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Interview: Jenn Lyon

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Sometimes it can be hard to set yourself apart from your peers in Hollywood. Everyone has a dream and everyone will work hard to see that dream come true. Jenn Lyon is an actress who has a leg up on the competition. She is the cofounder/writer/producer for the online sketch comedy group Poykpac. She has a string of credits on and off Broadway and is making her mark in television with roles on series such as Louie, Suburgatory and Army Wives. She can be currently seen on the hit FX series Saint George starring opposite George Lopez and Danny Trejo. Jenn was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about her career and her upcoming projects.

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Exclusive: Warehouse 13 Set Visit - Joanne Kelly

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In August of 2013, Pop Culture Principle had the opportunity to visit the set of the Syfy series hit Warehouse 13 as they filmed the final episode of the series.

Continuing with our series of on set interviews with the cast of Warehouse 13, today we bring you our interview with actress Joanne Kelly who plays U.S. Secret Service Agent Myka Bering. While Pete is the one who relies on his vibes and is the more easy-going of the two, Myka is smart, organized, and has a scrupulous eye for detail.

The character of Myka Bering has gone through many changes and has had many ups and downs over the past several seasons. The final season of Warehouse 13 will hopefully bring some closure for all the characters.

Like Eddie McClintock, Joanne was nice enough to sit down with us and talk about the final season of Warehouse 13.

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Exclusive: Warehouse 13 Set Visit - Eddie McClintock

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On April 14, 2014, Syfy aired the first episode of the fifth and final season of its hit series Warehouse 13. If you are unaware of what Warehouse 13 is all about, the series follows U.S. Secret Service Agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) when they are assigned to the secretive Warehouse 13 for supernatural artifacts. The Warehouse is located in a desolate part of South Dakota and throughout the series, Pete and Myka retrieve artifacts from around the world and store them at the Warehouse for safe keeping.

Warehouse 13 is the perfect blend of science fiction, action, drama and comedy that the entire family can watch.

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Interview: Kristin Booth

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Kristin Booth has built a career in choosing roles that are daring and unconventional. Whether it is playing Ethel Kennedy in the History Channel's mini-series The Kennedys to her Award-winning work in 2007's controversial film YPF, Kristin is definitely not one to settle on what many may consider a typical role.

Her next role is on the new Hallmark series Signed, Sealed, Delivered which was created by Martha Williamson, the person behind the long running hit Touched By An Angel. The series premieres this Sunday, April 20 (8pm ET/7pm CT). Kristin plays Shane McInerney, a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group.

The busy actress was kind enough to talk with the Pop Culture Principle during a break while filming Signed, Sealed, Delivered. She discusses her role on the show, the importance of love and faith and why there is a place in today's television landscape for this show.

Pop Culture Principle - What was it about the script for Signed, Sealed, Delivered that made you want to be part of the project?

Kristin Booth – Well, there are a couple of things. Certainly the fact that Martha Williamson was behind it, because she has such an amazing track record with Touched By An Angel. When I read the pilot, the writing was so good, and the characters are so well developed and interesting and funny. The other thing that really appealed to me was the type of show it is. Although I really love a lot of cable television that is on TV right now, not a lot of it is really family friendly when you really look at it. I have a two year-old daughter right now and when she is ten or twelve years old, this is something that I would be really proud to show her. Those are the two biggest reasons, but also Eric Mabius coming on board to play Oliver. I was very blessed and fortunate to be cast as Shane.

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Interview: Stephanie Drake

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Baltimore native Stephanie Drake is an up and coming actress who is ready to make her mark in Hollywood through hard work and perseverance. The multi-talented actress has worked in theater, television, film and has done voice work as well.

She’s made appearances on shows like The Middle, Jimmy Kimmel Live and now can be seen playing Meredith on the hit AMC series Mad Men which will begin its final season on Sunday, April 13 at 10 PM ET/PT. Stephanie sat down with the Pop Culture Principle to talk about working on Mad Men, the power of social media and what advice she would give to up and coming actors.

Pop Culture Principle – What made you decide to become an actor?

Stephanie Drake – When I was 7, my dad took me to New York to see my first Broadway show which was The Phantom of the Opera. I know it sounds so cheesy, but it was like a light bulb went off and I just knew while sitting there that this is what I wanted to do the rest of my life. From then on, I was always interested in acting. I went to the performing arts high school in Baltimore County where I took it to a whole other level. I then went to USC for college and have really been acting ever since. It’s kind of hard to believe that a seven year old could be bitten by the bug, but I was.

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Interview: Charity Shea

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VH1 recently announced that Season 3 of its scripted show Single Ladies
would be the last for the popular series. Over the past several seasons, we have watched the main characters of the show deal with love, happiness, sadness and deceit. One important player in all of that has been actress Charity Shea who plays April Goldberg. With a handful of episodes left before the series ends, Charity was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about the shows cancellation, what playing April has meant to her and her love for the fans of the show.

Pop Culture Principle - Can you tell us about your character April?

Charity Shea – April is a sweetheart. We always call her the sunshine of the show. She got married at a really young age. When you are 18, you think that is what you are supposed to do because you think you are all grown up. She married the love of her life and then seven years later realizes that she was very domesticated and never really got to hang out with her girls and have a blast. She just became a housewife really quickly. She ends up going out on her own, dating and hanging out with her friends and making different career moves and choices. Throughout all the seasons she is finding herself and learning lessons. She makes a lot of mistakes, but she learns from them. I think she has great integrity and honor and she’s very competitive. She is really a sweetheart and that’s what I really like about her.

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Interview - Lydia Hull

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At the young age of 15, actress Lydia Hull
was already beginning to make her mark in the industry. She won the Seventeen magazine cover contest which lead to several years of modeling. After deciding to become an actress, Lydia moved to Los Angeles at 18 where she quickly booked several supporting roles in films such as Sorority Boys and Van Wilder. With momentum on her side, the Lawrence, Kansas native decided to take a break and go back to school. She finished degrees in Apparel and Textile Marketing from Kansas State University and Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles. Now she is back and again focusing on her acting career. She’s recently been seen in films such as Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone, Empire State and Frozen. She also had a guest appearance on the hit ABC series Castle. She now currently stars in the hit series Saf3 as Lily Maddox, a Los Angeles firefighter who is tough, but also has a softer side. Lydia was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about Saf3, her influences and what it’s like to be a role model.

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Interview: Jessalyn Gilsig Talks 'Somewhere Slow', 'Vikings', 'Glee' & More

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Actress Jessalyn Gilsig
has shown over and over again that with determination, hard work and skill, you can carve out an amazing career in film and television. With roles in films such as 
The StepfatherProm Night and The Horse Whisperer along with roles in hit television shows like Glee,HeroesNip/TuckFriday Night Lights and Boston Public, Jessalyn has become one of the most recognized and sought after actresses in the business today. She can be currently seen on the History Channel hit series Vikings which will start Season 2 on February 27th and she also currently stars in the independent  film Somewhere Slow where she is not only the lead actress, but a first time producer as well. She took a moment out of her busy schedule to sit down and chat with us about her career and acting.
Pop Culture Principle – Can you tell us about the film Somewhere Slow?

Jessalyn Gilsig – I think of it as sort of an unconventional love story with a woman who has become emotionally paralyzed and through a random series of events, she has this opportunity to walk out on her life and take a recess from her reality. Along the way she meets this young teenager name Travis who convinces her to break into a summer home that her family had once owned. There they spend a few days together and he really encourages her to take down her guard, relax and be present. Through their friendship and their love, they grow I think. Ultimately as you do in life, they go back to reality, but I think slightly changed in a way that may seem small, but is significant.

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Artists To Watch - Exclusive Interview With Alus

554753_350489805032209_2031982254_nAaliyah once sang  "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number", and that definitely rings true with singer Alus. It's sort of ironic since one of Alus's favorite singers is the late Aaliyah. Born and raised in New Jersey, Alus was surrounded by music at an early age. Growing up with a strong connection to music, her musical bloodline runs deep. Her grandmother, a Juilliard graduate, was once a renowned musician in the Violinaires, a group of violinists that regularly performed with Frank Sinatra’s The Rat Pack. Her influences in her music and style are a who's who of music legends, from Billie Holiday to Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, Elton Jon, and Mariah Carey.

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Exclusive: Pop Culture Principle interviews Kristin Lehman

Headshot2With a résumé that would be the envy of any of her peers, Kristin Lehman is definitely one of the hardest working actors in the business today. She has had roles in hit series such as The Killing, Judging Amy, Felicity, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Killer Instinct, and Drive. She has made guest appearances on hit shows like Castle, The X-Files, Prison Break, The Firm, and Andromeda. And now, starting May 23 at 9PM EST, American audiences will be able to watch the Canadian-born actress on the new ABC series Motive. The show has already had a successful first season in Canada and has been renewed for a second year. Kristin was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to talk about Motive, her career, the business, and two passion projects of hers: Truth Heart and This Fair Land. PCP – What sets Motive apart from other procedurals on television today? KL – A lot of the questions we get about are about the hook of the show. The “why” aspect as opposed to the “who-did-it” aspect. When you make television, you hope you are doing something that is entertaining as opposed to reinventing the wheel. What matters to me is whether or not the characters are compelling, and that the audience wants to know more. People tuned into Columbo because they were invested in that character. I feel like our “A” stories are really interesting and surprising, and I hope that people want to get invested in our characters as well. PCP – What drew you to the character of Detective Angie Flynn? KL – Well, I have to tell you it was a little different. The source material was a bit different from what we have now. Angie is kind of a lovely, happy hybrid of a script that was a little darker, much more character driven and was less network-friendly—not that anything is wrong with network-friendly. The character Angie turned everything on its ear.  It wasn’t a woman who was pretending to maintain a standard of beauty that was common. She was described as this no-nonsense woman who was from the working class. A single mom who wasn’t afraid of her sexuality, and she wasn’t apologetic about her age and who she is. She was also very funny, and good at her job. It’s a female driven script, and I felt lucky to be able to play this character. PCP – You’ve played a cop before in the past; did you do any preparation for this role? KL – Yeah, Louie and Francis and I were lucky to meet with the Vancouver P.D..  We met with a male and female detective team, and they were fantastic. We did our tactical training where you got to know your gun safety, but the stuff that was more interesting to me was to see the workplace of this detective team. How often does that happen? We saw firsthand the junk food they ate, the way they communicated, what they wore. I tell you, I have been totally poisoned by every cop show out there, because these detectives were warm and friendly: family oriented, dressed really well, and took pride in being detectives. They had a really strong sense of honor, and they were warm and open. I am forever grateful, because it gave me so much freedom to play a cop just as a person. You know what I mean? They obviously see horrible things and they have coping mechanisms, but those coping mechanisms are a result of seeing those horrible things. It’s not like they are trained in them or anything like that.58117_377115965735014_1847595532_n PCP – What was it like working with Louis Ferrega? Was the chemistry immediate? KL – Oh, yes, it was immediate. Some of it is because we’ve both been around the block together. We aren’t spring chickens! We hadn’t worked together before. We sat down and talked about why we were doing the show, why we were proud to be in Canada doing the show. At our very first audition together, I didn’t get all the sides I was supposed to audition with, but luckily our producer just put me in a room with Louie, and very quickly I was able to textualize what I was supposed to have had for a long time—the sides.  We connected in a way that actors are honest and we just spoke to each other. Right from the very beginning, we really worked well together, plus we are also good buddies on the set. I think that it really does shine through in our work. PCP – The banter between your two characters is fantastic. KL – I’m so glad. That is what we want. That’s the time when we are really pleased to not to have to push a storyline along. When we get to actually show humans conversing or communicating is when it is really fun, and he’s always game for that. PCP – Do you consider Louis’ character as somewhat of a father figure to your son on the show? KL –I don’t think so. I think they are friends, first and foremost. He respects both of those people as people, and, if they connect, then they connect. Otherwise I don’t think she thinks Manny needs a father figure. She observes people around her, and is willing to accept people for who they are and what they are, and if that happens to be an element of the relationship that both of them seem to gravitate towards, she wouldn’t stand in the way. But, honestly, I don’t think that is something she’s trying to create. motive-cast-web11PCP – One of the unfortunate things that comes up when you have a male/female partnership on a show is the “will they or won’t they” question. Any thoughts on that pertaining to your show? KL – We will not! Ever! Here’s why: a) it’s boring to play as an actor, and b) I feel like most of these people know they suck at relationships. They just wouldn’t jeopardize what they have with each other. It is a much deeper intimacy, and there’s a trust that they don’t have to question or be afraid of, which I think they both have in the romantic aspects of their lives. So they just keep it apart. PCP – There are times when you feel sympathy towards the killers in the episodes. Would you agree? KL – For sure. I think that it’s necessary, because human beings are fragile and sometimes really messed up, but they are really just fragile. Bad decisions get made all the time—some more serious than others. They are not always pre-meditated, and there is a real sadness to that. I think that’s the one thing that Angie feels. You made a bad decision, so let’s talk about your bad decision. PCP – Another fantastic show you worked on was AMC’s The Killing. How did you get involved with that show? KL – That was a great show. I was really lucky, they just called me up. I had taken three years off to have my little boy, and was deciding what I was going to do when I got back into acting. Soon this amazing, beautiful script fell into my lap, and I moved back to Vancouver to do it. I was really lucky, and feel forever grateful for being on that show.MV5BMTM4ODM0NTM0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTY1Nzg5NA@@._V1._SX640_SY962_ PCP – The world of politics is an interesting one. Any special preparations for this role? KL – I didn’t do any real preparation for that role. I did read some campaign books, and I formed good relations with my fellow actors, Billy Campbell and Eric Laten. We became great friends, and even carpooled to work! The reason why I didn’t do a lot of preparation for the role is because we weren’t ever really showcased doing our jobs. We were an interpersonal story. It would have been different if I was an astronaut or a surgeon, needing to know technical skills or being shown doing my job. This show was more about hiding emotional pain under the guise of a job description. The show really was a gift, and I am really grateful. PCP – It seemed as if AMC was promoting the idea that we would find out who the killer was at the end of the season. Was that indeed the case? KL – No, they didn’t promote it that way. Everyone just assumed that. They basically said just keep watching. I think people are so use to finding out who the killer is after thirteen episodes. If you go back and you watch that first season again, I don’t know how anyone would think they would find out who the killer was. There was no resolution near the end of the episodes. I’d rather work on a show that just dares to do what it wants to do regardless of what the network says you should do. So if people don’t like it then that’s okay, but I’d rather work on a show that would try to do something new and different. PCP – You worked on another series called Drive with Nathan Fillion, and also guest starred on an episode of his show Castle. What was it like working with Nathan? KL –He’s such a dear friend of mine. He basically asked me, “Do you want to do this?” and I said, “Er... yeah!” Again, I was really lucky. Nathan was the best co-star ever. When we did Drive I was in a car with him every episode. It was mostly green screen, so I basically sat in a car with Nathan, and we had a great time. He’s just the funniest, most wonderful co-star. He’s such a great leader. In fact, when I got Motive I called him immediately, and asked him to share with me some things that are important when you are the number one on the show, what makes for a positive working environment for everyone. I really value the way he approaches work, and the respect he has for colleagues, the crew, and everyone. People should be so lucky to get to work with him.125416_294_pre PCP – You’ve worked on both American and Canadian television series. What are the differences between the two? KL – Well, I’ve lived in L.A. for twelve years so the majority of my network experience is different. In the States there are three major networks and cable companies. In Canada there are a couple of networks that have now become neck-and-neck in their importance but for a long time there were only one or two networks. We only have a tenth of the population of the States, so a lot of our work—television and movies—is partially funded by the government.  It’s really a whole different structure. Since you have fewer people in your population, advertising dollars are high and the stakes are high, but it’s not our number one export. For the States, I think movies and television are in the top ten as far as exports go. So, for me, I felt a great deal more freedom to create a character that wasn’t as dependent on what the advertisers needed, and the network wasn’t breathing down my neck to deliver a certain amount of numbers because they promised an advertiser who needs to make their quota. It’s not to say that dollars and cents don’t matter; I’m not saying that at all. It’s just that you are dealing with an entirely different infrastructure. PCP – Do you have any advice for someone thinking about entering the business? KL –I think if you can make your living as a journeyman actor, then you have success. If you are hoping to get notoriety or fame, then that is something different, and that is not the same as being an actor. To that person I don’t have any advice, because I don’t know. To the person who loves acting, appreciates and respects the work and hopes to make a living at it, I would say take care of yourself, eat properly, get enough sleep, and learn how to audition, because ninety percent of what you are going to do is auditioning. It’s not spending time on set. It’s going in the room and making sure you can deliver. I would say take as many classes as you can. Read a lot of plays, be realistic, and develop a thick skin. I would constantly assess: “Is this the career for me?” It’s one thing to be doing something when you are in your twenties, thirties, and forties. Once you get into your fifties and sixties, you will understand that you have a skill set that is limited, and, if it’s what you are relying on for the rest of your life, you have to know how to make it your business as opposed to hoping that someone likes you. PCP – Did you want to talk a little bit about Heart Truth?kl139 KL – Heart Truth is basically the Canadian facsimile of the Red Dress campaign that is done in the States.  It’s a campaign for women’s heart health awareness and there is this version in Canada. I have the pleasure of being involved with it. I saw a Ted Talk about three years ago by cardiologist Dr. Noel Bairey- Mertz, who runs the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars Sinai. She was giving statistics on dramatic differences in women’s health versus men’s health. She was showing that there really needs to be a different kind of awareness for women’s heart health research. So the Red Dress Campaign and Heart Truth are about raising funds to broaden the spectrum of research towards women’s heart health. I learned things about my own health, and jumped at the chance to learn more and to be part of this campaign as it grows. PCP – Finally, did you want to talk about your online magazine “This Fair Land?” KL – “This Fair Land” is my online magazine. Thank you for asking, because I love it! My husband is a filmmaker, and obviously we make our life in Canada by choice after travelling the world, and being inspired by everything that is out there.  We wanted to present a place where we could explore creative living in Canada, and have that online magazine take a place in the international world where people could go there. Canadians and international people alike could come to the site to find a place to become inspired by what Canada can offer in terms of its culture and creativity. So we do that through film, journalism, and photography. It’s lifestyle, art and music-oriented, and we are growing. We had our inaugural launch at the end of April. We have six films lined up that explore what it is to live an artful life, breaking down what creativity is to its simplest building blocks, and encouraging everybody to look in their own lives in that way. Again, we would like to thank Kristin for chatting with us and make sure you tune in to the series Motive on Thursday nights on ABC!  Take a moment and check out some of the links below. LINKS Follow Kristen on Twitter here The Hearth Truth website click here This Fair Land online magazine click here
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