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/ Sean Nateghi

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Photo Credit: The Headshot Truck

Welcome back to another Blended Entertainment Interview. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Nateghi from the indie film,Me, You, and Five Bucks”. Check it out below!

You moved around quite a bit growing up, can you talk some about your travels and then how you ended up back in California as an adult?

I was born in Orange, CA and grew up in Mission Viejo. Our family then moved to different parts of Virginia, North Carolina and eventually settled in Atlanta, GA, where I attended middle school and high school. While in college at Auburn University, I took a trip to New York and ended up seeing the musical Urinetown, and it blew me away. That night, I stayed up super late researching acting schools and how to be an actor, then quickly moved to LA.

Now before we dive into your psyche as an actor, can you tell the readers of Blended Entertainment about your training in martial arts?

I was bullied a lot as a kid, so I became pretty obsessed with Bruce Lee, martial-arts and getting into shape. As I learned more, I wanted to make sure I had an answer to any situation or fighting-style, which led me to learn more and more arts, until ultimately I ended up combining 11 different martial-arts. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I was getting picked on a good bit, so I had many chances to practice what I was teaching myself, and get better! The truth is, the more you learn the less you will actually need to use in a fight and it becomes easier and easier to avoid them altogether.

So even if you had not decided to pursue a career in acting, you were studying pre-med in college which I would imagine as quite the challenge. What was your mindset and career goal before acting?

I’ve always loved helping people, and since I was already well versed with anatomy and physiology from martial arts, medicine seemed like a natural progression for me. My goal was to become a cardiologist, but one trip to NY changed all that.

Your film, “Me You and Five Bucks” has just been released. The concept of the film is great. It has received good press and award recognition. Can you tell fans what this film brings to the table?

It’s a fresh love story that takes place in Manhattan. After a brutal breakup, Charlie, a waiter struggling to make ends meet, writes a book titled “The 7 Steps to Healing the Broken Heart” to help get over his ex. It doesn’t work, years later while low on cash, he puts an ad out for a roommate and the first person to respond is his ex! She ends up moving in, and at the same time his book finally gets sold and goes on to become a NY Times best seller. I play Charlie’s hot shot-womanizing-best friend, Louie, who is a writer for The Manhattan Times. What makes this film different is the acting, which is so natural and real because we shot the entire film in just 14 days.  As you can imagine, we didn’t have time to shoot many takes, so everybody brought their “A” game, and we have a truly diverse cast with nobody playing ethnic stereotypes, like you usually see in films.

You’re friends with your co-star Jamie Zevallos and he also directed “Me You and Five Bucks. You also served as one of the producers on this film. What was the process of working on this film?

It was great, but difficult. Switching between producer mode and actor mode was tough at times, because, as a producer you need to be emotionally detached and cool headed to get stuff done, but as an actor it’s your job to be emotional and reactive and let things affect you.

What was it like shooting in New York for this film? Was New York a central element to this film? Could this film have worked in another state?

Amazing!! NY is beautiful and so are it’s great people. We debated shooting in other cities, like LA, but realized NY is a character within the film itself, and gives a vibe that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.

What would your dream role be as far as the type of character you’d like to portray?

It would be awesome to play a Braveheart type or Bourne Identity type of character.

Are there any experiences in your life that have prepared you most for life in Hollywood, acting and dealing with the ups and many downs of the industry?

Moving around so much as a kid taught me to be adaptable, learn to read, and get along with different types of people. That, mixed with getting picked on, taught me how to deal with “breaking in” when you’re on the outside looking in, and I think those qualities along with martial-arts taught me persistence and follow through.

Welcome to the Blended family! Thank you for your time Sean, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Thank you having me! Please check out “Me You and Five Bucks,” you can find it pretty much anywhere, iTunes, Amazon, OnDemand, etc.  Also, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SeanNateghi to check out some cool martial-arts stuff and what I’m up to!

Interview w/ Actor, Bret Green

Bret Green stars as Preston Wainright in the CBS Saturday morning series, The Inspectors. The drama that focuses on a college student who is eager to join his mom at the USPIS  (United States Postal Inspection Service). It’s an exciting series that involves Preston’s antics with his best friend Noah, while also solving crimes. Check out my interview below with Bret Green.

Bret can you talk a bit about how you got your start into acting?  

I started making funny YouTube videos with my friend during college and then one day we decided we were going to move to LA and become actors. Shortly after, I signed with a talent agency. I booked a role on How to Get Away With Murder and that kind of kick-started everything for me.

What can you tell us about your character Preston Wainwright?

Preston is a teenage whiz kid who recently lost the use of his legs in a car accident that took his father’s life. He wants nothing more than to walk again and become a Postal Inspector, just like his mom and late father. When he is not interning at the USPIS crime lab, Preston helps guide his friends through their freshman year of college.

What was the audition process like for The Inspectors?

I first auditioned in early December and did not find out I got the role until late February, so it was a little bit of a wait to receive the good news [smiles].

How many episodes will the first season of The Inspectors have?

Our first season received a full order of 22 episodes.

Saturday morning television reminds me of the good days growing up. What did you use to do on Saturday mornings?

I used to watch Saved By the Bell on Saturday mornings then switch over to ESPN for college football afterwards.

You’re portraying a character who is physically challenged. This isn’t something we see much of on television, especially within this genre. Was there any preparation for playing this character?

I prepped for a full month leading up to filming. The production team rented me a wheelchair so I could get used to how to operate it and make it look as authentic as possible. I had some great on set consultants who always made sure I was moving in the chair properly and everything looked as real as it can.

Why should people watch The Inspectors?

Our show has a very diverse group of characters who are all going through their own hardships and struggles, which we can all relate to. The show is upbeat and positive, which is great for everyone, and the crimes on the show are based on real life events so you can learn a thing or two about what types of scams exist these days and how to avoid them.

What have you enjoyed about working on The Inspectors?

I have enjoyed getting the experience and working with such a great cast and crew. This was my first lead role so I had plenty to learn from a number of great veteran actors and crew members.

If you weren’t acting, what would be your dream job?

I always wanted to be an anchor on Sportscenter, so I would probably be doing that.

What are three of your favorite places to visit?

San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, and going home for the holidays in Michigan.

Can you talk a bit about the charities that you really take pride in?

Working on this show has really opened my eyes and made me aware of the physically challenged community, which has helped develop a relationship with Christopher & Dana  Reeve Foundation. What they are doing to help put an end to paralysis is groundbreaking and inspiring.

Welcome to the Blended family! Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans and readers? Where can they find you? 

I love interacting with new people on social media. You can find me on Instagram/Twitter at @bretjgreen and on Facebook at /RealBretGreen25

Thanks!

The Inspectors is on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m./9:30c

Ashley Leggat Interview

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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?

ARITZIA, BCBG, H&M

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.