Susan Kelechi Watson Remembers Oxford Summer And Praises Phylicia Rashad

This Is Us - Susan Kelechi Watson
This Is Us actors Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown are absolutely believable as Beth and Randall Pearson. Part of that believability may come from the foundation that both actors built over the years. For Watson, a pivotal summer for her was during a trip abroad to study the craft (with an emphasis on Shakespeare) at BADA. Check out the video below as Watson explains how Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington helped sponsor her educational experience.

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Jon Seda Shares Love For Boxing And Its “Sweet Science”

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Take out the money, hype, and the big names and boxing is a sport that also resonates on so many levels. For some, it’s the symbolic nature of the underdog story rendered in cinema (Rocky) that makes it a constant draw. In the video below, Jon Seda (Chicago P.D., Treme) discusses his lifelong passion for boxing.

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Parisa Fitz-Henley’s Passion For Reading Led To Acting Path

Midnight,Texas - Parisa Fitz-Henley
There’s a ton of acting advice one can grab onto but Midnight, Texas actress Parisa Fitz-Henley has a very keep it simple approach when it comes to her own journey. In the video below, Fitz-Henley talks about how reading eventually forged a path into acting.

 

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Flip Rodriguez Talks Mental Toughness And Will Smith’s Influence

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Flip Rodriguez’s decision to open up about his experiences with sexual abuse took a ton of guts, and his mental toughness as well as being an inspiration for other people has made him one of American Ninja Warrior’s shining stars. Let’s face it, all these ninjas are awesome in their own right, and during an interview with Flip I asked him how, even in the face of tragedy, he refused to give up. Video of Rodriguez is available below!

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JR Lemon Talks Kenny’s “Caregiver” Journey On ‘The Night Shift’

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As a member of Generation X I remember when the idea of being a male nurse was frowned upon. Thankfully those days are gone and actor JR Lemon has a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a caregiver with his experiences on The Night Shift. Check out the video below as Lemon discusses his transition from an alpha male POV to a more egoless (and humanistic) approach to the world.

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‘Midnight, Texas’ Actor Yul Vázquez Reflects On Montgomery Clift’s Legacy

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Yul Vázquez stars in the eagerly anticipated Midnight, Texas which is a work based on the work of author Charlaine Harris (True Blood). In the following post Vazquez, who plays Rev. Emilio Sheehan in the series, discusses the diversity behind the town of Midnight and elaborates how Montgomery Clift (my favorite actor bar none) has influenced his acting journey.

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Akbar Gbajabiamila Sees ‘American Ninja Warrior’ As “Occupational Therapy”

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Former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila has a vivid memory of March 25, 2013, as it’s the day he got the call to co-host American Ninja Warrior. A new season of ANW is in full swing (Akbar also works with Matt Iseman on Team Ninja Warrior which has its season finale this Tuesday). During an interview with Gbajabiamila, I asked him how American Ninja Warrior has transformed his life.

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‘Superstore’ Actor Nico Santos Talks Filipino Community And Balut Broth!!

Nico Santos, Lauren Ash - Superstore
Along with his work on Superstore, Nico Santos is also a stand-up comic who has dates at the Irvine Improv (April 23rd) and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival (4-7). Being a fellow Filipino, I couldn’t help but ask about Balut, a delicacy I’ll never try. Check out the video below to hear his take on Balut and, more importantly, the support he’s received from the Filipino community.

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Nicole Richie On ‘Great News’ Family: “We Just Loved Being Together”

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There’s a ton of stuff to love with the upcoming NBC series Great News (I recently checked out the pilot). One of the takeaways is that Nicole Richie, who plays a trend obsessed cable news co-host on the show, has acting chops (anda a natural flair for comedy).

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Jennifer Beals Talks Acting, A Jacket, And The “Power of the Mind”

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Jennifer Beals, an actress who’s done extensive work on both film and television, plays Special Deputy Director of National Intelligence Christina Hart in Taken. During our interview with Beals and Clive Standen (he plays Bryan Mills, the role played by Liam Neeson in the films), the actress gave a memorable account of a pivotal event that fueled her acting passions.

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