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Jonathan Sadowski on Season 3 of ‘Young & Hungry’

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“As a kid, I had a bunch of hobbies and I was always entertaining in one way or another,” actor Jonathan Sadowski tells me as he thinks back on his life before he got into the crazy world of comedy and showbiz. “My brothers and I would play a game called ‘make me laugh’ where we’d perform sketches for each other and whoever laughed had to perform the next sketch. We would play this game for hours at a time.”
In school, Sadowski spent his time playing the piano and performing magic tricks for the annual talent show. On weekends, he would work a booth at his local flea market with his dad where, at just 8 or 9 years old, he would haggle with the customers, putting on a character of his own. Still, it wasn’t until a school trip with his fine arts club to see a performance of Phantom of the Opera at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago that Sadowski realized this performance bug wasn’t going away anytime soon.
“My first audition was for the movie The Perfect Score, which, funny enough, my buddy Leo Nam wound up getting the role I auditioned for. I was pretty nervous. Honestly, it all went by so quickly in the room. I was a little intimidated by the whole process,” he says. “But, like anything else, the more I auditioned, the more I got comfortable. Auditioning is a skill set in its own.”
After nabbing roles on fan-favorites such as American Dreams, Entourage, and She’s The Man, Jonathan found the script he’d been waiting for. “Aside from being really funny, the script was well written and it had a very clear story. I wanted to see where the characters were going to go. There were so many possibilities,” Sadowski says about the pilot of his hit ABC Family show Young & Hungry, where he stars alongside Emily Osment as Josh Kaminski, a young, self-made tech billionaire.
Jonathan Sadowski by Ted Sun (www.tedsun.net)“He’s a big kid. He has a big heart and he wears his emotions on his sleeve,” he explains when I ask about his character on the show. “He is loyal to a fault, and he will protect his friends with every fiber of his being. Josh and I are similar in that way. I think those are all qualities I possess and try to exude on a daily basis… especially the ‘big kid’ part!”
Filming is underway for Season 3 of Young & Hungry, and so I challenged Sadowski to reflect on the past few years of the show. “Oh man, so much has changed!” he says. “Josh and Gabi have been on-again, off-again. Elliot is married. Sofia teaches spin class. That’s the beauty about a show with longevity. Season 1 is all about exposition and getting to know, and fall in love with, the characters. Then, once that is out of the way, the fun begins.”
Season 2 aired over the summer and into the middle of fall, and Sadowski says it was great because both the actors and the audience are getting to know these characters more deeply. “You get to go with these characters on their individual journeys,” he says. “They become part of your circle of friends.”
Even though the next season doesn’t air until Spring 2016, fans enjoyed a special holiday episode, which aired on November 24. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what is in store for the eccentric group.
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Jonathan Sadowski on Season 3 of ‘Young & Hungry’: Photographed by Ted Sun

Bianca Santos Interview

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_MG_1685doneBorn in Santa Monica, California, actress Bianca Santos is best known for her role as Lexi Rivera in ABC Family’s ground-breaking and critically acclaimed series The Fosters. Despite some controversy surrounding the show due to conservative views on portraying gay and lesbian romance on television, it is well into its second season. It’s also received multiple award nominations and won the title of Choice TV Breakout Show at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. Santos repeated her talents on MTV’s comedy-drama, Happyland, where she stars as Lucy Velez, the cynical teen constantly on the hunt for “something real” in her world full of fantasy. The park’s name is ironically deceiving; Lucy deals with growing pains and scandals that are anything but “happy.” That’s certainly not the case behind the scenes though, as Santos can attest to. Arguably one of her favorite roles to date, Santos was thrilled to shoot in a theme park and be surrounded by all of that vibrant energy.

Speaking of vibrancy, our cover girl has a lot of it! While she certainly works just as hard (if not harder) than most Hollywood actresses, she does so with gusto. In fact, she shows just as much enthusiasm for her work as she does for redecorating her new home with her roommate. She’s even taken on some pretty ambitious D.I.Y. projects! You have to love a girl who’s killing it on the big screen and still has time to be down-to-earth and “home-y” with her loved ones.

All up for trying new things, Santos’s upcoming role as Isabelle in the movie Ouija will be her first ever horror film. Though she assures us that behind the scenes it’s not as terrifying as it looks on screen, she’s not giving away any secrets. Still, the previews alone assure us that we’ll be having nightmares for weeks. This is not to be outdone by her role in the upcoming comedy, The DUFF, which is scheduled to premiere on February 19, 2015. We know what you’re thinking—how does this girl do it all? Well, her plate is certainly full and she has no shortage of exhausting work days, but it’s all worth it. She loves what she does and looks forward to opportunities that challenge her in her career. Getting to reinvent herself for every role is one of the many perks of the job, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. This beauty is loving life right now, and we love watching her live it!

Cliché: Happyland, The Fosters, Ouija, and The DUFF! Working on so many projects around the same time must feel really busy! What’s an average work day like for you?
Bianca Santos: Hair and makeup is first up. I’m usually half asleep, so I’ll have hot tea and wake up a bit. Then I search for food! It’s one of my favorite things about being on set. By the time I get dressed, hopefully they’re ready for me on set. It’s a lot of [rushing and then waiting], especially with 12+ hour days.

What is your favorite project to date?
Happyland was pretty fun to shoot. I think shooting in a “theme park world” makes everything seem more fun and exciting. There were a couple of times we even got to go on rides!

That’s amazing! Is being on sets always fun, or does it still feel like work?
It’s a mix, really. I think it’s always in my mind to make my job the most enjoyable that I can. That doesn’t take away from the fact that a lot of work and preparation needs to go into it beforehand. But when you come to set prepared, that’s where you can let it all go and have fun!

Cover Story: Interview with Vanessa Marano

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_MG_9816doneWe can only imagine that the life of the average actress can be overwhelming, but who said anything about average? Our cover girl, two-time Teen Choice nominee and California-native, Vanessa Marano is anything but as she treats all of her life’s challenges as golden opportunities. From viewing her untraditional childhood in a positive light to mastering sign language though it had been completely foreign to her, this girl is a workaholic full of high energy.
A professional actress since the age of seven, Vanessa is no stranger to the limelight. Before her current role, she was a series regular on hit-shows such as Gilmore Girls and HBO’s The Comeback. Marano exudes girl power–not unlike her character on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, which renewed its third season in January 2014.
The award-winning show is renowned for its cast, which includes regulars who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Having scenes shot almost exclusively in ASL, the drama series is quite unique in comparison to others in its genre. The series revolves around a very astute Bay Kennish (Marano) who realizes that the couple who raised her is not her biological family, thanks to a school lesson plan on blood types. Marano loves the challenge of playing this role, admiring Bay’s edginess, artistry, and bluntness. Despite the actress’s differences with her character, she understands the role in a way that allows her to play the rebellious teen convincingly. Vanessa Marano gives us a glimpse into the whirlwind life of Bay Kennish while filling us in about her own career.