Category: Interviews

Madisyn Weiss – Spreading the Love and Awareness for Autism

Madisyn Weiss is a young adult diagnosed with a high-functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder known as Asperger’s. When she is not conducting celebrity interviews for her blog at https://spreadingtheloveweb.com/, she is helping to throw fun-filled red carpet events with the help of media partners (like Teens Wanna Know!)

Madisyn is passionate about raising awareness about Autism through her organization Spreading the Love, and to that end we are partnering with her on a Holiday fundraising bash in Los Angeles on December 1st, 2019. Watch this space and our social media for details and ticket availability.

In the meanwhile, let’s get to know a little bit more about Madisyn!

Hi, Madisyn! Before we get into the nitty gritty here, tell us a little bit about yourself and your upbringing, and where you live?

My name is Madisyn and I am 23 years old. I’m a big advocate in the Autism community. I have 2 dogs, 2 sisters, and 1 brother. Currently I’m living in Tampa, FL. 

Great, now you have been diagnosed as being somewhere on the Autism scale. Can you tell us what lead to getting that diagnosis?

I was diagnosed when I was 13 years old. I didn’t accept the fact that I was on the spectrum for awhile. But, when I eventually did I started being the voice for others with Autism.

What do you think is “different” about you when compared with someone who isn’t on the spectrum?

I’m unique in my own ways for sure. I remember a lot of things easily, such as I can remember events that occurred when I was little and specific details from that day. 

How does it make life challenging?

Autism can be challenging in more ways than one. I get overwhelmed easily, which causes my anxieties to take over and it is definitely difficult to get back on track.

And what advantages do you think it produces?

Having Asperger’s enables me to pay attention to little details and have the ability to organize my space.  I am certainly more understanding and emphatic of other peoples needs and emotions. 

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about Autism and Asperger’s?

Society views people on the spectrum to be totally different than they are, which is not true. We all have our unique differences and struggles, though individuals on the spectrum usually have a few more challenges.

What has most helped you manage the condition?

I am very fortunate to have a great support system, which includes family and friends. As for my anxieties, I participated in a program in New Hampshire that taught me many coping skills and ways to help overcome my struggles.

Are there any tips you can provide to other young people who might be struggling in a similar way?

Everybody is different in their own way and remember to believe in yourself. We are all unique, and have daily challenges to overcome. Even when days are tougher than normal, you must keep going and never give up. 

What is the best part about being an activist for Autism?

I can share my journey with everyone by raising awareness for Autism and making a difference in society. I have been fortunate to meet many other amazing people on the spectrum and follow their journey as well. 

What do you hope to accomplish with your activism?

I plan on sharing my story to raise awareness, provide hope for others, and teach society that people on the spectrum are can live a normal life and be as productive as everyone else. 

You are co-hosting an event with us on December 1st, what do you want the world to know about our event?

This festive event will be a sensational experience for everyone. It will give us a chance to spread the holiday cheer, raise awareness for Autism, and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. We will be donating the toys and items that are collected at the event and giving them to those in need. 

If you could travel back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a little girl, what would it be?

Always believe in yourself, don’t ever give up, and continue to follow your dreams!

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

I’m a big fan girl of celebrities, Star Wars fanatic, the oldest of 4 kids, and I’m a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan. 

If you could “get rid of” your Autism/Asperger’s –would you or would you stay the same. Why or why not?

I wouldn’t want to get rid of it because it is apart of me and that makes me special. Though, I wish I could lessen the daily struggles that goes along with Autism because it makes life a bit more challenging. 

What makes you happy?

I am typically a very happy person; I enjoy being around my family, dogs, and living in Tampa. 

What is your end goal—what do you want to achieve overall with your life?

I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve. One of them is to live in California, open my own office for my organization, and be able to raise even more awareness both locally and internationally. 

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Pop’s Past Goes Future with Magdalena Bay

Retro-pop futurism hits new peaks with Magdalena Bay, a Los Angeles-based duo dripping with semi-ironic style. Following the release of mini mix vol. 1—a genre-bending 12 minute flurry of nostalgic production and saturated visuals—Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin have followed up with two new songs: Venice and Good Intentions. Read on for an inside look on what makes the group tick.

We recently saw a switch from the reclaimed look of your Mini-Mix series to a more polished feel with your recent release “Venice.” Is there a point for you where aesthetic informs your music, or vice versa?

Our music definitely informs our aesthetic! And our aesthetic doesn’t exactly inform our music, but we do think that both in our visuals and our music we like to have fun and not take ourselves TOO seriously. So even in a more polished video like “Venice,” we like having some DIY weirdness and crafty vibes.

What’s your most unconventional source of influence?

Don’t know if it’s unconventional or not, but a non-musical influence for us is video games. We’ve just gotten into Zelda and Mario games and they have such sick soundtracks and stories that we’re definitely inspired by!

What might people be surprised to know about you?

That we started making music in a progressive rock band in high school. Our music was inspired by 70s bands like Yes and we didn’t even like pop until a few years ago! Now, we’re obsessed with it.

What’s your favorite song of yours that you think might be overlooked by fans?

Probably “Set Me Off,” it’s such a jam! 

Are you guys still working long-distance? Run us through your collaborative process living cross-country from each other.

We’re not working long distance anymore, but we did for like two years! It was a lot of sending files back and forth and a bit of a hassle but we think it helped us develop our songwriting skills independently in a cool way.

Are there any lessons from your experience in a prog-rock band that you’ve applied to your careers as pop musicians?

Definitely! We love injecting weird chords and song structure into our pop songs. We think it keeps things interesting. 

Mica, as a working professional in marketing, are there any lessons you’ve learned at work that you’ve applied strategy-wise for the group?

Haha maybe! I think it’s helped me have a productive mindset. It’s important to always have new videos, photos, newsletters, and ways for fans to connect with us and feel like they’re a crucial part of our journey, because they are! 

You’re both young, but if you had the opportunity to travel back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger selves (say, age 13), what would it be?

We’d tell ourselves to stop listening to Radiohead nonstop and check out Kylie Minogue!

What’s up next for Magdalena Bay?

More singles, more shows, and maybe some long form releases soon…

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment, to keep it real for the fans? : )

Yes, here’s an awkward pic of us driving down the PCH from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles (attached)

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Michael Peña is a Los Angeles-based musician and Kanye West enthusiast. When he’s not busy being unusually defensive about Kacey Musgraves on the internet, he can be found on Instagram.

Interview with teen performer Starr Hague

Hi Starr, nice to e-meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself outside of show biz.   

A little bit about me outside of the industry is that I love to take dance classes, hang out with friends as well as have a Instagram photo shoots with my friends.

Great! You are currently producing your first EP right? Tell us about it and why you think people are going to want to give it a listen? 

Currently I am actually just working on three singles and they’re all based on a different chapter in my life.  I think people will definitely give it a listen because it is really relatable and empowering to people my age  Going through similar things.

In addition to singing, you also act. What can you share about upcoming acting roles?  

In addition to singing, I am currently working on this role that is a double personality character she’s sassy sweet and mysterious all wrapped in one .

What has been your most memorable show biz moment so far?

So far my most memorable showbiz moment has been having my boyfriend also land a role in the film I’m currently working on just by being at my house — talk about destiny.

Why exactly are you a singer & actress? These are tough jobs, so what is the payoff for you personally?

I am a singer and actress but I would more describe myself as just an all-around performer. I just have had great stage presence since I was young and love everything about the entertainment industry and spotlight.

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced so far in this industry? 

The biggest challenge I face thus far in the industry is frustration. They always say that you are your own worst critic, so it’s hard to be satisfied with where you’re at now since you’re always pushing and striving for your fullest potential.

And your biggest accomplishment?

I would say my biggest accomplishment is the film that I’m working on now if it takes off the way we want it to.

Tell us about your work as an anti-bully advocate. Why do you support this cause?

I am definitely a supporter of a non-bullying environment because of all the hate that’s been spread around and social media. I don’t think anyone deserves to be put through unkind words and actions.  I’ve watched it affect so many people being influencers.

If you could pass one law that everyone on the planet had to follow without question, what would it be and why? 

If I could pass one law that everyone on the planet had to follow , It would be for everyone to accept each other for how they are and learn to agree to disagree and not use violence in a way to solve issues.

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

People would be surprised to know that before I was involved in the industry I was a competitive gymnast on the road to becoming a future Olympian.

Biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is people pronouncing words wrong.

Favorite food? 

My favorite food would have to be hibachi dinner and my favorite dessert would have to be cookies with ice cream on top.

Secret fear? 

My secret fear is ghosts. 

What’s the last movie or show you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : ) 

The last show that I watched was the vampire diaries and my review is “OK wow.”

Describe your pets and their names! 

I have one German Shepherd and one mixed breed their names are Ninja and Lucky Charms.

The one thing I cannot live without is__________. 

One thing that I cannot live without is my phone .

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

My most embarrassing moment in real life is forgetting my dance solo on stage.

Secret beauty hack?

My secret beauty hack is to use clear mascara instead of brown gel.

What else are you working on or have coming up next? 

I’m currently working on the writing of a new song and then figuring out how to release them.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!  

Right now I’m getting ready to go hang out with friends and I have just done my make up.

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Interview: Madelyn Miranda from ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’

You know the scene: while sitting at the table having a meal with her cousin Diego, she turns to the camera and says “Can You Say Delicioso?” Yes, its Dora the Explorer and the iconic line was delivered by newcomer Madelyn Miranda who plays 6-year-old Dora in the new film Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

We got the chance to ask Madelyn a few questions to get to know her better; check out the interview below! And also check out Madelyn on the red carpet and meeting some fans at our Back to School Meet n Greet a few weeks ago.

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Hello Madelyn, before we get to your role in the Dora and the Lost City of Gold, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

I’m now in 5th grade and its my last year in elementary school. I love spending time with my family and my favorite things to do are shopping and looking for new hair styles.

Great! Now tell us what it was like at the premiere of your movie and seeing yourself on the big screen?

The premiere was so much fun. Having fans call out my name and wanting my autograph and picture was so exciting. Seeing myself on the big screen for the first time brought back a lot of fun memories filming in Australia. It was pretty amazing seeing my face fill up the screen.

What was your favorite part about filming Dora?

My favorite part about filming Dora was the set of Dora’s house. My room was so cool, It was on top of a lake. Also being able to film in the mountains of Australia was really awesome.

And what was the hardest part about it?

I can’t remember anything hard about filming, all the cast and crew were super nice. I would say having to cut my hair was the only hard part about playing Dora.

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

I think people would be surprised to know that I love riding my quad off road

Where is your family from originally and what are you most proud of about your Hispanic heritage?

My family is originally from Mexico. And I’m most proud of how we value family so much. And Mexican food! LoL

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when people aren’t clean while eating.

Favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school is writing because I get to make up my own stories.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is street tacos.

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is cheesy chips.

What do you and your brother David most compete or argue about?

My brother and I argue about everything! One time we argued about how many gums you can fit in your mouth. But at the end of the day we usually sleep together 🙂

If you could pass a law everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be? If I can pass a law it would be no homework!

If I can pass a law it would be no homework!

Favorite YouTuber?

My favorite YouTuber is SSSniperWolf

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

I’m currently going out on some great auditions and hopefully I will have some good news to share soon.

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are up to right now?

Just having a snack!

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Get to Know Hashtag Zoe (Zoe Nazarian)

Meet Zoe Nazarian! Zoe is a rising, teen social media star whose comedic and relatable content will make you want to be her BFF!! You can find Zoe on any given social media app @HashtagZoe. Be sure to follow her! We recently got the chance to get to know her a little better. Come get to know her with us!

Scroll for our Q&A with Hashtag Zoe!

How did you get your start?

I got my start on Youtube when I was 13 years old, after trying to break into mainstream entertainment wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. I decided to try something on my own.

When I was going from audition to audition, I found that most of the parts were going to very skinny girls. At the time, the industry was looking for small & thin actors to fit into what was perceived as normal. I was a curvy girl and proud of it.

These days, the entertainment industry is a lot more inclusive of all sorts of different, “real,” people and I’m here for it. Once I really started posting content, I fell in love with it. I also love the idea of having my own platform where I can maybe make a difference in this world.

What is your favorite type of video to film?

I like to create characters! It allows me to film full scenario videos, without having to cast other people! I also love a good parody video!

The Youtube Psychic:

What’s your favorite social media app to post on?

That’s a really hard question, because I’m on the majority of the social media apps out there! I think my top five are: Youtube, Instagram, PopJam, TikTok and Likee.

Fave songs on your Spotify playlist?

I love music. Like I’m literally connected to my Spotify ALL THE TIME….except when I sleep, because that would be weird. My current top five faves are:

Bad Guy, Billie Eilish ft. Justin Bieber

Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m bored, Arianna Grande

Money in the Grave, Drake

No Guidance, Chris Brown, ft. Drake

Sunday Best, Surfaces

Does Billie Eilish Have a Twin Sister? :

You just recently graduated from high school….any advice for teens, because they wanna know (see what we did there?) : )

School is hard sometimes. And I don’t even mean that it’s hard because of homework and tests! The whole social scene in school is just hard! It took me a long time, but I finally realized that you don’t have to be friends with everyone and not everyone has to like you. That was a big lesson for me.

I seemed to attract drama in both middle school and high school and it made going to school more emotional than it should have been. I made a video about it…I know, shocking!

What I Really Learned in High School:

What makes you laugh?

Memes and ASMR videos make me laugh. Also, my friends make me laugh. I love hanging out with my BFFs and just laughing about nothing in particular and then laughing because we’re laughing so hard!

What makes you cry?

Everything makes me cry! I’m a teenaged girl!

Things Girls Do:

Any advice for teens who want to try for a career on social media?

The best advice that was given to me was to be creative and consistent. Most people don’t just explode in success overnight. There are those lucky few who go viral. But for most, it needs to be a consistent growth.

There are lots of times that I get frustrated, because I just want everything to fall into place. But I try to keep my eye on the prize. I know that I need to stay motived, focused and engaging in order to succeed. Also, a support system is a must. Make sure you surround yourself with people who want the best for you and are willing to help you get to your goals.

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Emily Ann Roberts Interview – “Someday Dream” Meaning Explained!

All-American sweetheart, country traditionalist and talented singer/songwriter Emily Ann Roberts just released her debut EP Someday Dream on July 12. This continues a wave of success which began with her tenure on The Voice’s 9th season (where she came in 2nd) and recent accolades from her performance at this year’s CMT Fest 2019 — including being named one of the best 20 performers in Rolling Stone.

We got the chance to send some questions over to find out about her new EP and also learn what makes Emily tick (including secret fears and pet peeves) — and she was gracious enough to record her answers and send them to us as a podcast, which you can listen to right now below. Its a great listen as it really shows what a great, shining personality she has — and the and true love and passion for what she does.

You can’t help but smile along with her as she responds to our sometimes silly Qs haha!

Here is the interview:

Someday Dream features three previously released songs as well as three new songs. 

Track Listing

Wild (Emily Ann Roberts, Nathan Chapman, Stephanie Chapman)

Someday Dream (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Seth Mosely)

Stuck On Me + You (Emily Ann Roberts, Oran Thorton, Jason Saenz)

Easy On Me (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Oran Thorton, Jen Schott)

I’ve Got Forever (Emily Ann Roberts, Jason Saenz, Heather Morgan) 

God Must Have Told You To (Dee Briggs, Julie Forester, Brittany Taylor)

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Todd Haberkorn on Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings, favorite character he’s ever voiced, biggest pet peeve and more – interview!

todd haberkorn interview

Todd Haberkorn (@ToddHaberkorn) is a VIP in the voice acting industry, having played a wide variety of characters is everything from Ben 10 to Monster High.

He is especially well known in the world of anime, where he is revered for his work as Natsu in Fairy Tail, and for such titles as “Digimon,” “Sailor Moon Crystal,” “Pokemon,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Naruto,”  “JoJos’ Bizarre Adventure” and numerous video games. 

He just narrated an audiobook called Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings, which is an anime-inspired story, also available as a Graphic Novel. Amazon gave it 5 stars and it is hot off the presses as it just came out today! You can listen to the first chapter here: http://www.fluxdestiny.com/preorder

Todd took the time to answer some of our questions, so let’s get right to the interview!

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Hi Todd, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions! You are one of the most prolific voice actors ever—what is your secret for staying so busy for so long?

I blame my mom. She was a tirelessly hard and focused professional and is a fierce woman. She was an example I was lookin’ at everyday in our single parent household as someone who came from absolutely nothing in America to being a force to be reckoned with in the medical world. How could I not try and stay busy all the time?!

Tell us about your latest project, Flux Destiny: Fortuna’s Rings.

Its a great combo of imaginative story telling mixed with a savvy producer mind. You’ve got an author who understands that he wants to speak to an audience that is open to a fantastical world of robots, mystical forces, and colorful characters. And what better place to go than an anime audience? 

But its a story that appeals to anyone faced with the uncertainties of life – its got universal appeal. The characters all have different flavors and there’s plenty to chew on for folks looking for variety in their storytelling with a mix of humor and drama. On top of that, the author has been so good about interacting with the current and future fans of the franchise cause he truly believes in his creation and the is grateful for the support from the fans. 

Why do you think teens are going to want to check it out?

Teens will get the sense that this story is talking directly to them…in regards to how sometimes our vision for what we think our life needs might be out of alignment with what those around us think we need and that’s okay.

As long as we are open to discovering our many layers as people – our path or function in life will present itself and our destinies, hopefully, will be a little clearer. 

Favorite character you’ve ever voiced, and why?

Gotta go with Natsu. He and I along with the rest of the Fairy Tail family have been together for many years…not to mention, I have a tattoo from the show on me forever! So he better be my fav!

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LEAST favorite, and why?

I don’t think there’s a least favorite character…cause when I’m voicing a role – I have to find those reasons why I dig them.

There may be aspects of the character I don’t automatically jump towards – for example, if its really tough on my vocal cords cause of yelling or a certain pitch – those might get a brief moment of “okay, let’s do this” sauce as I brace my voice for the session, but I wouldn’t say there’s a least favorite. 

What’s the strangest thing or funniest moment to happen to you as a voice actor?

My masterful handyman is a fan of animation and such. I was telling him about a show I directed last year called Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas (cough, out on Netflix now). Well, I mentioned that it was a fun show full of action and adventure that his kids might like and he did a double take, saying “Saint Seiya? The anime?” I confirmed it and he said “that’s the password to my computer! I love that series!” That was nice 🙂

I get recognized in the oddest places…Best Buy, the airport, Disneyland…all kinds of spots. 

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

How quiet and chill I am at home. I’m a pretty laid back guy. But you wouldn’t know it by a lot of the roles I have the honor of taking on. But, at home, you wouldn’t really know I’m there just cause I’m so quiet and of course, my asian ninja ancestry. 

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Secret obsession?

Disney mugs! I love collecting the mugs that come out annually from Starbucks. And you can only get them at the theme parks! I hop right on eBay if I don’t see them at disneyland and snag them all. They’re great!

Biggest fear?

Gigantic roller coasters…#NoHulkCoaster

Biggest pet peeve?

Spoilers for movies! 

What do you have coming up next?

Many projects – few I can talk about. Besides Flux Destiny, of course.

I’ll be featured as Ebony Maw in the upcoming Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3 for the Switch, Doc McCoy in Desperados 3 on Steam, Power Players – which will debut on Cartoon Network in August (I direct it and am in it), Fairy Tail is in its (for now – hopefully) “final season” and we’re in the 300s in terms of episodes, and many other fun things! Stay tuned!

Could we get a quick selfie of whatever you are up to to keep it real for the fans? : )

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Jovan Armand from Shazam! Interview (spoilers and Easter eggs!)

Jovan Armand from Shazam! Interview (spoilers and Easter eggs!)

Actor and rapper Jovan Armand talks to TWK CEO Willie Pena about his start in the industry, his role in the smash hit movie SHAZAM! including SPOILERS and EASTER EGGS (they start at 4:09 and go until 5:35) and more in this fun interview with Teens Wanna Know. Jovan performs live April 24th at the Globe Theater in Downtown L.A. tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jovan-ar…

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Liana Ramirez dishes on new role as Roxy on Power Rangers Beast Morphers in TWK interview!

Liana Ramirez (@lianakramirez) is living the dream of any young actress, landing a lead role on a show tied to an inconic franchise — in this case, the Power Rangers. Liana plays Roxy, a villianous female Ranger, on Nickelodeon’s new Power Rangers Beast Morphers.

Prior to this, Liana had roles on shows like Lab Rats and Criminal Minds, but this is her biggest role to date and one which fans seem to LOVE!  If you haven’t watched yet, the synopis for this new series reads: “Scientists tap into the Morphin Grid, but an evil virus corrupts the technology and a new team of Power Rangers is formed to defend the Grid from evil.”

Not only is Liana now part of the well-loved Power Rangers universe, but she is also working on her first book, an action-adventure novel slated to be released this summer called “The Secrets Within Me.”

We got the chance to ask Liana a few questions so you can find out more about her — scroll down for the Q&A!

Image credits: Photos @itstylerrowell Styled @ericas_style Production @maisonpriveepr_la

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Liana Ramirez has had a passion for performing and storytelling. She has appeared on networks such as, Disney Channel, CBS, and Netflix. Now, Ramirez is showcasing her acting and storytelling talents. She currently starring in the latest season of “Power Rangers on Nickelodeon” as a series lead. Ramirez is also working on her first novel, “The Secrets Within Me”.

Hello Liana, nice to e-meet you! Before we get to your role in the new Power Ranger Beast Morphers, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

Hey there! Nice to e-meet you as well:D

Outside the show biz, I am just your normal American kid who loves my family, loves going to the beach and midnight ramen runs with my best friends, loves Starbucks and cats way too much, and has full out jam sessions in my bedroom.

Thanks! Now give us the scoop about the new show. Tell us all about your character and how this show fits into the Power Rangers universe.

My new show Power Rangers Beast Morphers is the beginning of a new era for the Power Rangers franchise. Hasbro recently took over the brand, has taken it to the next level and has turned our show into what the fans are saying is one of the best seasons since the beginning. My character “ROXY” is the evil yellow power ranger, the villain of the show. Roxy is devious, ambitious, overly dramatic as well as super emotionless with an “I don’t care” attitude.

The Power Rangers is a legendary franchise with a huge fan base. What’s the hardest part about stepping into such a high-profile role like that?

I think the hardest part about it was the super high expectation for the show and my role to be good. The fans are amazingly passionate about this franchise and sometimes that is scary because all we want to do is make them happy. At the end of the day, all you can do is work as hard as you can at your job and let the rest go.

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What’s been the best and worst feedback from fans so far?

The show as a whole, all the actors, and myself have gotten such positive feedback! We honestly haven’t since much negative! It’s been unreal how much the fans are loving our show and characters. You always hope that people will like your work, but their feedback has been better than what all of us could have dreamed!

Were you a fan of the Power Rangers before you booked the role, or is this all new to you?

I actually didn’t watch Power Rangers as a kid, but I knew what it was, of course. So yeah, this whole world is new to me, but I am a sucker for action films and TV shows, so that was why I was attracted to the show and my role of Roxy when I auditioned.

What was the booking process like—the auditions and all that? Were there a lot of meetings, or was it pretty painless? Please dish for all the other inspiring actors out there!

I actually auditioned originally to be the Yellow Ranger and the audition process was super intense and looooong. I trained everyday for 4 months on perfecting martial art forms, fight choreography and the audition sides. I went into casting about 5 times and spent countless hours waiting to know what the fate of my life would be. It was a super challenging process that ended with casting offering me a different role… “Roxy” the evil yellow Ranger.

So my advice for aspiring actors would be to never pass up the opportunity to audition for another role on the same show. It may not be the role you originally wanted, but it may end up being the perfect role for you that can change your life!

liana ramirez

What has been the funniest blooper from set so far?

I think one of the funniest moments we’ve had was when my costar Colby Strong and I were filming in the woods in New Zealand and were getting swarmed by massive bugs. There were multiple takes where we both had bugs crawling into our costumes and we ruined the shot by screaming and running around frantically trying to get the bugs off of us. It was a wild and hilarious experience!

Showbiz can be fun, but also tough because it’s a serious job. What’s the one thing you DON’T like about being in the business?

People in the business can be super cut-throat about trying to make it. It turns into this competition of trying to constantly be better than other people. It instills this nasty habit of judging others. I admit that I got sucked into this way of thinking at one point, but now I’ve learned how wrong that is! The only way you can truly be successful in life is if you are actively trying to help others rather than putting them down. There is a saying, “By yourself you can go faster, but together you can go farther.”

You have a book coming out, right? What’s it called and what’s it about?

YES! My debut book is called “The Secrets Within Me,” and it’s a YA fantasy/adventure novel. The story follows Magi Davis, a 17 year old girl where everyone is her life knows her secret… except for her. Magi must discover what her secret is before ancient Egyptian forces kill her and her entirely family. *Dramatic music plays*

What compelled you to start writing?

Growing up I’ve always been infatuated with stories, especially the ones that made me feel like I could take on the world, be adventurous and made me dare to believe in myself. I realized I wanted to create something like that and move people with my stories in hopes of inspiring others to go after their dreams and that’s one of the biggest reasons why I wrote “The Secrets Within Me.” I cannot contain my excitement about it! I truly hope people enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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

When I was younger, I almost went in a completely different direction with my life. I wanted to pursue soccer as a career and play professionally.

liana ramirez

Biggest pet peeve?

Sirens. They’re loud.

The song I most have on repeat on my playlist right now is __________ by ___________?

Bad Idea by Ariana Grande

Secret obsession?

Black cats.

What’s the last movie or show you watched, and give me a review…but you can only use TWO WORDS for the review : )

A Quiet Place- OSCAR WORTHY!

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

Follow the golden rule! Treat others the way you want to be treated!

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

I accidentally made my electric and water bill 500$ one month because I took way too many baths. I felt so bad when my family and I figured out it was because of my baths lol! Oops!

What else are you working on or have coming up next?

The biggest thing I’m working on is getting my book ready for publishing! But when it comes to the acting front, I got some things is the works and I am so excited to see which opportunity pans out. I can’t wait to begin filming my next project!

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? It’s something we ask to keep it real for the fans!

Of course! Here is me in my bedroom answering your questions while hanging out with Harry Potter. Now I’m gonna go and work on my book! Had so much fun talking with you!

liliana power rangers

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Kaylyn Slevin’s Sneaker Ball with Sofie Dossi, Lexi Jayde, Tati McQuay, Nia Sioux, Ashton Arbab

Kaylyn Slevin's Sneaker Ball with Sofie Dossi, Lexi Jayde, Tati McQuay, Nia Sioux, Ashton Arbab

It’s prom season, and TWK hit @kaylynslevin Kaylyn Slevin’s first annual Sneaker Ball (to collect formal wear for disadvantaged youth) to find out the answer to: 1) Is it better to go with a date to prom, or a friend? and 2) If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy in order to make your prom LIT?

Interviews: Kaylyn Slevin, Tati McQuay, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Dylan Snyder, Lindsay Rienstra, Laron Hines, Casey Baer, Bryce Xavier, Gustavo Quiroz, Brooklyn Robinson, Sawyer Sharbino, Mason Coutinho, Jules Coutinho, Kelsey Leon, Paris Smith, Coco Quinn, Rihanna Quinn, Bryson Robinson, Brandin Stennis, Jalen Parker, Lexi Jayde (Alexis Jayde Burnett), Isabella Leon, Ava Kolker, Lexy Kolker, Gabe De Guzman, Connor Finnerty, Lofton Shaw, Pynk Le-Monade, Madison Deaver, Scarlette Palacios, Mya Angelise, Sofie Dossi, Merrick Hanna, Matt Sato, Greg Marks, William Lipton, Eden McCoy, Ashton Arbab, Charlie Townsend, Drew Gordon, Hunter Payton, Alabama Luella Barker, Noah Pugliano, Angelic, Angel Montero, Nia Sioux.

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