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5 Fast Facts about actress Alaska Leigh

Alaska Leigh is a young actress currently based in Vancouver. She is best known for her roles in Victoria Gotti: My Fathers Daughter (Bunny) on Lifetime TV, The Silent Passenger (Tracy) and her national tours of Chicago the Musical and Rock of Ages. She got an early start to performing through dance and modelling work and since then, has been working professionally on both stage and screen.

When she’s not working on film sets, Alaska is sharing her life with thousands of fans online and can be spotted dancing and singing her way through life. 

Here’s 5 fast facts about Alaska!

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Her first industry party was quite memorable.

A very memorable moment for sure would actually be a launch party at ‘’Spellman House’’ I attended for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. It was my first big industry party in Vancouver. I was so nervous!! It was amazing to be surrounded by so many filmmakers and actors that I respect so much in a more casual and chatty setting. It was such a fun event; getting to chat with the cast and just being able to support such a wonderful show and industry. I made some of my best friends in the world that night, so it is a night I hold very close to my heart! 

We are not sure how she survived THIS embarrassing moment but she did!

I have been lucky enough to delve into both stage and screen in my career thus far. One of the biggest differences i have found is in stage you don’t get ‘do-overs’, which has definitely led to some hilarious moments. In 2018 I was in a stage production of Carrie the Musical. We were in the second week of shows and the opening number started behind the scrim.

Well… on this particular night the scrim didn’t rise and the whole cast was stuck behind it. It was a full musical number with elaborate harmonies and dancing, which we could not perform from behind the scrim and frankly, it was a safety hazard, so my cast-mates froze into poses knowing the director would restart the show (which made sense).

I definitely did not catch on to this and started basically performing a ‘one woman show’ trying to sing and dance everybody’s parts because I was confused as to why everyone stopped. In my head, I didn’t want the audience to catch that there was a technical mishap, even though it was very obvious…well…The whole audience laughed and of course this was the performance my family was at!!! We ended up restarting and the show ran wonderfully….but I was definitely embarrassed after that, haha. 

Coronavirus quarantine hasn’t got her down.

Quarantine has definitely had its ups and downs although I always work hard to stay positive and make the best of every situation. I have been spending my extra time playing my guitar and doing extra classes (online, of course) that I don’t have time to do when I am working, which has been amazing… and every night I have been watching a film i have never seen whilst i cuddle my bunny, Philippe. I have loved having some extra time to be creative…I’m a workaholic!!

Keep some holy water handy when around her.

I can vibrate my eyes… it looks like I’m possessed! 

Brazilian fruit are her jam.

I wouldn’t last without açai bowls! 

** Screenshot of me self-taping from home – this is basically what my job looks like everyday at the moment 

SOCIAL LINKS

https://www.instagram.com/alaskaleigh/ (@alaskaleigh)

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5 Fast Facts about Lex Lumpkin from Nickelodeon’s All That!

Lex Lumpkin is one of the current hilarious cast members on Nickelodeon’s All That. The show, which features an ensemble teen cast which performs various skits and impersonations, was recently extended for another 10 episodes and received nominations for Favorite Kids TV Show for the Kids Choice Awards.

On the show, Lex has performed a variety of impressions including Nick Cannon, Jay-Z, Michael Strahan, President Barack Obama and Denzel Washington. Most notably, his parody of Travis Scott has been viewed more than 1.6 Million times on YouTube (scroll down to watch!)

Lex Lumpkin went from athlete to actor and got to work with his favorite NFL Quarterback, Peyton Manning. Here’s 5 more fast facts about Lex!

He bombed one of his All That auditions.

I can look back on this and laugh now but at the time I was super frustrated.  I had already made it through several callbacks and the producer and casting directors wanted to see something different. They gave me a new script without any direction and wanted to see what I could do with it. I don’t want to give the script away but I can tell you that I re-invented the character as an over the top southern baptist preacher. I worked on it with my dad and we thought it was hilarious.  Unfortunately the casting directors didn’t think so.

I got in the audition room the next day and gave it everything I had. When I finished all I got back were blank stares from the casting directors. Fortunately for me I had one person in the room that had a similar sense of humor (Jermain Fowler).  The moral is don’t be afraid to take chances. Even though my character didn’t win them over it showed that I was capable of taking big chances and bouncing back when it didn’t go as planned.

He originally wanted to be a dual threat college athlete: football and basketball.

Football was my first passion as a little kid with basketball a close second.  I loved the physicality of the game and running touchdowns. I also loved getting my team hyped up before the game started.  Not only did I enjoy hyping up my team I also enjoyed hyping up my brother’s team. I used to do a Ric Flair impersonation to get the team excited and to get the crowd into the game.

He would wear his clothes backwards to entertain his classmates

When I was in preschool I used to often wear my clothes backwards in the morning.  Finally, one morning walking into school I put my jacket on backwards in front of my dad, so he asked me what I was doing.  I told him in, my Baby Lex voice, “It makes them laugh dad.” I guess you can say I’ve always enjoyed entertaining and making people laugh.

He got to star alongside his favorite QB in a national TV commercial and on All That.

I was born in Indianapolis so of course I’m a Colts fan.  I have all sorts of Colts football figurines and a life-sized poster of Peyton Manning hanging in my room. So imagine how excited I was when I found out that I was going to star in a commercial with him. 

The first time I met him, he introduced himself to me, like I didn’t know who he was (lol). Then fast forward 2 years and this time Peyton is on my show. I was worried that he wouldn’t remember me, but when he walked in he said, “Hey Lex, nice to see you again.”  I can’t tell you how awesome that was to get to work with one of my idols twice and have him remember me.  

His dream role would be to play Miles Morales.

Spider Man was one of my favorite superheroes and I loved to dress up and pretend I was Spider Man as a kid.  Then when I discovered Mile Morales I was so excited to see such an iconic franchise like Spider Man with a leading character that looked like me.  At that point I was hooked. So Marvel if you’re listening, if you ever decide to do a live action version of the character I’m ready.  

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5 Fast Facts about singer & actress Ainsley Ross

Ainsley Ross is a 19-year-old actress, author, singer-songwriter, influencer, director, and extreme martial artist originally from a small town of 800 people in Beckville, Tx. She is best recognized for having starred as Mia Hill in the television series Should I Do It? She is also known for having appeared as Jasmine in the feature film Small Things, Isabella Santiago in College Bound: Window of Hope, and her role and stunts in The Rein Maker.

As a musician, she recently released the single and music video, “We Are 1.” This song is about everyone truly joining together, despite the differences in culture, race, and life views.

Currently, she is going to college for medical school in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the president of the Green Jackets. She holds a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is proficient in other martial arts.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Ainsley!

Her most memorable showbiz moment is a doozy!

It was the night I worked over 13 hours straight doing an under-water shoot as the lead “Ophelia in Seven Lions “Oceans. It was a very special shoot. The whole film crew and I worked through the night from 6pm to 6am! It was literally SO cold outside because we were filming up in the mountains. It legit felt like my equivalent of the “Titanic.” It was one of my favorite moments on set I have ever experienced!

I love that this shoot was challenging and tested my abilities to the max. I had to have a weighted belt on under my trench coat, and ankle weights under my boots so I would sink to get the correct shots under the water. Then I would have to control my air bubbles while acting underwater, so it didn’t block my face in the shot. After the scene I would have to swim up to this pull up bar running across the water, and pull myself up! If you know me, you know my love for “bad Dad jokes,” and “puns.” It not only kept our tired eyes awake but kept our spirits high, and created memories that will last a lifetime! I have worked with the same crew for over three years now! It was memorable, to say the least.

She takes mistakes in stride.

Honestly, I don’t think I would change anything, because it made me who I am today. All of those mini imperfections that kind of just happened in life, are supposed to happen! I like to say, “we are all people who are beautifully broken in life.” I feel like our oopsie daisies, uh oh’s, mess-ups, and goofs make us priceless and teach us valuable lessons.

To me it is like the Japanese art Kintsugi. This is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Then that plate etc. that was broken is worth more in value than it was before. This demonstrates that the fractured pieces make you more beautiful and valued.

However, I will have to say one embarrassing instance I would have changed, was a moment I had red lipstick on my teeth during a red carpet interview!! Yeah, because that wasn’t embarrassing at all, ha-ha!

She can probably knock your lights out.

I got involved and invested in martial arts when I was nine years old. From that point on, I trained in the art of Tae Kwon Do until I earned my first-degree black belt. A few of my many skill sets eventually included class leader, instructor, national champion, and tactical weapons training. Due to moving to Los Angeles for industry purposes, I wanted to further my knowledge and love for martial arts. That’s when I found XMA World Headquarters (Extreme Martial Arts World Headquarters), trained by the one and only blue power ranger Mike Chat himself! In XMA, I learned a variety of stunts for film! This was truly a whole new world for me, because stunts are so different than traditional fighting. I learned aspects of close range military combative, Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu, and elements of many other defense mechanisms.

When I started learning stunts for film, it opened my heart to a whole new world, and its had my heart and soul ever since. Martial arts have taught me many different things such as: self-love, respect for myself, respect for others, teamwork, and the art of giving back in your community. Martial arts prepared me for life, and it’s such a huge piece of who I am. I like to say, “Sometimes people only see one side to fighting, and that is the actual fight. However, what they do not see are the opponents shaking hands and hugging after a fight, fighters volunteering for charities, and teaching kids and people to know their worth and build their confidence.” This is why the Martial arts and stunts and always will remain huge impacts on my life. My soul feels whole because of it! This is one of my may outlets of self-expression for me!

One surprising thing about her:

I would have to say my love for classic cars! I asked for a carburetor for my 13th Birthday so that I could fix up and old Suzuki Samurai with my Dad and learn how to drive a standard! Currently, I am fixing up a classic Bronco, and assisting in modifications such as the engine, etc.

One amazing food she must eat at least once per week is _______

Random, I know, but it would for sure have to be an avocado! You can put it with so many things, and you can constantly change it up!

Can we please get an unpublished selfie of whatever you are doing right now to keep it real for the fans? : )

These selfies are me at my rawest! 1. In my college parking lot 2. Self-Love, face mask time!

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5 Fast facts about singer and actor Peter Cestaro

Peter Cestaro is a multi talented singer, musician and actor from Connecticut who has released independent tracks such as “Cyber Love” and “Cup Full of Jenny“ and who will be appearing on a new show called The Next Big Thing coming to Amazon Direct next month.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Peter!

Urkel gave him a gift.

My best, most memorable showbiz moment so far was performing at “Queens Youth Music Festival” at the Mets Stadium Citi Field. They bumped my performance to last. I was able to close the show and I got a special award and gifts from Jaleel White AKA “Steve Urkel” and the entire festival. I was able to meet so many amazing artists and make so many new friends.  
He survived a singer’s worst nightmare.

I was performing the National Anthem once at a high school game and my voice cracked at the high note,  but I was able to pull it together and complete it.  I felt like it was a disaster but after watching the replay it really wasn’t that bad.

He is not immune to the same pressure you feel.

The biggest negative pressure for teens today  is self doubt. Being a public figure I push through it, to overcome my fears. 

He’s got some surprising things about him.

People would be surprised to know that I can backflip, I am a twin,  I have over 40 animals (because of my twin sister but I do help her with them) 

He’s got a pretty good diet except….

I eat really clean all week long, mostly chicken and rice. I treat myself once a week to insomnia cookies. I always order the ice cream sandwich (it is a warmed chocolate chip cookie with ice cream in the middle).

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Interview with Dakota Lotus from Disney Channel’s “Coop & Cami Ask the World”

Dakota Lotus can currently be seen starring as the lead ‘Cooper Wrather’ in Disney’s Coop & Cami Ask the World. He will next be seen in Alexander Garcia’s science fiction feature, Skate God, set to release on July 24th. He plans to combine his advocacy efforts with his love for music and is set to release an EP later this year. He is an environmentalist and heavily supports anti-bullying. Dakota is a California native and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Scroll down for our Q&A!

Hello Dakota, hope you are doing well! How are you spending your days during the quarantine?

The good thing about being quarantined is that I have more time to practice my guitar and play music! I also love to watch movies with my mom and cook with her!

What’s the one thing you would say has helped you cope the most through the craziness?

Definitely music! I have more free time to practice the things that I love doing!

Alright let’s talk Coop & Cami. First, how has life changed for you since starring on a hit Disney Channel show?

I feel so grateful for this amazing opportunity to follow my passion and discover every day how much I love acting!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, why do you think people should tune-in?

I think people show tune in to Coop and Cami because it’s a fun show for the whole family to watch together!

And the biggest challenge about being on the show?

There is no real challenge in the show! It is so much fun to film and we have a blast on set!

What’s the funniest behind-the-scenes moment you’ve experienced there so far?

Every Tuesday is a theme day on set! We had a day that was Twin themed and I and my stand-in came to set in the same outfit! It was so funny!

Who inspires you and why?

Leonardo DiCaprio inspires me because not only is he an amazing actor but he also cares about the environment which is something I feel very passionate about!

If you weren’t a performer, what other type of career would you be interested in pursuing?

I would want to be an environmentalist or an educator on animal rights and environmental awareness!

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

Something people don’t know about me is that I feel passionate about our Earth and I have a new song coming out April 3rd about the Earth and how we should all love and take care of it!

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone is on their phone while you are hanging out with them.

Tell me one bad habit you are trying to change.

A bad habit that I have that I’m trying to cut off is saying the words “like” and “um” too much in a sentence!

Favorite food?

My favorite food is probably Vegan Thai food or Vegan Italian food!

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is oatmeal!

If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be?

A law that would pass out that everyone would have to follow would be to not drink, eat, or contain items in plastic! 

Favorite YouTuber?

The Funk Bro’s are my favorite YouTubers because they do awesome stunts and pranks!

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5 Fast Facts about actress and singer Rita Angel Taylor

Born to an American father and Brazilian mother, twelve-year old Rita Angel Taylor got her start at the age of six guest starring on Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat.” She went on to recur on TV Land’s comedy “Teachers” and a series regular role on “Sunnyside Up” from Brat TV and YouTube with Annie LeBlanc.

She made her music debut as a street performer in Las Vegas at the age of seven, drawing large crowds with her dynamic voice and musical talents.
She is currently the youngest goodwill ambassador for CARE.org, a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty, and released her first single “For My Girls” (2019) to raise awareness and help girls in need across the globe.

Rita will continue to share her music with the world, releasing her sophomore single “Run or Hide” with CARE.org in summer 2020 to help youth struggling with mental health.

On the television front, she recently booked a series regular role as ‘Lilly Castillo’ in the buzzworthy NBC pilot “La Brea.”

La Brea holds a special place in her heart.

My best and most memorable showbiz moment so far was when I booked my first series regular on the NBC pilot “La Brea.” I was so excited about it because I’ve worked really hard for this. I went on so many auditions to finally get a really cool part in a sci-fi drama which is a dream come true!! 

She’s got big goals.

😜

My overall goal in the entertainment industry would definitely be to win an Oscar and a Grammy… or multiple Oscars and Grammys.

The coronavirus quarantine hasn’t slowed her down.

One good thing I have done thanks to the quarantine is write more songs. I have always found time for writing music, but right now I just have even more time!

She will graduate school faster than usual.

Something people would be surprised to know about me would be that I am two grades ahead in school. I never skipped any grades, I just got done with them faster because I’m homeschooled 🙂

She’s a fan of something corny. “Corn”-y, get it?

An amazing food I eat at least once a week (more like everyday lol) is Brazilian cuscuz. It’s not like American couscous which is a sort of pasta… it’s made of just ground corn and is sooo good. I sometimes eat it with milk or eggs.

Selfie time!

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5 Fast Facts about actor & singer Harrison Cone

Harrison Cone is a teen singer, songwriter, music producer, tap dancer, actor, and Influencer with over 71,000 followers on his verified Instagram account. He just wrapped shooting a series regular role on the BRAT series STAGE FRIGHT, premiering TODAY, alongside Sophie Michelle, Tahini Anderson, and Sawyer Sharbino. 

Originally from Colorado, Harrison started performing on stage at the age of 6 as a tap dancer and began acting at the age of 9, delving into musical theatre at the age of 12 when he was cast as Nikko in WIZARD OF OZ and Baby John in WEST SIDE STORY. By the age of 13, Harrison had performed in over 30 musicals, plays, and shows. 

Harrison has several indie releases on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music as well as all streaming services.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Harrison!

He highy recommends you watch Stage Fright.

I think people are going to want to watch it because it is such an amazing and fun show with comedy, drama, mystery and romantic relationships. The pace of the show is fast and doesn’t slow down so it really reels you in as an audience. I also think people will love the actors on the show. They are all really great and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by them. The director has a great sense of comedy and gave us the freedom to play with the roles.

He’s trying to break one bad habit.

I can’t fall asleep like I used to and and I am not waking up as early as I want.  Waking up early really sets my day up to be a good one so I’m trying to break that habit right now. ha ha

Each social media platform has a different use for him.

I like them all for different reasons. I get my news and talk to my friends thru Snapchat, but Instagram is my home base and Twitter gets my feels out. ha ha. You can follow me @Harrisoncone on all social platforms! 

He’s organized mentally and physically.

I love learning and no day feels complete unless I’ve studied and learned something.  I love jazz music.  I also have a need to clean and organize on a regular basis. 

Now curdled cow juice for him, thanks.

CHEESE. To be honest, sometimes I’ll give in to a great slice of pizza but I don’t like how I feel when I eat cheese.

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5 Fast Facts about singer & actress Seanna Pereira

Seanna Pereira is a 15-year-old Florida native who landed her first movie role at age five and hasn’t stopped working on her craft since, with her most notable role being on 24:Legacy. In addition to acting, she also sings — including recording ten songs in the family-themed Enchanted Ruby — which she also starred in. Her latest work is the upcoming suspense thriller Dead Man Run directed by Josi W Konski.

Seanna has also focused her time volunteering for events hosted by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, particularly in children’s hospitals, where she connects with young people facing daunting medical challenges.  While awaiting the release of Dean Man Run, Seanna is also in the process of recording new musical material (including several songs she co-wrote), and planning a “mini-tour” of ten hospitals in support of the Seacrest Foundation’s mission.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Seanna!

She’s got great memories from 24:Legacy.

My favorite on set experience so far has been on the TV show 24: Legacy since it was my first TV role and it was so different from doing movies.  I got close with all the other actors and actresses and it felt like a big family since you spend so much time together. We shot episodes over a period of time and it became like my second family. 

But she recognizes some downfalls to the biz.

There is a lot of competition and jealousy –  sometimes there is up to 5000 girls going out for the same role. There are a lot of talented actors/actresses but only one can book the job. 

She is lucky to be one of the only teens who can say the following:

I really haven’t had anything embarrassing happen to me yet!

She is helpful (and sporty).

I love to help people and I am involved in charities that help make a difference in the world and can help people achieve their goals.  One of my favorites is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

I love to play sports! I play soccer, volleyball, tennis, track and gymnastics. 

5. Name one food you REFUSE to eat!

I don’t like raw fish, shellfish or pork.  

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5 Fast Facts about actress Gracie Whitton

Gracie Whitton is a 15-year-old actress who, since age of 4, been an entertainer in both Dallas and Los Angeles. She has worked with A-list actors and directors and is also notable for her advocacy for teens with ileostomies and the reality of vaccine injuries (she has had two surgeries for colon dismotility after vaccines).

She maintains honor status at school and is in the top 12% of her class, an officer on her high school drill team, and an active member of her student council. 

Currently she is in pre-production for “Iridis.” It is a sci-fi feature film being shot in Amarillo, Tx. According to Gracie, “We actually planned on shooting this next weekend (March 20-22) but due to the COVID-19 situation, film production has been postponed. Fun fact about this film, I am the youngest cast member but play one of the oldest characters.”

Here’s 5 fast facts about Gracie!

 She’s got her own clothing line for a cause.

“Phoenix Rising Apparel” was created to help spread kindness. With having dismotility of the colon it was really hard at school with the bullying and words people would say behind my back. I’m hoping this clothing line will help anyone who struggles in life and just needs some kindness. I have a few clothing designs being worked on now and we are hoping to have the new styles debut this summer! 

The Ellen Show made her dream come true.

It all started with my mom. She is friends with an amazing girl who used to intern for the Ellen Show. She knew how hard we were trying to get tickets and was able to get us hooked up! It was the best present ever! The best part of the show was when Ellen herself came over during the game she was playing and I got to be apart of the show. Meeting ELLEN is a huge dream of mine and I hope one day I will get to sit on the white couch and tell her more about me. It was the best experience and was on my bucket list.

She loves THIS Golden Girl:

One long-term showbiz goal I have is to meet or be in a movie with Betty White. She is a huge idol for me. She is also a great role model for inspiring actors/actresses.

Serious about education? Check.

Something that many people don’t know and would be surprised to hear is that I’m doing dual credits for college and high-school. I’m doing this because I want to be a lawyer and go to Baylor University. 

She won’t mind if you serve her a slice…but not of cake.

One amazing food I must eat at least once a week is pizza. I love pizza and is one of my many favorite foods. Every Friday night I get to eat pizza because I babysit these amazing kids in my town.

My TikTok, Instagram and Twitter are all GracieWhitton 

5 Fast Facts about actor Tarik Ellinger

TARIK ELLINGER is set to appear as Ethan on the new series LOVE, Victor which will be released on HULU later this year.  He is also known for the award winning web series THE DIVISION and the horror feature CARNEVILLE. His latest theatrical project FISH HEAD is receiving rave reviews from critics.

Tarik is studying Film/Cinema Arts to learn every aspect of the industry. Tarik’s first festival entry “THE LIBRARY” is a horror short that he wrote, directed, edited and starred in and won Outstanding Sound Design as well as People’s Choice.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Tarik!

He’s got one showbiz moment which really stands out for him.

Making jokes and goofing around with Blake Shelton on the set of his Christmas Special.

He’s grumpy in the morning.

I want to try to be more of a morning person and get up in a better mood.

He thinks THIS is the biggest negative pressure for teens these days:

Social Media. People can make others feel bad about themselves and compare each other and compete for attention. I personally stay positive with my posts and comments and I would never use it to put down others.

He is sporty.

I play competitive volleyball.

His top 3 songs at the moment:

“P2” by Lil Uzi, “We are Young” by Fun, “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye

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