Tuesday, November 5, 2019

~MY INTERVIEW WITH ACTOR MAX DECKER~





Thank you and Welcome Max! Can you tell us what you have been doing since we last saw you as Carlos Reyes on All My Children?

Since All my Children I have been acting and running my acting studio. I have done 17 guest stars on TV from North Shore with Jason Momoa to being opposite LL Cool J on NCIS LA. I have two movies on Amazon Prime both Horror films. John Burrs Muse and the new Bigfoot Horror Thriller film Hoax with Brian Thompson and Disney’s Hutch Dano.


Have you kept in touch with any former castmates?


I haven’t kept in touch with anyone from the cast, I have run into Will DeVry on set recently when I ran into him on GH set and we caught up for a couple minutes.


If you were ever to bring Carlos Reyes back, what would you like to see?


Oh man!  If I ever got to play Carlos again I would like to him comeback as a broken jaded man who’s gone through a rough path from being on the run from the mob.

Would you ever consider doing a soap?


I really would like to work with William DeVry and Maurice Bernard also Kelly Monaco. Those guys are solid. They tried finding a place for me on Days of Our live with a couple small roles but I think it wasn’t the right timing. But the show that I would love to work on is General Hospital.



What are you working on that you can tell us about?

Right now I just finished a film that was produced by James Franco’s production company that’s a readaption of The Count of Monte Cristo. I get to play one of the main antagonist that sends the lead character away.





What is your dream project?

Dream projects that I have is working on rewriting Fight Club in a play format to start putting up as my studio for performances for people to see. I d like to have an attempt at a run on GH if they would give me the opportunity that would be a dream.

Thank you for again for joining me!


Thank you Lisa!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

~SPECIAL FEATURE-LAURA KAI CHEN~



                                                                            MY INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KAI CHEN





Laura Kai Chen
pic credit: Tim Yates







Why acting?


I have loved plays since I was a kid. I love going to the theatre and it increased ever since taking Lit in college.


Any projects in the works?

yes, but I can't discuss right now.



Guilty Pleasure?

Oh, good question! Baking. The cakes I bake are Momofuku Milkbar cakes (the chocolate passionfruit cake is insanely good.



Advice for up and coming actors?


As for advice to actors, here is what I’d say: be brave, and bring yourself to every audition, scene, or job. It is hugely vulnerable, but we are infinitely more interesting than any idea we might try to play. Real people are fascinating, and you must believe that you are enough.




Thank you for taking the time out to speak with me.



Thank you, Laura! All the best to you!











Thursday, March 28, 2019

~INTERVIEW WITH CLIENT AND PODCAST HOST-STEVEN BRITTINGHAM~



Welcome and thanks for joining me!


Thank you for asking me to join you today! My absolute pleasure.


You are an actor, writer, host and more. What is your favorite job?


 A: Excellent question. I fell in love with acting as a young boy watching westerns, WW II and classic movies. My grandparents raised me from a young age. One Saturday afternoon my grandfather took me to see the original 'The Muppet Movie'. As we left the theater, I noticed a rainbow glistening high above off in the horizon. It was at that moment I fell in love with acting and film. Shyness and uncertainty kept me from acting at that time, but I was taking some steps to eventually become an actor. As a teenager I finally decided the time was right for me. Shortly afterward, I appeared on-stage, had a few modeling assignments, signed up with a local talent agency, took acting classes and workshops as well as drama class at high school. A few years ago I started writing film reviews for an online magazine and written interviews. I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. Likewise, I discovered how much I enjoyed interviews and learning more about actors, directors, screenwriters. I took the next step during the summer of 2016 and created a podcast talk show titled: Hollywood and Beyond with Steven Brittingham. I have discovered a true joy for being a host. To answer your question, I enjoy all of it. Acting, writing, hosting. I would say though that any artistic project I work on comes first from a love of acting.


Why acting? A: Acting has endless possibilities. I am an emotional and deep-feeling person. I think acting is one of the most honorable professions available. Becoming a character is thrilling and exciting.

How did you come to start The Hollywood and Beyond show? A: It was completely unexpected. After reading some of my online film reviews, a gentleman reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to create a online talk show. The show would air Live. He told me that I could make it about any subject or topic I chose. Suddenly, I felt inspired to create a Hollywood themed talk show that would be free from gossip and instead focus on the artistic journey of each guest. As host I decided that I would strive for "Meaningful Interviews" that are in-depth and fun. I had a lot of technical assistance but little assistance as far as how a host conducts a live interview and the best approaches to take. Fortunately, some of other hosts on the online radio network helped me tremendously with suggestions and encouragement. My training as an actor also helped me to feel comfortable. My first online Live interview was with actress and international model Anna Easteden. I felt overjoyed with the outcome! Years later I am still hosting Hollywood and Beyond, still striving for those "Meaningful Interviews". I am truly grateful.


 What are your favorite daytime shows? A: Both are Bell-Phillip Productions. I became a viewer of 'The Young and the Restless' back in the mid to late eighties. Terry Lester was portraying Jack Abbott. The characters of "Cricket", Nina, Phillip and Danny were involved with top story lines, and Jess Walton was already portraying Jill Abbott. I feel completely in love with the characters, the writing, the emotional music, and the sentimental heart of the show. Shortly afterward, 'The Bold and the Beautiful' premiered on CBS. I instantly became hooked. However, the very first daytime drama I watched consistently was 'Loving' on ABC. I must give credit to 'Loving' for my discovery of daytime television.

Any acting projects in the works? A: Yes! Thank you for asking. I recently finished work on a feature film. I am not permitted to share information about the film or my character at this time. What I can say is for two days I was in heaven. Some of Hollywood's most talented folks are working on this film. This has the potential to be an Oscar caliber production and I am completely honored. I am already looking for more acting roles! I have been away from acting for many years. This project has extra significance for me personally as it represents the spirit of never giving up on your dreams.


What interview stands out the most?

This is a tough question. I say that because all of the interviews have special meaning in my heart. All of my guests are cherished and appreciated. It seems like I never stop being amazed with who I speak with or who visits me on Hollywood and Beyond. Considering I book almost all of my own guests, it becomes even more amazing. I would say though that having Terri Garber was a big highlight for me. She has inspired me to always give a performance everything you have to offer. Having cast members from 'Dallas' such as Steve Kanaly, Deborah Tranelli, Jack Scalia, Audrey Landers, Randy Powell and Kevin Page for my Dallas 40th Anniversary Celebration has warmed my heart more than I can express. Speaking with singer Tiffany was a treat, as I grew up in the eighties and was there when she first arrived on the music scene. Her interview is so sentimental and enjoyable too. Having cast members from 'The Young and the Restless' such as Judith Chapman, Jordi Vilasuso, Brenda Epperson, Shari Shattuck, and Kate Linder are huge honors for me. Not to mention Tracy Melchior and Carrie Mitchum from 'The Bold and the Beautiful.' Other actors from daytime such as Carrie Genzel and T.C Warner are big highlights. And I love Robert Mitchum films. Having Carrie on my show still makes me smile today. See what I mean? It is honestly too difficult to select only one interview as the best or most significant. Every single guest stands out to me, every single one. How in the world I became so lucky to have all of these remarkable folks be guests on my show is honestly something that continues to amaze me. So my official answer to your question is - all of them!



Who would you like to work with in the future?

The list is long. There are so many talented individuals I would love to work with as an actor. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence come to mind. As do Sharon Case, Jordi Vilasuso, Judith Chapman, Carrie Genzel, Julia Parker, Tracy Melchior, Anna Easteden - and if she ever returns to acting, Carrie Mitchum. I would also love to work with James Jurdi, Kendra Carelli, Jamie Bernadette - here I go again! Many are past guests and people I admire so much. I must add Jack Scalia and Josie Davis to the list as well. I also would do almost anything to work with William Dafoe. I definitely would like to work with my pal and good friend Chad Ayers down the road. We had many adventures together in Hollywood years ago. My dream is still not achieved. To appear on a Bill Bell production was my dream when I first arrived to LA years ago. The dream is still alive today.



Any acting project stand out more than any other?

 Appearing onstage as Bernie Dodd in 'The Country Girl' is a performance I still think of often. This was performed in North Carolina. I still remember the gentleman who portrayed Frank Elgin. One night he turned to me backstage and said, "Someday we are going to be reading about you as an actor." One of my highest compliments. I would like the chance to portray this character again someday.



Thanks for joining me! It was a pleasure! 

 You are most welcome! I enjoyed every single moment. Thank you for all of the wonderful questions.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

~SPECIAL FEATURE-FASHION DESIGNER CHRISTOS DOVAS, NEW YORK











Christos Dovas, Welcome and thanks for joining me!

*** Why fashion design?


In my childhood I was surrounded by artists. My father was one of them,
a shoe designer, an old fashion craftsman. I was lucky to have a hard
work growing up apprentice next to him. I learned from the best in the
fashion industry: what working with leather means,silks, lace, hand
stitching, patterns and, precision.

My everyday schedule was busy with school and work, but on Sunday’s, my
father and I would walk around and he would show me window displays and
the latest designs. Later in the afternoons i would attend concerts.

Working in my family's clothing store helped me to understand fabrics of
different qualities and properties. Stylizing the human form helped me
to understand looks and image.

Hours of impeccable hand stitched work resulting in a perfectly
tailored, haute couture creation.



*** If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be?


I would be a painter, an architect an archaeologist. I love history and
the perspective art forms as per homes and fabrics, where people live
with their surroundings and what type of clothing are wearing. I love
paintings with vibrant colors and historical themes. I love chiaroscuro
portraits of powerful personalities. I love sculpture and grand
monuments.




*** What inspires you when you design?


The classical world is great inspiration blended with elegant 1920's and
1950's looks gives so many variations - from raglan sleeves to pleated
silk chiffons, for endless and timeless elegance.The human being is the
vehicle to bare history, it is expressed in so many forms including
painting and sculpture. I am taken by details, such as, the expression
of a glance, a slight movement,a hidden smile, or a dialogue that gives
me a sparkle in my eyes. My motto is Beauty! I ask, “How can this be translated to 
anyone's figure" to bring results such as balance, elegance, purity of form, definition of 
style!




*** What Celebrities have you designed for?


Design concepts are my driving force, along with quality fabrics that
respectfully interpret the dignity of the design. I admire the human
form combined with body contours and silhouettes. Celebrities around the
globe, among others Sofia Milos from CSI Miami when she went to Elton
John's party, Vanessa Modely, fashion celebrity and ambassador at
Unesco, a music band Tokyo, Japan. We always perceive everyone is
celebrity.




*** Thank you so much for joining me!


Thanks are all mine for for your kind invite,






















Tuesday, June 12, 2018

~SPECIAL FEATURE- RACHEL LINDSAY GREENBUSH~


 
                                                                    MY INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL GREENBUSH










Hi Rachel, thanks so much for joining us.  You are most known for portraying Carrie Ingalls on the popular “Little House on the Prairie”. Tell us what that was like?


Thank you for having me. Playing Carrie Ingalls was a lot of fun but also a lot of work








Any projects that you are working on now?

I just finished performing in the "Vagina Monologues" and I will be playing Mrs. Harper in "A Shortstop Away" which is in pre-production


What’s the most memorable guest star on LHOTP that you can recall?


 My goodness there were so many wonderfully talented Actors and Actresses. Ray Bolger would be one along with Dub Taylor, Johnny Cash, Forrest Tucker and Patricia Neal ans so many more.


What do you like to do in your spare time?


 I love to garden and Barbecue or go trail riding with my husband or ride dirt bikes in the desert. 



What advice would you give to child actors and their parents?


To the Parents protect you child, they get exposed to an adult world at a very young age.
To Children always get an education and have a multiple career possibilities outside of the entertainment industry. Learn more than just what to do in front of the camera learn the operations behind it to. There were episodes that Michael wrote, Directed, Starred in and was executive producer.


What actor or project would you like to do in the future?


I would love the opportunity to be in a play or musical production



Your twitter bio says, “sports fan”. Tell is about that?


I grew up competing in equestrian events but I also love Football and follow the Denver Broncos. I can appreciate the commitment hard work and dedication it takes to get to any professional level in sports, I don't follow them as much but I enjoy watching the Golden State warriors as well


What got you into acting?


My Father is a well known actor and a casting agent was looking for twin girls the same age that my sister and i were at the time


Thanks again for joining me. It’s been my pleasure and honor. I wish you the best!

Thank you and all the best to you as well.











Wednesday, June 6, 2018

~SPECIAL FEATURE-MARIANN AALDA~






            SPECIAL FEATURE-MARIANN AALDA











What are you up to now?


Well, after being based in Chicago (my hometown) for the last three years, and in New York City for several years prior to that, I’m getting ready to make a big move back to Los Angeles, where I lived and worked for more than 20 years.



Why did you leave LA…and why are you moving back?


I moved away when the television industry moved away from me!   I was in my mid-50’s when the phone stopped ringing.  And it wasn’t just that casting directors stopped calling me…most women over 50 pretty much disappeared from both the large and small screens.  But the reason I’m moving back, is because there’s been a change in the culture…and I can once again see a place for me on TV. 

Last year, AARP Studios did a profile on me for their #DisruptAging campaign, as a representative of the Positive Aging movement.
The last of the Baby Boomers – over 76 million of us in the U.S. – are now over the age of 50. And according to the 2017 U.S. Census, 90.7 million Americans aged 50 and older account for 41.6% of all consumer spending…and they watch television 63% more than do Millenniums.









What brought about doing comedy?






I actually began my career in New York as a sketch comedy writer and performer with Off-Center Theatre and later toured with the Boston-based improv troupe, The Proposition. But after I started getting recognition as one of the few African-American soap opera heroines – playing DiDi Bannister on Procter & Gamble’s EDGE OF NIGHT on ABC – people tended to forget that I had ever done comedy.

That changed, though, in 1984, when Edge (which was produced in New York) was cancelled and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in prime-time television.

I guest-starred on a ton of sitcoms, playing a wide variety of characters, most notably – and probably the most diametrically opposite – recurring as Meshach Taylor’s yuppie-from-hell girlfriend, Lita Ford, on DESIGNING WOMEN (http://youtu.be/HnSZeyzEwbU )
and as Sherman Hemsley’s ditzy stripper girlfriend, Lois Keller, on FAMILY MATTERS.

I was also the wife or girlfriend to leading men Ernie Hudson, Dennis Haysbert, Clifton Davis and O.J. Simpson and played opposite comedy luminaries Mo’Nique, Kirstie Alley, John Ritter and Robert Guillaume. I was also a series regular  on the CBS sitcom, THE ROYAL FAMILY as the boomerang daughter of Redd Foxx and Della Reese.

realize that casting older actors and telling our stories – instead of just keeping us on the sidelines and incidental to the plot – is good business. It’s an exciting time…and I’m ready to get back into the game!





You’ve had quite an illustrious career, so far! Who would you like to work with that you have not? 


Donald Sutherland and Viola Davis…which probably seems like an odd pairing, but I think they’re both really interesting actors and I feel I could learn a lot from them.










What was your toughest role?


Being unemployed! And that is not a glib answer.  Actors are creative people.  When an actor isn’t working, it’s all too easy to turn all that pent up creativity into negative energy, causing depression.  That’s why I went back to my comedy writing and started creating and producing projects for myself, including standup ( www.FunnyColoredWomen.com );  a 25 episode improv comedy web series ( www.TalkToMeGinger.com ), and a 70-minute solo show
( www.OccupyYourVagina.com )...which, by the way, is available on DVD at the show’s website!





What would be your dream role?


I’d like to be a series regular, again, in an ensemble comedy. I’m actually developing something with Ted Lange (Isaac from LOVE BOAT) that is absolutely hilarious. It would be great if that got picked up!  Other than that, I’m an actor-for-hire.  I love acting comedy OR drama and I’ll go wherever the work takes me, including another soap. 







What advice would you give to up and coming actors or comedians?


A lot of young people came of age during the era of Reality TV and they just want to be stars.  But for those who are serious about acting – either drama or comedy – I’d say: “Learn your craft; be persistent; be patient; learn your lines; be on time; be polite; be a team player; develop your own projects instead of waiting for somebody to hire you…and most importantly, NEVER give up!” 



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

~SPECIAL FEATURE~







MY INTERVIEW WITH TRACY MELCHIOR












Welcome Tracy and thanks for joining me!



What brought you into acting? 



I moved schools half way through 7th grade.  The only elective class that wasn't full was drama.  I was horrified.  New school and I had to act!  It was  a blessing in disguise.  I loved it. Then my stepdad had a morning talk show called AM Colorado.  I would go when he had actors on as guests and I just started learning about it as a profession and getting the bug.


What would you have done if you didn’t go into acting?  



When I went to Colorado State University I wanted to be a lawyer.  But when my tuition became an issue I fell back to acting since I didn't need a degree.  They are similar.  They both are about studying what makes people tick and finding clues. Both are about painting a picture to an audience or jury to provoke emotion.
Would you go back to B&B or any other soaps including digital? 




 I love soaps.  They have been very good to me.  Especially as a mom.  The Bold and The Beautiful was very supportive and allowed us to bring our kids to work.  I dig that!



It says in your Instagram bio that you are a hockey fan? 


 It is my favorite sport.  My oldest son has been on the Jr. Ducks since he was 6, he is 17 now.  He has won State 2X.  He has been lucky to have some wonderful former NHL players as coaches, such as:  Craig Johnson, Dave Bassegio and Todd Marchant.

Tell us about the documentary that you are working on and why. 










 My husband is a 29 year veteran police officer, 16 of those years on LAPD SWAT.  My father is a retired Florida cop.  In 2016 when the officers were ambushed in Dallas it rocked me to my core.  The thought that these officers as well as others sitting in their cars could just be sucker punched that way by the same people the officers would have run to help if they called them.  It makes me sad for both sides of this conflict.  It serves noone to have no trust in our law enforcement.  I received an email from Roma Downey and her signage at the end said" Light a Candle don't curse the darkness"  It inspired me to do something to shed some light on the subject.






Any other projects in the works? 


 I am translating my book Breaking the Perfect 10 to a screenplay with a co-writer.  



Thank you again, Tracy.  All the best to you!