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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VH1 recently announced that Season 3 of its scripted show Single Ladieswould 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.
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.
Actress Jessalyn Gilsighas 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 Stepfather, Prom Night and The Horse Whisperer along with roles in hit television shows like Glee,Heroes, Nip/Tuck, Friday 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.
Aaliyah 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.