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TABLE of CONTENT
Miyavi FALL 2021 Top CHARLES AND RON Pants MISTER TRIPLE X Jacket B JAMES Pants DULCE BESTIA Shoes JEAN BAPTISTE RAUTUREAU Jewelry RARE ROMANCE
06 Letter From The Editor 07 BELLO Obsessions
64 Hyped | HUNTER CLOWDUS
08 Cover Story | MIYAVI
68 Hyped | CHRISTIAN FRENCH
22 Spotlight | SAM AGEDOKE 34 Spotlight | DAVID MAGIDOFF 48 Feature | GG TOWNSON
56 Feature | MANDEEP DHILLON
72 THIS FALL'S TOP SUSTAINABLE BRANDS 74 Holiday Gift Guide 76 Maison Privée Shopping guide
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Letter From The Editor Bello
Here at BELLO, we hope you enjoyed your first wave of Holiday spirit and that whatever it is you are doing, that it brings you joy and cheer! Holidays are a time for us to get together with our loved ones and appreciate one another, something we cherish here. Now, of course, there is bound to be a little Holiday drama so why not escape that by getting to know some amazing talent we have lined up for you in this month's issue! For our cover, the incredible Japanese artist, MIYAVI, wowed us with his rockin kicks and incredible look. Having made his debut in the US, there is much more to come! For our Spotlights we have David Magidoff and Sam Adegoke. David, who stars in DEXTER which is finally back brought us humor and a bright smile alongside his amazing talent. And Sam, part of the infamous DYNASTY, brought the heat and openness we all long for! Artist, Christian French, and actor, Hunter Clowdus, got us Hyped with their individual talents from singing to acting and more. Handsome, kind, talented... the perfect package! Definitely going on the wishlist ;) And of course, we have featured the beautiful Mandeep Dhillon from CSI: Vegas and the hot G.G. Townson who is wowing us with her different roles! Start making those lists and check out some amazing gift ideas we have planned for you! Bisous Bisous Alexandra Bonnet
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MIYAVI AND HIS ENCOUNTER WITH FATE It’s funny how life works out sometimes. You think
you are heading in one direction and suddenly,
as fate would have it, your course is completely altered. For Japanese singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor, MIYAVI, this shift happened when he was
fourteen years old. “I picked up the guitar when I was 14 years old, after getting injured playing
soccer,” he opened up. “The injury robbed me of my dream to be a professional soccer player, so
I needed to find a new hobby that would excite me, fascinate me.” Around that time, his friend
mentioned wanting to start a band which inspired MIYAVI to pick up a guitar and start playing.
Having released thirteen albums so far, there is no stopping this passionate artist! “Each album
and each track is like my child from every era and every time period, I always think each album is the best of my career,” MIYAVI shared with a
smile. “I always keep evolving and as an artist it’s a privilege to be able to keep challenging myself with new things.” Embracing the idea of change
and continuously evolving and moving forward, he
believes that as an artist, it is his responsibility to take his audience to “new places sonically,” even when it can seem risky. It’s a journey that both the artist and audience take together...because,
“From that moment, I was able to visualize myself
without their trust, he wouldn’t be able to do this!
playing in front of a big crowd,” he shared. The
band came together and they played at the school
festival in junior high. Despite being nervous for his first show, the artist “felt a spark similar
to the adrenaline rush that I got from playing
soccer,” marking his debut in the world of music. Within no time, music became a part of who he
is. Describing his relationship to music as that
of being married, he explained “in the beginning, you’re passionate about getting to know each
other nonstop but after a while the shape of the relationship will start changing into a solid, more stable partnership.” The guitar feels like part of his body and is a tool for him to convey his emotions through tones; “Guitar playing can be a really emotional art form.”
With his audience’s trust in mind, MIYAVI works hard to release different songs which all stem from the same starting point: “deliver a message
of positivity towards life. I want my audience and my fans to feel energetic or motivated after they listen to my music.” Straying from music that
could leave them feeling sad, there is no secret
that the talented artist exuberates positivity and light.
“Music is the soundtrack to our lives. Whatever feelings we get from music can impact our lives forever,” shared MIYAVI. “My music is also a
cultural bridge, a cultural exchange. International fans that like my music are also interested in Japanese culture.” A beautiful thing to witness
when different cultures come together as one! And
speaking of being a cultural bridge, the Japanese
artist recently completed his US 20 City Tour which was a “a fun trip, a real journey and also meaningful.” Part of an amazing team, everyone not only had a
great work ethic but also ignited positive energy
and good vibes the whole time. “On the tour bus
after the show, the girls are always singing and the boys are banging their heads,” MIYAVI described. “We were so happy to be back on the road, so we were always singing and dancing, it was non-stop fun until the very end.” Yes, yes, yes! This energy
poured into the performances on stage and despite
the hard times we have been encountering for the last two years, people came to watch which meant everything. “I even cried after the last show, but I
didn’t really know why I was crying? I still don't know why my emotions took over,” he shared candidly.
Throughout the tour, he found himself getting stronger and never wanted it to end! Amazing
people, incredible times, and cities he has never visited before… it’s safe to say that MIYAVI can’t wait to start a new one! But in the meantime, he
continues to work on his music and of course, that
is not all that keeps him busy! Also a voice actor, you may recognize his voice from Arcane League of
Legends and Bright: Samurai Soul – both released
this Fall on Netflix. This outlet challenges him and allows him to keep growing and trying new things.
a variety of renowned artists, one that stood out
was with Samuel L. Jackson for the track “Worlds
Collide.” Having met on set of “Kong: Skull Island,” MIYAVI (being a huge fan of his work) went up to
him in a cool, calm, and collected manner. Similar interests and energies that vibed, it was incredible having him on one of the tracks.
Adding on the list of experiences, the artist also just dropped an NFT (non-fungible token that
is part of cryptocurrency). With the help of Jeff Miyahara, one of the producers of his latest album,
“Imaginary,” and a board member of KLKTN, MIYAVI was able to get the NFT rolling. “Their skills
and technology are really up there. To me, it was
really great to explore new territories and to see what we can do. The KLKTN team is more eco-
friendly for sustainability,” he explained. It’s not just about making money or following trends but rather serving a bigger purpose.
MIYAVI continues to wow us with his talents and of course, incredible sense of fashion! “We have the freedom to express ourselves as artists and what
you wear can shape your visuals and attitude.” Having been working with GUCCI, he loves the
company's attitude which is all about respect for
Alessandro, the designer, allowing more freedom and fluidity in the seasons’ collections. Beauty is about what fascinates you and makes you feel good, it’s spiritual.
Laughingly he expressed, “ I just turned 40 years
old with a super ‘Saiyan’ hairstyle and tons of tattoos all over my body. I never expected to be like this. We are not aging, it's more like evolving.”
Now that is a way to look at things! Love it! Being a voice actor, surprisingly, is very different from
being a rock musician. On stage, he uses his body and different facial expressions but while recording for a show, there is none of that. And that is exactly the challenge he wanted!
his projects continue to expand and come out. He stars on The Masked Singer in Japan that came out
on Amazon Prime and the movie Kate on Netflix. There is talk of doing a virtual reality version of the Kiyomizu Temple performance in Kyoto where he performed. And lastly, you can see him in Bright and
Arcane both as a voice actor AND musician. “We never know what’s next, that's why it’s precious to
Being able to work with a variety of people in all areas of the industry is truly a blessing and MIYAVI takes it all in. Having already collaborated with
You can expect to hear of MIYAVI a lot more as
treasure every single moment,” he ended. “Hope
you guys enjoy my projects and be safe during this crazy time together!”
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SAM ADEGOKE INSPIRES US WITH HIS HEART AND TALENT PART OF THE INFAMOUS SERIES, DYNASTY, SAM ADEGOKE HAS BEEN EVOLVING BOTH PERSONALLY AND IN HIS CAREER. BEING PART OF A SHOW THAT HAS AIRED MANY, MANY SEASONS, THE ACTOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO EXPLORE HIS CHARACTER IN DEPTH, SOMETHING HE MAY NOT BE ABLE T DO IN FILM. SOMETIMES FINDING HIMSELF BECOMING HIS ON-SCREEN CHARACTER, IT IS FASCINATING TO SEE HOW CHARACTERS LIVE DOUBLE LIVES SO TO SPEAK! WITH A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON FEAR AND THE WORLD, SAM ADEGOKE INSPIRES US WITH HIS CHARISMA AND HUMBLENESS. YOU CAN ALSO SEE HIM IN "THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY," A FILM WHICH HOLDS A DEAR PLACE IN HIS HEART.
As an actor, what are the benefits of starring in a series which has many seasons such as Dynasty?
to tell a Black male narrative that wasn’t the
stereotypical thug, drug dealer, or slave we often
What’s great about being on a show this long, is how
see. You get so emotionally invested that it’s
you can’t do that in film, but multiple seasons gives
realize even off screen, when Jeff is happy, winning
challenges you to consider different aspects of your
bad things happened to him I’ve literally had to
things fresh and interesting which is key when you
not Sam's. Its crazy how powerful our imaginations
it allows for deep character exploration. Not to say
hard sometimes to separate acting from reality. I
more story to cover, which means more material that
and thriving, I find myself feeling the same. When
character you maybe hadn’t thought of. It keeps
remind myself this is my character’s experience,
shoot 22 episodes per season like we do. Getting to
and the job security of several seasons certainly
Share with us a story in which you failed at
isn’t bad either.
something and overcame it.
Do you ever feel yourself becoming your
Funny, I recently had this very conversation with a
build relationships with cast and crew is also a plus
character at times?
on TV, which for me, was an amazing opportunity
friend. “Failure” is defined as not achieving a goal
or neglecting to do something. I try not to look
Absolutely. It takes 10 months to film a season
at life through that lens. Are there things I haven’t
holidays, we’re shooting non stop. You don’t even
though I haven’t achieved them, as long as I’m
you’re in a role that long, it's almost impossible not
think quitting is the only real failure and even that
because it's always top of mind. I’ve always felt
stepping away sometimes. There’s a film project
because its so rare to see a young Black billionaire
literally did everything to make it happen and it just
of Dynasty and other than a short break for the
accomplished that I really want, of course, but even
realize it sometimes until you step back but when
working towards the desired goal, I can’t “fail.” I
to blend elements of yourself with your character
is nuanced because there’s nothing wrong with
a responsibility to Jeff Colby that surpasses acting
I’ve been passionate about telling for years. I
wasn’t materializing. It was affecting my health. I
was losing sleep and obsessing, but doubled on my efforts to make it happen by working harder, which just made things worse. It was like 5 am one
morning, I’d been writing and hadn’t slept in days and just realized: What the hell am I doing? This isn’t
serving me and I’m not even enjoying the process anymore. I decided to step away and channel my
energy towards another project which allowed me
to revisit the first with a clearer mind, more focus, and a much healthier approach. It's challenging
when you really want something, but I’ve been
practicing letting go, because life has proven to me over and over again, if it’s meant for you, it will be.
You also star in “This Is Not A War Story.” Can you tell us more about your role and what it means to you?
traumas that we all experience whether veteran or civilian.
What did you learn when preparing for the role of Will La Rue?
The entire experience in some ways was like being back in school. I’ve never served in the military
nor has anyone in my family or circle of friends, so outside of movies I’d seen, I was clueless. I read a ton of books and articles and was fortunate to spent
a lot of time with vets from WW2, Vietnam, and Iraq to hear their stories and experiences. I of course learned how to make paper from uniforms which
is an incredibly cool process, but most importantly
I learned in a very jarring, intimate way just how crippling the trauma from war can be. I learned that
This film is so deeply important to me and I’m extremely proud to have been a part of it. We made it in partnership with a real life community of
veterans in New York and New Jersey who create
art on paper, made from their uniforms, to tell their stories and support each other through the often crippling trauma that comes from warfare. Talia Lugacy directed and I co-ep’d along with Rosario Dawson. My character Will LaRue is former
army intel officer and multi-tour vet of Iraq and Afghanistan who seemingly has it all together, until
his PTS and moral injury demons resurface and
set him on a downward spiral after his fellow vet and mentee commits suicide. Will meets Isabelle,
a marine vet struggling with her own demons and the two try to come to grips with their past and learn from each other. It’s a deep exploration of trauma that I’m especially proud to have explored through the lens of a black character. At the time
we were filming, I’d just begun to explore my own
personal traumas and seek therapy. Its something that is often still seen as “weak” or “unmasculine” in black communities and as such, neglected. But
I found tremendous value in it and I hope the film in
some way contributes to building more awareness,
conversation and resources around combatting
so many vets scoff at Hollywood’s portrayals of war
and find them misleading and further detrimental to their trauma. Many vets especially from Vietnam
and Iraq don’t want to “thanked for their service” because these conflicts to them were pointless and
ridden with lies. I also learned the sad reality that we as a country MUST do better by our veterans. We
know this of course, but to see the extent to which VA centers are overrun and underfunded was mind blowing. That lack of support means they often
don’t have the tools and resources needed to reassimilate to society or deal with their trauma in a
health way which as we’ve seen, has led to high rates of suicide in veteran communities. We must do better.
You also like to be behind the camera! Where id the passion stem from?
It certainly comes from producing shorts back in my school days long before my career took off. TV and
film has always been a fascinating process to me. It’s creative challenging, organised, disorganised and often chaotic, but always rewarding. This is Not
a War Story was the first feature film I’ve produced on and I learned so much. What it means to be
involved in a project this size beyond acting, to weigh in on different aspects of the film, and to make
a monetary investment to support its completion and promotion. The more invested I am, the more rewarding the process and the finished product
become and I certainly plan to continue being as involved in future projects as much as possible. It’s
given me a greater appreciate for what it takes to create and distribute a film and television and makes you a better, more informed actor.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Is there something about you most people don’t know?
My brothers. I’m the youngest of 6 boys and they
were like idols to me growing up. All very intelligent,
charismatic and certified crazy. I was a toddler when we came to the US from Nigeria and but they were
already young teens. Despite having odd clothes as we were poor and constantly being bullied or made fun of for their accents, they were just fearless and owned who they were.
Anything you would like to say to our readers right now?
Please go see This is Not A War Story now streaming
on HBO. Also a massive thank you to all the Dynasty
Food, travel and I think most people know that
fans for rocking with us this long!
especially like exploring national parks on long
What comes next?
time. Get out in nature, pitch a tent, grill over an
This is Not A War Story will be streaming on HBO
motorcycles are an obsession - since I was 14. I
rides over a weekend or even weeks if I have open fire and just unplug. Before the last season
of Dynasty started I road from Atlanta to LA and back with a friend for nearly 2 months and hit nearly every national park in between. Reminds me how
beautiful this country is which is easy to forget when we’re grinding in the rat race. I’m hoping to do
some rides in South America to Patagonia, Europe, and Morocco once we wrap season 5.
Season 5 of Dynasty so folks can look forward to more of the drama and insanity there. I’ve also been
writing and developing some stories set in Nigeria that are really important to me and really important for people to know. Though indigenous to Nigeria,
they’re stories with global appeal and characters in circumstances that are universally relatable and
Growing up, what/who were some important influences in your life?
so I’ll keep promoting that. We’re currently filming
show how interconnected we all are. I won’t say
much more than that but I’m really excited to tell them.
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DAVID MAGIDOFF DOES IT ALL...AND WITH A BRIGHT SMILE IN THIS INDUSTRY, THERE ARE SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE DIFFERENT CREATIVE SIDES AND ACTOR, DAVID MAGIDOFF, DOES JUST THAT! FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO THE STAGE AND MORE, HIS MOST CURRENT ROLE CAN BE SEEN ON DEXTER WHICH IS FINALLY BACK! PLAYING THE ROLE OF A COP FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE FOR DAVID AND HE ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH AN AMAZING CAST/CREW MAKING IT ALL THE MORE SPECIAL! HIS LIVE SHOW "MAKING LOVE WITH DAVID" IS SOMETHING TO CHECK OUT AS IT BRINGS HEARTACHE, LAUGHTER, AND SONG TOGETHER... UMM, YES PLEASE! EXCITED TO SEE WHAT COMES NEXT OF DAVID MAGIDOFF!
Hi David! It is amazing everything you do. Can you tell us more about why you chose to enter different fields of the industry? I follow the fun. Hosting game shows and being on hour long dramas have the same thing in common: making people feel good and escape into a story. I love improv and comedy, and making something out of nothing. What were you most attracted to when you started your career? Do you feel like your goals have evolved? How so? Goals, ha! I had no goals. I am almost too minded in the present and I just do whatever is in front of me. I remember saying if I haven't booked a gig in my first 5 years, then maybe it's time to stop. But I got my first TV gig in my first 10 auditions and I've been thankful ever since. As an actor, what do you believe your job does (beyond providing entertainment for the audience). An actor's job is not to look like an actor. If you're watching a TV show or a movie and 35
see me, well, that's great cause I'm working. But hopefully you just see the character or role I'm playing and forget it's David. And yes I just spoke about myself in third person. You star in the new Dexter that just came out, how exciting! What has that experience been like? Special. Very special. We filmed for 6 months in the snow and sun of central Massachusetts. Michael C Hall and the whole cast were wonderful. And because it's rural Massachusetts, I ate a lot of great ice cream. What did you do to prep for this role compared to other shows you have been on? I've never played a cop before. Or had a gun. But I remembered this character is only 2 weeks on the job, so it's all still new to him too. So the role took care of me. Share with us what “Making Love with David Magidoff” is about and why you decided to start it.
It's a live show where I interview a celebrity friend of mine and dig into a love story, a breakup, or a proposal and then my Groundlings friends and I re-enact it...as a musical. That show is my happy place. (Next one is Friday December 10th. More info at magidoff.com or @davidmagidoff) Is there a segment in particular you would like to tell us about? My favorite part of the show every time is when the interviewee on stage says "My story isn't very good." And then it's always always incredible and the audience is on the floor. Not one person thinks their love story is any good, and every single one of them is wrong. I have a theory why, but that's for another interview. From TV to Podcasts, what do you enjoy most about each? What do you hope your Podcasts bring to the listeners? I love the visual medium of TV. The linear story over many episodes. And just working with such talented people making magic together. It never gets old. And the same goes for my podcast, Fanaddicts. In addition to my cohost Clare Kramer, we have an amazing team at Roddenberry that's a joy to work with. I love how Fanaddicts connects celebrities with real people and says "We all have a thing." When I found out Michael C Hall adores Fixer Upper's Chip Gaines it made me so happy. No one should be ashamed of the things they love. Passion is what connects us.
Authenticity. The small things. Things that make me laugh. I loved writing my TV pilot, KING DAVID, because it happened to me. When I write what I know (a Jew who started going to church) and that it's also funny (my family made me meet an Emergency Rabbi, which is a real thing), then I know it's a story worth sharing. Share with us a time where something or someone truly made you laugh. And a time you have made someone else laugh? My grandma Lila always made me laugh. She would turn around, then turn back and she was cross-eyed and she contorted her face like a monkey, and it got me every time. Old people aren't supposed to be silly, and I loved her so much for it. When have I made someone else laugh? Gosh. Hopefully every day of my life. When I say “love” and “comfort,” what first comes to mind? My wife, Sarah. And in a very far second place, my cat, Kelly. She likes to lick my nose. The cat, not my wife. What comes next? Dexter: New Blood is currently airing new episodes on Showtime as you're reading this. And we have the whole Dexter cast on the Fanaddicts podcast, which drops new episodes every Monday, wherever you get your podcasts.
What inspires you to write? What do you like writing the most about?
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GG TOWNSON IS KILLING IT IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. HAVING RECENTLY STARRED IN SACRIFICE, THE TALENTED AND GORGEOUS ACTRESS PLAYS A MUSICIAN-A ROLE WE ALSO SEE HER PLAYING IN SALT-N-PEPA. WE MAY BE SEEING A NEW ARTIST EMERGE SOON,... VERY MUCH INTO FITNESS AND KEEPING HER BODY, MIND, AND SOUL ALIGNED, GG TOWNSON INSPIRES US TO DO SO AS WELL!
Tell us about your character Jameson in Sacrifice? Ms. Jameson Howard is a piece of work, honey! She is all about her business and will stop at nothing to get it done. She’s committed to her goals as talented artist and a savvy business woman. What would you like to see happen for your character if there is a season 2? I would love to explore the family business that Jameson comes from. I believe that would be a really dope storyline to dive into.
Your characters Jameson in Sacrifice and Salt in the Salt-N-Pepa biopic are both musicians. Would you be interested in pursuing a music career in the future? Yes, I would actually. Maybe at some point within the next year or so I’ll put out a music project and see how it’s received. What’s your favorite Salt-N-Pepa song and why?
What is one crazy fact that no one knows about you?
My favorite song is “None of Your Business.” I love this song because I live by the lyrics.
Well, I wouldn’t say this is crazy, but one fact about me most people don’t know is that before getting into acting and entertainment, my path started as a figure skater.
We see you are into fitness? What is your weekly routine?
If you could work with any actor who would it be and why? I mean—wow—to pick just one is absolute torture, but one actress that I would totally
fangirl over if granted the opportunity to work with would be Angelina Jolie. I’ve been a fan of her work for such a long time.
Yes, getting consistent with my fitness routine started when we were all on lockdown and I needed things to keep me busy. I go to the gym between 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule and work out with my trainer G. Washington for about 2 hours, sometimes longer.
“This is chess, not checkers.”
You are an L.A native. Where is your favorite spot that you would take any visitors?
What are your favorite must-have brands? Or if you could be a celebrity ambassador for any brand what would it be?
My personal favorite food spots to take visitors would be Leo’s Tacos Truck or Dino’s Chicken.
My must have skin care system is Urban Skin Rx. I swear by it and turn everyone I know on to it. I would love to be a brand ambassador! Who knows, maybe one day.
Best advice you have been given?
What is your favorite quote?
What is your favorite recipe that you make? I have so many recipes I love to make so its hard to just pick one, but I'll say the one dish that I make for the most people at once would have to be my mac and cheese. I have now been dubbed the mac-and-cheese-maker for all of the family events.
Try not to stress in this entertainment world. What is for you will be for you, and not even YOU can mess that up. What would your dream role be? My dream role would be to play Cleopatra and have Ava DuVernay direct it.
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STARRING AS A LEAD ON CSI: VEGAS, MANDEEP DHILLON IS SOARING HIGH IN THE WORLD OF TV! HAVING THE TIME OF HER LIFE ON SET, BEING ABLE TO TAKE ON THE ROLE OF HER CHARACTER IS A DREAM COME TRUE. THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE CAST AND CREW IS STRONG AND THERE ARE TIMES WHERE MANDEEP IS REMINDED OF HOME! CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A SERIES, THERE ARE SOME EXCITING THINGS COMING FOR MANDEEP DHILLON AND WE ARE EXCITED TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING HER ON HER JOURNEY!
Share with us what it is like being a lead on CSI: Vegas. What do you believe you must bring to the scenes more than other characters? Being a lead on CSI Vegas is wonderful. I get to bring this amazing character to life and play someone who does all these cool scientific experiments, it’s a lot of fun. What inspired you to audition for the show? It all started with a self-tape request sent from my team back in August 2020. I remember reading the character bio which was pretty detailed, and thinking ’Allie seems cool and pretty badass.’ I love her background and what drives her, there is more to her than meets the eye and that’s exciting. On set, who do you connect with the
most? What have you learned from the cast/crew? On set I connect with everyone -- literally everyone! Obviously, the cast is amazing, and Matt Lauria and I are actual best friends so that’s wonderful to work with your bestie. The crew on this season has been amazing, they work so hard to get the job done and always do it with a smile. Some of the crew are British, so I loved that. If I ever missed home I would go have a chat and it would feel like I was back in London. Growing up, what was your favorite game to play/activity? Growing up I loved badminton and swimming. It’s funny, I used to forge my mum’s signature to get myself out of P.E in school UNLESS they were playing badminton, then I would suddenly be absolutely fine to participate that day!
I spent a lot of time as a child in the swimming pool too, I used to compete in Gala’s. You were also in Ricky Gervais’ “After Life” for Netflix for 2 seasons. Tell us more about that. After Life was a beautiful project to be a part of and playing Sandy was one of the most honest performances I’ve ever given. I remember being at Ricky’s Christmas party one year, and he said ‘I have a role for you that I want you to play’ he sort of told me the jist of the show, but mainly just said ‘your character cries a lot.’ I was like ‘great!’ Haha. But being on set, it was amazing to work with Ricky on some emotional scenes, he is truly a great actor.
Is there anything most people don't know about you? I am currently developing a series with a big streamer and I can’t wait for the world to see it. What do you believe your purpose is? To live life to its fullest. As far as we know, we only have one life, which is pretty short if you look at how long the world has been here. So I feel like my main purpose is to live my life fully and have no regrets. If I can help someone else to live their life fully too, then I’ll be happy with that. Spread love and be the light.
Talent MANDEEP DHILLON @mandidhillon Photographer ROBB KLASSEN @robbklassen Stylist AMANDA LIM @itsamandalim Hair & Makeup KIMBERLY BRAGALONE @kimbermakeup Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites
STARRING IN THE BOOMING SERIES, ALL AMERICAN, WHICH IS NOW AT ITS FOURTH SEASON, HUNTER CLOWDUS EMBRACES EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING HE HAS ENCOUNTERED THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT. A TRULY LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE, THE TALENTED ACTOR HAS GROWN AND FULLY IMMERSED HIMSELF INTO HIS CHARACTER, JJ, AND WE ARE HERE FOR IT. HUNTER CLOWDUS IS TRULY UNIQUE AND NOT JUST FOR HIS NAME. HIS SENSE OF AWARENESS, PASSION, HEART, AND MINDFULNESS ALL BRING POSITIVITY AND LIGHT TO HIS DAY-TO-DAY ENCOUNTERS. KEEP SOARING!
You have been part of ALL AMERICAN for
That being said, it’s so important to seek
much your acknowledgments. I think when
all 4 Seasons. What has that experience
affirmations from your actions and not so you get too focused on the building you lose all
Life-changing. I've grown so much because
the goodness that is in the process. Instead, I
of this show. It has taught me so many life
try to focus on laying each brick as perfect as
lessons that I'm forever grateful for.
I can each day, the rest will come.
In what ways have you grown both as your
Looking back on your first day on set, what
I answered the first question before even
I am genuinely reading these questions one at
comfortability has increased exponentially
next question perfectly! Haha! I would just tell
know exactly how he would handle a situation.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and taking
get him now. Getting so deep into a different
everything more beautiful in my book. Great
character and as an individual?
is something you would tell yourself then?
looking at this one...what a perfect segue! The
a time and it’s like every answer plays into the
when it comes to JJ. It's so easy for me to
myself to soak it all in and enjoy the process.
How he thinks, moves, and feels. I just really
each day and opportunity for what it is makes
mindset has taught me new perspectives and
as an individual as well.
Why did you decide to get into acting?
Over the last few seasons, what are some
I felt like it made my voice matter. It gave me
angles, which makes me feel more comfortable
skills you sharpened? Lessons learned?
a platform to speak. It was an outlet to tell stories that impacted others which I think is
Patience has been a big one. I think sometimes
one of our greatest gifts. The ability to show or
when perhaps it doesn’t happen within our
light… so cool.
we work so hard and want things so bad that
share something with someone in a different
time frame we get discouraged or frustrated.
We all face many challenges in life. How
Growing up, did you ever feel like you
Any advice for our readers?
do you deal with overcoming obstacles?
Ah, advice for the readers out there? Keep reading. That’s my advice. I am a big believer
in “one thing is everything,” and I think life can be broken down into some fundamental
basics, one of which includes the ‘one foot in front of the other’ approach. We can often
become a deer in headlights when life gets overwhelming and I think paralysis analysis
can sometimes linger for years, ya know?
didn’t belong? Can you dive deeper into
I think at some point we all feel a little out of
place. Especially when we start to question
the current that we’ve been floating with and
see if that is by choice or influence. I think belonging is something that is best served
like most things, with you in control. So I’d advise you to get to know yourself and let your crew and team build out from that.
We often overthink and get in our own way.
Where do you hope to go next?
word, that’s ok, keep reading. It will almost
Life is already moving too fast, I just wish
I say keep moving. If you don’t know a
always make itself clear once you gain some perspective of the context. Substitute
“word” for whatever it is that appears as an obstacle. Keep reading.
these moments I’m in would last longer.
I don’t know. I feel if I project or plan too
much then I’m capping where it really could go. Why put a ceiling on something that
has no limits? I hope my love for life and
What truly inspires you?
others continues to deepen and my ability
My name. And I say that in the most selfless way imaginable. I take a lot of pride in what
I bring to the table but it’s really not about me. It’s about those who believe in me.
to communicate through different mediums
whether it be written or visual sharpens so that I may positively impact as many people as I can until my time down here is over.
Those who support me. Those who love
me. I feel an honorable obligation to show up and fight for them every single day.
Talent HUNTER CLOWDUS @hunterclowdus Photographer JSQUARED @j2pix Stylist EVAN SIMONITCH Groomer DANE “DC” DIEGO Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites
Photo HANS ISAACSON
IT'S FRIDAY AND WE ARE HYPED AS POP SINGER/SONGWRITER, CHRISTIAN FRENCH, RELEASED HIS NEW TRACK “OH WELL“ ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO VIA DISRUPTOR RECORDS/RCA RECORDS. THE VIDEO IS DIRECTED BY NICHOLAS JANDORA (24KGOLDN, LIL SKIES). WE SPOKE WITH CHRISTIAN ON HIS MUSIC, LIFE AS AN ARTIST, AND HOW HE RISES ABOVE ANY OBSTACLE THROWN HIS WAY! SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS AND FINDING LOVE WITHIN HIMSELF, CHRISTIAN FRENCH REMINDS US TO KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!
Absolutely love “Oh well”! What is the meaning
behind the song? What do you hope people will get the most out of it?
thank you! i wrote this song after a bunch
of really shitty days - my ex & i broke up the
same day my label was telling me my music wasn’t good enough to release, & overall i was just feeling really disconnected from myself. so many things kept happening that it kind of
got comical, so instead of writing a sad song i decided to have fun with it & turn it into oh well.
i want people who listen to feel like their problems aren’t as big of a deal as they’re making them out to be - sometimes shit goes
wrong that’s completely out of your control &
you just have to roll with it, shake it off & say oh well.
What was your favorite part of filming the music video?
How did the process go?
it was in the thick of quarantine during a writing camp at my house in hollywood back in january-
since my roommate pinkslip is my producer,
we were able to work out of the house for a bunch of days straight, having homies come
through (with negative covid tests of course) to
collaborate with. this particular day i just was not having it - so many things had gone wrong
the past few days, i was sick of trying to write about my breakup & was just burnt out. i think everyone could tell that whatever happened that day needed to be light-hearted & fun, so
when i started talking about what i was going through & my friend jackson said “oh well”, & everything just clicked from there.
Share with us an example of a hard time you went through in life and how you came out of it on top.
the scene where i had a busted nose & a black eye was really fun to do - i’ve never had makeup done to me like that & it was crazy to see myself
look so messed up. i facetimed my mom & told
her i fell off the roof trying to jump in the pool,
& she fully believed me for a second before i told her i was kidding haha.. she hated me for a second
When you started writing, where were you?
I think performing is the example I use most often - in 2018, I opened up for Chelsea Cutler
on her fall tour, & the first show of tour was my first ever show. I was SO nervous, & felt like i had absolutely no idea what I was doing up there
- I would throw up from nerves before pretty much every show & DREAD getting on stage,
but I knew that if I was gonna be a musician,
this was something i needed to get better at & 69
the only way to the other side was through. So over that tour & the next one opening for Quinn XCII, I tried to sponge up as much
as I could from watching them, & even
enrolled in a dance class to feel looser on stage (which was HUMILIATING every day). Over time I got more & more comfortable with myself, & found that every show I was
getting better. Now, performing is where I
feel the most comfortable & the most free, & it just came from repetition & a willingness to fail for a while.
now. I see it as a tool for growth rather than something to avoid. It’s never easy, & some
days I still lose to my fear, but I’m getting better at facing it.
Why did you decide to become a singer in the first place?
It really just happened naturally - I didn’t
start with the mindset “I’m gonna become a professional musician”. Before I released any original music, I had been doing soundcloud
What did you learn from this? / Any advice you would give to people struggling?
covers of my favorite songs for about 5 years, learning how to sing & play piano
along the way. I kept having more fun with
failure is IMPORTANT. it sucks so bad in the moment, but mannn you learn so much
from it. If you stay inside your comfort zone
& aren’t willing to fail, you’re never gonna grow & get better. This is something I have to remind myself of every day & still have a really tough time handling some days.
Growing up, how did you deal with fear? And now?
it, & after I finally got good enough to write my own music, I found a sense of peace & accomplishment that nothing else gave
me, so I just ran towards it & kept doing it. Things just sort of fell into place after that Your ultimate purpose in life? I’m really on a search to find happiness &
love within myself so I can begin to spread
it to others in an impactful way. I think as
I don’t think I knew much about fear, & wasn’t as aware of my mind as I am now,
so I always saw it as something to avoid at all costs. Obviously there were things
like school speeches (which i HATED) that
I couldn’t avoid, but for the most part I did my best to stay as comfortable as I could
long as I feel a lack of love for myself, it’s impossible to fully give love to others, so
that’s something I’ve really been focused on. For me, making music is the closest I’ve felt to
connecting to a “higher power”, & its already
allowed me to impact lives & experience a variety of cultures in a way I never thought
was possible. I want to continue to travel, to
Now I fully realize that fear is deeper rooted, and can really hold you back from your
learn more about myself, and to give back to the world. (:
dreams, so I try to run towards it more often
Talent CHRISTIAN FRENCH @christianfrench Interview ALEXANDRA BONNET @alexbonnetwrites
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