Finding Dory

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Everyone’s favorite forget fish is back! Although the teaser doesn’t give us much, it excites the ten year old inside all of us. Finding Nemo opened in theaters back in 2003, Finding Dory makes her way to screens in 2016.

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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

Photo Credit: The Headshot Truck

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.

Interview w/ Monty Geer

Image Credit: Adam Hendershott—The Headshot Truck

Image Credit: Adam Hendershott—The Headshot Truck

Hey Awkward fans, you know him as Cole. I know him as Monty. View my interview below with the talented Monty Geer.

Awkward is now back for the fifth and for what is known as the final season. You’ve had time to be away from the series as filming concluded a while back. What are your thoughts now about the overall process and about the series ending?

I’m really sad that it’s ending. It has been an incredible journey. The cast and crew were the best people to work with. A lot of our fans have grown up and gone through high school at the same time as these characters. They’ve faced the same relationship drama in their lives and I’m sure had similar high school experiences. So it’s an emotional time for them, it’s like they are graduating with these characters and are having to say goodbye.

This series had been going strong before you joined in season 4. What was it like for you when you first joined the cast later in its’ run?

It was a little intimidating because everyone was already such a close family. I definitely felt like the new kid coming to school. However, at school you don’t have the constant fear that you will get fired if you’re not funny enough. Those would be some real high pressure tests! Luckily everyone was very friendly and welcoming and I wasn’t fired from school.

There have been some talk of this not being the end for Awkward. Have you heard any rumblings regarding a sixth season or spinoff? Would you be interested for any Awkward related television?

I love Awkward and think there is plenty of room to grow. We have a lot of fans who love the show and I’m sure they would always want some more of us. A Theo and Cole spinoff would be fun. I’m sure after high school they would be up to some crazy shenanigans. Like running some grungy bar hidden in the basement of a grocery store.

What do you like/dislike about your character, Cole?

I love the creative freedom I have with him. He’s so wild and crazy that in every scene I can literally do anything I want. There’s so much fun in entering a scene by jumping over furniture or grabbing unsuspecting background extras by the legs and pulling them across a field. As far as a dislike, I probably wouldn’t want to be his friend. He’s far too angry for me and I’m sure I am too basic for him.

How will the characters and the dynamic change from 5A to 5B?

Well it takes place a year later, so a lot is different. They are no longer in high school and are trying to live real lives. That can be very difficult. Dating people changes when you are no longer sitting in class with them everyday. It’s a little odd to pass notes to your cubicle partner. Plus, people mature and go off and make whole new friends. It’s a lot harder to keep your core group of people together.

What were your experiences like in high school?

I was always the class clown. I was in the honors program and was the smallest kid in my class. So in order to not get picked on, I had to be funny. I got kicked out of class way too much for “disturbing the peace”. I would play pranks on people like pouring water in their hoodie, so when they put it on they would get soaked. The last time I did that my friend got mad and poured water all over the essay I was writing. I didn’t get the best grade for turning in a soggy paper.

When you’re not acting, what are some other things that you personally like to do?

I’m an adrenaline junkie. I love doing things that scare me. I scuba dive, rock climb, play with tarantulas, fly planes, whatever. I love going through those feelings when I get scared and start thinking “I don’t know if I should do this”, because a lot of people stop at that moment. I always dive into what scares me and I usually never regret it. I’m training myself to not let fear hold me back because to really succeed in acting and life, you need to do what scares you. I’m not fearless, I’m just comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

What’s the most awkward thing or situation you ever been involved in?

I peed my pants one time in elementary school. We were at recess and were joking around a lot. Someone said something really funny and I laughed too hard, if you know what I mean. I was also wearing sweatpants at the time because I wasn’t the most fashionable 11 year old. So to hide what I did, I immediately pretended to fall into a puddle next to me. I went to the nurse to change, and I think I had to wear some baggy basketball shorts that were meant for someone 30 pounds heavier than I was.

Did you learn anything about yourself from your work in this series?

I learned to let things go. I used to hold on and try to do the “perfect take”, but we shoot so fast I may not of gotten exactly what I wanted. That would give me a lot of stress, but now I know I’ll be fine if I am just in the moment with Cole’s thoughts. There are lots of options instead of that one “perfect” one.

What can fans expect from season 5?

I definitely think it’s the best season. All of Matty and Jenna’s dating drama has been boiling up to this point, so fans will finally get to see how they end. Plus, Theo and Cole get into even more chaos and may have some drama of their own.

Do you have any other projects that you have worked on or are currently working on?

I just finished shooting an episode of Adam Ruins Everything on truTV, which was originally a College Humor web series. I also shot a film called The Adventures of Sam Wolf, where I play a blind character. It’s a fantasy/superhero story between two brothers. It was shot in the Northern California Redwoods, so the footage looks amazing!

Thank you for time Monty, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans and our readers?

I just hope you like this season of Awkward as much as I did. It’s my favorite season and a good amount of drama happens! I talk to my fans a lot  and if you want to reach out to me I’m @MontyGeer on Instagram and Twitter!

Interview w/ Jason Rogel

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Photo Credit: Vince Trupsin

Kevin From Work is a new series on ABC Family. I had the opportunity to interview one of the stars from the series. Enjoy my interview with Jason Rogel.

Right now, you can be seen in the ABC Family series, Kevin from Work. What can you tell us about your character?

I play Kevin and Audrey’s co-worker, Ricky. He is the office gossip and has his nose in everybody’s business. Ricky also has this weird love-hate relationship with both Kevin and Audrey which makes him a bit unpredictable, but definitely a fun, interesting character.

What was it like going through the process for season 1 and is there any indication thus far that a season 2 could be in the works?

We just wrapped our 10th episode, and it has been an amazing journey. I think with any new show it is always neat to see how the characters and storylines develop from the pilot. The last episode of the season definitely ends with an Kevin & Audrey cliffhanger, that will hopefully get resolved or at least addressed in the 2nd season.

I know you were in “State of Georgia”, starring Raven Symone and Loretta Devine. What was it like working with Raven?

I had the best time working on “State of Georgia.”  Raven and the rest of the cast were so much fun to work with–so warm and welcoming. Both Raven and Loretta have been in this industry forever. Between the professionalism and work ethic they brought to set, and the genius comedic timing they brought to the show–it was an amazing learning experience just to watch the both of them work.

You have been on set for a lot of different tv series. Is there a particular series you worked on that you wish you would have had a larger role on?

Probably “Dexter,” mostly because it was such an awesome show–and that season in particular was a really good one with John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. It would have been great to have played a bigger part in that season’s story line–maybe even get to be one of Dexter’s or the Trinity Killer’s victims. That would would have been cool.

What has it been like on and off the set with the cast and crew?

The cast just hit it off from day one. We hang out off-camera as much as we do on-camera.  And that goes for our production team as well. Seriously, from top to bottom, this has been one of the most amazing groups of people I have ever gotten to work with on any project. We really are a family.

Can you talk a bit about how you got your start in acting?

I started out performing in high school musicals. One of my drama teachers encouraged me to continue studying Acting in college, and I ended up with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater.  It was in college that I really developed my love of performing and realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I got an agent, started out doing commercials, and eventually worked my way into TV and film. There is also a whole bunch of struggling and rejection, and questioning yourself and working day jobs, and night jobs and making rent, and top ramen and tears that figure into my journey. But we can save that for the Lifetime biopic. [laughter]

What do you see for yourself in the future regarding your projects and career?

I would love to land a role on a TV show that runs for a like 5 or 6 seasons, and get to work on film projects in between.  That would be amazing. Who knows–hopefully “Kevin from Work” is that TV show. How great would that be?

Thanks for your time Jason, is there anything you’d like to say to fans of the show?  

Thank you for having me!  Keep watching “Kevin from Work” on Wednesdays at 8:30pm/7:30c on ABC Family—we have more crazy, hilarious stuff coming up this season!! Come find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!