Celebrating Degrassi: Soma Bhatia

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Soma Bhatia portrays Goldi Nahir on Degrassi. Check out our chat with her as we continue to celebrate Degrassi.

You recently just turned 18 so hope you had an amazing 18th birthday! How did you celebrate your birthday?

I did have an amazing birthday! My friend from acting class and I have close birthdays so we celebrated together. We invited all the Degrassi cast and all our acting class friends for sushi.

What similarities if any do you have with Goldi?

We both are very passionate people. Goldi sets a goal in her mind and often achieves it. I’m very much a go-getter like her.

What’s it like being a part of such a legendary franchise?

It’s a dream come true for me because I grew up watching this show, and so did my mom! Degrassi was a part of my childhood and its special knowing that can help carry this legacy.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

To be able to eat without getting full or being unhealthy and to make junk food healthy. I just love food!

What’s your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is losing people I love.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

The song “Ride” by Lana Del Rey. Well, any Lana song, I’m a huge fan.

What can we expect from the upcoming new episodes?

A lot more on self discovery. That’s what high school is all about. Finding your true self and being happy with it.

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Celebrating Degrassi: Chelsea Clark

Season 2 of Degrassi: Next Class premiered on Netflix just a few weeks ago. In honor of my love for the iconic hit Canadian series, I decided to reach out to some of the cast. The first cast member is Chelsea Clark. She plays the lovely and confident yet manipulative Esme Song. Check out our little chat.

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So you just finished up high school this year and that included the big prom. How was prom? 

Prom was super great! It was a nice intimate venue and everyone really got together and looked great as our one last hurrah.

Esme was such a negative influence on Miles but a really interesting character. What should we expect from Esme moving forward?

We can expect to see sides of her that are really different than the first two seasons. Her interactions with the other characters will be most interesting.

Question from Twitter user @DegrassiFeels: If you could write an episode about your character, what would you make your character do?

I would want to write a scene of her interacting with her family or no family we don’t know! Also crazy stunts would be AWESOME (Scuba diving, bungee jumping, the whole shebang.

If you could swap places with any of the characters that attend Degrassi, who would you swap with?

I’d swap with any of the Hollingsworth family members. They’re great characters AND get a pool!

If you could have a super power what would it be?

Breathe underwater

What’s one of your biggest/weirdest fears?

I’m terrified of rodents

What would be a good theme song for your life?

I don’t care if it doesn’t fit but I’d love for it to be the 6teen theme song

Degrassi: Next Class is streaming on Netflix or check your local listings. You can also catch previous installments from Degrassi’s 30+ year history through various media. It will be worth your investment.

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Interview w/ Joshua Rush

At just the age of 14, Joshua Rush has already had a role in some of television’s most popular programs. He can be currently be heard voicing the character, “Bunga” in Disney’s “The Lion Guard”. He is a young Hollywood star in the makingCheck out my interview with Joshua below.

Photo Credit: Lesley Bryce

Photo Credit: Lesley Bryce

You have been in a lot of projects at such a young age. How does it feel to have been involved in so many projects?

Honestly? Insane. I feel really lucky and blessed to work on as many things as I do, and it is totally crazy that I get to do so many of them! It is definitely scary at times. I am a kid in an adult world, but I get it done and the end product is amazing!

Are you nervous when going to work on a project?

“If you’re not nervous, something’s wrong” has been one of my mantras for years, and I stick to it today. I do still get nervous, and I doubt I will ever stop being nervous, but the level of nervousness has definitely gone down in recent years.

Do you watch any of your episodes in the cartoons/shows that you have been in? What is it like hearing yourself on television?

I do. It is amazing! Honestly I get lost in just watching the show or film, and I forget it’s me, and then I will hear something that I improvised, or something that reminds me of, well, me—something quintessentially “Josh,” like my laugh, and I get taken out of it and I have a “Holy crap! That’s me!” moment.

Do you prefer voice acting over acting in front of the camera?

I love both of my children equally. No, but in all seriousness, they both have pros and cons, and in the end, they are both super duper fun.

How does your family and friends feel about your acting career and success?

My family and friends have all been really supportive through all of it, between taking me to auditions, comforting me when I do not get a part I really want, and hanging out with me when my shows come on air! My best friend tapes pretty much all of my shows and watches them, even the ones for little kids, so I think that is pretty special.

What’s next for you? What are you currently working on?

I am really focusing pretty hard right now on The Lion Guard, but I do have some other stuff I can not really talk about yet. Maybe check back with me in a few months and I will have some new stuff.

Other than acting, what do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

I want to be a senator. I love the concept of helping our country run (and running it right!) and representing people, and it just seems like it would be such a cool job to have. In the end though, I really do not know. I want to be a Senator, Lawyer, Doctor (Ocular Oncology!) and Actor all at once, but what I am focusing on right now is just being a teen and going to school, doing work with acting, and just generally living my life.

Favorite food?

I have only had it once but I loved it! They are these french fries (thin and crispy) that have truffle oil drizzled on them, parmesan cheese (I’m lactose intolerant but it’s so good that I grin and bear it), and sit on a bed of arugula. They are so yummy!

Favorite color?

Can I go with brown? It is all of the colors mixed together, because I can not ever really pick one. Black goes with everything, clothing-wise. Although I wear a lot of blue. Least favorite is definitely yellow.

Favorite hobby other than acting?

Definitely redditing. I am an avid reader/poster on reddit.com.

Thanks for your time Joshua! Welcome to the Blended family. Best of luck to you! Anything you’d like to say to your fans and supporters?

Just want to say thanks! It is pretty cool to think that I have fans and stuff. It is really strange but also awesome at the same time. Thanks, guys! And do not forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Snapchat coming soon! Check out my Twitter and instagram for news on that!

CNN Style: Kris Jenner Interview

So I wanted to share an interview/short film regarding Kris Jenner that was commissioned by CNN Style guest editor, Olivier Rousteing. All credit goes to my buddies at CNN Style. It is good to strip away the “celebrity” aspect of an individual and truly get down to the core of who they are and their personal philosophy. If you like fashion, art, auto, and architecture, then CNN Style will be for you. Check out some of the highlights from the conversation below, as well as a link to the video.

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http://edition.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/fashion/2015/11/03/kris-jenner-art-of-motherhood-style.cnn

 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

 

KRIS JENNER ON GUIDING HER FAMILY THROUGH HARD TIMES:

I have a very diverse family for sure. I feel like our family is sort of a little, mini, United Nations. It’s just so great and brings so much criticism sometimes from people who just don’t understand. Things get crazy, or you know, chaotic. Or you know you’re just trying to get it right and everyone makes mistakes. For sure, I’ve probably made a handful of my share.

KRIS JENNER ON THE BALANCING ACT OF BEING A MOTHER AND A MANAGER:

Well I think it’s definitely a balance being a mum and then being a manager. When you do a reality show like we do, it’s kind of fair game. And I think that from the very beginning we just decided to let it all hang out, in order to have a great presence on the show.

KRIS JENNER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY OVER BUSINESS:

I think the focus has been, and always is, about the love and the kids and the grand-kids and just all about that. I will drop anything to do something for the kids. That’s personal, way over anything business. They know that that’s just the rule.

KRIS JENNER ON HER RELATIONSHIP TO HER MOTHER AND THE LESSONS SHE HAS TAKEN FROM THEIR RELATIONSHIP:

My mum and I were really close when I was growing up and when I was 13 years old I started working in my grandmother’s candle store, and my mother had a store down the street in La Jolla, so we all worked together, so that’s kind of the foundation and the background of I think what makes it so special that me and my kids work together. Through the years I got a very good education that I never would have gotten from a proper schooling. Learning how to be accountable for what’s going on in your life. I think that I was able to pay that forward, if you will, to my kids.

KRIS JENNER ON GOD:

You just have to take what comes one day at a time. I’m a firm believer that god has a handle on everything and everything happens for a reason. 

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.

 

Interview w/ Mindy Robinson

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One look at her IMDB profile and you can see that Mindy Robinson is one of the busiest actresses you’ve probably ever have seen. If you ever think about messing with her, she’ll kick your butt. If she doesn’t want to do the honors, then Expendables 3 and Gym Rescue star, Randy Couture may like to. So fortunately for me, I’m a respectful guy. So hope you enjoy this interview with the indie star.

You grew up in Fall River, I’m from Boston. Do you hate when you tell people you’re from Mass, and they automatically assume Boston? What was life like growing up for you?

I’ve learned to just say “Rhode Island” since my hometown is on the border and that’s closer to my natural accent. If I say “New England” they usually will just ask if I’m a Patriots fan, or just not generally know where it is. I’m proud to be from a blue collar working town though, I’ve carried that work ethic all my life.

How did you get involved in acting?

I was visiting a set for the first time and they asked me to replace an actress they had to fire. I kind of ran with it after that.

What is your favorite type of movie to have a role in? What do you like most about working in that type of genre?

I love comedies. Horror movies are cool because of all the effects…but there’s something super cool about hearing the whole audience laugh at your performance.

Who inspires you as an actress?

Goldie Hawn. She never thought she had to play down her looks to be a comedic actor…she just pulls it off.

You’ve done some topless scenes and have done a lot of roles as the “hot chick”. Was there a point where you ever were uncomfortable with these scenes?

I’m a fairly liberal actress, but I have turned down roles where I didn’t like the context of the nudity. It should be funny or sexy, never demeaning or uncomfortable. It got my foot in a lot of doors, but it’s really only a fraction of what I do.

You’ve been in a ton of projects and seem to have many more that have been filmed or are currently in production. Do you take pride in the fact you have a lot of projects?

The biggest compliment is to be asked back to a production and/or to come recommended by your peers. Anyone can luck out here and there, but you have to legitimately be talented and easy to work with to stay a full time working actor.

What is your take on deciding the types of projects that you will take?

I’m always analyzing the pros and cons of projects on my table. It’s something an actor should always decide on for themselves.

You were bullied growing up. Can you talk about bullying and how it has impacted you? What advice would you give to anyone out there who is experiencing this?

I was heavily bullied for being buck toothed and ugly as a kid. I can’t even complain about it though because it taught me to just not give a f**k what haters had to say about me…they really just hate themselves and you can’t let them drag you down with them.

What was the best experience you’ve had on set? What was the worst?

I’ve done over 100 projects and it’s almost always a blast. Sh*t’s always going to happen. You’ve got to learn to make the best of it or make fun of it, or something lol.

You have a lot of reality tv credits. What do you like about doing reality tv?

Whether it’s real or set up, it’s all improv which I love. Actors are told to stay away from reality TV, but it was a fun way for me to get exposure and to build a fan base. I already had several acting credits before any of the reality shows aired. Being an actor on a reality show is different than a reality star trying to be an actor.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring actor/actress?

Don’t ever listen to advice, not even mine. 😉

Thank you Mindy for your time. Would like to say anything to your fans, to the readers out there that we didn’t touch upon?

As an indie actress, I owe a ton of my success to all the support I’ve gotten through my fans and all the social media outlets. Thank you for all the tweets, and love you guys have shown to this nerdy little actress.

As for Mindy, she is currently filming season 3 of TBS’s King of the Nerds. Casting Couch, Alpha House, The Coed and the Zombie Stoner are available on Netflix now. Live Nude Girls, is the new comedy feature coming out and will be available to watch through Xbox on August 17th. If you want to get in contact with her or just learn more about her, just peep below for her contact.


The official website www.iheartmindy.com

Twitter @iheartmindy

Instagram @iheartmindy

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Interview w/ Kimiko Glenn

Photo Credit: Emily Soto

Photo Credit: Emily Soto

If you hadn’t binge-watched Orange Is The New Black yet, then what are you waiting for? Season 2 of the Netflix hit series saw Kimiko Glenn come in as the character, Brook Soso. Blended Entertainment had the privilege of interviewing Kimiko. Enjoy this interview and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BlendedEnt. You can always suggest who you’d like to see me interview next.

 

You talked about portraying these sort of asexual characters. So having to now simulate a scene in which sexual pleasure is being displayed must have been shocking. How did you mentally prep for your scene of simulating sex on screen?

There’s no real way to prepare yourself for something like a sex scene! I went into it very much like, “Oh God. What is this going to be like? Will I be so concerned with the logistics of the “sex” that I will forget to act? Will they make me do it a million times?? Oh God!!” But on the day of shooting it was very much a safe environment — it was a closed set — and Lisa Vinnecour, our executive producer, made it clear that I wasn’t about to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. It wasn’t so bad!

In terms of preparing for that nude scene in which you are with Natasha Lyonne, how long did the filming process take?

It was very quick. I think no one wanted me to feel uncomfortable, they knew I was a newbie, so it was just a few takes, maybe a few shots and we were done!

What was it like on set filming for season 2? Were things going on in the background as filming was taking place? If you weren’t in a scene for a day, were you still on set?

It was a blast!! We have a great time together, but it is typically pretty focused. I am only called to set if I have a scene to shoot. I’ve never really popped in just for the heck of it. Maybe I will, if I’m ever in the neighborhood.

As far as season 3 is concerned, how far along are you all into the creative process? How is the atmosphere different from when you first came on for season 2?

We are working our butts off to make season 3 amazing! When I got cast in the show, season 1 had just come out and people were really digging it. I knew I was doing a hit series, but after season 2 aired, it is clear that we are part of a phenomenon. I think that is definitely felt on set and we are all so grateful and incredibly HAPPY to be working on such a groundbreaking, exciting, well-written show.

For OITNB, how did you go about getting the role? Did this involve any auditioning? Was the casting call specifically looking for an Asian actress?

I received an appointment for an audition through my agents. It was a relatively quick turnaround. I got the audition late in the day, read a few scenes with Jen Euston the next morning, got the call the following afternoon, and was on set at 6 a.m. the next day! I had never experienced anything quite like it. The breakdown for the role was pretty open at that point. I knew friends of all different ethnicities who went in for it as well.

Knowing that you did spend a little bit of time in my home city of Boston excites me. Did you get any time to enjoy the city? Did you notice any differences between Boston and Phoenix?

I love Boston! I did explore while I was there, but I was mainly preoccupied with school. Boston and Phoenix (my hometown) are wildly different; namely, the weather! Also, I never had to drive in Boston… I always walked or took the T. That is something you could never do in Phoenix. You need a car.

Seeing that you attended The Boston Conservatory, it is safe to say that you sort of always wanted to act. Was there a moment that made you say that you wanted to try out theater? Was acting a way of your parents just wanting to keep you busy?

I always loved performing from when I was a kid. I feel like I was never not performing. It was just something I naturally did and my parents just guided me there. They were always extremely supportive!

People have asked you plenty of times if you talked as much as Brook. With that being said, how would you describe yourself in terms of your personality and character?

I definitely don’t talk as much as Brook!! I am pretty shy at heart and it takes me a while to get to know someone to where I can talk a lot. That being said, I understand Brook in a lot of ways. I am very into natural health and wellness, and some would say I have hippie qualities. But I would not be as extreme as to live in a tree for extended periods of time.

We know that Brook is in prison because of some form of political protest. Do you ever come up with ideas in your head with what she was protesting and how she went about it? She was willing to starve herself so it seems she could definitely go to an extreme.

I used to make up ideas in my head about what she might have done or what happened with Meadow, but as I got the scripts every other week, I realized it was completely futile. The beauty of television is that information is revealed episode to episode, and the actor learns kind of with the audience in a way. The writers are incredible, they have a grand plan, and I grew to trust that.

Has your goals as an actress changed since joining the cast of OITNB, especially after seeing how highly regarded your character and this series is?

Well, thank you!! Nothing really has changed in regard to my goals. I’ve always, always, always wanted to be on Broadway. That is an absolute dream of mine. I started out on stage as a singer, and it has transitioned over the years to be more concentrated in acting. I never thought I would be in movies or television. It never really crossed my mind until I moved to NYC about 4 years ago! So I guess, if anything, I now see myself doing more on-camera work.

Is there a particular character(s) who you would want Brook to develop a strong bond with? Share more scenes with? Brook needs a partner in crime.

I think Brook needs to have more scenes with Yoga Jones! I am close with Connie off-set and I think it would only make sense for Brook to be bestie’s with a yogi!

Thank you Kimiko for this interview. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans and our readers? How can fans and readers find and interact with you?

Thank you so so so much for all your support and love!! It is because of YOU that we are able to do what we love and I can’t be more thankful! Please follow me on twitter @KimikoGlenn and instagram @ohlittleasianone! I love you all!!!