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Caleb Ruminer Interview

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You probably recognize Caleb Ruminer as Crash, the brooding and handsome bad boy plucked from our teenage daydreams in MTV’s hit drama Finding Carter. Sneaking away between scenes on set, Ruminer was nice enough to chat with us and give us a behind-the-scenes look at the sweeter side of Crash. Yes, I’ve finally let go of the grudge I was holding from that time when—spoiler alert—Crash shot Max, and you can, too!
Cliché: So tell me what you were like as a kid. Were you always into entertaining?
Caleb Ruminer: I guess I was always trying to perform and entertain for my parents and friends. There was this time when I was 8 or 9 when my brother and I were sitting at the kitchen table and my mom had sparkling cider and we got in trouble because we were pretending to pour shots and be drunk.
We’ve all been there. I used to order ‘apple juice on the rocks’ at restaurants because I thought it made me sound more sophisticated!
That’s hilarious. I also had one friend who I would always play with around the neighborhood. We were always making up stories and pretending to be spies. I’ve always had a vivid imagination.
So once you took the plunge and went into the acting world, how did you hear about Finding Carter, and what made you want to be part of it?
Well, I got a breakdown of this bad boy character and I was like, “I think you were supposed to send this to someone else,” and they were like, “No, they like the way you look!” and so I went in and I loved it. I really loved my character; I connected to him right away. He’s a much deeper character than I expected. I sat with our showrunner, Terri Minsky, and we talked about Crash’s past and we both had the same idea about him. I figured he was missing his mother and that he didn’t really have a family. She was just like, “Well, looks like you know the character just as well as I do… and I wrote him!” You know, I was just throwing out ideas and in that moment I was just like, “Yeah, I want this.”
I feel like you’ve had the biggest character development over the course of the show so far. What’s that been like as an actor to go from being this tough bad boy who can’t be tamed to a more mild army guy?
That’s a great question actually. It’s been great. I think he has always been misunderstood rather than just being a bad person. He has a good heart and at first it was all about having good intentions, but not necessarily making the best decisions. When the gun went off, when Crash shot Max, that was the turning point. That is where he snapped and realized that he had really hurt someone while trying to help, although he was being selfish. So he kind of had that change of heart. Then I feel like the military really brought it all out where he had to start thinking about other people. The military has that code of honor where you don’t leave anyone behind; you’re always looking out for the person next to you rather than yourself.
I feel like there are so many crazy twists on this show; you never know where it’s going to go! Do you have any favorite arcs or storylines, not necessarily just with your character?
I was such a bandwagon fan with Taylor and Max; I loved that they got together really quick. I think because I wasn’t really involved in anyway. I also liked the first season dynamic between Carter’s parents—how they grew apart, the affair, and the drinking.
Yes, I love that relationship, too! Finding Carter was such an instant hit. Do you remember the first time you got recognized as Crash?
I have had a couple strange interactions. The first time anyone ever said anything to me about the show was when I went to Knott’s Berry Farm, which is a theme park in L.A., and someone took a picture and I was with one of my friends and he pointed at her and said, “She just took a picture of you!” Then they sent it to me on Instagram and you can see both of us. We were on a rollercoaster and I still had long hair then, so in the photo I’m pushing my hair back and my friend is looking over at her and we just look ridiculous! I had another one where this kid, who was probably 13 or 14, said, “I watch your show,” and I was really sick with strep throat, to the point where I was planning on going to the doctor the next day, and I was trying to back away from him so I didn’t get him sick. I ended up taking a picture with him and his whole group of friends and I was just like, “I’m so sorry, I cannot talk to you.” It was an awkward moment.
That’s a good one! So, do you have any other projects on the horizon, or are you just focusing on Finding Carter right now?
I’m kind of focused on Finding Carter right now. I don’t have anything solid right now; I have a few scripts that I’m reading, trying to see if the scheduling will work out, and if it does, then I will be happy to do those! But otherwise I’ve been writing a lot and trying to get my own production started up. I have a lot of friends who are actors in L.A. and I’d love to direct a stage play with them. Other than that, just getting ready for pilot season in January!

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Hairstylist on MTV’s Finding Carter Shares Hair Styling Tips

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The much anticipated MTV drama television series Finding Carter has finally come back to us, and those who have watched the first season can validate the show’s hype. With an authentic, heartfelt cast and a storyline that carries a cumbersome punch in almost every episode, it is no wonder why so many have fallen in love with the show, let alone become addicted to it. For all the Finding Carter addicts (myself included), there is yet another way in which we can become even more obsessed– oh boy! Celebrity hairstylist Richard Boggs, who is currently the hair department head on Finding Carter, has shared with us his tips for styling the show’s lead actress Kathryn Prescott (Carter Stevens).
Kathryn Prescott (2)

  1. Start by cleansing and treating the hair with RBPro Essentials Moisture Shampoo ($17) and Moisture Conditioner ($17). This duo is sulfate and paraben free. Their powerful anti-aging and collagen-building properties act as a barrier to seal hair cuticles and protect from fading and damage. This is a great way to maintain and keep reds like this bright for filming.
  2. When we are on set, I am blow drying every day and then restyling the hair, which can cause stress, breakage, and flyaways. I make sure to reach for RBPro Essentials Everyday Miracle Repair Treatment ($17) when hair is damp and apply it just before I begin heat styling. It is a must for maintaining the integrity and overall health of the hair. The treatment is weightless, which is important when using it on fine hair like Ms. Prescott’s.
  3. Since Finding Carter is shot in Hot-Atlanta’s humidity, it’s important to thoroughly blow dry hair in stages. Section the hair off into four main parts, and then thoroughly blow dry root to end. This will ensure great long lasting and smooth volume. I always use RBPro Essentials Le Deux Styling Crème ($17). No flat iron or curling iron needed. It’s a blow-n-go!
  4. To finish the style, a shot of White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray ($22) at the root area will always insure fullness. Finishing off a Hollywood style with White Sands is a guarantee your glamour work will endure the long day of shooting! This spray just holds the style no matter what the weather or shooting conditions are like.

Kathryn Prescott (3)
Feel free to express your thoughts regarding this hairstyle, and if you’ve tried it, we’d love for you to post your achieved look in the comments section below. As for anyone who hasn’t seen the show and is interested in watching it, you are more than welcome to join the fan club, as Finding Carter is on Tuesday at 10/9c.
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Hairstylist on MTV’s Finding Carter Shares Hair Styling Tips: Courtesy of Richard Boggs, Photos Courtesy of MTV & Facebook

Finding Carter Season 2 Premiere

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What would you do if after sixteen years of life you find out that everything you thought you knew had been a lie? For Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott), that is her reality. Finding Carter, MTV’s knock-out scripted drama, is returning tonight for Season 2. The fast-paced show centers around 16-year-old Carter Stevens as she struggles to adjust to life after finding out she had been abducted as a child.  When we last saw Carter, things were a mess: her biological parents were divorcing, her boyfriend Crash shot her best friend, and, oh yeah, the woman who she thought was her mother, but was actually her kidnapper, drugged her and abducted her. Again.
One may assume that that is as bad as it can get. However, from the season 2 trailer MTV released a couple weeks ago and an exclusive interview show-runner Emily Whitesell did with Entertainment Weekly, it seems that things are going to get worse before they can get better for these characters.
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For one, Taylor, Carter’s “goody goody” sister does not seem to be handling the stress well — and who can blame her? First, her boyfriend Max gets shot. Then, after narrowly escaping death, he dumps her in a hospital room. And if that wasn’t enough, just days later her twin sister gets taken. Talk about a bad week. In the preview, we can see Taylor playing beer pong with Champagne before chugging straight from the bottle. What is happening to the studious “I stay home on Friday’s and make croutons” Taylor we all knew and loved?
Whitesell revealed that this season is about answers and emotions. So much happened in the debut season that she wanted to give the character’s — and by extension, the audience — a chance to let it in and feel it all. There are so many questions that I’m hoping season 2 clears up for us. Will Max and Taylor get back together? (They better.) Will Carter forgive Crash? (She better not.)
On top of that, it looks like season 2 will provide us with more answers into the alluded relationship Lori Stevens (Carter’s kidnapper turned Mom) possibly had with Carter’s biological father, David Wilson. In the preview, it’s shown David telling his wife that Carter’s kidnapping had been his fault. Excuse me, what?
Finding Carter 3Whitesell also promises that season 2 will give us a chance to get to know Lori a little better, which I can’t wait for, considering the the most concerning part of the trailer revealed Lori chasing after Carter before telling her that they need to go back for Taylor — because apparently one twin is not enough for this crazy lady.
Need a full refresher of season 1 before the new episode? Check out the season 1 recap now:

 
Finding Carter returns tonight, March 31st on MTV at 10/9c!
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Finding Carter Season 2 Premiere: Photographs courtesy of MTV