born to be fantastic”.

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

CJ: The charity closest to my heart is CUPTS.   It is a non-profit organization I founded.  CUPTS is an abbreviation for Cheering UP  People Through Singing.  Other organizations that I give back to throughout the year Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Make A Wish Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

R:  What are your future goals?

CJ: My future goal is to become an international recording artist and to take my concert tour on the road.

 

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

CJ: Don’t stress yourself out. We are too young to be stressed.  Be happy in your life and make sure you are not too hard on yourself.

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

CJ: I am a surrogate baby

I am half- egyptian

I am just as crazy as my hair

I have “babies” aka my baby doggies

I love hanging out with friends and family.

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

CJ: “What’s up with your hair?” This makes me laugh every time.

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

CJ: Yes my official website is CJFam.com,  CJFamofficial on Instagram, CJ Fam musician/singer on Facebook, @CJFam on Twitter, and CJ Fam on Youtube.

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

CJ: I am down to earth and enjoy talking to my supporters on social media. The nicest thing supporters have said is that they are keeping me in their heart and that they believe in me.  I love all my supporters. They are the ones that make me wanna continue doing what I am doing, singing.

 

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

CJ: I love you guys! You mean so much to me!

Chit Chatting with Actress Brec Bassinger

Written by:  Jill Sheets

FlyGirl Photography - Debi Patton

FlyGirl Photography – Debi Patton

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing actress Brec Bassinger from the new hit show from Nickelodeon, “Haunted Hathaways.”  Continue to read on and learn more about her new show, about her character Emma and learn more about her.

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

 

B: I was born and raised in a small town west of Ft. Worth, Texas. I live with my parents and two older brothers. I started doing pageants when I was 3. A pageant judge who was a film maker noticed me and asked me to be in one of his films. I was 6 and I loved it! That was when I knew that I wanted to be an actress. I immediately started taking classes and never stopped!

R: Tell as about your show “Haunted Hathaways” and about your character Emma.

 

B: The Haunted Hathaways is Nickelodeon’s show about a mom and her two daughters moving into an old New Orleans’ house that is haunted by 3 ghosts. After a rocky beginning they all decide to try to live together! What happens when you live with 3 funny and creative ghost is hilarious. My character, Emma is Taylor’s somewhat ‘ditzy’ friend. Taylor and Emma are on the school gymnastics team together!

R: Are there any similarities between you and Emma? What are some of the differences?

 

B: Well we do look alike! I think Emma and I both are naturally kinda goofy but I am not as clueless as Emma. I’m actually kind of smart. Oh, and we definitely have different tastes in fashion, for sure!

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

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

 

B:  It was crazy! I auditioned for Emma in L.A. right before I flew back home to Texas. When I landed I found out I had a callback so I flew right back to L.A. the next day. My manager picked me up and took me to my callback. The next day my agent called and said I was released to go back to Tx. I was so sad but flew back home. When I landed I found out that I had actually booked the role so back on a plane to LA the next day and I immediately went to the set!

R:Tell us about the show “The Goldbergs” and about your character Zoe?

 

B: “The Goldbergs” is a new half hour comedy on ABC. It is based on the real life of Adam Goldberg when he was growing up in the 80’s. My character, Zoe works as a waitress at the Waffle Hut and she is the ‘crush’ of Adam.

R: If you could make a guest appearance on any show, what show would it be and why?

 

B: Grey’s Anatomy because I think all the actors on it are amazing. I have loved the show for a long time!

 

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

R: Do you have any more up and coming projects?

 

B: I am still filming episodes of Haunted Hathaways and hopefully more on The Goldbergs when they start back filming. I haven’t had much time for other auditions!

 

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

 

B: My entire family! They have always taught me you can do anything if you work hard and never give up.

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

 

B: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is important to me.  I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just 8 years old. J.D.R.F. works towards finding a cure.

R: What are some of your future goals?

 

B:  First, to continue acting! I would love to do some films and be a series regular on television. Also I work hard in school and would really like to go to college when I graduate!

 

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

 

B: It is important to take acting classes. You should train and really learn the craft. Also, never give up. It takes time to get started and you hear a lot of no’s along the way but use them to motivate you to keep working.

 

Picture credit:  Shelley Bassinger

Picture credit: Shelley Bassinger

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question?

 

B: The questions that I have been getting a lot are:

What kind of food do they have on set?

Do you get to keep the clothes you wear?

And my favorite…..What does the outside of the house look like?

 

R: What are 5 things that people may not know about you?

 

B:  1. My dad owns and operates a Koi fish farm.

  1. I had a naked mole rat for a pet.

  1. I play the ukulele.

  2. In 2009 I was crowned ‘World Our Little Miss.

  3. I love to cook!

 

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

 

B: Yes! My Instagram is ‘princessbrec’ and my twitter is ‘Brecmarie’!

 

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

 

B: Always go for your dreams and NEVER be afraid of being YOURSELF!

 

R:  Brec, thank you for the interview.  It was on honor.  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.

“Deadtime Stories” Contest: Watch Tomorrow!

Hey Everyone,

If you are a fan of the hit new Nickelodeon Series “Deadtime Stories” or a fan of the books then we have a great contest for you taking place this week!

All you have to do is watch the Thursday, November 14th episode at 8pm ET/PT entitled “Little Magic Shop of Horrors” and then log onto http://www.deadtimestories.com/  and be one of the first 10 fans to answer these questions correctly for your chance to win an autographed copy of the book signed by actress Jennifer Stone!

 Here is a clip from this Thursday night’s episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ain8Z2VDOYw&feature=youtu.be

1. What does Bo load his sling shot with?

2. What is Mary Margaret Mahoney’s talent?

3.  What is the grand prize for winning the talent competition?

4.  What street is the Little Magic Shop of Horrors on?