Sunday, August 31, 2014

Midnight Maneuvers

You make me wanna call you in the middle of the night. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Interview: Taylor LaShae

There is always that 'one in a million' and the spotlight is on Taylor LaShae, actress, model and iconic fashionista. You may have browsed her Tumblr blog, scoured through her Instagram photographs, and seen her in the Malibu Rum commercial or the US television series, Boardwalk Empire. According to her Backstage profile, this gun savvy New Yorker loves animals, musical instruments, various sports and can switch to a British or southern accent on whim. Her multiplying list of talents don't end there, success itself seems to have hitched a ride in her pocket…

You have a great camera presence; do you ever feel nervous before shooting?
You know, I have never really felt nervous before shooting. I always found it really fun. I grew up this way… My family was always filming and putting cameras in my face. I just wanted to give them something watch later.

What was your favourite shoot?
That is a very hard question. I have been to so many amazing productions and met so many great people but my very first feature film is hands down my favorite. It’s personal to me and was such a great learning experience. It is still in post-production but once it’s out... I’ll let you know ;)
Shout out to the director Luke LuCurcio who believed in me from the get go and for making me his muse and putting me in all his movies! Always a favorite when working with people you look up to!

You've had a lot of experience on sets, what was the most outrageous instance?
Boardwalk Empire has had its most outrageous times! I was sitting in the Onyx Club getting my makeup touched up before a scene and Steve Buscemi turns around and takes a photo of me with his phone. So, of course I stick my tongue out at him and he flips back around almost embarrassed that he was caught. It sort of made my night LOL.

Can you tell us about your experience on Boardwalk Empire?
Oh, absolutely! The crew, the people, not to mention the ridiculously amazing clothing, tedious perfections to detail – the set is absolutely remarkable! Everything was amazing, perfection like I have never seen it.

And the clothing, that must have been exciting with all the extravagance?
I wore an actual handcrafted, perfectly stored gold and champagne color beaded dress from the 20’s with tassels in the front and back. It was gorgeous! I overheard the fitting ladies in the back say it was over $100,000. I almost died.

What are your trusty clothing items?
Crop top and jeans, mini backpack and some boots. All day every day.

How would you describe your style?
All over the place at the moment. Some days I find myself really preppy and the next… total grunge rocker to french girl from the 60’s. I have no choice... my arrangement of clothing is nowhere near being organized.

Who is your icon?
Anna Karina, hands down. I love love her ‘being’ - I definitely look up to her in the style department in films.

And your celebrity crush?
Kit Harrington because well, he’s great.

What are your favourite things to do on a day off in NYC?
I have no days off! The days I am free I am signing up for kickboxing classes, ballet, zumba, fencing, what have you! I am experiencing the way life should be experienced. Learning new things and mastering them… for fun’s sake.

What's on your playlist at the moment?
Tame Impala
The Antlers
Patsy Cline
Jesus Mary Chain
Mazzy Star
Ray Price
Ricky Nelson
Holy Drug Couple
Chet Baker


If you could travel back in time what era would you choose?
I know this sounds super strange being that I feel I am an old soul, I wouldn’t travel back in time. I like now. People 100 years from now will kill to come back to this era! It will be right before some huge change in the world, government, weather or food. I like it right here. But, if you are getting all sic-fi with me I would like to travel 500 years in the future. I would love to see what the iPhone looks like then ;)

What do people not know about you?
A lot of people don’t know I have a scar on my stomach from a ruptured appendicitis gone wrong. After the operation (when I was 6 years old) the doctors left a utensil in me and I supposedly died and was brought back to life in an emergency surgery leaving me with a nasty scar. Bikinis were my worst enemy for a long time.

What is your greatest fear?
The ocean! I have the biggest phobia of what lies beneath. You would never catch me scuba diving or even snorkeling - gives me chills even thinking about it. Unless it was for a film... then I would suck it up and try not to die.

If you died and came back, what do you think you would be?
If I came back I would become an Astrophysicist. I absolutely am marveled by the thoughts of space and the unknown. Hey, I can dream!

What trait do you like best about yourself?
I am ungodly determined. If I wasn’t so cut-throat with determination I don’t know where I would be today. I learned it from my mama. Never ever give up even when people say you can’t do it. It only fuels my fire.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My metabolism.

What projects are currently keeping you busy?
I have a short film and a TV pilot I am shooting in the fall. Right now, I am studying and taking all sorts of classes to get in shape and keep my eyes on the prize.


You seem to absorb all that life has to offer, do you have a motto that drives you?
My grandfather always used to tell me, “Boys are loud and tough and girls are soft and sweet,” and my other grandfather would tell me, “Tequila time,” - I find myself somewhere in the middle.

And I'm dying to know, how did the love story behind Taylor LaShae & Zachary Chick come to be?
We met in a Dream. Literally… the hotel in NYC. He invited me to tea. I went. Inseparable ever since.

Check out my interview with Taylor LaShae on Assembly Radio.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Scarlett & Rhett

Classic Film Sunday

It's the last day of the weekend and it's time to uncover some of those great film classics. Maybe sift through your grandparent's collections or click a few times and you'll find it in your downloads file. Why not spend the afternoon relaxing with popcorn and a classic-movie marathon...

Indulge yourself in the romance of the swarthy Rhett Butler and passionate Scarlett O'Hara  in Gone with the Wind. The old fashioned ideas of how men and women should behave will make you wish you could travel back to the 1800s.

Keeping you constantly intrigued, All About Eve follows a group of 1950s theatre stars and directors who take a deceptively innocent actress under their wings. Her tragic story captivates them and sucks us into a tale of deceit and ambition with a few comedic twists along the way.

An Audrey Hepburn film is always a must, and if you've already seen Breakfast at Tiffany's; another one to try is Two for the Road. A comedy about wealth, love and wanderlust. We see where their journey begins and follow them throughout.

With high speed car chases, constantly ringing telephones and excessive amounts of cigarette smoke, His Girl Friday plants you right in the action. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel take on the roles of two witty 1950s journalists and show you what it's all about.

Overflowing with 1960s British culture, fashion, An Education shows us the life Jenny Mellor, who plans to graduate and attend Oxford University. She is sidetracked by first love when she meets an older man and is whirled into an exciting world of charm, money and parties. 

Fred Astaire

"Well, of course I miss you baby
I've been thinking lately
That you don't need me anymore
You'd be better with Fred Astaire
He could take you anywhere
If you ask him to" 
- 'Fred Astaire' by San Sisco 

With his infectious cheeky smile, a schoolboy-like wit and flashy tap dancing moves, Fred Astaire was born to be a film legend. It's no wonder the Australian indie-pop band, San Sisco wrote a song about him. In a Variety Review of 1933 he was noted for his performance in Flying down to Rio, "He's assuredly a bet after this one, for he's distinctly likable on the screen, the mike is kind to his voice and as a dancer he remains in a class by himself."

Born in 1899, his first birthday was the dawn of a new century. By the age of seven Astaire and his sister had their own act and were already earning a salary when they hit their teens.

After his sister married a British aristocrat, he teamed up with the charismatic and enchanting Ginger Rogers. This was the beginning of a pair made in silver-screen heaven during which they filmed 10 movies. Life saw him through two marriages both to women who had never seen him perform this was until his death in 1987 when he was buried in the same cemetery as Ginger Rogers. He was also known for his dapper take on fashion which became his trademark, "People think I was born in top hat and tails."

Interesting trivia
  • The evaluation of Astaire's first screen test: "Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little."
  • His legs were insured for one million dollars.
  • He was voted the 19th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.