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POP INTERVIEW: Allison Volk Breaks Free of “The Lone Ranger”

Allison Volk starred in Johnny Depp’s Disney summer film, The Lone Ranger. What’s next? Remodeling chairs, Shakespeare and more acting…

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Allison Volk starred in Johnny Depp’s Disney summer film, The Lone Ranger. What’s next? Remodeling chairs, Shakespeare and more acting…

Allison Volk

What was your whole experience like filming “The Lone Ranger?”
Honestly, the experience kind of blew my mind. I’d never worked on such an enormous project before, and the level of organization and coordination just astounded me. Also the level of professionalism. The production flew me to Albuquerque, NM, where I stayed for a week, and every morning a van would pick me up outside the hotel around 5:30 am to drive me and the other actors about an hour into the desert where they were filming. It was dusty, it was hot, and it was so exciting. Everyone knew exactly where they needed to be and when. I really got the impression that the actors are the last piece to fit into the puzzle. It was so fun.

It’s cute how the director, Gore Verbinski, called you “too much of a babe.” So! On that route, would you ever go for a role based on you being a babe, not utilizing your drama training whatsoever? What sexy or bimbo roles would you love to have?
I guess it depends on the project. There’s no way I’d turn down the chance to be a Bond girl! But that said, the reason I started creating and producing my own work was because I kept being called in for the stripper/slutty girlfriend roles and I was getting sick of it. I think a sexy bimbo role here or there never hurt anyone, but it’s also important to be aware of what it is. If Gore Verbinkski asked me to be a bimbo in Pirates 5 I’d probably do it.

Right now, you are taking on “Othello.” Are you afraid of people comparing your work to other films and stage productions?
No way, not at all. Mostly because I’m playing Iago – a role traditionally played by a man. I guess I’m lucky in that way because I get to create the role, so to speak, since I’m a woman. It’s really interesting to me how much the meaning of the text changes when looked at through a woman’s eyes. There’s also so much sexual tension to play with, and questions like, “why does Iago do what she does? Is she in love with Othello?” Those questions don’t exist so much when it’s played by a man, there are a whole different set of questions.

What is your favorite modern-old story retelling in film based on Jane Austen, Shakespeare and old works? Or do you dislike when people produce films like “Bridget Jones?”
I love Jane Austen and I’ve read a lot of her work. I’ll never forget when I picked up ‘Emma’ a few years ago, and as I was reading, I thought, “oh my God. This is ‘Clueless!’” Because of that experience, I think I’d have to say that “Clueless” is one of my favorite modern adaptations. It says something about the quality of the filmmaking that it influenced an entire generation of kids with a Jane Austen plot and they didn’t even know it! I just love that and I’m definitely interested in creating my own modern-day adaptation of a classic work.

When you wrote and starred in the short, “Last Ditch Therapy,” how do you promote it differently due to the length? What is the process in 2013 for getting a short film out there and encouraging people to see it and buy it?
When we worked on “Last Ditch,” my business partner at the time and I thought of it as an exercise in film making. It was the first film either of us had produced, so we were kind of learning as we went along. In my experience, there really isn’t much of a market for shorts. You kind of have to think of them as something fun that will be submitted to film festivals and hopefully screened there – and of course, some do go on to get nominated for Oscars and the filmmakers go on to be quite successful – but in our entertainment world, the public is really hungry for features.

I love movies, but I’m not at all familiar with most short films. What should I check out?
Haha that’s a great question that even I would like to know the answer to! One of my favorites is “Porcelain Unicorn” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRMcPJrWm-g) and I just saw a great one the other day that I think is actually a commercial (http://gawker.com/this-three-minute-commercial-puts-full-length-hollywood-1309506149).

Allison Volk

Do you believe in fate or do we make our own choices in becoming successful? What is your experience as an actress?
I believe in a combination of both, and there’s something to be said for the power of intention. My intention is to be prolific in the creation of artistic work and also to be well-known in my field. From that intention comes all of my actions, and when I do something that isn’t in alignment with my intention, I can tell immediately. I guess I’m not too sure about the role of fate… are we pre-destined to do what we do? I don’t know about that for sure, but I do know when something feels right to me and when something feels off.

It’s interesting how you started a side business of remodeling old furniture so randomly. What is the theme of your pieces? Is it all tables or will you ever do lamps, couches and more? Clothing?
Oh yes! Haha. I’m amazed that you found out about it. I had a free weekend a while back and picked up this junky old table, which I sanded down and refinished in my living room on a whim. I did try to sell the table, but as it turns out, I kind of like it a lot and decided to keep it! I can’t say that I won’t revisit Adorablie (that’s the name of the company) in the future, but for now it’s on the back burner.

What are your other secret hobbies you are thinking about turning into businesses?
I’m really into blogging, and I started a business called The Blog Babe about a year ago. I write blog posts for small businesses and coaching practices, and it’s a great fit for my lifestyle since I travel so much. Social media is something I’m learning a lot about right now and it’s really interesting me how easily the world is connected through the internet. I’m enrolled in two courses right now all about online marketing because it’s so much fun to me.

You were already in a Johnny Depp movie. Of any big actor, whose film would you love to be in next?
Easy! Patrick Stewart is someone I’m really interested in at the moment. I saw him play “Macbeth” in a 2006 film version that just blew my mind. Since I’m preparing to play Lady Macbeth in a film version in 2014, I would just love to get to work with him. He has such a mastery of Shakespearean language that I really admire.

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Chatting With Charo: The “Hair” Edition

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Brace yourself! There is a lot you don’t know about Charo’s hair! Listen, learn – and laugh your ass off – all along the way!

I got to visit Charo at her home just a week ago (I’ve known her wonderful family for many years) and we started out chatting about food (which explains all the tapas on the table!) But not so shockingly, we got sidetracked! This conversation about her hair had me laughing until I was crying!

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Lizzo Is An Icon In The Making – And Here’s Why

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Mirror, mirror on the wall don’t say it ‘cause we know Lizzo cute. And by cute I mean extremely talented, gorgeous and totally inspiring!

A few months ago I was watching The Ellen Degeneres Show when I witnessed one of the most fun, exciting and awe-inspiring performances I’ve ever seen. Lizzo popped onto the screen in a sparkly, pink getup and began singing what would become her big hit song, “Juice,” – I was immediately hooked (more like obsessed). During this performance she also jammed out on her flute alongside her plus-sized backup dancers and suddenly I knew I had been changed forever. I did some more research on the rapper/singer and found out I had been sleeping on this gem! Lizzo has been doing bad all by her damn self for years, having already released two albums in the past. I am suddenly mad at every single person who neglected to tell me to jump on the Lizzo train sooner! If you’re like me and need a bit of catch up, I’m going to break down exactly why you need to know this icon in the making.

You can throw a stone in any direction and hit a triple threat nowadays. Lizzo’s brings talents we have yet to see in the mainstream music industry.

If singing, rapping and dancing make Lizzo a triple threat, what does flute playing making her?!? A STAR THAT’S WHAT! Lizzo has displayed her abilities as a talented flautist, which is not an instrument you would necessarily think of in conjunction with the rap genre making this talent all the more extraordinary. Lizzo even used her flauting skills to compete (and defeat IMO) with Ron Burgundy. Not Will Ferrell, but Ron Burgundy.

Oh, and she can also twerk while playing the flute. 

As if playing the flute wasn’t impressive enough, Lizzo can also twerk while playing. I really hope some high school kid is deciding to take band just so he/she can flutwerk their way around campus like their fav flautist, Lizzo.

Lizzo uses her platform to inspire and raise up everyone around her.

Lizzo uses her voice for more than just creating fire music, ya know. She uses her platform to defend the belief that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Her Twitter is filled with positivity and strong messages about acceptance.

 

Uhm…she’s straight up gorgeous. 

We cant forget to mention that Lizzo is a straight up beauty queen. She is known to switch up her look but I’ve never seen a bad pic of this queen. To solidify my point, she is now officially the first, plus sized black woman to be featured in Playboy magazine!

Credit: Playboy.com

Move over Avenger’s, Lizzo has been in a comic book too!

Ok indulge the nerd in me on this one…Lizzo was even featured in a comic book!!! That’s right, she has become so influential that even Marvel comics wanted a piece of the Lizzo-pie. Check out this shout-out in Unstoppable Wasp #4!

 

So now that you have become as obsessed as I have, you are probably wondering how you can get even more Lizzo in your life. Well lucky for you, her new album dropped TODAY! Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, is available anywhere you listen to music and let me tell you, YOU WILL LOVE IT. The album is varied and showcases all of Lizzo’s incredible range with some songs being upbeat and funky, and others being slowed down and heart wrenching. For a taste of what to expect, click below to listen to the title track of the album. If the new album still doesn’t satisfy the hunger for more Lizzo, she’s also on tour! You can click here for more info on tour dates.

Oh Lizzo…you are most definitely 100% that bitch.  

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Cher Slapped, Sang And Lip-Synched Her Way Through Her ‘Tonight Show’ Takeover

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If I could turn back time, I would watch Cher take over The Tonight Show again and again.

Give me a rapid vibrato and a strong hair flip and I am just about the happiest man on earth. There isn’t much the iconic Cher can’t do as proven by her lengthy career as an actress, singer and now broadway producer, so it was no surprise when she became one of The Tonight Show‘s most memorable guests in history last night. Cher wasted no time diving into the fun, giving host, Jimmy Fallon, a helping hand with his opening monologue. And by helping hand I mean she slapped him…not once but twice! I am now twice as jealous of Jimmy Fallon. The slap was of course a recreation of Cher’s legendary slap from her Oscar-award winning role in Moonstruck. All these years later and it is still a very effective way of shutting people up.

The Cher-takeover didn’t stop there! Cher hit the couch to answer some burning questions that fans (me) wanted to know about life as a living legend. During her chat she opened up about how painfully shy she was and is despite growing up in show business. She revealed that she was actually so afraid to sing in intimate settings that she lied about disliking “I Got You Babe” when Sonny Bono first introduced it to her just so she wouldn’t have to sing on the spot. It’s hard to imagine the showgirl being so shy but she confirmed that “it was really terrible, I was so shy.” During the chat Cher also confessed that she’s never actually heard a good impression of her! Even though she has to be one of the most impersonated celebrities of all time, she said she struggles to find any inkling of herself in all of the weird facial expressions and “bullish*t”!!! God I love her. The hour then segued to Cher’s new, autobiographical, hit Broadway musical The Cher Show which prompted a performance of “I Got You Babe” by the musical’s Sonny and young Cher, Jarrod Spector and Micaela Diamond. The audience nearly fell out and I audibly gasped when Cher herself joined Spector to finish the performance.

Of course a Tonight Show takeover would not be complete without a little lip-sync battle. This lip-sync battle was different than any other, however, as both Cher and Jimmy lip-synched to drunk bar patron renditions of Cher’s “Believe.” That’s right, Jimmy sent a camera crew to a karaoke bar at 1am and filmed their takes on the classic hit and used those vocals as the source of the lip-sync! Everything about this is hilarious!

The hour seemed to fly by and things only got more exciting as Jimmy brought the three leads from The Cher Show to the couch. Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond cozied up next to Cher and gushed about what an incredible experience it has been working with such an icon. All four ladies closed the hour with an incredibly performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time” and how I wish I could just to be able to relive this hour over and over! I do believe this hour will go down in books as one of the best Tonight Show moments in history.

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