Author Archives: Willie Pena

Actor Blake Griffin Cooper Talks Disney’s “Jessie,” “Love is All You Need?” and More

Actor Blake Griffin Cooper Talks Disney’s “Jessie,” “Love is All You Need?” and More

Actor Blake Cooper Griffin is one to watch, breaking out this year with quite a few notable roles. He is currently appearing opposite Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. in the drama Life of a King, available on Netflix. On May 1st he hits the big screen with Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt in her feature… Continue Reading

Meet Rebecca Juliet, a 16-Year-Old Who is Definitely No “Damsel in Distress”

Meet Rebecca Juliet, a 16-Year-Old Who is Definitely No “Damsel in Distress”

Rebecca Juliet is a 16-year-old New York City-based singer-songwriter on a mission to change the world through her music–both through the messages in her lyrics and by donating to charities with the proceeds of her sales. Her latest single, “Damsel in Distress” is an empowerment song for girls, making a point that girls do not need… Continue Reading

Jakob Salvati Talks Faith, Superpowers and Runaway Cars in “Little Boy”

Jakob Salvati Talks Faith, Superpowers and Runaway Cars in “Little Boy”

Jakob Salvati is the 11-year-old lead in superstar producer Mark Burnett’s (The Bible, Shark Tank, The Apprentice, Survivor) latest film, Little Boy, which opens today April 24th. The family film, directed by Smithsonian Institute Award-winning director Alejandro Monteverde, follows the story of Pepper Flynt Busbee (Salvati), whose father goes off to fight in World War II, and who… Continue Reading

Will Jay, Former IM5 Singer, Talks Getting Anti-Social with “@nti-Social Media” – Exclusive Interview

Will Jay, Former IM5 Singer, Talks Getting Anti-Social with “@nti-Social Media” – Exclusive Interview

You might have seen our past interviews, usually hilarious, with Will Jay Behlendorf when he was a member of the super-popular boy band IM5 on our YouTube channel. And you might already know about his amicable separation from the band to work on his solo music (they are still friends to this day). Well, his… Continue Reading

Cameron Palatas & Pass the Light Premiere with Allie DeBerry

Cameron Palatas & Pass the Light Premiere with Allie DeBerry

Michael Peña interviews Cameron Palatas, star of the brand-new faith-based film “Pass the Light,” opening today February 6th 2015. We then join Lisa-Marie Woods for the red carpet premiere at the iconic Arclight Cinema in Hollywood. Interviews: Cameron Palatas, Allie Deberry, Brendon Eggertsen, Jacob Houston, Lou Wegner, Rachael Kathryn Bell, Milena Govich, Malcolm J. Goodwin,… Continue Reading

An Evening with The Fosters with Teri Polo, Maia Mitchell, Jake T Austin, Cierra Ramirez & More

An Evening with The Fosters with Teri Polo, Maia Mitchell, Jake T Austin, Cierra Ramirez & More

TWK’s Lisa-Marie Woods hit the red carpet at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood to meet the cast of the hit TV Series “The Fosters,” who share their viewpoints on what makes a true family and what they have learned about the foster care system since working on the show. Interviews: Jake T Austin,… Continue Reading

Meet Jocelyn Arndt  – Harvard University Student and Singer/Songwriter

Meet Jocelyn Arndt – Harvard University Student and Singer/Songwriter

Singer Jocelyn Arndt and her brother/co-writer Christian prove that artists can be just as comfortable in the classroom as in the recording studio. In addition to touring and promoting their brand new EP Strangers in Fairlyland,both are also busy pursuing their educations at the world-famous Harvard University. Jocelyn and Chris are collectively known as Jocelyn Arndt and… Continue Reading

Meet Breaker Novogratz, a Face to Watch

Meet Breaker Novogratz, a Face to Watch

Breaker Novogratz is a 13-year-old who is no stranger to show business, being featured along with the rest of his family on such shows as Home by Novagratz and 9 by Design. Son of designers Cortney and Robert, he is starting to make his own moves after his family’s recent relocation to Los Angeles, signing with… Continue Reading

83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade with R5 and The Haunted Hathaways Cast

83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade with R5 and The Haunted Hathaways Cast

Teens Wanna Know hit the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade to talk to several celebrities. It was quite a rainy day, but we made it out alive! Interviews: George Thorogood, Denise Austin, Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, R5 (Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rydel Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Ellington Lee Ratliff), G.W. Bailey, Benjamin Flores Jr. (Lil P-Nut),… Continue Reading

Disney Animation Creates Another Winner With “Big Hero 6”

Disney Animation Creates Another Winner With “Big Hero 6”

Walt Disney Animation Studios does it again. Continuing their energized creative streak after their smash hits Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, the studio just released Big Hero 6 — and it doesn’t disappoint. The film, based on a heretofore little-known Marvel comic, centers around 14-year old robotics prodigy Hiro, who enjoys hustling others for cash at underground robot fights in the… Continue Reading

Victoria Griffith Discusses Her New Book “Amazon Burning” + GIVEAWAY!!!

Victoria Griffith Discusses Her New Book “Amazon Burning” + GIVEAWAY!!!

As a longtime journalist, Victoria Griffith has explored many diverse topics, including the Yanomami Indians, space exploration, and the human genome. Now she brings some of her life experience, including living in Brazil and exploring environmental issues, to present her first YA novel called Amazon Burning. We got to ask Victoria a few interview questions, and… Continue Reading

Justine Dorsey Talks Collaborating with Sister Kerris and New Music

Justine Dorsey Talks Collaborating with Sister Kerris and New Music

If you watched the recent Disney movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, you probably noticed a very catchy pop-rock track that played during the credits. What makes the song, called “Best Worst Day Ever,” even more notable, is that it was written and performed by one of the young stars of the film, Kerris… Continue Reading

Meet Teen Country Singer Summerlyn Powers – Exclusive Interview

Meet Teen Country Singer Summerlyn Powers – Exclusive Interview

13-year-old singer Summerlyn Powers (well, she’ll be 14 in about a week) has just released her debut EP “Dixie Dust.”  Produced by Andrew Rollins (ABC’s Nashville Soundtrack), the release features four tracks which this young talent from Fairhope, Alabama co-wrote with award-winning singer/songwriter Pam Tillis. Summerlyn’s first song, “Alabama Kinda Girl” was released when she was… Continue Reading

AIDS WALK Los Angeles 2014 with Karina Smirnoff, Pauley Perrette, Michael Harney, Tyler Ritter, Jason Ritter

AIDS WALK Los Angeles 2014 with Karina Smirnoff, Pauley Perrette, Michael Harney, Tyler Ritter, Jason Ritter

Teens Wanna Know covered the 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 12, 2014. The event featured plenty of celebrity horsepower including singer and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul, We got to speak with several of the celebrities who lent their support in order to raise money and awareness to combat the… Continue Reading

“From Start to Stardom” by Lisa London – Review

“From Start to Stardom” by Lisa London – Review

Thousands of teenagers come to Hollywood every year in the hopes of launching a successful show business career. Only a small handful ever establish themselves, despite so many possessing tremendous talent in acting, music, dance and related skills. So what is missing for the rest of them? Apart from the fact that there is an incredible… Continue Reading