Toddy Walters [Interview]

Hello Dear TWS Readers! Today we have an absolutely amazing interview to share with you fine folks. Today we have some amazing words from an absolutely brilliant vocalist, actress, and so much more, the amazing Toddy Walters. Right off the bat, if you are a fan of any of the work from the now legendary pop culture icons that are Trey Parker and Matt Stone… are going to want to check this out!

On August 17th, 1997, I was a 12 year old boy. I was a massive fan of the barely watched cable channel known as Comedy Central. I was one of those kids who had a “divorced Dad doing better than the Mom he lived with”, and when I was staying with Dad, I watched the shit out of Comedy Central. I watched The Daily Show with Craig Kilborne on a regular basis. I loved Bob & Margaret, Make Me Laugh, and the endless re-showings of Blazing Saddles. And I remember seeing the constant advertisements for a weirdly animated show called South Park that was coming soon. And on August 17th, I managed to find myself at my “cool aunt’s” apartment in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and falling in love with the program that we all know and love and now consider to be a bit revolutionary, a little show called South Park.

What does this have to do with our guest today? Well, she was there. Toddy was around in the very beginning, and she was invested in in the amazing beginning years of South Park. She speaks of this a bit in the amazing responses she passed along, so I will take a social cue here and just shut the fuck up right about now. So, enjoy some amazingly insightful and amazing words from the great Toddy Walters!

When did you first discover your passion for the world of music and performance? Was it a lifelong passion of yours, or did you sort of just fall into the business?

I was born an artist, and the music and television of the 1970’s really shaped me. It gave me the drive to want to definitely be a Charlie’s Angel but the musical Annie sold me on wanting to sing in front of people. Singing has always come very naturally to me, I have a melody of some kind in my head pretty literally all the time, which is a boon and a bane;) I’ve spent all of my life singing and performing in one capacity or another.

You began working with the now legendary duo of Trey Parker and Matt Stone from their initial inception, with their Troma release Cannibal: The Musical, right up through to the inception of South Park. What were those early days like? Was it strange to be involved with so much success, so quickly alongside a couple of dudes you knew from college?

Those days were crazy, life-changing and interesting. I found out about what was then called ‘Alferd Packer – The Musical’ when I went to a CU Boulder film school screening of student films, one of which was Alferd Packer. The short film was a trailer for a film (with no actual finished product) which was such a creative idea to begin with but more than that was the buzz created by this funny little trailer. The buzz was everyone wondering if it was actually a film and I decided at that point that if they were going to make a film, I was going to get myself in that film, not even knowing the story of if there were any parts for women. I had already been in a couple student films there so I wrangled an audition and the rest is cinematic history, lol.

Not long after, I was pretty helplessly in love with Trey and we were together for a few years when he moved to LA. I witnessed the meteoric rise of South Park first hand in a lot of ways just being around the two of them. I moved to LA a couple years later still in a long-distance relationship with Trey but the quick and huge success complicated things unsurprisingly and it was no longer healthy. It was hard for us to let go, but it was harder to sustain a relationship amidst all the chaos.

What I am grateful for is the work I was able to do with them which allowed me to get some exposure as an actor. However, within two years of moving to LA, I decided that I wanted to concentrate on music and that’s what I did.

Amongst the plethora of vocal and musical work you did on the South Park series and film, what would you say is your personal favorite character that you brought to life? 

I had a blast playing Kelly – Kenny’s girlfriend in the episode ‘Rainforest Shmainforest’ starring Jennifer Aniston. Kelly was the perfect nose-picking drama queen that Kenny needed, and even if it was short lived, it was true love.

My other fave was playing Winona Ryder in the movie, it was such a blast. It was fun to hear my voice when I saw the film, felt really good. I have to say I’m pretty proud that in the credits of that film, my name comes sandwiched between Nick Rhodes and Stewart Copeland which is just cool.

Besides being a brilliant vocalists and actor, I understand you have worked extensively in the world of production, including some post work on one of my favorite films of all time, The Thin Red Line. What was it like to work on a project like this? And what sort of other production work have you done in the business?

I started as a production office coordinator on the South Park movie which led to other production office gigs on animated film and the odd production assistant or wardrobe assistant gig on live action features. I spent a few weeks on the a computer game based on The Matrix 2 & 3 as a wardrobe assistant. This was when motion capture was new and I assembled hundreds of these little rubber balls covered in reflective tape that were then put on all the joints on these black leotards that the Korean martial arts team wore. I was a stunt double for tests a few times and had to put a leotard on and jump around, that was fun. They were also shooting 2nd unit for both films in the studio so I got to watch Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishbourne work out.

My last production job was on The Thin Red Line where I was a production assistant, a wardrobe assistant and a stand in for the lead actress. There were so many amazing people associated with that film obviously and it was so fun to be a part of. Word got around that I was an actress and Terrence Malick hired me to be a featured extra in a scene that was eventually cut (but I heard I’m in the perhaps fictitious ‘director’s cut’). I thought, you couldn’t just keep my 10 second close up in your 3.5 hour movie, lol? I did get to be in front of cinematographer John Toll who reminded me not to chicken neck when trying to convey emotion, lesson learned.

What can you tell us about your band, Winehouse? I understand it is definitely NOT a “cover band”, but what it is sounds fascinating to me! So with that, could you explain a bit about it to us? And what made you decide to channel the spirit of Amy?

Yes, very adamant about it being a tribute band, always correcting people! I would rather she still be alive and I wouldn’t have had to create the project but it felt like the right time and her songs are so fun to sing, not to mention she was an hysterically funny creature. I took it in a theatrical direction by playing her in earnest, I took on her accent, dressed like her, the whole nine. It married my two favorite things, singing and acting. When we first started, we would recreate her live shows at the height of her fame (2007-2008) as close as possible, setlists, line up, her banter. But it morphed into more of a stage show where I scripted it, the concept was that Amy was now in heaven and so she was able to talk about what it’s like up there, the famous celebs she hangs out with also in the 27 club, so it focuses on the humor mostly with just a little bit of heartbreak when she asks god why she had to suffer. I’ve put the wig down for the foreseeable future as it was a five year labor of love and because I feel like I realized the vision I had for the project and am ready to move on.

I’ve always thought that Denver would be a pretty good town for music, but I honestly have no idea as my experience in Colorado altogether is that of one overnight stay at an airport hotel, and walk through that crazy expensive mall. So, what is the music and arts community like around there? What do you believe sets this area apart from say, an Austin or Portland?

Denver has been booming for a few years now and so has the music scene. The most recent success story is of course, Nathaniel Rateliff. When I began making music here in Denver in the early 90s, the music scene was cool but jam band heavy so I was excited to move to LA where there would be more diversity. Now the art / music scene is infused with so many talented native and non-Colorado natives and it’s hopping with a lot of different styles and scenes. I’d say it’s different to Austin in that it’s not as much of an ‘industry’ town since it’s not known for its record labels and has very few management companies. It’s harder to break out here, but I imagine most musicians here are happy to make it a valid part of their lives even if they don’t make a living with it. As a forever unsigned artist, I don’t necessarily believe being signed equates with making superior music.

Toddy in “Stadium Anthems”

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m happy to say I have a film to plug, although at this point, there is no secure distribution. It was filmed in the summer of 2016 and is called Stadium Anthems, directed by a first-time CO based writer-director, Scott Douglas Brown. It’s a sort of surrealistic, absurdist, dramedy, mockumentary set in Denver and is about the music industry and how it’s changed so much in the last however many years. My character is Heroine Jones, the female singer-songwriter-teacher-bartender-fetish performer (what doesn’t she do?) who is the heart of the film and represents doing art for art’s sake while all around her the chaotic and laughable record label types vie to stay relevant in the post-internet age.

It was an amazing step back into the film world and I was able to not only act, but sing, write songs and be the music supervisor. All in all, twenty-something pieces of music were recorded for the film, some of which were mine and some of which were Scott’s. The film has been finalized and is just now beginning the search for distribution.

Otherwise, I’d love to make a new record someday!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

When my boyfriend bought me the live vinyl of Kate Bush’s ‘Before the Dawn’ for Christmas two years ago which is her first live set of performances in thirty five years. I cried virtually through the entire four-record set I was so happy. That’s not to say I haven’t smiled since, of course:)


Niousha Noor [Interview]

Lately, I have been hearing a lot of buzz about a program on the beloved Home Box Office (HBO, if we are to go shorthand) entitled Here and Now. And the word on the digital streets is that actress Niousha Noor is one of the biggest highlights of the series to lookout for. So it goes without saying, we are extremely happy to be able to share a few words from this amazing actress that is currently excelling brilliantly in Alan Ball’s latest project that has been getting some excellent reviews as of later.

And as it usually tends to be when we finally attempt to do something new here at TWS, we are IN LOVE! Niousha Noor has turned out to be an extremely brilliant, funny, and far too kind human being. She was nice enough to share a few words with us about Here and Now, her viral video that is #PERSIANIZE, and so much more in this incredible interview that I am to so happy to share with you fine underserving readers! Niousha has turned out to be a perfect fit for TWS. She has checked off so many boxes that make her a brilliant fit for our digital pages. She is a strong independent woman, she’s killing it on a series with a strong message, and she has worked in our beloved world of horror/comedy. Hell, should Niousha find her way into the Fallout video game world, we might have to make her Mayor!

So with that, let me stop babbling and share some pretty amazing words form the brilliant Niousha Noor! Enjoy!

When did you first discover you had a passion for the arts? Did you grow up dreaming about performance, or did you just sort of find your way into this world?

As a kid in Iran I was always involved in the world of cinema as my dad is a cinematographer. I found myself often on movie sets. Movies and arts were a big part of my childhood, but I didn’t really think about myself as an actor until later on in life.

I have heard great things about Alan Ball’s HBO series Here and Now, in which you play Donya, a crucial character in the mystery of the show. What drew you to this project? What did you then, and now, find most intriguing about the concept?

What drew me to the project was the sides I had to audition for! The role specifically wanted an Iranian women speaking Farsi. It seemed to be about a mother in search of something… in the 1970s….. There is not many roles for “Iranians” to begin with but have it be in this form shrouded in such mystery was very intriguing.

What do you believe to be the most important thing that viewers should take away from Here and Now, on a social commentary level? And specifically, your character’s involvement in that commentary?

I think just looking at the cast you’ll immediately notice that it’s a show about diversity and identity. About how we deal with that diversity not only as a tight-knit family but on a larger scale as a society and what we identify with as individuals. In a sense asking the question of who are we in the here and now? And diversity not only in terms of race and ethnicity, but also sexuality, politics, class and age. My character as part of Farid’s backstory helps him come to terms with his past and helps him find who he is.

Now, we here at Trainwreck’d Society are very big fans of the world of horror, especially horror of the more campy variety. Scrolling through your IMDb credits, I noticed a film that I have yet to see, but feel that by title alone, I would at least be a bit intrigued. it is called Oh Snap! I’m Trapped in the House with a Crazy Lunatic Serial Killer. I mean, the title pretty much spells it out, but, would you care to elaborate on this project a bit? What was it like to work in the world of horror on a project like this?

Oh wow! Ha! I have to say, I had so much fun shooting that film! There were so many of us all staying at the same house we were shooting in! Well I, (spoiler alert), did shoot my very first death scene in that movie, and I was killed by an axe! So….that was indeed horrific and fun to shoot!

I am very intrigued by a project you did, and currently working on a follow up for, entitled #PERSIANIZE. Can you tell us a bit about this? What inspired you to create this project?

Yes!! Ok so…

I love to dance, especially to persian music of the 80’s. These songs are so nostalgic for me as I grew up dancing to them in Iran. I thought of this concept of an Iranian woman crashing a dance class  in Hollywood, pretending to be their substitute teacher and basically teaching them Persian dance instead. I was able to get such a cool group of real dancers for the shoot and the result was not only so much fun, but beautiful. These songs pull the strings of most Iranian hearts as we all have so many memories with them, so to see Americans dancing Iranian and so beautifully too, I don’t know, it was touching. The video went viral mainly in the Iranian community so I believe they agreed! I’m just ready to have a different conversation about Iran! Persianize to me is about bringing forth the fun, beautiful aspects of my culture to those who don’t know it! I’m in the process of making the second video due to the high demand, so look out for it on my page!

If you were given the chance to portray any legendary figure (historical, or not) in Iranian history, who would it be?

What a great question. I would have to say Gordafarid. She is one of the heroines in the Shahnameh–Book of Kings-which is this epic literary masterpiece written by Ferdowsi centuries before Game of Thrones! Gordafarid is a female heroine, a champion. A woman who volunteers to fight against the commander of the other rival group, and she wins. She is a symbol of courage and bravery for Iranian women -or just women in general. It would be an incredible journey to play her– even if not— I would be delighted to be a part of a project that just tells the stories of Shahnameh because they are magnificent.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Well there will be more of a reveal to my character Donya in the final episodes of Here And Now. Also definitely look out for the second NuNu #Persianize video! I am also in the middle of finishing my first feature–I am really enjoying the process of creating and telling stories!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

This question did 🙂

But before this, I recently booked a trip to Europe. Once I saw the ‘Congratulations, your trip is booked!’ confirmation, I had a really big grin on my face. I love to travel.

Lin Tucci [Interview]

When did you decide you wanted to join the world of acting? Was it something you sort of fell into, or has it been a passion brewing within you for quite some time?

My passion for acting came first at an early age. I grew up in a very colorful Italian community where my uncles owned a produce market. The cast of characters were a revolving door of entrances & exits akin to a  “commedia dell ‘arte”.

I loved listening and watching their every move, and having a captive audience. That’s when I began impersonating them. Having a captive audience, the customers laughed seeing me imitate the priest whose sing song sermons had a message and moral to each story then the punch line, the girl scout leader who had a huge beehive, reciting the girl scout rules with a cigarette in her mouth and a lisp that came from her lips between each puff, the “bookie”, “who was all of 5’4”  arriving with “the numbers” in his hand. His swagger ruled the roost. 

It was then that I was bitten and I never turned back! Learning the craft became my focus. First in junior college, then continuing to Boston Conservatory of Music, graduating with a B.F.A . Drama Major/ Musical Theater Minor.

Then the world of acting opened wide.

You were without a doubt the highlight character for me in the 1995 film Showgirls, appearing as Henrietta “Mama” Bazoom, which also featured past TWS guests like Robert Davi and Rena Riffel. You were absolutely hilarious! So what was it like to work on a project like this? Was it an enjoyable shoot?

Showgirls was my first feature film. MGM, Paul Verhoeven and Joe Esterhas were enough for me to sign on. From the first day on set to the premiere, the journey was an adventure of a lifetime. The Henrietta “Mama” Bazoom character on paper was a pisser!  She was “large and in charge”, at least at the Cheetah Club. Henrietta’s “bazoom’s” were originally scripted to be revealed as a computer generated move, like Jessica Rabbit. When the contract was ready to be signed the deal was “au naturel” or nothing. I thought, “Well, as Elvis said, ‘it’s now or never’.” 

Somewhere in one of the Planet Hollywoods is a dress of Henrietta’s displayed in infamy!

TWS guest Robert Davi and Rena Riffel were all part of the Cheetah Club clan. Robert gave the grit. Rena was the temptress of titillation. Rena & I had a blast  when we were asked to put our handprints at the Vista Theater in LA as an homage to Showgirls! 

Elizabeth Berkley was “lightning in a bottle”. I love that woman. She was brave beyond imagination. Nomi was the only one who could get Henrietta’s Ta-Ta”s to HA HA !

Showgirls  has proven to be timeless.. over 20 yrs later it is regarded as a cult classic and I LOVE THAT !!!

More recently, you appeared on the hit of a show known as Orange Is The New Black. What was it like to be a part of a program like this from the beginning only to watch it blossom into the massive hit that it is ?

The Orange Is The New Black tagline is “every sentence has a story”. I never would have imagined the epic story I could tell after being in 44 episodes and I am so honored to have received two SAG Awards. Jenji Kohan, the show runner, is our “fearless leader” and she is without a doubt a genius. Jenji cast the pilot with the majority of actors who sat together at Kaufman Studios Day 1 on set, not knowing the “arc” of their character or how many  episodes they would be in. The playing field was level. Series regulars like Kate Mulgrew had star power. Even then I remember sitting next to her in the hair department. Wig’s coming in and out. “Red” had not been imagined…yet. Everything was raw and awesome in every aspect. I had never worked on a TV series, so the learning curve for me was an everyday event. In Piper Kerman’s book, Anita DeMarco was based on a real person Piper knew in prison. When I read for the role, I felt I immediately knew Anita . I became her the moment I put on my khakis and was set behind bars. I knew where Anita lived in her mind. The writing on the show is FLAWLESS! Piper Kerman gave me the greatest compliment when I first met her, she said, “Lin”, you are Anita!

When the show’s critical acclaim increased after Season 1, I knew we’d be “riding a rainbow”. The show was a hit. Now indeed it is a massive hit and I’m still in shock that I’ve been a part of it. OITNB will go down in history as a Netflix phenomenon whose voice will resonate forever.

I have to admit that I am very naïve and sadly unaware about something called, Nunsense? I notice that in your credits that you have appeared in a couple of these productions? I am definitely very curious, and would love it if you wouldn’t mind telling us a bit about this production?

My first national tour in the USA was Nunsense. My character was Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Canarsie, Brooklyn. Nunsense is a 5-character musical. Robert Anne’s character was exactly like a nun I had in school, Sister Dora. My resume reflects many productions of the show because I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED  singing & dancing as Robert. Little known fact: when I was cast in both Showgirls and OITNB, I had been doing Nunsense.

I went from being a “saint to a sinner” then a saint to a “prisoner”! Robert is a wise cracking “bob & weave” kind of gal. Talks to her students in the language they can connect to. Each character in the show reveals in their back story what their dreams were if they did not have ‘the calling”. Robert sings a song “I Just Want To Be A STAR”…’nuff said! I was lucky to be in productions with the late great Phyllis Diller and Dody Goodman and Laugh-In’s  wild & wonderful Jo Anne Worley.

Nunsense legacy lives on… AMEN!!

I am always intrigued and impressed by anyone in the acting world who has moved freely between film, television, and the stage, as you have done. And I always like to ask: If you were forced to only work in one of the mediums, what would it be? Why?

TELEVISION !! I love everything about it ! The pace and craft is a master class of thinking on your feet. I love creating the character at home, delving into  the intention the writer has written in each scene for the character, learning the lines, arriving on set ready to  meet the director for the day’s shoot.. In TV, a plethora of “mega-mind’s” constantly surround you. Each bringing their own style and vision. 

Every episode has the footprint of the writer and director. I had the privilege of being directed by Jodie Foster on OITNB, yup ,TV….Acted & directed with Laura Prepon in the same episode  on OITNB yup, TV ..Danced with RuPaul in the B’52 “Love Shack” video yup, TV ! Working with actors who move freely in all genres raises the bar when on a TV set. We share the pulse of timing in televison bringing the skills of a theater foundation. When I hear the word “ACTION” I get an adrenaline rush which is exhilarating. BRING IT !!!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I have signed on for an indie film called Megaball$, a comedy feature . It’s about geeks, the Lotto & mob. The tagline is: You never know when you’re number is up ! My character is spicey! That’s all I can say! 

The Chiller Theatre Expo asked me to do an autograph meet & greet April 27 – 29. It is in Parsippany New Jersey. Come on down if your in the hood, would love to meet you. If the spirit moves you, join me on Twitter, @lintucci, and check out my FB page, Lin Tucci, for some fun behind the scenes OITNB photos and magical red carpet moments. 

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Ron, I am smiling now ! Your questions reminded me of so many memories. Thank you for reaching out. Phyllis Diller once said ” a smile is a frown turned upside down”.

Colin Bemis [Interview]

Independent film is one of the many topics that we hold very dear to our hearts here at Trainwreck’d Society. It is by and large the best field to digitally explore in the world of art and entertainment, in this one fool’s opinion. And we have some words from a damn fine independent filmmaker today who has a debut project coming that is coming simple blow your fucking minds. His name is Colin Bemis. His film is Strawberry Flavored Plastic. And this film has already topped my list for one of the best films of 2018 thus far, and is not likely to move much further. Just a head’s up, we will be talking about the film this coming Sunday for our Matinee session. So be excited about that!

But before we get into that, how about we hear directly from the proverbial horse’s mouth, and share some amazing words from a new brilliant mind in cinema, the great Colin Bemis!

How did you find yourself in the world of filmmaking? How did you decide that this was what you wanted to do for a living?

I was lucky enough to develop my intense love of filmmaking at an absurdly tender age, so around five years old or so I was telling everybody that I was going to make films. My understanding and lucidity of what that actually meant naturally expanded as I got older, but it’s always been the one thing I’ve ever wanted to do. And so it was that that’s what I did.

I really enjoyed your film Strawberry Flavored Plastic a great deal. I thought it was truly original and obviously, warped as shit! So where did this idea come from? What inspired you to tell this tale?

Thank you so kindly for the sentiments! Really, we appreciate them immensely. The origins of the story revolved around a few main ideas that germinated into what the film eventually became. One of those ideas revolved around a real life person whom a friend of mine had worked with for many years, and the sort of lunacy and unhinged nature of this person (non-violent, might I add) whom I heard stories about sort of grabbed my attention. Coupling that with an innate desire to tell a layered, challenging and relevant tale, it all built itself into what SFP became. It’s also worth noting that I’m absolutely fascinated with the concept of nearly forcing an audience to align themselves with a questionable character; there are many positive and sympathetic facets to Noel’s character that run parallel to his darker and sociopathic side, and I really wanted to explore that and expand upon those notions.

I thought Aidan Bristow’s portrayal in this film was absolutely phenomenal. In your own mind, was Aidan’s take on the character you had written spot on with what you had already conceived in your mind? Or did he put a different spin on it?

There can never be enough said about Aidan’s contributions to the film or his standout performance. One of the most exciting elements of what we did with Noel’s character was, quite naturally, to have endlessly extensive discussions about every facet of who Noel was, where he came from, what created him and where he would go. That said, the character on the page grew, morphed and developed in enormous thanks to those discussions as well as the endless stream of ideas that Aidan brought to the table. He developed a lot of Noel’s backstory and infused not only life but the soul into Noel. Without Aidan, Noel simply wouldn’t exist.

What would you consider to be your dream project? If you were given free reign to make whatever you would like, or to jump into an sort of established series, what would you do?

Any film actually getting made is an enormous miracle to begin with, much less getting it out into the world and watching it find its audience! So I have to express my massive gratitude that SFP even came to be, with further thanks and love to our amazing cast, crew and sales reps (The Octoberists.) I’m lucky enough to have done a massive amount of writing in my leading up to my debut feature, so I’m happy to say that my dream project is going to be my sophomore feature. While I’ll always be open to reading scripts and the possibility of dabbling in established series and stories, my heart is primarily focused on bringing to life a handful of features that are already ready to go.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’m currently developing my next film, We’ve Dreamt of Demons, with an eye towards shooting it later this year. I most certainly have plans for the next two films after that, but I’m more than thrilled to maintain my focus on just this next one! That said, I’ll be doing some peripheral producing work as well throughout 2018.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

This sounds like a pre-loaded story I keep nestled away in my back pocket, but it truly occurred and happened this morning. I was walking to a little project with some SFP alumni (Marta Gac and Nicholas Urda) in NYC, and I was traveling through a long tunnel around 191st St. and Broadway. I’m prone to hyperbole but it must be close to a quarter mile long. It has this gorgeous graffiti that lines the entirety of the curved hall, and the people were scarce, and the noise low. A singing began ringing out; it was a female voice, melodic and true and touching and angelic. I couldn’t place who it was coming from; for a long while, I thought that perhaps there was a series of speakers lining the corridor. No one else was speaking. You couldn’t hear traffic and you couldn’t hear the subway; there was no noise apart from this singing. Near the exit of the tunnel, as the sunlight and the noise and the reality began to slowly filter in, I spotted the woman who had finally abandoned her song in favor of breaking into an amble to catch a bus. But for just that sliver of a moment, I was reminded of just how human we all are, how beautiful a city can be, and what a thrill it is to simply enjoy being alive. That made me smile.

Bill Holmes [Interview]

We have an exciting interview for you fine folks here today, and we are even presenting it in a whole new way! Today we are speaking with a man who is not only another voice actor from our beloved Fallout 4 (I’m sure we are sitting around a dozen featured on the site by now) and the insanely popular series we all know and love, Rick and Morty, but he has actually been dubbed The Voice Over Doctor! He is an absolute mastermind in the world of voice over work, and we are so excited to have him on the site today!

And being that he is indeed a voice over mastermind, we actually have an audio recording of him answering our questions, rather than being written out! I would love to go on and claim that this was my idea at all, but it honestly was all Bill. He is an innovator and a genius to the fullest extent of possibility. I have quickly learned that he is not just simply the man behind Edward Deegan and AJ in my beloved Fallout 4, but he is a wonderful human being with an amazing story to tell. He was so damn kind to take the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions, and give some amazing responses (sometimes even in the voice of Deegan or AJ!). And even gave a shout out to our friends over at the Fallout Wastelanders Facebook page!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy an amazing audio adventure with our newest friend, Mr. Bill Holmes!

Also if you find yourself interested in getting involved in the world of voice over acting, head on over to The Voice Over Doctor website, where you can find yourself learning from the best of the business!

Kayte Giralt [Interview]

Hey Folks! We have an absolutely wonderful interview to share with you fine folks! Today we are showcasing the work of a brilliant Atlanta-based actress and model, the wonderful  Kayte Giralt. Kayte has done lot of work on film and in print, most notably for us, she was featured in one of the greatest short “films” that Adult Swim has ever done known as “Too Many Cooks”, which was written and directed by our old friend Casper Kelly!

More recently, you could catch Kayte on a couple of episodes of the hit Netflix series Ozark, and in publications across the land. She is a delightful young woman, and just a model human being, let alone a human being who is also a model. We talk with Kayte about her work on “Too Many Cooks”, Ozark, and the Atlanta film community in general. We are so excited to share these amazing words from an amazing person. So please enjoy some words from the brilliant Kayte Giralt! 

When did you first realize that you had a passion for the world of acting and modeling? And when did you decide you want to do these gigs for a living?

I first discovered my passion for acting when I was a kid. My siblings and I would all try out for the local community theater and I did a couple plays over the years. My parents really stressed academics growing up so I never followed through with acting. It wasn’t until college that I stumbled across modeling which naturally opened that door to the acting world again. After graduating, I moved to Atlanta and decided to give it a go as a career and haven’t looked back.
When was the first time you can remember seeing your self appear either in print or on screen? What was that feeling like? Do you remember what you were doing at the time?
Print was a cool feeling the first time but it’s nothing like seeing yourself on screen. My first experience with the big screen was Ride Along with Kevin Hart where I attended the red carpet premier in Atlanta. I left that theater with so much fire in my heart for acting, knowing that I was definitely on the right career path.
I understand you are currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, which is where you have had some great work on the acting side of your career. I am always curious about scenes in areas that are off the coasts. So what is the acting world like in Atlanta? Is there a pretty solid community in the area?
It’s growing so fast that it’s hard to keep up! It’s now the norm to see the yellow set signs on the side of the road and famous actors around the city. I love the fact that the community is still relatively small compared to LA and NY, so I work with a lot of the same people on different projects. The community here is one full of great people to network, be on set, or grab a beer with.
You appeared in the ridiculously hilarious short entitled “Too Many Cooks”, which was created by our dear friend and past interviewee Casper Kelly. So what was it like to work on such a zany and ultimately brilliant project? Was it as fun to work on as it was to watch?

Ah I still get that song stuck in my head sometimes! Working on the project was an awesome experience! My favorite part of the day was figuring out how my superhero character could take a machete to the face. I always love seeing the final product of something I’ve only worked a bit of; you get to realize the final vision of the creators and how it all comes together.

And when you got to see what would become the final version of “Too Many Cooks” that would go viral and rock the world, what were your thoughts on what the world was seeing?
Now when it went viral, it was a whole other feeling. I still have people send me lyrics from the theme song over 3 years later! Some people didn’t understand the genius of it, but the overall response was extremely positive. It’s awesome to see something become a “cult favorite/classic” – I heard they even had “Too Many Cooks” Shirts selling in stores! So naturally, I bought one.
Recently you appeared on the smash hit Netflix Original series Ozark. I’m always curious about what set life is like on a project that is actually littered with some pretty gritty content. So how was the shooting experience like for you on Ozark? Was there a lot of effort to lighten the mood a bit?
Ozark was a GREAT show to shoot on, I’m so thankful for the experience to work with someone like Jason Bateman and the rest of the crew. It was my first speaking role on a TV show so I was nervous but the set was very relaxed yet professional. I felt it was a pretty quiet set in order to keep the mood where it needed to be, but I think my joke about strippers “making a living” helped to lighten it up a bit.
What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to tell our readers about?
Right now, I’m focused on acting, just trying to stay busy with constantly learning and reading, while waiting for the next audition to come along. I did get to work with the talented Casper Kelly and Dave Willis last year and can’t wait to see the final product when it comes out later this year! I’ll keep y’all posted 🙂
What was the last thing that made you smile?
My life makes me smile on the daily; however, getting asked to do this interview definitely put a massive smile on my face. Thank you!!

Charles Shaughnessy [Interview]

Today we have some words from an absolute legend in the world of acting. Charles Shaughnessy has been a master of the world of theatre, cinema, television, voice over acting….basically any avenue of performance that exists, Charles has mastered it. Some of you may remember him as Maxwell Sheffield on the seminal classic sitcom The Nanny. Or maybe his 8 year run on Days of Our Lives during the heyday of Soaps. Or just because he is EVERYWHERE! As he very well should be!

We were fortunate enough to be able to learn a lot more about this amazing man, and we are so happy that he was willing to tell us a bit more about himself. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant Charles Shaughnessy!

When did you first realize you wanted to join the world of acting? Did you grow up with a desire to perform, or did you just somehow find your way into this life?

It was, first of all, the “family business.” My mother had been an actress when I was very young ( it took a very back seat to bringing up my brother and me,) and my Dad was a screenwriter and playwright.  My personal epiphany happened when I was about five and despite being by far the best “reader-out-loud” in my class was passed over for the role of Peter Rabbit in our first ever school play. I was overwhelmed at first by green-eyed jealousy of my friend Peter Robinson who was Peter, closely followed by the thunderous self-awareness that this REALLY MATTERED! I went on to “star” in just about every school play from that moment on playing roles like Prospero, Richard III, Willy Loman and Lawrence of Arabia : all before I had turned 17!

You’ve been appearing on scattered runs on the legendary Soap Opera, Days of Our Lives, for over 30 years, including a run that ended in February of last year. What is it like to revisit that world, that character after years pass? Is it any easy transition to make your way back into that world?

My first eight years on DOOL were synonymous with the beginning of my life in America so it was a profound experience. I spent as much time with my DOOL “family” as I did at home with my wife, Susan. It was during the Golden Age of SOAPS in the 80’s, so the money and celebrity took some getting used to! But we had so much fun! Going back to the show every now and then has been very easy and fun: like going back to visit your old school only all your friends are still there! The work is faster and requires a lot more serious concentration and focus now, but the skills and MO are still the same.

We have spoken to a lot of folks who were involved with “TV families”, either as a parent or a child. You famously portrayed one of my most favorite TV Dads of the 90’s, in The Nanny. So, what was it like to work on a show of that nature, and literally watch your “family” grow around you? Do you feel a bond when you are working in a setting like this?

I have always felt slightly paternal to “the kids” and can’t help but feel a bit proud of the way they have all turned out ( not that I had anything to do with that!) I had a very visceral and upsetting reaction, in fact, to seeing Madeleine Zima’s wonderful performance in the pilot episode of “ Californication” where she was stark naked on top of David Duchovny! I had this sudden and irrational urge to go and beat the shit out of him!

One area of performance that you have seemed to flourish in quite a bit is the world of voice overs. You have appeared in some of pretty great stuff! How do you enjoy this line of work? Is the “showing up in pajamas” stereotype a real thing?

Sadly, I don’t get to do as much in that field as I would like. It really is wonderful to not have to worry about make-up or looking neat and tidy – and it so much fun. There is something very liberating about being just you and a microphone in a little booth: free of your own physicality, you are only limited in terms of characterization by your own imagination! It can also be very well-paid: two or three nice national advertising campaigns can make life VERY comfortable for a while!

You received an Emmy for your work on the animated project Stanley, and we always like to ask our statue holding friends one simple question: Where do you keep your Emmy/ And does its location have any sort of significance?

No where particular actually. Maybe there’s a bit of inverse “showing off” in that. It’s actually rather cool when someone admires it to say : “ Mmm? What? Oh, that old thing. Yes, can’t even remember what I got that one for actually” 🙂

As a veteran of so many different mediums, from stage to television to film, voice overs, etc. What would you say is your favorite medium to work in? As in, if you were for some reason only allowed to perform in one of them for the remainder of your career, what would it be?

Even though it is considerably harder work in many ways, I would have to say the stage. It is the excitement of live performance and playing off an audience that got me started in this and I would miss the adrenaline and challenge of that. But then it’s hard to make a living at it. That was the great thing about The Nanny: I could make a ton of money during the season and then go off and do theatre in the summer. In fact, when I worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, after renting a house there and flying my family out etc. it ended up costing me about five grand!!

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

In this business you’re not working until you are! Right now I have just finished a couple of episodes of a FOX TV show called Ghosted with Adam Scott and Craig Robinson and in July I will be appearing in  42nd. Street in Scottsdale, AZ. By this time next week I might be the star of a new TV show or in a big, blockbuster movie, but then again……I might not!

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Last night – Our dog slowly inching up the bed from her place at the bottom until she’s literally sleeping between Susan and me with her head on the pillow: she is completely unaware that she’s a dog and thinks this is one of those modern  “menage a trois” arrangements!!