Ashley Leggat Interview


The lovely Ashley Leggat has joined the Blended Ent family. I had the pleasure of having a quick interview with the Canadian actress. Check it out below!

What is this I hear about a Life with Derek reunion? It has been ten years since the launch of the show. Will this happen at some point?

I would LOVE for the Life with Derek reunion to happen, but at this point there are no set plans.

You and I are a few days apart with our birthdays, how will  you celebrate yours?

I celebrate my birthday with lots of pizza, cake, and the people I love most!  

I have seen one of your recent dance videos and you’re pretty good. How long have you been dancing?

I danced competitively for 17 years and it has always been a huge passion for me.  I’ve just recently gotten back into taking class.  I forgot how much I loved it!

Now we have reached the Blended Entertainment Top 3 segment.

Top 3 places to shop?


Top 3 favorite favorite places to eat?

Pizza Hut, All Stars (In Vasteras, Sweden), Bronzies (Hamilton, ON)

Top 3 music artists?

Eminem, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson

Favorite toy or game you had as a child?

Operation.  Best game ever.  Also made me realize how unsteady my hands were and killed my dreams of ever becoming a surgeon.

What’s next in the life of Ashley Leggat?

I’m on The Next Step which starts airing now, The Good Witch movie coming out for Halloween, and People Hold On which premiers on October 9th in Toronto. I’m most excited for People Hold On as I’ve never been more proud of a project before.

Interview w/ Monty Geer

Image Credit: Adam Hendershott—The Headshot Truck

Image Credit: Adam Hendershott—The Headshot Truck

Hey Awkward fans, you know him as Cole. I know him as Monty. View my interview below with the talented Monty Geer.

Awkward is now back for the fifth and for what is known as the final season. You’ve had time to be away from the series as filming concluded a while back. What are your thoughts now about the overall process and about the series ending?

I’m really sad that it’s ending. It has been an incredible journey. The cast and crew were the best people to work with. A lot of our fans have grown up and gone through high school at the same time as these characters. They’ve faced the same relationship drama in their lives and I’m sure had similar high school experiences. So it’s an emotional time for them, it’s like they are graduating with these characters and are having to say goodbye.

This series had been going strong before you joined in season 4. What was it like for you when you first joined the cast later in its’ run?

It was a little intimidating because everyone was already such a close family. I definitely felt like the new kid coming to school. However, at school you don’t have the constant fear that you will get fired if you’re not funny enough. Those would be some real high pressure tests! Luckily everyone was very friendly and welcoming and I wasn’t fired from school.

There have been some talk of this not being the end for Awkward. Have you heard any rumblings regarding a sixth season or spinoff? Would you be interested for any Awkward related television?

I love Awkward and think there is plenty of room to grow. We have a lot of fans who love the show and I’m sure they would always want some more of us. A Theo and Cole spinoff would be fun. I’m sure after high school they would be up to some crazy shenanigans. Like running some grungy bar hidden in the basement of a grocery store.

What do you like/dislike about your character, Cole?

I love the creative freedom I have with him. He’s so wild and crazy that in every scene I can literally do anything I want. There’s so much fun in entering a scene by jumping over furniture or grabbing unsuspecting background extras by the legs and pulling them across a field. As far as a dislike, I probably wouldn’t want to be his friend. He’s far too angry for me and I’m sure I am too basic for him.

How will the characters and the dynamic change from 5A to 5B?

Well it takes place a year later, so a lot is different. They are no longer in high school and are trying to live real lives. That can be very difficult. Dating people changes when you are no longer sitting in class with them everyday. It’s a little odd to pass notes to your cubicle partner. Plus, people mature and go off and make whole new friends. It’s a lot harder to keep your core group of people together.

What were your experiences like in high school?

I was always the class clown. I was in the honors program and was the smallest kid in my class. So in order to not get picked on, I had to be funny. I got kicked out of class way too much for “disturbing the peace”. I would play pranks on people like pouring water in their hoodie, so when they put it on they would get soaked. The last time I did that my friend got mad and poured water all over the essay I was writing. I didn’t get the best grade for turning in a soggy paper.

When you’re not acting, what are some other things that you personally like to do?

I’m an adrenaline junkie. I love doing things that scare me. I scuba dive, rock climb, play with tarantulas, fly planes, whatever. I love going through those feelings when I get scared and start thinking “I don’t know if I should do this”, because a lot of people stop at that moment. I always dive into what scares me and I usually never regret it. I’m training myself to not let fear hold me back because to really succeed in acting and life, you need to do what scares you. I’m not fearless, I’m just comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

What’s the most awkward thing or situation you ever been involved in?

I peed my pants one time in elementary school. We were at recess and were joking around a lot. Someone said something really funny and I laughed too hard, if you know what I mean. I was also wearing sweatpants at the time because I wasn’t the most fashionable 11 year old. So to hide what I did, I immediately pretended to fall into a puddle next to me. I went to the nurse to change, and I think I had to wear some baggy basketball shorts that were meant for someone 30 pounds heavier than I was.

Did you learn anything about yourself from your work in this series?

I learned to let things go. I used to hold on and try to do the “perfect take”, but we shoot so fast I may not of gotten exactly what I wanted. That would give me a lot of stress, but now I know I’ll be fine if I am just in the moment with Cole’s thoughts. There are lots of options instead of that one “perfect” one.

What can fans expect from season 5?

I definitely think it’s the best season. All of Matty and Jenna’s dating drama has been boiling up to this point, so fans will finally get to see how they end. Plus, Theo and Cole get into even more chaos and may have some drama of their own.

Do you have any other projects that you have worked on or are currently working on?

I just finished shooting an episode of Adam Ruins Everything on truTV, which was originally a College Humor web series. I also shot a film called The Adventures of Sam Wolf, where I play a blind character. It’s a fantasy/superhero story between two brothers. It was shot in the Northern California Redwoods, so the footage looks amazing!

Thank you for time Monty, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans and our readers?

I just hope you like this season of Awkward as much as I did. It’s my favorite season and a good amount of drama happens! I talk to my fans a lot  and if you want to reach out to me I’m @MontyGeer on Instagram and Twitter!

Interview w/ Jason Rogel

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Kevin From Work is a new series on ABC Family. I had the opportunity to interview one of the stars from the series. Enjoy my interview with Jason Rogel.

Right now, you can be seen in the ABC Family series, Kevin from Work. What can you tell us about your character?

I play Kevin and Audrey’s co-worker, Ricky. He is the office gossip and has his nose in everybody’s business. Ricky also has this weird love-hate relationship with both Kevin and Audrey which makes him a bit unpredictable, but definitely a fun, interesting character.

What was it like going through the process for season 1 and is there any indication thus far that a season 2 could be in the works?

We just wrapped our 10th episode, and it has been an amazing journey. I think with any new show it is always neat to see how the characters and storylines develop from the pilot. The last episode of the season definitely ends with an Kevin & Audrey cliffhanger, that will hopefully get resolved or at least addressed in the 2nd season.

I know you were in “State of Georgia”, starring Raven Symone and Loretta Devine. What was it like working with Raven?

I had the best time working on “State of Georgia.”  Raven and the rest of the cast were so much fun to work with–so warm and welcoming. Both Raven and Loretta have been in this industry forever. Between the professionalism and work ethic they brought to set, and the genius comedic timing they brought to the show–it was an amazing learning experience just to watch the both of them work.

You have been on set for a lot of different tv series. Is there a particular series you worked on that you wish you would have had a larger role on?

Probably “Dexter,” mostly because it was such an awesome show–and that season in particular was a really good one with John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. It would have been great to have played a bigger part in that season’s story line–maybe even get to be one of Dexter’s or the Trinity Killer’s victims. That would would have been cool.

What has it been like on and off the set with the cast and crew?

The cast just hit it off from day one. We hang out off-camera as much as we do on-camera.  And that goes for our production team as well. Seriously, from top to bottom, this has been one of the most amazing groups of people I have ever gotten to work with on any project. We really are a family.

Can you talk a bit about how you got your start in acting?

I started out performing in high school musicals. One of my drama teachers encouraged me to continue studying Acting in college, and I ended up with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater.  It was in college that I really developed my love of performing and realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I got an agent, started out doing commercials, and eventually worked my way into TV and film. There is also a whole bunch of struggling and rejection, and questioning yourself and working day jobs, and night jobs and making rent, and top ramen and tears that figure into my journey. But we can save that for the Lifetime biopic. [laughter]

What do you see for yourself in the future regarding your projects and career?

I would love to land a role on a TV show that runs for a like 5 or 6 seasons, and get to work on film projects in between.  That would be amazing. Who knows–hopefully “Kevin from Work” is that TV show. How great would that be?

Thanks for your time Jason, is there anything you’d like to say to fans of the show?  

Thank you for having me!  Keep watching “Kevin from Work” on Wednesdays at 8:30pm/7:30c on ABC Family—we have more crazy, hilarious stuff coming up this season!! Come find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Interview w/ Z Nation’s Pisay Pao

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

The Syfy series, “Z Nation” returns tonight with the premiere of season 2. To ring in the new season, I had the opportunity to interview Pisay Pao, who plays Cassandra.

Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Yes. I was born in Thailand but I have lived most of my life in Seattle, Washington where I got to spend a lot of time outside in nature, being imaginative or inside doing something creative like dancing or painting. When I say those things out loud it, sounds pretty normal but I actually felt really different growing up. I do not know if it was because of my background or just wanting to separate myself from the crowd but I think that is what pushed me into acting and pushed me towards the role of Cassandra. From the very beginning I felt and knew she was going to be a unique character to play.

What is it like on set not only when the cameras are rolling but also while they are off?

It is honestly a mix bag. I think that is why I love being on set so much. You never know what to expect but it is usually the funniest, most magical, unbelievable moments. Like when Anastasia and Nat start singing Whitney Houston in the makeup trailer or when we are shooting on a farm with kittens and they are all running away from the zombies on set. Those moments make up for the long and sometimes frustrating days – like when we lose power for 3 days in a row because of thunderstorms. The cast and crew are completely passionate and professional about their work though -another reason why I love being on this set specifically.

What is a typical day of shooting an episode? How is it shooting in Spokane?

The only thing typical about shooting Z Nation is that it is at least a 12 hour day or more and that there is always zombies on set. Otherwise, there is nothing typical about the show or the way we shoot it. We move really fast and things are constantly changing. It definitely keeps us on our toes so I can not imagine how the audience feels. As far as Spokane goes, it has been amazing. I can not believe all the places we have substituted it for and people have been really gracious and welcoming.

What are some of your hobbies? Favorite places to shop and eat?

I love hiking, watching movies of course, cooking for friends and family, dancing, making stuff with my hands like, sewing my own costumes or writing letters to my fans with personalized stationery. I probably sound like a dork -which is good. Dorks are underrated. As far as favorite places to shop and eat? I live in both Seattle and LA, so that list could be very very long but here goes…


Shopping: Nordstrom, Goodwill and any vintage stores. I love the flagship Nordstrom. The selection is unparalleled and I feel like the vintage stores here are the most reasonable priced I have seen compared to other metropolitan cities.I love mixing old with new.

Food: Momiji, Walrus and Carpenter, Il Corvo, Cafe Presse, Spinasse & Juice Box


Shopping: The Grove -it is an experience really. The downtown H&M and Abbott Kinney which is also an experience because it is the only place I know in LA where you can jaywalk and people don’t look at you like you are crazy or try to run you over.

Food: Pine & Crane, Sqirl, Gelina, Sugarfish, Alimento, & Bestia

For someone who has yet to see Z Nation, how would you describe the series?

Z Nation is about a group of survivors transporting the only known human to have survived a zombie bite from NY to a blood lab in California. That human is Murphy (played by the talented Keith Allan) who is a complete jerk (the character not the actor). Still we all somehow love him and we love killing zombies so we have a heck of a time finding thousands of different ways to do just that, like our infamous liberty bell scene. It’s a ton of fun.

For someone who has seen their fare share of movies and series within the zombie culture, what separates Z Nation from other programming?

I think the biggest thing that separates Z Nation from other shows is that it does not take itself too seriously. We make a lot of jokes and reference a lot of different parodies but the show never becomes a parody itself. People really care about the characters and the storyline.

Z Nation is on Netflix and season one can be binge-watched. What series out there have you binge-watched or would like to binge-watch?

I love Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and Gotham. I could not stop watching True Blood when it was on. I would totally binge watch The X-Files again. You are probably seeing a pattern here. I really dig the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I can not believe I am on a show on Syfy network!

What can fans expect from season two of Z Nation?

Bigger, better, badder. Seriously a lot more zombies, and zombie kills and a lot of new and interesting characters to mix up the group dynamic. Karl Schaefer (the show’s creator) never wants any of else to feel safe, which is very heartwarming.

If you weren’t acting, what is another profession you could see yourself doing?

I’d like to be an International spy. Either that or own a restaurant and write children’s books.

Thank you Pisay for your time, how can people find you and is there anything you’d like to say to our readers? Welcome to the Blended Family!

Thanks so much. Thank you for reading. I can not wait for people to see the new season. People can find me on Twitter or FB @pisaypao. Thank you Blended!

Blake Lively’s Latest Design

On September 1, Sandast, the brand known for vintage-inspired American hand-made leather accessories, and Preserve, announced the release of the “James” limited-edition leather carryall that was co-designed by Blake Lively and Sandast designer, Chris Pak. The new carryall style was created following an existing partnership between Sandast and Preserve. In search for the perfect baby bag, Lively turned to the Sandast’s founder Chris Pak in search for a baby bag that is extremely well made and highly functional.

blakebag“Sandast’s bags look like the most yummy, restored vintage pieces. They balance the details of beauty with those of function,” remarked Blake Lively. “I didn’t want a diaper bag that I would not carry if I wasn’t a mama. I still wanted to be me. We loved the bag so much that we wanted to make them for more mamas,” Lively added. “This bag will last a lifetime. That’s what it’s built for.”

Sandast surprised Lively by naming the bag the “James”, which is made of 100% premium hand-distressed Horween leather. It is available in Navy, Cognac, Tan and Black. It is lined with Sandast’s signature plaid lining. The bag is 16″ x 13″ by 6″. The James Bag is available in Navy and Tan on for $860 dollars.

The “James” Bag Is Now Available at and

Interview w/ Keith Powers

Photo Credit: Marc Cartwright

Photo Credit: Marc Cartwright

Keith Powers is a leading man on the rise. He is in the series, “Sin City Saints”. You may have also seen him in “Fear The Walking Dead”, and “Straight Outta Compton”. You can catch him in MTV’s “Faking It”, which is back for the back half of season 2 tonight.

First things first Keith, can you tell us a bit about your life growing up in Sacramento?

Growing up in Sacramento was a blessing to me because it keeps me grounded. I come from humble beginnings. I also appreciate being from the capital of California. Only things is, it is easy to become close minded as well. Where I grew up in Sacramento, you were either playing sports, in the streets, or a scholar. Growing up I did not do the little things like go fishing, camping, ski trips, etc. My family was a very athletic type family so my childhood consisted of of sports and cartoons.

Talk a bit about your start in modeling and your transition to acting.

I started modeling when I was 9 actually, then I stopped to continue to play football. My mom wanted me to pick between the two, and at the time sports was more appealing. Then after highschool things did not work out with football, so I decided to get back into modeling. I got signed by JE Model SF in San Francisco then later signed to Wilhelmina LA. I then signed to my commercial agency HRI Talent.

So “Faking It”  is back. What can people expect from the second half of Season 2? Should we expect to see your character in season 3?

People can expect new characters, more drama and more fun. We will have to see!

You’re in the Yahoo series, “Sin City Saints”. Can you describe your role and the premise of the series for those who have not yet been introduced to it?

I play a NBA rookie superstar point guard on an expansion team in Las Vegas. It is based around an Las Vegas basketball team and the owner Jake Tullus, who is an internet billionaire that decided to purchase a Vegas NBA basketball team. He soon finds out it is harder than he expected.

What do you like about your character LaDarius?

I like the fact that he is this superstar but also in reality he is young, naive, a helpless romantic, bratty and sensitive. He is very opposite to me in real life and it is cool to play both those dynamics.

What was it like filming “Sin City Saints”? How long did it take to finish filming the entire season?

It was fun filming Sin City Saints, I loved shooting in Vegas! It took close to 8 weeks to finish the season.

As a boxing fan and one of Floyd Mayweather Jr. How did you feel about the mega fight this past May?

The fight ended up being just how I expected. I think people overhyped the fight because we thirst for it for so long and that is why a bunch of people were mad about the outcome.

Who do you listen music to get inspired whether it’s before a shoot, filming, ect?

I listen to all different type of music to get inspired before shoots, etc. But right now I have been listening to Future’s ’56 Nights’ mixtape.

You were in the movie “Straight Outta Compton.” This is a monumental and successful film and story told about the legendary group. How did it feel being a part of this moment?

It feels amazing and it’s an honor. I am so grateful and appreciative to be a part of something like this.

You also appeared in the first episode of “Fear The Walking Dead,” and helped usher in a new era. What can tell us about the experience, atmosphere of the series?

The atmosphere was one of the best I have ever witness since acting.

What are some roles that you hope to see yourself doing five years from now?

Biopics, different things you would not normally expect me to be in. And comedies!

Who are some of your favorite actors?

Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Will, Denzel, Michael B Jordan, Margot Robbie, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, the list goes on!

What is a fun fact that not many people know about you?

Fun fact is I love cereal and video games. LOVE.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Most embarrassing moment is every time I fell while running in high school. That is the worst.

What is your personal style? Can you also talk a bit about SOAH?

I like the European look mixed with the urban California feel. Soah is a brand I created when I was 19.

Thank you for your time Keith, is there anything that you would like to say to your supporters and our readers?

Hard work is undefeated. Stay humble and stay unsatisfied, but grateful and appreciative. Also, Integrity is everything.


Will Smith’s “Concussion” Movie Trailer

As if the NFL and Roger Goodell didn’t already have enough issues to deal with. “Concussion”, starring Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Luke Wilson,  and Alec Baldwin is based off the 2009 GQ article, Game Brain. Head injuries will once again be at the forefront of the NFL as this film gets closer to its’ release date. The film will tell the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) who discovers CTE in the brains of some NFL players, which later has life-ending effects. Roger Goodell and the NFL will receive a gift not anticipated as this film releases right on Christmas Day.