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!!!

Degrassi 13C Finale Interview #4

Just when you thought it was over. I have one more Degrassi interview left for all of you. I couldn’t let you all celebrate this spring finale tonight without interviewing another individual who seems to be at a crossroads between two guys. Olivia Scriven is Maya Matlin, one of the handful of Sophomores who will play a huge role tonight’s episode.

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Jr: Wow where do I begin with Maya. She has been through so much and is only a sophomore. What have you seen in her that has changed from when we first met her back in season 11?

Olivia: Maya has not only gone through the necessary rites of passage that a 13 or 14 year old usually goes through, but she also dealt with issues (such as Cam’s death) that are really going to take a toll on the rest of her life. I think that since freshman year, she has looked at everything way more seriously, and values all her relationships with others. She is much stronger now and I think has way more self-esteem, but she thinks about everything too much, and over analyzes situations. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t think she will ever completely return to that innocent little girl we saw at the beginning.

Jr: Who do you ship Maya with?

Olivia: I don’t know if this is allowed… but I ship Maya with Maya! I think that since the beginning of high school, her decisions have been largely impacted on by the boys surrounding her life, and those decisions haven’t always turned out so well. I think right now, Maya should focus on her individuality before jumping into another relationship.

Jr: What is a story-line you want to see Maya go through?

Olivia: I’d love to see Maya and Grace try to run away or something, and end up like, living in a tent somewhere. That’d be really awesome and weird. It would be a really fun acting duet too, with only two people in a really secluded area.

Sparks Will Fly pt 2 (Premiers Tonight, at 9:00pm ET)

Fireworks begin at Wild Wild West Night when Clare makes her decision known with regards to Drew and Eli. Zoë struggles to stand up for herself. Miles and Zig face off in a showdown for Maya’s heart.

New episodes of Degrassi continue this summer with the remainder of season13.

Degrassi 13C Finale Interview #3

Yesterday was all about Aislinn Paul and Ana Goljia. All good things must come to an end. Today marks the end of my Degrassi interviews just in time for the spring finale tonight. I bring to you an interview from another new entrant to Degrassi this season. His character is currently feuding with Zig Novak over Maya Matlin’s heart. Will he win? This is the question that only Eric Osborne knows the answer to.

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Jr: What are the similarities and differences between you and your character Miles?

Eric: For the most part, Miles and I are dissimilar. We are very different in the way we act and the way we view the world. However, sometimes I can relate to the way he is feeling and even share similar thoughts. For the most part, Miles is only a part of me I bring out for performance.

Jr: How do you think Miles stays afloat when it comes to the situation regarding his father’s affair, and his recent relationship struggle?

Eric: On the subject of the affair that Miles’ father is having with Andrea, Miles is very conflicted. He is very hurt and disappointed to find out what his father is capable of and he definitely shows it. But he knows he needs to be strong for his siblings and to prove to himself that he is strong enough to persevere. Miles is trying to be mature in order to protect his family and prove to himself that he can be mature.

Jr: There is this love triangle or battle of sorts that involves Miles, Maya, and Zig. Can Miles and Zig co-exist in Maya’s world at the same time? 

Eric: I believe that for Maya, she would love to believe in the possibility of having both Miles and Zig. She feels responsible for both of them and cares for both of them. However, Miles and Zig would never be satisfied with “sharing” Maya, and in their minds, whoever ends up with her is the victor. For Miles, it is just as much about getting Maya as it is about defeating Zig. Therefore, it is impossible for Zig and Miles to co-exist and share Maya.

Degrassi 13C Finale Interview #2

Earlier today I posted my interview with Aislinn Paul, which you should go check out if you already haven’t. This next interview is with one of the newest members of Degrassi. She joined the team for season 13 and her character has already suffered through a personal life-changing moment in just her Sophomore year. A lot of you requested an Ana Goljia interview, here it is.

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Jr: Describe the moment you found out that you landed the role as Zoe on Degrassi?

Ana: When I got the call from my agent saying I got the part, I was in the car with my mom in the parking lot of my dentist. I remember at first being in complete and utter shock…I was speechless. After I got off the phone and the idea sunk in a bit, I screamed like no tomorrow! I was on cloud nine!

Jr: What do you like about playing Zoe?

Ana: I love playing Zoe because she is so far from who I am in reality. It’s a real challenge to play someone so manipulative and complex. She is so unpredictable and you never know what she has on her mind and up her sleeve. 

Jr: Degrassi has revisited the sensitive topic of sexual assault. Zoe goes through such a difficult story-line not realizing at first that she was sexually assaulted. How did you react once you read that your character would have to endure this? How did you prep yourself for such an emotional plot, and how do you think this will or has impacted Zoe’s life at Degrassi?

Ana: I was completely heartbroken for Zoe when I found out what had happened at the party. Unfortunately, this happens to teens around the world every day, so the whole team at Degrassi approached this block with the utmost care and sensitivity that it deserved. Getting into character for this block was by far the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my 9 years of acting. I watched countless films and interviews with assault victims to help get into that mindset. When on set, I stayed completely separate from cast and crew so I could really feel helpless and lonely. I remember always feeling so drained by the end of the work day and dreading the fact that I had to do it all over again the next day. It was certainly a challenge, but I am so honored I had the opportunity to do this storyline and help get an important message out there. All that said, I think Zoe has learned who her friends are now and will treat them with the respect they deserve; however, I do not think this event will change who she is as a person.

Degrassi 13C Finale Interview

Degrassi is deep into season 13. The spring finale is near and there is no better way to ring in the finale for block C of this season than to post a couple of brief interviews with a few of the cast members. To begin this Marathon Monday, we’ll start off with Aislinn Paul. She currently stars as Clare Edwards, the senior at Degrassi who I hope truly realizes she needs something better than what she has now with Eli. She left Eli that voice-mail and I hope she sticks by it.

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Jr: We have seen Clare as far back as season 6. As a student, you are basically the bridge with the deepest roots (season 6, unlike season 8 for Alli and Connor) between the former Degrassi TNG cast, and the current crop. How does it feel having that nobility within the Degrassi community?

Aislinn: To call it anything but an honor would be wrong. When I first came on the show I had no idea what a huge impact it would have on my life. It’s become a home for me, as well as a connection point to so many young Canadian actors. I couldn’t have imagined a greater gift.

Jr: Clare has gone through such a drastic change over the seasons. If today’s Clare could go back in time to visit the freshman version of herself, what advice would she now give to the younger version of herself?

Aislinn: Where to start… I think, above all, I would tell her to more readily accept imperfection. Clare still has trouble with this now, but I think she would have been happier had she been okay with making mistakes.

Jr: Without giving anything away, do you personally feel that Clare should still be in a relationship or should she just be single and mingle with a great support system?

Aislinn: I think that long distance can strain any relationship, no matter how strong. And as much as Eli and Clare feel like they are meant to be, maybe they aren’t at this point in time…. We’ll just have to see where the chips fall.

Sparks Will Fly pt 2 (Premiering Tuesday, April 22, at 9:00pm ET)

Fireworks begin at Wild Wild West Night when Clare makes her decision known with regards to Drew and Eli. Zoë struggles to stand up for herself. Miles and Zig face off in a showdown for Maya’s heart.

New episodes of Degrassi continue this summer.

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

Deph Naught Official Website

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