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American Airlines to start filling full flights again, CDC Reacts!

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No more middle seats being open for passengers of American Airlines (AAL) as the airline increases its occupancy from 85% to 100% starting today.

The CDC this morning criticized the move calling it “substantial disappointment”. The airline had previously been leaving middle seats open for social distancing measures.

Dr. Fauci spoke yesterday on his fears that the US could soon be seeing coronavirus cases surge from 40,000 cases per day to 100,000 cases per day if the US does not act quickly enough.

Other major airlines such as Delta, Southwest and many more have all committed to leaving the middle seat open for now to continue practice social distancing.

We’ve reached out to American Airlines for comment and have not heard back as of publication time.

QUARANTINE MUST-WATCH: BOOKSMART

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The 2019 Superbad.

The quote, “What happens in the past stays in the past” does not apply to the film world. While we do want to leave the infamous 2020 year in the past, let us instead reminisce on 2019 which was arguably one of the greatest years of cinema. Blessed with exceptional film after exceptional film, Booksmart is one of these blessings. 

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is both a coming-of-age story and comedy that follows two high school seniors Amy and Molly (played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein). Realizing they spent all their academic years with their eyes only glued to studies, the two decide to break the rules and fit all the missed-out fun moments in one night, their pre-graduation night. From there on, the chaos ensues. Just the summary itself reels you in already. 

Booksmart is a blend of heart, humour, and adventure. It causes its audience to laugh, cry, smile, and for some, feel nostalgic remembering those teen years. Well-written and directed, the film puts a unique and fresh twist to a classic high school plot, making it an unforgettable 2019 gem. 

Along with its screenplay and plot development, its actors are the core to what makes Booksmart so lovable. Not just in their electrifying performances but in their personalities and on-screen chemistry. It is a mix of fresh and seen-before faces, each person perfectly casted for their role bringing in their own natural charisma and energy. Why don’t we introduce you to the cast.

What do you get when you blend Netflix’s Unbelievable with Ladybird with Stars Wars? The cast of Booksmart! The film is centered around our two main characters, Katilyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, who both already have multiple credits. 

From the TV mini-series Unbelievable to movies such as Beautiful Boy, Men, Women & Children, Them They Follow and more, Dever has been named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. Beanie Feldstein is another well-known star. From Greta Gerwig’s nominated Ladybird to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black to Neighbors 2, Feldstein returns to being a main character in her new 2020 film How To Build a Better Girl. May I also add most of are today-years-old when discovering Feldstein is related to director and actor Jonah Hill. They. Are. Siblings. You learn something new every day. 

Along with these stars, the cast is made up of more talent such as American Horror Story and Star Wars’ Billie Catherine Lourd, Glass’ Diana Silvers, Good Boys’ Molly Sterg and a minor cameo from TV show Friends’ Lisa Kudrow. Next to these actors, Olivia Wilde shared pictures of more of the cast during the costume fitting process on her Instagram. 

Speaking of Olivia Wilde, the creator herself is also a Hollywood veteran, being both a director and actor. While Booksmart is Wilde’s directorial debut, roles she has starred in are the medical TV drama House, Richard Jewell, Her, BoJack Horseman, The Lazarus Effect and so on. Also, a little Booksmart easter egg: Olivia Wilde’s partner, Jason Sudeikis, also stars in the film as the high school’s principal. 

Now, if you are a more technical person when it comes to persuasion towards seeing a certain film, Booksmart is still for you. Just adding this in here because where to begin?! 

  • 97% critics’ score on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 
  • BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay 
  • Film Independent Spirit Award Winner for Best Feature  
  • Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
  • and the list goes on…


So if you love “Getting Straight A’s and Giving Zero F’s” and overall crave a great movie experience as we continue self-isolation, put Booksmart on the top of your quarantine movie watchlist. 

1on1: Alexis Marrero

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Fast Facts:

Favorite Movie: Spider-Man Far From Home
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Favorite Color: Red

What got you into singing?

I’ve been singing ever since I was a kid and have always loved it and felt passionate about it. When I was 15, I picked up ukulele and started getting more serious about my music. By 16, I was writing more music and got picked up by my first producer. 

What was the first song you ever recorded? 

The first song I ever recorded was “My Whole World.” I had written it when I was 16 and my producer at the time, Shannon McArthur, lived the song so much that we eventually flew out to LA to record the song with Rick Seibold when I was 17.

What’s it like working with Andrew Lane as your music manager? 

Working with Andrew Lane is one of the best experiences and opportunities I have ever had. It’s such an honor and a privilege to work and learn from a multi-platinum producer! We have a lot of fun and bounce ideas off of each other and make great music together. He is so sweet and caring and I love working with him. 

What was it like working with your cousin on your music video? 

Getting to work with Symonne on my music video was really fun! She had been in another video of mine before, “Seams,” and I love getting to have her be part of my videos. Symonne and I are very close and it’s always so great working with her because she’s so talented. 

Do you have any future songs coming up?

I have many songs that I have yet to release! I don’t have a plan for them yet, but we take things a step at a time and when it feels right to release them, we will. I think everyone will really like all of the songs that I have to release! 

1on1: Brooke Singleton

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5 Fast Facts:

  1. Favorite Place to Eat? Mendocino Farms
  2. Favorite Color? Yellow
  3. Where were you born? Long Beach, CA
  4. Favorite book? Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  5. Favorite movie? The Others 

What made you want to get into acting?

One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!

How did you get your first agent and manager? 

One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!

What was your first ever acting job?

My first job was a McDonalds commercial when I was 8 months old

What’s it like having your sister in the working in the same industry as you? 

I love it because occasionally I get the pleasure of working with her on some of the same projects and that is always fun! We really support each other. 

Brooke on the set of 911.

What was the casting process like for the role you played on 911? 

I got called in for the role and auditioned. I was later told that I was pinned and then I booked. My agent told my mom I booked and then my mom surprised me when I got home from school. I was really excited. 

Tell us about your experience on your first day on set? 

I was immediately intrigued by all the cool special effects they had in hair and makeup. The day went like any normal day on set but with a cool stuntman, nachos and an awesome cast and crew. 

What was the casting process like for Stuck in the Middle? 

I was called into casting to audition. Casting was really impressed by my commitment to the character, they pinned me right away and the. I booked. 

Tell us about the day you worked on Stuck in the Middle? 

The day was wonderful! The cast and crew were extremely nice to me and made me feel welcomed. The day went like any other job, school, hair and makeup, getting miked, lights, camera, action! 

When you book an ADR/Looping job, what is it that you do that differs from a traditional acting job? 

Sometimes when you audition for ADR, you audition over the phone whereas for a traditional acting job you send in a tape or go in person to meet with the casting director.

What was it like doing ADR/Looping for A Wrinkle in Time and Little? 

It was so cool! I got to work with a lot of kids my age on that project and it was fun getting little sneak peaks of some of the movie before it hit theaters.

1on1: Greg Marks (Open list) (0 submissions)

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Fast Facts:

1. Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

2. Favorite Song: Adorn by Miguel

3. Favorite Artist: Chris Brown

4. Favorite Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

5: Favorite Restaurant In-N-Out

How did you get started in the music business? 

I started playing guitar and singing at seven year old, started acting around eight, and learned my true passion is for music.

What’s the process of making a song from concept to completion? 

I have synesthesia which allows me to hear colors, and I also freestyle write. I will pick a color for chords, and start telling a story with no direction and somehow I find a way to put it together.

How did you get cast on Chicken Girls? 

I was friends with the entire cast long before the show, and was offered the opportunity by a friend of mine by the name of Matt Dugan!

What was your all time favorite scene from Chicken Girls that you were in? 

It’s hard to chose but I’ll have to go with the iconic ketchup packet scene.

Are you still friends with any of the cast members from the show?

I’m still friends with everyone from the show! I actively hang out with most of the cast.

What’s daily life like as a Music Producer? 

Wake up, talk to friends and randomly hear a word that intrigues me, relate it to a color and start creating.

We love your music studio. How did you come up with the look and design for it? 

My mom has always been really creative when comes to the house so she did most of the work so ill give her her credit. 

What was your inspiration for Daughter? 

I was in the studio with the very talented Rachel West, and we chatted for a while and came up with the idea based off LA girls.

The animation for Daughter is so cool. How did you come up with the idea for an animated music video? 

My team and I were brainstorming, and decided to keep it straight forward like the song. Although I personally thought the only way to make it not cheesy is for it to be animated.

Frudy Says…Oscar Winner Predictions

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Photo Credit: Oscars Twitter Account

Best Picture

Frudy Says…“1917” (Universal)

Credit: Universal Pictures YouTube Channel

“Ford v Ferrari” (Disney/Fox)
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“Little Women” (Sony)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“1917” (Universal)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Parasite” (Neon)

Best Director

Frudy Says…Sam Mendes (“1917”)

Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)

Best Actor

Frudy Says…Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures YouTube Channel

Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Best Supporting Actor

Frudy Says…Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Credit: Sony Pictures YouTube Channel

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Actress

Frudy Says…Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Credit: Coming Soon YouTube Channel

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Best Supporting Actress

Frudy Says…Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)

Credit: Netflix YouTube Channel

Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Best Original Screenplay

Frudy Says…Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Credit: The Museum of Modern Art

Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Adapted Screenplay

Frudy Says…Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”)
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)

Best Cinematography

Frudy Says…Roger Deakins “1917”

Credit: ARRI YouTube Channel

Rodrigo Prieto “The Irishman”
Lawrence Sher “Joker”
Jarin Blaschke “The Lighthouse”
Roger Deakins “1917”
Robert Richardson “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Original Song:

Frudy Says…“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman”

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” “Toy Story 4”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up” “Harriet”

Best Original Score

Frudy Says…Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker”

Credit: WaterTower Music’s YouTube Channel

Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker”
Alexandre Desplat “Little Women”
Randy Newman “Marriage Story”
Thomas Newman “1917”
John Williams “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Best Animated Movie

Frudy Says…“Toy Story 4″

Credit: Pixar YouTube Channel

Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4″

Best Editor

Frudy Says…Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, “Ford vs. Ferrari”
Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”
Tom Eagles, “Jojo Rabbit”
Jeff Groth, “Joker”
Yang Jinmo, “Parasite”

Best International Film

Frudy Says…“Parasite”

“Corpus Christi”
“Honeyland”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Parasite”

Best Costume Design

Frudy Says…Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”

Credit: Sony Picture’s YouTube Channel

Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, “The Irishman”
Mayes C. Rubeo, “Jojo Rabbit”
Mark Bridges, “Joker”
Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”
Arianne Phillip, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Frudy Says…“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker)

Credit: Lionsgate YouTube Channel

“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker)
“Joker” (Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou)
“Judy” (Jeremy Woodhead)
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White)
“1917” (Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole)

Best Short Film

Frudy Says…“Brotherhood”

Credit: Miff YouTube Channel

Short Film (Live Action)
“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbor’s Window”
“Saria”
“A Sister”

1on1: Connor Dean

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Favorites: 

Song: Don’t Stop Believin’

Singer: I have many- Billy Joel, Journey, Elton John, Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons

Book: Ready Player One

Film: Star Wars: A New Hope

TV Show: Friends

When did you first realize that l you wanted to be an Actor?

When I was little and saw my older brother going on auditions. I decided I wanted to try it since I had to be with him anyway. I was having such a good time going on auditions and then when I booked my first role I was hooked. 

What was the first role you ever booked?    

The first role I ever booked was an internet spot for a universal remote. It was the only time I ever had the same audition as my brother and I beat him out for the part! It was a pretty funny part. I was about 4 years old. 

How did you land your first Agent/Manager?      

My first Agent and Manager were the same ones my older brother had. His manager at the time was actually the one who suggested I try this acting thing. 

What was the job that landed you your SAG-AFTRA Card?      

I think it was 9-1-1. I had been SAGe for a while and was always close to booking that last job and finally got it with 9-1-1.

What was the auditioning process like for 9-1-1?      

The auditioning process was pretty easy. I remember the audition happened the day we were leaving to go to Comic Con in San Diego. I auditioned and then got in the car and headed for San Diego. I found out I was pinned for the job when I got back and found out I booked it a few days later.

What was filming the earthquake scenes like?      

It was actually pretty interesting. We filmed the “earthquake” in the restaurant of the W Hotel in Hollywood. The director would yell “earthquake” and we would react. Filming the aftermath of the earthquake required us to be covered in dust and debris (which was hard to get out of your hair). They had the outside courtyard of the hotel set up to look like buildings crumbled. It was a mess! It was really cool to see the whole episode put together considering when it was being filmed we had no idea what it was going to look like. 

Did you have to do any stunt rehearsals prior to filming?    

No. We were just acting as if there was an earthquake so we didn’t have to do any special training. 

How many days did you work on that episode?    

That episode I worked on for about  2 or 3 days. After that, the show decided to extend things and I ended up coming back about 2 weeks later for another day of work. 

Did you get to meet any of the stars from the show?      

Yes! I met Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, and Kenneth Choi. They were all really awesome and kind. They were always helpful and respectful of everyone on set. 

Anything exciting coming up that you’d like to share? 

I am working on a podcast that will be released in 2021 under my production company Penny Arcade Pictures. I have also been working on a few scripts since January that I hope to make into movies.

WATCH: Final 2020 Presidential Debate

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BREAKING: President Trump has fever and is fatigued following Positive Coronavirus test

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President Trump along with his wife the First Lady tested positive for Coronavirus yesterday evening.

Now we are learning that President Trump has a fever and has been feeling fatigued today. He even cancelled a 12pm conference call today and had Vice President Mike Pence take his place on it.

President Trump received via IV an experimental anti-body cocktail drug this afternoon.

Chris Wallace said in an interview today that Trump had arrived too late to get a COVID-19 test per the election committee honor system.

1on1: Izzie Flórez

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Favorites

Song: Replay
Artist: Lady Gaga
Book: The Giving Tree
Movie: La La Land
TV Show: Stranger Things

When did you realize you wanted to become an actress?

“At the age of 5, while attending a summer fine arts camp, I was cast as the lead of Max, in Where the Wild things Are. This sparked my initial interest in acting.”

What is your favorite style of dance and how long have you been dancing!

” I have been dancing since the age of 2 or 3. Although I have a strong background in lyrics and ballroom, hip hop is my favorite.” 

How did you start the LA Kids Bunch?

“When I moved to LA, 2 years ago,  a very close friend and I shared a small group of positive, upbeat friends. We began the group with roughly 20 industry kids/parents and added based on that core group and their referrals. The group is now comprised of over 100 industry kids”. 

What is your main goal for the program?

“To provide an outlet for kids and parents to just enjoy each other, outside of the industry world, in a positive and supporting environment. COVID has put a limit on activities but we usually hold huge events, quite often. It gives us a chance to just be kids and I have never heard anyone talk about projects they are on or how much they have worked. We just want to be friends and have fun.”

Do you have any advice for any young actresses looking to break into the business?

“Definitely realize that it is extremely hard work and the percentage of kids landing a huge role is very small. There are MANY talented kids in this industry and thousands of submissions for each part. With this in mind, enter the industry because YOU TRULY love to act and NOT because you want to be a star. Be sure to seek out great management and coaches who may lead you to an agency that will work best for what you are hoping to achieve”.

What is your favorite role or performance youhave done up till now?

“This is a tough question as there are a few that I have really loved. The most special role for me was a lead in a public service video surrounding an anti-bullying message. It shared the true story of an adult male dancer who was still suffering with the trauma of childhood bullying. I played a role of support, encouragement and love, throughout his years. It was one of my very first projects but will always hold a special place in my heart as I was cast in the part shortly after almost losing my life, at the age of 5, in a tra in a traumatic incident in which I was choked by 2 girls while on a school field trip. I often participate in anti-bullying campaigns and charities. I also use my social media platform to assist in this messaging, as well. A couple weeks ago, I was conducting a LIVE roundtable chat, on Instagram, surrounding the topic of bullying. I began to cry and become quite emotional as I told my story. It truly does impact an individual for a very long time. I feel so sad for anyone who is or who has had to suffer as a victim of bullying.

Do you have anything exciting and new you would like to share?

“I have a few exciting things “pending”, due to COVID. Thus, I am not able to share at this time as my fingers are still crossed on those. I am also involved in a very cool project that is launching soon. As soon as I am able to share that news, I will!! I can’t wait!!

Music Mondays: Alexis Marerro

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How did you get started doing music?

I was discovered on Instagram when I was 16 and have been writing and recording ever since! 

What was it like recording your first song?

Recording my first song was such a surreal experience! I had always dreamed of being a recording artist and walking into that studio and recording got the first time is a moment in my life that I’ll never forget! 

What’s your process for developing  creative for music videos?

We usually will discuss as a team the message of the song and decide how we want to portray it   and let the videographer take over from there! 

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to make music?

My biggest advice to someone who wants to make music is to shoot your shot! My mom and I have always said that no matter what happened, we would be proud of how far we came and everything we were able to accomplish and I think that’s one of the most important mindsets an aspiring artist can have.

1on1: Mackenzie Sol

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Credit: Instagram

Favorites:

Song: Sign Sealed Diverted

Artist: Steve Wonder

Book: Dont Read

Movie: Happy Gilmore

TV Show: Family Guy

What made you want to get into the music industry?

My parents both sing and growing up I was constantly on the road touring my whole childhood.

What was the first song you ever recorded?

A cover of Go the Distance by Michael Bolton.

Besides singing and acting what are some hobbies you like to do?

Soccer is a huge sport I love. I played semi pro as a kid. It is the main sport in the UK.

Who has had the most influential impact on your singing?

My dad he’s an amazing singer and performer and he taught me so much about music history and all the greats.

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When did you realize you loved singing?

I can’t remember not singing. I know I performed with my dad at 18 months.

What was it like singing on The X Factor at such a young age?

It was lots of fun. Simon Cowell was so nice to me. He got me tickets to see the Lion King the musical in London.

How did you meet Abby Lee Miller?

I went to her dance studio in LA and she was the first person we saw. She asked me what I did and I replied “ I sing” she called me another Justin Bieber wannabe!! Lol. She then said if you actually sing then sing, so I didn’t hesitate and in front of a full dance studio packed I broke into Michael Jackson’s, who’s loving you. Most kids get shy I guess and she has always respected me for been the “ real deal” her words not mine. We are now really close, she keeps me In check but is definitely my biggest cheerleader. I love her.

What was the audition process like for pupstar2?

The audition process was actually easier than most. I sent a recording for another character first and a recording of me singing then they came back and asked me to read for PUP then after that second recording. I knew I’d booked the role.

How was being the voice of P.U.P. in pupstar2? 

I loved it the dialect coach on set was a great help with my east coast accent. I got to meet all of the dogs so that was really cool.

What was your inspiration for your music video Taken?

I just wanted to dance. That’s how the concept came about and of course we had to have a little love story in there too.

Anything you would like to share that you’re working on at the moment?

I’m working on so much music right I am ready to release amazing music. This is music that I wrote it’s the real me I pray everyone likes it

9/11: We will Never Forget

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Today is a day that 19 years ago our lives were changed forever. A day where we lost 2,977 of our fellow brothers and sisters.

It’s a day where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing as the tragedy unfolded before us on our TV screens and for those in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, PA right before their eyes.

At 8:46am, American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower, slamming through floors 93-99.

At 9:03am, as millions of Americans were watching live coverage on television, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into floors 77-85 of the South Tower, killing hundreds instantly.

At 9:37am, Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

At 9:59am, just 56 minutes after impact, the SouthTower collapses.

At 10:03am United Airlines Flight #93 tried to fight off the hijackers, but sadly it crashed into a field outside of Pittsburgh, PA near a small town called Shanksville, PA.

At, 10:28 a.m, The North Tower collapses, killing nearly 1,000 people. A group of firefighters in Stairwell B miraculously survived the collapse. 

Following the attacks, President Bush spoke at Ground Zero where there World Trade Centers in New York City once stood and said through a megaphone: “I want you all to know — it can’t go any louder– I want you all to know that America today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens. A worker yelled from the crowd, “I can’t hear you!”. President Bush responded, I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. 4 planes, 2,977 innocent people killed. 9/11 is a day that we will never forget. 

1on1: Leah Cevoli from Robot Chicken and Deadwood

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Favorites:

Artist:  I will always be an 80s rocker girl!  Poison, Skid Row, Guns ‘N Roses, Cinderella and Bon Jovi just to name a few!

Song: It depends on the mood. I love everything from musicals to heavy metal!

Book: My book shelf these days is lined with yoga teacher books, reiki books, self-help books, and things of that sort.  I do love a good novel tho, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and V.C. Andrews are some favorite authors.

Movie: I love horror movies- Halloween, Children of The Corn, and Carrie.   I also love musicals like Grease, Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie and Wizard of Oz

TV Show:  I’m currently enjoying the Handmaids Tale, my other recent fav would be Game of Thrones.

What was the first acting role you ever booked?

5th grade!  They cast me as the new kid in the school (I was), in a little educational piece about the school’s new reading program. 

How did you book Robot Chicken?

I booked Robot Chicken thru a chance connection on the social media site Friendster. (for you young ‘uns – it was the platform before myspace). Matt Senreich, co-creator of Robot Chicken had just moved to town from the east coast and reached out to me as one east-coast transplant to another.  We met up for coffee one day, and he filled me in on this new show (Robot Chicken) that he and his partner (Seth Green) had just sold to Cartoon Network.  He offered to keep me in mind if anything came up, and a few months later, I got the call.

What was the first character that you played on Robot Chicken?  

Believe it or not, Sabrina the Teenage Bitch *was* the first character I voiced.  It was also my first animation voice over job ever, and since I was still a non-union actor it was also my taft hartley into the screen actor’s guild.  It was a huge moment in time for me.  I remember showing up to record that day and I’m introduced to Seth Green for the first time, who then turns and introduces me  to Mila Kunis and Macauley Calkin who were in the studio that day.  It was one of those life moments, where the voice(s) in your head are going “is this real life?”

I guess I did okay though, because they brought me back for 9 more episodes, across four seasons of the series.  I am forever grateful to Matt, Seth and the whole team over at Stoopid Buddy for believing in me and giving me that opportunity.

What was your inspiration behind your character Sabrina the Teenage Bitch?  

Well, the show does a lot of parodies, and Sabrina the Teenage Bitch – is a direct parody of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  I watched a few clips of Melissa Joan Hart’s character ahead of time, just to reacquaint myself with the character’s vibe, energy and vocal quality.  The story goes  that Melissa was supposed to voice the character herself, and due to contractual obligations with Disney had to pull out at that last minute – that’s when I got the call.  I was able to meet her not long after at a Robot Chicken party – and thanked her for helping me earn my sag card.

What was the audition process like for Deadwood? 

Technically, I never auditioned for my role on Deadwood.  I was brand new to Hollywood and registered with the local background casting places.  When Deadwood came around, I was picture-picked to be a core background gal in the Gem Saloon for Season one.  However, the show’s creator David Milch, who is unlike any showrunner/producer/director I’ve ever met or worked with, took an interest in everyone on his set – from the top to the bottom. He didn’t treat background like props, they were established members of the town, with job titles. If you showed a real interest in the world and the characters he was creating, he noticed.  He would write things on the spot for actors on his set, including the core background.  I was lucky to be amongst a small group of actors that he put on a scholarship for acting classes during the show’s hiatus.  It was an unwritten rule, that if the show was shooting – you made yourself available day or night, and when the show was on hiatus, you were in the classes that he sent you to. By the time season three rolled around, my character had a name, and I was a recognizable  part of the Gem Saloon.  David had spoken to me about a scene he was writing to take place with myself, and a few of the other gals, and then one day, I got to set, and was told my wardrobe and my contract were in my trailer.  It was the first time I ever had a trailer or dialogue on a television show.  I sat down in my trailer and cried tears of joy.  So I guess, in retrospect, my Deadwood audition was an on-going evaluation of my work ethic and my commitment to the show and my character over the first two seasons. 

What was it like filming Deadwood? Was it filmed here locally in LA? 

Deadwood was filmed out on the famous Melody Ranch, in Santa Clarita, Ca.
We were in the elements.  When it was hot – it was hot, when it was cold – it was cold, when it was wet – it was muddy, and it was always dusty.  We worked incredibly long days, we worked early hours, we worked late nights, and for my character and the other gals, we did it in our pantaloons!

I can’t say enough about David Milch and the cast and crew of the Deadwood series.  It was like being a part of a master class, getting to watch and interact with actors like Paula Malcomsen, Ian McShane, Robin Weigart, and Tim Olyphant on a daily basis.  Actors like Gerri Jewel, W. Earl Brown, Jim Beaver, and Dayton Callie took me under their wings and continue to be people I consider mentors and friends. We also had an amazing team behind the scenes, award winning hair ,makeup, and costume designers….many I’m still friends with today.  It was a dream team.

What was it like working with Sean Astin on making Remember the Sultana?

Sean is amazing.  He’s super smart, incredibly kind, and has a ton of energy.  Sultana was actually our second project together – originally Sean hired me to help out with his kickstarter campaign for his podcast, Vox Populi.  We hit it off instantly, and worked really well together and I went on to become the project manager for season two of his podcast. 

A year or so later, I got a call from Sean that a buddy of his from his Goonies days’ needed my help with a feature length documentary about the greatest maritime disaster in American history. (Remember the Sultana) and when Sean calls, I always enthusiastically say YES.  We dove into that project together, and took it thru a successful $108K Kickstarter campaign all the way thru to distribution. I became deeply involved and ended up becoming a co-executive producer on the project, for the many hats I wore. It was also a real treat for me to be able to hand-pick our all-star voice cast, including Deadwood alum Jim Beaver, Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), and Bob Bergen (Porky Pig).

One of the things I love most about working with Sean – is that he really champions the people around him.  He is a strong leader and an incredible team player. He doesn’t rest on his laurels, he’s typically the one pulling more weight than anyone.  He elevates the strengths of those around him.  He’s not one to pull the “oh I’ve been working in hollywood longer than you, so I know best card”, in fact it’s the exact opposite.  He’ll call me up, and say, hey I don’t know much about this, what do you know?  He’s also extremely fair and a great mediator to have on any team.

You are the Queen of crowdfunding. Any tips for indie filmmakers?

Yes, take more time than you think you need for the pre-production phase. The average success story took 1-3 months prepping their campaign, planning a calendar, shooting, editing and creating additional content.  Don’t just throw up a video and expect people to find you.  It’s a full-time production. Treat it as such.

Also have a realistic goal – there’s nothing that kills interest and momentum more than a campaign who set their goal too high.  This requires being brutally honest about your team’s network and social media presence. And lastly, book a consult with me.

Any exciting projects you’re working on that you’d like to share with our readers? 

Currently, I’m laying low, socially distancing, and enjoying day trips out to secluded nature spots.
I’m also thankful for my voice over agents, who have kept the auditions coming during these strange times we’re living in.

On the horizon, check me out in supporting roles – in writer/director Robin Bain’s next two feature films. I play Dr. Dorothy Link  in The Last Exorcist  premiering this October, starring Danny Trejo; and then I play social worker Karen Lloyd in Girl Lost: A Hollywood Story, the sequel to the critically acclaimed film Girl Lost.

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