Category: Interviews

Nickelodeon’s Star Falls’ Jadiel Dowlin Chats with Teens Wanna Know!

Have you watched Star Falls yet? It’s the new Nickelodeon show starring Siena Agudong who plays a teen that convinces a Hollywood star to move himself and his family into her rural house in order to set him up with her mom. Hilarity ensues as cultures clash.

One of its other leads is Jadiel Dowlin, from Toronto, Canada. He is an actor and scriptwriter (for Dino Dana) born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Jadiel started his career modeling and appearing in
commercials at the age of 12, followed up by a run on popular children’s television game show series Zoink’d and then a lead role in the Japanese-produced DVD series GrapeSEED. In 2013, he was cast in Annedroids, which earned him a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Pre–school Children’s Series for his role as Nick Clegg. He has also won a 2015 Joey Award for Best Actor in a TV Action Leading Role and a 2015 Young Artist Awards for Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series.

Other film and television credits include Rogue (DirecTV), Dino Dana (Amazon
Prime), The Swap (Disney Channel), The Stanley Dynamic (YTV) and Super Why! (PBS Kids).

Outside of showbiz, Jadiel loves comic books and playing soccer. He has also broken records as a sprinter in running events including the 4 × 100 metres relay.

Whew! This guy is talented and busy. Let’s get to know him better in our interview below!

Hi Jadiel, nice to e-meet you! Before we talk about Star Falls, tell us a little bit about yourself.

It’s great meeting you as well so we can talk about Star Falls and lots more. I’m a Canadian actor, writer, comic enthusiast, and I love track and field. It so happens that I’m fluent in Spanish as well and I fully embrace my Hispanic Afro-Caribbean heritage – thanks to my Panamanian parents.

Tell us about Star Falls and your character Phoenix Brooks

Star Falls is a unique TV series on Nickelodeon that airs on Saturday evenings. It’s about a celebrity movie star dad that has to move to a small town to shoot a movie and decides that he wants to take his three Hollywood kids with him. The local veterinarian’s daughter decides to perform some schemes to have her mom meet her idol, Craig Brooks, the movie star. Phoenix is Craig’s oldest son, and he’s not a typical teenager; he’s very wise beyond his years. A total philosopher! And with his quirkiness he provides a different element to the show.

What has been the most rewarding part about working on this show so far?

There have been so many rewarding experiences but since you asked for one… I would have to say working with the cast. I’m an only child so being able to perform a role that entails having a younger sister and little brother was very different and enlightening. It’s given me the opportunity to act as a role model and leader for them, while also keeping me on my toes since Bo and Diamond (Phoenix’s siblings) are a handful. Watch the show to experience the shenanigans and many adventures.

And the most challenging?

I don’t see situations as challenges; I’m the type of person that sees situations as an opportunity to learn. There’s one thing I’m glad that I won’t have to do any longer now that I’m 18, and that’s two hours of school time per day for each day I’m on set. That was difficult to juggle because young actors performing time has to be cut short by mandated schooling. So I’m definitely glad that’s over! But it’s a bonus because now that I’m 18, I get to play younger roles so production companies love it!

Funniest moment on set as an actor?

That would have to be scenes that involve animals. Those are the most fun because animals (like babies) bring a different energy to the set, and although they are trained, sometimes things don’t go as planned. I’ve experienced snakes, tarantulas, skunks, donkeys, dogs, birds, cats and many others. But there’s one scene in an upcoming Star Falls episode where we had a goat. Well, it so happens the goat decided to go the bathroom during a take! It simultaneously defecated and urinated at the same time, and I was inches away from it! We had to clear the set and it took a while to have everything cleaned.

You are a scriptwriter as well as an actor. How did you get involved writing for Dino Dana?

I became close to the creators and writers of Annedroids, which is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment. Although it’s been a few years since the TV series, we’ve kept in-touch and I was provided with the opportunity to pitch episodes for Dina Dana, and I’ve written several episodes so far. I loved this experience because I’m able to learn another aspect of the film industry, and create art through another medium, e.g., production, writing, directing. I’m excited to keep growing and produce my own content.

Your parents are from Panama. What part of that culture are you most proud of?

I would have to say that I’m so happy that I’m able to speak Spanish because it opens up the world to me. It makes travelling a joy, and bilingualism allows you to connect to more people, cultures etc. Plus the flavourful Panamanian/Hispanic food and the variety of upbeat music gives me a sense of vibrancy and culture I can imbue in my acting. Like my favorite saying is: “Oye, que pasa?!” (Hey, what’s happening).

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Gosh, that’s an easy one! When people give spoilers about TV shows, movies, books. That drives me crazy. I actually mute my alerts and stay off media to ensure I don’t read anything by accident. Because it’s always best to experience climactic events firsthand in the cinema, not on your twitter feed!

Biggest guilty pleasure?

Being huge in the world of comics, I enjoy collecting these action figures called Hot Toys. Only thing is that they’re super rare to get and a tad expensive!

If you could do over one embarrassing moment on your life, what would it be?

That would be the time I tore my uniform pants in elementary school. It was a track and field day and of course there was a lot of running and jumping involved. I came in first for many of the events and was feeling pretty good about myself. But after the long jump event my friends starting laughing at me, and I turned and realized I had split my pants. My boxers were in full view of everyone! It was embarrassing to say the least.

Favorite movie?

Well, you know it has to be a comic book movie, so I’ll go with The Dark Knight. It’s able to tell a compelling story using interweaving subplot devices. It’s actually more than a movie; it’s an analysis of the criminal element, and juggles concepts like order/chaos, justice/injustice. It’s very ambitious and entertaining film.

Dream role?

Hmm I would like to do more drama and thriller roles. They’re lots of fun, and allow you to portray a different/darker side of characters. Superhero and Supervillain roles would also be on the list.

Favorite musical act?

My go to music is instrumental and my favorite composer is Hans Zimmer. He’s the composer for many terrific films, including Man-of-Steel, and The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar, Gladiator, and many more. His usage of drums is bombastic and immersive.

Favorite book?

My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but it’s a great read that takes the reader on a journey. It offers insight on what ones life purpose should be, and has an awesome twist. Everyone should read it at least once.

Most unique or surprising thing people don’t know about you?

People are always surprised that I’m fluent in Spanish, that I have the natural ability to wiggle my ears, and that I obtained Ryerson’s University President’s Entrance Scholarship, which is a “full-ride.” I’m pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Film studies.

What are you working on next?

Be on the lookout for three episodes I wrote for Dino Dana Including: Growing Up Dino, Dinosauroid Dana, and Flying Expectations. I have many other projects in the works, but unfortunately I’m not able to share the details as yet. Stay tuned!

Where can your fans follow you?

They can follow me on many social media sites:
Instagram: @jadiel_dowlin
Twitter: @jadieldowlin
Facebook: @jadieldowlin
IMDb: www.imdb.me/jadieldowlin
Website: www.jadieldowlin.com

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Ava Cantrell from Lights Out and Haunted Hathaways Interview with Teens Wanna Know

If you have attended any Young Hollywood red carpet or charity events in the past few years, you no doubt have come across the very energetic, bubbly personality of Ava Cantrell. This teen actress, who turns 17 next month, has been in the biz since 2008, appearing on such hits as The Haunted Hathaways and Lights Out. She has also earned several industry awards, from the La Femme International Rising Star to a Young Artist Award to, this year, a Young Entertainer Award.

While we have interviewed Ava on the red carpet a couple of times in the past (check out our Youtube Channel for the vids), we wanted to get a little more in-depth. She is a well-spoken, creative person who is a perfect example of perserverance and hard work — two qualities which are sure to help her climb to the top and which will hopefully inspire you, the reader, to keep striving toward positive goals. Without further ado, let’s get into the Q&A!


photo: Alikay Photography

Hi Ava! Nice to chat with you again! Tell us a little bit about yourself for those who are unfamiliar.

I am so happy to be chatting with you! Love what you guys do.

Professionally, I am an actress and have been working in the industry since age 8. My career has definitely been slow and steady. I started working in the industry with short films, commercials and music videos. I booked Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaways” then Warner Brothers’ “Lights Out” and most recently “Young Sheldon.” I have also been getting recognized for my work as Amelia Voss in the feature film “One Under The Sun” as the La Femme International 2017 Rising Star and a Young Entertainer Award for best actress in a feature film. I feel blessed to be able to work in Hollywood and live a pretty low key life in San Diego.

I am legal 18 and passed the CHSPE but I am staying in school and graduating early with honors. I danced for many years, love to surf, love photography and enjoy the really simple things in life like sunsets and hanging out with my family and dogs.

What sort of training have you done in the arts?

I was a trained dancer when I was young and spent many years competing. I have many overall titles and crowns in dance. I don’t spend much time in studios anymore dancing, but trust me if the right role comes along that has dance, I am so ready for it. Just like Natalie Portman stopped dancing at age 12 to focus on acting, then picked it up for Black Swan. I will always be able to incorporate dance into any role but now adding other things into my repertoire like being a better surfer, martial arts, boxing and more stunt-type training. As actors we need to have more than a few physical skills in our bag of tricks.

I have studied acting with many great people in Hollywood as well as took classes for many years. Now I coach one-on-one with my manager/coach Sharon Lane. We work on issues that I have, as well as scripts, which I love. It is not just about the audition you are going in for but who you are as an actor. Finding yourself in the character but always being able to switch it up fast when casting asks. I love Sharon because she is hard on me. I want to know the truth and I want to be my best self.

You recently appeared in Young Sheldon alongside Jason Alexander (Season 1, Episode 16). Tell me about that experience and what stands out most! 

It was so amazing working on Young Sheldon. That cast and crew is brilliant. Working on one of the top rated shows in Hollywood is incredible, but the people on that show made the experience. Iain Armitage is one of the most gifted young actors in Hollywood. It was a joy working with him. It is truly one of the nicest sets I have worked on.

My scenes were all with Jason Alexander and he is not only an incredible human being but also one of the most giving actors I have worked with. In one scene the camera was only on him, but he kept turning to me and pulling me in. I got an extra scene in the classroom, that turned into more lines, and that turned into Jason calling me Ava in the scene. It was really funny because people were asking me why I was called Ava in “Young Sheldon” but I am credited as Molly. Basically, that was Jason saying that my character is Molly in Annie, but in his class I am Ava. To make it simple, when Jason is doing his thing you go with it and I was so lucky to get to be able to improv with him. That scene was so fun to shoot and was not in script.

Filming the Annie scene with Jason is probably the hardest thing I have have had to do to date. I mean he is hilarious and kept changing it up each time and not laughing was almost impossible! At one point he stuck his rag in my face, so I just went along. We totally got each other, and the compliments he gave to me in between takes will forever be close to my heart.

What do you consider your biggest break so far and what made it so special?

Everyone still knows me as Penelope Pritchard on Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaways.” It is still running all of the time and is what kids get excited about when they meet me. It was my first break-out role to be recurring on that show, but working on Warner Brother’s “Lights Out” was the break that made me realize that I could work in a big Hollywood movie. I hope I have a few more of those to come in my career.

Tell me about the time you were most nervous as an actress and how you got through it.

I know this sounds crazy but I am not a really nervous-type person. As an actress you have to give it your all and being nervous or hesitant would just hold me back. When I am auditioning I don’t get nervous because it is so out of my control. Either I am right for the part or I am not. When I am working the part is mine and I can’t let nerves get in my way or diminish my performance. You want to know what I get nervous about? It is speeches and going live! That is the scariest thing to me.

Most rewarding moment as a performer?

My role as Amelia Voss in “One Under The Sun” has been most rewarding. It was a lower budget feature, and I was so happy to accept the role. I knew that role would change me as an actress forever and it did.

Playing the role of a girl with terminal cancer was pretty heavy. To see myself on the final day of my life after battling cancer, as well as reunite with my mother after three years apart was so emotional. It was my last scene filming and I am really glad we filmed that last. It was authentic to my emotions.

The movie has a powerful message that we are all one under the sun. Why our world still struggles with this is so sad to me. I loved being able to accept the award for best actress for this at YEA Awards and address the topic in my speech about there needing to be more strong women roles in Hollywood. I said it WILL be our generation to change that, and I believe it.


photo: Alikay Photography

You were recently nominated for a Young Entertainer Award. What was it for…and what was the outcome?

I was recently nominated and won the YEA award for Best Actress in a Feature Film. It was surreal. I knew when I finished “One Under The Sun” that I was really proud of my work. I walked away knowing I left it all on the table and had no regrets. I feel really blessed that YEA recognized my work. Moments like that carry me through the difficult times that I question if this is actually something I can continue doing.

What was the best part about attending?

I loved being with all of my peers. I’ve been attending for three years. Some of the speeches had me in tears. It warmed my heart to have some younger actors and actresses come up to me and tell me that I’m their role model. One said “Nice girls win.” That really made my heart happy!

Looking back on what you have done in showbiz so far, if you could do one thing over again and change it, what would it be?

Looking back, I got caught up in normal teen stuff. I thought I needed friends or relationships in the biz. I would see groups of Hollywood kids and think, it would be great to have a group like that.

What I realized is that, first, when I am not working I hate to talk about auditions or work. I want to to talk about things outside that. If its always a topic of conversation it becomes reptive and boring. Second, Hollywood friendships don’t get you work. Talent and being right for the role gets you work. Last, actors and actresses staying professional is so important.

I think the usual teen drama when played out with celebrity friends on Instagram is just distracting and unnecessary. I have a few people I love to run into that are awesome people in the biz, but for the most part, my friends are all people I have known for years before all of this stuff took off.

photo: Alikay Photography

Most awkward experience IRL?

I am a pretty awkward person so on any given day you can catch me in an awkward experience. The important thing is to laugh those moments off and not take yourself too seriously.

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve….Nosy people and gossips. Come on people, find something constructive to do with your lives rather then worry about others or talk about others.

Favorite musical artist?

I have a ton of favorites, but my all time favorite bands are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, and Cage the Elephant.

Dream role?

I want to film an action type movie because I haven’t done that yet. I want to show the world my fiesty and strong side. I have had limited stunt training and am training now in boxing. Oh yes, and can I surf in it as well? That would be a dream for sure.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Although I’m a huge Star Wars fan, I think I’m going to say Star Trek. I love watching the old classic episodes, and as a science nerd I love that everything is scientifically accurate. Star Trek even inspired a lot of real life technology, even the flip phone came from the show!

Chocolate or vanilla?

I love chocolate bars, but vanilla cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream for sure.

What do you find most attractive in a person?

I definitely look for humor in another person. I like people that are funny, and I can laugh with. We need to get each other’s sense of humor. If I am with someone and 4 hours feels like 10 minutes, I am attracted. I am not a hipster type girl so I am not looking for that. I like cute, sweet, classy, funny and smart guys.

What are you working on next?

I am super excited to be starring in a feature film called “The Fostered” the end of this summer. I also have two projects in development right now. One is a pilot/series and the other is a comedy spy movie. My Dad and I wrote both and both are optioned. You have to get out there and create your own work. At this point of my career and after 9 years it is just the progession of things.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I think people are surprised at how much I love science. I spend a lot of my time listening to science podcasts, reading books, and watching shows on science. I would rather discuss black holes, evolution or new palentology discoveries than my outfits.

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment?

AND THEN I GO’s Sawyer Barth Interview with Teens Wanna Know

AND THEN I GO, a new film about bullying and school violence has just been released this week, just in time for The National Student Walkout, being held on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20, 2018. (Students will walk out of their classrooms in solidarity to protest gun violence, and show their leaders they want to see action.).

We got to the chance to do a Q&A with one of its teen stars, 16-year-old Sawyer Barth, who plays Flake. Sawyer is extremely intelligent, well-spoken, and does an incredible job in the film along with his teen co-star Arman Darbo. You can read our Q&A and a quick review of the film below. But first  let’s find out more about the film:

AND THEN I GO is based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, also features Justin Long (Yoga Hosers, Tusk, Accepted), Melanie Lynskey (“Castle Rock,” “Togetherness,” Heavenly Creatures), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development,” “Veep”), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station, The Belko Experiment), Carrie Preston (“Claws,” “True Blood”), and Arman Darbo (Defenders of Life).

“SYNOPSIS: In the cruel world of junior high, Edwin suffers in a state of anxiety and alienation alongside his only friend, Flake. Misunderstood by their families and demoralized at school daily, their fury simmers quietly until an idea for vengeance offers them a terrifying release. Based on the acclaimed novel “Project X” by Jim Shepard, this unflinching look at adolescence explores how the powerful bonds of childhood friendship and search for belonging can become a matter of life or death.

“AND THEN I GO is a character study that dives deep into the minds and lives of our alienated youth. The film presents audiences with an important and timely story touching on such issues as bullying, mental health, parenting and accessibility to weapons.

“The film asks the essential question – why is school violence a re-occurring incident?”

The Orchard released AND THEN I GO On Digital and On Demand April 17, 2018.

QUICK REVIEW OF AND THEN I GO: This film is beautifully shot and the acting is superb. You really feel that the two main characters are just like any teens in America who feel isolated, useless, and angry because they simply do not fit in any more and life has gone from carefree to dark. The situations presented in the high school, with faculty and parents trying their best to try to help children when they act out, and not being able to do so effectively — as well as the bullying — are very real. You get the sense that, just as in actual life, a little more delving in and a little more communication and even discipline would turn things around and prevent tragedy. I hope this movie is watched by a lot of people, not as an “anti-gun” movie because it is not, but as a means of hopefully recognizing anti-social personalities and the damage they can do when left to their own devices. We can do a lot better to protect society and treat these people before they cause harm, and I hope this film gives some clues as to their characteristics and motivations — because AND THEN I GO was spot-on in this respect.

And now, let’s meet Sawyer Barth!

Hi Sawyer! Before we get into AND THEN I GO, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in West Long Branch, New Jersey which is a tiny town maybe an hour and 15 mins outside of New York. I go to a school called Communications High School. It’s this specialized technology school that has a radio and TV studio and teaches you how to code. It’s all sorts of visual and technical communications. I’ve played rec and travel soccer ever since I was a little kid. I’m an amateur at the ukulele and the guitar, but I like to pretend that I’m a professional musician [laughs]. My favorite color is orange, that’s a fun fact.

How did you get involved with AND THEN I GO?

Well, I auditioned for it in the spring of 2016. I auditioned for Edwin; I auditioned for the part of Edwin, now played by Arman Darbo. I went in to casting and I read for it and they gave me the Flake’s lines and told me to go out to the room and learn them and then wait until everyone else had read and left and I was the last one there. I went back in and I read for it and I was in there for like an hour working on it and trying to perfect it and then I left and I came back awhile later, maybe like three weeks or a month later, and I did a callback for Flake. It was another hour, I’m just working on it and what was really great about auditioning is I felt more like it was a workshop than an audition. I didn’t feel like I was being tested, but rather it was a collaborative effort to make this character as real as possible, which you get so rarely in auditions. Then I found out really soon after that, that I got the role and I was ecstatic about that.

Your character in the film has some pretty despicable characteristics, were you hesitant to take on a role of such a negative character?

I wasn’t so nervous about it because I think it’s fun. You know, they always say ‘it’s more fun to play villains than superheroes,’ and that’s because they’re so unlike ourselves and it’s kind of an exercise in character works. So yeah, I was excited about that. The other thing is the subject matter it’s sort of attracted me in a way because it’s so topical. I wanted to be in something that makes such a difference and it’s touching so many people who have been through situations like this. It’s just important is what really drew me to it.

You played Flake with a very raw, authenticity. What helped you get into this headspace?

Well, I think I saw a kind of no B.S. attitude in him. He does things without putting up a front and without acting for other people. He does things entirely for himself. So I thought the way his outlook on life kind of reflects the fact that he just does things to do them. He might have ulterior motives, but he knows what they are and you can kind of see this in him. He knows what he wants and he’s going to get it and he’s going to grab the future for himself. He’s very ambitious and he’ll do whatever he has to do, whatever field he’s pursuing. I definitely saw that.

Have you ever known anyone like Flake in real life? If so, how did this person affect you?

I’ve definitely known people who are as upfront about things as he is and have that kind of very straightforward, ‘I deserve this and so I shall retain it’ attitude. And the way that they affect you definitely depends on what they really want and if it’s a more malicious thing that they’re going for. They want to hurt people, which unfortunately, a lot of people like that do, then they could effect you negatively and you have to come out of it better as a person and realize the differences between you and that person. Sometimes they work for good, which is great and they can affect you definitely positively because they have such a rigorous attitude towards doing the right thing and it’s great when you see that as well.

What was the most rewarding part about working on this film and what was the most challenging?

Oh man, it’s the same thing! The most rewarding and the most challenging was getting inside his head and doing character work. Flake is such a three-dimensional character and the fact that he’s evil raises so many questions because he is still a person and why he does what he does that’s just one question that raises so many other questions that need answering to. So, I loved delving into that and I felt so good kind of diving into my own mind and doing additional research and kind of trying to personally understand you know, why this kid ticks the way that he does. It is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s definitely the most challenging part I’ve ever played, There’s always thing I feel like I can improve on, but I felt like I did a good job.

Most memorable moment on set?

There was a good scene, I think that got cut out, but there was a glass window. I picked up a rock from the ground and smashed it through the window and they had this glass panel, but it wasn’t really glass, it was crystalized sugar or something. I would take a rock from the ground and I threw it through, the whole thing shatters and then I stick my foot in there. Then I removed all the loose pieces. Arman and I wanted to see what the crystalize sugar tasted like afterwards, so we both had a little chunk of it. It was definitely worth it.

Have you ever experienced any bullying like the characters in the film and if so how did you handle it?

Yeah, I got bullied a lot when I was a little kid and I think everyone does. I think it’s a fundamental part of growing up and the way that I handled it was just by recognizing what’s wrong and what’s right, realizing these things that are being done to me aren’t how a person should be treated and learning that instead of laying down and take it, say ‘I deserve better than this. This is not how things should work.’

What would you recommend to teens out there who are feeling isolated or bullied and might want to do something rash – like get revenge?

I would say talk to someone. There’s so many people who are trained in this. If you feel ostracized or down in the dumps, or like nothing is going well in your life, talk to someone. Even if you don’t want to talk to an adult, talk to a friend. Talk to someone your age because chances are, they’ve gone through the same things that you have, or something similar. Even if they can’t give you the solution to your problems, it’s good to have someone to vent to.

What would you like to see to reduce school shootings?

I think honestly, I’m not educated enough on this subject to come up with any specific solution. All I want is for something to happen. I think it’s great that kids have more power today than they ever had. I think that’s definitely unarguable with all the national school walkouts. I think kids just need to keep staying firm about everything and form their own opinions so that we can decide as a collective unit what should be done.

What has been the best part about being an actor and the hardest part?

Best part about being an actor is the ladies. No, I’m just kidding [laughs]. The best part about being an actor, for me, is stepping into another person’s shoes and kind of being enlightened as to other ways of life tat exist and ways that people live that are unlike your own life and being able to play a character that’s nothing like you. The most difficult part is often times, staying grounded and doing your job and getting everything done efficiently, especially when being taken out by the world wind of set and show business. When you go on a set, you can have as much acting training as you want but nothing can prepare you for the amount of commotion that is occurring at any one moment on a TV or movie set. There’s dozens of people, especially when you’re a kid who are all older than you and you don’t have much experience with all these people who are older than you because you’re used to hanging around kids your age. So just staying the course and doing your job and being able to work things out on your own and learn how to work efficiently on a set is definitely not something that can be learned right away. It’s not just like a math equation where you know the answer. You need to work at it and keep getting parts and keep getting on sets and hanging out with people who know what they’re doing. You’ll figure out this really difficult aspect of the industry.

What’s you biggest pet peeve?

You know what’s a really big pet peeve? When you’re tying or untying your shoelaces, usually untying your shoelaces, and you pull a certain thread of the knot and it gets more caught so that you have no way of getting it undone. That’s the worst thing ever.

Biggest guilty pleasure?

Doritos. I love Doritos. I will munch on them all night. I’ll get a bag that’s big enough for like five people and I’ll eat it by myself in like an hour if you don’t stop me.

What do you find most attractive in another person?

I think a quality that I really appreciate in people is loyalty. There are so many great things that you can find in a person. They can be good at this, good at that, be accommodating in one way or another, but in reality, if they stayed the course with you in hard times, I think that’s definitely the thing that’s most attractive to me in a friend. I find myself gravitating towards people who will gravitate towards me when I need them.

Favorite movie?

Short Term 12 by Dustin Daniel Cretton.

Dream role?

James Bond, maybe.

Favorite musical act or band?

I really like Vampire Weekend, which is kind of hipstery. But I really like their music.

Favorite book?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. There’s a movie that came out about it about last year, which I haven’t seen yet.

What’re you working on next?

I was just in L.A. for a couple of weeks filming this pilot for ABC called “The Untitled Tim Doyle Project” which it’s not titled yet but whether or not it gets picked up in May, I could be working on that or I could have a lot of free time this summer.

Where can people follow you on social media?

I have an Instagram – it’s just @SawyerBarth. I don’t post much, but if you want to give me some support and if I get a couple more people paying attention, I might be more inclined to put some more stuff on there [laughs].

Can we get a quick selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment?

 

Pynk Le’Monade Interview with TWK!

If you have been to a Young Hollywood event in the past couple of years, you no doubt have heard of Pynk Le’Monade and probably watched them perform on stage. Composed of five talented teenage girls, this group has already recorded several well-received cover videos, has 1.8 Musical.ly followers, and is on the verge of recording original songs for their soon-to-come first EP.

While we have interviewed them several times for our red carpet interviews, we got the chance to get a little more in-depth with them via a written Q&A. Let’s meet the girls! (FTC Disclosure: Amazon affiliate links included below)

L-R: Jackie, Inaya, Tori, Sydney, Savanna. Photo: Pynk Le’Monade Instagram

Hello ladies, nice to finally do something more in-depth with you than a quick red carpet interview!  First, please tell us the name of each group member, your age, and where you are from originally.

Sydney Bourne, 15. Upland, CA.
https://www.instagram.com/sydneyb_xoxo/

Tori Kay. I am 16. I am from Dallas, Texas.
https://www.instagram.com/torikayunedited/

Inaya Ashanti. I am 16 from Northridge, CA.
https://www.instagram.com/officialinayaashanti/

Jackie Ibarra. I am 15 from NoHo, CA.
https://www.instagram.com/jackieybarra1/

Savanna Game. I’m the youngest, 14. Norco,CA.
https://www.instagram.com/savgame/

Tell us how Pynk Le’Monade was formed?

Sydney: It was formed because I used to be in a group and when I left my mom and I decided we wanted to start a group of our own

How did you pick the name Pynk Le’Monade?

Sydney: My mom went out to eat with her friends and asked for suggestions and one of them ordered a drink (pink lemonade) and when she got it she was like what about pink lemonade and my mom loved it, so we changed it up a bit and made it our own

You’ve had a few lineup changes…and even gone from 5 members to 4 to back to 5 again. How does that work? How do people become part of the group, and then how do they leave?

Sydney: Well a group is a lot of work, bonding, learning to work well together and accepting you have to all be on the same page so it’s not easy. However, we’re great friends with past members and hangout regularly. They had a different path that we support…. it’s all about girls supporting girls and friends supporting friends in or out the group. We’ve always wanted 5 members; we just wanted the perfect person and we have that now with Tori.

Is Sydney the founding member/permanent one?

Sydney: I guess you can kinda say I am the founding member/permanent one; my mom and I created the group and she co-manages it with Gigi Harville.

Sydney, I’ve seen you hanging out with social media Influencer/Actor Bryce Xavier at events, and you have the same manager. Are you guys related? If not, how did you guys become friends?

Sydney: Ha we get asked that a lot, we are best friends but practically related. We know each other cause his mom co-manages Pynk LeMonade

What’s been the biggest challenge for each of you as a group member so far?

Inaya: The most challenging part about being in a group is probably agreeing on what to wear. Since we are a group, we like to color coordinate or match along the same lines of each other. So us all having different personalities and different senses of style can sometimes be challenging on agreeing.

Tori: My biggest challenge has been coming from a solo career and learning to work with four independent girls who are all confident and talented. As I say this is my biggest challenge, it has also been my biggest growth opportunity and reward.

Savanna: One of the most challenging things being in the group is being on the same page as each other because some days we cannot off these not agree about the same things and other days we can.

Sydney: I would say the most challenging part is getting five wireless mics. Most people aren’t prepared to have a girl group perform so they never have enough mics for all of us. We either have to perform with corded or no mics at all.

Jackie: Definitely the beginning when I first had to open up and break out of my shell.😂”

And the most rewarding part of being part of the group?

Jackie: The most rewarding part of being in this group is definitely the bond that we grew. We are all so close and I love that about us❤️.

Tori: The most rewarding part of being in this girl group is not feeling alone and having the opportunity to have four of my best friends on stage with me

Inaya: Yes I agree with Tori. I love being able to perform with my girls especially when I’m feeling nervous and I have my sisters there with me rooting me on.

Savanna: The most rewarding part about being in a group is making great memories with my best friend.

Sydney: Being able to share the stage with the people I love.

Were you gals friends before becoming/joining Pynk Le’Monade? (fan question from Instagram)

Sydney: Yes. …me and Inaya💕 have been friends since we were nine years old.

Inaya: Same … We’ve been knowing each other and dancing with each other since we were nine years old.

Savanna: I met Sydney at a video shoot and then we met up again at a different video shoot and became friends. So yes, we were friends before Pynk Le’monade.

Jackie: Yes I met Inaya and Sydney through mutual friends but I’ve known them for 6 years.

Tori: Yes.. I met Sydney and Inaya at a photo shoot about year and a half ago and we’re all friends with Bryce Xavier.

Tori, as the newest member, what made you want to become part of Pynk Le’Monade?

Tori: As a solo artist life can be very lonely, and as a teenage girl we are always looking for a place to belong. And I was very fortunate to find my place to belong in a group that ‘gets me’ and understands how seriously I take my career and holds me to my best standard because they each are so confident and talented.

Favorite book?

Tori: I am a huge nerd and I love reading, so to pick one book would be hard. But my favorite books as of today would be To Kill A Mockingbird, Blink, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Jackie: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Sydney: My favorite book is The Giving Tree.

Inaya: My favorite book is The Lord of the Flies.

Savanna: My favorite book is Unbroken.

Favorite TV show?

Jackie: Wizards of Waverly Place😍

Tori: I’m gonna have to admit my family and I are big The Voice, The Four, American Idol, Showtime at the Apollo fans. Yes, we love a talent competition show.

Savanna: My favorite TV show is Gossip Girl

Inaya – My favorite TV shows are Stranger Things and This is Us

Sydney: My favorite TV show is Stranger Things

Biggest musical inspiration?

Sydney: Kehlani definitely. Her voice, how she writes everything; she’s just a amazing artist.

Savanna. Bob Marley. I just love him. The energy, the vibe, all of it.

Inaya: Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. I love how edgy and versatile they are.

Tori: My biggest musical inspiration is Jessie J because of the soul and depth in her voice. Also Britney Spears because she successfully took a Disney career and became one of the biggest pop artists that we know today.

Jackie: BTS. I just love them. The songs, the dance moves, all of it.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Savanna: My biggest pet peeve is one uppers…. people that always try to either one up on you or one up on your conversation.

Inaya: My biggest pet peeve is when people smack their food.

[Like this?]

Sydney: My biggest pet peeve is slow walkers.

Tori: I am a perfectionist and what I’m still learning is to not expect everyone around me to see the world through the same lens as I do.

Jackie: When people eat food off my plate without asking.

[We feel you on that one, Jackie]

Biggest guilty pleasure? (shhh…no one will find out, except our readers lol)

Inaya: My biggest guilty pleasure is ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.

Jackie: Watching BTS videos😊!!

Sydney: My biggest guilty pleasure is chips.

Savanna: My biggest guilty pleasure is saltine crackers.

Tori: My guilty pleasure would be continuously taking stupid videos of myself and my mom. Watching them back thinking I’m absolutely hilarious and then deleting them because no one should ever see them lol.

Most awkward experience you wish you could do over?

Savanna: My most awkward moment that I wish I could do over is when I fell in front of everyone.

Inaya: Most awkward moment for me probably would be walking out of a nice restaurant with toilet paper on my foot, not even noticing all the workers laughing at me.

Jackie: We performed at one of my really close friend’s birthday party and my voice cracked on stage. Really wish I could go back and fix that.🤦🏻‍♀️

Sydney: One of my friend’s release party interview. It was the most embarrassing moment ever.

Tori: My most awkward moment is actually a continuous situation I find myself in. Although I’m a nerd, I continuously mess up simple English words. For example, today and tomorrow, elbows and shoulders. So I find myself saying something and feeling very smart only to have people look at me with the most confused face.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

Savanna: I’m Ecuadoran. Everyone gets my nationality wrong.

Inaya: I still do not know how to ride a bike or whistle.

Sydney: The surprising thing people would want to know about me is that I’ve never been to a zoo.

Tori: Something people would be surprised to know about me is that although I am what I like to call ‘fun sized,’ a whole 4’11” weighing at a good 97 pounds. I have the appetite of a teenage boy. Don’t even think I’m sharing food with you and yes dessert is a must lol.

Jackie: I am HUGE K-pop lover!!! I Love BTS!

What do you guys have coming up next?

We are really excited about our Debut EP and single. More Music! And a ton of fun YouTube challenges, tutorials and a school tour.

Ca we get a selfie of whatever you guys are doing right now?

lol we’re coloring eggs

 

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Jenna Ortega from Stuck in the Middle and Jane the Virgin – Interview (Q&A) with TWK!

Jenna Ortega’s star is rising, with no sign of slowing down. The 15-year-old beauty stars in Disney Channel’s popular series “Stuck in the Middle” which is on its third season. She also plays ‘Young Jane’ in the Golden Globe winning series, “Jane the Virgin,” and has a new film coming out called “Saving Flora,” where she plays a young girl who runs away with her pet circus elephant to save her from being put down.

Jenna is proudly hispanic, and comes from a big family. She is the fourth of six children! She is also active in causes important to her, such as UNAIDS and other AIDS awareness organizations. We got the chance to ask her a few questions, scroll down for our Q&A!

Hi Jenna, nice to e-meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you like to do when not acting.

Hi! Nice to e-meet you too, haha. I’m 15 years old and I come from a big family. When I’m not acting, I love to spend time with my friends and family back home, tumble, and watch movies.

Cool. Now, “Stuck in the Middle” is on its 3rd season..how has that role changed your life?

This role has been a dream come true! It has come with an amazing platform and other really cool opportunities that I didn’t have before and I couldn’t be more grateful.

You’ve got a new movie coming up called “Saving Flora.” Tell us about it and your role in it.

Saving Flora is about my character Dawn running away from the circus with her elephant Flora. Flora is too old to perform in the circus and Dawn’s father plans on putting her down because she costs too much to keep around. Dawn wants to get Flora to an elephant preserve because she’s her best friend and doesn’t want her to die. But since her father doesn’t support this idea, Dawn has no choice but to get Flora there on her own.

What was the best part about filming it?

Working with an elephant, of course! The elephant’s name was Tai, and she was a sweetheart. She had such a fun personality and was treated like a princess.

When’s it coming out?

I don’t really know yet, but sometime this year for sure. Maybe summer?

What’s been the biggest challenge for you as an actress so far?

For the first few years of my career, I didn’t get many auditions. You can only be as good as your opportunities. It’s taken time for me and my mom to navigate through some of the obstacles of getting a really great team behind me, but I’m glad to say that we’re finally here.

And the most rewarding moment?

Representing Latinas!

Looking back on what you have done in showbiz so far, if you could do one thing over again and change it, what would it be?

I wish I could go back and not take certain rejections so seriously. You hear more no’s then yes’s in the business, and most of them didn’t bother me, but a few of the no’s really messed me up and ruined my self-esteem.

Dream role?

Super Hero! I haven’t seen a Latina super hero yet…

Okay I know you are a mix of two cool latino ancestries, Mexican and Puerto Rican…which part of each culture do you like most?

I love both my Mexican and Puerto Rican roots. Family, food and music are important to both my cultures and therefore important to me. I also love the vibrant colors used in the art.

What’s your beauty routine like? Any tips or secrets?

My beauty routine consists of African Black Soap, Witch Hazel, Rose Water, and essential oils. And as far as the tip goes, use tea tree oil for problem spots.

What do your prefer in a guy: smart or funny? Why? (gotta pick ONLY one)

Oooo… smart. I can be the funny one!

Favorite book?

IT by Stephen King

Biggest pet peeve?

Fake people!

Biggest guilty pleasure? (shhh…no one will find out, except our readers lol)

Dark chocolate

Most awkward experience?

I once threw up in the middle of a conversation with a boy I had a crush on…

In a Buzzfeed Q&A, you said you don’t you like the word “moist?” Why not? You’re the second person I know who doesn’t like this word, what’s up with that? : )

It’s just gross! Even when you say it, it feels gross.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I always know when it’s 9:27. It doesn’t matter if its AM or PM, and I don’t even have to look at the clock. It creeps my family out because I was born on that day, so they’re always calling me a bruja (that’s the Spanish word for witch, hahaha).

Thanks to Jenna for answering our Qs. Make sure to watch Stuck in the Middle on Disney, and keep an eye out for Saving Flora!

Meet Daan Creyghton from Nick’s Top-Rated ‘Hunter Street’

Daan Creyghton is a Dutch actor who stars as “Sal” in the hit Nickelodeon show, “Hunter Street”. His character is big-hearted nerd whose computer know-how helps the family unravel the mystery of where their foster parents are.

“Hunter Street” is one of the top five shows year-to-date with K6-11 across all TV, and just returned for season 2 on January 29th. Daan currently resides in Amsterdam, and balances school at one of Amsterdam’s top international teen academies production and his love for soccer. We got the chance to do a Q&A with Daan, check it out below, and make sure you tune in to “Hunter Street” on Nick!


Photo by Sanna Zoe Prins

Hi Daan, tell us how you got involved in show biz?

Through my oldest sister, Lara, who used to be a fashion model. She had to go in to her agency and they asked if they could take some pictures of me as well because they thought I had a good face for television. I did some commercials in the Netherlands that were a lot of fun. When we were living in San Francisco, I did Kids on Camera acting workshops and a Holiday Video for a big Amusement Park. Once I got back in the Netherlands, I was eager to continue acting.

You play ‘Sal’ on Hunter Street, which just started Season 2 on January 29th. What can we expect from the show this season?

It’s going to be so exciting—more intense mystery, more secret rooms, more awesome new characters, new storylines, and more comedy. Sal is growing up during the series. In this season Sal is becoming more social…

It’s your first IMDb credit. How did you book the role despite living so far away in Amsterdam, and what was your and your family’s reaction when you booked it?

One day, English speaking boys living in the Netherlands were invited to try out for the role of Sal and I was the lucky one to get the role. The shooting took place in the Netherlands and the younger roles where casted in the Netherlands. Some of the older siblings are from the United States, so they lived for 4 months in Amsterdam. My family was so excited!

What’s been the funniest moment behind-the-scenes?

The funniest moment has to be when we all were running into the kitchen and the first person fell, then the second person and so on. In the end, we were all lying on the ground laughing.

Who do you hang out with most on set, and what do you guys do mostly?

We do a lot together, so it depends on who is filming a scene and who is free to hang out. I did an Instagram live with Kyra from our dressing room—Wilson was there but it was still a secret that he was the new sibling, so it was kind of funny because he tried to make us laugh the entire time. When we all have a break we play games together, sing and dance together and have fun.

What are the biggest differences between teens in your home country of the Netherlands and teens in the United States in your view?

In general, I think teenagers in the Netherlands have more independence and are less supervised. Teenagers in the Netherlands go to school, to friend’s houses and to after school activities by themselves, even in a big city like Amsterdam. They are more in charge of their daily schedule. When we were living in California, we were dropped off and picked up at school and at after school activities. I think it also depends on where you are living in the United States. When we were living in Ross, a small town in Marin County, there were also teenagers who would go by themselves to school. But, in general, I think teenagers in the Netherlands are given more responsibility for their own daily schedule.

If there is one thing you could change about show business, what would it be?

There are a few people who are so powerful, they think they can control the people who depend on them; like all the #metoo incidents.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When we are in the car driving and the driver (usually my mom) tells us to be quiet because she wants to walk on the phone (hands free of course, so we have to hear it) with her friend during the entire ride.


Photo by Sanna Zoe Prins

What is the most attractive quality in another person?

Spontaneity.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I write with my left hand but with all other things I prefer my right.

What do you have coming up next?

I don’t have another project yet, but I am going to LA to do some cool stuff and hopefully it will help me to land a role in another project soon. And of course, it would be so amazing if Hunter Street got a third season.

Can we get a quick selfie of whatever you are doing right now?

Yes, of course. Gaming with my bro.

Check out Daan on Instagram

Q & A with The Detour’s Ashley Gerasimovich (Season 3 Coming Up!)

Comedic actress Ashley Gerasimovich stars as Delilah Parker, the sassy and sarcastic young teenage daughter to Nate and Robin Parker (Jason Jones & Natalie Zea) on TBS’ The Detour. The show, which just launched its third season, is about a family who’s road trip vacation takes some crazy turns.

At only 13 years of age, Ashley has already worked with a number of the big names in diverse roles. At the age of five, she co-starred with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in Summit Entertainment’s drama, Fair Game.  Soon after wrapping that, she went on to play Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly’s daughter, Celia in the thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin with Ezra Miller. Louie fans may recognize Ashley as Louis C.K.’s youngest daughter Jane, and she has also appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock, CBS’ Blue Bloods and Deadbeat for Hulu. She was last seen in the independent film A Different Sun, which tells the story of a young couple that emigrates from China to Germany with their young daughter.

Let’s find out more about Ashley in her interview with Teens Wanna Know!


photo credit:  Michael Creagh

Hi Ashley, nice to e-meet you! Before we jump into talking about your show, The Detour, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Nice to e-meet you too! Well, to start with, I really like drawing, writing stories, and playing guitar! I’m also a brown belt in Taekwondo. One day I really want to learn how to animate, as well.

You play ‘Delilah” on TBS’s The Detour, which is about a family vacation gone wrong. What can you reveal about Season 3?

Well, the Parkers are in Alaska this season, and there’s going to be a lot of zany adventures that come along with this new location! Also, there’s going to be a couple of big plot twists coming up, one of them involving Delilah, so stay tuned!

What’s been the craziest/strangest thing to ever happen to you on vacation in real life?

My dad, older sister and I all went on a road trip, and we listened to the soundtrack of “Cats” over and over nonstop! We were obsessed with the play for several months afterward, and even got the poem book that the play was based off of!

If you could go on a dream vacation, what would it be?

I would love to explore somewhere historical, like Rome! There’s so much to learn there.

Funniest moment behind-the-scenes?

The funniest behind-the-scenes moment was when I first met the Alpacas!! They were SO CUTE, and I gave them several hugs. They were my favorites!

You have had credits with some pretty notable actors, such as Naomi Watts and Tilda Swinton. What’s been your most memorable showbiz moment to date?

The most memorable moment was when I worked with Tilda Swinton. We talked about what my favorite dog was, which was a poodle, and on the last day of filming, she gave me a life sized poodle stuffed animal! That was really nice of her, and I still have it with me today!

If there is one thing you could change about show business, what would it be?

My experiences have all been amazing, but if there’s one thing I could change, it would be to encourage everyone to support each other’s successes. I believe it’s so important to be the best person you can be. Showbiz is hard and we need to have each other’s backs!

Pet peeve?

When I’m in school, sometimes the person sitting next to me will tap their pencil on the desk, and it drives me crazy!

Most attractive quality in another person?

I like it when someone doesn’t put on a show to try to get me to like them. Just be yourself, and I’ll definitely respect you a lot more right off the bat!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I think people will be surprised that I have three random fact books in my room that I read when I’m bored.

What do you have coming up next?

I’m auditioning and waiting to see what my next project will be. For now, stay tuned for new episodes of The Detour to see what wild adventures the Parker’s manage to get into!

Twitter: @AshGerasimovich
Instagram: @AshleyGerasimovich

You can watch the PG-13 trailer for Season 3 of The Detour here:

Asher Monroe Reveals His Inner Warrior with First Solo Project & Video – Interview

Those of you who listened to Radio Disney in the late 2000s will no doubt remember 2009’s “Love Struck,” by R&B boy band V Factory. It was played on heavy rotation, and featured the vocals of lead singer Asher Monroe.

Well, its been a few years since Asher left the band (he departed in 2010), so what has he been up to since then? Well, he was named one of MTV’s Top Ten Artists, appeared on the cover of Billboard, worked with Chris Brown and Ryan Tedder, and has been on several TV shows and Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and Sound of Music, among others. 

Recently, he released his first solo album, titled Inner Warrior, and recorded an emotional music video for the song “Sail On.” We got the chance to ask Asher a few questions, check out the interview below! (photos by Steven Gomillion, except selfie at end)

Hi Asher, nice to e-meet you! Let’s get right into your new release, a full length album called Inner Warrior. Who do you think this music is going to appeal to most?

I hope my music appeals to a wide range of listeners. I think all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds can and will enjoy my music. I’ve got a little something for everyone – up-tempo, funky, slow, ballads, happy, sad.

The title Inner Warrior brings to mind some kind of struggle. Are you referencing some personal hurdles you’ve had to overcome? If so, what?

Yes, you got it! I went through many stages, interests, and high and lows to get this album out. Nothing too serious, but I think most artists would agree with me before they put out their first album. In the beginning, I didn’t know exactly what to write about, or what style I wanted to categorize myself in, because I wanted to try anything and everything. I always felt like I brought a lot of value to the table, but eventually I had to pick a lane and go for it 100%. Also, getting the songs to sound like they do on the album wasn’t an overnight process. Every version started off with a simple melody, chord, basic track, or lyric. Then you start adding little by little. Eventually you just have to say it’s done and move on to the next. If I could go back, I would have finished more songs that I started. It’s hard to get in the emotional place of a song you need to finish that was written a few years ago. All in all, I don’t regret the process, but it’s a learning curve and all I’m doing is working on a better version of myself and being more open to share with the world.

Your single “Unpredictable” was debuted by Elton John on his Rocket Hour show, and it seems you guys go way back. How did you two meet, and how did he become a mentor for you?

I have known Elton and his husband David for about eight years. We first met in LA with a few mutual friends, and our friendship has stayed great throughout the years. I can remember all the way back to when i was five years old in the back of my friends car listening to Elton’s cd’s. His music has always done so much for me in terms of inspiration. Every time I’m at the piano I try to channel a little bit of Elton. I look up to him as a big brother and will always love and respect that man. He has done so many wonderful things and boy oh boy is he a workaholic. He has so much energy at his age. It’s his passion for music that keeps him doing it night after night.

Apart from Elton, who else do you consider a mentor?

I have a great team and people in my life that I feel look out for my best interest and always want the best for me. It hasn’t always been like that. There are some people, friends, and colleagues I still talk to and others have gone in different directions. My home life is very important to me and always staying grounded in this industry has helped keep me sane.

I know you have a love of classics like Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, but what MODERN music artists are you feeling these days?

I like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Twenty One Pilots, and Rihanna.

Do you still keep in touch with any of the guys from V Factory?

I’ll check in with Wes every once in a while. I know Nicky is still teaching dance. I run into Jared every blue moon usually at something really random. And I have not talked to Nathaniel in years. I love those guys and I always wish them well.

What’s the biggest lesson your learned from your boy-band days?

I learned a lot about the studio recording process. I remember one time blowing my voice when Warner Brothers sent me to Sweden to record. I had experience singing on Broadway and many different opportunities but I had never been tracked by a producer before. I would sing for hours, take after take, and never asked the producer for a five minute vocal break. I ended up losing my voice and had to be flown out again the second time. Ha! These are the things you learn along the way. And of course, never to go anywhere without my throat coat tea. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, its a little vocal coach trick. 🙂

Craziest fan experience you have ever had?

I’ve had fans who have tattooed my logo on their body! It’s pretty crazy but fans are fans for a reason. You gotta love ‘em!

Our audience is mostly teenagers. If you could travel back in time and give your teenage self ONE piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t waste any good opportunities, and work your ass off! Whatever you do, stay positive through the whole experience. Enjoy the highs and lows. Trust me, they make you a better person in the end. You are exactly where you are supposed to be right now. God has big plans for all of us, but he won’t do all the heavy lifting. Get out there and pursue your dreams with all you have!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a big animal lover. I have eight dogs and two monkeys haha!

Favorite hobby unrelated to music/acting?

Working out, watching movies, traveling to new places, eating good food.

Pet peeve?

People doing things other than driving in the car like putting on makeup, or eating a giant Subway sandwich. The funny thing is we all do it, but when I see other people I just laugh and keep driving. I always wonder if other people witnessed it too.

What do you have coming up next?

I finished designing my new studio that I will start working in this year on a new album. I have a mini movie/music video that I’m very close to finishing. And hopefully some new tour dates will arise very soon.

Anything else we should know?

Follow me on instagram: @ashermonroe. I love talking to my fans and will always try to respond when I can.

Could you please send an unpublished selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? We like to keep it real for the fans!

Ha ha, great shot! Watch Asher’s video below, and follow him on social media:

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Gigi Cesare: Actress & Singer Poised to Conquer 2018 and Beyond

One of the characteristics of a successful artist is “hustle.” Although some actors and musicians seem to become hits overnight, in truth there is a lot of work behind building their careers. This means years of acting and voice lessons, paying one’s dues in small productions, and generally “working it” for the love of the craft until hopefully, one day, success arrives.

12-year-old Gigi Cesare represents that level of hustle. This Imagen Award-nominated beauty with Uruguayan roots works on her acting and singing chops constantly, and has just released a music video for her first single, called Valentine. She also has several film projects in the works. With this amount of dedication and hard work, great success will surely come knocking on Gigi’s door sooner rather than later.

Let’s find out more about her…keep scrolling for her interview with TWK!

Hello Gigi, nice to e-meet you! You’ve just released a music video for your new single “Valentine.” Tell us what the song and video are about!

Hi TWK! I am so excited to be here with you. Thanks for asking, I am so excited about “Valentine.” This song is about anyon’e love story, it can be applied to any teen, tween, person really who has love interest in someone and wants them to know. Its about it being ok to say “I like you” and taking a chance. Its about not being afraid of rejection or looking silly if those feelings aren’t returned. Let’s face it, we have all been there, right?

What was the best part about making it?

Wow, that’s a great question….there are so many firsts in this process it’s hard to choose just one. I would have to say that hearing my own voice on a studio recording of my very own song is totally epic and the ‘what will happen next’ part is super exciting. I will never forget making the video. There are just so many artistic, incredible moments this process is giving me. I’m really humbled and grateful.

Do you have more music coming out after that? If so, tell us about it!

Oh my gosh I am so excited you asked, I have written a song called “Don’t Cry” that is such a special song written from a really raw place of sadness about my own experiences being bullied. My lyrics are now in the hands of the composer, the same songwriter who composed “Valentine” and he will begin adding music to them.

I want to sing great songs of course, that people enjoy but I also want to say something in the process. I want other kids to know I have been there and you’re not alone and well, there is hope. If you can take your sadness, anger, frustrations and channel them into something positive like writing your own music or go belt out a song, write a poem, wonderful things can and will happen.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

I was raised on so many musical genres and decades, it’s hard to choose just one. In current day, I would choose Sia. She makes the kind of music I love and she actually sings her own songs which is very rare, most singers are talking through their songs, she doesn’t use autotune and she can slay the high notes. I aspire to have a similar musical career because she is reaching kids with her lyrics too, not just talking about getting a new “Rolex.” Not that there’s anything wrong with getting a new “Rolex!”

You were nominated for Best Actress at the 2017 Imagen Awards, along with huge names such as Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Edy Ganem. Going back to the night of the awards
ceremony in August, which memories stand out the most for you?

Wow the Imagen Awards were literally a magical Cinderella evening. There were so many people in the room that I never thought I would meet, let alone be in their company as an artistic equal. Meeting Ricardo Hurtado from School of Rock was really cool. His parents were as cool as he is! Meeting Lin Manuel Miranda and Rita Moreno and Norman Lear, I mean these people are Hollywood and stage icons, it was just incredible.

I have seen a few clips of you working on your punching skills. Are you a martial artist, or is this preparation for a role? If prep, tell us about the movie!

Haha yes, that’s great you found those! I am taking boxing for my upcoming role in STREET II DEATH FIGHT. It is an MMA (mixed martial arts) film franchise I have been a part of since I played Jessy when I was age 8 in STREET I. I couldn’t love the producer, Lyle Howry, cast and crew more than I do. Long-time Hollywood Director Dwight H. Little has just signed on to direct, with the script being finished soon, this sequel is going to be an incredible, action-packed, adrenaline-pumping hour and a half of pure entertainment.

You’ve mentioned that Angelina Jolie is an inspiration because she uses her fame to promote important causes. If you were in her shoes which cause would YOU promote?

I think the work she does with clean water, building wells and attention to international human rights are all so important. I would definitely want to be part of those organizations and there’s one more cause I promote across social media platforms which is awareness on the fur trade.

Most people don’t realize how fur is farmed, how the animals suffer for long periods of time before a painful death. I just want to bring awareness to those who don’t know. Faux or fake fur is as genuine looking as the real thing nowadays, and when you think that an animal lost their life in a torturous way so you can have a pink fuzzy ball keychain or decorative fuzzy tassel hanging from your bag or boots, it could cause you to rethink those buying choices. If there’s no demand, those trades go out of business. Learn where your clothing is coming from, know your cosmetics – know if they are tested on animals and just share the word that cruelty is never ok.

I understand that your biological dad passed away when you were little. Can you tell us what happened and what your best memory of him is?

My biological dad, Fernando Marcelo Cesare de Matera (that’s a mouthful) was a professional soccer player from Uruguay South America, Canelones. He was a vibrant, funny, full of life person who was family oriented and I look just like him. When my mom was 7 months pregnant with me, he was taken to INS holding, held for several months then later deported. What we know is that he passed away around the USA border while working toward legal re-entry into the USA. We just don’t have many details. The whole thing is deeply tragic, he was so young.

He was from Uruguay – what part of the Uruguayan culture do you like or feel proud of most?

You know my dad spoke 5 languages and its not unusual for most people there to speak several languages. I love that aspect of South America. When you see how simply my family lives in Uruguay you can’t believe it. The focus there is not on material possessions, its on food, family, love and laughter. Its on building memories. They have these big open backyard outdoor pavilions with fireplaces bigger than you’ve ever seen. They are really into barbequing and roasting on open flames. It’s really incredible. And all the families live on connected plots of land where they can just walk next door and spend their days together. It’s incredible. The sense of family closeness is in all they do. I wouldn’t have minded some street lamps at night, but let me tell you with no streetlamps and lighting to interefere, the skies light up like diamonds at night.

If you could clear up just ONE misconception people have about young performers like yourself, what would it be?

Maybe a big misconception is that we are spoiled and live fabulously 24/7. The reality is it can be lonely, working as an actor, young performer or musician requires a tremendous amount of time dedication, preparation and perseverance and thick skin. If the audition or filming interferes with your plans – a dance, a prom, a party, the biz waits for no man. They will move on without you, so you must be present and available at all times. So sacrifices are big. Sure it looks like fun when you watch someone’s Instagram life, but that is not reality until you’re in it for years most of the time. They say “overnight success” but really there’s five or ten plus years what were part of that “overnight” no one talks about. And there’s bullying. I get it, I know it’s a gift that I get to do what I do. I think if the kids who want be an actor or performer were to ask me for help / guidance I would help in a nanosecond. I am always here to lend advice or guidance when someone wants to know how to enter the biz.


Photographer Natalie Warr @natwarr Photography. Styled by @howardveronika. HMUA by @coconicole.artistry

Biggest pet peeve?

Being mean to others. Mean people. Just be nice. And it always comes back to you. It always will come back to you.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

Hmmm, I write stories… I keep something with me at all times so I can write. I am always writing. Oh a fun fact that I have an Auntie in the biz, Brooke Hogan who isn’t just my aunt but a female power force and super positive role model.

Future goals?

To work on some amazing indie films, maybe something in Europe or an awesome NETFLIX series. I am hoping to carve out a career kinda like Hailee Steinfeld. She is multi-dimensional actress who can do drama and comedy and is on fire with her new music career. And of course once I have a platform, to shut down as many fur farms as I can get my hands on.

What other projects are you working on in the near future?

I am partnering with Spreading the Love 101, cause for Autism awareness, which is a cause close to my heart. I will be performing “Valentine” at their event on Sat., April 7th in Burbank with Party Bash for Kids and many other young performers organized by founder @madisynsblog Madisyn Alexis, a young celeb blogger with Asperger’s who is pioneering breaking the stigma on autism spectrum awareness. She’s incredible.

I just wrapped WITHIN AND WITHOUT playing Emily in an emotion-fueled drama piece about a family who loses their mom. The STREET franchise is going to keep me on my toes for years to come thankfully, and I am also cast in THE KING’S PROPHECY as Exandra, the lead in this awesome medieval fantasy tale of cousins, murder and survival. I understand that my film THE KIDS FROM 62-F (I play Nina with an ensemble cast of 4 youth actors) will debut on NETFLIX in early 2018 with a sequel in the works as well. And who knows, maybe one of my stories will make it onto a screen!


Gigi Cesarè as Emily and her on screen dad played by Robert Sciglimpaglia rehearsing a scene on set of film Within and Without. Shot in Connecticut 12/10/2017

Can we get a quick selfie of whatever you are doing right now?

Oh my gosh, ok here goes! Thank you Willie and TWK! I love your vibe and what you do for teens everywhere. Thank you for this fun chat sesh!