Interview with Brittney Palmer
An accomplished artist, spokes model, host, and dancer, Brittney Palmer is on top of the world. Circling the cage with World Extreme Cage Fighting on the regular, Brittney gets to be front and center for a sport that is blowing up worldwide. With an electrically exciting career with the UFC and having a hobby that blossomed into a thriving career with her painting, planning her wedding to the man of her dreams is just the icing on the cake for this multi-talented beauty. She speaks to Runway about her passion for art, how she became involved with the UFC, and dishes on the most important day of her life.
With all of your creative endeavors and accomplishments, you’ve been called a modern day Renaissance Woman. What inspired you to jump into the world of mixed martial arts?
I’ve always been into all types of art. I’m a painter, I’m a professional dancer, and I think mixed martial arts, and the UFC, are such beautiful art forms. I didn’t ever dream, or aspire, to be a spokes model for this sport, but once I got into, I’ve stayed loyal to the company and we’ve become a tight knit family.
Throughout your career as an Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon Girl, you get to travel and see so many beautiful parts of the world. What has been your favorite place to visit?
Sydney, Australia. I have a soft spot for Australia, and my fiancées Australian.
A healthy and fit lifestyle is obviously high on your list of priorities. What is your favorite form of exercise?
I am an avid spinner. I spin probably 5 times a week. I’m a little intense about it, I love spinning. I love being in the class for an hour and I sit in front so I can’t slack off.
So many women want to know, what are your tips for getting a sexy, sculpted bikini body for the summer?
70% is what you put in your mouth, and the rest is cardio. A lot of girls try a lot of different types of workouts, strength training and aerobics, but if you do a lot of cardio you’ll burn fat. It’s that simple. But what you eat is what your body is going to use as fuel. If you eat a cheeseburger, you won’t get much fuel from that.
And do you stick to a specific diet when you are working on shoots and in the ring? Do you have a favorite “indulge” meal or treat?
I used to stick to specific diets. Now, I just watch what I eat. I eat when I’m hungry and I don’t eat until I’m full. When I eat something, I don’t over indulge. I know what to eat, I don’t eat carbs. If my fiancé and I go out to eat, we will just eat the crust of the bread in the breadbasket to save on carb intake. As far as a “cheat meal”, I kind of cheat every day, I’m not very strict. If I want ice cream, I’ll eat ice cream.
Speaking of getting in shape, we hear that you are getting married. Congratulations! Can you share some details about the big day and, we of course have to know, who designed your wedding gown?
Yes! First the dress, the dress designer is Galia Lahav. The dress is fantastic, it is the center piece of the wedding and it fits me like a glove. She flew from Israel for the fitting and she’s just amazing. And the wedding venue is the iconic Charles Laughton Estate, Marilyn Monroe took acting classes at this place, and the theme is magical garden. A garden theme in ivory and beige with chandeliers, candles and flowers galore. We plan on having around 150 guests including notables in the UFC world.
Not just a dancer, model and personality, you are also an exceptional artist. Your acrylics on canvas are beautiful. What inspires you to paint?
I’ve always been inspired to paint since a young age, my mom said I should have been a child of the 60s or 70s. Jimmy Hendrix was the first music icon I painted, and that’s what I mainly paint. Iconic rock stars from the 60s and 70s. I also do a lot of custom commissioned work as well. I started working as an artist when I was 22, and I’m turning 27 now, so I feel very blessed to be able to work doing things that I love.
Wearing so many hats, how do you find balance in juggling it all? And what is a typical day like in the life of Brittney Palmer?
A typical day for me would be to get up, go to the gym, walk my dogs, and depending on if I have a meeting or not, I will plan all of my work related tasks after noon so I can get to the gym and have all of my morning chores done. I mean, I paint from home, and I live in the Hollywood Hills, so I just stay in and paint through the night. It’s not hard to juggle everything because I love what I do, and I don’t mind being busy.
What is your typical weekend wear? And do you have a favorite designer?
My fiancé is more into fashion than I am. My style, I can find something casual and be happy. My favorite is cut-off shorts and converse. When we go out together, I’ll dress up, and I’m usually in Chanel and Dolce and Gabbana.
As a model and UFC personality, do you see yourself crossing over into the acting world?
That’s an interesting question, and living in Hollywood I’m around it all the time, I’m exposed to it. But, I’m a really bad liar, and I think actors are just horrible liars, so I could never be an actress. It’s just not for me, for me it’s cheesy, not the profession itself, but the thought of me as an actress. That’s what cheesy.
Are there any future projects you can let our Runway readers know about?
They can always visit my website to keep up with what’s going on, www.brittneypalmer.com. And my fitness blog is on there as well, and we are launching
a lot of great things there soon!
Interview by Mandi Pimental for RUNWAY / Summer 2014
Interview with Allison McAtee
By Mandi Pimental
Currently starring in the critically acclaimed new Tyler Perry series, The Have and The Have Nots, actress Allison McAtee shines brighter than ever in her role as Maggie Day. As a professionally trained theatre actress, McAtee is a natural on the OWN Network’s stage play television series. We spoke to this blonde beauty about fashion, her charitable nature and of course, her time spent as a superhero.
You are currently starring in the Tyler Perry series, The Have and The Have Nots, can you tell us a little bit about your character Maggie Day?
Maggie is tough. She's a no nonsense, take charge kind of woman- blunt and direct. Driven by her own motives and personal goals; she'll stop at nothing to get Jim Cryer (played by John Schneider) and David Harrington (played by Peter Parros) elected to the Governor’s office.
Having studied theater, this project sounds like a perfect fit for you. Was there anything that drew you to this project in particular?
In every show, (whether it stage or screen) the cast and crew develop a familial sense with each other. I think it is the product of putting all creative efforts together, and working toward a common goal. This show is nice because most of the cast is based in LA but we shoot in Atlanta, so when away filming we don't have many outside distractions and the sense of "comradery" is even more apparent. It is also the most intense shooting schedule (shooting one episode per day vs. one per week in all other network and cable prime-time shows.) The whole structure makes for a "boot-camp" of sorts. I love it!
When looking over scripts, what do you look for when choosing a new role?
A story that speaks to me in some way. Either the story itself or a character that I identify with
Are there any other projects in the works that you can let the Runway readers know about?
I've been developing a series with some friends. It is still in the beginning stages, but the working title is Erin’s House. It has the feel of a classic noir.
We love your sense of fashion. From on-screen to the red carpet, you always look flawless. Do you have a favorite designer or designers you gravitate to when choosing looks for your events?
Thanks! I love Helmut Lange and as for dresses, Herve Leger is a staple. My favorite new designer is Oscar Garcia-Lopez. I adore his work!
It has been said you are skilled in boxing, fencing, and dance and are a fan of pilates. What is your typical workout when getting fit for summer?
Yes, I do Pilates weekly and LOVE hot yoga! To kick it up a notch I run. Summertime (or even spring in LA) means great beach weather, and I love nothing more than running along the shore in the sand. If you wear a bathing suit underneath when you get too hot and sweaty, you can just jump in.
What are three summertime beauty must-haves in your makeup bag or cabinet?
I love Smashbox Camera Ready CC cream; as it has a high SPF and works to heal skin, (Sara McNamara’s Miracle Skin Transformer is great too.) Add a little Benetint from Benefit to your cheeks and lips, and some Maybelline Falsies Volume Express waterproof mascara, and you are good to go.
When you appeared on NCIS, you got to have a little fun with wardrobe and dress up as a superhero. If you could have one superpower, what it would be? And would you use your powers for good or evil?
That was the best! The first show I did Off-Broadway I also played a superhero. I'd love a film role as such someday. I think I'd want the power to preemptively sense danger or disaster and be able to freeze time (but so that I could still move to stop it). And, of course to fly.
In the past you teamed up with The Polaris Project, a non-profit organization that is working toward combating human trafficking, serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims. Are you currently working with any other charities or is there a specific cause that you are passionate about?
It is crazy that 'women's rights' are still such a big issue in our society. I'm most passionate about bridging the gap in gender equality. The Somaly Mam Foundation is another incredible anti-human trafficking organization. They rescue young girls who are victims of the sex trade industry, and with a focus on education and empowerment, give them refuge and a chance to start anew.
Do you have any words of inspiration or advice for those trying to break into acting or those considering majoring in theater?
Do some research and find out who the top University level acting schools in the country are. They'll have good artistry program and a reputation that can help you open doors when starting out. But do keep in mind; the most important thing is to develop a strong, solid craft, wherever you study. Determination and perseverance are key. Aim high. I think in any field when you combine skill with focus and drive you can often achieve more than you could have initially imagined. One of my favorite quotes as a kid was, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." by Brian Thomas Littrell and Les Brown.
For more on Allison McAtee, visit http://www.allisonmcatee.com/
For more on The Somaly Mam Foundation, visit http://www.somaly.org
Interview with Emily Bett Rickards
by Mandi Pimental
Emily Bett Rickards, star of the CW’s Arrow is as charming as she is beautiful. The down-to-earth Canadian actress currently plays Felicity Smoak in the comic-book series, a loyal and endearing IT Tech and love interest of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen. RUNWAY delves into the depths of fashion, romance and photography with Rickards who is set to star in the film Brooklyn, in 2015.
You are currently starring in the CW series Arrow as the charming Felicity Smoak. If you had to describe Felicity in three words, which words would you choose?
Ingenious. Discerning. Authentic.
Your character, aside from being a tech wiz, is a curiously brave girl, always pushing the envelope. In what ways are you like her? And which of her traits would you say is least like you?
We are both deeply in love with literature. We both create and dance out of the awkward situations we make for ourselves and we both crave information. I admire her honesty and bravery above anything. I adore her spark and quick wit. Unlike her I can't get technology to cooperate with me - I could use some of her magic touch in my daily life.
When it comes to romance, what do you think Felicity is truly seeking?
Aside from your success with Arrow, you’ve also starred in the series Soldiers of the Apocalypse and the film Dakota’s Summer. If you could share one lesson each experience taught you to grow as an actor what would they be?
Absorb as many stories from as many different people as possible. On a set you get to work with a monumental number of people - your day is abundant with life. Grasp the opportunity to collect the stories and appreciate the openness everyone offers.
Do you have a favorite moment in your career thus far?
Today I get to work with David Ramsey and Colton Haynes and they're singing West Side Story. This could be it.
When you land a role or an audition goes well, do you have a special way of celebrating?
I usually call my friend Fanta and we talk about the character. Then that usually transforms into talking about food and then getting food with a side of laughs.
Time to delve into fashion. From events to photo shoots, we’ve noticed your style is feminine and youthful. Do you have a favorite dress designer?
I'll always have a soft spot for Valentino and Tom Ford. But there is a fresh LOVE for Balmain and Christian Siriano.
We’ve seen your character wear an array of hairstyles. What’s your favorite hairstyle to wear when you have a day off?
Down and under a toque!
What is your winter beauty regiment and how does it differ from the other seasons?
More moisture!! I love a good facemask. I recently started using argon oil as a moisturizer substitute a few times a week along with a rejuvenating toner to help equalize and balance the skin.
How do you spend your time off? Are you adventurous with your down time or more of a homebody?
A little of both. Winter is coming so I shall frolic with the pup up to the mountains, do some yoga and listen to music accompanied by hot cups of different elixirs.
Touching on social media, you are very active on Twitter and your Instagram feed is very artistic. Do you dabble in photography?
I have always loved photographs. I clustered my childhood bedroom with photos and every room that I could call my own since then has been a gallery.
In addition to "Arrow" what other projects would you like to mention that you have coming up.
Last hiatus I shot this film Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Emory Cohen. John Crowley directed. It’s in post right now. I hope to have a release date soon.
Interview with Max Schneider
By Mandi Pimental
Young heartthrob Max Schneider has all the qualities to make a girl swoon. Good looks, a laid back style, a sense of humor and a killer voice. His musical talents are highlighted through not only his original music, his The Say Max EP drops this summer, but also through his collaborative efforts with his friends. And when you keep company with vocal powerhouses like Zendaya and Victoria Justice, music magic is bound to happen. Also starring in the NBC drama Crisis, this triple threat singer/actor/model shares with us how the love of his art keeps him balanced through it all.
You’re a model, actor and a phenomenal musician. How do you find time to do it all? How do you keep your career, and self, balanced?
Thank you so much. It’s easy to find time to do things you love and, luckily, I love acting and music so much that it’s actually sort of therapeutic to jump from one to the other because they’re such different worlds that blend so well together.
It has been said that you refer to your fans as “Schneider Monkeys”. Any fun or crazy fan stories?
I had a great moment a few years ago when I was opening up for my friend, Victoria Justice. I’m on stage singing this song and out of nowhere, in the front row, this girl hands me this four foot long fake flower with a stuffed monkey hanging off of it. Well, I had to take the lovely gift mid-song, so I spent the rest of the song singing to that girl with this giant fake flower and monkey in hand. It was a sweet moment.
Not only a singer/songwriter, I read that you also play keyboard, guitar and ukulele. How involved are you in the writing and production process of your own album, and what is your greatest source of inspiration?
I’m very involved. I’m what most in the writing world would call a “top liner,” which means that my strength is lyrics and melodies. I mostly play the ukulele and a bit of keyboard, but I definitely work best when I co-write with someone who is a brilliant musician via instruments. Real life experience is always the greatest source of inspiration for me. If it’s true, it’s that much easier to write about and much more moving.
You just finished shooting your new music video “Streets of Gold”, can you tell us a little bit about this song and what fans can expect from the new album, “The Say Max EP”, overall?
The song is really about everlasting love and the afterlife, in a way. I think fans can definitely expect a taste of something very different, which I’m excited for. I think a lot of the music I’ve been working on recently has been coming from a very real place and has been hugely influenced by my favorite soul music, like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Prince, and more.
Speaking of shooting on-set, you star in the NBC drama Crisis as Ian who is dealing with some dark subject matter. Can you tell us a little more about your character?
Ian is a very misunderstood guy. It’s funny because in the kidnapping, a lot of people really find themselves or find love, like with the president’s son and Ian’s best friend Beth. Ian, on the other hand, finds the darkest version of himself. It was such an adventure getting to explore that part of a character. The bravery and honesty of his personality really comes out within this poisoned experience.
What has been the biggest challenge of this role, and what about it has inspired the most growth in you as an actor?
The biggest challenge was definitely getting to the darkest place possible. The day I try and shank one of the guards in an episode was one of the hardest for me because I really wanted that to be real. I wanted to find that truthful moment in being ready to end someone’s life because of what they had done to you. That’s not something I could ever fathom in my own real life, so to find that in an honest way within Ian was extremely challenging but also very rewarding. This has definitely been one of the most challenging roles I’ve gotten to play and that in itself has been such a wonderful experience of growth as an actor.
You have modeled alongside the reigning queen of pop, Madonna, for Dolce and Gabbana. Do you have a favorite designer that you favor for events?
I wear a lot of clothes from Topman. They have great looks that fit really well and are definitely very much my style.
What about your casual weekend wear? And, what is your favorite go-to accessory? Are you an accessories kind of guy?
I love Alternative Apparel, and Urban Outfitters has lots of good stuff I wear for casual settings. I do a lot of thrift shopping, so most of that is my casual wear. I wear the same watch every day (given to me by one of my best friends) and I love necklaces (either a peace sign I’ve had forever, or this dog tag that has a quote from my grandma who passed away that my girlfriend made me). I’m a pretty simple guy in the accessory department.
Having been in the entertainment industry since a young age, what was your favorite way to spend summer break? Did you get a regular summer vacation?
Yeah, I totally got a regular summer vacation. I worked sometimes, but mostly went to this performing arts camp called Frenchwoods in upstate New York, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I definitely had some amazing, and life changing, summers at that camp.
Back to music for a moment, your video covers of “Say Something” with Victoria Justice and “All of Me” with Zendaya are beautiful renditions. Any more collaborative covers in your future?
Thank you so much. Yeah, we’re always doing new videos. Always something in the works.
You are about to embark on the “Say Max Tour” to promote your new EP. Are you excited for life on the road again? How does your daily life differ from set life to life on the road?
SO EXCITED! I love touring and performing live. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. Touring is a lot of driving and sleeping—if you can sleep in vans or on buses. You usually wake up around lunch, get to the venue, load in all of your stuff, sound check, get ready for the show, have the show, then jump in the bus and go to the next city. Set life is more like wake up at 4AM, go to set and be there for 12-16 hours, try to get some cat naps in-between scenes, and then go home.
You also have a new film coming out soon, Love and Mercy, can you tell us a little bit about that project?
I’m very excited about Love and Mercy. It’s the story of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. It’s such a powerful story and it documents Brian’s life and his brilliance in creating all of the music we all know and love by The Beach Boys. I got to portray Van Dyke Parks who wrote the Smile record with Brian. It was my first time playing a real person. It was really wonderful getting to research this awesome guy, trying to portray his story as truthfully as possible.
Any final words of love for your Schneider Monkeys, and where can new fans check you out?
My Schneider Monkeys: you already know what it is. You’re awesome and I have so much love and respect for all of you. New fans: Welcome to the fam. Let’s party.
Twitter- https://twitter.com /Maxgschneider
Interview with Italia Ricci
By Mandi Pimental
Canadian born beauty, Italia Ricci, is no stranger to the spotlight. Getting her big break as an actress in the film American Pie Beta House at just twenty-one, Ricci has proven, role after role, that she is here to stay. Having appeared in hit television series such as How I Met Your Mother, House, Greek and her recurring role in the Comedy Central series Secret Girlfriend, Ricci is about to embark on a new and exciting journey. Premiering in June, Ricci will star as ‘April’ in the ABC Family series, Chasing Life, setting off a new chapter in this rising stars career.
In ‘Chasing Life’ you play April, a young journalist who is trying to balance work, family and love, all while dealing with the tragic news that you have a terminal illness. How did you prepare for such a complex role?
At first, I wanted to do all of the research that I could and know everything there was to know about the type of Leukemia that April has. But after reading the script a few times over, it occurred to me that April doesn’t have any of that knowledge. I decided to learn about it as April did so that I wasn’t anticipating how April was going to feel or act before it was written. Also, I trust the writers completely. They have teams of doctors, researchers, and cancer fighters working with them to figure out how to have April handle each step of the journey. When it came time to deal with chemo, I met some amazing warriors who helped me understand what it was like for them, and that was so incredibly helpful for more than just my work.
What has been the biggest challenge of taking on the role of ‘April’ and what has been the biggest reward thus far?
The most rewarding moments are hearing how the show has reached out and given a voice to people who felt they needed one, and not just for people dealing with an illness. There’s so much more going on in the show that people will relate to, and when fans reach out and let you know that they feel represented, it gives me goose bumps every time. The biggest challenge is how I feel when I come home and remind myself that I’m not sick. It hurts that I get to turn it off when so many people can’t.
The show revolves around the serious topic of cancer, which affects so many people today. What do you hope that viewers will take away from April’s story?
I hope viewers apply what is going on in the show to life with a broad stroke. Never give up. No matter what someone is dealing with in their world, it only controls your life as much as you let it. You have all of the power; you still make the decisions. It’s okay to make the wrong ones sometimes because we’re human. Just surround yourself with good people and you can get through more than you think you can. We are all stronger than we ever imagine.
Many actors transition into directing or producing, is this a path you see yourself taking? Do you have any personal ambitions that are still unattained?
I can see myself producing one day. I don’t see myself directing—I have way too many control issues for that. I’d be a nightmare director. I’m pretty happy to have achieved what I have at this point, but of course there are other personal milestones I’m excited for down the road, like having a family.
What is your favorite summer vacation destination and what is your one must-have summer fashion item?
My backyard. We live in LA where it’s always summer. I love my pool, my fruit trees, my dogs, and my friends. And a white flowing maxi dress, hands down.
Speaking of fashion, we adore your style and your complexion is simply flawless. Can you share your beauty regiment?
I always wear sunscreen. When I’m outside in the sun, I’m wearing at least SPF 90.
What is your weekend style, and what do you like to wear on your down time? Any favorite designers?
It depends on my plans for the weekend. If I don’t have to leave my house, I’m in my robe all weekend long. If I have things to do, I’ll pull it together. I actually just started wearing pieces from LUBLU by Kira Plastinina. Her stuff fits me so well and is incredibly comfortable.
Who are your biggest influences when it comes to your acting career? Did you look up to or study anyone in particular growing up?
I didn’t study anyone in particular. I was pretty impressionable and would watch a movie and want to be that character. I would pretend to be like them for a day or two until I saw the next show or movie and then move on to that. I think I’m still like that a little bit. I’m influenced by a different performance every time I watch something new. One constant influence is Kate Hudson; she’s got a sparkle to her that you see in every character. She’s also got crazy range—rocker indie films, jazzy musical, rom-com, horror, you name it. Actually, I remember watching her movie A Little Bit of Heaven the day before my screen test for Chasing Life.
If you could work with anyone, actor or director, who would it be? What is it about his or her work that inspired you?
I’d love to work with a ton of people. I learn so much from everyone I’ve ever worked with. The set is such an inspiring environment, even with people I didn’t necessarily get along with. You learn to be patient and professional when you really just want to scream. As of right now, I’m so impressed by Dane DeHaan. I think he’s wildly talented and also has this magnetism in his performances that paralyzes you from looking away when he’s on screen.
Having broken into film at just twenty-one, what advice do you have for aspiring actors who have made the move to Hollywood?
Don’t give up. I was ready to go back to law school and say that I gave Hollywood my best shot, but my family in L.A. believed in me and supported me and kept faith in me when I was spent. I ended up staying because of them, and I am so grateful.
Do you have any future projects in the work that you can speak on at this time?
I shot a Sony Affirm film called The Remaining last year that is due to come out this fall. It’s a 100% religiously accurate thriller that recounts how the world would end, according to the bible. I play Allison, the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding when the end comes. It’s a movie that tells the story of a group of best friends as they navigate the challenging journeys of faith, love, and salvation at the end of it all.
Interview with Bram Hoover
by Mandi Pimental
Bram Hoover is a multi-talented actor and screenwriter who, is his career thus far, has acted in both film and television and is the writer behind this seasons hot new football film, 23 Blast. 23 Blast follows the true life story and hardships of teen football star Travis Freeman, and Hoover lets us in on why he chose to bring this story to life. We also spoke to Hoover about fitness, fashion and what it is that makes a guy feel sexy.
You wrote, and are currently starring in the film 23 Blast. That is quite an achievement! Can you tell us a little bit about Jerry Baker, the character you play?
Jerry is a kid from a small town who knows how to have a good time, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and is always there for his friends. Especially his best friend Travis Freeman. In the film, Travis goes from a normal, healthy teenager, to losing his eyesight overnight. Jerry is suddenly lost without his right-hand man. As time passes, Jerry is one of the voices of reason that helps Travis find his way. And in doing so, finds himself.
What inspired you to take this incredible story of high school student Travis Freeman and adapt it to film?
I grew up in Corbin, Kentucky where the story takes place. And I played football with the real Travis Freeman. So, I got to experience Travis' incredible story first hand.
The film focuses on the challenges of Freeman going blind at a pivotal time in his life. In your personal life what is your most valued sense, and why?
It’s really tough to choose just one, but I would have to say my sense of taste. I love eating all kinds of foods, sweets too. I could not imagine not being able to taste all the wonderful foods on this earth.
The film revolves around football, are you into sports yourself?
Yes, I am into all sports, but football is my favorite by far. I played football since I was 8 years old, all the way through high school, and a little in college. I'm actually in my High School Hall of Fame (if that means anything). Nowadays, I just sit around on my couch and watch all I can on TV.
You have been working in film and television for quite a few years now. Have you always aspired to write your own projects? Or was it something you were inspired to do after you started your work in Hollywood?
I think I've always been a storyteller, even as a kid. That's what we do in film and television, or any art for that matter. But, after acting for a few years, I realized that there was more fulfillment, and sometimes more control being a writer/director. Solely as an actor, you're only able to control and contribute to the story through your character. But, as a writer, and/or director, you have your hands in the whole story. All of the characters, not just one. That was more enticing to me.
Prior to 23 Blast, what has been your most memorable acting role?
I would say my role on "Dirt" on FX a few years ago. I had a pretty memorable line that actually made it on "Talk Soup" that week. My friends and family back home still talk about it when I see them.
You are in extremely good shape. Can you share your fitness routine?
I have gotten really into yoga. I love how it makes me feel afterward. I feel energized and happy. I try to swim or bike a few times a week as well too. But my favorite form of exercise is playing basketball.
Your Twitter profile alludes to the fact you enjoy donuts. Who doesn’t love a donut? What is your food philosophy? Strict dieter, everything in moderation, or more of an “I do what I want” mentality?
My food philosophy is I pretty much eat whatever I want. For now anyway. Who knows how my metabolism will be down the road, but for now, it's still pretty good. And I have a huge sweet tooth, and yes, donuts and ice cream are two of my weaknesses.
Let’s talk fashion. We have seen you in an array of styles, from sporty and casual to suits on the red carpet. What is your typical everyday style?
My typical everyday style is to try to be as comfortable as possible, with a cool pair of sneakers on. If I could, I would wear sneakers, gym shorts, and a t-shirt every day. But, I also love to get dressed up in a suit every now and then. When you're casual a majority of the time, it's nice to get all suited and booted. Makes me feel sexy, confident.
Do you have a favorite go-to designer for special events and appearances?
My favorite go-to designer right now is anything Hugo Boss. I love their stuff and it really fits me well too.
Interview with Sydney Park
Sydney Park Interview for Runway Teen Summer 2014
By Mandi Pimental
Holding the title as the “youngest comedian to ever perform at the Hollywood Improv”, actress Sydney Park came out of the gates swinging. Making her television debut on That’s So Raven, Park has found her niche in an industry that others take years to master. With credits that include appearances in Entourage, Hannah Montana, and Gary Unmarried, Park is now starring as Gabby in Nick At Nite’s Instant Mom alongside Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Michael Boatman. This young star talks to us about beauty products, playing a teenage big sister and why she loves being a California girl.
You have an impressive resume for being such a young actress and it has been said you were the youngest person to perform stand-up at the Hollywood Improv. Have you just always known this is what you wanted?
In preschool, I took ballet and every night I would dress up in my tutu and make my parents sit down in the living room to watch me perform. I would say, “I have a performance, you gotta take me seriously!” I’ve just always been an entertainer and I knew that someday I would do it professionally.
You have worked primarily in the comedy genre, having roles in Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven and now starring in your new project, Instant Mom. You have also played in a recurring role as Ellie on the popular TV crime drama CSI: NY. Do you prefer comedic projects to dramatic roles? How do you decide what projects you will take?
I started out as a stand-up comedian at the age of six, so comedy is where it all began. Even though I’m mostly known for doing comedy, I really love drama! I can see myself doing gritty roles in the future, yet still doing comedy. I love it all!
On Instant Mom, you play Gabby Phillips, one of three children whose dad meets and marries a 25-year old party girl. That sounds like a fun concept for a show, what has been your favorite part of playing this role?
Gabby Phillips is very similar to who I am in real life! I love the fact that I get to incorporate different parts of my personality into the role of Gabby. It also doesn’t hurt that I get to work with Tia Mowry-Hardrict who is my childhood idol! Every day on set is just loads of laughter and fun!
On the show, Gabby has two little brothers. Do they act like true little brothers on set? Any fun pranks or stories?
I love my little boys! Damarr, Tylen, and I have our “brother-sister” moments but I love them and we always have so much fun together. There are many stories to share from set and I will tell you that a majority of them have something to do with farts. We’re gassy siblings, what can I say?
On Twitter you proclaim “LA is everything”, so, what is your favorite part of being a California girl? What do you do on your down time? And any fun plans for summer?
In my life, Los Angeles is everything because this is where it all began for me. The opportunities are out here and c’mon, you just can’t beat the weather. When I have free time I always make an effort to hang out with my friends, read, exercise, and even draw if I’m feeling it! This summer I’ll be working on another season of Instant Mom and I’m super excited. Gotta make time for the beach on the weekends of course!
Your skin is flawless! What three summer beauty products can you not live without?
Well thank you for the compliment! I always make sure to use my Smith’s Rosebud Salve lip balm for the dry weather. Also, NARS Lip Pencils are the bomb because you can get your favorite colors in matte, velvet, or satin and it lasts! Last but not least is my Proactiv Renewing Cleanser that I wash my face with twice a day. It has benzoyl peroxide crystals that target breakouts while keeping your skin clean and radiant
Fashion is a huge part of the culture of LA, who is your favorite designer to wear on the red carpet?
I am such a fan of Ted Baker! The designs are always classy, yet fun and flirty! I love how he always incorporates beautiful, bold colors and I think the clothes are timeless.
As a fashion icon to young girls around the world, do you have any advice for dressing for the summer season?
My main advice is to try and be as comfortable as possible! You want to avoid the high-heels in the heat and wear something funky like sneakers, strappy sandals, or espadrilles. Also, step out of your comfort zone and rock some floral and bright colors!
We agree with the brights and florals! What is up next for you? Do you have any other projects in the works that you can talk about? And where can fans keep up with what you are doing?
I’ve been working on Nickelodeon’s Awesomeness TV, Nickelodeon’s new Nick App where I’m in a number of sketches, and I’ll be on an upcoming episode of The Thunderman’s. I’m always doing sketches, so look out for more videos coming soon. Also, I’ll be filming the second season of Instant Mom all summer! Keep up with my daily life on Instagram: @heysydneypark and Twitter: @iamsydneypark
Interview with Annabella Gutman
Annabella Gutman by Mandi Pimental
Annabella Gutman is a multi-ethnic actor with big dreams and an even bigger heart. The star of Blink of an Eye and The Mission talks to Runway about getting into character, her philanthropy and of course fashion. And who doesn’t love a girl who stays fit by having fun outdoors while still indulging in her favorite treats?
You have quite the impressive resume, having worked in film, music, television and theatre. Do you have a favorite medium that you prefer to work in?
Acting for feature film is my favorite! I am passionate about acting. I love to express myself in different ways and challenge myself by putting myself in the shoes of different characters. That is my favorite part of it. In the upcoming year, my goal is to land more work in comedy and action films.
You have starred in films such as Blink of an Eye and The Mission, as well as many others. Do you tend to favor dramatic roles? And how do you prepare for such roles?
Blink of an Eye was a very heavy role to play. [It was] based on a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was betrayed by a friend. I had to express a lot of anger and crying. It came very natural. If I have to cry, I think about something that's sad that would make me cry, perhaps losing a person that I care about. Anger, I think about something that would make me upset, like if a good friend backstabbed me. The Mission was more comedic and it was just fun to play a goofy and clumsy person. For a role like that, it's more carefree and I'm naturally funny so I focus on being more of a character.
Do you have any upcoming films or projects you are working on?
As of now, I am looking to book a few projects but I can't mention anything specifically.
Your accent is beautiful! Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Thank you very much! I was born in Israel, and I can speak a few different languages. On my mom's side, it's Portuguese. On my dad's side, it's Czech, Russian and Polish. Living in the United States for so many years, I have kind-off created my own accent. People usually tell me that it's very sexy and attractive and I had better not lose it.
Let's jump into fashion! We have seen you rock many looks, from designer dresses to casual cut offs. What is your favorite weekend style? And do you have a favorite designer?
On the weekends, I love to dress comfortable, which for me means cool sundresses or black leather pants with a tank top, depending on what I'm doing. My favorite designers are Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci.
What is your favorite fall fashion trend? In addition, what is a trend you would like to see leave and never return?
In fall, it's all about the colors. So, I like to dress in the cold colors like grey, black, dark purple, navy blue and burgundy. I love wearing a French coat with sexy high boots. I love leggings with a comfy sweater and leather jacket. And, don't forget a nice scarf, gloves and hat. I love all the winter and fall accessories! I don't like the ballerina skirt trend. I think that should be reserved for ballerina dancers. I don't really find it to be a cool look.
I read that as a hobby you enjoy doing makeup, what are some of your top go-to beauty products?
I use aloe vera and vitamin C products before I apply my moisturizer and sun block. I like Dior and Estee Lauder. A daily light makeup I use is Bare Minerals. L'Oreal and Mac are my favorites for red carpets and events. For me, it's all about the eyes. I try to make them stand out the most.
As an actor, it is important to stay healthy and always look your best and you are in great shape. Can you share your workout routine? Any fall treats that you just cannot resist?
Believe it or not, I love dancing in front of the mirror at home and I'm sure my neighbors hate me for it. I also like basketball, tennis, swimming, and hiking. If I need a good sweat, I go to a hot yoga class. My Coffee Bean and Juicy Fruit are my treats, not just for fall, but all year round!
Throughout your career, you have lived in both New York and L.A. Two very different cultures. Do you have a favorite place to call home?
I love Los Angeles! We have amazing weather in LA and an amazing lifestyle that I'd never trade for anything in the world. New York is more business, and people are walking everywhere and there's a lot more action, so it's fun to be in New York, but Los Angeles is home for me.
Your philanthropy is inspiring. You have worked with top charities such as the Red Cross and World Peace One, as well as helping to rescue animals. How do you choose what charities you align yourself with, and are you currently working with anyone now?
I choose to support causes that I can relate to and that I'm passionate about. When I was growing up, we had a lot of animals besides cats and dogs. Behind the house, we had a farm with chickens, cows and horses. My dad had an aquarium with fish and I had a parrot. So, I love animals and I believe in animal rights. Same with world peace, I'm very passionate about that as well. Coming from Israel, I remember being a little girl during the Gulf War, so I'm very much against violence, hatred and fighting. I try to
promote peace and love, which includes helping others during times of emergency.
Lastly, can you share with our readers, what is next for Annabella Gutman, and leave us with your favorite quote that has inspired you on your journey.
I will continue following my passion and dreams. For the last few years, I was focused on producing, but now I'm getting back into acting and fashion. I hope to land a lot of good work as an actor and model and be able to use my name to promote the charities that I believe in. I truly believe that when you give, you receive.
And here's my quote. What goes around comes around, so treat people the way you want to be treated.
Interview with Remington
By Mandi Pimental
If you are looking for a man who is part daredevil bad boy and part swoon-worthy rock star, then look no further than Remington. This charismatic rocker inspires his fans to live like champions, never giving up or backing down. With a new tour and album in the works, this stunt man has no plans of slowing down, even while rockin’ pajamas on a Saturday afternoon.
You have been touted as the daredevil musician; let us talk first about your stunts. You have reached some impressive heights through snowboarding, skateboarding, motorcycles and wakeboarding. Do you have a favorite?
It's always hard to choose! I'm so ADD. But wheelies are addicting because they're always dangerous.
Where did you first fall in love with the adrenaline rush? And how did the idea of incorporating it with music come about?
I was born jumping off things, breaking stuff, making something do what it's not supposed to do... Adrenaline is my drug. My father was an athlete and my mom a musician so I did both growing up, but then I got into the airshow scene stunting motorcycles with Circus of the Machines. The pilot asked me to edit his airshow music and I said I would do it for free if he put my music in it. I was selling CDs and merchandise to all the kids. The biggest Airshows draw half a million people and they have big acts play at them. So, I asked myself what if I was both the act on the stage and stunted at the same time. It's never been done. It's just a lifestyle I want to represent.
Speaking of your music, your tracks are full of infectious energy! “Light Up The Sky” and “Our World” make me want to dance, and I must admit, I did. Do the stunts inspire the music, or does the track inspire what you’ll do on stage?
I incorporate the visual and lifestyle into the music. I love to dance and love to rock out. So I try to write my songs for that and keep everyone pumped.
In contrast to the high-energy pieces, you also write more melodic, passionate tracks. “She Will Wait” and “The World Is Burning” are filled with so much emotion. Where did you find your inspiration?
Ex-girlfriends and crap. I've been through a lot and [have] grown from it. I truly am a passionate person and not every day in my life has been all roses. I just like to tell it like it is.
Are you currently touring, or do you have any plans to tour? What can fans expect from a Remington stage show?
I'm bringing the heat! Just like a P!NK show or KISS or Michael Jackson. I want to give them a show. And I am gearing up for something big soon! I'm in the studio right now putting it all together.
You have collaborated with sponsors who are incorporating your music and footage to inspire others. Can you tell us a little bit about those relationships? And what do you feel makes someone a “champion”?
Champion is a lifestyle. It's what I represent. It's never giving up until your last breath and pushing the limits in your own life. I tell all my fans and friends to put up a "champion" when we take pictures. It just represents greatness.
We must touch on your fashion. We have seen you rock both stylish suits and casual hoodies. What is your go-to stage style?
I like funky shoes/boots, black tight jeans and a black shirt with color and a jacket!
What about on your days off?
Pajamas. Or just some jeans, sandals and a v-neck. ;)
Do you have a favorite fall trend? And who is your favorite menswear designer?
I like beanies and hoodies and my taste is so crazy I couldn't just pick one.
What about for the ladies? What do you think is the perfect fall look on a woman?
Tight jeans, sexy heels, rocker jacket, and a scarf. Or pajamas. I think I just need to come out with my own pajama line that you can wear out. Haha!
Before we go, can you let us know what is up next for you, and where fans can check you out?
Just writing new songs in the studio, so expect some new singles! I'm also doing a lot of social media videos on vine and YouTube and want to start touring again. Check me out at remingtonmusic.com
Or on vine, Instagram, and Snapchat. - @krazyremi
Interview with Taryn Manning
Taryn Manning Interview
by Mandi Pimental
Actress, singer, and celebrity DJ Taryn Manning is a powerful force to be reckoned with this year. Since making her film debut in the romantic drama Crazy/Beautiful at the start of the new millennium, Manning has acquired an impressive resume. Credits include 8 Mile, Hustle & Flow, her work in the current award winning comedy-drama TV series Orange is the New Black and an abundant list of projects slated to release this year.
Having appeared in advertising campaigns for Juicy Couture and Frankie B, Manning is an avid follower and fan of fashion. We talk to her about the many hats she wears, her up-coming endeavors, how she keeps it all balanced and the deep passion she has for music.
In Orange is the New Black you play Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett, a character who touches on controversial topics such as abortion and religion. What has been the most challenging aspect, and the most rewarding aspect, of playing this role? She does touch on those subjects, and it is the ultimate contradiction. She is the most non-religious, religious person, you know? Me and my character are very, very different, but that is what makes it fun. My close group of friends told me when they watch the show there is no trace of Taryn, which is so cool. We are alike in the sense that she believes in justice, which I do too. So, there are ways I tap into her, but she is so disturbingly different from me and when I’m in character as her, I am lost. I’m gone.
With the show being based on darker subject matter, tell us what set life is like for the cast off-screen? What do you do for fun? All the girls have branched off and found each other and who they are close with. I’m not sure what everyone does together, there are a lot of cast members, I know a couple of girls took a trip to Puerto Rico together. Me and Emma Myles hang out a lot and have a lot of fun together. The characters who work together often tend to gravitate towards one another, just naturally. We have a really good time, we have dinner parties. It is all very supportive.
With all of your recent acting success, working on projects such as Hawaii 5-0, Sons Of Anarchy, Orange Is The New Black and an abundance of films, what do you do to work in down time? I work on music. I’m always into something, whether it be working on a clothing line or working on music. Music is my passion, I have a lot of accomplishments in music that people may not know about.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Taryn Manning…
If I have a shorter day on set, and wrap earlier than normal, I will go into the studio. When you work in music, a lot of magic goes down late at night. Once I’m onto something with music, there is more freedom. It’s not like on set when there are schedules and timelines.
Here at Runway we adore fashion, and we heard you do too. Who are favorite designers? What is your typical weekend wear? I’ve always been a Balenciaga fan. They have so many timeless pieces. I wear a lot of their pieces, a lot of blazers, that I have had since the 90’s. Very Janet Jackson inspired. I also love the look of Yves St Laurent suede knee boots and a long trench coat. I also like Rag & Bone and Wild Fox, something more casual, like their cashmere and knit. And Juicy Couture and Charlotte Ronson, who is a good friend, there are just so many.
Who are your fashion icons and how does their style influence your personal style? I wouldn’t say anyone inspires how I design, but I love Kate Moss, Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe. I really like Rachel Zoe because her collection has a vintage appeal. I love high-end vintage, which is very expensive, and to be honest with you, I grew up without a lot of money and I had to make the best of what I had. I did a lot of shopping at thrift stores, wearing Esprit and Guess and reworking pieces.
Explain the feel and inspiration behind the clothing you design? For my clothing line, Born Uniqorn, the inspiration was about being unique. The initials are B.U. and it truly is about being yourself. I did a lot of touring in Japan during my early Boomkat days, which was my music group with my brother, and I was inspired by the fashions in Osaka and the colors.
What is your favorite trend that is happening now and what is one accessory you cannot live without this season? I am a hat girl. I love hats and I love sunglasses. I like that they look great and they can cover you up when you’re not wearing make-up and if I want to run in somewhere and not be bothered, it helps put up a barrier. As far as trends, I’m loving the one-pieces that are out. I love them because of my ballet background, and I like the side cut-outs and the low backs I’m seeing on them now.
To celebrate Runway’s music issue, we would love to talk about your musical background and what gets you moving. Who are listening to right now?
I grew up in an all musical family. My father was a musician, so was my brother, and there is just a long line of music in my heritage. I DJ too, so I listen to so many types of music it's hard to just rattle off music when I genuinely listen to so much stuff every day.
Who has been the biggest influence to you in your own music?
I hear often that I have a very soulful tone and that it is obvious I grew up listening to R&B and Motown. So I take that influence and mix it in with a bit of a rocker chick and I think you have me. Like a mix between Blondie & Macy Gray, or so I've heard.
You have made appearances in music videos such as will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” and Butch Walker’s “The Weight of Her”. Have you worked on additional music video collaborations or have any planned for the future?
Yes I've been in several music videos. I also worked with Train, Zedd and Nickelback.
Having worked some of the hottest parties in New York and L.A., you have recently been labeled one of “the hottest names in the DJ game”, how does DJing compare to you performing your own music live? Do you have a preference?
I don't know about one of the hottest names in the game but again I like to play music, so anyway I can get my hands on it!
It has been mentioned that you are experienced in kickboxing, Tae Bo, dance, yoga and karate. Do you stay in shape by mixing up activities you enjoy, or do you have a specific regimen that you do to stay healthy? Mixing them all up is how I stay in shape, I feel like I am always working out. People say I am so small, but I am really strong. I feel like my whole life is a workout. When I can just lay down and chill I feel like that is such a gift.
Lastly, you get to play with your looks for many roles. We have seen you as a blonde, a brunette and a red head and we have to know, what has been your favorite? I have felt so great about all of them, but I feel like being a really light blonde, like a bleachy white blonde, I feel most like me. When my hair is really white blonde, I feel like the musician that I am really, truly, born to be. Because no matter what I am doing, designing clothes, or shooting tv shows or movies, until the day I die I will be writing music.
What do you find most inspirational about the career that Madonna has celebrated over the decades?
I think it is obvious to say she is the ONE. She has maintained an amazing career, worked with sick, unique producers, she is absolutely stunning and she seems like a really good person. I look up to Madonna very much. I even dressed up as her from 'Like a Virgin' to my first Prince concert.
Do you have a favorite Cher fashion moment?
Cher impressed me with her original sounding vocals, her amazing, yet tragic, history and her acting chops. I admire her on many levels, along with her sense of fashion, and she has been around for such a long time!
Why do you believe Stevie Nicks has been such a music icon?
I believe Stevie Nicks is, hands down, one of the most admired women. She is just a bad ass and her vocals are tremendous. Her style is too. If you someone who is familiar with the history of her and Fleetwood Mac, they went through a lot as a group.
Diana Ross is a true diva of our time, do you hope to radiate female power through your music?
She IS a true diva in every sense of the word! I can't help but think that Madonna, Cher, Michael, and Stevie must have listened and looked up to her as well. All you have to do is study The Supremes, need I say more?
What do you think was Michael Jackson’s greatest contribution to music? How does the king of pop inspire your own career?
MJ was my everything. Being a child of the 80's he was my brothers inspiration and whatever my brother liked, I liked. I miss MJ very, very much. It is devastating what happened to him, even while he was alive. He went through so much and I don't believe any of it was true and I will never believe it. Another thing that was hard for me was that he passed on my mother’s birthday. My mother is very dear to me and the whole day was just full of sorrow. His music and fashion sensibility will live on forever in my life and many others lives as well. His music wasn't just for dancing and fun, he had a spiritual message that will forever ring true.