Teen actress Aubrey Miller speaks about auditioning for hit series Just Add Magic and, being born into veganism
On this episode of the We Blab Entertainment podcast, we speak exclusively with teen starlet Aubrey Miller from the hit Amazon series Just Add Magic. Aubrey dishes on her audition process for the role of Hannah, being born into veganism and, choreographing the music video Electrified.
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Teen sensation Grace Kaufman dishes about sitcom Man with a Plan and, not fangirling over Friends co-star Matt Leblanc
Teen sensation actress Grace Kaufman dishes about her hit sitcom "Man with a Plan" and, trying not to fangirl over her "Friends" co-star Matt Leblanc. Also, Grace talks about some of her funniest social media moments on Instagram.
Congratulations on season 2 of CBS's "Man with a Plan" starring Matt LeBlanc which, become the break-out sitcom of the 2016 fall schedule. For any our readers who haven't seen the show you play the oldest sibling Kate Burns. Can you describe your character to us, and how much can you relate to her?
Well, now Kate is 15 on the show, which I love because they've been keeping her age the same as mine. So I definitely relate to her. Kate has siblings on the show and is the oldest daughter in the family — like I am in mine. She's a natural-born leader and pretty out-going. She's not afraid to get into a little mischief also, like me. Hahaha. I like to be adventurous with my friends and go out and have fun. I like to play Kate that way as well.
CBS's "Man With A Plan" stars veteran comedy actor Matt LeBlanc from the biggest sitcom of the 90's "Friends" which, is one of our favorite shows. What's it like working with Matt LeBlanc on a professional level, and do you remember the first time watching "Friends" the sitcom?
It's great fun working with Matt! He has taught me so much about comedy. I look up to him so much, both as an actor and a mentor in the industry. He's given me a lot of advice which has helped me grow. We are always laughing, which I love. We make each other crack up all the time. I watched a lot of episodes of "Friends" before I worked on "Man With A Plan," so it made meeting Matt in real life a little crazy. I tried not to fangirl too much while I was reading with him during the audition! I love "Friends" so much like most people do. It's such an iconic series and every episode is so memorable.
The industry in Hollywood is very competitive, and going on auditions is something every working at actor knows very well. Can you break down your audition process for landing the role of Kate Burns on "Man With A Plan", and how did you feel when you got the part?
I had done an ABC pilot the year before, playing the granddaughter of Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. I was bummed when it didn't get picked up as a series (it was really funny!), so it was back to pilot auditions the next year. There were a few pilots I was up for, including "Man With A Plan." I got a callback to go back in and read a couple scenes with Matt, so I did that and it was such a fun audition. We got along right away. I also knew that the director James Burrows was so famous for directing "Friends," "Will and Grace," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and so many other amazing series. I really wanted to work with him also. So when I got the call and they offered me the role, I was beyond thrilled. To be able to work with people who knew so much about comedy was a dream come true.
At the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, you had your huge breakout moment for the film "Sister," being described as a "little knockout that Dakota and Elle Fanning, Abigail Breslin, and Shirley Temple were in their day. Do you have any favorite memories filming "Sister", and attending the Tribeca Film Festival?
"Sister" was an amazing experience for me. It has such a special place in my heart because I got to work with such incredible actors and learned so much from them. Reid Scott, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Lee Garlington and so many others, plus our director David Lascher. All were wonderful to work with. There is a very intense scene in the movie, where my character Niki has a breakdown and falls apart in front of her older brother because of all the pressure she is going through. When it came time to film that scene, I was nervous about doing a good job, but I just looked at Reid and we trusted to be there for each other and the scene went so well. I was so excited that I got to go to the Tribeca Film Festival with the film. I love New York and it gave me the chance to see some Broadway shows that week!
You're very much involved in the cause of Autoimmune disease participate in the annual Autoimmune Walk yearly in November, raising money for the cause. Can you tell us why the Autoimmune disease is so close to your heart and, also about your work with Camp Ronald McDonald?
I like helping organizations that have a lot of meaning to the friends and family in my life. I have several family members and friends with autoimmune issues (most Americans do!), and I really want to help find a cure for these types of diseases. Camp Ronald McDonald helps the families of children with cancer by sending them to camp and Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families when they are visiting other cities for hospital care. It's an issue close to my heart because I have a friend who died from neuroblastoma cancer when we were in 4th grade, and I miss him still. Helping other kids with cancer and their families is a way to remember Gus.
What advice would you give teens looking to break into acting?
Do as much performing as you can. You learn a lot from rehearsing, practicing and performing in front of an audience. I still do as much theater as I am able to. Also, watch people and their behaviors. You can learn a lot about other people from just observing them and bringing those things to your work as an actor.
You're very active on social media, and I heard you had a funny embarrassing Instagram story involving your little brother Henry, and a bouncing ball? Can you tell us what happened?
Ha! Yes, I've had a lot of funny Instagram story posts. Most of them, like the bouncing ball story where I accidentally kicked a bouncing ball out from under my brother and he went flying, are just my brother or my friends falling or tripping or doing something crazy. Once I thought that I was sending a really horrible and funny photo of myself to a friend on Snapchat. Just waking up and looking like a mess. I accidentally posted it on my story and didn't realize it until 2 hours later when half the world had seen me looking like something the cat dragged in. I'm private when I want to be, but I also like to share funny stuff like that when I'm in the mood!
We Blab Entertainment Magazine decided to take a look at one of the Disney Channel's most beloved series from the early 2000's Lizzie McGuire. The phenomenon of Lizzie McGuire spawned a feature film in 2003 and, launched Hilary Duff into superstardom. The series followed the daily adventures of an adolescent girl whose real thoughts and emotions are expressed by her sarcastic animated alter ego. The series also starred Lalaine as Miranda Sanchez, and Adam Lamberg as David 'Gordo' Gordon.
Now we asked Sarah, who runs the popular Instagram account Disneysh0ws to rank her favorite 10 Lizzie McGuire episodes from the 2001 - 2004 series.
10. You're a Good Man, Lizzy McGuire (Season 2, Episode 13) - While Lizzie and Kate are stuck working together for the Spring Fling committee, Lizzie sees Kate knock over the bust of the school's founding principal.
Sarah - This episode is one of my favorites because of the lesson. After Lizzy takes the blame for something she didn't do and gets banned from the formal, everyone has the party at her place.
9. Just Friends (Season 2, Episode 8) - Lizzie learns what sort of things Ethan Craft is into in order to transform herself into his ideal date.
Sarah - Lizzy gets a hard rejection when she decides to tell Ethan (her crush) that she likes him, but gets rejected and tries to change herself into his ideal girl. However, after trying so hard, she learns that you can't change the way someone feels after he rejects her for a seconds time. We all enjoyed the end when Lizzy and Gordo slow dance in her backyard - we can remember wishing for this to happen.
8. First Kiss (Season 2, Episode 1)- Lizzie meets Ronnie, a paper boy. She falls for him, and gets a series of firsts. First love, kiss, and heartbreak.
Sarah - Who will ever forget Lizzy's first love, Ronnie or their first kiss when they went rollerblading. This episode made us appreciate Gordo after he swooped in when Lizzy had her first breakup with Ronnie.
7. I Do, I Don't (season 1, episode 10) - Lizzie gets a little jealous when Miranda gets paired with Ethan Craft, in class, for a mock marriage assignment.
Sarah - Truthfully, after watching this episode I wanted to do this project myself. With all the jealousy and Lizzy's selfishness, this episode sure did teach us a valuable lesson.
6. Aaron Carter's Coming to Town (Season 1, Episode 7) - When Aaron Carter comes to town, to shoot his new music video, Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda and Matt decide to sneak onto the set.
Sarah - In the spirit of Christmas, this episode makes our top 10. We will never forget that mistletoe kiss, something every girl dreams for Christmas. Also, we can't forget when we all freaked over Aaron Cater's appearance!
5. When Moms Attack (Season 1, Episode 3) - Lizzie is mortified when she finds out that her mom in the girls' chaperone for the class field trip.
Sarah - We have all had an embarrassing day with our parents. This episode made our top list because of the message at the end, although our moms are embarrassing, they also turn out to be very cool.
4. Bye, Bye Hillridge Junior High (Season 2, Episode 23) - As Lizzie and her friends get ready for graduation, Gordo tries to figure out the perfect thing to write in her yearbook.
Sarah - This is one of our favorite episodes because of Gordo's yearbook message. After hiding his feelings for Lizzy, his message lands him a kiss on the cheek. Don't forget the relatable feelings of transitioning from middle school to high school - one of the scariest journeys.
3. Between a Rock and a Bra Place (Season 1, Episode 12) - Lizzie and Miranda decide that it's time for them to get their first bra.
Sarah - Another relatable episode for every girl. Asking for that first bra - oh very terrifying.
2. Picture Day (Season 1, Episode 2) - Its picture day and all Lizzie has to wear is the red unicorn sweater her grandmother made her.
Sarah - This episode is relatable to everyone as we all had a picture day disaster. Every picture day I remember this episode when Lizzy is forced to wear a unicorn sweater (funny since everyone wants an ugly sweater for Christmas now) and Miranda wears the same outfit as Kate. Our picture day anxiety is also relatable because who hasn't wanted to look cool for their school photo.
1. Inner Beauty (Season 2, Episode 16) - Lizzie and Gordo worry about Miranda's diet; Matt expresses interest in the fine arts.
Sarah - This episode made it to the number one spot because of how relatable the episode is to teens since and it's the first time Disney Channel talked about eating disorders. Miranda feels insecure about her body, just as every teenager right now. However, Lizzy and Gordo team up to show Miranda that she is beautiful - just as every person is. This episode has stuck with us through the years - especially that epic music video.
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At We Blab Entertainment Magazine one of our all-time favorite shows is Modern Family now going into its 9th season we, asked Cecile K who runs the popular Instagram account OurModernFamily to rank her favorite 10 episodes from the past 9 years.
Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life from the viewpoint of three different families who are all related. Below are the top 10 episodes of Modern Family ranked by OurModernFamily along with a few honorable mentions from the managing editor of We Blab Entertainment.
10. A Tale of Three Cites (Season 8. Ep 1) - After recent trips take the Dunphys to New York; Mitch, Cam and Lily to the Midwest; and Jay, Gloria, Manny and Joe to Juarez, Mexico; the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan reunites in its eighth season premiere with all of the families converging at home for Father's Day.
Cecilie - A good, storyline with the Dunphys, where both kids and adults are in New York - without any of them knowing each other is in the same city.
9. The Alliance (Season 8 Ep. 8) - Haley's plan for a fun-filled girl's day with Rainer Shine's teen daughter may be a little more angst-filled than expected. Meanwhile, Luke finds himself in a compromising position with a widow at the club (played by Joely Fisher) and unwittingly helps his grandpa, Jay, with his petition.
Cecilie - A good, clever and well thought out episode. The Alliance is about the characters married to the Pritchetts, and how they help each other when making mistakes.
8. The Future Dunphys (Season 4. Ep 19) - At the hospital, Claire and Phil see the older version of their family; Mitchell and Cameron plan a day for Lily and Gloria; Manny and Jay go to a private school to look around.
Cecilie - The best part of this episode is the scene at the Vietnamese restaurant, but also seeing how the Dunphy kids could grow up to be.
7. Phil's Sexy, Sexy House (Season 7. Ep 7) - Everyone is at Jay and Gloria’s for post-Thanksgiving leftovers brunch and after a conversation about the sexy and sleek house that Phil is helping Mitch and Cam’s friend sell, everyone gets the same bright idea to sneak in there and have a little “fun.” Unbeknownst to one another they all choose the same day to go, and then it quickly escalates into a game of hide and hopefully don’t get found.
Cecilie - So many great moments in just one episode. Credit to the writers on bringing all the plots and characters together at the end, or should I say, Phil's sexy house.
6. Marco Polo (Season 6. Ep 4) - The Dunphys temporarily move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold, and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together, but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl.
Cecilie - Excellent episode especially with all the Dunphys in one hotel room.
5. My Funny Valentine (Season 1. Ep 15) - Phil and Claire break from their traditional Valentine's Day dinner date and plan a little "role play" excursion. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria's ideas of romance clash when he takes her to see David Brenner, and Mitchell and Cameron play Cupid for Manny.
Cecilie - I love this episode because of the different interpretations the families have on how to celebrate Valentines Day.
4. Coal Digger (Season 1. Ep 5) - The whole family is invited to Jay and Gloria's for some barbecue and football. However, an earlier incident at school between Manny and Luke makes things very awkward for Gloria and Claire, and then things escalate when a not-so-flattering label is uttered.
Cecilie - This episode of Modern Family brings all of the three families together - under one roof. All families are dysfunctional in their own way - and in Pritchett-Tucker-Dunphy family they manage to intertwine it with comedy.
3. Family Portrait (Season 1. Ep 24) - Claire makes an effort to take a new family portrait, but everybody is too busy to cooperate: Gloria and Manny go with Phil and Alex to a Lakers game and share an awkward moment on the jumbo tron, Cameron gets a job as a wedding singer while Mitchell takes care of Lily and a stray pigeon at home, and Luke interviews Jay for a school project.
Cecilie - This episode grasps all the funny and realistic moments leading up a family photoshoot. Claire's inner perfectionist comes to life in this episode - in a funny way.
2. Caught in the Act (Season 2. Ep 13) - It's Phil and Claire's anniversary, and when the kids go to surprise them with breakfast in bed, they get a surprise of their own. Jay and Gloria's plans for a Vegas vacation are ruined because of a brutally honest email accidentally sent to Claire, and Mitchell and Cameron try to get into a new restaurant owned by a mom at Lily's preschool.
Cecilie - Caught in the act, is hilarious because of the awkwardness between the Dunphy's, after the kids catch Phil and Claire in bed. The episode also has some funny punchlines.
1. Connection Lost (Season 6. Ep 16) - Claire's computer becomes the hub of all the family's activities when she gets stuck at the airport and is desperate to reach Haley after a big fight. After FaceTiming with Phil and the rest of the family to help track her down, Claire quickly turns to online snooping which inevitably becomes disturbing real quick and everyone gets sucked into the online drama.
Cecilie - I love how the entire episode is filmed on a Macbook, and how much work the producers have put into it. The storyline and all the small details are outstanding.
And we have a few honorable mentions from the first 9 years of Modern Family.
Truth Be Told (Season 1. Ep 17) - Jay accidentally kills Manny's pet turtle and lies about it. Mitchell makes a bold decision after he misses a family day because he's called in to work. Claire becomes jealous when Phil's ex-girlfriend pays a visit. Meanwhile Luke is terrified, because Alex, and Haley tease him into thinking he's been adopted, and his ex-girlfriend plans to take him back home after her visit.
Daniel - One of the most hilarious episode from the 1st season because, what older sister hasn't tried to convince their little brother he's adopted. The empire strikes back.
Me? Jealous? (Season 3. Ep 14) - Phil is so preoccupied with impressing his new business partner, Tad, that he doesn't notice what Claire believes is Tad being overtly inappropriate with her. Luke finally breaks up Alex and Haley from fighting, resulting in them dressing him up like a girl like they did in the old days.
Daniel - Betty Luke makes the perfect girl and, I hope she makes another cameo in a future episode.
The Old Wagon (Season 2 Ep. 1) - Phil reluctantly agrees to get rid of the Dunphy station wagon, which prompts a wave of nostalgia for the old car. Meanwhile, Cameron enlists Jay's help when Mitchell tries to build a princess castle for Lily and Manny asks a girl to come over to study.
Daniel - Growing-up my family had an old blue station that used to brake down, and this episode reminds me of the times riding in that old blue station wagon with my siblings.
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Teen starlet Rebecca Bloom discusses her hit Amazon Prime series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and voicing Marcie in The Peanuts Movie. Also Rebecca talks about working with her co-star David Arquette.
You provided the voice of Marcie in "The Peanuts Movie" which, must have been a fun experience. Can you tell what it was like recording the voice of Marcie?
Recording the voice of Marcie was really an amazing experience. I got to explore different ways of expressing myself and bring my own personal quality to this wonderful character. Peanuts characters have been around for years and I felt honored to be a part of a great tradition. Working with everyone from Bluesky Studios and the Schulz family was really cool. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity.
Congratulations on the Amazon show "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" in the series for kids you play the character, Robyn. Can you describe your character to us?
Robyn is Johnny's and Scotty's cousin and she is smart, ambitious, hard working and loves to read. She is determined to achieve greatness in her life. She just doesn't know yet exactly what she'll be great at. Robyn loves her cousins and is always up for adventure, but she's usually the voice of reason. She also loves Sigmund and loves being his friend.
You did some ADR (Automated dialogue replacement) work on the feature films "The Edge of Seventeen", and Ouija: Origin of Evil. What's the recording process like when you do ADR work on a major feature film?
It was a wonderful experience to work on both of these films. It's definitely hard work because you need match your voice to the original scene. And sometimes you are only making sounds. But, it's really fun work too. I can't wait to do more!
In "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" Solomon Stewart plays the lead role Johnny, and you two have a great chemistry on-set. Can you tell us what it's like working on-set with Johnny?
Working with Solomon was really fun. Over time we became like family so it was easy to have great chemistry on camera. On set we had an amazing time. We like a lot of the same music and you tube channels. He is a great actor and working with him was so easy.
I'm sure the filming schedule of "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" keeps you pretty busy most of the time. How do you balance school with your acting reliabilities?
Balancing school and filming was very easy for me because on set we have school with a tutor who talks to our teachers, from our school and keeps us on track with all of our work.
Veteran actor David Arquette from many Hollywood roles including "Never Been Kissed" starring Drew Barrymore plays the role of Captain Barnabus. Do you have any interesting stories about working with David?
"Never Been Kissed" is one of my favorite movies! So, getting to work with David was so cool. I don't have a story about him, but he taught me so many things like how to be fearless when filming, how to get into character, and to work hard but have fun.
When your not filming, or going-on auditions I'm wondering if you can tell us what you like to do for fun?
When I am not filming or auditioning I am dancing, going to karate, or hanging with my family and friends.
I'm interested to hear about your future ambitions as an actress, and what you hope to archive in this business. Where do you see your self in the next 5 years in terms of acting?
In 5 years I see myself starring in movies, tv shows and doing more voice overs.
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Disney actress Cerina Vincent talks about hit sitcom Stuck in the Middle, and playing Yellow Power Ranger
Disney Channel actress Cerina Vincent talks about playing Suzy Diaz on the latino based sitcom "Stuck in the Middle", and playing the Yellow Power Ranger Maya. Also Cerina remembers her cult classic film "Not Another Teen Movie".
You play the quirky mother Suzy Diaz on the Disney's Channel smash sitcom "Stuck in the Middle". The show is, about a 14-year-old Harley Diaz played by Jenna Ortega who maneuvers her way through the bustle of being a middle child in a family with six other siblings. What was the audition process like for Disney casting, and can you tell about your character Suzy?
The audition process was fascinating, actually. Before this, I couldn’t even get an audition to play a mom. When I got the material for Suzy, the mom of 7, I was elated. I knew in my heart that it was mine. I just had to convince the executives that it was. I come from a big, family and I feel incredibly maternal, so I really related to the quirkiness of Suzy. When I booked the pilot, and it was the greatest feeling in the world.
For a minute, before Disney picked up the show, they thought about replacing me with someone older and more Latina looking, etc. As a result, I had to re-audition for my role! It was a very stressful process but with a lot of patience, mediation (and wine) I ultimately got to keep my role. I love those kids deeply, and I think ultimately that it came through in the audition and I’m grateful that it’s my role.
The Disney Channel sitcom "Stuck in the Middle" stars 15-year-old Jenna Ortega from Jane the Virgin who quickly became, a household name after the series took off while, still in the first season. Can you tell what it's like working with Jenna, and do you guys hang-out offset?
Jenna is extraordinary. I met her when she was just 11 and now she’s this beautiful young woman. She’s so talented, smart and professional. She works so hard. She has a heart of gold and it’s no surprise to me that she’s a household name. Jenna has a long career ahead of her and I feel lucky that I get to play her mama on our wonderful Stuck in the Middle journey. As far as hanging out? We really don't hang out. We are so busy shooting the show and on weekends she has her own family and friends she needs to spend time with. But I love every juicy moment I get with her on set!
I was fascinated to learn at the age of sixteen you won the Miss Nevada Teen USA title which, must have been one exciting experience, because after that you also competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant. I'm interested to learn what you must do to prepare for the Miss Nevada Teen pageant, and how did you feel about people who don't agree with having women compete in pageants?
Yep! I was Miss Nevada Teen USA in 1996! I watched cousins and friends in the pageant when I was younger and I always wanted to enter. When I was 16, I asked my parents and they said “NO,” but I raised the money to enter, bought myself a dress, and WON! And then yes, I was off to Miss Teen USA. That was an interesting experience for me because I didn’t grow up a “beauty queen” like some of those other girls. I was pretty shy, but I actually did very well. They only had a top 10 that year for Miss Teen USA, but apparently I came in 11th or 12th?
As far as training... I loved to workout so I was in pretty great shape at the time and that’s about it! I practiced answers to typical pageant questions about politics, the environmental and social issues. At the time it was a pretty stressful process but looking back, it was a blast and an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You're first big on-screen role was playing the Yellow Galaxy Ranger Maya in the 90's television series "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy" which, must have been a real trip to actually play a Power Ranger. What are some of your memories from that series and, what was like putting on that suite every week?
Yep! Power Rangers was my first series regular job and I learned SO much. Honestly, most of my memories are from just being tired! Ha! We worked 16 hour days, 5/6 days a week and I had to get up at 3am to be in makeup at 4:30! But I made life long friends with my other fellow rangers, the producers and crew too! The Power Ranger world is like a little family. Rangers, crew, fans… we are all one. Regarding the costumes: I always joke that no one looks great in yellow spandex but the suits were absolutely fun to wear.
My character was from a jungle planet so I wore a little leather shirt and half top every single day and then “morphed” into the yellow ranger suit. But little secret was that any time the helmets are on… that’s not us actors. When the helmet are on, they used really badass stuntman under the helmet!! We couldn’t make that show without those guys. They are some of the best martial artists in the business.
In 2001 you appeared the cult classic comedy "Not Another Teen Movie" playing the character of Areola who is nude throughout the whole film. Did you have any reservations about taking the role, and how do you feel about the film now looking back almost seventeen years later?
I did have some reservations about it. Actually, I first turned the role down—I didn’t think I could do it. But it came back to me, they offered it again and after a long talk with my family, I made the decision to do it. It’s a brilliantly funny movie with an incredible cast! It’s a spoof and I loved the concept of my character and working on the 5 different accents. It was all very professional and on a closed set. Everyone was sensitive towards me and great.
I was painfully nervous but shooting those scenes wasn’t as hard as it was for the movie to come out! When the movie came out to the world, I wasn’t quite prepared for the judgment! I got a few cruel comments and push back. But in the end it just made me stronger and more secure with myself and my body. I have no regrets.
Congratulations on becoming a published author with three books under your the Hot Chick series including How to Eat Like a Hot Chick, and How to Love Like a Hot Chick. How did you start writing books, and can you explain the Hot Chick series is all about?
Well, thank you! My co-author and best friend Jodi Lipper and I thought there needed to be a voice out there that made women feel good about themselves! We were tired of books with restrictive diets that seemed more like tabloid magazines that picked apart women bodies. We redefined the term “Hot Chick,”—It’s not about looking a certain way, it’s about an inner confidence. The books are irreverent and silly. They are uplifting and in the end, women of all ages have thanked us for making them finally feel beautiful and secure with themselves. Harper Collins is doing a reprint of How to Eat Like a Hot Chick and you can get them all at Barnes and Noble or Amazon!
You currently have a new film coming out called "Broken Memories" which, follows a beautiful and mysterious caretaker who helps a man battle his father's Alzheimer's. What did you learn about Alzheimer's from the film and, can you tell some more about your character?
I actually have a smaller role in this film but, I did appreciate the subject matter and I think it is important for all of us to have a better understanding about this horrible disease. Rance Howard gives a beautiful performance. I think I went into the film with a better understanding than most because I had an uncle who battled with Alzheimers. My aunt was his primary care giver and when you see what families dealing with Alzheimers actually go through I think one of the big take aways is how much love and care a family has to have to care for their loved one. It is a disease that fully affects everyone in the family, not just the patient.
What advice would you give someone looking to break into acting?
There are no rules in this business. If there was one sure way to make it, we’d all be rich and famous and be in and on the best films and television shows. It doesn’t work like that but that’s a good thing! Everyone gets to write their own story. It’s a hustle. It takes a lot of dedication and for me, meditation! Work hard and be kind to others. Get into acting classes. Read books. Make short films with your friends. And again, I can't express enough to always work hard and be kind. Thank you so much!
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Rising teen sensation Molly Jackson discusses her role on Disney's Andi Mack and, shopping for the perfect outfit
Rising teen sensation Molly Jackson discusses her role on Disney's Andi Mack and, shopping for the perfect outfit. Also, Molly talks about getting an education while continuing her career in Hollywood.
Congratulations on your recurring role in Disney's popular hit show "Andi Mack" where you play Iris, a very sweet and, cheerful girl who has a crush on Cyrus. I personally found the relationship between Iris and Cyrus very intriguing in development of the overall arch of the series. Can you tell us about your audition process for Iris, and describe your character
It was a quicker process than most. I had a same day audition, and found out I booked it several days later. There wasn't even a callback. I flew out to film within the week. Iris is sweet and likable. She loves to look for the best in people.
At just 15 years old you've accomplished a ton of ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) work on some of Hollywood's biggest franchises including Finding Dory, Thor: The Dark World, and, most recently The Fate of the Furious. What exactly does ADR work on a feature film entail, and can you explain to our audience the process that takes place in the studio?
It usually takes 1-2 days to record. You can either be in the studio for 5 minutes for 10 hours. You are sometimes by yourself, but sometimes with a "loop group". They have you fill in lines, laughs, screams, and background dialogue. It is always a lot of fun.
One of the many things I found fascinating about your life is how seriously you take your education. You skipped the 5th Grade and passed the California High School Proficiency Exam while still working full time in the industry. How do you balance your school work with acting, and if a young teenager asked you about getting an education while acting what would you tell them
It is a hard balance, especially being in the 11th grade now. I tend to fall behind frequently, but I always catch up. I've managed to get straight A's all through high school (we'll see how long that lasts), but it has taken a ton of work. During the school year I don't get much free time/social time. I get to work with my friends though, so that fills in for the social time. A couple years ago I would have told them that school is the most important thing, but my views have shifted.
I definitely still believe in some type of education, but it doesn't have to be traditional. It can be community college, summer classes, or even just traveling. If you know that acting is what you want to do for the rest of your life, then why spend hours upon hours in school, when you could be mastering new skills that are relevant to your career. I plan on finishing high school, because I only need a few more credits, but I don't think I would retake this route. I also plan on still going to college, but not for acting. If I wanted to only be an actress the rest of my life I would probably not spend the money on college.
I'm sure auditions keep you pretty busy, but when you’re not on-set can you tell us what you like to do for fun?
I work out every chance I get. I'm pretty obsessed with fitness. I also love to travel, and do volunteer work. If I don't have time to leave the house I either read or watch "The Vampire Diaries".
You were born in born in Wurzburg, Germany to an American military family, but raised in Texas, and made your first television guest star appearance at the age of nine, playing the role of Little Stephanie in Nickelodeon's Victorious. How did you get starting acting at such a young age and, how involved is your mom in your career?
I started at a youth theater in El Paso, TX. I signed up for a summer camp, and just never stopped. I entered acting on my own free will, fortunately no one forced it on me. My mom is very involved not in coaching me or running my social medias, but managing my schedule and getting me places. I am thankful she doesn't live through my career; she lets this be my thing.
You also play Brianna another recurring character in Nickelodeon's hilarious sitcom "You also play Brianna, another recurring character in Nickelodeon's hilarious sitcom "Ricky, Dicky, Nicky, and Dawn" who runs with the cool fashion obsessed group at Edgewood Middle School. Our readers would be interested to learn what you do to prepare for an audition, and if we're to go shopping with Molly, what kind of clothes would you pick-out?
To prepare, I always memorize my lines and try to create individualized thoughts for each character. After I have that down, I practice the acting 4-5 times. I highly believe in not over-practicing, I feel like it throws me off. If they were to go shopping with me for an audition I would pick out solid color tops, non-ripped jeans, and a pair of converse. If they were to go shopping with me for everyday clothes it would look a little different. I would probably pick up some ripped skinny jeans, dark-toned fancier tops, heels, and a cute accent jacket.
You're also a proud vegan primarily for your love of animals and the added health benefits the vegan lifestyle provides. How many pets do you have, and how has becoming vegan changed your life?
I have 5 rescue dogs and 1 bearded dragon. I have so much more energy, and a lot of health problems that I previously had went away. It has made a huge impact on my health, and I keep seeing new benefits every day.
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Breakout actress Natalie Sharp talks about her new comedy series Hit the Road, and working with Seinfeld's Jason Alexander. Also Natalie tell us about earning her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.
Congratulations on the new comedy series "Hit the Road" for Audience Network which follows a chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country while in search of fame and fortune. Can you describe your character of Ria Swallow?
Ria is the sexy, sassy, bad-attitude, rebellious daughter. She knows what she wants, and she is determined to get it. Definitely not the best role model for her younger siblings… but at least she’s confident! She’s growing up and coming into her own, and with that… would do literally anything to get off of the crammed tour bus, and get as far away from her family as possible! She has the dreams of being a pop singer, following the paths of Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne!
The new comedy series also stars comic icon Jason Alexander from the 90's smash "Seinfeld" which, ran for 9 seasons. What's it like working with Jason, and do you have funny stories about working with him?
Working with Jason has been the ultimate dream experience. I have learned so much just by watching him! It is so fun to be able to play his troublesome, difficult daughter. I constantly get to challenge him, contradict him, throw him shade, and out-wit him! I remember it was pouring rain one day, and we were all crammed into this tent waiting for the crew to set up for the weather, and Jason started reciting riddle, after riddle. We all got so into it, it got pretty heated! He is also borderline a magician… who knew?!
You recently completed a feature film "Live Like Line" starring (Helen Hunt and William Hurt) which, is about the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line". The group of school girls must band together to win the state championship. What can you tell us about your character Mack?
Mack is the main hitter on the team. She is the true athlete, hoping to go pro. She is tough, and competitive and is one heck of a volleyball player (yes, I am tooting my own horn because the volleyball you see Mack playing, is actually played by me)! I have been playing volleyball all my life and so I was so excited to be a part of this project! What was also very cool about it, was that we were able to talk to the girls we portray in the film, and hear their story, and what they went through. Live Like Line is a very inspiring, important, film showcasing badass female athletes, and I am excited for the world to see it!
What advice would you give someone looking to break into acting?
If you love it, keep doing it. Trust yourself, and the never stop learning!
You were born and raised in Vancouver, BC and, started actually singing at the age of just six years old. How did you get your start in the singing and, when did you know you wanted to be an actress?
I am pretty sure I pointed to the screen (watching the Lizzie McGuire movie) and announced to my mom that I wanted to do that, ACT! But then HER interpretation of it was to put me into singing lessons (which I definitely needed because I was SO SHOW. Had the WORST stage fright!) As I got comfortable on stage, I transitioned to musical theatre, then theatre, which inevitably lead to TV and film!
Who are some of your favorite actors or actresses that you look up to?
Jake Gyllenhall, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis and Shailene Woodley!
You're currently finishing your BA in drama and a business degree at Loyola Marymount University which, must be tough while acting. How do you juggle finishing a business degree while being on set?
The workload can be overwhelming and stressful, but I have learned to go with the flow. I know what my priorities are, and so do my professors. I am very lucky to go to a school that tries to accommodate your professional life and education. After all, that’s what they want! They want you to go out and audition, and take those opportunities! Timing has definitely been on my side. Both Live Like Line and Hit The Road filmed over the summer, so luckily I didn’t have to miss any school!
What do you love the most, singing, dancing, or acting?
It is a toss up between singing and acting. With singing I feel more ‘free,’ but acting is much more of a challenge, which is why I love it and continue to work at it. I am constantly trying to push myself and see what I can do. Its exciting.
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Break-out Nickelodeon star Alex Hook dishes about her new series I Am Frankie, and filming on hectic 12 hour days
Break-out 15 year old actress Alex Hook dishes about her starring role on Nickelodeon's new series I Am Frankie, and filming on hectic 12 hour days. Also Alex gives us advice for up-coming teen actors.
Congratulations on your new Nickelodeon series "I Am Frankie" that debuted this past September 11th which, is about a teenage android attempting to pass herself off as a normal school girl. Can you take us through your audition process for Frankie Gaines, and do you remember what you were doing when you got the role?
The audition process took about 3 months, end of August to beginning of November. I first auditioned with a self tape that contained two different versions of the script. This gave the casting directors an idea of multiple ways that Frankie can be portrayed. I then got a callback a few weeks later with a new set of lines to be read. Once these were sent in and watched, I was asked to fly down to Miami for what they call a producers session in early November. This was my final audition for the character so I knew I had to give it my all.
I remember leaving pretty confident as I was the last one called into the room, all that was left, was to wait. I got the call on a Friday at the end of school. I was in the hall with my best friend and while I was on the phone with a huge smile on my face, she knew what I was about to say. We both freaked out and I have to admit, we cried haha:) that has to be one of the best moments of my life!
I was quite interested to learn the series "I Am Frankie" is actually the first global series to be produced at the new Viacom International Studio in Miami, Florida. What does a typical day on-set look like, and can you describe the character of Frankie Gaines?
Yes it is very exciting for both the IAF cast and Viacom, we were stoked to be the first one! A typical day on set is pretty hectic haha. My day starts early, around 7am and finishes 12 hours later, 7pm. In those 12 hours, I film, eat and “go to school” (basically just a small room in the building with a desk and chairs). But our daily schedules were very organized, I knew where I had to be at exactly what time, of course with some help from my talent coordinators. They brought me to and from the set making stops at my dressing room, wardrobe and hair and makeup.
All in all, there’s no time for resting, I was always on the move. Frankie Gaines is a teen android who must keep her secret. Yet this whole “secret keeping” is new to someone who was just created recently by her mom. Frankie is very literal and takes all of the high school slang very seriously. It takes some time to learn, but that’s what she’s all about. Frankie learns something new everyday, wether it’s about her crush cole, or best friend Dayton. Frankie is definitely quite the character, yet slowly but surely she learns to be a typical teenager, just with a little secret.
I think our readers would be very interested to learn that you're actually Canadian having been born in Toronto and, first booking commercials with The Family Channel. How did you first get started acting, and were your parents very active in the early stages of your career?
I was born in Toronto in 2001 and lived 6 years of my life there. When I moved to Kingston, this made auditioning a little more difficult because of the distance from the big city, 2 and a half hours. Because of this long drive, my parents had to be very active in my career. I can’t thank them enough, especially my mom who was the designated “acting mom” haha. My mom was the one who introduced me to the industry when I first moved to Kingston. I signed up with a theatre group that did plays, but I soon realized that I wanted to pursue more of a film and television style.
My mom took me to and from each and every one of my auditions, yet some were self tape making things a little easier. But because of my whole family’s commitment and effort put into all that I do, getting the part is always a huge accomplishment for all of us. Even a small commercial is totally worth the long drives, and multiple rejections. To this day, my parents are still extremely supportive with what I do and love that I get to live my dream.
I'm interested to learn more about your co-stars Carson Rowland and, Kyson Facer who both play Frankie's love interests in "I Am Frankie." Can you tell us some more about their characters and, do you guys hang-out offset?
Kyson’s character Andrew is the bad boy of the show. He’s more rebellious and outgoing, yet he develops feelings for Frankie that create conflict between him and Cole. Cole Reyes on the other hand just wants to impress Frankie. He’s more of the good boy and fun loving. Frankie has a little bit of butterflies when it comes to Cole but Andrew also gives her this feeling of connection. Kyson and Carson play these boys very well and we’re just as close on set as we are off. The whole cast loved to hangout, wether it’s going downtown, out for dinner, or shopping, we’re always having a good time. Kyson, Carson and I always have a blast and still to this day keep in touch over social media. Even though we live in different countries, we always make sure to check up on each other and see how things are doing:)
You've been doing a lot of promotion for "I Am Frankie" since the series premiered on Nickelodeon. At just 15 years old how do balance school with your acting responsibilities?
While I was on set, school was made easy since we had tutors available and a classroom in the building. Although I still have to do some press and travel to advertise for the show, I would only ever miss a couple days at a time. This makes it easy to stay on top of my work as I will bring some homework with me. Whenever I am free, I can read my book, do some math, or whatever else is asked of me. As much as we all dread school, is has to be done, but Nickelodeon luckily makes it easy for me to stay on top of things.
What advice would you give teens looking to break into acting?
Acting is an industry that takes a lot of commitment, and anyone looking to pursue it has to be willing to put in the time and effort. Although it may be a lot of work, it is one of the most rewarding jobs you could probably have. The experience on set is incredible, along with the opportunity to meet wonderful people that could end up being some of your best friends. Yet all of this doesn’t happen overnight, it all takes time and of course an open mind.
You have to be willing to take some courses and get in some practice before auditioning for big roles. Of course, you will never get them all, but that’s not something that should be taken personally. An actor could be rejected simply because of their height or other uncontrollable factors. All you can do is keep your head up and get ready for the next one. I can assure you that with a little bit of effort, a positive attitude, and maybe some luck, you can accomplish pretty much anything.
I'm sure the filming schedule for "I Am Frankie", keeps you pretty busy so when your not on-set can you tell us what you like to do for fun?
Yes filming always kept me on my toes. But when I’m not on set I love to go out with friends or family, and either hangout downtown, or go to the movies, or get food etc. I’m also pretty athletic as I love to play sports like hockey, soccer and volleyball. Not only do I enjoy team sports, but whenever I go to my family cottage in the summer, I always have an amazing time. We go tubing, water skiing, swimming, knee boarding, wake boarding, hiking and much, much more.
Hanging out at the cottage with family is never a boring time that’s for sure. But sometimes, I just need to chill at home and relax. If I’ve been on my feet all day or have been busy with sports, i will never turn down a day designated to sitting on the couch and watching tv. Then again, who would ever turn that down haha.
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Actress extraordinaire Laura Vandervoort talks about auditioning for Smallville, and her first comic-con experience
Actress extraordinaire Laura Vandervoort talks about auditioning for cult sci-fi hit Smallville and, her first San Diego Comic-Con experience. Also, Laura discusses Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent, giving her advice during acting classes.
You grew-up in Canada first getting your start in TV commercials, and before landing your first role in the 90's hit "Goosebumps", and later on the Nickelodeon series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Can you tell us how you got started acting, and at what point did you realize I want to make this a career?
I started acting at the age of 13. It At that point, it was merely out of curiosity. I was somewhat quiet growing up and perhaps it was a way for me to express my emotions. I began doing background work on Canadian TV series as a child and eventually started doing commercials. I took scene study classes and worked with coaches, but nothing could have prepared me more than just being on a set. You learn so much just by experiencing it- crew members' jobs, the pace of television vs. film, the hours. I wouldn’t say there was an exact moment when I decided on making it my career. I just enjoyed the work, challenging myself and learning as I went along.
At age 19 you attended "York University" studying Psychology and English, while taking acting classes to build-up about your craft, and keep auditioning for more roles. Do you have a favorite memory from taking acting classes, and did you have an acting coach, or mentor who gave you any career advice?
I attended York as a backup plan (laughs). Fortunately as acting continued, I realized how I could use what I was learning at York in my auditions and roles. Gordon Pinsent is a well known Canadian actor who also happened to be my grandmother's cousin. I reached out to him as a child when I first started acting. He and I wrote letters and he often gave me advice about this business and encouraged me. I remember on one of my first jobs (Goosebumps), he came to set. He’s always been like a mentor.
In the first weeks of your life you contracted meningitis, which, is a very serious condition that, affects both the brain and spinal cord. The doctors actually told your parents you wouldn't live I'm wondering how that experience effect your life, and what would you say to a family who, might be going threw the same life changing ordeal?
I was obviously rather young so I don’t remember the ordeal, but my parents tell me it was scary and overwhelming. There was a chance I would be deaf. I was paralyzed all down the left side of my body, but my mom says I had some serious fight in me and that’s how I overcame it.... along with some incredible doctors at North York General.
I suppose that fight still exists. I’m competitive and I don’t like letting people down. I try to accomplish as much as I can with my time here. Growing up, the meningitis affected how I perceived things. I had a learning disability and I was a visual learner. I had to memorize text books and rewrite them. I was a straight ‘A’ student however, I just got there in a different manner. So in a way, that has benefitted me with memorization techniques. I definitely felt a need to prove people wrong in school. That fight continued growing up and continues to this day.
You're most well known for playing Kara Kent on "Smallville" the Kryptonian cousin of Clark Kent who, was trapped on Krypton by Brainiac after traveling threw time. Also at the time you joined the cast of "Smallville" in season 7 the series was a huge hit on the WB network. Can you remember your audition for "Smallville", and how did you feel after you got the role of Kara?
I do. I did a self-tape for the show. It must have been over a month, and I had heard nothing. I finally got a phone call that they wanted me to fly to LA to do a screen test and I had never done one before. It all sounded so terrifying, not to mention they wanted me there tomorrow and I was up North in Canada at my cottage. We quickly packed up and drove home. I got on a plane the next morning and immediately went into the screen test upon landing. I recall three other girls in the waiting room. We signed the paperwork and one by one went in to audition for producers. I was nervous but excited. After it was all said and done they asked me to stay and a day later I had the job!
You were listed in Maxim Magazine's 100 Top hottest women two years in a row, and have hundred of thousands fans around the world. At Comic-Con conventions fans of "Smallville" have come-up to you crying just letting you know how much "Smallville" effected their life. When you're at conventions like San Dingo Comic-Con how dose it feel when the fans express their love to you? Do you have a favorite fan story?
It’s always so incredible and overwhelming. Sci-fi fans really are the best. I love hearing how the show(s) have impacted them. I remember my very first San Diego Comic Con experience as Supergirl. A gentleman came up to the table and had a tattoo of my face on his leg. I remember saying something like, “Wow! That’s my face permanently on your leg! Does your mom know?! Why would you do that!? But wow, thank you!”
Congratulations you have a new horror thriller coming-out on October 28th "Jigsaw" directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig where, you play the character of Anna. Can you tell us what kind of character you play, and how much of your own stunts did you do in "Jigsaw"?
I can’t say much. I was thrilled to be a part of the “Saw” franchise! You first meet Anna in the traps and she’s a character we hope the audience roots for. Anna seems to be in denial as to why she belongs there. It was a physically and emotionally draining movie but in the best possible way. Every scene was high stakes. We all did a fair number of stunts and the cast was fantastic.
Lastly you're very much involved in different charities including "PETA", "Humane Society International", and "Elton John AIDS Foundation". At We Blab Entertainment we're much in support of celebrities giving back to causes that effect our society. Can you tell us which cause your most passionate about, and what can someone do what wants to get more involved?
I’ve worked with World Vision Canada as an Ambassador for a while now. I’ve sponsored children through the organization for over ten years. Sponsoring a child through an organization such as World Vision is a start, along with encouraging others to do the same or just finding a local shelter or organization with which you can donate your time or items. I am working with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation now as well, and promoting awareness and hoping to raise funds in the month of October for breast cancer awareness month. I have set up a donation page at https://give.bcrf.org/fundraise?fcid=1145244. I just feel that love and compassion, especially in this day and age, are so important.
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Young superstar talent Aubrey Anderson-Emmons chats exclusively about life on set of Modern Family. Also Aubrey talks about working meeting Robin Williams at the type of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and playing the diverse role of Lilly Tucker-Pritchett.
At We Blab Entertainment Magazine our favorite show is "Modern Family" because, of the humor and wit between the different characters especially with Lily. Can you take us threw your audition process for landing the role of Lily Tucker-Pritchett , and how did you feel after you got the role?
Actually, I was only four years old when I auditioned for Modern Family, and I don't even remember it! I asked my mom and she said I was pretty excited. It took three auditions for me to get the part.
"Modern Family" has become a huge phenomenon since it first debuted back on September 23, 2009 having won 21 Emmy awards. What was your experience like attending the Emmys?
It's pretty cool but it's a really long day. We bring tons of snacks with us even though we're not supposed to eat in the theater! This year, I was eating a piece of candy and my tooth fell right before it started.
Currently you're working on a full time network show while keeping up your school work. How do you juggle school with your acting responsibilities?
There is a school teacher on the set so I do school there on days that I work. On days that I don't work, I go to a regular school. It's different, definitely, but I'm kind of used to it now.
On the show "Modern Family" the character of Lilly Tucker-Pritchett was adopted by two dads, Mitchell and Cameron. What dose a typical day on-set look like?
We get there early in the morning. I usually get dressed, get hair and make up done, then I usually go to school. When it's time to rehearse my scene, they call me on stage and we do the rehearsal. The sound department puts on my microphone and sometimes I go back to school or sometimes just wait and shoot the scene. There's always lots of food. Sometimes we are on location so every day is a little different.
You have increased cultural diversity awareness as an Asian American playing a trans-racial adoptee of gay parents. Did you full understand the importance of your role at such a young age, and did your parents talk with you about the subject lines?
I don't know if I knew back then, but I know now. A lot has changed on tv since then. We are friends with the kids from Fresh Off The Boat and Albert Tsai who was on Dr Ken. There is a lot more diversity on tv now but I think Modern Family was really important for helping that happen.
You're also very involved with multiple charities including St. Jude's Hospital, California Covenant House Youth Shelter, and Let Them Play Sports Organization. What can you tell us about some of the non-profit work you do?
I like being able to help people, especially when I can help other kids and animals. That is very special to me. We care about dog rescue so much that we have two rescue dogs!
Back in 2013 along with your cast members Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez you met Robin Williams back stage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live." What do you remember about your appearance, and meeting Robin at Jimmy Kimmel?
I didn't know who he was at first but, later I figured out some of the stuff he was in and my mom told me he was the voice of the Genie in Aladdin. I've seen lots of his movies now, but I was only six or seven then so I don't remember it very well.
Everyone has their favorite characters on "Modern Family" from Hayley, Alex, Luke, and Manny which, has brought so many quotable lines. Can you tell us what's it like working with Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez?
I actually don't work with them very often because the different families usually shoot at different times and I'm the only kid in my family. Also, the big kids are all like adults now and going to college. We have Jeremy on the show now, who plays Joe, and he is a lot of fun to hang out with. I love when we get to work together! He's really cute and funny.
School of Rock's Lance Lim talks about hit Nickelodeon TV series, and filming Independence Day: Resurgence
School of Rock's Lance Lim talks exclusively about his hit Nickelodeon TV series, and filming Independence Day: Resurgence. Also Lance shares details about the animated feature film Duck Duck Goose.
Congratulations on playing Zack on the Emmy nominated series "School of Rock!" So exciting! Tell us what some of your favorite on set experiences have been on the show for the past two seasons and the upcoming third season.
Gosh! This is such a hard question to answer! We have countless memories on set that were too good. I think one of my favorites would be whenever we all get on a stunt pad and just lay down and talk. It usually happens in between scenes but it's just the most layed back feeling.
You play the lead guitarist and get to perform on the show! Do you play other instruments? Did you do anything special to prepare for the role and what are some of the similarities and differences between you and Zack?
I picked up the drums recently and love it! I watched the original movie for research purposes but nothing in particular for the role. The funny thing about me and Zack is that we're so different which is what makes playing him all the more fun! The only similarity I can find is our love for guitar.
What was the audition process for the role of Zack and what is a typical day on the set of "School of Rock?"
It was about a 3-month process. I went in originally and then the casting office changed and I had to go in again, and then chemistry reads and a network test. A typical day would be arriving on set heading to hair and make-up, then go to school, go on set and start shooting!
You were in the hit blockbuster "Independence Day: Resurgence." Is there more pressure being in a sequel to such an iconic film? The films bring a sense of optimism for the future in a very Sci-fi way. Do you think it would take an alien invasion to unite our current world?
I think there's always a feeling of pressure to any sequel, but the first Independence Day was one of the most iconic alien movies so, yes but I think it turned out great! I think an alien invasion would definitely unite our world, but hopefully it doesn't take an invasion to do that.
Not only do you play guitar on "School of Rock" but you also play and sing covers such as "Treat You Better" by Shawn Mendes, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli, and "Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Megan Trainor and John Legend! Are you writing your own songs and possibly working on an album? If so, what is your creative process for creating your songs?
I actually am working on some solo music so stay tuned! I think for me, I tend to write my music best at night when I'm in my feels.
The animated film "Duck Duck Goose" is to be released in April of 2018 and it stars you alongside Zendaya and many other A-listers. Can you tell us a little bit about the film and your character, 'Chao'?
This film is about a goose who loses his flock during migration, and ends up finding these two ducklings who also lost their flocks, and end up building an unusual bond with each other and end up becoming a family. Chao is one of the two main ducklings, he's the younger brother of Chi (played by Zendaya) and he's this small fat duckling, who happens to always be hungry and happy. He's basically just a cute little fur ball.
The next season of "School of Rock" and "Duck Duck Goose" are both set to be released in 2018. What projects should we expect to see you in next? Do you have any dream roles you'd love to play? Any dream musical collaborations?
Well, besides Duck Duck Goose, I am coming out in an indie film, called The Crossing. Yes, I say this all the time but I would love to play a serial killer. To be able to do something with John Mayer would be amazing. He's my music idol.
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Rising teen Michael Campion dishes about Netflix's hit Fuller House, and filming in front of a live audience
Rising teen star Michael Campion dishes exclusively to We Blab Entertainment about Netflix's hit series Fuller House, and filming in front of a live studio audience. Also, Michael talks about studying martial arts.
Congratulations on the upcoming Season 3 premiere of “Fuller House” on September 22! How has your character, Jackson Fuller, grown over the course of the 3 seasons and can you tell us a little bit of what to expect from the families this upcoming season?
Jackson was younger and a little lost at the beginning of season one and now that he is getting older, he has learned a lot more life lessons and it has helped him mature. He has become more responsible too. I think the writers do a good job with my character because they write him like a real everyday teenager going through life and facing realistic everyday situations and learning experiences.
In season three you can look forward to seeing more of the family and original cast from Full House. The fans tend to love it when some of the old familiar faces show up. As far as for the families, Kimmy and Fernando will not disappoint with their crazy and hilarious antics this next season . There is also a lot of edge of your seat drama with the Matt, CJ & Steve triangle.
Full House started in 1987 and still has millions of devoted fans. How have the creators kept the spirit of the original series despite the changes of the times? What are some of the recurring themes and elements that have stayed in the show over the course of 30 years?
The writers have kept the essence of family and friendship which were constant themes in the original series and continue today. There is usually a situation where conflict occurs and then after misunderstandings and confusion, the characters work together and solve the conflict and stand together. The writing team really realizes the responsibility that they have to keep the shows themes consistent and positive. They work hard writing a family show where the themes and storylines appeal to a broad audience of both Full House and Fuller House fans.
Jackson Fuller is D.J. Tanner-Fuller’s mischievous teenage son. What have some of your favorite episodes been and why? What’s the craziest things you’ve had to do as this young troublemaker?
Jackson is not really as mischievous like he was in season one. Now going into season three he is just more of a typical teenage "goof ball". He also does not intentionally set out to be a trouble maker. It is his goof ball decisions and lack of thinking things through completely that somehow end up making trouble for him. In the end he always learns another valuable life lesson.
My favorite season was when Joey came over to babysit. We got to play with nerf guns, water guns, toilet paper guns and the whole episode was a total out of control blast. I also liked the season two Halloween episode. The director owns one of the largest collection of horror film props in Hollywood so he brought a ton of cool things to decorate the set. The craziest thing I probably had to do as Jackson was in this same episode when Jackson had to wear a silly and embarrassing bear costume. It was ridiculous and silly and a lot of fun at the same time.
You got to shoot an episode of Fuller House in Japan! What are some of the best memories from that trip and what is it like getting to film this show in a foreign country?
The best memories about working in Japan is hands down the fans. The Japanese people as a whole are the most polite and kind people I have ever met. We would go into our hotel lobby and the fans were always waiting for us. They would bring me little gifts and hand written notes and they were so polite and respectful about taking photos and asking for autographs.
Shooting in Japan was so fascinating and educational. Everywhere you looked and went, you were learning something new and different about a totally different culture. Nothing looked familiar and it was a great experience to see a whole new culture and way of life. I would go back in a heartbeat.
You and your co-stars, Soni Bringas and Elias Harger, go out and dance for the live studio audience of Fuller House. What is some of the greatest differences between filming in front of an audience and filming on a private set? Does it make it the job harder? How does the production keep some of the show’s spoilers under wraps?
When you film on a private set, you only have the crew and other cast members present. When you film in front of a live audience, there are a ton of more people present and they laugh out loud and clap and you get an instant reaction from them regarding what you are doing. I find it easier working with a live audience because their energy gives me more energy and it makes mw have to be "on" and helps me deliver a better performance.
The production team takes the cell phones from the audience before they enter the studio in order to avoid anyone recording anything. Also, they encourage the live audience to not tell outsiders too much about the storyline because it will spoil the experience when they eventually watch the show on Netflix.
You avidly study sword work, martial arts, and study being a magician. Tell us a bit about your training in those skills. Do you see those skills finding their way into Fuller House or other future projects?
I have taken extensive classes in stage combat. This is something many actors do and it comes in handy on action films and period pieces. I also take Krav Maga, a form of martial arts. When I am home in Orlando I take it with my dad and when I am working in Los Angeles I take it there by myself. The magic thing is something I have always enjoyed and studied. I started studying it when I was about 8 at a place called The Magic Dove where you go to actually learn about and study the craft of magic.
I hope to be able to use all of these skills on Fuller House some day and on other acting projects. As an actor, I think it is important to learn as many skills as you can because they can only help you in the future for making you skilled at things that may come in handy.
You worked on films such as Robo-Dog and Christmas Trade before working on Fuller House. As an actor, what are some of the greatest differences of working on a television series rather than a feature film? Do you have a preference between TV and film and if so, why?
When you work on a film, you have a starting date and a finishing date. You get to know people and then at the end you have to say good-bye. It is not long term. On a television series, if you are lucky to have a long run, you develop deep and lasting friendships. Your cast and crew become more like family. You also get to develop your character over a very long time ao that you really know this character inside and out.
I guess I prefer television because it is long term and it is more secure. You don't have to worry all the time about getting that next job because you come back week after week. As an actor, job stability is a blessing and I don't take that for granted.
What projects should we watch out for you in the future? What is a dream role you’d love to play or an acting challenge you’d love to take on?
You can see me as a celebrity contestant on the Nickelodeon competition series Paradise Run. I competed for a charity organization called Race to Erase MS. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart ever since my older sister was diagnosed with MS. Not only did I get to raise awareness about a serious and important disease, I got a free trip to Hawaii and it was an absolute blast.
I don't know if I have a dream role but I would love to keep working with great actors and it would be amazing if one day I could work in a film with Johnny Depp. I think he is one of the best actors in film today. I would also love to eventually be in action films. I think action films are exciting, challenging and that to me would be incredible!
Watch the season 3 premiere of Fuller House September 22 only on Netflix.
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Heartthrob Graham Patrick Martin discuses Major Crimes, and working with young Jennifer Lawrence on The Bill Engvall Show
Heartthrob Graham Patrick Martin discuses hit show "Major Crimes", and working with a young Jennifer Lawrence on "The Bill Engvall Show" which launched her career. Also Graham talks about attending French Woods Summer Camp.
One of my favorite TV shows currently is "Major Crimes" where you play the character of Rusty Beck a once-homeless teenager of illegitimate teenage parents struggling to make ends. The character actually got started on "The Closer" before moving on to "Major Crimes". Can you take us through your audition process and tell us what you have learned from playing Rusty?
I'm glad you like the show! Major Crimes came into my life in such a surprising way. I woke up to a phone call from my manager saying that I had three hours to prepare an audition for a one episode guest star on the series finale of "The Closer." I scrambled to work on the audition in the limited amount of time that I had, and somehow ended up booking it. Halfway through shooting the episode, James Duff – the show's creator – approached me and asked if I would like to join the spinoff. He's since told me that he had no intention of continuing the Rusty story line, but things just sort of fit. I got lucky.
You played Trent Pearson on my favorite sitcom from high school "The Bill Engvall Show" alongside actress Jennifer Lawrence that, catapulted her to fame. The cast had such a natural on-screen chemistry for example in "Let It Go" when Bryan struggles to accept his first B on a science test and Lauren uses it to her advantage to tease her little brother. What was in like working with Jennifer Lawrence at that early stage, and did you think she would become the most in demand actress in Hollywood?
Wow, I haven't thought about that episode in ages. What a blast from the past! It's no surprise to me that Jen has become the powerhouse that she is. Its been a while since I worked with her. But during those three years I was taken aback by her strength and commitment to her craft at such a young age. She also comes from a fantastic family. I love seeing good things happen to good people.
You grew-up in New York City attending LaGuardia High School and French Woods Summer Camp with your sister and brothers which, is where you first become interested in acting. The first musical you were actually cast in was "The King and I" at summer camp where I understand originally you didn't attend for the acting. Do you have any favorite memories from French Woods, and what did you learn from your experiences that helped you become a professional actor?
French Woods played a huge part in shaping who I am as a person. It's a tremendous summer camp that serves as a playground for young artists to discover and explore their artistic abilities. During those summers, I would do three musicals in three months, I learned to fly the trapeze, performed in magic shows, and sang in an 80s themed cabaret troupe. I wish that every kid could have some form of this artistic exploration like I did. It helped me to break out of my "trying to fit in" tendencies and allowed me to feel comfortable being an individual, which was a beautiful thing for an insecure kid like myself to have.
In 2014 you stared in the independent film "Somewhere Slow" which, is about Anna Thompson played by Jessalyn Gilsig who sells beauty products to doctors but, her company lets her go when her performance is not up to par. Can you tell us what it was like filming "Somewhere Slow, and playing the character of Travis who was going threw his own emotional problems?
Somewhere Slow was probably the most fun I have ever had working on a project. We shot in Rhode Island, which is one of my favorite places in the world. The film had a smaller budget, so I stayed in the house we shot in along with Jessalyn and the film's director, Jeremy O'Keefe. It was a bit of a rebirth for me as an actor. Prior to the film, I had only really worked on multi-camera sitcoms-despite wanting badly to break into dramatic work. Jeremy and Jessalyn took a chance with me-and I am so grateful that they did, because it ended up being a wonderful experience, and the movie turned out great.
The character of Trent Pearson from "The Bill Engvall Show" was the not bright teenager but, what you brought to the show was a comic performance that to ushered in a new era for teenagers in sitcoms to embrace that the fact there not super bright. Do you remember what a typical day on set was like, and looking back on the show what do you think the legacy of "The Bill Engvall Show" will become?
Well inevitably, the legacy of the show is that it was Jennifer's first gig- and that's pretty damn cool. But it was also one of the last true family sitcoms. I mean sure you have all of those hilarious single-cam shows like Modern Family. But Engvall was the last of that 90's-style feel good family sitcom. It never got too big when it was airing, but people still come up to me to this very day and tell me that they love the show because they randomly came across it on youtube and couldn't stop watching.
In 2013 You just starred in the Lifetime movie "The Anna Nicole Story," depicting the tragic life of model Anna Nicole Smith from small town dancer to Playboy centerfold, to her marriage to a billionaire, and her death in 2007 where, you play the late Anna Nicole Smith's late son Daniel. Do you have any favorite memories from filming the TV movie?
I just loved the creative team that was behind that film. Adam Goldberg is a tremendous actor and I loved my scenes with him. The director was Mary Harron, who directed American Psycho, and she was badass. It was interesting working on a true story that most people watched unfold really not too long ago. I had only known about it from the headlines that I saw at the time-so diving into the humanity of a sensationalized tabloid story was compelling for me.
A few years back you where an Honorary Celebrity Co-Chair for the Louisiana SPCA's Howling Success Gala, which, is an organization that helps animals in need. Can you tell us more about the organization, and what other charities are you currently involved in these days?
I have two favorite charities that I work with. First is the Sunshine Kids. They are the official Charity of Major Crimes. I love this group because they provide super fun life experiences for kids with cancer who are undergoing treatment. The other organization that I work with is Covenant House California, which is a shelter for homeless youth in Los Angeles. I am directing a PSA for CHC that will be out in October.
I wanted to revisit "Major Crimes" because, the character of Rusty is a queer youth and seeing LBGT themes on television is still a taboo subject with some of the most daring shows being "Modern Family", and even Will and Grace. What do you hope your character Rusty will do for the LBGT community, and how far do you think Television has to go with highlighting gay issues?
I actually think TV has come a long way, especially these past 5 years. Rusty and Major Crimes don't get a lot of credit or attention for the gay storylines, and I kind of like it that way. I like it because its not considered abnormal. It's just another show with a storyline about someone who happens to be gay. Though I understand the importance of the revolutionary shows that "pushed the boundaries" by having gay storylines, I am proud to be on a show where its not that big of a deal. Its just...normal. And I think that is what the future should be like. Where gay characters aren't celebrated or given a special gold star, because at the end of the day, gay is normal...and that's pretty cool.
Watch the season six premiere Major Crimes October, 31st on TNT network.
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Disney's Adam McArthur talks Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, and voicing Lee-Char in hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Disney's Adam McArthur talks about playing Marco Diaz in Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, and voicing Lee-Char in the hit series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Also Adam dishes about his expertise in Kung Fu.
You grew up in San Francisco, got your degree in film production and were in improv groups in LA. How did you transition from improv to scripted roles?
I've actually been doing both in tandem for many years! Improv teaches you to trust your instincts, and really listen. Any great acting teacher will tell you how important those qualities are in scripted work as well. I've never thought of them as separate kinds of acting or performing, but rather different sides of the same coin that can make me a more well-rounded actor. I'm thankful for all of my training! It really allows me to have fun, feel the freedom in the moment to trust myself and what I'm able to bring to different roles.
You play Marco Diaz on the hit Disney XD show "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." Marco is the quirky, almost Charlie Brown like best friend of Star and her companion on her adventures. What has the process been like in creating this fun teenage character?
Oh man, it's been an insanely fun process. Marco and I have so much in common that it's comical at times. I like to say that he and I "just get each other. I pull from a lot of my own personal experiences with this guy. Through the guidance of Daron Nefcy, the creator of the show, and Kelly Ward, as well as all the other amazing directors and creatives involved behind the scenes, the creative process has been very collaborative.
You also voice Lee-Char in the hit series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." You have done live action roles such as 'Casey' in "The Coin," starring Christopher Lloyd. What are some of the greatest differences and similarities you find in playing live action characters and voiceover characters?
I think the differences lie in the nuances of the different styles of acting. For an on-camera role, there is a whole different type of technique you use when acting for the camera. Same goes for VO. Mic placement, how loud you are, what your body is doing. It's all very different between the two styles. There are definitely some similarities though! Knowing your character and making strong choices are helpful no matter what style of acting you're doing. The good thing is, both are so much fun! It's like exercising different parts of my brain.
You recently attended San Diego Comic-Con and D23 Expo for "Star vs. The Forces of Evil." What have been some of the greatest experiences you've had at these, and other events?
The best part about any convention is the time I get to spend with the fans. We have so many amazingly sweet, talented, funny and weird fans of this show! (Haha. You weird ones know who you are.) There's no greater feeling than meeting people, and hearing how you've impacted their lives by doing what you love. That will never get old, and I am forever grateful to be where I'm at.
You created your own short film "Showdown at High Noon" back in 2013. What are some things you learned about creating your own content, and do you plan on directing/producing more in the future?
Showdown at High Noon is actually a credit someone else put on my IMDB, and I have no idea what the heck it is lol. So if IMDB is reading this, please take that off! (Side note: I am currently working on a project that I'm writing and acting in called The Adam & Brian Show. I'm working on it with my good buddy who is a puppeteer with the Henson Company. It follows two best friends, one who happens to be a puppet, on a pretty wild journey through their pretty mundane lives. Keep an eye out for it!)
You also specialize in Kung Fu. You have won numerous tournaments, and have been the subject of several PBS documentaries. How do the principles you have learned in Kung Fu seep into your career as an actor/filmmaker?
Great question! I think the greatest lesson I learned from the martial arts is the ability to cope in the uncomfortable. As you can imagine, there's a lot of pain both physically and mentally during martial arts training. My teacher taught me to never give up, even when things got difficult. He also said that sometimes in order to be comfortable, you had to be uncomfortable for a while first. It's so similar to acting. Sometimes things are difficult. You might have a bad performance, a creative block or lose out on a big role. But you can't let it get you down. You just have to keep pushing through, and come out stronger on the other side. So that's what I do! It keeps me pretty happy most of the time.
You sometimes lend your voice to video games such as the mysterious Joker in Final Fantasy Type-0. How is it different playing a video game character, rather than an animated character?
The great thing about animation is I get to see a full script, and often times get to record with other actors. On Puss in Boots, we record in a big room together where everyone is playing off each. Video games are quite the opposite! Every single video game I've worked on, I've had zero idea what game it was until much later (sometimes years!). Because games take so long to make, their stories are kept under wraps so tightly that even the actors don't know what they're working on. I'll typically get a page with just my lines, and I don't record with anyone else. From there, the director gives me vague context and we give it a go! It's wild and a lot of the time feels very spontaneous, exciting! They're both a lot of fun to work on!
Can you tell us about what you are currently working on?
I'm currently focused on recording the upcoming season of Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, which I'm super excited about! You can also hear my voice all over Disney XD, as well as in the new Far Cry 5 coming out early next year. There are a few other things coming soon, but I can't talk about those yet. So stay tuned!