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06 Letter From The Editor 07 BELLO Obsessions 08 Cover Story | MARTINS IMHANGBE 26 Spotlight | JOSEPH DAVID-JONES 34 Spotlight | MAGGIE ROSE 48 Spotlight | ASHLEY ROMANS
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Letter From The Editor Bello
Wow, time flies... Here we are, already in Fall and inching closer to the holidays! The temperature is dropping (well, for L.A. at least) and everyone is getting cozy! Now is the time to line up your binge-worthy shows and movies and get the hot chocolate maker going! It's time to sit back and get comfortable especially when you have such amazing shows out like the current ones... For our cover, we have the handsome Martins Imhangbe who stars in the Netflix hit show, Bridgerton, and we can't wait for Season 2 to come out! Joseph David-Jones from "The 4400" reboot is bringing the heat as our Bello Spotlight alongside Ashley Romans and Maggie Rose. Ashley, who stars in FX on Hulu’s “Y: The Last Man,” was absolutely stunning in our shoot with her, and the talented artist, Maggie, shined as she took over the shoot and let her inner singer truly come out. For our Youg Hollywood, the handsome Anthony Keyvan from "Love, Victor" brought such positive energy to our day and we are happy to showcase Rafael Cebrián, who spiced things up! Daniel Kyri, Zack Arthur and Stefanie Scott got us Hyped and are making a name for themselves in the world of film and TV! Fellow Bello readers, may this upcoming month bring you abundance, happiness, and love as we get into the Holiday spirit! Bisous Bisous Alexandra Bonnet
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MARTINS IMHANGBE: BREAKING THE MOULDS OF PAST RESTRAINTS
Movies, TV series and Plays are the portal into
other decades, worlds, and transport us into a parallel universe in which we tap into different
emotions and perspectives. Their purpose is not
only to entertain but to also allow us to enter different realms which are of our choosing. As an actor, you become the guide to all of this which is why the talented Martins Imhangbe chose the
path of an actor. “I enjoy storytelling, hearing stories, and being transported to different time
periods, or worlds,” he shared with a warm heart. “The imagination fascinates and excites me.”
his mid-teens doing a version of Romeo and
Juliet “and catching the acting bug.” Working
side by side with such experienced actors, Martins hoped to achieve the same thing they
did, to “inspire people to think, feel and learn
through storytelling.” You see, before making his TV debut, Martins performed on stage in
many plays such as ABSOLUTE HELL (National THE ROYALE
(Bush Theatre), and THE TRAGEDY OF KING
RICHARD II (Almeida Theatre), as well as DEATH OF A SALESMAN which happened right before booking BRIDGERTON. With a warm heart he
actors and a live audience is very special.” For those of you who have been to a play, I think we can all agree with this!
From the main stage to the backlot, the talented actor will be starring in Season 2 of Bridgerton
set to come out in just a few months. Continuing
in his role as Will Mondrich, the world’s first black sporting superstar, “it's been great to be able to spend so much time with a character and see how his journey evolves,” shared Martins. From
And in that moment he remembered being in
Theatre), AN ADVENTURE and
believes that, “the energy shared between the
the get-go, he was drawn to the role of the icon in
Black British History and has built a relationship
with the character through the filming process. As he also opened up, “I have learnt to adapt and trust in the storytelling, focusing on being as clear as I can with how the character of Will contributes to this world.” And that he does!
It goes to show that hard work and research can truly help you become your character. “I did a lot of reading on who he was in order to get a sense of the times he lived in and his motivations in becoming
such an icon in boxing and entrepeneurialship,” explained the passionate actor. “I found this very inspiring, especially considering the fact that racism
would have been such a major obstacle in
those times.” On top of the mental prepping, he
also did a lot of boxing and calisthenics training with Cuong Hua at commando temple. Lastly,
they had an incredible coach on set who was responsible for all the fight sequences, “rest in peace Brian Nickles.”
Having to face the challenges in regards to race, the actor explains how it usually comes from
“conscious and unconscious bias.” Continuously having to deal with the idea of stereotypes and prejudice, it pushes him to continue to push
forward and “break these moulds, for myself
It goes without saying that the series highlights important topics from a
we do a disservice to ourselves and each other.”
time where change
was needed and is made up of a cast and crew who, from the beginning, have made everything
possible for the actors to be at the peak of their
performance and portray London in its Regency era. “Communication has been great and production has really worked hard to ensure we
were all looked after during these Covid times,” he said with much heart.
and others, challenging perceptions in order to change the narratives.” Something we see happening throughout the industry but are still in
need of. We need more people to promote the idea of change and acceptance. No matter the
race. No matter the gender or sexual orientation. No matter the religion. No matter what makes you unique or special, those differences should be celebrated and not shunned!
Martins Imhangbe welcomes every day with open
BRIDGERTON does more than just entertain, it “portrays people of colour as humans in all their magnitude and complexity, which is universal,”
opened up Martins. “Inclusivity is the norm and
should be reflected in our storytelling, otherwise
arms as he continues to push the boundaries
through his person and craft. Living purposefully day to day, he continues to pour hard work into all his endeavors and we are excited to see what else he has in store! Cheers, Martins!
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JOSEPH DAVID-JONES PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES JOSEPH DAVID-JONES IS LIVING HIS CHILDHOOD DREAM AS HE STARS IN "THE 4400." HAVING BEEN A FAN OF THE ORIGINAL SERIES, WHAT DRAWS HIM THE MOST TO THE STORY IS THAT IT IS A SCI-FI THAT ALSO ADDRESSES SOCIAL ISSUES WE SEE TODAY. HAVING WORKED HARD TO CONNECT AND BEST PORTRAY HIS CHARACTER, THE ACTOR POURED HIS HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS PROJECT. ALSO A SINGER, JONES IS ABLE TO TAP INTO HIS CREATIVE SIDE AS HE WRITES LYRICS AND SINGS TO DIFFERENT MELODIES. JOSEPH-DAVID JONES IS TRULY PUSHING BOUNDARIES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS TO COME!
Why were you drawn to auditioning for the upcoming series, “The 4400”?
children and families, as well as ones who work
alongside the police to aid in the de-escalation of
I loved the show as a kid and when I read the script
non-violent cases. I wanted to truly understand
concept. The idea of taking a sci-fi genre and using
authenticity to Jharrel.
today is enlightening. This show was exactly the kind
Share with us a story in which your limits were
I was really impressed with their new take on the it as a medium to address social issues in our world
of project I wanted to lend my voice and creativity to. What are some differences/ similarities between
the weight of the job, so that I could bring that
being pushed. What came out of it? How did you handle it?
this one and the 2004 version?
Last year, after the shooting of Jacob Blake in
Though the concept of this 4400 is the same as the
came together to make a short film that touched on
in our story. The first noticeable difference is the
This film was plagued with problems from beginning
this series is with the myriad of different groups
orientation. Also, our reimagining focuses more on
midway through the first day of shooting, forcing us
having their own stories leading up to the event that
film definitely tested my resolve not only as an actor
Kenosha, Wisconsin, a couple of film makers and I
original there are actually quite a few differences
race and the current social climate in this country.
inclusivity. You can see how much more diverse
to end! We faced everything from covid restrictions,
represented in the cast, both in race and in sexual
breaking during scenes, and our DP quitting on us
the characters within the 4400, with each person
to find a replacement during our lunch break. This
sent them hurling into the future.
but a filmmaker as well. However, every step of the
How did you prep for your role? What has it taught
up with a film that is not only extremely powerful
you about yourself?
The character I play on the show is “Jharrel Mateo”, a
way we pushed through the obstacles and ended but timely and poignant.
Growing up, who was someone who had a strong
social worker tasked with finding out what happened
influence on who you are today?
helping them reintegrate into society. To prepare for
I would say my mother and father. They were my
to the people who vanished and reappeared while this role I spent a good amount of time talking to
social workers, especially ones who specialize with
biggest role models growing up and for very different
reasons. My father taught me how to be strong and persevere even in the face of life’s most extreme
obstacles. My mother taught me how to be kind and respectful, and to always see the good in people.
Was there ever a time where you felt like you
couldn’t keep moving forward? How did you? Any advice you would give to others feeling the same?
combines my career as an actor with my passion for music. This album means a lot to me because it
gives me the outlet to express myself. I am free of any restrictions and can show the different facets
of who I am as well as the different influences
that inspire me artistically. Growing up, I felt like I was always placed in a box when it came to my
musical preferences. I always felt embarrassed to enjoy different genres of music outside of what was
I vividly remember my second year in LA. I was rooming with six people in a two bedroom, all of
us struggling actors with no money and on the verge of possible eviction. Realizing this wasn’t
expected of me. I want this album to show people
that it's cool to enjoy whatever genre of music they
want to, and to not be embarrassed if they love something different than the people around them.
the ideal situation to progress my career, I turned
If you could go back in time to a specific moment
to me which allowed me to keep at it through that
pick and why?
to my family, who graciously opened their doors
trying time and allowed me to continue my journey toward a successful career. The advice I would give for someone in a similar situation is to never be
embarrassed to ask the people who care about you for help.
(in your life or even history), which would you
In 2014 I signed on to do the film “Allegiant,” from
the Divergent series. The project was filmed over
the course of two months in Atlanta. Because I was a struggling actor at the time, I didn’t have enough
You are also a singer! What inspired you to pursue that as well?
money to survive those 2 months while waiting for my first check from production. However, I had about
30 bitcoins in my crypto wallet from a couple years
As an artist, there is a strong desire to express yourself creatively. However, in TV and film the final product generally ends up being a collaborative representation of a hundred different creative visions
blended together into one project. Whereas with
music, it’s just your creative vision released to the world. Being able to have that level of unencumbered freedom and creative expression is what drew me
prior. So, in order to pay for my accommodations
and food while shooting the movie, I decided to sell all of my bitcoins in a last-ditch effort to survive the shoot until I got paid. I ended up making roughly
$30,000 on that film and today the bitcoins I sold would be worth around 1.6 million dollars. If I could
go back in time, I would’ve definitely done things a bit differently.
to pursue music.
Your next move?
Tell us more about your music and what it means
So many things! Currently, I’m working on “The
to you. What do you hope it means to others?
4400”, my upcoming album, my own film projects,
This album is a compilation of all the genre influences that inspired my love of music today. It is a playlist through who I am as an artist that
and other scripts I’m developing. My next move is to just find the balance of it all. I would love to find
the best way to roll out my various projects while still finding the time to do more.
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BUILDING BRIDGES WITH MAGGIE ROSE MUSIC IS THE BRIDGE THAT LINKS PEOPLE'S SOULS. WITH MUSIC, YOU CAN TAP INTO ANY EMOTION WITHIN YOURSELF OR WITH OTHERS, A LITTLE SOMETHING THE TALENTED MAGGIE ROSE KNOWS ABOUT. SINGING HAS BEEN PART OF HER LIFE SINCE SHE WAS YOUNG AND AS SHE GREW OLDER, MAGGIE WAS MORE AND MORE EXPOSED TO WHAT THIS CAREER WOULD BRING...AND SHE WENT FOR IT. NOW, HER NEW ALBUM HAVE A SEAT BRINGS TO YOU A DIFFERENT SIDE OF MAGGIE ROSE. WE LOVE TO SEE ARTISTS GROW HERE AT BELLO AND THIS ARTIST IS GROWING A LITTLE MORE BY DAY. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAGGIE ROSE!
Share with us what you were most drawn to when you decided to become an artist. I love that music facilitates a connection between people like nothing else. Even as a youngster I knew I could sing and that it made people happy, but when I first realized that I could establish a rapport with so many people through original music and performance it cracked my world wide open. When I was about sixteen years old performing some of my original songs for the first time to audiences who were seemingly able to escape into the music, I began to understand that being a capable singer was only a fraction of what it means to be a great artist. Those vulnerable and clumsy moments I’ve experienced on my journey to find my artistic voice have made me take honest looks at myself allowing me to dig deeper into where I can take my art. The renewing challenge of that exploration is something I will never get tired of chasing. Besides, creating art and putting together the whole presentation of it is so damn fun. What steps did you take to get to where you are now? I’ve been signed to major and independent labels, and I’ve even run my own. While I have taken hundreds of steps—most of them forward and a few backward or lateral perhaps—I have always kept moving. I’ve just released my third 35
full-length album HAVE A SEAT, and feels like a new beginning of sorts because I know I have landed in a space that is all my own after much trial and error and some reprogramming. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I’ll say that I had to fight the system, the industry, and even myself at times in order to feel so firmly rooted in what I’m doing and that feels triumphant. Growing up, what kind of role did music play in your life? I loved seeing the way music made people gather and lean into one another. I grew up singing in the Church so I was often singing with a congregation which brought about a great sense of community. I also grew up in a home where I was constantly singing and encouraged to do so, therefore I simply considered music to be a part of my identity early on in life. My parents have great taste in music and my childhood had a killer soundtrack. Annie Lennox, Frank Sinatra, Aretha, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were among the many artists regularly played in the car or in our home. Furthermore, I was lucky enough to grow up in a time where divas like Mariah and Whitney were dominating the charts of popular music; it really played into the whole adage of “if you can see it you can be it.” Congratulations on your new album, HAVE A
SEAT! Describe it to us in your own words. Thank you! I’m so excited to finally have it out in the world. I got to record this album at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL where legends like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Allman Brothers and Etta James made their own historical music and I could feel their energy in the room. There is a throwback feel with the soul tinged production but there are also contemporary, futuristic psychedelic elements to the arrangements as well. These were songs written and recorded before the pandemic began and the themes of empathy, communication, compassion and understanding became even more relevant after experiencing what we had all collectively been through. The title “Have A Seat” is about making room for each other, being inclusive, feeling empowered enough to take up the space designated to each of us as individuals and most of all gathering together which is why it felt so wonderful to be able to release this music in a time where I could support it by touring and playing it live. Seeing the camaraderie among the crowd and feeling it with my band is something I will never take for granted. This album feels right for this moment. In what ways does this album reflect who you are? Pick three songs that mean a lot to you and why. I wrote these songs to soothe myself during a really tumultuous time and now I’m hopeful that they will do just that for the audience. However, this album also represents me in the sense that it is hard to define; it transcends genre and incorporates both my gentler and spicier side in a way that I tried my best to balance. “For Your Consideration” is an example of that earnest effort because it demonstrates my willingness to hear out
an argument that conflicts with my own but also demands the courtesy of receiving the same treatment in return. The most loving thing we can do is listen to one another and that message is found throughout the record. “Do It” and “What Are We Fighting For” were written with my two dear friends and band mates Alex Rahal Haddad and Larry Florman on two separate occasions. “Do It” is a romp celebrating individuality and pride in being exactly who you are with a sort of “take it or leave it” attitude while “What Are We Fighting For” opens the whole album as a question with a double meaning that builds slowly and steadily, hopefully engaging the listener and opening their mind to prepare them for what’s to come on the rest of the album. What was the inspiration behind the music videos? Ford Fairchild directed these videos and also shot this beautiful spread and he has always been someone who has gone to the mat with me to help me fully realize the creative vision. The proverbial table at which we have a seat is a feature throughout the story told in three parts; “What Are We Fighting For” followed by “Saint” then concluding with “For Your Consideration.” There are Easter eggs all over the table alluding to different songs on the record and we wanted to create an otherworldly Alice in Wonderland aesthetic. There were so many limitations due to the pandemic that restricted the number of people we could have in the production so we decided to shoot in a composite way that would allow me to play all the different versions of myself fighting with one another at the table. It ended up being even more effective in mimicking the internal battles I was dealing with throughout isolation and when zoomed out it portrayed the reality that we as a society were simply not communicating with each other. The “clones,”
wearing a nude William Wilde latex bodysuit, are all bathed in different light to match their mood and their fight is broken up by the “queen,” also in William Wilde, who pacifies the situation by encouraging listening. We definitely got a little meta with the whole concept, but the process was a thrill. Share with us an experience you had with a fan that left a strong impact on you. It is always a really humbling experience whenever a listener privileges me with a personal story of how my music has helped them through a situation as heavy as a death or a divorce. I’ve also seen many couples get engaged at my shows during a song that is special to them. In all of these cases I realize how much bigger this is than me and I feel honored to be a part of such personal moments in their lives. I remember the first time someone sent me a video of her and her new spouse having their first wedding dance to “It’s You” and it was beautifully surreal. Growing up, what were some stepping stone moments in your life? Moving to Nashville as a teenager still seems a little outrageous to me. I was given a huge
opportunity but had to leave friends and family and a more conventional path behind. My parents and my sisters made me feel entirely supported but now that I am a little older, I realize how generous their brave faces and support of me has always been. It felt like a free fall at the time but I am proud of my younger self for being gutsy enough to pursue what I wanted with that kind of conviction. Upcoming plans/projects? I’m having the best time on my tour where I am joined by Them Vibes and Dylan Hartigan, and we’re hitting it hard until our New Year’s Eve show in Saint Louis at Delmar Hall. We’ve got an incredibly robust touring schedule, but live music is an important part of my fabric so it feels like we’re making up for lost time. I’m also really enjoying hosting my podcast called “Salute the Songbird” where I speak to incredible women in the industry about their stories. I’ve had guests like Nancy Wilson of Heart, Martina McBride, Valerie June, Amythyst Kiah, Mickey Guyton, Jade Bird and Kathy Valentine, among others. It makes me feel so connected to my community and the sisterhood we all share and my list of potential guests to have on the show never stops growing.
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ASHLEY ROMANS AS SHE FINDS THE PERFECT BALANCE STARRING IN FX ON HULU’S “Y: THE LAST MAN," ASHLEY ROMANS SPOKE WITH US AT BELLO ABOUT HER TIME FILMING, FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN SEEING ACTING AS A PASSION AND AS A CAREER, THE CHALLENGES SHE FACES, AND MORE. BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL, THE TALENTED ACTRESS HAS NEVER GIVEN UP ON HER DREAM WHICH SHE IS NOW LIVING EVERY DAY. WITH HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND A LOT OF LOVE, ASHLEY HAS ALREADY OVERCOME SO MUCH UP UNTIL AND CONTINUES TO DO SO WITH GRACE. HOPING TO TACKLE ON MORE PLAYS AS WELL, ASHLEY ROMANS CONTINUES TO FIND THE PERFECT BALANCE IN HER LIFE AND INSPIRES US TO DO SO AS WELL!
How has acting changed your life? The way you are? Acting has deepened how I listen and experience with other human experiences. Acting has been the vehicle through which explore and cultivate curiosity about my own expansiveness. Acting gives me the space to become increasingly suspicious of my own perceived limitations for myself. You star in FX on Hulu’s “Y: The Last Man” as “Agent 355.” What drew you to the role originally? First and foremost the writing really drew me into this role. When I finally read the pilot I could feel that all these different characters were really just the same person experiencing the world through different bodies. I was also drawn to the role for all the colors and contradictions that exist inside Agent 355 and all the characters that she puts on. I was excited because I understood that this role and project serve as a vehicle for my own personal growth. This character requires me to step into a different and more disciplined version of myself to truly understand her thoughts and actions. Agent 355 is a person
who really has her shit together in a lot of ways. She is focused, driven leader and trusts herself and abilities a lot. And at the same time, she has a lot of areas of personal growth in the areas of love, relationships, healing. As an actor, in order to not play adjacent to that experience, I had to really commit to some of 355’s personal mental and daily habits I think she has. Such as journaling, exercise, meditation, reading and language study etc. I also had to really take stock in my own personal life how I am driven and where I can be a better leader and my areas of growth. On set, what was an advice given to you by the director that had a strong impact on you? Episode 5 Director Mairzee Almas was so clever in her vision for the fight sequence between Agent 525 and Agent 355. Mairzee told us about how Muhammad Ali described the fist boxing in the ring as a form of intimacy. She couldn’t find the specific quote but sent me this: To fight is to be completely naked and exposed to your opponent- I share more intimacy with my opponent than even my wife. You share everything you really are...strengths
& fears. You are completely exposed. Mairzee really aimed to elevate the fight scene from cool action stuff but to a moment where we can learn more about the characters. 355’s level of exposure during the fight for example... but then the mask slips back on....but is there a pull to align with 525? What has changed with your relationship by the end of the fight, beyond recognizing the training etc. Always seeking the strongest choice. She even found ways to make a story out of a couple looks and props in a scene with Yorick and 355 but no dialogue. I am very blown away by her level of specificity. Who did you connect with the most? Any fun story you would like to share? I connected with everyone equally and in our own special way. But one specific moment I remember at this time is with Destiny, the director of episodes 4 &6. During an overnight shoot, production ordered these fancy super decadent donuts for cast and crew. Someone asked her if she wanted them to bring her back a donut and she said something along the lines of “Yeah just a plain glaze donut. NO TRICKS!” She’s English and for some reason that made it all the more funny and adorable to me. But now when I’m tempted to over complicate something I think to myself “NO TRICKS!” What were some challenges you knew you would have to tackle on the show and how did you overcome them? I’ve always been pretty shy and quiet but during the course of the pandemic and quarantine I became increasingly more shy and often experienced almost crippling social and mental anxiety and spiraling thoughts of insecurity around multiple areas of life. I knew the biggest challenge I would have to face would be to finding the courage in myself to
voice my opinions, questions, and concerns as a creative peer to my co workers and collaborators. I overcame these moments of anxiety with the help of my life partner, and exercise, meditation, and the community we cultivated on set. Through listening and trust I realized that there is so much evidence and community around me that confirms I am indeed capable and trustworthy. So I would say the process of overcome was less of a painful climbing experience and more of getting quiet and listening and trusting experience. I made an extra effort to put myself out there and reach out to people with my enthusiasm. I told myself every day that I would rather risk looking silly or new than risk sharing only a fraction of my potential out of fear. After a while I realized that my peers, directors, writers, producers welcomed and were hungry for my thoughts and input. They trusted me for being an authority of this character. I was able to use any anxiety and insecurity present to feed my performance. Because even as confident as Agent 355 comes off, she’s never done any of this before especially to the scale that we see her doing it. This is her first apocalypse so its okay for her not be certain about what she’s doing the same way it’s okay for me to feel uncertain about what I’m doing in some moments because that’s an authentic, valid human experience as well. In what ways did you know you acting would become your career? Honestly it’s delicate mental balancing act for me to accept that acting is my career and means of income and still keep a healthy boundary between my passion for the craft and my relationship with money. I still have trouble accepting that acting is my career. I still experience that faint nagging voice in the back of my head that says I should learn how to bartend or take up a catering shift just in case I need something to “fall back on.”
But I knew I loved acting and that I wanted to do it throughout my life when I watch incredible, fun and moving performances, either in television, film, animation, dance etc. I felt acting is what I was meant to do when I desired to give other people the same moving experience and deeper knowledge of self that I received.
obvious racism, classism, colorism, capitalism, homophobia, transphobia, patriarchy. Our industry exists in the world and is subject to all the obstacles that exist in the world. The only obstacle I can control is making sure I don’t internalize those forms of oppression and I actively work to dismantle them within myself and my area of reach.
In 2016 I was doing a play in a Los Angeles Non Union 50 seat theatre. At the time it was the most fulfilling acting experience I had since I graduated undergrad the year before. To be part of this ensemble of actors and the director and performing the material we were doing was so spiritually and creatively nourishing for me although we didn’t get paid much of anything. I had left early from our premiere night of the play and rushed over to the overnight shift of the waitressing job I had at the time. I knew I loved acting because I continued to do it even when I felt like I was losing and facing rejection and way before I ever thought it could be a profitable career.
When you aren’t acting, who are you?
How did other projects influence who you are as an actress? Other projects stretch the range of my human experience and help me know myself deeper. What are some obstacles you have had to face in the industry? What kind of change still needs to be done? I don’t think I can say much else other than the
When I’m not acting, I’m journaling, listening to music, dancing. Doing yoga, going on long walks and long drives while listening to audio books that move me. If I’m at my best I’m practicing kicking drills for CSE STUNTS which is a Black owned martial arts London based school I’ve been training with 3 times a week since March 2020. This training program really helped me get into the physicality of Agent 355. Where do you hope to find yourself next? I hope to do a classical comedy play with really amazing actors that help me grow and learn. I think handling Shakespeare or Chekov text and story would help me expand as an artist. I would love to do a musical too. I’m grateful that my jobs have given me a chance to travel and see different parts of the country. In the next year I’ll be working on set in a French speaking country where I can work as an actor, become more fluent in the language and spend my days doing all the activities that feed me.
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IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR EYES AND HEART OPEN TO THE WORLD AS IT IS FILLED WITH SO MANY BEAUTIFUL CULTURES, INDIVIDUALS, LANGUAGES, AND MUCH MORE. WE OFTEN HEAR BILINGUAL SONGS BUT IMAGINE WHEN A TV SERIES DOES SO? WELL, NO NEED TO WONDER ANYMORE AS ACAPULCO, ON APPLE TV+, PROVIDES JUST THAT! STARRING IN THE SERIES IS THE HANDSOME RAFAEL CEBRIÁN WHO IS EXCITED TO BE PART OF SUCH A FUN PROJECT, RELEASING JUST IN TIME FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH! THE SHOW IS MORE THAN A PROJECT FOR RAFAEL...IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE CHANGE BOTH IN THE INDUSTRY AND IN THE WORLD. THERE IS A LACK OF HUMANITY AT TIMES AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO NOT LET THAT CONTINUE! RAFAEL CEBRIÁN BRINGS TALENT, BEAUTY, AND KINDNESS TO THE TABLE AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT COMES NEXT!
Love that the series is bilingual! What about this drew you to audition? There’s something very attractive about working in a bilingual environment. You’re constantly exposed to multiple cultures- in our case, the Mexican and American culturemaking up for a very enriching and unique creative space. I will say, this wasn’t my first bilingual project. Even though I’ve been living here in the U.S for the past fourteen years, I was born and raised in Madrid, so I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I am used to juggling from one language to another at work, and really at the end of the day, we all speak the same language on set. That language is storytelling. But to be honest, the fact that it’s a comedy series had a bigger weight on me when deciding to audition for ACAPULCO. When you booked the role, what were you most looking forward to? People look at my track record and tend to automatically box me in as a “dramatic actor”but comedy is my jam! I started out doing comedy in college and I’ve been dying to do
be part of a project like ACAPULCO since I can remember. Getting to play a bigger than life character in a fast pace, high concept, yet grounded comedy series was on my bucket list for a long time. Guess I can cross that one out now. On set, what was one of your favorite scenes to shoot and why? Oooh- It’s hard for me to pick a specific scene. They’re all so different, so specific and so fun. I really enjoyed working with Enrique, Jessica, Camila, and Chord. I’m very excited to see how the audience reacts to the big pool scenes. There’s a lot going on at once. Visually, musically, and emotionally… such a sensory overload. What did this you, personally?
In a way, it meant validation and vindication as a comedic actor. I was able to prove to myself (and everybody else) that comedy is in my wheelhouse. I left Mexico feeling like a better actor and a an even better person after the three months of filming the show.
Growing up, in what ways were you exposed to diversity in the world? Growing up, I was fortunate enough to travel everywhere and was constantly exposed to different cultures. I was also lucky to get an education where I learned to speak 4 languages. So not only was I exposed to different cultures, but I was able to fully immerse myself in them as well. I understand now that I was privileged to be raised and brought up that way. I never gave diversity a second thought. It was always a given in my life.
because they lack the language, cultural context, or education. There are other people, however, that are much better versed in the subject matter and have the language to be brought into the conversation. I’d like to think that I can be one of those people (and there are so many deserving and qualified people out there). My upbringing, education, and cultural background could come into play, as well as my job as an actor/writer. I have the luxury of language around something everyone wants to talk about. I’d love to lend my language, and maybe it can help people see eye to eye a bit more.
How has it helped you be more open and understanding of others?
What do you believe our world is currently lacking?
It has made me want to be of service to others. For instance, I work in an industry that is a mirror of our society. What it projects can help people see themselves, and it has a profound level of influence. I can’t just sit and watch predominantly white-straightmale characters represented on screen and not say anything about it. It’s an inaccurate representation of people, stories, and who has value in the world. Thankfully in the past few years people have been speaking up about it, and for the first time it feels like the industry wants to do the right thing. The issue has now become: How? There are good intentioned people making poor choices
Humanity… and sometimes common sense. Why did you decide to become an actor? Do you believe you found your purpose yet? I love telling stories, voicing the unvoiced… that’s all I ever wanted to do. And that’s why l like to think of myself as a storyteller more than an actor. To be honest, I don’t know if I know what my purpose is yet. I’m very content living in the unknown as I figure it out. This, right here and now, is the fun part.
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Why did you decide to become an actor? Was
and I’m grateful for every opportunity and project
lessons they’ve all taught me. For example, I did
there a person or thing that gave you that last
a film a few years ago which was a stressful and
I kind of fell into the entertainment industry when
grueling experience, and I thought I had made a
performative kid and loved the arts and one day
series I was recurring on at the time. Looking back
always loved cars, and I was scouted by someone
friend on that set, and I can’t imagine my life without
my parents the whole car ride home to put me in,
did a pilot a couple years ago that I thought if it had
and print agent and started with that. My mom has
next level. It was canceled, and I was heartbroken,
and available to me to help advance my career.
But I realize now that if that pilot had gone to series,
Growing up, what were some of your favorite
has been the best experience of my career thus
I was five. Growing up I had always been a very
mistake by taking that job instead of continuing the
my parents took me to the LA auto because I’ve
I’m so grateful I took that job because I met my best
advertising their acting school. I practically begged
her so I’m glad I did that film. Another example, I
and they did. A few months later I got a commercial
gone to series would have taken my career to the
always been my #1 supporter and was always ready
and I thought that was the most devastating thing.
shows/movies and why?
I wouldn’t have been cast in “Love, Victor”, which far. I’ve learned from my 16 years as an actor that
everything happens for a reason, that when one
Growing up my favorite movie was definitely Shrek
door closes, another opens, and you never know
was “family movie night” and it was always either of
become something beautiful in the future.
2 or the incredibles. Every Friday night in our house those two movies my brother and I would choose.
Tell us more about your different projects and how each taught you a lesson.
what seeds you planted years ago will blossom and
Is there something you believe is still lacking in the industry? Explain.
Although the industry is evolving and changing for
I’ve been in the industry pretty much my whole life
I’ve been a part of because of the experiences and
the better day by day, I still feel like there’s is a lack
of AAPI representation, and I’d love to see more of
that in the near future. Another thing that is lacking is the fair treatment, respect, and equal pay of our
crew members who work tirelessly, sometimes 18
I turned to writing as a way to supplement that. And it turned into something I really love and want to pursue in the future.
hour days, to make the projects we love. That is why
What was your family dynamic like? Any particular
How did you enjoy working on “Love, Victor”? What
I had a pretty normal suburban family upbringing.
I fully stand with IATSE and what they’re fighting for.
did you discover about yourself on set?
story that stands out?
It was the four of us, my mom, dad, me, and my
I absolutely loved working on “Love, Victor” and I can’t wait to go back for season three. Everyone on
that set, cast and crew, are amazing and so great to work with. I’ve never worked on a set with such
lovely people. I think one of the things I discovered about myself is the confidence and bravery I needed
to properly portray my character, Rahim. That was something that I lacked, and “Love, Victor” gave me that.
What do you believe the show was able to bring to its audience other than entertainment?
I believe the show was able to bring to its audience other than entertainment a space where they can feel authentically represented, seen, and heard. I
know that for me at least, I’ve gotten hundreds if not thousands of messages of people of middle eastern
descent or Muslim backgrounds who for the first time felt represented on screen, which is such an honor and an incredible thing to be apart of.
younger brother, Jared. One memory that stands
out, are the countless auditions we would drive to LA for, from Orange County. Because my mom took
a step back from work to be able to do this for me, the three of us would be in the car for hours while my
dad worked. That’s a time I’ll never forget, because of the memories we made in the car, and it reminds
me of the sacrifices my entire family made to get me where I am today.
If you could trade places with someone for the week (dead or alive), who would you pick and why?
If I could trade places with anyone for a week it would be probably be someone who is blind or seriously
visually impaired. I know it sounds weird but I think I’d want to know how they go about life, how they
shop, eat, how they feel about life in general. Plus
if we traded places, they’d get the opportunity to experience sight, and see how beautiful and colorful the world they live in is.
Tell us about one of your passions. Why is it so
What kind of show/movie do you hope to tackle
One new passion of mine is writing. It’s something
My goal is to do something more serious next.
I started during the pandemic, and I was unable to utilize my regular method of creative expression, so
Hopefully a limited series or a feature.
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STEFANIE SCOTT STARS IN "GIRL IN THE WOODS," A THRILLER SET TO SEND CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE. THIS ROLE WAS IMPORTANT TO THE TALENTED ACTRESS AND SHE POURED, QUITE LITERALLY, HER BLOOD, SWEAT, AND (HAPPY) TEARS! IN ORDER TO PREP FOR HER ROLE, SHE TRAINED WITH A STUNT TRAINER PRIOR TO SHOOTING AS WELL AS STUDIED DIFFERENT MARTIAL ARTS AND MMA TECHNIQUES. OK, QUEEN! APPRECIATING EVERY NEW SKILLS SET SHE ACQUIRES WITH EVERY PROJECT, STEFANIE SCOTT IS KICKING DOWN THE BARRIERS AND FLYING HIGH! Why did you decide to pursue a career in acting?
I don’t remember ever wanting to
do anything else other than the arts,
since I was a kid. Movies and music
had a huge effect on me growing up. I would be acting out films in
my head, all day throughout school.
acting outside of myself. It’s hard to
fake a connection with someone. It feels a lot better for me to connect
with the right people from a truthful place. And if I don’t connect with someone, that is okay too.
Tell us more about your time
It has always been ingrained in me.
filming “Girl In The Woods.” How
Share with us the successes and
The prep for this show was one of
downfalls you have encountered up until now.
Honestly, experiencing the downfalls has paved the way to most of my
successes. You can’t really have
one without the other. Downfalls aside, I think the biggest mistake someone can make, is not being true to themselves and taking the time to explore and learn who they
are. Actors embody someone else’s journey, so we have to work to get
to know who we are individually, without the character. But funny
plays Arthur, is sort of like a father
figure to Carrie (my character) in the show. We actually built a really great bond throughout the shoot. He’s an insanely talented martial
artist in real life. I love Carrie and Arthur’s storyline.
did you prep for a thriller?
What are your thoughts on film/
the most enjoyable parts. I trained
world (not just as a means of
for three hours a day a few weeks
before leaving for Portland with a stunt trainer, learning different
martial arts and MMA techniques. I also trained and learned fight sequences over the weekends and
on set. It took a ton of energy and
stamina, but that’s what I loved about it. It felt so good to get home at the end of the night, or morning, (haha) and fall right asleep.
Any personal stories you would
television and their role in the entertainment)?
Film and television are a time capsule of the technology used to make them at the time, the
music and style of the era, as well
as the political statements they intentionally
make. Not to mention the means of connection. “The Sound of Music” came out long before I was born,
but that movie and its music bonded
my mom with her mom, and then me with them. I can’t wait to share that
enough I think the key to getting
like to share about your time on
learning about who you really are.
Some of the best moments were at
Where do you hope your acting
Casey Modderno and one of our
One of my biggest driving factors in
into different roles, is unlocking and
At least in my experience so far.
video village with our head writer
In what way is one of your biggest flaws also your best feature?
I’ve always edged on the more
quiet/observant side. Working in the
definitely been pushed a bit to "play the game” more, but I’ve learned
that being more introverted may be a good thing for me. I can genuinely act from the heart, as opposed to
producers, Jasmine Johnson. I think
Casey might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I feel so lucky to have worked with them both.
What was the cast like? Who did you connect with strongly on set?
We have such a talented cast on
this show. Sofia (Bryant), Misha
(Osherovich) and I definitely had fun.
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They’re hilarious. Will Yun Lee, who
with my children someday, too.
will take you?
continuing to act, is the experiences that come with it. Learning new
skillsets for certain jobs, traveling the world, experiencing different cultures, and living in different
cities. Creating wonderful bonds and friendships with the people I work with. That’s what I experience
in this line of work and I’m looking forward to more of it.
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DANIEL KYRI IS BRINGING THE HEAT WITH HIS ROLE ON CHICAGO FIRE. CONNECTING TO HIS CHARACTER ON THE SHOW, MIRRORING HIS GROWTH, THE TALENTED ACTOR FINDS HIS CONFIDENCE AND COMFORTABILITY EXPANDING MORE AND MORE. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, HE HAS EXPERIENCED POVERTY, INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM, LACK OF RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION, AND MORE. HOWEVER, ALL THOSE HARDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED HIM TO KEEP BRINGING LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE TABLE. PUSHING FORTH CHANGE AND POSITIVE PROGRESS, DANEL KYRI USES HIS PLATFORM FOR THE GREATER GOOD AND WE LOVE IT! Do you recall your first scene ever on set of CHICAGO FIRE? Can you describe it to us?
What kind of obstacles have you faced and how
the most memorable was the stairwell scene with
I have overcome poverty, lack of resources and access
fireball to the face... it was a thrilling introduction to
homophobia with the support of my community and
chaos I think I was a bit in shock. Suddenly I was
can stand together in support and fight back we find
and unbearable heat and four cameras in my face
and around the world. They pour into and encourage
together and everything just kind of clicked and the
and ambitious doesn't hurt either.
home feeling like I gave all I could. It was such a
Do you have any stories you would like to share in
a good cry afterward, and then went on to perform
so, how did you face it?
It was my first day and I had a few scenes to do, but
have you overcome them?
Christian Stolte where Ritter freezes up after taking a
to education, institutionalized racism (ongoing), and
the show. The day was an example of such ordered
family. Without community we are nothing. When we
living my dream and there was smoke everywhere
success. I am a product of my community in Chicago
and Stolte was my lifeline. We were in the moment
me and I do the same for them. Being determined
world started to make sense. I did my part and went
moment of triumph for me I actually went home, had
which someone belittled you for your sexuality? If
as Hamlet at the Gift Theatre.
I have been made to feel unwelcome or small more
From that first scene to today, how has your
(though I have experienced homophobia as well)--
character evolved? How have you evolved as an actor?
often because I am Black than because of my sexuality on an individual and institutional leveI face it simply
because I must. The world we live in offers no other
Ritter has grown in confidence and capability. He
recourse. I find the strength to face it because I know
firefighter and has revealed himself to be a nuanced
don't plan on it anytime soon.
growth trajectory mimics Ritter's. My confidence
How can others help push forward change?
exponentially. I think I have Ritter to thank for that.
wrongdoing. We have to find courage in community
has developed into an impassioned and damn good
heart-on-his-sleeve type of guy. As an actor, my
who I am. Either I change or the world must and I
and comfortability on the job have expanded
We have to challenge others when we witness
I've learned so much from playing him.
and understand that we cannot survive without each
What originally drew you to the series?
let yourself be uncomfortable in your own learning
Haha. The offer of consistent work.
process. That is how we generate and foster change.
Tell us more about how you work to end the issue
What do you believe your purpose is?
other. Risk something for what you know is right and
of diversity within the industry and work in general. When I can, I prefer to focus on and tell stories that
place the often-marginalized identities in Hollywood at the center of the narrative. I try to do this in my
My purpose is to be. What comes next? Life.
writing as well as my acting career.
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BOO! HALLOWEEN IS AROUND THE CORNER AND THE SPOOKY VIBE IS ON! STARRING AS THE LEAD IN USA & SYFY’S NEW SERIES CHUCKY, ZACK ARTHUR HAS GOT US HYPED UP AND READY TO GET SPOOKY! STILL MAKING SURE IT WASN'T ALL JUST A DREAM, THE ACTOR HAD AN AMAZING ON SET FILMING WITH THE CAST AND CREW. HAVING WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE HE CAPTURED HIS CHARACTER, "JAKE," IN A WAY THAT WOULD ALLOW THE AUDIENCE TO TRULY CONNECT TO HIM, ZACK IS READY FOR THE WORLD TO FINALLY GET TO WATCH THE SHOW! ZACK ARTHUR BRINGS HONESTY, TALENT, AND POSITIVE ENERGY TO THE TABLE, LEADING HIM ON A TRUE UPHILL CLIMB! WOO!
How did you feel when you got the lead role in CHUCKY?
It is so crazy and cool. It was surreal. Getting to work with Don Mancini and the Chucky
family is incredible. I still almost can’t believe it’s real.
What kind of preparation and research did you do for the role?
I talked to Don a lot about his vision for Jake and the show. My acting coach and I worked on every episode before each one started filming. I would read everything and then would talk to Don and incorporate his ideas into my own version of who Jake is as a character. I hope everyone likes Jake. I
would be friends with him and he is a really good character with a lot of heart.
Share with us what you were most excited about prior to shooting.
cast members. Also, getting to work with
Just making sure that I represented Jake in a
way in which everyone would feel connected
to the character, have empathy towards him, and relate to him.
What do you believe this version of
CHUCKY brings to the table compared to other ones?
It brings back everyone in the original Mancini franchise and adds new characters
that connect the series through time. It also
deals with a lot of issues we are facing in the world right now and hopefully will help people if they feel misunderstood like Jake does.
Any scene in particular that stands out to you? Why?
There are so many. I don’t want to give always
Working with Don and all of the legendary other teens and the crew.
What you were most nervous about?
any cool things. But I will say, Chucky looks real and you forget he’s not because his
expressions are very authentic. Those eyes - he’s so creepy and cool at the same time.
Growing up, did you always know you wanted to act?
Have you ever had to face it?
Just now, for the very first time.
Yes. I started at age six and haven’t stopped.
If so, how did you overcome it?
performing and hope that people like my
In all seriousness, I have to face fears every
I will always bring my best effort towards work. I really love my job.
day. I talk to my family and friends about
things, and they are here for me. I feel the fear
Tell us more about what lead you to today.
and then make a decision to walk through it.
Studying acting without breaks and working
as hard as I can for every audition. Also, just
Sometimes that is really hard to do. It takes time.
being a normal 15 year old. Meeting new
What is next for you?
really fun. I like to learn things from the crew
I was in a film called “Jill,” but since it was 3
people on set and getting to know everyone is
and what they do to make this art form come to life for the fans. Did I mention how awesome the Chucky fans are? They are incredible. Share with us your biggest fear. Being asked this question.
years ago I look like a little kid. We filmed in Switzerland and the cast was really cool!
I’m auditioning for things now, but hoping for a season 2 for Chucky. Right now I’m really
busy with publicity for Chucky. I really love this show.
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