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4 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Makayla Lysiak was seen in a 2014 episode of Parenthood. This year she has been busy with guest starring roles on New Girl, Speechless, The Last Ship, and you may recognize her as “Barbara” on the Audience series Mr. Mercedes!

1. What was the experience like filming an episode of New Girl?

Filming on the set of New Girl was one of the best experiences in my career. I got to work along side two insanely hilarious actors that I admire so much, Zoey Deschanel and Jake Johnson. All the scenes we shot were so funny! I tried not to laugh during takes. Zoey and Jake are comedic geniuses. Plus, I got to meet Olivia Rodrigo and Saylor Bell who made filming really fun. We talked a lot and got to know each other on set. The whole cast of this episode didn’t make my experience feel like work, they made it fun and exciting everyday.

2. Do you get nervous at all going into your first day on set for a new project?

Of course I get nervous! I feel like every actor does. When its my first day on a set sometimes I get scared I’m gonna forget my lines in front of big name actors, or look into the camera while filming. But, when I’m actually there in the moment, all my anxiousness and worry fades away. When I’m in front of the camera preforming, I feel free.

3. What was your time on set like filming for Speechless?

Filming Speechless was pretty cool. It was a one day shoot and I got to film at Fox Studios for the second time. It was quick shooting day but hey, work is work!

4. What was it like filming with Kyla Kenedy?

Filming with Kyla Kenedy was awesome. She was super nice and we talked in between takes. You could tell she was very professional. Kyla could always take direction really well and she knew her lines like the back of her hand.

5. How did you enjoy working with Alina Foley?

Alina Foley was great to work with. We would make small talk when the crew was setting up the shots.

6. What was the best part of filming for The Last Ship?

The best part about filming The Last Ship was definitely getting to go to an actual Naval ship base. The ships were HUGE, larger than you could even imagine. And I thought it was so cool that some of the extras were real life service members. I got to meet the people that serve our country and thank them for all they’ve done.

7. What was your first day on set like for Mr. Mercedes?

My first day shooting on Mr. Mercedes was SO AWESOME! This show was by far my favorite show I’ve ever worked on. I got to meet Jack Bender and Jharrel Jerome who made me feel at home right when I walked on the set. Though it was kind of intimidating working alongside an Oscar winning actor and such an iconic director. Both of them are so brilliant and talented. Plus I got to meet Emma Rayne Lyle which was a blessing in itself. She is such a sweet person that I had a great time getting to know better in between takes.

8. How did you enjoy getting to film the show in South Carolina?

I loved shooting in South Carolina. This was my first time shooting out of state, so it was very exciting. The show got us first class seats from LA to the south. When we got to South Carolina I saw that it was a lot different than LA. There were miles and miles of trees, all on flat land, no hills or mountains. And the food there is AMAZING! The next time I’m craving a barbecue sandwich, I will fly out to South Carolina for my meal.

9. How would you describe your character Barbara?

My character Barbara is always very busy. She likes organizing and planning things but sometimes get overwhelmed. She is very smart and shows it. And Barbara is strong but sometimes she can get insecure about herself. All will be revealed in episodes to come. Stay tuned!

10. Do you have a favorite episode you have filmed?

My favorite episode that I filmed on Mr. Mercedes was certainly the finale episode. They dressed the set like an art center. There was color and movement everywhere. It was indescribably beautiful. There was even some art work that came from the director, Jack Bender. I got to celebrate all the hard work the cast and crew did that season. Plus, I got free Mr. Mercedes merch!

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4 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Rowan Smyth did multiple episodes of Days of Our Lives. This year he was seen in an episode of Teachers and his film I Believe is now available on DVD!

1. How did you prepare for performing in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards?

We had an all-day rehearsal the day before. There were a lot of us on stage so we had to learn our spacing and cues. It was a fun job to work because I have watched the awards many times and it felt so awesome to be up there.

2. What was the best part of working on your film Dismissed?

It was such a nice crew. I got to meet Dylan Sprouse (who I play in a flashback) which was exciting because my brother and I used to watch Suite Life a lot when we were younger.

3. What was it like to attend the screening at the San Diego International Film Festival?

So fun! They introduced the cast after the film and brought us up for a Q&A session at the end. It was so interesting to hear from the filmmakers and the vision for the movie.

4. How did you enjoy working on Comedy Bang! Bang!?

I had worked with the director on a commercial before so it was fun because I already kind of knew him. I also got to work with Weird Al who was really nice. My parents showed me some of his old videos from when they were kids so it was fun to meet him after that.


5. What was your experience like working on Teachers?

Teachers is such a funny show. The Series Regulars also produce the show so it’s really cool to see them all work and put so much into the show.

6. How did you like working with Kathryn Thomas?

She was great. I had to cry in the scene so she gave me some advice which was really nice.

7. How did you react when you booked I Believe?

There were quite a few callbacks and chemistry reads before I booked it so that added to the anticipation. I was SO excited when I heard. I really felt connected to the character so I was hoping it was meant to be (and it was!).

8. What was your time on set like working on the film?

Amazing! The other actors were so talented and I learned a lot. To get to be a lead in a film at my age felt really incredible.

9. How would you describe your character Brian Webber?

Brian is smart, curious and he loves his family. He was also very conflicted in the film because he was learning about God and became a Christian but his father didn’t support it.

10. Is there anything you can share about your role in Saturday at the Starlight?

I’m not sure what I am allowed to share but I can say it was fun filming and will be a funny movie.

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4 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Stella Hopton did episodes of Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. This year she has been seen in a commercial for Buick, worked for Nickelodeon, and more!

1. What was it like to see your photo in store windows for Stride Rite?

Really cool because friends & family from around the country saw it too.

2. What was your time on set like filming your Panera Bread commercial?

So much fun! Met a new friend my pretend sister & my pretend dad looked like Will Ferrell & was hilarious!

3. How did you enjoy filming your Buick commercial?

It was cool to work with someone famous.

4. What was it like working with Ellie Kemper?

Really fun, she’s super nice & played my pretend mom.

5. What was the experience like meeting JoJo?

Didn’t meet her just went to taping of Lip Sync Battles where her & Nick Cannon are the host. It was a fun day being behind the camera not in front of camera.

6. How did you enjoy shooting at Mammoth Mountain?

Well there was lots of snow but so much we couldn’t work on the outside shots until the snow storm passed. It was a long but fun week!

7. What is the best part of doing voiceover work?

Like being in the booth it’s sound proof.

8. What inspired you to get involved with your band Miss Martian?

Every year I’m in a band with my school.

9. Do you have a favorite song to preform together?

We performed Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

10. Is there anything you can share about the Nickelodeon show you were working on?

Not at this time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for interviewing me & Happy Holidays!!!

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5 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Belle Smith was seen in a season one episode of The Jim Gaffigan Show. This year she has been seen in episodes of Bull, I Witness, and you may recognize her from her recurring role on Vinyl!

1. What was it like filming your episode of I, Witness?

It was great! We all had fun! We filmed in a big office with my Latino family and Kai who is the lead role. They were all fun to be with. The production staff gave me and my TV brother toys to play with on set. In my scene, Kai handed me the stuffed dog. I played with that stuffed dog on and off camera and almost took it home with me.

2. What was the experience like working on Law & Order: SVU?

It was all fun for me. We went to this beautiful big building in New York City near the water and a park. We meet some of the cast there like Ice -T and Kelli Giddish. The filming was on the playground and I got to play with the other kids. It did not feel like working at all. My favorite part is playing on the swing.

3. How did you enjoy filming the movie Rough Night?

I had the best time filming Rough Night because I was with my friend Callie and we both had so much fun playing in the playground, running around, playing in the swing and slides both on and off camera. We also had fun going to the crafty services with all the candies and sweets they had. I feel that the only time I had to do acting was when I run to our pretend teacher played by Jilliann Bell. There was another scene when Jillian Bell picked me up and carried me on her arms but that part did not make the cut. The best part also was that some of the production staff were the same people I worked with on VINYL.

4. What was your time on set like filming Bull?

It was awesome! We filmed on the roof top of the building overlooking Central Park. The scene was my birthday party. The place was so beautiful and the decorations were fascinating. I love the light blue and white unicorn cake and also the unicorn cookies. There were so many balloons, gifts, and so many kids too! During breaks, I played with Lori and the other kids. We played with my ipad. I love and enjoyed my time on set filming BULL.

5. How did you enjoy having your Mom play your Mom?

I love it! It feels so natural acting my part having my real mom played my TV mom. It is unforgettable to me because I was the one who convinced my mom to do it. I asked her to audition with me. She didn’t want to do it at first. I’m very happy she did it.

6. What was it like to work on a NYC rooftop for the scene?

It was magical! You look down and everything looks small. The people and the cars look very small. When you look straight, you see the beautiful buildings of NYC and when you look up, it feels like you can touch the sky.

7. How did you enjoy working with Bobby Cannavale on Vinyl?

I love working with Bobby Cannavale . He was very nice to me and always talk to me when I was on set. As soon as he sees me, he calls my name “Belle” and always talk to me for a minute or two. He made me feel important and comfortable on set. I played his daughter and that was an amazing experience for me. In 1 of the episode which my mom said was a very emotional one, I saw him preparing for it while I’m on my way to the door after filming my part. Bobby saw me, he stopped what he was doing and talk to me before I left. It’s so awesome working with him. He is kind and nice to everyone. Before we finish filming, he wrote me a note on my diary and he also signed my pink guitar.

8. What was it like filming with Olivia Wilde?

I love working with Olivia Wilde. She was nice and friendly. I believe she likes carrying me on her arms. She did it on couple of our scenes and also when we took pictures together . Since I played her daughter, most of my scenes were with her. We always sit next to each other during hair and make up. It was a nice experience working with her.

9. Do you have a favorite scene you filmed for the series?

I filmed 8 out of 10 episodes and I love them all because each one is a unique experience but my favorite one is the first episode when I was sleeping on Olivia Wilde’s lap. That is so special because that was my very first acting experience on TV.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

Bull is a favorite because my TV mom was my real mom and because I got to celebrate my 8th birthday on TV. I also love my Print booking for Boscov’s because it was on my birthday. Thanks to my awesome Agent Renee Lauren.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Recently, I was given the opportunity to work with Shadow Magic director Ann Hu and TV shows like Billions, The Americans and Escape at Dannemora. Thank you Star Kidz for all the support and for including me here.

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6 Days ‘Til Christmas!


Laura Krystine was seen in a 2012 episode of The Neighbors. This year she has been busy working on her films To The Beat! and The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows, both of which are due out next year!

1. What was your time on set like filming your episode of Teens Wanna Know?

Filming for Teens Wanna Know was a quick and fun experience. I enjoyed doing the interview very much.

2. What was it like attending the Indie series Awards?

Attending the Indie Series awards was amazing and so much fun. The Producer, “Susan Bernhardt” and her production company, “Leonian Pictures” is also the producer of To The Beat So Susan asked Brisa and I if we wanted to attend and present the awards. I met so many amazing actors and got to be included in honoring them for their hard work! By the end of the night Brisa and I were exhausted! Hahaha!!! But it was so much fun!! I would do it again in a heartbeat ♥

3. How did you enjoy attending the Time Toys premiere?

The Time Toys premiere was a fun experience. I always enjoy supporting fellow actors and being able to attend with friends makes it so much fun!

4. What was the best part of having a recurring role on 100 Things to Do Before High School?

My recurring role on 100 Things was absolutely amazing! I have kept my friends I made working on that show and love them all! I really miss Scott Fellows(The creator) he was amazing and really pushed my character to the max! Playing Lori Loudly was so fun and very loud!! Hahaha

5. Do you have a favorite episode that you filmed?

My favorite episode is, “Halloween Thing”! My friend Jaheem(Fenwick) was hilarious in that episode and I loved that I got to shoot all my scenes with him.

6. How did you react when you found out you booked the role in To the Beat?

My reaction to finding out I was going to play one of my best friends twins was actually kinda weird?!! I was like, “wait, what”! The whole thing was very surreal! I felt like it wasn’t going to actually happen or as if it was a joke!! Haha!! But once I got the full script and we had our first table read I was SO EXCITED!! It was real, it was happening!!! And honestly finding out that, Jaheem Toombs(who I worked with on 100 Things) and Trevor Larcom(who I worked with on Fresh Off The Boat) and Jake Brennan(who I worked with on Richie Rich AND The League Of Legend Keepers) plus so many other friends was the icing on the cake!!! It felt like a party every time we set foot on set AND we got to DANCE!!! I mean it was a dream come true!!!!!!

7. How would you describe your character Mackie?

My character Mackie is someone who has experienced some pain in her life by loosing her father. She really looks up to her older sister and counts on her for almost everything. Mackie is fun and definitely wants to do the right thing.

8. What was it like filming with Brisa Lalich and playing a twin?

OK, so, filming with Brisa was literally like everything else we do! It felt like another sleepover or hangout. It was truly amazing. I’ve known Brisa since I was 7 and feel 100% comfortable around her! I consider Brisa my best friend not only in this crazy Hollywood life, but in my real everyday life. So every scene felt easy and real to me.

9. What was the experience like attending the premiere for the film?

Attending the Screening of TTB was again, “surreal”. There I was watching this film that I’m starring in along side my BFF playing her twin?! It was crazy!! I remember after the film they had myself, Brisa and Jayden Bartels up on the stage for Q&A. As we answered questions with the Director(Jillian Clare) I felt so thrilled and so happy for everyone who worked so hard on the film.

10. Is there anything you can share about your film The League of Legend Keepers: Shadows?

My film TLOLK is such a cool movie!!! It was beyond anything I’ve ever done!! There was a scene where Jake Brennan and I had to go underground in these tunnels at a military base. It was so creepy yet soooo fun!!!!! The film gets released Oct. 2018 and let me just say it’s an action packed fun thriller for all ages. I loved working with Elizabeth(the director) and helping make her vision come to life! The film is going to be epic!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I do! I just worked on a new Netflix series staring Justin Willman. The show is untitled right now, but I’m really excited to see how everything turns out. Justin is so talented and it was soooo much fun working with him!!

 

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6 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Claire Elizabeth Oldham appeared in a 2013 episode of The Neighbors. You may have seen her episode of All in with Cam Newton and when not acting you can find her getting creative with FX makeup.

1. What was your time on set like filming Emergency: LA?

Emergency: LA is still currently in pre-production, but I’m so excited to be apart of this project. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

2. What is one of the coolest things you’ve done in an audition this year?

I had an audition for a commercial where I had to be upside down in a spinal decompression chair. Improving with a scene partner upside down was definitely a first.

3. How did you enjoy filming Life on Planet X?

Life on Planet X was absolutely incredible! I got to fly to Pennsylvania to shoot on location. Olivia Thorne was my first anti-hero character, she was so much fun to portray.

4. How did it feel to be involved in the Me, Too video for Get Lit?

I’m so happy that I was able to be apart of the Me, Too video with Get Lit – Words Ignites series Get Lit NOW. My fellow poets and I were given an amazing platform to talk about such an important and prevalent issue in today’s world.

5. What was the experience like being a part of All in with Cam Newton?

All In with Cam Newton was such a cool experience. It took over a year from the time I was selected to be on the show to when my episode aired. Everyone was so kind. It was truly an unforgettable experience.

6. How did you enjoy working with Cam Newton?

I loved working with Cam! He was super funny and down to earth.

7. What was it like getting to meet Greg Nicotero?

Honestly, it was a dream come true! Greg Nicotero has been someone I’ve looked up to for a long time. Being able to meet him and explore KNB studios was incredible.

8. What has been your favorite FX makeup project to do and why?

Last year I worked on a mashup parody of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The set was full of people who just adored what they were doing. Everyone was laughing and having fun. It’s a great memory.

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this year?

I’ve worked with some really exciting people this year that will be appearing in upcoming projects that I can’t talk about yet!

10. What else have you been up to this year?

I’ve been writing a lot! Continuing to grow as a spoken word poet. I’ve also been filming videos and putting them up on my YouTube channels CEOArtistry and Claireified!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope that 2018 brings everyone light and love!

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7 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Mason McNulty played the role of Nicole’s Dream Son on Days of Our Lives. This year he has been busy with episodes of Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Lethal Weapon!

1. What was your time on set like working on your episode of Teen Wolf?

My time on Teen Wolf was amazing. It was so far one of my most favorite roles.

2. What was it like to film with Tyler Posey?

Tyler is a great guy. I actually had started the same acting school that he was at when he got Teen Wolf, but I was only 4 so I am sure he doesn’t remember me from then. But he is a very caring and awesome guy. I like to think we are still buddies.

3. How did you enjoy filming Speedy-Snacks!?

I liked filming Speedy Snacks. This was a film camp I attended, so it was a week full of fun and filming with my friends.

4. What was the experience like filming your Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders episode?

Filming Criminal Minds Beyond Borders was another one of my favorite shoots. The whole cast is “AMAZING!”

5. What was the hardest part of doing the night shoot for the show?

The hardest part of doing the night shoot on CMBB was staying a wake. I was only 10 at the time. 😉

6. How did you prepare for the role?

How I prepared for the role on CMBB and pretty much any role that requires a lot of emotion is my mom and I talk secretly and we don’t share with anyone. It helps me get into the place where I can connect emotionally.

7. What was the best part of working with Gary Sinise?

The best part of working with Gary Sinise is a very nice man. And to work next to someone who has so much talent blows my mind.

8. How did you enjoy working on your episode of Lethal Weapon?

The best part of the role I had on Lethal Weapon was working in the made up arcade. The cast and I were playing with all the prizes that were set up as props…They are a really funny bunch.

9. What was it like to work with Clayne Crawford?

Clayne Crawford is great. Super kind and very funny.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

My favorite project so far this year that I have worked on has been Teen Wolf. It was a great story line. And I really liked playing the creepy ghost kid.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to THANK YOU so much for including me in your Holiday Q&A’s. It is a lot of fun. 🙂

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7 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Marlowe Peyton played Melody in an episode of Parenthood and played Tanner in episodes of The Neighbors. This year she has been seen in a new episode of Fresh Off the Boat, and she has a secret music project to share!

1. How did you enjoy working with Forrest Wheeler on Fresh Off the Boat?

I had a great time filming my latest episode of Fresh Off the Boat. I got to do all my scenes with Forrest! He’s so talented, and I loved working with him.

2. Do you have a favorite scene you did for the episode?

My favorite scene was the one where Forrest comes in to tell me that Tiger Woods is half asian, it has such fantastic, hilarious writing, and I got to do a spit take! So, that was a lot of fun!

3. What was it like attending The Jonathan Foundation Event?

One of the best things I get to do all year, is be a celebrity ambassador for the Jonathan Foundation. The event this year was amazing, with incredible stories about so many children and what they’ve had to overcome. Truly an inspiring night, and I can’t wait for next year.

4. What has the experience been like getting involved in KawaiiHappii?

My sisters show Kawaiihappii is great, because we get to go to some cool events and we all work on it together as a family! Even if I’m not seen on camera you can bet I’m probably there helping with some part of the production.

5. Do you have a favorite episode you’ve been in this year with your sister?

Merit loves K-Pop. So filming K-Pop reaction videos are always fun! We always see different things in the music videos, so it’s really cool to compare our perspectives.

6. What has been one of the coolest things you’ve done for an audition this year?

I love all auditions, but I love the ones I get to sing in the most. I’ve done a lot of good signing ones this year.

7. Can we expect to hear any covers or original music from you any time soon?

Believe it or not, I’ve already released two original songs under an anonymous name R.I.P (Really Introverted Producer)! I’ve always been into Vocaloids, like Hatsune Miku, and a few months ago I decided to become a Vocaloid Producer. I write original songs, produce the tracks, create the illustrations, and tune the Vocaloids. So, now the secret is out! Here’s the link: www.soundcloud.com/really-introverted-producer check it out!

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8 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Jyllina Skye Rodriguez did an episode of The Neighbors. This year she has been seen on Fresh Off the Boat and has recently been working on the film Little Cousin!

1. What was the best part of filming your VTech commercials?

It was like playtime! I loved the merry-go-round. They attached the kiddie zoom action cam to the merry-go-round to film us as we were going around and I got to hold one as I went down the slide. The version with the slide is in the French version of the commercial. Its so cool to see yourself in a commercial that is not in English! LOL!

2. What was it like shooting for Fishman and Tobin?

I got to shoot this with my friend Jax. Getting to work with your friends is always pretty awesome. We shot all the scenes in a school in LA. One of the rooms we shot in was a music room and we got to play with the instruments. I play the drums so I chose the drums while we were shooting.

3. How did you enjoy being interviewed for LA Talk Radio?

It was my first time doing a radio interview. I got to wear headphones and they gave me a microphone to speak into. I got myself pumped up right before the interview by entertaining myself in the lobby. I did mucialily’s while I waited for my turn. I tried to give my best answers without giving away any of the stories to the questions they asked me. One of the cast members to 22 years was with me.

4. How did it feel seeing your photo in the South Philly Review?

Oh my gosh, that was so exciting! Dawn Noel texted a picture of it to my mom while she was in Philly. So cool to see a picture of yourself in a newspaper.

5. What was your time on set like working on Fresh Off the Boat?

Filming Fresh off the Boat was cool, I made new friends and met new people. I was part of the Fresh off the Boat debate team. They gave us real debate books that I read in between takes.

6. What was the experience like filming with Constance Wu?

Working with Constance Wu was so exciting. I drew a picture for her while we were filming the classroom scene and I gave it to her after we wrapped the scene. She loved it. Shes soooooo funny!

7. How did you enjoy working with Ian Chen?

Ian is super nice, he was telling jokes between takes. He’s very professional and I loved that about him.

8. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

The Pastor for sure. There is so much that I want to say about this project but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. You will be surprised for sure.

9. Is there anything you can preview about your upcoming series in Probable Cause?

What I can say is that it is a super cool police TV show. The lead characters are Alex Hudson and Lindsay Davis. I’m in the first episode that comes out. It will have some pretty cool surprises which end up being bigger then the people who watch originally thought. The cast and crew are pretty amazing. They have already begun filming. My scenes will film towards the end of December. I can’t wait!

10. Can you share anything about your role in Little Cousin?

My character and her best friend have a crush on Isaac. The girls are best friends and have a tight bond. My favorite part was getting to ride my bike in some of the scenes. It was my first time being mic’d on a bike. It was super fun.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Definitely go see The Pastor! It should be out by the end of this year or beginning of next year. This was my first feature film and I learned and grew so much during filming. I most definitely want to continue filming movies. You really get to bond with the cast and crew because you spend so much time with them. I have a small cameo in my sister’s feature film which films in December too.

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10 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Elvis Martinez played the role of Lucian on General Hospital. This year he has been busy getting back in the business with auditons, and worked on a project for Nickelodeon!

1. How did Elvis get started with acting?

He was 9 months old when he was scouted by an agent and started as a baby model.

2. What was it like to have Elvis be part of an iconic soap opera?

It was very exciting to a have him be part of General Hospital, a soap opera that many have enjoyed & watched including myself at one point or another. It was also exciting to see him in Soap Opera Magazines on magazine stands featuring the story plot.

3. Do you have a favorite scene that he filmed for General Hospital?

They were truly all my favorite, with the beautiful and talented Vanessa Marcil & Adrienne Barbeau, and the handsome & talented Maurice Benard choosing one scene is difficult. 🙂

4. What was the experience like filming his Wells Fargo commercial?

Filming the Wells Fargo commercial was exciting as it was in the heart of downtown L.A. The street was blocked off and transformed into the set. The ATM was not real!

5. How did you decide to get back into acting?

I took a break because my family moved and I was getting use to my new school. I really missed acting and I asked my mom if I could start auditioning again. So I did! I’m so happy and having fun doing it.

6. What has been the hardest part of auditioning so far?

Scheduling with other activities that I have going on like baseball and guitar practice can be a challenge but I always choose the audition because it’s another opportunity that I’m grateful to have to do what I love.

7. Do you ever get to watch your episodes of General Hospital?

Yes! I’m able to see clips on Youtube.

8. If you could work with anyone in the industry who would it be?

Definitely Will Ferrel! I love comedy and his movies, he is so funny!

9. What is your favorite part of acting?

I like using my different emotions in a character role. I get to practice in a program called Drama Maniacs and with my acting coach. I also like the audition process, it’s on the spot acting or improvising.

10. What else have you been up to this year?

I was in the Allstars for my baseball team, I’m in my school play that is premiering Saturday at the Barnsdall Theatre in Hollywood, I made my first stop motion movie at my school and won “Best Picture” in the contest (it’s up on my page) it meant a lot because it’s against bullying. I’m also getting ready for the variety show at my school, there’s a lot of practice before February!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, I’d like to thank star_kidz for your support and feature! I would also like to encourage other kids to follow their dreams! Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a great 2018!

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12 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Sofia Naccarato has done episodes of both General Hospital and The Young and the Restless. This year she has been busy with a commercial for A&W, performing at the Kids’ Choice Awards, and doing live theatre!

1. What was your time on set like filming your A&W commercial?

A&W was really fun because first I got to work with one of my friends Ruby Jay, and also because all the kids on the set we also do musical theater and like to sing so we sang a lot during our breaks.

2. What was the experience like performing at Universal City Walk?

That was really cool because the tech on their stage was amazing the lights the sound for a live performance was probably the best I’ve ever experienced.

3. How does it feel to have worked on two iconic soap operas?

I feel really proud to have been able to work on such iconic soap operas. The professionalism on set is just an amazing experience.

4. What was the experience like being involved in the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards?

That was an incredible experience because not only was it a live television performance but it was also filmed in front of a huge crowd on stage. The energy was exciting and intense.

5. How did you enjoy getting dressed up as Wonder Woman?

That was really cool because the costumes were handmade for each person to fit you exactly and the details on the costumes were like nothing you can buy in any store. I still have mine. They let us keep them.

6. Did you do anything special to prepare performing in front of a crowd that large?

No, I actually didn’t realize how large the crowd was until I was out on the stage.

7. How did you prepare for your role in Shrek the Musical?

Well musical theater preparation is a lot of work I actually worked on that role for about three months before we opened the show.

8. What was it like taking the stage on opening night?

It was actually really hectic because I was working on the A&W commercial that day and I had to rush straight from filming to opening night and I actually missed walking the red carpet. I think we have some funny footage of me running down the red carpet all by myself as I was late for call time.

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this year?

I was involved in a really cool film project and the director Natalia Hermida and her team were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from being on set with them and watching the way they all work together.

10. Is there anything you can share about your upcoming short film?

I was so thrilled to be involved with this project because all of my acting had to be done without any lines. It was all emotive through facial and body gesture.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to Star-Kidz for including me again this year in the Holiday Q&A.

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13 Days ‘Til Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Isabella Cuda filmed an episode of Days of Our Lives playing a friend of Ciara’s. This year she has been busy working on the short films Capri Sunday and Irreconcilable Devices along with a performance at the Kids’ Choice Awards!

1. What was the experience like doing your Wonder Woman live performance at the Kids’ Choice Awards?

It was amazing! I loved seeing all the smiles of the kids and stars when Gal Godot said that we were going to have a laser battle. I really love making people smile!

2. How long did it take to prepare the performance?

Dress rehearsal took a day long including fitting, practicing formation, stage rehearsal, lunch, and schooling.

3. What was your shoot for Omni Cheer like?

It was really fun! I loved dressing up in all these cheerleading uniforms. I met so many great people who made the experience amazing!

4. How did you feel seeing yourself on the cover of San Diego Family for the first time?

At first I was like, oh who’s this and I realized it was me and I went completely ballistic.

5. What was the best part of filming Irreconcilable Devices?

Probably just filming the scene itself. It was so funny watching the final product!

6. If you could film a project anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

Switzerland and Croatia because I’m from there and they are beautiful countries.

7. What was your time on set like filming Capri Sunday?

Filming Capri Sunday was an amazing experience, the cast and crew were totally amazing!

8. Is there anything you can share about your role in the film?

Jennifer Larson is very laid back, does the least as possible, wants the credit but doesn’t want to work for it kind of girl.

9. How did you and Gage Magosin get involved in doing multiple projects together this year?

Our moms Nicole Cuda and Leela Magosin work together and find projects that we would like to work on and they submit both of us for it and we tell them that me and Gage are great friends and work well together.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

Probably the Kids Choice Awards because it was so fun to be a part of! I loved being Wonder Woman!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I look forward to the release of my feature film “Willie & Me”, starring Willie Nelson and Darby Stanchfield from Scandal.

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15 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Cheyenne Nguyen played the role of Molly in an episode of Days of Our Lives. You may have also seen her on Teachers, in a commercial for Target, and most recently, in an episode of Walk the Prank!

1. What was the best part of filming The Cookie Mobster?

The cast, crew and location was in Malibu.

2. How did you enjoy working with Mackenzie Foy?

Mackenzie Foy was really nice and personable. She opened up and share her hobbies, like how much she loves Tae Kwon Do.

3. What was it like working with Danielle Parker?

Danielle loves schools and she’s is so smart academically.

4. What was your time on set like filming the pilot for Teachers?

That was a fun pilot, I was on set with Isabella Alvarez and we did set schooling together. All the female series regulars wrote their own stories and they were all hilarious in real life too. They made the set very fun place to be.

5. How did you feel when you found out they were bringing you back for another episode?

That was a very nice surprise and I enjoyed it more for the second episode.

6. What was your shoot for your Target Back to School commercial like?
It was very interesting, it was directed by a teenager and this is the first time I worked with a green screen. The monsters were adults in green suits and holding a monster puppet.

7. Which role that you’ve played so far has been the most challenging?

Days of Our Lives, I had to cry on cue and it took several cuts before it was a wrap.

8. What was your experience like working on Walk the Prank?

All the cast members were very friendly and invited me to eat lunch with them and be goofy like regular kids.


9. How did you enjoy working with a cast of all kids?

That was the best, it felt like I was hanging out with friends. It did not feel like I was working on set.

10. What else have you been up to this year?

This year is very challenging, lots of callbacks but nothing is for sure until you get that contract.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Every day there are new opportunities so I’m optimistic that the right door will open for me with a break out role.

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17 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Kingston Foster played the role of Heather in an episode of Days of Our Lives earlier this year. She has been seen in multiple commercials, and you may recognize her from her recurring roles on Great News and Fuller House!

1. What was it like filming your episode of Days Of Our Lives?

It was a tight space and an old sound stage, but it was fun and everyone was nice.

2. How did you enjoy working with Casey Moss?

He was very nice and a great actor.

3. What was your experience like working on your episode of Criminal Minds?

It was my very first TV show and I got kidnapped!

4. How did you enjoy filming your Little Tikes commercial?

I got to see how the people who help with voice overs word; I became friends with them because there was a lot of voice over work for the commercial.

5. How did you feel returning for the second season of Fuller House?

I was very excited to get to know in real life the characters I had seen on Full House.

6. What is the best part of filming with Dave Coulier?

The best part was that he would always do cool things and make sounds.

7. Do you get nervous at all filming the show in front of the live audience?

Sometimes I get a little nervous, but one time my grandma and my brother came to the live audience.

8. What would you like to see happen for your character Joan in a future season?

I would like her to torture Ramona a lot when she (Joan) visits; also I would like to dance with Ramona.

9. Do you have a favorite episode you’ve shot for Great News?

My favorite episode is “Carol’s Eleven” because I got to switch places with Katie to show what Katie was like as a 6 year old.

10. Can you tell us anything about your character in the film Zombies?

Her name is Zoey. She wants to be a cheerleader but zombies aren’t allowed to be cheerleaders. Also she really wants a dog, but Zombies can’t have those either. I loved playing this part.

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18 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Gabriel Maddox Maier has appeared in episodes of both Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. This year he has been seen in the short film A Scholar’s Journey, an episode of Teachers, and already has projects in the works for 2018 including an episode of Cool Dad!

1. What was the experience like filming A Scholar’s Journey?

It was a great shoot. The director, Ryan Hawkins was so cool! I liked the way the short was filmed. It was a great experience.

2. How did you prepare for the role?

Not much to prepare. The character was so like me, so I was just myself.

3. What is the best part of auditioning?

Seeing the casting directors face when they smile and say “great job”!

4. If you could film a project anywhere in the world where would it be?

Hawaii!!!!!

5. What was your time on set like filming Teachers?

Lots of kids, so I got to socialize. I had my own trailer and got to hang out in there in between scenes.

6. How did you react to seeing your scenes in the episode?

I get a little shy seeing myself on screen. But I think I did a good job!

7. What was it like working with Katy Colloton?

She was so funny and awesome! Hilarious!

8. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this year?

I worked with Jerry O’Connell last week. He was super cool and friendly.

9. What else have you been up to this year?

Earlier this year was so busy (pilot season). Had a few pins and producers sessions. Came oh so close!! I am now homeschooled, so my curriculum is spread out so its really manageable and I get more free time.

10. Is there anything you can share about your upcoming episode of Cool Dad?

It’s super FUNNY!

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19 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Leilani Brosnan filmed an episode of The Neighbors and has a large resume of theatrical, commercial, and print work. This year she has worked for Nickelodeon, Kohl’s, petitePARADE and you may have spotted her in your local Guess Factory store too!

1. How did you get involved with the Looking Ahead program run by SAG?

I think my mom got an email from Looking Ahead about joining so we did! I have gone to about 12 events and they are all fabulous! We have done Lazer Tag, visited farms, done charity work and had picnics among other things.

2. What has been your favorite trip to attend with them?

My favorite Looking Ahead event was the Knott’s Berry Farm day even though I had to leave early for an audition! Commitment!

3. What was your time on set like shooting Under Armour for Kohl’s?

We shot Under Amour at a school track field in the heat! There were a few other kids shooting with me so that made it fun. We did many athletic poses and played mini games while they shot us modeling adorable new styles for Kohl’s. The weird thing is – it was well paid but I have only seen one photo used from that shoot – I guess I should be happy though since it was of me!

4. Do you have a favorite shot you did for your petitePARADE editorial?

Shooting the editorial for petitParade was probably my favorite job so far this year and we all did it for free! We sailed out on a yacht from Marina Del Rey out into the ocean with some nice other kids and really cool nautical style fashions from the best designers! Some of the shots were a bit scary since we were going pretty fast and I tend to get sea sick! Luckily I didn’t this time and the shots turned out really great! Wish I could do more shoots like this one.

5. How do you choose your wardrobe for your photoshoots with Rachel Images?

Rachel Images does all the amazing styling for the shoots with really cool clothes and accessories and props. Sometimes she asks us to bring a few items like basic shoes or tops but mostly Rachel does everything like making unbelievable crowns out of shells, headpieces from bird feathers and the last shoot her sister came and did some unusual braiding of my hair! There is no other photographer out there like her and now she is in demand worldwide and flies to Russia to shoot, etc.

6. How did you enjoy shooting for Guess Factory?

I think I shot for Guess Factory about 3 times this year so people are going to be sick of seeing me in the store windows all around the world! They are really the nicest company to shoot for out there. We usually shoot the factory photos in their headquarters in downtown LA which is massive and I don’t even think I have been in all the buildings! We always arrive to an amazing breakfast and relaxed atmosphere. Their jobs are No Stress just fun! We seen to wrap fairly quickly so the only bad thing is that my mom usually makes me go to school after.

7. What was the experience like auditioning for a lead role for a Disney project?

Getting to audition at the Disney Studios with the actual Disney casting staff is always a huge honor even if you know they have probably already cast the role before they even see you! It’s just nice to be asked! And I guess you never know!

8. What was the best part of filming your Origami Artist segment for Nickelodeon?

The kids they picked for the Nickelodeon shoot were all really cute and extremely talented. I can’t wait to see the commercial which is taking a really long time to produce! I think it will be called something like “You Be You” so be sure to watch for it!

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this year?

Always the GUESS staff – there is none better out there.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

My favorite project so far this year? Hmmm….actually they were all great and the year’s not over yet!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

In closing I will say that filming editorial with jimjam.jimjam for their Instagram account was really fun and different and the photos turned out to be amazing! I am also doing a shoot for a Mermaid calendar which will be pretty fun. Also, middle school has been so challenging that we really had to cut back on my auditions and jobs this year which has been unfortunate for my bank account but mainly because working is a lot more fun than going to school!

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22 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Brianni Walker not only has appeared in an episode of The Neighbors, but has done work in film, television, commercials, hosting and more. You may have seen her episode of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, and as a reporter for FTS Kids News she has spoken with many of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

1. How did you get started acting?

I started at the age of 4 1/2. My grandmother decided I had a special gift after I recited the Pledge of allegiance, a ceremony for President Obama was elected into office.

2. What was your time on set like working on The Neighbors?

My time on set of The Neighbors was really cool. I took part in their silly talent show.

3. What was the best part of filming for Sam & Cat?

Every day was the best. I’m was such a huge fan of Sam & Cat. I often told my grandmother, one day I wanted to be on it. Next thing I knew I auditioned and got the part. It was so cool filming Sam & Cat. I was proud of myself going to Nickelodeon studio daily. I had my name on the dressing room. Everyone spoiled me.

4. How did you enjoy being on set with Jennette McCurdy?

Jennette McCurdy mostly stayed in her dressing room didn’t really mingle, she was silly at times. But Ariana Grande were very protective. She would sing, showed me around the set. Most fun ever!

5. What has the experience been like being a reporter for FTS Kids News?

FTS opened doors for me to work with HipHop Real Estate. I’m able to interview A list actors & singers.

6. Do you have a favorite segment you have worked on?

My favorite segment is with Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight & Anthony Anderson from black-ish. It was a Luncheon with Anthony Anderson, Kevin Fraiser told me to stay away from Anthony Anderson and called me Dr. Brianni Walker, and compared me to Oprah Winfrey. Anthony Anderson was very silly. He had promised to put me on black-ish. My other segment was 48th NAACP Image Awards. Interviewing Jussie Smollette, Cheryl Underwood, Loni Love, Aisha Tyler, Miles Brown, Lorretta Devine, Cris Phee the creator of Doc McStuffins, Well everyone was fabulous to interview. Such a wonderful time.

7. How cool was it to get to film a Chuck E Cheese commercial?

Chuck E. Cheese was my first national commercial. I was 8 years old when it aired. I was doing homework when it came on.. It was so weird watching myself on tv.

8. What was your reaction when you saw your Pfizer commercial air for the first time?

My reaction when I first saw Pfizer, I screamed, jumped up and down, and recited my lines and relived the scene. So funny!

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

Love working with Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Ben Affleck, Live By Night, Kevin Hart & Ed Helm on Captain Underpants, K.Michelle, Kenya Moore Music Video and Jason Cook, Days Of Our Lives (Shawn Douglas Brady)on his new film The Creatress.

10. What has been your favorite project to do so far?

My most favorite project was filming Niara. I play Imani, kidnapped in Kenya. The role was very challenging because I only had one line. It was all emotional. I had to learn how to spy and help kill foreigner visiting our country. Everything I’ve done was my favorite. I truly love interviewing celebrities, and working with new people. But I would have to say the No Bullying Campaign. We need to fight back against bullying. I enjoyed working and interviewing celebrities on the red carpet.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope to co-host with Kevin Frazier, Ellen Degeneres, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, The Real, The Talk. If you dream big, set goals, never take no as a setback. Keep going, God has something better for you.

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23 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Kayla Torres played the role of Marisol in two episodes of General Hospital this year. You may have also seen her in an episode of Tosh.0 and she has also done some work for Lowe’s!

1. How did you get involved in the industry?

Well, me and my brother always made shows when we were little and I always liked performing since I was a gymnast, so I decided to give it a try.

2. What was the experience like going on your first audition?

My first audition I was very nervous, although the people there were very nice, but I had no idea what I was doing.

3. What was the process like to film your Lowe’s video?

It was very long and a lot of sitting around, but everybody was super sweet and helpful and it is always fun being on set and doing what I love.

4. How did you enjoy working on your segment for Tosh.0?

I loved working on Tosh.0 because it was hilarious and everyone on set was super funny and friendly and Daniel was great.

5. What was your time on set like filming for General Hospital?

It was again a ton of waiting around, but when I got on set I was nervous because the moment that I have been waiting for and working for finally came.

6. How did you react when you found out you were brought back for a second episode?

I was just so exciting that I was given the opportunity to come back on one of the biggest soap operas there is and I was just so thankful and happy I started jumping up and down and I almost started crying happy tears.

7. What was it like filming with Matt Cohen?

He is just such a great amazing person and he is great to work with. I just felt so blessed that I got to work with him, he is one of the sweetest people I ever worked with.

8. How did you feel seeing your episodes air on TV?

It was a little frustrating because I am so used to criticizing myself and I was just thinking of how I could have done things better, but I was also extremely proud and happy for how far I have come.

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with in the industry?

I have loved everybody I’ve worked with and I could not choose who is my favorite because they are all so sweet and great.

10. Do you have a favorite project that you’ve done?

I would have to say that my favorite project I’ve had so far is probably Tosh.0 because it was so fun and funny to be on set although I loved all of my jobs.

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24 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Seth Carr played the role of Randy on Days of Our Lives back in 2014 and since then has worked on multiple television shows, films and commercials. Next year Seth will be seen in the new Black Panther movie and the Nickelodeon series Knight Squad!

1. What was your time on set like filming for Days of Our Lives?

It was my very first tv show I had ever booked, I got to film for 2 days it was a lot of fun.

2. What was it like working with Shawn Christian?

He was extremely nice and made it fun on set.

3. Do you have a favorite part of filming your episode of Code Black?

My favorite part of filming was getting my makeup done to make me look very sick, and accidentally falling asleep while in the gurney which made it much more real while filming.

4. How did you enjoy working with Sherri Saum?

She was nice.

5. What was it like to film for a movie (Black Panther) that’s a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

It was epic and surreal. My favorite part was flying back and forth to Atlanta to film. Playing Young Killmonger was such an honor and Michael B. Jordan is so funny and really cool to work with.

6. What was your time on set like filming your episode of Superstore?

I loved working on Superstore because it really feels like a store instead of being on a set. And waving at all the trams on the back lot of Universal Studios while they were on tour.

7. How did you feel when you saw your Walmart commercial airing for the first time?

I was at a restaurant with my family when it aired on tv during the World Series. It’s always fun seeing my commercials on tv.

8. What was the best part of working on your episodes of Bosch?

I get to work with my friend Mateo who plays my older brother Jack. It’s always nice to have someone close to my age on set.

9. Who is your favorite person you have gotten to work with so far?

There are so many talented people I’ve gotten a chance to work with, so in fairness they are all my favorite.

10. Is there anything you can share about your role in Knight Squad?

All I can say is be ready to laugh!! It’s a hilarious show.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My film with Gabrielle Union “Breaking In” will also be in theaters 2018. I play Glover Russell (her son). Can’t wait to share more details.

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