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POP INTERVIEW: HBO “Treme” Star Jay Huguley on an Actor’s Passion

Check out Nicole Russin’s interview with the multi-dimensional, multi-talented Jay Huguley!

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You might have seen him on your favorite Lifetime chick drama Army Wives and recurring guest roles on shows like Nashville, Drop Dead Diva, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. Now, Huguley can be seen on the HBO hit Treme, filming on location in New Orleans. He e-mailed about the show, his career and what you don’t get to know from watching him on TV – an actor’s life is more than the 30 minute glimpse but a long life of hard work.

Out of your mixture of television work, which has been your favorite genre to work in and why? You did a CW teen drama, guest role on MadTV, etc. Very versatile!
For me its always about the character. If the character is interesting and multidimensional and really has some kind of inner life, then I’m happy. I find that I don’t think in terms of genre – and maybe that has something to do with why I’ve been lucky enough to work in so many different kinds of projects. If I can make the character a real person with a real life and a history, then it doesn’t matter if it’s on a half-hour comedy or a one-hour drama.

Women often talk about the challenges they face in finding worthwhile roles, avoiding being seen as objects and competing against stereotypes. What about men in Hollywood? What problems do you face in seeking quality work, earning equality among your peers or bringing something extra to your job?
Im so glad you are asking me that. Women get asked that all the time and I always think that it’s a question that men never hear. The parts definitely get more interesting for me as I get older. I’m never asked to just be “the boyfriend” anymore, and there is a huge relief that comes with that. It should be exactly the same with women. Women get more and more interesting, and beautiful, as they get older. I mean let’s face it, Diane Lane was always a really pretty girl, but now she is a drop dead gorgeous, interesting, sexy woman and she is one on a long list. Hollywood looks differently at men in their 40s than they do women in their 40s and I don’t know why that is, because there are a lot of great actresses that we should be seeing more of. We’ll see what happens when I get into my 50s, if it starts to shift, but I can’t complain now.

When you guest star on a show, it is like a first holiday meal with a tightly knit family you know next to nothing about. What do you do when you play a new character on a program so you fit in well not only with the cast offscreen but as a strong actor on screen?
You really need to grab the reigns and make some strong choices. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but it still can be awkward. You have to claim your space right away. Every set is different and you can usually tell a lot in the first five minutes. I have a friend who says, “Some sets are like a big, crazy, dysfunctional family waiting for someone to show up and be the sane one.” I think that’s true.

You cannot be luckier than working on a well written HBO program. Treme is no exception. Please talk about your role on the show, experiences, life offscreen, etc.!
When I got the call that I had gotten the job on “Treme,” it was like winning the lottery. The show’s creator is David Simon and I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. Like a lot of people, I worship ‘The Wire.” I play Will Branson, a real estate developer who is trying to capitalize on the money coming back into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Like a lot of David Simon’s characters, we don’t know what we are supposed to think of him. He seems like a good guy, and sometimes he doesn’t. “Treme” was the best set I’ve ever been on. When everyone is that talented and smart and committed to telling a good story, it’s incredibly relaxing for an actor. Everyone feels like a collaborator. The show is all shot on location in New Orleans with the best directors and actors and musicians. They have spoiled me for everything else. The only downside is the 10 pounds you gain eating at all of those great restaurants. When I finished the season, there were seriously pants that I could not button.

Who has been your favorite co-star? Onscreen? Offscreen? Why?
I just worked with Michael Fassbender on a movie that is coming out next year. I love the way he works. He’s totally focused and like a great athlete with his head in the game. I’m not an actor who likes to talk in between takes, and Michael is like a boxer who goes right back to his corner when they say cut. There is a strange freedom in that, to know the guy you’re working with cares that much about getting the scene right. I love that. I did a TV series a few years ago called “Brothers & Sisters” and worked a lot with Calista Flockhart. I learned so much from watching her, on set and off. She is maybe the most open, available actor I’ve ever worked with. She seems to take all of the preciousness out of acting and she has the best instincts. I would love to work with her again.

What is your personal story?
I think there are all kinds of actors. I did my first play in college, “The Glass Menagerie,” the great Tennessee Williams drama. I remember walking home one night after a performance and thinking that acting was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It scared me to death. How am I going to make a living? It’s a very unusual life you sign on for as an actor. You have to be bold and fearless and patient and resilient. My goal from the very beginning was always to get better and better, and to play interesting parts. I think I will have the same goal when I’m 90.

I’ve been really lucky in my career, but the thing I valued most was getting to study with the great Milton Katslelas. He changed the way I saw the world. He had great respect for art and for artists, in a way that I hadn’t seen before.The first time I did a scene for him in acting class, he said “You’re good, but there’s one thing we really take care of. Theres a bit of an apology in your work. I can sense it.” I looked him right in the eye and without really knowing what I was saying, said “I’m so sorry.” He burst out laughing and so did the class. But we were off on our journey. Milton believed an actor should be what he called an “Artistic Killer.” By that he meant someone who finishes what they start, who leaves no stone unturned, focused and hard-working and never takes “no” for an answer. By the time I came to study with him, he had worked with George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gene Hackman, Gena Rowlands, Bette Davis, Alec Baldwin — all a lot of actors that I admire. To this day, every time I walk onto a set, I have his voice in my head saying “Nothing is impossible. Nothing is out of the question.”

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Amber Riley Performs Beautiful Tribute To Naya Rivera On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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RIP.

Whenever Amber Riley and Naya Rivera combined their insurmountable talents on the hit show Glee there was an almost tangible magic that left fans in awe of the powerhouse duo. Playing Mercedes Jones and Santana Lopez respectively, the two characters may not have always seen eye to eye but when they joined you knew you were in for a memorable performance. It is sad to think that we will never get another “River Deep, Mountain High” or “The Boy Is Mine” moment after Rivera’s passing last month but there is something special in knowing Riley will carry the torch for her fallen costar forever.

On Thursday night introduced by guest-host Lil Rel, Riley virtually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  to perform a new song from her EP entitled “A Moment” which was dedicated to Rivera. “Not too long ago we both lost a really amazing friend in a tragic accident and we both will miss her forever,” said Lil Rel. The performance is displayed in black and white and features Riley singing in front of a montage of photos of her former co-star. It is truly stunning.

Check out the tribute below.

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You Will Have Hearts In Your Eyes When You See Cardi B’s New Hair Do

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Wait till you see her WAP (Wonderfully Artistic Pigtails)

Cardi B has never shied away from a bold look and her latest hair do is proof of that.

The 27-year-old “WAP” singer…song of the year IMO…took to Instagram Tuesday night to show off her pink, heart-shaped pigtails and people are loving the look. In the short video Cardi asks fans if they would “go to the club with your hair like this” and I think we can all agree that this look would definitely turn heads at the clurb.

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The artistic hair do was crafted by Cardi’s long time longtime stylist Tokyo Stylez and took at least three hours to complete. Fans commented about how beautiful the unique hairstyle is but questioned how the rapper was going to sleep that night. Let’s hope those pigtails can be twisted off and be thrown on the nightstand.

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Check It Out, Joe Jonas Has Shocked His Fans With His New Look

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I’m a sucker for his new do.

It doesn’t matter if you are more of a “Nick” or a “Kevin” or a “Joe” when it comes to loving the Jonas Brothers. All that matters is that you all agree with me that Joe is obviously the most attractive of the three brothers and that’s just a fact. I’m sorry but I don’t make the rules.

The 31-year old stunned fans today earlier today when he debuted a shocking new look on his Instagram. Sporting a black t-shirt and those signature dark, furry-Murray eyebrows, Joe flashed his new platinum blond buzzcut. I know I might be in the minority here but I do love when these Hollywood hotties switch it up and do the blond thing. I loved it on Adam Levine. I loved it on Zac Efron. I even found myself oddly drawn to the OG platinum stud, James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from Friends.

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Perhaps the new do is a part of Joe’s daddy-makeover as he and his wife, Sophie Turner, recently welcomed their first child, Willa. A source told ET “Sophie and Joe have named their daughter Willa. The couple’s bond has gotten even stronger since the addition of their daughter. Although circumstances are different right now because of the [coronavirus] pandemic, Joe was there for the birth of his daughter. The couple is happy they now have time to spend at home with their daughter and get used to their new life together.”

Be still my heart.

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