Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett & Sandra Bullock Talk “Ocean’s 8”, Ignoring The Media & Why They Act

This has to be one of the coolest and most fab interviews I have had the chance to do.

I loved chatting to some of the most successful actors in Hollywood, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock about such a wide spectrum of topics from their cool, slick, fabulous and fun new heist movie, “Ocean’s 8”, to feeling safe and protected on set, to ignoring the media, to the pressures and fun of dressing up, and why they act.

Ocean’s 8 is in cinemas now.

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“When people say they’re liking ‘Queer Eye’, they’re saying they’re liking us – and that’s a nice feeling.” Karamo Brown

“Queer Eye” Season 2 lands on Netflix next week (Friday 15th June) but this week you can listen to my chat with one of the Fab 5, the show’s culture guy, Karamo Brown (full interview at the end of this post).

Some people say there is no need for “Queer Eye” in today’s society, that it is an outdated show. I couldn’t disagree more. This show is not just about physical transformations, it is also about transforming the way people think and starting cultural conversations that really need to be out there.

Karamo feels that this couldn’t be a better time for this show to be back because, “as a world we’re so divided, we’re just not speaking to each other anymore. So to have a show that’s positive and uplifting, and that’s saying, let’s figure out our similarities and not just our differences, is very important.”

Even though it’s hard to imagine anyway else in the role of the cultural guy, it almost was that way as Karamo was refused an initial audition. His agent begged the casting agents to see him. When he eventually got through that door, he impressed them right away with his attitude to the casting process. He didn’t see it as a competition, he was actually passing on advice to his fellow auiditionees, “I was helping the other guys to succeed”, he said. His kindness is what actually got him the part! He practices what he preaches – no better a person for the “Cultural Guy” role.

The chemistry the five have on screen is one of the reasons this show works so well. They didn’t know each other before the show but when they saw each other at the casting, they gravitated to each other. “Bobby even started up a text group called the Fab 5, before we even got the parts!”, Karamo said.

As much as they love each other, the audience has fallen in love with them even more so. They all saw their social media accounts explode as soon as the show started on Netflix. “When people say they’re liking the show, they’re saying they’re liking us – and that’s a nice feeling.”

Someone who really likes Karamo is his fiancé, Ian Jordan. They’ve been together for 8 years and Karamo knew that this was going to be forever and that Ian was totally committed, but he also knew that Ian was too shy to propose. “Sometimes in life we want the romantic comedy and we wait for someone else to give it to us but I said, ‘No, I’m going to make my own romantic comedy. I am going to star in it'”. With the help of fellow Fab 5er, Bobby Berk, he created the most spectacular proposal, and Ian said yes.

The wedding planning has begun and Karamo hopes to have all 4 “Queer Eye” guys as his Best Men.

So back to the show that has changed his life. What has Karamo learnt from it? “The biggest thing is not to define someone by the lables we put on them. Sometimes we assumes one vote, or your position makes you who you are, and we start to forget that we are all holistic people. We have so many different parts to of ourselves. And, it’s remembering in those moments – especially someone you disagree with one part of them – to not forget there’s other parts that you may agree with them. That they’re human being; that they’re family members; that they’re children; that they’re parents; and remembering that at the end of the day we all just want love and support – and I think that’s the biggest thing for me.”

And this is why Karamo is the “Culture Guy”. It’s not just about going to the theatre or art galleries, it’s opening your mind up to so many things. He imparts more of his great advice on season 2, which sees the game change again. There a a range of participants getting the “Queer Eye” makeover – inside and out.

I know Season 2 hasn’t even landed yet, but will we see a season 3? “We’re hoping people like season 2 enough to get season 3.” We’re all hoping the same. In the meantime, you can get your “Queer Eye” fix on Netflix by re-watching season 1, while you count down the days to season 2 dropping on Friday 15th June.

Listen to the full interview below.

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Pratt & Bryce Dallas Howard on Worlds Colliding, Over Packing & Fan-Girling

Bryce and Chris are back to look out for the dinosaurs in the latest Jurassic World instalment – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.

I caught up with them to chat about how they feel about handing the film over to the fans, their kind of normal, their worlds colliding, overpacking, and who they would camp out to meet.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is out in Irish cinemas on Wednesday 6 June.

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Jeff Goldblum on the Jurassic World, Imelda May & Putting Out Pleasant Tunes

I don’t usually leave in the small talk part before an interview as it can sometimes be quiet awkward or quiet even. Not with Jeff Goldblum. He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing.

When the camera did start to roll we chatted about his love for the Jurassic World, why he admires Imelda May, and how he has managed to get his unique voice heard.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is in Irish cinemas on Wednesday 6th June.

 

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Original “Pink Lady” Didi Conn (“Frenchy”) Celebrates 40 Years Of “Grease”

I was very excited to try on “Frenchy’s” original jacket – stains and all!

 

This year “Grease” is 40 and 40 years on, “Grease” is still the word.

I was lucky enough to to catch up with the original Pink Lady and beauty school drop out, Didi Conn when she was in London, with thanks to Now TV, celebrating this milestone.

The interview took place in (a replica of) “Frenchy’s” bedroom. The room where the famous slumber party scene happened – “Are you making fun of me Riz?”

Didi posing with excited Irish/Australian journalists

Didi revealed what it was like to be “Pink” , how hot those summer nights really got and what happened after graduating from “Rydell High”.

She also shared what modern cinema can learn from the classic that is “Grease”.

You can listen to the interview below.

This is the scene that the replica was based on:

“Grease” is now available on streaming service NOW TV with a Sky Cinema Pass. NOW TV is an online streaming service which features the very best TV, movie and box set content, all without a contract. Signing up is easy, simply visit www.nowtv.com/ie and sign up for your 14-day free trial.

 

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Does A Film Producer Do? Beau Flynn Breaks It Down.

Ever wonder what a film producer does? “Rampage” producer Beau Flynn shares what his role is on a film and whether or not real change is happening in Hollywood.

“Rampage” is in cinemas now

Posted in Interviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why So Quick To Shame?

It’s been so infuriating seeing social media’s outrage at the fact that Kylie Jenner went to Coachella. Apparently, this makes her the worst person ever! Her crime? She gave birth a couple of months ago, so supposedly, this means she stopped being a human being and she shouldn’t have any notions of enjoying herself and not being by her baby’s side 24/7.

I can’t believe this reaction. I just don’t get it! A mother has decided to go out and enjoy herself, without her child, and all of a sudden she’s the worst person ever?

Did she leave the child at home, on her own, to look after herself? No.

Did she leave her pet dog in charge of her? No.

Did she leave their child in the care of an adult she knows and trust? Yes.

Was her child safe? Yes.

Then what’s the big deal? Why is everyone so quick to judge (read, attack) and enforce their ideals on others?

It seems that when it comes to parenting many people feel it is OK to pass comment on how “badly” others are doing it.

Parents go out without their  baby – Bad decision.

Parents go out with their baby – Bad decision.

Parents haven’t left the house with their baby – Bad decision.

Parents go on holiday without their baby – Bad decision.

Parents take their kids on every holiday with them – Bad decision.

Kids are in a strict routine –  Bad decision.

Kids have no routine – Bad decision.

A woman goes back to work – Bad decision.

A woman stays at home – Bad decision.

A man goes back to work – Bad decision.

A man stays at home – Bad decision.

Parents decide to have one child – Bad decision.

Parents decide to have more than one child – Bad decision.

And the list goes on and on.

Bad decision is not what should follow those statements. At the end of each statement, it should read, GOOD DECISION! Why? Because it is no-one else’s business how you choose to live as a family (unless it causes the child harm). Whatever decision you make should be based on what works best for you and your family, as when it comes to parenting, there is no one size fits all solution (even though that’s what the parenting books would have us believing).

So how’s about we try something new? Let’s stop judging others. Instead, let’s start supporting each other because that’s what we all really need!

Posted in Opinion Piece | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment