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Monday
Jul062015

Call Redialed: 54 Below That Girl/That Boy Facetime Interview with the legendary Charles Busch 

Live from 54 Below, "Call Me Adam" catches up with the legendary Charles Busch to talk about his new show That Girl/That Boy at 54 Below July 14, 16, 17, 23 at 7pm! That Girl/That Boy combines Charles' hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. Click here for tickets!

For more on Charles be sure to visit http://charlesbusch.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

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"Call Me Adam's" That Girl/That Boy 54 Below Facetime Interview with the legendary Charles Busch:

 

More on Charles:

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in QuestionRed Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Charles the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Charles received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Charles made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.

Friday
Jul032015

Call Answered: Riley Bodenstab: Life in Pieces

Riley Bodenstab at Credence Entertainment Launch Event, Photo Credit: David Edwards - DailyCeleb.com"Call Me Adam" chats with rising actor Riley Bodenstab about being on the new CBS series Life in Pieces which will be premiering this fall (starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski)! We also discuss working with Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt, starring on NBC's Days of Our Lives as "Cole Hines," FX's Justified as "Derrick Waters," starting his own production company, and just how far he's come in such a short time!

For more on Riley be sure to visit http://rileybodenstab.com and follow him on Facebook and @RileyBodenstab!

1. The next time we'll see you on TV will be in the CBS series Life in Pieces. In the trailer, you are in a scene with Breaking Bad's Betsy Brandt. How was that experience? Working on Life in Pieces was  a really rewarding experience. The entire cast was phenomenal. I am very proud to be a part of it. Betsy Brandt is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with on set. When I first met her in the make-up room, we were cracking jokes and laughing right off the bat.​ She is an incredible actress​, and I look forward ​to working with her again.​

2. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? That'​s a funny question in some ways,​ because I never really thought I could ever be an actor​. ​​B​ut a girl I had a crush on in high school (who worked with me at one of my many jobs...​haha) said she could see me on ​TV and being an actor someday. I had never acted a day in my life and thought she was actually a bit crazy but was just happy she was paying attention to me.​ I actually forgot about that until recently.

So no one really inspired me,​ per se, except maybe her putting it in the back of my head, in some ways. A​t the time I ​thought this was so far off base and that she was just being nice,​ so I didn’t think too much of it. Coincidentally, when I ​got to engineering school at S​anta C​lara U​niversity,​ I had to pick a liberal arts class,​ and the only one left was acting. I​ signed up for it only because I had to, since nothing else was available. I honestly worried if I would fail the class. I didn’t know if it was a good idea to sign up, since I had never acted and was really bad at memorizing. ​But they bumped me up a class and gave me the lead in the play. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, that I stuck to, and I’m still not really sure to this day why I did. ​B​ut I slowly fell in love with acting -​ e​specially once we put on the show, and the rush of the ​performance came over me. By the time the show was up,​ I​ was switching my majors to business and communications.

T​hat summer,​ I went to LA for a very intensive film acting program,​ and I was hooked.

Riley Bodenstab on CBS' "Life in Pieces"3. Who do you hope to get to work with both on and off-screen? Wow that's so tough, because there are so many incredible actors I would love to work with. I'​d have to say on-screen it would probably be Michael Fassbender. He is so incredibly engaged in every performance he does, and he ​captivates you like very few people can. I think my experience in gritty indie theater,​ like playing "Eric Harris" in The Columbine Project, taught me to not just be like the character - but to become the character.

Off-screen​,​ I'​d like to work with Darren Aronofsky. I have a few favorite filmmakers,​ but he is one guy who always goes after the film he wants to make the way he wants to make it, in a great way.

4. You ​were on NBC's long-running hit Soap Opera, Days of Our Lives in the recurring role of "Cole Hines" (also known as "Bad Teen #2"). What made you want to audition for Days of Our Lives? Bad Teen #2….Nice! I'​m impressed you knew that was the original episode character name for Cole...haha. Honestly,​ when you're starting out as an actor, you pretty much go in on whatever comes your way. Days Of Our ​Lives is a p​rofessional show and the characters, Marnie Saitta (the casting director), always had me read for I responded well to. Not to mention Marnie is a very supportive casting director who doesn’t make you feel like you'​re​ just a number. I owe her a lot, as she really saw something in me, and took a chance on me by trying to find something I could play. She brought me in a few times before I got a call,​ out of the blue,​ about taking on this character that had the potential to turn into something bigger.

5. I have heard that being on a Soap Opera is some of the best training an actor can get. What have you learned about the craft from being Days of Our Lives? Be ready and be prepared. It moves fast,​ so you really have to learn how to have everything ready to go and be prepared for anything.

Riley Bodenstab and Kaitlyn Dever on FX's "Justified"6. You we​re also on FX's hit show Justified as "Derrick Waters." What did​ you relate to most about "Derrick"? "Derrick" wa​s a bit of a loose canon, but had​ a big heart deep down. I think I related​ the most to his big heart. I don't act on my temper,​ or even say anything often,​ as I have a filter and a sharp analytical mind that "Derrick" didn​’t have.​ B​ut none-the-less, those elements of him are very similar to my own fiery emotions. He felt​ indestructible like many guys at that age. ​I think if I hadn’t gone through all the hard times struggling to just get by in LA when I got here,​ I'​d probably have that same false confidence about the world as well.

7. In addition to acting, you are also a filmmaker and head up the production aspect of Credence Entertainment. What do you get from film making that you do not get from acting? What is your favorite part of the creative process in making a film? I think the thing I get most out of filmmaking that I don’t get from acting is examining and engaging the​ psychology of human behavior and story telling. When you​'​r​e​ acting, your job is to become the character and bring that to life. You'​re​ very focused on finding and preparing the emotional and physical elements as an actor only. Filmmaking really lets me get behind the wheel and blend all of those elements together and drive the ship,​ if you will,​ to ​go to the places​ I​ want.

My favorite part of the creative process in making films other than acting is directing and producing.

Riley Bodenstab in "A Killer of Men"8. What's the best advice you've ever received? It doesn’t matter where you get your appetite,​ as long as you eat at home.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being an actor and filmmaker? I'​ve learned everything about myself from being an actor and a filmmaker. Ironically,​ I’ve also changed into a different person as a result of getting into acting. I've​ learned I am capable of almost ​anything.

10. What is like to be the boy from Sammamish Washington, living out his Hollywood dreams? Did you always have your sights on film/television or was there a different career path you thought you might take? It'​s surreal. It'​s almost hard to say it was my dream,​ because I never even thought i​t was an option. I always loved film,​ but it was a hobby that I couldn’t have imagined could have been my life. I thought I’​d get an engineering degree and go into business, real-estate or even architecture. But honestly,​ I was lost in general. I was already changing my major to business and communications instead of engineering after a couple weeks. I really didn’t know what I wanted. When I found acting, it kinda just fell into my lap. T​he whole thing became a dream,​ and it'​s been a very tough journey. I sacrificed a lot and though I’m finally working,​ I still have so many challenges and goals to overcome. But if anyone told me when I​ was 16 that I'​d someday be living in H​ollywood and acting on TV​, I'​d say they were crazy and ask what they were smoking...haha.

Riley Bodenstab on FX's "Justified"11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Flight. I always wanted to be a fighter pilot secretly deep down growing up. My uncle was a former Top Gun Navy fighter pilot, and as a kid I actually dreamed about that more than anything. I love to fly -​ being on planes. I took a few flying lessons growing up. The most amazing and unbelievable experience of my life was when I went skydiving for my 18th birthday. That rush was very similar to being on stage.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients are you going to put in it? I’d call it Bodes Well.​ It would have Whiskey, Lemon, Cold Ginger Kombucha Tea - ​on the Rocks.

13. Favorite way to stay in shape? Pouring cement and hauling dirt...​haha. But seriously,​ I work on my place a lot and run up in the hills.​ I built my own little cabin. I got in the best shape that way.​ I’ve kept it up doing little side projects pouring concrete steps or leveling off terraces. I also like going for runs up here in the hills and on ​hikes. I have a spot where I run to, and I can see all of LA. It reminds me how meaningless I am in the grand scheme of time and life. ​S​o that'​s my other favorite, as it'​s more than just a work out. It's​ a serene reminder of how unimportant the daily problems I give credence to really are.

14. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs all the way. :)

Wednesday
Jul012015

Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview: Tony Nominee Tony Yazbeck: 54 Sings Irving Berlin

Tony YazbeckLive from 54 Below, "Call Me Adam" chats with Tony Award Nominee Tony Yazbeck about performing in 54 Sings Irving Berlin, which celebrates the work of the American Songbook pioneer with renditions of "Alexander’s Ragtime Band," "Heat Wave," "Play a Simple Melody," "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody," and the song made famous from Berlin’s "Annie Get Your Gun," "There’s No Business Like Show Business." Click here for tickets!

In addition to Tony (who will only be at the 7pm show), 54 Sings Irving Berlin will feature the talents of Willy Falk, Molly Pope, Raissa Katona Bennett, Marissa Miller, Marissa Mulder, Eric LuJuan Summers, Madeleine Doherty, Janelle Robinson, Jennifer Sheehan, and Gabrielle Stravelli.

For more on Tony be sure to visit http://tonyyazbeck.net and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

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Call Me Adam's 54 Sings Iriving Berlin interview with Tony Nominee Tony Yazbeck:

Tuesday
Jun302015

Call Answered: 54 Below Facetime Interview: The Monkees' Micky Dolenz: A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll

Live from 54 Below, "Call Me Adam" chats with The Monkees' lead singer Micky Dolenz about his new show at 54 Below A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll, which will take place July  7, 10, & 11 at 7pm! A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll will explore Micky's  journey in both rock 'n' roll and musical theatre. Micky will perform some of The Monkees' biggest hits along with songs from his theatrical endeavors! Click here for tickets!

For more on Micky be sure to visit http://mickydolenz.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

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Call Me Adam interview with The Monkees' Micky Dolenz:

More on Micky:

Micky Dolenz is best known as the lead singer of the hugely successful rock 'n' roll band, The Monkees, which originated from the classic sixties TV show of the same name. The Monkees sold over 65 million records and has toured the U.S. (and much of the world) many times over. Micky has also starred in musicals on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours including Disney’s AIDA (Broadway), PippinHairspray (West End), GreaseA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumTom Sawyer, and more. Micky has recorded two solo albums (Remember and King For A Day) and recently appeared in the world premiere of the new play Comedy Is Hard (Ivoryton Playhouse) by four time Emmy winner Mike Reiss (The Simpsons).

Friday
Jun262015

Call Answered: Actor and Dancer Oskar Rodriguez

Oskar Rodriguez"Call Me Adam" chats with dancer and rising actor Oskar Rodriguez about his acting career, dancing with Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, and Shania Twain, as well as starting his own production company, StoliGrant Productions, with his partner Marc Cleary!

For more on Oskar follow him on Twitter and Instagram!

1. You have had quite a career already! From working with Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna, and Carrie Underwood to acting in such feature films as Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Shrek Forever After, The Muppets, and Disney’s Teen Beach Musical, to starting your own production company, StoliGrant Productions with partner Marc Cleary. What has it been like to accomplish so much at such a young age already? To be honest sometimes I have to pinch myself to understand how much I’ve been able to do in my life. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am today and believe me, nothing has come easy. At this point I have to remind myself that with hard work and dedication I can keep working and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

2. But let's go back to the beginning for a moment. You started out as a dancer in your hometown of Puerto Rico. Who or what inspired you to become a dancer? As a kid I remember sitting in front of the TV watching music videos, concerts, movies and literally closing my eyes and transporting myself to that image I had in front of me. It was almost like I could feel the lights and the screaming fans right next to me and at that very moment I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life, entertain.

Oskar Rodriguez3. How did you get to work with Ricky Martin? What did you learn from working with him? I worked with Ricky Martin when I was a young boy. I was dancing for him at the Miss Universe 2001 pageant, he was the guest artist. Even though I never got to talk to him, it was a huge honor to be so close to such an icon.

4. You left Puerto Rico and moved to LA to further your career. When did you know it was time to leave Puerto Rico? What some of the thoughts you were thinking as you were making this move? I’ve always been a very spontaneous and adventurous person. Right after graduating high school I went on to work on cruise ships and while doing that I knew it was time for something bigger. I had one goal in mind, save money to move to LA and work in Hollywood. I felt like I needed to go to the center of it all and put myself in a position where I had to challenge myself to be better. In my mind I never had a plan, I was so ready to learn, to see Hollywood, and to be in this incredible town, that I never looked back.

5. From LA you fly to NYC to audition for none other than Janet Jackson and out of hundreds of hopefuls, you got selected to go on tour with her as a dancer. What went through your head when you found out you were selected? What did Janet teach you that you hadn't known previously? Me going to NYC for the Janet audition was crazy. My friend and I went to our agency to pick up a check and our agent mentioned the audition in passing, both of us looked at each other and we bought our tickets right then and there. When we got there, it was insane, the biggest open call I have ever witnessed. After almost 12 hours on the first day and 8 or so on the callback, I came back to LA with no word from it. I had lost all hope, then on a Tuesday at exactly 11:40pm I got a call from the choreographer. My knees started shaking by just hearing his name, "Oskar are you available for Janet?," he said, "are you F***ing with me right now?" I replied. I think I blanked for a second after hanging up. I just dropped to my knees and started screaming and crying. This has been the best booking call I’ve received to date. Janet taught me ONE huge thing, practice makes perfect. Janet was in every single rehearsal. She knew what she wanted and knew exactly how every step should be done. We were not only her dancers, we were her "kids" and an extension of her as an artist. She practiced, and practiced, and practiced nonstop, always full out.

Oskar Rodriguez6. What made you want to transition into acting? What do you get from acting that you do not get from dancing? Since I made the decision to move to LA, I knew I wanted to be an actor, but the more dance jobs I got, the further away I was to acting. Acting is very different from dancing, at least in my opinion. When you dance, specifically onstage in front of thousands of people, there’s a rush like no other. Adrenaline takes the best of you and all of the sudden you’re on top of the world. With acting, studying to become a specific character is thrilling as well, but in a very different way. There’s something about being on a set, surrounded by cameras, costumes, lights, smoke, scenery, things that you may or may not have on your every day life that makes being an actor outstandingly amazing.

7. When did you decide to start your own production company? What has been the best part about this venture and what have been some of the challenges you've faced? Five years ago my partner Marc Cleary and I decided it was time for us to start our own company. The best thing about it has been able to be in charge of our own creativity and building our ideas from the ground up. On the down side, most of the challenges of doing your own thing is that if anything goes wrong it all falls on you.

Oskar Rodriguez filming a music video8. You started your production company, StoliGrant Productions with your partner Marc Clearly. What has it been like to work with him in addition to being partners? Working with Marc has been great for the most part. In the company you have two extremely creative minds that run a million miles a minute. Most of the time when we disagree on something we have to step back and see the bigger picture. After five years, we’ve been able to master these sort of things, allowing each other to work heavily on the parts of the company we know how to handle best.

9. Another career highlight was dancing for Shania Twain during her Las Vegas residency, but you left her show to concentrate on your acting. You are working for one of country music's greatest artists and something inside you says it's time to leave to pursue my acting career. What was the moment that made you make this decision? How do you tell Shania you are leaving? Dancing for Shania in Vegas was an extremely fun ride. She’s truly a country and pop diva and no one can’t take that away from her. Behind the scenes Shania was an incredible human being, laughing all the time and deeply concentrated on her work. The roar of fans at the Colosseum every other night was music to my ears and having Shania singing her greatest hits on top of that was remarkable.

Since I moved to LA almost 10 years ago I always wanted to act. I lost a couple agents and managers along the way because I could never fully commit to it. It took me a couple months in Vegas to finalize my decision but I woke up one Monday morning and it was like a switch in my head. It was time. Dancing will forever be a part of my life and I will continue doing it till I die, but for now there are other things to be accomplished. My biggest regret was never being able to tell Shania I was leaving. Shania wasn’t only my boss, she cared for us. Every night I would do partner work with her onstage, tease her, we would make each other laugh, and all of the sudden I was leaving and not allowed to tell her. So that was a bummer.

Oskar Rodriguez10. You have had such an amazing career so far, what do you feel has given you the strength to go after all these opportunities that has lead you to where you are today? I’m not gonna lie. There’s been a lot of moments when I don’t really have, nor can find the strength to keep going when I hit a rough patch. All you need to do is look back at your hard work, your accomplishments, your life and really understand that without bumps in the road, being successful wouldn’t be the same. Appreciate every moment, good or bad and you’ll be ok.

11. What have you learned about yourself from being a dancer, actor, and running your own company? That there’s no limits to what you or anyone out there can achieve. With the right mindset, love, friends and DEDICATION you can literally make anything happen.

12. What's the best advice you've ever received? My mom always told me that doesn’t matter where I go or how big I get, to never lose who I am as a person. To always have faith and love unconditionally.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would love to be able to teleport. I love traveling but not a fan of flying. So being able to close my eyes and be on the other side of the word sounds pretty cool.

14. Favorite way to stay in shape? One word. DANCE!

15. Boxers or Briefs? Definitely briefs.

Oskar RodriguezMore on Oskar:

Oskar Rodriguez has made a notable impression as a versatile actor and dancer. He started his career at an early age in his hometown in Puerto Rico. After much success as a competitive dancer he quickly turned professional, dancing with Puerto Rican idols such as Luis Fonsi and Ricky Martin. When it came time to take his career further, Oskar made the jump to LA and was immediately signed by top dance agency BLOC.

After TV episodes of Bust-A-Ritmo and Dance You’re A** Off, Oskar’s big break came from when he flew to New York to audition for his idol Janet Jackson. He was chosen out of hundreds of hopefuls and toured around with the superstar on various US promo dates.

From there, Oskar’s success sky rocketed as a dancer for when he danced behind Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and PSY while promoting his worldwide hit "Gangnam Style." Oskar also had huge success in acting as he appeared in feature films such as Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Shrek Forever After, Teen Beach Musical.

In 2010, Oskar turned his dancing skills towards choreography and direction and set up his production company StoliGrant Productions with partner Marc Cleary. Since then, the two have choreographed music videos, concerts, and promo tours for artists such as Kat Graham, Brooklyn Haley, Giulietta, Australian Idol’s Anthony Callea, and many more. Their work has also been featured on TV shows including Dancing With The Stars, Ellen, and Good Morning America. Oskar also danced behind global superstar Shania Twain during her residency in Las Vegas.

In 2014, Oskar left Shania Twain’s show to concentrate on his acting career. Shortly after that Oskar got a big opportunity as a new leading character on Hulu’s East Los High and an dance pilot called From The Top. He’s currently working on his own web series and is extremely excited to take on Hollywood.