Category: Interviews

David Lei Brandt dishes on Lady Gaga, Varsity Fanclub and more!

Los Angeles native David Lei Brandt is a producer, singer, songwriter and dancer who started his music career in 2007 by becoming a member of VFC (Varsity Fanclub), an international pop group signed to Capitol Records. VFC collaborated with a number of high-profile producers (Ryan Tedder, Red One), and shared the stage with many high-profile acts such as Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, and Jordin Sparks. Their first single, “Future Love,” quickly became widely known and received airplay on KISS-FM and Radio Disney.

Following the split of the group (which later reformed with several members as After Romeo), he became a primary background dancer for Lady Gaga in 2010. He spent the next 6 years performing alongside her on two world tours as well as music videos and award shows. Throughout this period he continued to write and produce music for various artists while working on his own sound. It was at the end of the Art Pop Ball, when Lady Gaga gave him her microphone and allowed him to sing a part of her song, that David knew it was time to return to music as an Artist.

Ending his career as a background dancer with the 2017 Super Bowl, he spent the next two years perfecting his craft and sound. You can find is most recent single, Love You Outta Style, rapidly gaining traction with its POP / Contemporary R&B club sound.

Scroll down to find out more about David in our exclusive Q&A!

Hello David, nice to e-meet you! Before we get to your industry roles, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

I currently live in Berlin. I moved here two years ago to be with my girl. There really isn’t much outside of Showbiz. Haha. But the typical everyday life includes taking our dog to the park, hitting the gym, and def fitting in a game night with friends. My girlfriend and I are super competitive with board games of all kinds or Mario Kart.

Great! Tell us how you got into the music industry what you consider to be your greatest accomplishment in it to date?

Well I have always been a musician and singer my whole life, but some time ago I auditioned for a band called Varsity Fanclub. The same creators of N’SYNC and BSB created us. Literally it was that simple. That was my first big step into the music biz. One day I was doing music at home trying to figure things out and the next I’m signed to Capitol Records.

And the biggest challenge you have faced in it so far?

Def falling and getting back up. We were one of those bands that had a music business horror story. It chews you up and spits you out. However, having the attitude of never giving up and creating second chances is the biggest challenge I’ve faced.

You were one of Lady Gaga’s background dancers for six years. What was the most valuable part of that experience?

Oh my god… simple. I got to learn from the best. Being an artist first and foremost, I had a different mentality as a background dancer. It was a dream to dance for her, but it wasn’t MY dream as crazy as that sounds. I knew using this experience would elevate me as an artist/musician/Performer to an entirely different and higher level.

And your most memorable moment with her?

One day we had a show in Turkey. There was a part in the show where I had to interact with her specifically, and out of nowhere she puts the mic in my face. I froze solid. The show kept going. The next day when she sees me, she “humbly” and sarcastically asks me why I didn’t sing… again I froze. Haha. She told me, “the next time I put the mic in front of your face you better sing!” That’s the clean version. 😉

So the next show day, the same part comes.. mic drops in front of my face and I didn’t disappoint. She let me sing the whole part that night and for the rest of the tour.

What is one misconception you think people have about Lady Gaga, and what is the truth about it?

I get this question all the time. I’ll answer it like this.

She is one of the kindest and most open souls I have ever met. She always cares what’s happening to the people around her and always does her best to create positivity. She is the embodiment of the messages she preaches. If we got hurt dancing… she would pay out of her own pocket to do what she needed in order to help us recover. She is smart in marketing herself no doubt… but deep down… she is a gem.

What were the best and worst parts about being in Varsity Fan Club?

There were a lot of incredible memories with that band. Touring together and creating a bond that will last a life time. Performing will always be the best parts. Next to that.. being in the studio with incredible producers like Ryan Tedder. Of course since I am a producer as well, this was a major learning experience.

The worst part was never having any control. Sometimes with being signed all the people in charge think they know what’s best. The problem with this is they forget the people closest to the fanbase is us. We know firsthand what our fans are connecting to and what they are not. Watching your career spiral down hill and not being able to do anything about it is gut wrenching. It effects everything about your mental stability and perception of yourself.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your fellow band members?

Yeah we talk. Not as much as we used to, but we get a moment or two in there every once in a while.

Now that you have some accomplishments under your belt, how does the reality of show biz differ from how you first imagined going into it?

Show business is a complete 180 from how you see it before being in it. That’s what the media does. Glamorize the hell out of it to make you think anyone and everyone can be a star and live the life. It’s 100% not true. You have to work your ass off everyday and devote every waking minute you have to it You have to be SMART. You need to be a businessman first. This is the only way to create longevity. The biggest thing….. you have to be able to accept criticism from all angles and understand how to interpret it.

Who inspires you and why?

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is my inspiration. He came from nothing and is now the highest paid entertainer in the world. He lives and breathes hard work, but is still the definition of a good person in all areas of life.

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

If you have a plan B… Then plan A will not work.

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

I actually grew up acting. I did commercials and was one of Disney’s spokespeople for campaigning new movies or television shows. I did that for years.

Biggest pet peeve?

I can not stand when my girlfriend wears my socks. Haha. I know it’s weird but… I love the feeling of fresh socks. Hahaha.

Favorite food?

Def Thai food. Easy.

Least favorite food?

Def Chinese food. Easy. Yes… there is a difference between Chinese and Thai.

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

Ooo…. this is tough. So many things I could say, however this being my first interview with you guys I’m gonna be safe. Hahaha. I think it would be a cool law that every week we are forced to see some type of live entertainment. I think any type of performance art is essential to a productive culture.

Favorite Movie or TV Show?

For the longest time I would say Game of Thrones… but I love “The Boys” on Amazon. Don’t wanna ruin anything but it’s a must see.

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

I am always working on music for myself, but I currently have a few projects with different labels that I am producing and writing for. I also own an entertainment company with my partner in which we deliver music videos, television shows, and live performances. @I.D_Entertainment.

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!

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Interview with Chloe Lang from LazyTown!

Chloe Lang is an 18 yr old actress and singer who just finished freshman year at Pace University. She is best known for her iconic role as Stephanie on the kids show LazyTown.

She just dropped a new single and just released a new film available On Demand on June 3rd. Read on for our interview to find out all the details!

Photo: Rena Durham

Hello Chloe, nice to e-meet you! Before we talk about your work as an entertainer, tell us a little bit about yourself outside of showbiz.

Nice to meet you as well! When I am not auditioning or working on set, I spend most of my time in school or with friends and family. I also love to travel and make art!

Great! You are best known for playing Stephanie on LazyTown. What’s was the biggest adjustment you had to make after you finished your two-season stint?

After filming the two seasons of LazyTown and living in Iceland, the biggest adjustment was moving back to my hometown and transferring back to public school. Although it took some time to get used to life off set, I ended up adjusting really well.

Which was your favorite puppet on the show?

On a personal level I loved all the puppeteers the same! They all brought so much laughter on set while filming. If I had to pick my favorite puppet character in the show I would have to say Ziggy- for his energetic and fun spirit!

What is the strangest Icelandic “thing” (such as food or local custom) you experienced while living there?

I’d say the strangest thing for me was the food! At the time I was such a picky eater and I especially did not like seafood. The chefs on set always had to make something plain so I could eat.

You’ve got a movie just released on demand called The Fifth Borough. Tell us about it and your character.

In The Fifth Borough, I play a teen girl diagnosed with cancer while struggling with an addiction. It is a deep role and I am so happy Steve Stanulis chose me to play her. I had so much fun on set and met tons of cool people.

Why do you think people are going to want to watch it?

I think people will want to watch the film because of the cast ensemble including Vincent Young,  Sean Young, Joey Russo,, Constantine Maroulis, Tara Reid and more! I think the  strong and intriguing story line will draw people in.

Tell us about your new music release and how it came about?

My new song that just dropped  at the end of April is called “Is It Love”. It was a collaboration with Bond Villain, Olivia De Fusco and JC at Raw Recording Studios and I. The lyrics were inspired from toxic relationship experiences and how difficult they can be. It is available to be streamed on all platforms.

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

I think one thing people would be surprised to know about me is that II went to a Visual Arts High School for all 4 years where I learned  photography, painting, drawing, sculpting and video art. Art is a big part of who I am and what I love and I think not a lot of people know that!

Biggest pet peeve?

One of my biggest pet peeves is when my sister borrows my clothes and doesn’t give them back!

Most embarrassing moment?

My most embarrassing moment was in high school when I was dancing my solo at a competition. After I did an aerial and went into my next move I hit my face on the floor and broke my nose! I continued the rest of my dance with tears running down my face and a swollen nose. The best part was this was videotaped and is on my YouTube channel at Chloe5lang.

Tell me something you absolutely REFUSE to eat and why?

As I mentioned before I used to hate seafood…and unfortunately I still do. I refuse to eat any type of seafood- shrimp , lobster, fish, sushi..anything! My family and friends always try to convince me to try it.

What is your overall showbiz or career goal, and do you plan to go to college (and what will you study if “yes”)?

I just finished my first year at college and will be starting sophomore year in the fall. I am studying Arts and Entertainment Management. As far as my future career goals go, I aspire to own my own talent agency and still act as well.

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

As of right now, I am currently working on my acting skills — classes. as well as auditioning. I am also working on building my social media platforms as well. As soon as the world is ‘safe” again I will be excited to get back to work in person  and start traveling again too! 

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!

At the moment I am eating pretzel chips and hummus at my kitchen counter  just after a shower!


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Interview with Scarlet Grace and Summer-Rose

Scarlet Grace and Summer-Rose (Churchhouse) are two talented sisters from the UK who are each making their separate marks in the entertainment world. Scarlet Grace most notably appeared in Holmes and Watson and has a new show called TRUTH SEEKERS due to be released in the next few months starting alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with Amazon Studios.

Her little sister Summer-Rose has just been cast as the voice of “Lucy” in The Call Of Mektoub a Christmas Story release date December 2020 and also has her first singing album due for release on all major download platforms in the next couple of weeks.

Scroll down for our Q&A with these talented siblings!

Hello Scarlet and Summer-Rose! Before we get to your new projects, tell us a little about yourselves outside of show biz.

Scarlet – Hi Guys! Thanks so much for this interview! I’ve been really looking forward to it. Outside of showbiz I’m currently studying my A Levels which is quite consuming. However when I’m not studying or auditioning for new projects, I’m learning how to drive in my own car! The main thing I enjoy doing most of all outside of shobiz is hanging out with my friends.

Summer-Rose – I love seeing my friends when I’m not gym training, dancing or working on projects. I love walking our dog Bella who’s a Boxer! I also love making funny tik tok videos with my sister and brother and riding my bike and making slime! Ha ha

Great! Now please dish on the new projects you have coming up!

Scarlet – I’m currently in the process of writing the screenplay for my second short film, having enjoyed writing and having moderate success with my first ever short film which was screened at ‘That Film Festival’ in Cannes. It also won an award in L.A this year for best short film. I’m also very excited as I also have due to be released in the next couple of months a new TV show called Truth Seekers , Amazon Studios which is being released Worldwide. Starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!

Summer-Rose – Recently I got the really exciting news that I was cast as the Lead Voice ‘Lucy” in “The Call Of Mektoub” A Christmas Story. Due for release Dec 2020.

Scarlet, what was the most memorable part about working on Truth Seekers?

Scarlet – The most memorable part about working on ‘Truth Seekers’ was working with the amazing actors Simon Pegg & Nick Frost! They were really hilarious to work with and I loved filming my scenes with Nick. The script is fantastic, huge credit to the writers Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz. This is the second time I’ve worked with them and they really do know how to create great comedy!

And the biggest challenge?

Scarlet – The role I played wasn’t overly challenging however the strangest thing I had to do on set was react to imaginary characters which would be cleverly edited in through CGI at a later date. This is something I hadn’t experienced before! I found it really interesting and fun!

Why do you think people are going to want to watch it?

Scarlet – I think people are going to watch Truth Seekers partly because of the great comedic storyline which I’m really looking forward to everyone seeing and secondly because of the great reputation and following the cast have.

Any funny moments or bloopers on set?

Scarlet – There were no real boopers but while the cast and I were waiting for the cameras to roll on set before each take there was usually lots of banter which had everyone laughing.

Summer-Rose, tell us about your new album and where people will be able to buy/listen to it?

Summer-Rose – I love to sing and have a mini albulm due for release in the next few weeks on all major download platforms. So keep an eye out for it! You can buy and listen to it on Amazon Music, Spotify and Itunes Worlwide!!!

What was the best part about recording it and the hardest?

Summer-Rose – I absolutely love singing and doing voice over work so the best part of recording it is that its so much fun, doing what I love and listening to the final edit. I get so excited. To be honest I don’t find it hard but sometimes it takes a long time to get all the vocals down, especially when I have school work and other training to do.

As sisters, what do you most bicker about?

Scarlet – There’s a 10 year age gap between Summer and I! So I’m sure you can imagine there’s a lot of bickering hahaha. Mainly silly things like what we have on TV and who sits where…..

Summer- Rose – erm haha Scarlet likes to video me when I’m not looking then Snap Chat it to all her friends which is really annoying. We do get on most of the time!

And what do you like most about each other?

Scarlet – Well she can be really cute and cheeky which makes me laugh a lot! Looking back on video footage of me at her age makes me realise how similar we are.

Summer-Rose – I like it when Scarlet does my hair and is my stylist for the day. She’s also very funny too! Most of the time……..

Who inspires you and why?

Scarlet – I really like Chloe Grace Moretz as an Actress, and love the work she’s done so far because she’s proved how versatile she is an Actor through her work, and that’s something I aspire to do as I’d love to take on a variety of different roles.

Summer- Rose – Actually Scarlet  does. Since I can remember I’ve watched her in West End shows and tagged along to watch film screenings with her. I would like to continue to follow in her footsteps.

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

Scarlet – Something I think people would be surprised to know about me is that I worked at Winter Wonderland this year selling pizzas! For those that don’t know, Winter Wonderland is a huge Christmas theme park based in London, Hyde Park for the Christmas period.

Summer-Rose – I’m actually quite shy when I first meet people.

Biggest pet peeve?

Scarlet – Arrogance is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves! I think modesty is key in life.

Summer-Rose – When my siblings gang up on me!

Most embarrassing moment?

Scarlet – I’d say my most embarrassing moment was a couple of years ago when I was waiting in the school car park to be picked up from school. I saw a car that looked exactly like my dad’s and a man in the car who looked exactly like him so I went up to the car (without properly looking at who was inside), opened the door and got in!! I even put my seat belt on… how embarrassing hahah. I immediately realised when I turned and saw that it must’ve been someone’s dad so I quickly jumped out the car and hid in embarrassment!

Summer-Rose – Can’t really think of anything.

Tell me something you absolutely REFUSE to eat and why?

Scarlet – I refuse to eat literally any type of shellfish because I can’t stand the smell haha. Maybe my taste buds will change when I get older though!

Summer-Rose – Mushrooms! The look and and taste is gross!

What is your overall showbiz or career goal, and do you plan to go to college (and what will you study if “yes”)?

Scarlet – I’m already at college finishing my A Levels, studying Acting and Film as I love directing and making my own films too. I’m currently considering either studying for one more year and getting my Foundation or using the contacts that I’ve been lucky enough to meet through filming to hopefully work on set at a studio in either the UK or US, whilst still acting and auditioning.

Summer-Rose –  I’m still very young but would like to keep training and would love to go to the same Theatre School as Scarlet, The Arts Educational School, and continue to work professionally.

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

Scarlet – Well I’ve got Truth Seekers due out in the next few months which I’m really excited about! I also have a really exciting project which unfortunately has been put on hold for the time being due to COVID-19, but hopefully it will get the green light again once rules are relaxed.

Summer-Rose –  Well I’m still recording for ‘The Call Of Mektoub’ as we are only halfway through so that’s what I will be working on for now. Fingers crossed for something afterwards.

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Summer-Rose Instagram @the_summer_rose
Scarlet Facebook @ScarletGraceActress
Scarlet Twitter @TheScarletGrace
Summer-Rose Twitter @SummerRoseC
Website www.scarlet-grace.com
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Interview with Charli D’Amelio on StarDog and TurboCat!

Ya girl Charli D’Amelio is now a movie star!

The 16-year-old TikTok queen is making her feature film debut in the new animated movie STARDOG AND TURBOCAT, now available on DIRECTV Cinema as of May 21st and hitting VOD on June 19th.

Here’s the official synopsis: Launched into space by his scientist owner in 1969, loyal dog Buddy crash lands in the present-day in a small town where pets are no longer welcome. Desperate to be reunited with his owner, Buddy recruits a tech-wiz cat named Felix and together they embark on a daring, madcap adventure. Starring Luke Evans, Nick Frost, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Charli D’Amelio; STARDOG AND TURBOCAT is a hilarious animated tale about friendship, heroism and the bond between a pet and owner.

Charli is taking the world by storm, but she took a few minutes out from her busy schedule to answer a few of my questions. Scroll down for the Q&A!

Hello Charli! Before we get to your new movie, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Charli! I’m 16 years old and I do social media for fun, but behind the screen I’m a competitive dancer who loves hanging out with her friends and family.

Tell us about your new movie and your role in it?

StarDog and TurboCat is such a cute movie and I love the overall message. The main character is a dog named Buddy who is launched into space and ends up in a place where pets are not welcome. I play a little mouse named Tinker, who helps Buddy prove to humans why pets are special. My character Tinker is very shy, but also smart. She is often scared to voice her opinions at times, but she finds that when she does it can make a big difference. I was able to connect with my character really well because this is very like me.

What was the best part about working on it?

This was my first movie project and the first time I had ever done voice recording. I was nervous at first because I wasn’t sure how well I was going to do, but I was able to learn so much from others working on this movie. The best part about this process was how much fun it was trying something new.

And the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was yelling! I have such a soft voice, so at times it was really hard to project my voice and yell certain lines.

Why do you think kids are going to want to watch it?

I think both kids and adults will like this movie because it’s a super fun animated film about pets! Plus, this movie has such a cute storyline about the importance of teamwork and speaking up for yourself and your friends.

Charli’s character Tinker. Photo: Viva Films

TikTok has led to many amazing things for you. Tell us a little about what attracted you to the platform in the first place and why you started?

TikTok was a great space for me to express myself on. I love the fact that I’m able to be creative and have a lot of fun, just by doing simple things that I enjoy!

Every kid dreams of being famous and being in show business. Now that you have some fame and accomplishments, how does it differ from the image or fantasy you had in your mind about it when you first started?

I don’t really consider myself to be famous! I guess the fun part in all of this is not knowing what to expect. I’m just very thankful for all of the fun and unexpected opportunities, like this movie!

What is your overall showbiz or career goal, and do you plan to go to college (and what will you study if “yes”)?

I think my end goal is to help as many people as I can – and to keep this mindset, so I can focus on being a positive person and the best role model that I can be. I love the idea of college, but I’m not sure what the future will bring (I could consider in two years or even later in life!). If I do go to college, I’d likely want to study business because I really enjoy that.

What do you love most about your sister? : )

I love how protective Dixie is of me. She is always ready to support me, no matter what.

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

I have a few projects I am so excited to announce in the next couple of months. I’m also really looking forward to getting back to dancing competitively.

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Interview with Lexy Panterra – Teens Wanna Know!

Singer-songwriter Lexy Panterra recently released her highly-anticipated EP, “Gemini Valentine” after finishing a sold-out North American tour with Dani Leigh. Singles “Where Do You Go” and “More Than You” have made the Billboard charts, including the Billboard Top 100, and her latest “Fall” just dropped last week. 

The Persian-American has collaborated with artists like DJ Snake, Marshmello, Lil Yachty, Shaun Frank, Prologic, Louis Bell, and many more. With her relatable lyrics, large social media following, and trendy Pop/R&B vocals, Lexy is making her mark in the entertainment world.

As an actress, her credits include roles in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and its sequel. Lexy also owns a fitness company, Twerkout, in which she shares her love of dancing and living an active life.

Scroll down for our interview with Lexy!

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

Hey! I am spending it happy! I actually love this new “hide from the world” thing.

What’s the one thing you would say has helped you cope the most through these recent coronavirus times?  

Learning how to cook! Everyone’s learning new skills, including me! It’s a unique opportunity to try things you’ve never done.

Tell us a little about your background and where you were raised? 

I was born up north and raised in Sacramento and Los Angeles. A little bit of both!

How did you get started in show biz? 

My dad has always acted and he did stunt work in movies, and my uncle did as well! My grandmother, who passed, was a singer. I think I got it from her. I just always had a desire to sing, so I moved to Los Angeles with my dad when I thought I was really ready to pursue it. My first try at really singing was when I “got discovered” at the famous Millennium Dance Studio for a girl group!

You are probably best known for twerking, but what else would you like to be known for?  

Singing, and my voice! That’s my passion. I think if people listened, they would really get into it. My lyrics are super relatable, about relationships, and help connect my fans together by helping them realize that everyone has been through the same thing, and we’re all here to support each other. 

What do you say to critics who say that it is vulgar or inappropriate?  

Those who say that have never tried it, so I have nothing to say to the non-believers, unless they have experienced it themselves.

What has been the best or most rewarding experience as an artist so far?  

Finding out that I’m not the only one going through the things I go through. Connecting with others through music is truly a gift.

And the toughest challenge?  

Crossing over from the dance world, and finding ways for my fanbase from that to be excited about my singing too. I want to bring the two worlds together.

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

Probably being involved in a charity or a non-profit organization full time. I’m really passionate about giving back.

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

I have five younger siblings, and I’m the oldest! Maybe that would surprise some people. Oh, and I can lick my nose with my tongue!

Biggest pet peeve? 

A guy who cries all the time. Oh gosh, please no.

Tell me one food you REFUSE to eat!  

I don’t refuse most foods! I don’t like weird stuff though, like snails and other exotic things. I’ll definitely pass on that!

Favorite superhero character and why? 

My favorite superhero is myself when I’m on stage. I look up to her, and I wish I could always be as confident as her. But what’s crazy is that even though I’m super nervous up on stage, it doesn’t come off that way. It’s weird!

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

Love unconditionally.

Favorite movie star?  

To be honest, I don’t really have one!

Favorite movie or TV/Netflix show?  

The ones my friends are in, like Noah Centineo and King Bach! I loved To All the Boys I Loved Before and the sequel.

Favorite subject in school? 

I loved cheer and dance! I know that doesn’t count, but I won’t change my mind. I loved having those opportunities in school. As for my least favorite, never math. 

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

New music! Something completely new. I’m excited to share it, so keep an eye out for the new songs I’ll be dropping soon!

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!

I’m just relaxing with no makeup on, hanging out and being low-key!

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Interview with Modern Family’s Jeremy Maguire – Emotional Moments from the Final Episode

Eight-year-old actor Jeremy Maguire just wrapped up his role as ‘Joe Pritchett’ on the hit ABC comedy Modern Family, the character for which he is best known — having played him for five years! Apart from the iconic series, Jeremy can also be seen in the drama film I’m Not Here, opposite J.K. Simmons and Sebastian Stan, an appearance on the TV series The Last Ship and the upcoming film The Virgin of Highland Park.

Jeremy has always loved to be in the spotlight and, despite his age, is not shy or timid when it comes to being on stage. Jeremy loves to utilize his creative side not only with acting, but with drawing, craft-making, singing, and storytelling. Whether it’s on set or on the red carpet, you can catch Jeremy in his iconic cape and ready to answer any trivia questions you can think of on Harry Potter and Star Wars. 

Growing up on set and having to say goodbye to people who have become like family is tough. Scroll down for our interview with Jeremy where he opens up about the last days of filming and how he feels about each cast member!

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

I usually go to school so this whole homeschooling thing is different but it is filling up my mornings. When I’m done I take a long lunch and then have some facetime with friends. I play with my sister, and after dinner we play some video games! I read and study a little bit before bed. Some days we will have a movie night or game night! 

What’s the one thing you would say has helped you cope the most through these recent coronavirus times?

Having my sister with me helps a lot! She’s my best friend and we’re in this together!

The series finale of Modern Family will have aired by the time this interview comes out. Tell us what shooting your final scene was like.

The final scene that I filmed was the last and final scene for everyone at the same time. It was our last hug. The emotions in that hug were so real for us all. When we were done filming it they wrapped each one of us individually with a final hand clap. Every cast and crew member and everyone else watching us film had tears in their eyes. I’ll never forget that day. 

Any emotional stories you can share with us about everyone leaving the show?

There were so many emotional times in that final two weeks! Our final table read we all did a standing ovation when we finished reading the script and cried a bit knowing the following week it would all be over. In that last week I think we just wanted to soak each other up as much as possible. It went by really fast. 

What has been the best or most rewarding part about your Modern Family experience?

I’m very thankful for the friends I made. I know it was a big opportunity for me to learn from such great people and I am so happy that I was a part of such a big popular show! 

And the biggest challenge about being on the show?

The biggest challenge for me was the early call times lol. We would start work sometimes as early as 6:30 in the morning which means I had to be up even earlier than that to eat and get ready. I’m a good morning person but who doesn’t want to stay in bed and stay all nice and warm, right? 

Who would you say you are going to miss the most from the cast and why?

That’s such a trick question! I’m gonna miss everyone for different reasons.

I’ll miss learning from Ed and our talks.

I’ll miss Sofia’s hugs, her teasing me, and making me laugh.

I’ll miss kidding around with Rico and our dance parties. All the things brothers do.

I’ll miss Julie and the way she would just play with me anywhere it didn’t matter where we were!

I’ll miss Ty’s kindness and encouragement.

I’ll miss Sarah and Ariel’s hugs and the way they would hold me on their laps to talk when we filmed together.

I’ll miss jumping around with Nolan and our goofy convos.

Jesse is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and he was so funny!

Eric would love to tease me in a good way but always played my trivia games with me and we loved sharing jokes.

Aubrey is my buddy and we would keep each other company in school. I’m gonna miss making videos and having fun on set with her.

I’m gonna miss everyone for so many different reasons! 

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

I have a lot of interests and I know as I get older I’ll figure it out but for now I love acting and want to keep doing it. One day I would like to be a director but I also think it would be great to be a doctor and I like the thought of being a marine biologist. We shall see! 

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

I have a very sensitive nose and I smell everything before I eat it. It can sometimes make me very picky about what I eat. It drives my mom crazy!

Biggest pet peeve?

I really can’t stand tiny splashes in my face. 

Tell me one food you REFUSE to eat!

CORN! I’ve never liked it even as a baby 

Favorite superhero character?

My favorite superhero is Jesus! Aquaman comes in second!

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

The way a trash truck goes around and picks up trash I would also have a day of each week that a different truck goes around picking up food donations for the homeless so that no food would go to waste. 

Favorite movie star?

I love Joe Manganiello because I’ve been able to meet him and hang out with him. He’s such a nice guy and fun to talk to. 

Favorite movie or TV show?

I love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies and books. I can read and watch them over and over. They are so funny! 

Favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject is history and geography. I like learning about all subjects. My least favorite is math. 

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

I just finished filming a movie called The Virgin Of Highland Park not sure of the release date yet but I’ll be keeping people updated on that on my Instagram!

18.   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!

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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.

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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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Interview with ‘Family Reunion’s’ Cameron J. Wright

Teen actor and musician Cameron J. Wright stars as “Mazzi McKellan” in NETFLIX’s “Family Reunion,” featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister), Loretta Devine (Madea’s Big Happy Family), and Richard Roundtree (Shaft). The second half of season 1 recently premiered on Netflix, and Cameron just went back to work filming season two of the hit series.

14-year-old Cameron toured in the production of “Motown: The Musical” in three iconic roles: a young Barry Gordy, a young Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson. The musical was nominated for eleven 2016 NAACP Theatre Awards and won four of them.

He is also part of Nick Cannon‘s latest project, Ncredible Crazy Kids as lead singer of the teen super group. They are currently in the studio wrapping up their debut album.

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Hello Cameron, before we get to your industry roles, tell us a little about yourself outside of show biz.

Besides music and acting, I really love amusement parks! I’m a roller coaster nerd and know everything about pretty much every roller coaster in the world.

Great! What’s been the best part about working on Family Reunion?

Definitely the cast! I love my Family Reunion family so much!

And the biggest challenge about being on the show?

The biggest challenge would probably be the fact that we receive a new script everyday. It can be challenging to keep up with the constant changes but you just have to stay focus and work hard.

What’s the funniest behind-the-scenes moment you’ve experienced on Family Reunion so far?

It’s always a laugh every time we are on set. I don’t think there is a particular moment, but there is a behind the scenes gag reel. I’m not sure if it’s going to get released but it is very funny.

You toured with “Motown: The Musical.” What’s your fondest memory from touring?

My fondest memory is getting to portray such iconic characters. To be able to play a young Michael Jackson and be a part of The Jackson 5 was definitely an amazing experience.

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

If I wasn’t a musician or an actor I would probably want to design and build an amusement park.

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

People would be surprised to know that I am a huge fan of the shows Survivor and The Masked Singer.

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is bullying. Bullying is something that I wish the world could just get rid of because it messes with people’s lives.

Favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject is math. I really don’t know why, it just always has been.

Favorite food?

My favorite food is pasta.

Least favorite food?

My least favorite food is lobster.

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

The law would be that bullying is a crime. That would definitely help solve the bullying problem in the world.

Favorite YouTuber?

My favorite YouTuber is Coaster Studios.

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

I am working with my band called Ncredible Crazy Kids! We were founded by Nick Cannon and we have some incredible music on the way!

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Interview with comedian and actress Sarah J. Halstead

Comedian SARAH J HALSTEAD hails from Flint. Michigan originally. She dropped everything to move to Los Angeles and pursue her dreams as an actress, writer and stand-up performer four years ago, and relates her experiences in her new comedy special: RV’s and Cats, directed by Emmy Award winning Director Jeff Greenstein (of Will and Grace, Mom, Friends and more) and available for streaming now on Amazon.

She is also actively engaged in charity and giving back as well, especially raising ovarian cancer awareness and helping with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. On screen we have seen her as the murderer ‘Sheila LaBarre’ in Deadly Sins, the sweet 1950’s housewife ‘Jean Carpenter’ in the TV pilot Life in Kodachrome, ‘Diane Stowe’ in ID’s Betrayed, and many more. Still she finds time to build her stand-up comedy career, working many comedy venues around Los Angeles.

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

Great to meet you too! Outside of biz I am a wine enthusiast and have been immersed in the wine industry for most of my adulthood. I’m a certified sommelier and have worked in every aspect of the wine industry, including my comedy podcast Drinking During Business Hours (not for teens of course) which received “New and Noteworthy” acclaim by itunes.

Great! Your comedy special “RVs and Cats” debuts Feb 13th on Amazon Prime. Why do you think people are going to want to watch it? 

My comedy sets in the major clubs around the country generally have not exceeded 10 minutes. Many of my fans have requested a full comedy special as a way to hear my full story and journey of how I have ended up traveling 4 years ago from Flint, Michigan to Los Angeles. I tell the details of this journey in a one woman show format but with standup comedy writing and performance. Lots of surprising zingers and storylines which I think will be fun for all ages and many of the viewers. 

What’s been your worst or craziest experience performing standup?

I once had performed for the troops in Nevada. My opener was “Where are my gender fluids?”. It didn’t go over well. 

And the best?

My first time performing “RVs and Cats” LIVE at the iconic Second City Hollywood was absolutely the most riveting, rewarding, and most wonderful moment of my life. 

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

It’s been tough getting headlining opportunities at the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles because they prefer those spots go to big TV and movie stars who do comedy. I find that many of those actors are not as funny as the true comedians in the lineup, but I understand the excitement of seeing some of these icons LIVE. I figure I’ll wait my turn 🙂

Have you ever been starstruck, and if so what happened?

Honestly, I have never been starstruck. I’ve shared the mic with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and my number one focus is to hold my own and not bomb! 

Since this is a site for teens, I am going to ask you a couple of teen-related Qs. First, what was your biggest insecurity during your teen years and how did you overcome it.

I was an extremely homely and awkward pre-teen and have always seen a bucked-tooth, ungainly pasty-white, insecure little girl with a bowl-cut looking back at me in the mirror. This was a blessing in disguise as it had forced me to focus on creating talents for myself – as I knew I wasn’t going to get in the door with my looks. I sort of became attractive in my late teens and early twenties but I have never focused or relied on it. Looks fade. Talents and book smarts will make you feel whole and take you as far as you want to go.

If you could travel back in time and give your teen self some advice, what would it be?

Be good to yourself. Take care of your physical and mental state. Eat your fruits and veggies. Meditate. Drink a lot of water.  Love you and believe that no one else has been blessed with your abilities! 

Biggest pet peeve?

Bullies.

The one thing I won’t eat is _____________.

Green olives – yuck!

Secret fear?

Bombing on stage. I’m not as confident as I appear up there. And I’ve seen the most successful and iconic comedians have a bad set – it’s inevitable and happens to everyone.

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

Judy. Renee Zellweger – spellbinding! 

The one thing I cannot live without is__________.

Coffee.

Most embarrassing moment IRL you wish you could do over?

I’m sure I have some bad sets out there which will gradually resurface.

Secret beauty hack:

Lip plumper. I like the tingle and smear it all over my face when a coffee buzz isn’t enough. 

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

I can actually play classical piano. I like to play Brahms, Mozart, and Chopin on rainy nights.

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

I have a pending project that I can’t quite talk about yet BUT it’s very exciting and has something to do with a TV.

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!

I have attached a selfie taken a few nights ago (Feb. 5th, Wed. night) at a Pre Oscars event! 

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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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