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.

“Empire’s” Jussie Smollett Featured In Sean John’s Fall/Holiday 15 Campaign

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Sean John announces the launch of their Fall/Holiday 2015 ad campaign, entitled Dream Big,the brand’s longstanding mantra.

Sean Combs lives by the words, DREAM IT, WAKE UP, DO IT. When he created the Sean John line, it was with this mission in mind.  This is a brand for those who not only dream but dream far beyond their limitations,” explains Jeff Tweedy, President of Sean John. “Our fall campaign concept truly celebrates those young men who bring their dreams to fruition. Jussie and Quincy are quintessential examples of the Sean John man and are true role models for our Dream Big concept.

Jussie Smollett has broken ground starring as Jamal Lyon on FOX’s mega hit show Empire. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Smollett wrote the songs “I Wanna Love You” and “All of the Above” as well as co-wrote the hit “You’re So Beautiful” on the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire The single debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 2015. In the Sean John campaign, Jussie exemplifies the Sean John lifestyle wearing a range of looks from suiting to sportswear and accessories.

Coined as the Little Dreamers, the boy’s imagery features LeBron James Jr. (10), Bryce James (8), and Kiyan Anthony (8), sons of NBA superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The three are a great fit for the Sean John Boys brand and truly represent the next generation of big dreamers.

“As a brand, we look to the future of fashion. The Dream Big concept best communicates our brand positioning by examining those who, like Mr. Combs, had a dream and made it a reality,” Dean Arcuri, VP Marketing & Creative Services, added. “We are excited to partner with GQ in presenting our latest Dream Big campaign. The Sean John man much like the GQ reader strives for nothing but the best and these men in our campaign exemplify that ideal.”

Sean John’s Fall/Holiday 2015 collection will be available at Macy’s store across the country and online at macys.com beginning in August 2015.

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Interview w/ Roberto Aguire

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Photo by Marc Cartwright

I am back again with another interview. This time with Roberto Aguire. He can been seen in the movie, Boulevard alongside Robin Williams in what would be Robin’s final on-screen role. Roberto made his onscreen debut in the Chris Colfer film Struck By Lighting. Written by Chris Colfer (Glee), the film received fantastic reviews since it’s premiere. In the film, Roberto plays Emillio, the school’s resident foreign exchange student from El Salvador and consequently, a die-hard womanizer. Check out my interview with him below!

Hey Roberto! So correct me if I’m wrong here. You were born in Los Angeles but spent time in your life being raised in Switzerland. If true, can you explain how long you spent living in Switzerland and the dynamic of living there as opposed to here in the United States?

That is correct! I was born in Los Angeles, lived for a couple of years in Mexico, and then moved to Geneva when I was 11 for about eight years. Living in Switzerland was very different to living in the United States. I would say one of the biggest differences is the multi-cultural prevalence that there is in Switzerland. My high school had 152 different nationalities, so you can imagine how exposed you are to different cultures, languages, religions, and ways of life. It is great because in a sense everyone is a minority, since no one ethnicity is big enough to feel like it looms over the others. Also traveling to different countries is extremely simple from Switzerland because it’s basically in the center of Europe. Getting to Germany, Italy, France, etc usually takes either as little as 10 mins or on the longer side 2 hours. The big thing that you really miss from the US in Switzerland is the availability of anything really. All stores in Geneva close at 6pm on the dot and are only open half days on Saturdays. Absolutely no stores and very few restaurants are open on Sundays. Merchandise runs out quickly, and ordering things takes forever. In the US, anything you need is available 24/7 and if it’s not, you can usually get it within a day or two. When you are trying to buy someone a birthday present, you have to plan weeks ahead to make sure you can get something good! Haha.

Talk a bit about “Boulevard”, your latest film that was released in a few major cities in July?

“Boulevard” is a story about a man coming to terms with the person that he has been pretending to be his whole life and the person that he actually is and wants to be. It also shows that it is never too late to change and start living the life you have always wanted to live. The character I play Leo is actually the catalyst for change in Nolan, the main character’s life. Both Nolan and Leo are broken in their own individual ways, but together they give each other a hand and start to move forward out of this stagnant monotony that they are stuck in.

Now you had the opportunity to work with the late great Robin Williams, what was that experience like?

Indescribable. I really lack adjectives to do him justice. He was the most generous and hard-working actor, both talented and dedicated. He was extremely humble despite his lustrous career, and the kindest human being you’d ever met. He had an incredible intelligence mixed in with a never ending ability to make people laugh. Watching him act was watching a genius breathe profound reality into fiction. I think getting to meet and work with him will have been the most memorable experience of my life.

What have you taken away from from your experiences working on both  “Boulevard” and “Struck By Lightning”?

I think both experiences have just fed my passion for acting even more. They were both so different but at the same time they were both incredible. There’s nothing else I would rather be doing in my life. As actors, we get to walk in different people’s shoes for a living, truly getting to inhabit a moment in their lives and live as they would be living. It is a phenomenal process and immensely enriching, as well as just plain fun. I think both movies have just solidified that this is what I am definitely doing for as long as I’m able to.

Do you consider yourself a more of a comedic actor, or one better suited for the dramatic role? Do you enjoy tackling more serious roles in nature?

I enjoy doing both! They are both so invigorating. When you are making a comedy, you feel like you are playing. When you are making a drama, you feel like you are working. So it is nice to have a balance between working and playing. But I think Robin showed the extent to which you can do both successfully. He was the perfect example of someone who could bounce between both comedy and drama with extreme ease. I would like to be the same way!

What would you like to do next in your acting career? What kind of roles would you like to play?

I am kind of a geek, so personally I would love to be part of a movie that deals with fantasy! Something with dragons, or magic! Another Hobbit or Lord of the Rings! Haha. But professionally I want to tackle roles that really scare me. I think if you keep doing roles that you’re afraid of, it will make you keep growing and you will continue to mature as an actor.

What TV series would you like to be a part of?

Along the lines of what I first said, Game of Thrones would be amazing to be part of! But Modern Family and House of Cards are two of my favorite shows so anything like those two would be great as well!

Thank you Roberto, welcome to the “Blended” family. Is there anything you would like for our readers to know?

Thank you so much! I think we covered it all! Hopefully we will get another chance to chat soon!

San Diego Comic Con

This past weekend marked the end of The San Diego Comic. Though it is officially over, there are a lot of panels that I need to catch up on since I have yet to attend. I wanted to bring to your attention a few trailers that interested me. The Walking Dead season 6 promo was shown at the event as was an official promo for the companion series, Fear The Walking Dead. We also got a look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Walking Dead(may contain some NSFW)

Fear The Walking Dead

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Interview w/ Sydney Maler

Sydney Maler is a gorgeous model worth checking out. Sydney took time out of her busy schedule to introduce herself to all of you. Let’s welcome Sydney Maler to the Blended family!

First things first for our readers, can you give five adjectives to describe yourself?

GoofBall

Sarcastic

Confident

Happy

Chill

What is it that you enjoy about modeling?

The best part about modeling is that everyday is different. Modeling jobs have gotten me into some pretty random adventures and cool experiences. A photo is a memory to me and a beautiful photo of me on a beach might have a huge story behind it. Most things don’t go as planned and I love being the type of person that sees an “ordeal” as an adventure or an interesting experience.

Have you seen any difference between the way that women and men are treated in the modeling industry?

I don’t believe that, in this day and age, there is too much of a difference between the way men and women are treated in the modeling industry, except that there are, and most likely will always be, more women models than men, but that is just because of the nature of the beast.  I think women are used to being judged by society and can take the abuse better than men :-). I also feel that women have, more often than not, been the advertising world’s target market because they are, by far, greater “consumers” than men, women even buy most of their man’s wardrobe or attire – although that trend seems to be shifting a bit. One thing I’ve found that has changed even in the short time that I have been modeling, is that when I first began, there was a difference in how women treated me compared to men. But recently, I feel like my female audience has grown tremendously and has come to appreciate and embrace the fun, healthy, confident lifestyle I try to live and portray.

You look to be in amazing shape. Are there any specific types of exercises or workouts that you do?

I recently have been trying my hand at boxing. I am not very good at it, but It’s always fun to try new types of workouts. Thankfully, I am extremely good at laughing at myself through all of my fumbles.

What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation is one with friends and family goofing around and just having a good time. I can entertain myself almost anywhere so as long as I have friends and family to laugh and experience new places/people with I’m a happy camper.  I also love the water so my vacation would most likely be water based with plenty of swimming and water sports. Hanging out with or seeing an exotic animals wouldn’t be terrible either. I’m really into swimming with sharks right now, maybe petting a baby lion or holding a baby alligator. I guess I have a pretty random list of very specific things I would like the opportunity to experience involving exotic animals but they are just bucket list items.

What is the best place place you’ve visited?

I have been to a number of pretty cool and exotic places but I recently got back from Florida where I experienced a few perfect days in Miami. I was taken to this beach that had a sand bar on the shore with the most beautifully clear, blue water ever, while sunbathing with friends. It was so relaxing and terribly beautiful.

What’s the weirdest or craziest thing a guy has ever said to you?

This is a tough one. I don’t know what it is about my personality that attracts a large amount of crazy/weird comments from men. On my Instagram, I get a lot of weird comments about breathing my farts and I think that’s particularly odd.

Favorite junk food/guilty pleasure?

My absolute favorite guilty pleasure is rolled tacos drenched in hot sauce from Albertacos by my parents’ house in SD.  I also have an extreme sugar addiction, so If you want to get to my heart, its definitely through any sugary treat.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t modeling I would love to work in advertising and marketing. Which goes semi hand in hand with modeling. I went to school for Marketing and am absolutely intrigued with the psychology behind advertising from large details to the very small ones.

If you could choose one place to shop for the rest of your life, what place would it be?

I’m going to totally cheat on this question and say Nordstrom. I love to jump between styles and they have a large array of styles as well as a great men’s section I sometimes steal from. Not to mention the shoes, purses and jewelry.

What is your dream modeling project? Something you have never done before but would want to do?

I would love to be apart of a surf magazine or Sports Illustrated type team that gets to travel around to some of the most beautiful parts of the world and take beautiful photos. I kind of get to do this now, but I would love to travel more and have that part of my job be more of my constant life.

What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

I don’t get embarrassed very easily so its always hard to think of particular times when I was truly embarrassed.

What are your top five favorite songs?

Hotel California- Eagles

Suicidal Thoughts- Biggie Smalls

What I got- Sublime

You know you like it- DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

She is love- Parachute

What was your dream growing up?

Truthfully, I didn’t think modeling was really an option for me because I thought being a “model” meant you had to be 9 ft tall and 80 pounds, soaking wet. I wanted to pursue advertising and marketing, the behind-the-scenes of creating ads and commercials. I never even considered actually being in the ads or commercials myself, so this has been an amazing experience I have been able to experience at this early juncture of my life.

Do you believe in love?

Yes, I believe in love. I think that it’s extremely hard to find, but extremely amazing when it hits you.  I also think that you can be “in love” with more than just your significant other. Being in love with your friends and family is way underrated and overlooked.

Do you have any plans for the Fourth of July this year?

I do not have plans for the Fourth yet. Want to hangout?

Sounds like a plan! Thank you for your time Sydney. Is there anything you would like to say to your supporters and those being introduced to you for the first time? Welcome to the Blended family!

I dearly appreciate my fans/followers support, thank you so much! I absolutely love meeting my fans and getting to know them. If you’re a fan, please, come up and say “Hi” if you see me at an event or boppin’ around town, I swear, I don’t bite (too hard, lol). If this is the first time you’re hearing of me, come check me out! I have a wide variety of fans for a reason; girls wanting work-out tips or looking to find the next “it” bikini, all the way to my all-time favorite “creepers,” young and old, and everything in between!

Social Media/Contact

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Website: Sydneyamaler@gmail.com

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Interview w/ Julie Lake From OITNB

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

First things first, congratulations on the success of Orange Is The New Black. The third season is underway right now on Netflix while a fourth season has been ordered. Why do you believe this series is so successful?

I think the fans love the characters on this show and get hooked following their stories. It is a huge ensemble of diverse women who are funny and sexual and real, and I think people are loving getting a chance to see that on TV. 

Believe it or not, there are many people out there who have yet to have seen OITNB. Can you describe Angie Rice the best you can?

Angie is a goofy meth head with very gross teeth. She has a bawdy sense of humor and has some of the funniest lines in the show (not to brag :)) She is sweet at heart, but her deep insecurity leads her to do whatever her best friend Leanne tells her to do – including bully other girls. She loves getting into trouble and making people laugh.

This series is sort of like my personal favorite, The Walking Dead, in which every character who has ever been a part of the series is forever linked to the success. How does it feel being a part of the OITNB cast?

It is definitely a privilege to be part of the cast. I feel very lucky that the show has been so successful.  

Can you take us through the entire process from the moment you find out about episodes to the finishing of the entire season?

We get a draft of the script about a week or so before we start shooting.  Then we shoot.  Then on to the next until we have completed the season.  We do not know what is happening with our characters throughout the season or which episodes we will be in, so we just have to go off what we get in each script and trust that the directors will lead us in the right direction.

The Litchfield Correctional Facility is full of cliques. If you could add a completely new clique to Litchfield and be the leader of it, what type of clique would it be?

I would like to be the queen of the drama clique. We would be a bunch of musical theater nerds putting on plays and loudly singing, laughing, and annoying the shit out of the other inmates.

OITNB will have a fourth season, how long can this series continue?

Hopefully a long time. They do not tell us this stuff, so I have absolutely no idea. But as long as the fans keep watching, I bet they will keep making it.

As far as binge-watching is concerned, what are your thoughts on it?  Are there any series out there that you binge-watch, or any that you would want to?

I binged so much TV this year that now I have to be super careful to keep myself in check any time I start a new series.  I binged Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Jinx, The Fall, Bloodline, House of Cards… the list goes on.  I have to limit myself to one episode per night.

What is it like on set? Can you describe the atmosphere of a day on the set of OITNB?

It is always super fun to be on set.  We are all good friends, so when we are not acting, we are usually piled into someone’s dressing room hanging out and talking. Emma and I spent a lot of time watching What Not To Wear on Netflix together.  I actually really want to be on that show – I desperately need clothes. How do I make that happen??

You come from a Theater background and you also had your own web series, are there any other projects you would hope to do or are doing in the future?

Yes, I am pitching a television show with some friends from my sketch comedy group right now.  I am working on another web series with a friend from high school, and I am also writing my own feature. So I have a lot of creative projects going on at the moment. 

Here at Blended Entertainment, the object is to bring people together through essentially blending entertainment. In that case, who are some of your favorite entertainers out there?

I think top of my list right now are Louis CK, the Duplass brothers, and Lena Dunham. They are all making the kind of work I would like to make.

Also can you educate all of us about your life?

My life right now is pretty simple. I just moved out from LA to NYC to shoot the next season of Orange.  I am getting married in December in New Orleans, so we have been planning a lot for that. I am hoping to do a lot of hiking this summer outside of NYC.  And then I will be writing and hopefully volunteering for the Women’s Prison Association – I just sent in my application. 

Thank you for your time Julie, is there anything you would like to say to our readers and fans of your work?

Thanks to my fans for all the support and sweet comments on Instagram and Twitter! Orange fans are the best people – love you guys!