To my loyal readers. I am back! I will continue to do what I do best and that is bring you great interviews. 10-23-16 will leave millions of people speechless. If you’re not sure what I am referring to, just check out the trailer below that was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con.
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.
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!
The Syfy series, “Z Nation” returns tonight with the premiere of season 2. To ring in the new season, I had the opportunity to interview Pisay Pao, who plays Cassandra.
Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Yes. I was born in Thailand but I have lived most of my life in Seattle, Washington where I got to spend a lot of time outside in nature, being imaginative or inside doing something creative like dancing or painting. When I say those things out loud it, sounds pretty normal but I actually felt really different growing up. I do not know if it was because of my background or just wanting to separate myself from the crowd but I think that is what pushed me into acting and pushed me towards the role of Cassandra. From the very beginning I felt and knew she was going to be a unique character to play.
What is it like on set not only when the cameras are rolling but also while they are off?
It is honestly a mix bag. I think that is why I love being on set so much. You never know what to expect but it is usually the funniest, most magical, unbelievable moments. Like when Anastasia and Nat start singing Whitney Houston in the makeup trailer or when we are shooting on a farm with kittens and they are all running away from the zombies on set. Those moments make up for the long and sometimes frustrating days – like when we lose power for 3 days in a row because of thunderstorms. The cast and crew are completely passionate and professional about their work though -another reason why I love being on this set specifically.
What is a typical day of shooting an episode? How is it shooting in Spokane?
The only thing typical about shooting Z Nation is that it is at least a 12 hour day or more and that there is always zombies on set. Otherwise, there is nothing typical about the show or the way we shoot it. We move really fast and things are constantly changing. It definitely keeps us on our toes so I can not imagine how the audience feels. As far as Spokane goes, it has been amazing. I can not believe all the places we have substituted it for and people have been really gracious and welcoming.
What are some of your hobbies? Favorite places to shop and eat?
I love hiking, watching movies of course, cooking for friends and family, dancing, making stuff with my hands like, sewing my own costumes or writing letters to my fans with personalized stationery. I probably sound like a dork -which is good. Dorks are underrated. As far as favorite places to shop and eat? I live in both Seattle and LA, so that list could be very very long but here goes…
Shopping: Nordstrom, Goodwill and any vintage stores. I love the flagship Nordstrom. The selection is unparalleled and I feel like the vintage stores here are the most reasonable priced I have seen compared to other metropolitan cities.I love mixing old with new.
Food: Momiji, Walrus and Carpenter, Il Corvo, Cafe Presse, Spinasse & Juice Box
Shopping: The Grove -it is an experience really. The downtown H&M and Abbott Kinney which is also an experience because it is the only place I know in LA where you can jaywalk and people don’t look at you like you are crazy or try to run you over.
Food: Pine & Crane, Sqirl, Gelina, Sugarfish, Alimento, & Bestia
For someone who has yet to see Z Nation, how would you describe the series?
Z Nation is about a group of survivors transporting the only known human to have survived a zombie bite from NY to a blood lab in California. That human is Murphy (played by the talented Keith Allan) who is a complete jerk (the character not the actor). Still we all somehow love him and we love killing zombies so we have a heck of a time finding thousands of different ways to do just that, like our infamous liberty bell scene. It’s a ton of fun.
For someone who has seen their fare share of movies and series within the zombie culture, what separates Z Nation from other programming?
I think the biggest thing that separates Z Nation from other shows is that it does not take itself too seriously. We make a lot of jokes and reference a lot of different parodies but the show never becomes a parody itself. People really care about the characters and the storyline.
Z Nation is on Netflix and season one can be binge-watched. What series out there have you binge-watched or would like to binge-watch?
I love Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and Gotham. I could not stop watching True Blood when it was on. I would totally binge watch The X-Files again. You are probably seeing a pattern here. I really dig the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I can not believe I am on a show on Syfy network!
What can fans expect from season two of Z Nation?
Bigger, better, badder. Seriously a lot more zombies, and zombie kills and a lot of new and interesting characters to mix up the group dynamic. Karl Schaefer (the show’s creator) never wants any of else to feel safe, which is very heartwarming.
If you weren’t acting, what is another profession you could see yourself doing?
I’d like to be an International spy. Either that or own a restaurant and write children’s books.
Thank you Pisay for your time, how can people find you and is there anything you’d like to say to our readers? Welcome to the Blended Family!
Thanks so much. Thank you for reading. I can not wait for people to see the new season. People can find me on Twitter or FB @pisaypao. Thank you Blended!
On September 1, Sandast, the brand known for vintage-inspired American hand-made leather accessories, and Preserve, announced the release of the “James” limited-edition leather carryall that was co-designed by Blake Lively and Sandast designer, Chris Pak. The new carryall style was created following an existing partnership between Sandast and Preserve. In search for the perfect baby bag, Lively turned to the Sandast’s founder Chris Pak in search for a baby bag that is extremely well made and highly functional.
Sandast surprised Lively by naming the bag the “James”, which is made of 100% premium hand-distressed Horween leather. It is available in Navy, Cognac, Tan and Black. It is lined with Sandast’s signature plaid lining. The bag is 16″ x 13″ by 6″. The James Bag is available in Navy and Tan on Preserve.us for $860 dollars.
Sydney Maler is a gorgeous model worth checking out. Sydney took time out of her busy schedule to introduce herself to all of you. Let’s welcome Sydney Maler to the Blended family!
First things first for our readers, can you give five adjectives to describe yourself?
What is it that you enjoy about modeling?
The best part about modeling is that everyday is different. Modeling jobs have gotten me into some pretty random adventures and cool experiences. A photo is a memory to me and a beautiful photo of me on a beach might have a huge story behind it. Most things don’t go as planned and I love being the type of person that sees an “ordeal” as an adventure or an interesting experience.
Have you seen any difference between the way that women and men are treated in the modeling industry?
I don’t believe that, in this day and age, there is too much of a difference between the way men and women are treated in the modeling industry, except that there are, and most likely will always be, more women models than men, but that is just because of the nature of the beast. I think women are used to being judged by society and can take the abuse better than men :-). I also feel that women have, more often than not, been the advertising world’s target market because they are, by far, greater “consumers” than men, women even buy most of their man’s wardrobe or attire – although that trend seems to be shifting a bit. One thing I’ve found that has changed even in the short time that I have been modeling, is that when I first began, there was a difference in how women treated me compared to men. But recently, I feel like my female audience has grown tremendously and has come to appreciate and embrace the fun, healthy, confident lifestyle I try to live and portray.
You look to be in amazing shape. Are there any specific types of exercises or workouts that you do?
I recently have been trying my hand at boxing. I am not very good at it, but It’s always fun to try new types of workouts. Thankfully, I am extremely good at laughing at myself through all of my fumbles.
What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation is one with friends and family goofing around and just having a good time. I can entertain myself almost anywhere so as long as I have friends and family to laugh and experience new places/people with I’m a happy camper. I also love the water so my vacation would most likely be water based with plenty of swimming and water sports. Hanging out with or seeing an exotic animals wouldn’t be terrible either. I’m really into swimming with sharks right now, maybe petting a baby lion or holding a baby alligator. I guess I have a pretty random list of very specific things I would like the opportunity to experience involving exotic animals but they are just bucket list items.
What is the best place place you’ve visited?
I have been to a number of pretty cool and exotic places but I recently got back from Florida where I experienced a few perfect days in Miami. I was taken to this beach that had a sand bar on the shore with the most beautifully clear, blue water ever, while sunbathing with friends. It was so relaxing and terribly beautiful.
What’s the weirdest or craziest thing a guy has ever said to you?
This is a tough one. I don’t know what it is about my personality that attracts a large amount of crazy/weird comments from men. On my Instagram, I get a lot of weird comments about breathing my farts and I think that’s particularly odd.
Favorite junk food/guilty pleasure?
My absolute favorite guilty pleasure is rolled tacos drenched in hot sauce from Albertacos by my parents’ house in SD. I also have an extreme sugar addiction, so If you want to get to my heart, its definitely through any sugary treat.
If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t modeling I would love to work in advertising and marketing. Which goes semi hand in hand with modeling. I went to school for Marketing and am absolutely intrigued with the psychology behind advertising from large details to the very small ones.
If you could choose one place to shop for the rest of your life, what place would it be?
I’m going to totally cheat on this question and say Nordstrom. I love to jump between styles and they have a large array of styles as well as a great men’s section I sometimes steal from. Not to mention the shoes, purses and jewelry.
What is your dream modeling project? Something you have never done before but would want to do?
I would love to be apart of a surf magazine or Sports Illustrated type team that gets to travel around to some of the most beautiful parts of the world and take beautiful photos. I kind of get to do this now, but I would love to travel more and have that part of my job be more of my constant life.
What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?
I don’t get embarrassed very easily so its always hard to think of particular times when I was truly embarrassed.
What are your top five favorite songs?
Hotel California- Eagles
Suicidal Thoughts- Biggie Smalls
What I got- Sublime
You know you like it- DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge
She is love- Parachute
What was your dream growing up?
Truthfully, I didn’t think modeling was really an option for me because I thought being a “model” meant you had to be 9 ft tall and 80 pounds, soaking wet. I wanted to pursue advertising and marketing, the behind-the-scenes of creating ads and commercials. I never even considered actually being in the ads or commercials myself, so this has been an amazing experience I have been able to experience at this early juncture of my life.
Do you believe in love?
Yes, I believe in love. I think that it’s extremely hard to find, but extremely amazing when it hits you. I also think that you can be “in love” with more than just your significant other. Being in love with your friends and family is way underrated and overlooked.
Do you have any plans for the Fourth of July this year?
I do not have plans for the Fourth yet. Want to hangout?
Sounds like a plan! Thank you for your time Sydney. Is there anything you would like to say to your supporters and those being introduced to you for the first time? Welcome to the Blended family!
I dearly appreciate my fans/followers support, thank you so much! I absolutely love meeting my fans and getting to know them. If you’re a fan, please, come up and say “Hi” if you see me at an event or boppin’ around town, I swear, I don’t bite (too hard, lol). If this is the first time you’re hearing of me, come check me out! I have a wide variety of fans for a reason; girls wanting work-out tips or looking to find the next “it” bikini, all the way to my all-time favorite “creepers,” young and old, and everything in between!
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