Fun, candid conversations with the stars of TV & Film
Fun, candid conversations with the stars of TV & Film
Armida Lopez talks filming with Mel Gibson & her latest film Made in America
Actress, producer, director and heroine of the modern-day working woman, Armida Lopez, is set to star in the action, sci-fi thriller BOSS LEVEL, alongside Frank Grillo, Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson and Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts. The time-loop thriller, written and directed by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smoking Aces) follows a retired U.S. Army Special Forces veteran (portrayed by Frank Grillo) trapped in a never-ending loop, resulting in him dying every day. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible.
Born in El Salvador, Armida and her family fled the country’s civil war when she was 8 years old. Her family came to the U.S. and settled in Sacramento, CA with the hopes of living the “American Dream.” In many ways, she grew up a model student—good grades and interested in the arts. Coming from humble beginnings, Armida felt the need to be financially savvy by finding ways to participate in extracurricular activities that didn’t require her struggling family to spend any money. She would look for free classes/workshops in school that developed her passions in dancing and choir. It was in high school when she caught the acting bug, when she would perform in the school’s plays.
A true hustler, Armida intended to make her dream of acting a reality. Taking jobs as a barista, waitress, makeup artist and ultimately interning for KCRA – TV and the Daniel Hoff Talent Agency, gave her not only insider tools to make it in the industry but a large dose of humility and determination. Her never ending drive, passion and job dismissal led her to pick up and move to LA which led her to step foot into a casting agency and begin her work as an extra. She set goals for herself and kept her moral compass due North during her Hollywood endeavors. Landing a position as a body double for Salma Hayek for “How to be a Latin Lover,” Armida went on to appear in campaigns for brands like: Nike, Proactiv, Burger King, HP Computers, Modelo, Subaru and most recently, Ulta beauty.
In an era when women are fighting and paving the way for one another, Armida is at the forefront to fight for the status quo. She has taken it upon herself to be a champion of the overlooked and the underestimated. Producing and directing short projects such as MINUTES, HOURS, DAYS - a short film about the deadly Category 5 hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and her upcoming project, MADE IN AMERICA - a short about escaping civil war in El Salvador, which she wrote, produced and will star in. Not one to lose sight of paying it forward, Armida set forth to hire an all women crew for the entire production of the short (aside from the male actors on screen) believing that everyone is able to excel if given the opportunity, regardless of gender, experience and background and she aims to provide that space when possible.
When not on set or self-taping for her next endeavor, Armida spends her (rare) free time reading anything she can get her hands on, boxing and hiking with her Pomeranian, Alpha. [written by Anderson Public Relations]
Lindy Booth & Jason Cook talk about The Creatress, The Librarians & more
The Creatress, which has it's UK theatrical release on October 4th is a comedy drama about a bestselling author who seeks literary revenge against a critic who authors her fake memoir much to the delight of her agent (p[layed by Fran Drescher). Lindy Booth stars as Eryn Bellow, the author and the film was written & directed by Jason Cook. This fascinating candid interview sees Jason talking about his inspirations in making the film, the struggles of writing and projecting them into a relatable story. Lindy talks about taking the role, the amazing script as well as her admiration of Tia Carrere from Relic Hunter and the hijinx on set of The Librarians, as well as knocking me into tears of laughter at her response to my signature question!
Actor Francis Lloyd Corby talks about The Creatress, The Orville & more
The Creatress, a new film out by Jason Scott, distributed by Film Volt Media, has it's UK red carpet theatrical release on 4th October in London. It's a drama/comedy (or dramady) centering around the life of author Eryn Bellow (Lindy Booth). Francis is a young American actor who plays Brad, one of the key roles and love interest of Eryn.
Francis is no stranger to the screen with a list of great credits, including appearances on The Orville, by Seth McFarlane. I chat with Francis about The Creatress, John Lennon's cell toilet in the Courthouse in London, The Orville and many many more. A great guy and a lot of fun.
Actor Luke Guldan returns to talk about The Creatress
Luke Guldan is a US actor who has been building up an impressive list of credits. I first talked with him in 2017 about the film ADDicted, and now welcome him back to catch up about his ventures and the new film he is in - "The Creatress" which stars Lindy Booth. Luke plays Seth, an interest of the main character.
About the Creatress:
The movie has its UK premiere on 4th October at the Courthouse in London’s West End.
Young, bestselling author Eryn Bellow concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The storm gathers force as the assaults gravitate from bad reviews to a fake-memoir designed to obliterate her from the field. Through the noise, Eryn attempts to write her way out of the public fray, and reclaim her voice in the minds of her readers. Along the way, she hopes to prove a happy ending is not always a bad thing.
The Whistler with Fernando Gaviria
Born in Venezuela, Fernando started out body building and after moving to the US ended up running his own gym by age 20. However, he felt something was missing and he was not following his dream of being an actor. He pursued this by attending classes and working very hard. He caught a break when he was cast in Bad Boys 2 where he had a really positive experience with both director Michael Bay and its lead Will Smith, who he described as being the most humble of people.
Fernando has an impressive list of credits, having appeared on many major Latin American shows where he played a wide range of characters. Fernando told me that he likes to select his roles carefully. In our interview we focus on his leading role in the Venezuelan horror film The Whistler (original title: El Silbon). The film is based on Venezuelan folklore and although it is in Spanish, you do not need to know the language. It is subtitled, however, the film has been made in such a clever way it spans international boundaries and language. Sit back and enjoy this interview with a really great guy and an actor you will be seeing more of!
Jus Sargeant - Narrator, Voice Artist
Jus Sargeant came to my attention when I started listening to the books of (former guest) John P Logsdon and Christopher P Young. The books are fantasy comedy, based in the made up world of Ononokin and focus on various characters who co-exist there, from little giants, to wizards, elves, gnomes and more. Jus narrates each one with exquisite talent, creating the perfect voices for each character. Not only has just narrated these, but he is also multi-linguist and former teacher of English as a foreign language, putting his voice to multiple grammar and other language books for German, Spanish speakers. With over 80 books narrated so far, Jus is proving himself as one to watch (or listen to)