Interview w/ Deph Naught

Many of you knew Daniel Kelly as Owen, the rough and tough athlete on seasons 10-12 of the popular series, Degrassi. Forget everything you thought you knew about him then. Deph Naught is his stage name and he has been rapping for years. This raw interview is all about the artist known as Deph Naught.

*Some language may may be considered NSFW

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Can you start off by introducing yourself?

What up yall, this is Deph Naught. I’m a rapper out of Toronto Canada; I like coffee, cigarettes, upsetting people unintentionally, and i have really nice socks.

How did the name Deph Naught come about?

The name came from a cypher one time when i was bout 13 years old. I had been spitting for a couple years by then, i started at 11, and i frequented all the hot spots in my area. This one was by my elementary school and some rapper clowned me saying “this lil white boy gone rhyme on me? if yall wanna hear a real mc kick it, tell this kid Definitely Not!” and had the whole circle chanting that sh*t. I got all heated and promptly handed him his own a** infront of everyone, but it got me thinking. Weaknesses into strengths and all that bullsh**..

At what point in your life did you really feel you could challenge the rap game?

When i was around 15 years old, I had like an epiphany with my rhyme schemes and just my general thought process. Where as before i was more concerned with fitting in and rapping how everyone else around me rapped, I changed into a more f*ck what they talking about, Im just gonna spit whatever comes to my mind and quit biting my damn tongue. Next thing you know i started rapping about how much my parents piss me off, and how out of place i feel all the time, and how badly i just wanna murder people when they give me that “white rapper” bullsh**. Also, killing puppies and kicking girls that dont like me off of buildings.. that too. That transformation led to a huge leap in artistic presence on the mic and really developing my sound and how i vocalize my emotions. I talked a lot with other Mc’s and cats i really looked up too and they all kind of agreed that I really had something special going on, seeing as how girls and sh*t would come out to see me rap at the cyphers and sh*t, something that was unheard of and i figured with all this doodoo going on in the mainstream world, maybe i could come and show these cats what it is while keeping a mainstream appeal.

Who were your inspirations in the music industry?

Well the biggest i’d have to say is Eminem. Through thorough study of how he did his thing I really learned to capture my own feelings and thoughts, and again, vocalize them in a way that was personal and relatable. Other then that I always bumped a lot of Nas, Pun, Jadakiss, 50, Fabolous and Luda to name a few. Another point i like to make though, is i draw a lot of what i do from sources outside Hip Hop too. I f*cks with alot of 80’s rock and 90’s grunge sh*t which I think really rounds me out and helps me keep things interesting. Even comedians too, I learn a lot from the way they make an audience understand a point without saying it blatantly, and satire has to be my favorite thing in the universe.

Your mixtapes have shown much progression, take us through the creative process of each of your mixtapes.

My mixtapes are a good indication of where exactly my head is at when their recorded. My creative process is pretty tedious; and like most rappers worth their weight in salt, i throw out more rhymes than I keep. My biggest issue is making sure that my point gets across, and with that said, I really focus on how exactly i do it. I dont like to blatantly say how Im feeling or what I’m thinking when i rhyme, I always try and figure out a really creative way to send the message. I use a myriad of different literary techniques to do so, and though i feel like not everyone gets it the first listen, I’m confident that my work will stand the test of time when cats look back at it and go “Damn, I didn’t even realize what he was saying there but.. DAMN!”.

Now that you have multiple mixtapes, what are your plans for the future as we recently rang in 2014?

One of my biggest issues that i felt needed to be taken care of was my lack of content out and available to people that wanna check it out. I mean, I’ve been rapping for 10 years but Ready or Naught was my “real” body of work that i ever released (not counting local tapes that i would just hand out to friends and people on the block and sh*t). Now that I have done that, and I am super proud and confident in what I’ve released, Now i’m going to focus on attacking the mainstream. And dont worry guys, I wont be coming out with some sh*t featuring One Direcsh*t or no garbage like that. I feel like i have really dope content available online and wherever thats super lyrical, super creative and as Hip Hop as it gets, which i busted my balls to make, so now that i have that behind me, I’m really to hit that T.V screen with the next phase of “Project Sh*t Disturber”. <–trademarked btw…

Who is an artist you would hope to work with? Who is a producer?

I would love to work with some of the cats from Funk Volume, just to mention one off the top of my head. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the independent grind fest happening over there and it’d be dope get busy with them. As far as producers there are tons of local talent here in Toronto that i got a lot of love for and i really wanna start branching out from the tight knit circle I’ve got over here in Clarkson, Ontario and start messing with brand new sounds.

Blended with Twitter Questions

@ohhayjenn

what was the best part about playing Owen on Degrassi?

@ohhayjenn lul, the money. Nah i met a lot of really cool people on that show, definately them. Great hardworking bunch of folks on that set.

@Savvy_Logic

what will be your tell of making it? At what point would you feel you’re successful?

@Savvy_Logic I’ll probably feel successful when other, even younger rappers are looking up to me and saying “I wanna do it like Deph did it”.

@DephCorreia

What was the most meaningful track off Naught Again to you?

@DephCorreia Thats hard, because on some cliche sh*t, they all mean a lot to me. Their all manifestations of how i feel, think, and deal with my surroundings on a day to day basis. But as far as the most heavily emotional song on that tape, dephinately “Bellezza In Fiore”.

You have put in a lot of work with your music and the successful stint you had on the popular t.v series, Degrassi. I want to thank you for your time, is there anything you want to say to your fans and our readers?

Shout out to everybody out there holding it down for Deph Naught, I love you guys, all of this is for YOU! Special shout out to my fams, Trixx, Ace, Lane Dorsey, J Frazer, Lucid and everyone else that keeps this alive. Leeeezdewwwwit

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Interview w/ Tamara Duarte

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She stars in Hard Rock Medical and have had roles in Wingin It, Warehouse 13, and Degrassi. Check out this interview with the Actress/Producer  Tamara Duarte, all the way from Toronto, Canada.

You star in Hard Rock Medical, can you talk about your character, this series, and perhaps the future of the series?

The series focuses principally on a core group of eight medical students at Boréal Medical School in Sudbury. The students are learning both a traditional medical curriculum, and how to cope with the unique demands of the school’s focus on rural medicine. And boy are they unique! We are planning to do a second series soon which I am very excited about.

How did you end up with the role as Gina?

Well… I put my audition on tape! I was told after by the creators of the show that I was the first tape they saw for Gina and my performance stuck to them. Then I went into the TVO building in Toronto (In blue scrubs lol) and did my second audition this time in person. My agent called me and said they loved me and to come in and do a chemistry read with two other characters, Mel and Cameron… but to not wear scrubs …just normal clothes. So I went in for the third and final audition. And it went so well!

What has been your favorite project to work on?

To date? Id say HRM… they are family to me.

Which tv series past or present could you envision yourself being a part of, and what type of character would you or would you have portrayed?

I would have loved to be on Seinfeld and Friends. But currently… I’m loving period pieces right now like Game of Thrones, the Tudors, and Reign. Also, a bad ass funny character in “Orange is The New Black” or Weeds.. Also, a super analytical character that belongs on Homeland. That’s a broad range but that’s exactly what I am.

Some of my readers are familiar with you through your role in Degrassi as Charlie, a very brief love interest of Annie Clark’s Fiona Coyne in Degrassi. How was that experience and do you keep in touch with any of the cast members?

Everyone at Degrassi is so lovely and welcoming… and yes one of my best friends is Shannon Kook who I actually worked with before Degrassi as well.

Are you working on any upcoming projects? What is your role with them?

I’m writing right now and working on the development of my own projects. I think being a storyteller involves many facets of my… being. Performing is the vastest, but writing and developing stories is also a part of who I am and I have been neglecting those parts for a while because of fear. So I thought lets analyze this closely this thing that is “Fear”. And I came up a lot of reasons why I cant and shouldn’t and wont and bla bla bla… but these are just REASONS and I am not on this planet to live a reasonable life but a fully expressed one.. so I started writing…

What have you learned about yourself throughout your time auditioning, training, and acting?

My most important lesson I have learn is….doing. Just do it. It leaves no space for worry or reason. Get on the court and play the game.

You’re very involved with yoga, can you talk a bit about your practice of yoga? How old were you, and what has it done for you as a person?

Yoga is a moving mediation for me and I have very HIGH levels of energy at all times of the day. Sitting still wasn’t my strong suit, that said “strong suits” have their constraints. I want to master being fluid and not attached to parts of myself that I think I am or am not. So simply… it allows me to sit still and focus. I started 6 years ago.

Can you talk a bit about what your experience as a producer, and where you hope to go with that ability?

I went to school for Business Marketing and I was very lucky to be able to exercise that those parts of myself as a producer and will continue to do so. I always strive to be the most well rounded person I can be.

This is the Blended part of the interview where fans and readers can get to know you the person a bit more with some laid-back questions.

Color that most reflects your personality is? 

Right now in this very moment id say Purple… yesterday was yellow.

Favorite Food? 

Fish tacos and coconut cake from toast bakery

Most embarrassing moment is? 

Wow take me back to grade school… I wasn’t a great reader as a child and reading out loud terrified me. So during class I would try then stutter, say words wrong, and stop reading. Kids would laugh, so eventually I stopped reading out loud! I remember being made fun of during lunch break and kids asking me to say the alphabet out loud. Total downer.. sorry guys lol.

Last song you listened to? 

John Legend – made to love

I want to thank you Tamara for taking the time for this interview, do you have any last comments you want to say to your supporters, and the readers?

Thank you for taking your time to get to know me just a little better.

Luke Bilyk Degrassi Interview

This retro interview from 2011 when Luke Bilyk decided to take some time out of his schedule to give me an interview.

1. Fans raved about Drew before season 10 started, then disliked him in the Riley conflict, then loved him for trying to protect Adam, then disliked him again. How do you feel about the see-saw approach to Drew’s character and are there any changes that you hope Drew makes by the time he graduates?

I feel because Drew is the type of person who is good, but makes bad decisions, it makes sense for the fans to be see-sawing. This lets me play Drew as two different characters – the nice loving brother and the cheater who gets boilers from other girls. I do hope that by the time Drew graduates he will be able to make the right decisions the first time around and not to have to get caught in order to learn. 

2. What do you like to do in your spare time when you are not filming?

Since I am home schooled, I am home a lot! On my leisure time I usually play Hockey. I also enjoy my time making music in the recording studio with Jordan Francis. I do hang out with my older sister Christina a lot too!

 3. Back in November you had your successful birthday bash. Whose idea was it to throw this party and do you see something similar happening for your 17th birthday bash?

Well I would like to take all the credit for it, but it was my sister Christina’s original idea, I agreed and thought it was a great idea to have the fans included. I would definitely love to do the same thing for my 17th but I guess we will have to wait and see.  

4. Is there another character on the show that maybe you feel that you can relate to the most?

No not really but if I had to pick I would pick Sav in having parents who are strict. 

5. Is there any advice that you have for those out there who may want to perhaps be the next star on Degrassi?

I would say it is an awesome experience and that learning and growing is the key to success. Study hard!

6. What can we expect to see from Drew in the rest of the season?

Drew experiments with drugs in these episodes. Let’s just say that it’s very animated if you know what I mean. 

Questions from Twitter

 7. BilykSquad – Who is your favorite musical group/singer?

I like Drake, L’il Wayne, Kanye West, Eminem and Lacrae. 

8. cassi_degrassi -What is your funniest memory from set? 

This didn’t really happen on set because we are always so busy but one day I had put a note on Munro’s car that said; “Sir, I am sorry I scratched your car and I will pay for the damages here is my number”. When he checked his car there was no scratches. He looked at his car for 30 minutes in the rain trying to find where this scratch was but there wasn’t any sign of one. He called that number and it was me – the prankster! Harmless fun really.

9. COURTandNIC – Most memorable fan encounter? 

I think that would have to be at my 16th birthday party, I wasn’t expecting that many fans to come out!  

10. ohhayjenn -What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

When I was in senior Kindergarten my mom caught me when she walked in during playtime, and saw me kiss a little girl! My mom said “Luke! What are you doing kissing her and where is the teacher?” It is embarrassing because I still know the girl to this day and everyone still talks about it!

Catch Degrassi every Friday at 9pm on Teenick and Much Music

Interview w/ OITNB’s Selenis Leyva

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Check out this interview as we got in depth with Selenis Leyva, who portrays Gloria Mendoza in Orange Is The New Black.

You have numerous roles to your name, but what made you get into this industry of acting?

I knew I wanted to perform at an early age.. It was something I enjoyed doing alone in my room. At the time, I wasn’t aware I was “acting”. It was just a great way to pass time. I’d lock myself in my rooms for hours. Dressing up, acting to the mirror, reading out loud. I would make myself cry a lot, just like the women on the telenovelas my parents watched. There was something about those moments as a child that made me feel alive! I remember watching the show Fame, and I was hooked! I was too young to get the stories etc, but the dancing, music and acting made me fall in love with it! I announced to my parents I was going to go to that HS someday. I don’t think they heard me, or understood. I ended up attending The HS of Performing Arts! My Fame school. By then it was called Fiorello H La Guardia HS. It all started there, my training and the certainty that I was going to be a professional actress.

How did you get involved with OITNB? What was the process like?

Jen Euston, who cast the show, called me in. I auditioned for another role on the show, which I didn’t get. I was crushed, because I knew it was a good project. NO idea it would be this big a hit! I knew I wanted in though.  You learn to go through the “mourning” process for a day when you don’t get something and keep it moving. A few weeks after that Jen called my manager with an offer to play Gloria Mendoza. I knew I had to be on this show. It was a Jengi Kohan project! And I love Weeds!

Jen is also so great in casting really wonderful shows, she cast me in Girls as well.

What is the atmosphere like on set?

We have lots of fun. Great support, so you feel confident about trying different things. We have fun, but we work hard. When cameras are rolling, it’s all business. It’s really like a huge house with a large family running around! It’s great.

We hope to see more of Gloria as she is now head of the kitchen. What do you hope to see from your character in season 2?

It’s so hard to say what I want to see more of. Gloria is still being developed. I trust the writers so much. I feel they have and are creating really complex beautiful people for us all. So I look forward to the journey. Just happy to be on set and continue exploring . Being in the kitchen is of course fantastic!

Now other than Gloria, who is your favorite character from the series?

My goodness, this is a hard one. All these characters are so wonderful!! I have fallen in love with all of them!! Love what Jason Biggs is doing! I fell in love with him after watching all the episodes!!! Crazy Eyes and Pennsatucky are delicious to watch! I like Crazy, but the beauty with those two is that it’s so layered! So much happening! As with every one of these characters just when you think you get it, or get them, something else gets thrown in and you think..”wow”. I could go on forever about ALL the characters I swear I would if you let me!

Why do you think the series has been such a huge hit among viewers of all backgrounds?

There is something or someone for everyone. People have a choice to who they can relate to. And that could change from one episode to the next, and that’s the beauty of this show. You can relate to these characters. It’s real. It’s not always pretty and perfect. You see the flaws. It’s layered just like life.

For your role of being confined to prison, how did you prepare, or how were you prepared?

I took this role like all my other roles I’ve played. I put myself in that world. By connecting as a person, no judgements! Just human instinct. Yes I’m playing a prisoner, but she’s also a daughter, woman, lover, friend..That has all been taken away now what? I also worked for a theater arts program years ago and I worked with a girls juvenile facility. That was one of the hardest jobs. Here I was with all my freedom and I would go in and work on writing scenes with these girls. Some were scared , all seemed sad, damaged to some point,and yet they were giving me stories, writing acting with me. They were making that environment work for them. They had created a world, a family. It was hard on my spirit to see these beautiful girls locked up. Yet they really gave me so much love. And I bring that experience to Orange.

When season 1 was finished filming, what was the overall feeling of the cast? Did you know that you were going to have a hit on your hands?

We were very emotional! When I was wrapped and heard those words,”selenis is wrapped for season 1″ I got chills ! I cried that day. I knew I was leaving that set, where I had worked side by side with the most amazing cast and crew ever! I didn’t want it to end. And no one knew what would happen. You never know! I thought it was good, but a hit? I felt it deep inside yes! But one never knows in this business.

How has your family and peers responded to you being involved with such a unique series?

My family is very proud! They have had a front row seat to my ups and downs in the biz. So they are thrilled! My mom was my date for the premiere, and I will never forget how she turned to me that night after the lights came back on in that theater after the pilot was viewed and she said ” this is a hit” she knew! She was beaming. All my peers want to be on the show! Its great , people have responded in an amazing way.

You ladies were renewed for a second season before the first season even premiered! How is the filming of season 2 progressing? Anything we should look out for?

That was crazy to hear we had been picked up before it premiered ! Talk about pressure! Season 2 is under way. It’s early in the season, we don’t know much. With the success of the show everything is very hush hush. Which I don’t mind. Its nice to be surprised. I wish I could say” look out for…” but I myself am just finding things out slowly.

I’m a Red Sox fan, but you happen to be a Yankees fan! With that being said, what’s your impression of the Yankees this year as the baseball season nears its end?

Should we even be talking!??!Red sox!!haha.. I Love baseball! We have a decent chance to get in the playoffs,  Will be fantastic to get our team captain , Jeter back in. Soriano is on fire!

Favorite food?

Love sushi!  And cuban food. Im a foodie!

Favorite music artist?

Marc Anthony, pink, Maroon 5 , Beyonce, Adele, La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Oscar de leon, Amy Winehouse, Eminem, Jay Z….I really enjoy all music to be honest, my mood will dictate what i listen to it varies greatly!

Favorite vacation spot?

Went to Colombia Cartagena recently and really enjoyed it. Traveling is great! Panama was also amazing

One thing your cast members do not know about you

hmmm.. I co wrote two scripts that I hope to get produced in the near future!

Floyd Mayweather Jr Interview

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In just two days, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr puts his undefeated record on the line as he takes on Robert Guerrero in what is sure to be an explosive fight this weekend. Check out my interview with the self proclaimed “king of boxing”.

Everyone wants to fight you in this sport no matter their weight class. Guys like Pacquiao, Alvarez, Sergio Martinez, and so on. Why do you think guys from lower and higher weight classes want to fight you? Does this help prove the case that you are the best pound for pound fighter in the world?

For one, everyone wants a chunk of Mayweather money. Everyone knows that when you fight me, that is undoubtedly the biggest payday of any fighter’s career. And two, everyone wants to try to be the one guy to beat me, but we all know that isn’t happening. Forty-three have tried and 43 have failed.

You’re a boxer but you’re also an “entertainer” with a brand. Why do you think that so few boxers can establish a brand like yourself?

I am not just any fighter. I am a promoter. I am a businessman. I am an entrepreneur. I have my own style, and I am the best in the sport. All of that makes for an unbelievable brand.

You are one of the most polarizing figures in sports. People either love you or they hate you. How do you deal with the “hate” portion from boxing and non boxing fans?

I don’t pay attention to the critics and haters. If I let that get to me, I wouldn’t be doing this anymore. I have built my legacy with the support of my fans and followers. They have been there for me since the beginning and I appreciate that. As for the haters, they are still paying to watch me fight, so I have to thank them for that.

What can we expect out of you from your new unexpected mega deal with Showtime/CBS?

You can expect a whole new level of exposure for Floyd Mayweather and The Money Team. The programming they are rolling out for my May 4 fight is unbelievable and I am just really looking forward to being a part of the SHOWTIME/CBS Family.

Last year you faced some obstacles which helped contribute to yet another long layoff from the sport of boxing. How do you still stay motivated and committed to the sport of boxing year in and year out?

Boxing is what I do. It is my life and I have been doing it as long as I can remember. It is second nature to me, when I get in the gym, that is all there is…hard work and dedication no matter what is going on anywhere else. I am one hundred percent committed to preserving my legacy and being known as one of the best to ever lace up a pair of gloves.

Some would say that Robert used borderline illegal bully tactics against Berto. What do you expect from Robert come May 4th?

I expect a tough tough fight. Guerrero has wanted this fight for a long time and it was because of his determination, that he got it.  He is a champion and is going for glory in the biggest payday of his career. He deserves the shot, but that is all it is going to be…a shot. 

You are now back training with your father, How does he being back impact life in the gym?

 My father taught me the foundation of my boxing skills, and we are really getting back to the basics in the gym. Hard work and dedication. Family is so important to me and it is great to have my dad, uncles and extended family day in and day out in the gym. 

What is your diet regimen like when you’re training? People are interested in how you maintain such great shape.

I eat a lot of lean proteins, but I mostly stay in shape just by working it in the gym. I spend about 5 hours a day in the gym or running. That is how you stay in shape.

When Floyd Mayweather’s career is all said and done, what legacy would you hope you’ve left behind? What would boxing be like without a Mayweather fight?

 I want to be known as the greatest of all time. Right now, I am the sport of boxing. People want to see me fight because there is no one else like me. There are some good up and comers, especially the fighters we have under the Mayweather Promotions banner, but the sport revolves around when I fight and luckily fans have a lot more Mayweather coming up.

Your boxing skills are second to none and you are a master technician. What advice can you give to boxing hopefuls who are hoping to make a career out of prizefighting?

 This sport is all about hard work. If you don’t have it in you to work harder than you have ever worked in your life, than this sport isn’t for you. You have to leave it all in the gym every single day because there are hundreds of other guys doing that and then some.

I wish you all of the best in the fight and I appreciate you taking the time to do the interview with us at Blended Entertainment. Is there anything that you’d like to say to your fans, the readers, and Robert in preparation for your May 4th battle?

Thanks. Just tune in May 4, you will be happy that you did.