I know a certain article was posted here twice, but this is actual confirmation that she has signed w/ CashMoney and that things will be released! OMW. Are you ready?? (*:
At a small house that's used as the home of Deacon Claybourne on ABC's "Nashville," actor Charles "Chip" Esten rehearses a fight scene that also involves co-stars Robert Ray Wisdom (aka Coleman Carlisle) and Sam Palladio (aka Gunnar Scott).
The scene they choreograph with a stunt coordinator and key second assistant director will be filmed the next day for the "Nashville" season finale (which aired Wednesday). Esten wears kneepads over his jeans to protect his knees when he falls, but he comes too close to the edge of a stone coffee table for Wisdom, who exclaims, "Watch that!"
It's an intense scene with fists and objects thrown -- a beanbag in rehearsal, but likely something that will cause a loud crash when the cameras roll. (The home belongs to an individual who rents it for use in "Nashville" and the show's set decorator, Ruby Guidara, fills the home with items from a prop house to make it Deacon's, including antlers hung on the dining-room wall.)
So why is Deacon, longtime guitarist for Faith Hill-like country singer Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights"), getting in a fight? That's a secret part of the season-finale storyline. Through the show's first season, viewers have learned more about the past that Rayna and Deacon share, and in recent episodes the pair have reconnected romantically.
"For both of us, it seems to be everything we always wanted," said Esten. "We're in that place we've always been meant to be but there are still a few secrets and hidden things that threaten to blow the whole thing up."
Esten has a musical background and plays guitar himself. He's even gotten to perform several times this past year at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium.
"I'm a much better guitar player than when I got here, but with miles and miles to go," Esten said. "Deacon is a much better guitar player than Chip on every level, but then again, I'm not fictional, so I have that over him."
A long season
A few miles north of downtown Nashville on the "Nashville" soundstage - a former warehouse for the now-defunct Baker Curb NASCAR racing team -- Britton prepares to film a scene opposite the real-life sisters who play her daughters. Lennon Stella, 13, and Maisy Stella, 9, sit in chairs at a kitchen island with Britton opposite them.
"Everybody gets grumpy," Britton says in a singsong voice before filming. "Wonder if we've all been here 10 months."
Not unlike the last days of school, the final days filming on a long TV season have cast and crew a bit punchy. That may be especially true for "Nashville," because it shoots thousands of miles from Los Angeles, where many cast and some crew members make their home.
"I've been here pretty much since July when we started," said actress Judith Hoag ("Big Love"), who plays Rayna's businesswoman sister, Tandy Wyatt. "I've gone back and forth to Los Angeles -- we all have -- but when I'm here I live in a hotel. I'm like Eloise at the Plaza."
Hoag has a slew of credits to her name on IMDB.com, but the first season of "Nashville" is the longest time she's spent on location.
"We haven't really set down roots here," she said in late April before the show was renewed for a second season earlier this month. "You've got to get a second season for that."
Setting the stage
Down the hill from the main "Nashville" stage sits another huge warehouse -- it looks like a former distribution center -- where many of the show's arena-performance scenes are filmed.
Two-story-tall green walls are moved into position so crowd shots can be added to the background in post-production through computer graphics. For the season finale, this space has been remade into the stage for a Country Music Awards ceremony; real-life country superstar Brad Paisley will appear as himself.
"Nashville" executive producer Steve Buchanan, who played himself in a recent episode, is the show's conduit to the real Nashville music scene through his job as executive vice president of Opry Entertainment Group, which owns the Grand Ole Opry. He gives notes on scripts and helps recruit real-life Nashville players for cameo appearances.
"I look at it as my responsibility to immerse them in Nashville and help be their guide," Buchanan said while sitting in a replica of The Bluebird Cafe built on the "Nashville" stage 11 miles north of the real-life Bluebird that's located in a Green Hills strip mall. When a script called for interaction with "a BMI suit," Buchanan called up a real-life BMI executive and invited him to appear on the show.
Not that "Nashville" only features country music; a cover of the folksy Lumineers song "Ho Hey" has been used -- it's on the show's second soundtrack, released earlier this month -- and the series also features hipster-ish musician Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson).
"Country music is Nashville's primary musical export, but there's a lot of great music being made in this town," Buchanan said. "(We're) giving people a current, contemporary view of the musical landscape that is coming from this city."
Can we please talk about that finale?! I hope season 2 is just as good.
"All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" winner, Trace Adkins and runner-up Penn Jillette dish on the season finale and what they're up to now that the show is over.
The scandal that has rocked Toronto and made headlines around the world has now reached late night: Mayor Rob Ford was mocked by comedy hosts on Tuesday amid allegations that he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine.
Both Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Toronto’s leader.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ford was played by Parks & Recreation actor Jim O’Heir. O’Heir imitates Ford’s voice and says he “looks forward to clearing this up.”
Stewart, meanwhile, addressed deputy mayor Doug Holday suggestion that it was easy to fake a video. He showed images of a motion-capture suit covered with ping pong balls and joked that this was “some James Cameron [expletive].”
“By the way, if you were going to alter videos, why wouldn’t you start with these two,” Stewart continued, before showing clips of Ford falling down while attempting to play football, and Ford walking into a camera at city hall.
The Daily Show:
Other than saying that the video is 'ridiculous', Ford still refuses to comment on the scandal.
Ford has also been removed from his position of head football coach at Don Bosco high school.
The Gawker fundraiser is still collecting donations. As of right now, the fund is at $125,665.00 USD.
Bear in mind that when I say “ruined,” I don’t mean that they stopped working. But I do mean that their careers took directions that, for one reason or another, could have gone or did go a completely different direction than what they originally intended or hoped for. Bear in mind also that this list is in no particular order, and I will undoubtedly have left some of your personal favorites out, and you may not agree with some of my choices. But feel more than free to include them in the comments section below. So, without further ado…
5. Nicolas Cage - Face/Off
The culprit? John Woo. Now what kind of a list would this be without Nicolas Cage? Don’t get me wrong, Face/Off is one of my favorite movies. Cage is great in it, Woo does a great job directing it. But it seems to me that ever since then Cage has just gotten crazier, and crazier….and crazier... and crazier…but we all love him anyway. Nicolas Cage is awesome, no matter if he’s making the most craptastic movies of all time or not.
You keep on truckin’, Ghost Rider! I personally believe that Cage just loves to work and act, and so as long as a part or a script or a director intrigues him, he’ll do it. And I can actually see it in a lot of the films he’s done. Unfortunately a lot of the time what he thinks might be fun to do might not gel with what moviegoers think will be fun to watch. I personally don’t care, as Nic Cage owns everything he touches, whether good or bad, he is unabashed and hard-working, and I applaud him. For me, it’s like looking in a mirror, only…. not.
4. Heath Ledger & Matt Damon – The Brothers Grimm
The culprit? The truly legendary Terry Gilliam. Yes, you can’t deny that Gilliam is among one of the greats, but because this movie just went down faster than the Hindenburg, both Matthew “Jason Bourne” Damon and the Late, Great Heath “Why So Serious?” Ledger (all hail!) get to share this spot. Predating the abhorrent Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (by the way, that film’s ONLY saving grace is Gemma Arterton. Yowza.), it attempted to put a fresh, steampunk-modern twist on the tale of the brothers responsible for some of the world’s best-known fairy stories.
Unfortunately, this film just plain stunk, though I do like it as a guilty pleasure from time to time. Now we all know what Ledger went on to do, but Damon has definitely moved past his earlier, sometimes questionable choices, and carved out a niche for himself that keeps him coming back for more and more diverse roles. Nevertheless this film will always surprise people when they learn both who directed it and who starred in it.
(Note of interest: Both Brothers Grimm and Hansel & Gretel feature the awesome Peter Stormare, who gets a pass in anything because, well, he’s Peter Stormare.)
3. Mark Hamill - Star Wars (Original Trilogy)
The culprit? George Lucas. The ultimate scifi epic trilogy put Hamill on the intergalactic Hollywood map, but also boxed him into a corner that no actor would ever want to be in: forever remembered as one character. For those of us who grew up with Batman: The Animated Series, however, we know him as the ultimate incarnation of the Joker outside of Heath Ledger, but in terms of his film career, Hamill was forever dogged by his role as Luke Skywalker, the ultimate zero-to-hero story.
And while I don’t think anybody else could have given Luke the gravitas and innocence that has become so central to the character and his journey, I do think Lucas inadvertently hindered the rest of Hamill’s career by giving him such a profound and epic debut. It’s on the same level as Elijah Wood and Lord of the Rings, to use a more recent example. So while not necessarily “ruined” (I can’t wait to see Hamill return as Luke in J. J. Abrams’ Episode VII), it severely limited his marketability as an actor from being “Mark Hamill” to simply “Luke Skywalker.”
2. Blake Lively - Green Lantern
The culprit? Martin Campbell, the guy who introduced us all to both Pierce Brosnan’s and Daniel Craig’s iterations of James Bond in GoldenEye and Casino Royale, respectively. I like Blake (we’re EXACTLY the same age, how crazy is that?!), but since trying the jump from TV to silver screen she just hasn’t caught the right projects (Savages I’ll make an exception for, though).
And how Campbell allowed himself to be leashed by Geoff Johns I’ll never know. This could’ve been the Star Wars of comic book movies like he SAID it would’ve been, but sadly it was more like the Babylon 5 of comic book movies. So sad, so sad. I heard Lively is actually a very good actress, and she apparently did very well in Brian de Palma’s Savages. I would like to see her get more work in the future, as she has the lasting kind of looks and ethic that could provide for a long and healthy career.
That being said, she’s still ludicrously hot, so that’s something.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio – Titanic
I know, surprising right? The culprit here, of course, is James Cameron. And this, THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is the true definition of “accidental.” DiCaprio gave a masterful performance (even though at the time I hated him worse than I hate Lautner now), yet he was snubbed for the Oscar. And ever since then DiCaprio’s been chasing that little golden statue like Stan Marsh chasing the dragon playing Heroin Hero.
I hope one day Leo gets it, because while Titanic under NO circumstances ruined his career, it has put this albatross of a goal around his neck. He works incredibly hard on each film he does, and there are countless other roles that he should have won an Oscar for (Blood Diamond and Shutter Island are two that come to mind), and for the love of God he’s really the only actor I want to see win, just so he can have his day in the sun. But you know what, old sport? He makes a damn fine Jay Gatsby, a damn fine Jay Gatsby, old sport.
This looks like it could be hilarious. The last minute of the trailer slayed me.
With "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" approaching the end of their runs, fans of "The Walking Dead" may be wondering about the future of AMC's other tentpole drama. Thankfully, AMC thinks the walkers have legs.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC's CEO Josh Sapan revealed that there's no end in sight for the powerhouse zombie drama, which brought in 12.4 million viewers for its Season 3 finale.
Speaking at the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, Sapan said, “We hope that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like, so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that 'Walking Dead' is not over.”
As for the pending finales for "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," Sapan said, “We’ll all suffer from some minor heartbreak when these shows come to a natural close ... Like some of the best shows in history, there will be a mantle that exists sort of virtually in people’s minds, and in the world maybe they’ll actually put a statue somewhere. We will bring them to a close with the people who created them at the right time.”
According to Allie is Wired, a plane crash will set the tone for next season. In season 3, a helicopter crash led to the arrival of the Governor, so perhaps this time around it could introduce yet another new character.
Aside from speculations, fans also received a brief behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Walking Dead." Props Master John Sanders opened up to Dread Central about some of his favorite weapons he's brought to the series and a new method of killing walkers that he will introduce in season 4.
"The new crossbow for Daryl," he said when talking about some of the reoccurring staples he introduced to the producers. "I altered that one for the show. I took Norman [Reedus] to a bow range for him to shoot. I was kind of showing off with the guys there, and I was showing him some of the top-end crossbows. I let him shoot the Stryker 380, and once he shot that, he had me take pictures of him and had me send them to the producers, and immediately it got in the works that we wanted him to have it."
And what about new weapons to ward off persistent walkers? "My favorite implement will be this season," Sanders said. "I've been waiting for two years, trying to talk to Greg Nicotero about doing this to a walker, and he saw it this year and just jumped on it. I can't really tell you what it is, but I can tell you it's going to be the craziest thing on the show yet. What I can say is that walkers are going to get killed in newer ways this year than any other year before."
We can absolutely not wait. "The Walking Dead" will return to AMC in October, 2013.
The name Merle Dixon brings up some strong feelings for any “Walking Dead” fan. Played by Michael Rooker, Merle is the older and for more crude brother of fan favorite Daryl Dixon. College Times had the opportunity to speak with Rooker before his visit about being Merle, playing a zombie and his time on the show.
College Times: How are you going to spend your time at Comicon?
I am going to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nah, I am going to have a lot of fun, meet a lot of fans. Comicons are basically meet and greets, signing autographs and taking photos. You get to meet the grassroots fan base. It’s a lot of fun. You get to meet people you normally wouldn’t, plus they are fans of yours.
How do fans react when they meet Michael Rooker and realize how different you are from Merle?
People do call me Merle at times. It’s because I am in their living room every week, so they know me as Merle. It’s bizarre, because that is all they know you by. You have to reintroduce yourself to the fan. I play Merle, I’m not really Merle. You do understand my hand is really here, right?
How do kids react to seeing you?
I see confusion in their eyes – happiness, confusion, a little fear and maybe some giddiness. They are looking for the hand and wondering. You can see it in their eye. They say “what happened to the hand? I want to see that.” I wish I had the props so I could show them exactly how I put it on, so they can put it on and dig it.
What was it like playing a zombie at the end of the third season?
It was actually quite simple. I didn’t have to do much. I got the whole makeup on, so there is not much I need to do. It is almost all visual, and there is body language going on. I have been around the zombies and watched them enough to know the rhythms they were looking for.
You got your blade arm snapped the scene before. Don’t you think it would have been cooler to be a zombie able to use that weapon?
The idea was to have zombie Merle, this major motherfucker with a bladed hand coming at you. But they didn’t realize in the playing of it, my arm was snapped. So I can’t really lift up with the blade as I was going at Norman.
Sometimes you think about shit and are like, oh, that would have been f*cking awesome. Then once we get to the scene, we think, oh, shit. We shouldn’t have broken his arm. Now he can’t use it.
What is your most memorable moment on “The Walking Dead?”
The most memorable moment for me, and most challenging, was the rooftop monologue in season one, episode three. I opened the episode talking to myself, and zombies are trying to get through the door so I am freaking out. I’ve been up there with no food or water for two days, delusional, dying basically. The scene was a little over four minutes; it was an amazing piece of writing first off. It was an amazing piece of work to be involved with. A monologue like that doesn’t come around a lot for actors, especially on TV. To be on screen for four and a half minutes by myself was phenomenal. I will never forget that monologue on the rooftop.
One of Meek Mill's homeboys asked Meek for $5,000 and this is what happened next...
Meek posted the whole conversation on Instagram
The friend's response to being put on blast:
ONTD, how do you all deal with begging friends/relatives?
Matt Dallas will be guest starring on Baby Daddy as Fitch Douglas alongside Kyle XY co-star Jean-Luc Bilodeau. Season 2 premieres on May 29th at 8.30/7.30c.
Glad to see they are still friends.
Jenelle Evans wants to set the record straight.
After getting arrested on Monday for failing to attend her court hearing on time, the Teen Mom 2 star explained on her blog yesterday what exactly happened that morning (in a way that only Jenelle can illustrate), and it basically all started by planning a trip to visit her older brother in Hickory, N.C., which is six hours away from Jenelle's home.
"My mom tells me 'check your court dates before we leave.' I did and I told her all my court dates and didn't realize I had ONE which was yesterday's court date," she wrote.
"Well as you all know, or pay attention to my Twitter, I have been waking up at 5am every morning. So yesterday morning I wake up and was up for hours bored waiting on my mom, Jace, and my brother to wake up," Evans continued.
"Then at 9am I get a text from my lawyer telling me 'Make sure your at court at 9:30am.' As soon as I seem that text my heart dropped out of my ass! I responded with, 'Do I have to be there?' Because sometimes I don't have to be there, well he responded with 'They are holding the case open until you get here.'"
As you can probably imagine, Jenelle's mother, Barbara, was less than pleased when she heard the news.
"I got yelled at the whole way back 6 hours home. Then half way home to court, my lawyer calls and tell me 'Well they closed court early at 1pm and they said they are charging you with a FTA and $1000 secure bond.' I'm like 'Are you kidding me?!!!!!! Ill get to court before 4pm when it's REALLY over with.'"
The reality star was advised to "hand myself in, bond out, then they will drop my charges," and was in and out of jail within two hours.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: Put on your helmets, people; it's time to check out this week's key debuts:
Daft Punk (Columbia) 300-325k
The National (4AD) 70-75k
Thirty Seconds To Mars (Virgin) 60-65k
Darius Rucker (Capitol Nashville) 60-65k
French Montana (Bad Boy/Interscope) 45-50k
Oh, and the UMPG staff would like to remind you not to light your fatty with your helmet on, unless you want to get, like, wicked baked. (5/22p)
Most of us have been subjected to Chief Keef’s music at one time or another over the past year or two and have already come to the conclusion that if he is a representation of today’s youth, then we’re all in BIG trouble.
It appears that busty Becky banger Katy Perry has just now caught wind of Chief Sosa’s brain cell-depleting brand of “hip-hop” and she wasn’t very impressed to say the least. In fact, she took to Twitter to let everyone know that she is NOT one the b!t$#es who “love Sosa”.
Welcome to the party Katy, we know you Hollyweird types like to arrive fashionably late. Yes, Chief Keef is one ignorant b@st@rd, but you’re no angel your damn self soooo…
of all the songs in the world, a rap song gives her "serious doubt"?
Taylor Swift enjoyed a massive birthday bash in her music video for Red single "22," and Conan O'Brien would like to have a word with her. The country-pop darling basks poolside, chills on the beach with her friends, and parties in a swank pad in the clip, but Conan is put off by the false portrayals of young adulthood.
"Taylor Swift is great . . . but I know what it's like to be 22. I don't think that that's an accurate representation of what it's like to be 22," Conan says. He calls out Swift for her decked-out apartment, and continues "I didn't see any ramen noodles in that video. That's all you're eating when you're 22."
Conan later laments Swift's supposed big night out, making an intentionally out-of-touch St. Elmo's Fire reference. As his grievances continue, they also turn personal. "When you're 22, you don't even go outside. There's nowhere to go, there's no one to talk to, you don't even have a girlfriend," says Conan. "That's what it's like for everybody when they're 22. Everybody."
Lmao I love him.
Gwen Stefani at the 1998 MTV Music Awards, Priyanka Chopra and Katy Perry shopping in and Indian market, Azealia Banks from her video "Atlantis"
Priyanka Chopra talks the bindi, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez.
A traditional Hindu symbol emblematic of female energy and clarity of the third eye, the bindi has become one of the leading fashion accessories among music industry fashionistas. Artists from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to Azealia Banks and Madonna have rocked this glittering accessory. The exotic look has also been an attraction of controversy. Hindu leaders deem singers insensitive for performing in the accessory.
Sporting the bindi both on and off the stage, Selena Gomez is the latest artist to receive backlash for adopting the accessory. She reignited controversy this past weekend wearing the bindi during an Indian-themed act during her “Come and Get It” performance at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. Is the look insensitive? Or is it just a beautiful nod to the Hindu faith? Bollywood singer and stunner Priyanka Chopra, who is making her stateside debut this summer with her single "Exotic" with Pitbull, gives her view on this controversial trend.
What do you think about musicians wearing the bindi for fashion?
Priyanka Chopra: I think it's great that musicians are discovering the beauty of the bindi. In today's day and age, the bindi is not restricted to religious or traditional purposes, but is actually a very popular fashion accessory.
What do you think about Selena Gomez wearing the bindi for her performances of her new single "Come and Get It"?
I think it's very apt, especially since this track has an undeniable Indian influence and sound. Personally speaking, I think she carries it off really well.
Do you think the use of the bindi and Indian garb in American pop is a polite nod to Bollywood or insulting to traditional Hindu faith?
I would like to think of it as an embrace of Indian culture more than anything else. The bindi has various forms and meanings, one of which is being a very popular fashion accessory for Indian women. I think it's wonderful to see more and more people around the world embracing our culture.
Do you wear it while you perform?
Yes I do! It really depends on what I am wearing and what my performance is about.
Do you think of musicians are using it as a symbol of sensuality rather than for a religious reference?
The bindi has various connotations and not all of them are religious. In a sense it is like a third eye, and is a symbol of female energy. I personally think, when worn appropriately, it is very sexy.
Singers from Gwen Stefani to Azealia Banks and Katy Perry have worn the bindi over the years. What musician do you think wore the bindi the best?
The bindi is such a beautiful accessory, and I think everyone rocks it in their own unique way. If I had to choose, I would probably say Katy Perry. I must admit though, I'm a little bias. We went shopping for Indian jewelry and accessories when she was in India last year. It was a lot of fun and we found some great stuff!
He might be one of the most famous stars on the planet, but according to Niall
Horan's father, Bobby, the Irish hunk is still the same "young fella" he was
Horan was just 16 when he first auditioned for the X Factor in 2010 and found
worldwide fame with the biggest boyband on the planet One Direction. But his dad
Bobby has revealed he hasn't changed one bit despite the whirlwind three years
he's been through.
“The good thing is that he’s still the same young fella that left our house in
Mullingar that day in 2010," he told the Irish Herald.
Last week, Niall along with the rest of the lads Harry, Louis, Liam and Zayn,
announced their first stadium tour for next year called the Where We Are Tour,
which will take them all over the world next year.
One of the dates will be Dublin's Croke Stadium, something Bobby claims will be
an emotional homecoming for the star.
“The only time Niall was in Croke Park was when he auditioned for the X Factor
in 2010, but that was in one of the conference rooms," he went on. "He wasn’t on
the pitch or in the stands, so I know he’s going to be amazed at the size of
Niall is known to be very close to his family and often tweets his love for
them. Referring to the tour, the proud father admitted he was looking forward to
it himself so he could join them on their travels.
"I'm hoping to join Niall and the few lads on the road," he admitted. "I get on
great with them."
The Kiss You hunk took time out from the current Take Me Home tour to be best
man at his brother Greg's wedding earlier this year and looked pleased as
anything as he performed his duties with the rest of the Horan clan.
he sounds like a peach and seems like the most fun. hopefully he doesn't have
many bad tattoos like the rest of them.
If Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories wasn’t enough of an adrenaline rush for you, you may not have to wait much longer to get some sweatier sonics from the French duo. Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo revealed that they’re already working on remixes to their RAM material. ”We’re working on some mixes ourselves,” Bangalter said. “So, yes, there will probably be Daft Punk mixes of Daft Punk. Usually, we never mix ourselves, that’s something we feel we’re interested in doing this time.”
The first track they’re tackling will be a “Get Lucky” remix, slated for a June release. We’re praying the release coincides with the Robots using their Robot skills to destroy every single goddamned copy of that unsanctioned Pitbull version of the song.
For the people that didn't like the exploratory/experimental parts of the album tbh.
Lynch talked about how her character Luna inspired her.
Lynch said she hoped audience members would not be held back by their fears after seeing her presentation.
“There were many nights while studying for my final exams, when I’d get so resentful of my cat’s inactivity I would shut her out in the rain for an hour to settle the score,” she said jokingly.
As much as she wants to bask in the laziness of being a cat, Lynch wants everyone to take inspiration from Luna Lovegood and make the most of their lives.
+++There's an interview but I doubt anyone will read it+++
The Western Front sat down with Irish-born actress Evanna Lynch to talk about self-esteem, Harry Potter and the difference between Washington state and Washington D.C.
Lynch struggled with an eating disorder at age 11, transferring in and out of rehabilitation centers for two years. She had succumbed to her illness because she felt like it was the one thing she couldn't fail at. She felt she was too odd and she used her disorder to cover that up as a means of succeeding to be the smallest person in the room.
Lynch lives in LA right now, but is moving back to London for a few months to act in an upcoming play as Harry Houdini's wife.
Why did you choose Western to speak at on your tour?
I wouldn't say I'm on a tour. It's just something I started recently. It was actually my manager who got in touch with you guys at Western and told me about it. It sounded like a great college, and I had never been there. I have an aunt in Seattle, so it's a good excuse.
What do you plan on speaking about this evening?
I'm known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, and I know I have to reference that. The only reason I started getting into this is because I started doing [these talks] at Harry Potter conventions.
Through playing her, I always get a lot of mail from girls or boys or anyone. People who are struggling with self-esteem and people who get bullied, because she's a character who does get bullied and she's kind of an outcast. I think people always say she inspires them because she kind of owns it, you know? She doesn't let it affect her.
I understand how she does it and understand it's so difficult to be that way. So I'm trying to shed some light on that and how she lives without fear and that helps her be herself.
Why is this issue so important to you?
It's important to me because she helped me overcome my shyness. I've always been more artistic and felt a little more odd, and that's the way Luna is. Seeing her in the books helped me grow up and overcome that. Getting to play her, I kind of realize I have to follow those values and I want to do this character justice. I want to live that way.
It's just such a privilege. Like when I get letters and people say, “She helped me come to terms with who I am.” That inspires me so much that I want to go out and spread that message.
How did you get your role in the Harry Potter films and how did that begin?
It was truly because I was a huge Harry Potter fan. I was obsessed with the books and everything.
It's totally a way of life, being a nerd. It's awesome.
I would go on the websites, and I was aware they were going to be casting soon, and I was keeping an eye out. Then they made an announcement on one of the fan websites, and I begged my dad to bring me to London to audition, because I was broke and 14 and couldn't go by myself. Eventually he relented and he brought me to the audition. I had one audition, then I had a screen test and that was it. It was very quick.
I read in one of your essays you had contact with J.K. Rowling. What's your experience with that?
I wrote to her when I was 11, and I was sick at the time. I had an eating disorder. I wrote to her because Harry Potter was the only other thing I really cared about and that helped me take my mind off it, and I just wanted to thank her for that and say how much it helped me. Especially how much Luna helped me. It was basically just a big fat, “thank you, I love you” letter.
I kept expecting her not to write back, but she's just such a caring person that she really wants to help with whatever wisdom she has. We wrote for years, and she helped me through recovery and everything.
I was still writing to her when I got the part of Luna. But it happened in such a short space of time that I didn't get to tell her. The producers told her because they just mentioned the names of people. She was really shocked. We still keep in touch.
At 11 years old, how did you get the courage to start your recovery and get your health back in check?
I don't know if it was courage so much. The whole reason it started was a struggle with identity and wanting to have something. It was this thing, and this is why Luna sort of helped me heal so much—the feeling that I was too odd and different and wanting to cover that up.
It came to a point where life wasn't fun anymore. I wasn't doing anything with it, and I was just miserable. My parents had been putting me into centers, and obviously they help you heal physically, but that's not what it is.
I do attribute it as well to my family and my friends. They treated me as a person rather than a sick person. I started just doing things again. I started acting, I started doing art again and I was like, “I like that better.” Though the whole reason you get into it is you don't want to fail at anything. It is all just fear. I just started to be like, “I like risks.” I like taking risks better and just found that it was way more worthwhile to do something with my life.
Did you always know you wanted to be an actress?
I always toyed with the idea, but, living in Ireland, it's not really a career option. People are like, “Oh come on now, get real,” because we don't really have a film industry. I was always into creativity. I knew I would either write or do art or act or something. Then I got Harry Potter, and I got so addicted to it and it was like, “There's no way I'm ever going to quit this.”
Do you have anything in particular coming up?
I'm doing a play soon. I've been living in Los Angeles for a while so I've been doing a little bit of TV and things here and there, and I did an indie film last year. But I want to do more.
I've always wanted to do plays, and LA is not really the scene for it. So I'm going back to London for a few months to do a play about Houdini. I can't get away from magic; you can never stray too far. I'm just so excited to do live performances. It's a bit scary, but exciting.
How was your first experience on the set of Harry Potter?
Just so overwhelming. I was such a huge fan that I couldn't believe being thrown into this world and having all the other cast around me. I struggled with this feeling that I was fit for the job. I kept feeling that I've won a challenge or something and they were going to find me out anytime, so it was nerve-racking.
It probably took me about two films to actually get into it and to feel at home and make the most of it. Because, the rest of the time, I was just nervous that I was going to upset anyone. But it made me grow up and realize that seeing all these people who I idolized so much doing what they love, it made me realize that it's just all about people working hard. It's not that they're any more special or gifted than anyone else. They just work hard and believe in themselves.
How was it ending the Harry Potter films?
Oh, it was awful. I'm still getting over it! We just became so comfortable, and I know they overuse this word, but we were a family. Everyone just loved and supported each other. That was my first working experience, so I just felt so comfortable. The last day of filming, it felt like Harry Potter films had extended my childhood to where I was in this net.
Also because you're young and young in the films and there are always people saying “You're doing great; you're so far ahead of your time.” Then suddenly it ends you're like, “Oh crap! I need to do something to get my career going again.” It was like taking the safety net out. I think all my friends, all the other young actors, struggled a little bit to find out what the next step is. Some of us have to question whether we do still want to do acting or what else we want to do.
The great thing is, we have all had each other through it. I do understand if other young actors go off the rails because they don't have all these other people. Harry Potter was unique [because] it was a bunch of young kids, so it was like graduating school together. You know, where you just feel so lost, but then you just make fun of it and help each other and say “It's okay, no pressure.”
What do you hope for the audience to get out of your presentation?
I know people think the character Luna is very whimsical and fun. In the movies she's used a lot for comic relief. She has got such wisdom and there is depth to her. The reason she is able to be herself and just not care what other people think is because she doesn't have fears. She doesn't perceive negativity in other people.
I guess I want to make people aware to not be held back by their fears and to be aware when that is what's holding them back, and to see through it the way she does. She never worries about what's going to happen to her, she just trusts. She has so much self-acceptance and self-love that she absolutely never doubts herself and to just be aware of that, I guess.
When you were a Harry Potter fan before you got the role, did you picture yourself as Luna, or did you find yourself in-tune with another character?
She was the one I aspired to be like more. I didn't ever think, "I am her." When I got the role, people were like, "Oh, she's so much like her." I took that really as a compliment.
I definitely think it shows the fact that I was so negative for a while and that I did have that illness and everything, there was a conflict. I wanted to be so much more like her and I knew I had that inner, really free side that doesn't give a damn. That's what helped me identify with her. She still is, every day, an inspiration. She's like a role model to me. I didn't ever want to play anyone else.
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