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“Mayans MC” Actress Carla Baratta is Living the American Dream

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During her formative years in Venezuela, Carla Baratta always used art and performance as a vehicle for creative self-expression. However, it was her time at the New York Film Academy that permanently awakened the acting bug within her as a teen. Initially intimidated by the bright lights of Hollywood, Carla returned to Venezuela before plucking up the courage to move to the States three years ago, with her husband and a fierce determination to make her dream a reality. The leap of faith paid off when she was cast in the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC as Adelita, a woman seeking revenge for her family’s murder. Mayans MC airs Tuesdays at 10PM on FX.

Cliché: What was growing up in Venezuela like?

Carla Baratta: Amazing! During my childhood, Venezuela was a different country. You could actually walk and play on the streets and dream of having a normal and healthy life there. Sadly,  it’s a very different place now. It just doesn’t feel like the same country that I grew up in.

You’ve acted in community theater from a young age, but your trip to New York Film Academy at age of 17 seemed to solidify your conviction to pursue acting professionally. What was that about that experience that flipped the switch for you?

I was 17 and learning English in Boston that year. I just knew right away that this was my path. After my time at NYFA, I had to go back to my country because I was too young. Now, I understand it was the best move for me, as I was not prepared to handle all the things that come with being an actor in Hollywood. That being said, I definitely think the seed that was inside of me (the seed being my love for acting) started to grow bigger and bigger after that summer at NYFA.

Tell us about your show, Mayans MC, and your character, Adelita.

Mayans MC is a dream show. Everyone has been working so hard with all their hearts and you can tell that by watching each episode. I feel so honored to be part of the cast, especially by playing a character like Adelita. She is such a powerful force. She watched her family die at the hands of the Galindo Cartel as a young girl. Now, as a grown woman, she is seeking justice. She does not rely on men and is capable of anything in order to protect her people. She is fearless, strong, smart and ruthless, but she also has a big heart, especially for kids.

Adelita has witnessed some horrifying and deeply traumatic events. As an actor, how do you channel that emotion to effectively portray those scars?

I like to honor the truth of my characters by connecting them with my own truth. Even if the events and circumstances are different, I try to channel those feelings. In this case, I pulled any pain, loss, betrayal or injustice that Adelita and I have experienced in our lives and used that to honor the character and relate to her.

Would you say that Adelita’s past has shaped who she is as a person?

I believe, as humans, we have the power to define who we are every day. But in this case, the only life that Adelita knows is heartbreaking, because she has been always surrounded by violence. I think deep inside, she is more vulnerable, but it’s all buried under her survival instincts.

How can we expect Adelita to evolve over the course of the season?

I can’t talk about anything too specific, but it’s going to be so beautiful to discover all the different colors that she has and how she reacts to the things happening in her outer and inner world.

You cultivated your love of art and acting simultaneously. In what ways do both art forms enable you to express yourself creatively? Do they each unlock different emotions within you, or are both an extension of the same feeling?

Both art forms, acting and painting, are my way of expressing myself. All of my vulnerabilities are redirected to creativity. I try to use painting as therapy. My art pieces have almost become like my biography. Both artforms unlock different emotions for sure, but in the end, everything is a reflection of who I am as a human being. I can’t lie throughout my art, it’s the truest version of myself.

What first drew you to painting?

I have always painted.  It’s the best way to express myself. I think I started selling pieces and showcasing my art in galleries when I was around 16. It has saved me so many times and it’s definitely what keeps me in my element.

What kind of subjects or scenes do you like to paint?

I was obsessed with eyes for a long time. I think I always will be, but now I’ve moved on to faces. I love to create emotions with surrealistic faces and making distortions of them so that people can see what they what to see. I can make an explosion of colors and at the same time a piece that is simple and purely linear. I like to combine both techniques to portray the duality of mind and soul.

Who is your greatest inspiration or role model as an actor? As an artist?

I get so inspired by the people who are living their life in a simple, pure and organic way. I admire my grandmother and mother so much, as well as my sisters. Every woman in my family has been a teacher for me. I know so many actors and artists that have been an inspiration in different moments in my life. I love Penelope Cruz, her body of work and the way she connects and transforms is beautiful.

Which accomplishment of 2018 are you proudest of, either personally or professionally?

I arrived in the United States almost 3 years ago with nothing other than my husband, my passion and our dreams. I feel so proud of us for being able to pursue our passion, overcome fear and for believing in the power of love. We have evolved as artists, as a family, and as humans. It’s so hard to be an immigrant trying to survive and to make your dreams come true, but I wouldn’t change that learning experience for anything in the world. I feel extremely proud of us as a couple for that.

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“Mayans MC” Actress Carla Baratta is Living the American Dream. Photo Credit: Leslie AlejandroMakeup: Jessica Ahn. Hair: Matt Fugate. Styling: Ami Lasser

 

New TV Premieres to Look Forward to This Spring

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Spring is gradually returning and with a combination of beautiful days of flowers, warm and cool breezy nights, and various amounts of new television premieres. These premieres of old and new television shows are packed with a mixture of celebrity drama, martial arts action, sociopolitical issues, and deep revenge. Here are the top new television premieres to watch out for this spring.

 

Feud: Bette and Joan
Release Date: March 5, 2017 on FX
 
American Horror Story creator, Ryan Murphy, has a new American anthology drama series and its first season will be based on the well-known celebrity rivalry between actresses, Bette Davis (Jessica Lange) and Joan Crawford (Susan Sarandon), in the early 1960s during their time together on the set of the thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Murphy’s new series will have an eight-episode season that delves into how the two women dealt with the sexist and ageist issues and how far they go to maintain their fading careers. Murphy might have yet another hit anthology series on his hands based on early critic reviews.
 

Marvel’s Iron Fist
Release Date: March 17, 2017 on Netflix
The newest series in the Marvel Netflix universe centers on Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a young man who returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years and tries to reconnect with his family company, Rand Enterprises and past family friends, Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey). After discovering a criminal force inside the company, Danny must use his masterful knowledge of kung-fu and his ability to summon the mystical power of the Iron Fist to save his company and New York. For all Netflix bingers, this seems like an option to look out for.
 

The Handmaid’s Tale
Release Date: April 26, 2017 on Hulu
Based on the 1985 dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the new Hulu sci-fi drama series, The Handmaid’s Tale, tells the story of a totalitarian theocracy that takes over the United States in the nearby future and eliminates the entirety of women’s rights through a strict religious movement. The story focuses on the women that are forced to live in a concubine in this dictatorship and the obstacles they must endure. This intriguing series has an accomplished cast list, such as Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel, and Orange is the New Black’s Samira Wiley. For Hulu viewers, this might be Hulu’s new hit drama.
 

13 Reasons Why
Release date: March 31, 2017 on Netflix
An adaption of the best-selling novel by Jay Asher, the new Netflix mystery drama tells the story of Clay Jensen (Dylan Minette) a seemingly normal teenager that comes home from school to discover a strange box with his name on his porch. Inside the box, he finds various cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), Clay’s former classmate and crush who suddenly committed suicide two weeks before. Through the series of tapes, Clay learns the thirteen reasons why Hannah decided to end her life. Viewers will go on an emotional journey of pain, confusion, and loss as they find out who and what led Hannah to her tragic end. Pop singer and actress, Selena Gomez, will be an executive producer and this seems like a new teenage drama that will tug at viewers’ heartstrings.

American Gods
Release Date: April 2017 on Starz
Initially, a series set for HBO, Starz’s new series based on the award-winning fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman focuses on a mysterious convict with a dark past named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle). After spending three years in prison for assault and with only days left on his sentence, Shadow is given an abrupt release after he receives the news that his caring wife was killed in a horrible car accident. During his flight home from the funeral, Shadow is suddenly welcomed by a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) who is an old god that offers Shadow a job as he gathers other old and new gods that have hidden in American lifestyles. The series is adapted by the creator of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller and the creator of King, Michael Green and looked to be a long-awaited television series with a cult following. If you were and/or still are a lover of mythology and avid reader of Percy Jackson books, this might be a more adult series about mythology for you.
 

Dear White People  
Release Date: April 28, 2017 on Netflix
Based on the 2014 satirical dramedy film of the same name, the series follows the story of diverse students at a white Ivy League college as they navigate through the challenge of multiple forms of discrimination. It so happens that the first trailer of the series has been treated with racial controversy with some viewers boycotting against Netflix to remove the series for being as anti-white. Creator of the TV version of Dear White People, Justin Simien has commented positively to the boycott and says that it has brought more attention of the show. The TV show seems to be trying to match the same comedic and emotional level of the film and it seems to be a definite Netflix option for this April.  
 
This various set of spring TV premieres for regular TV and streaming sites looks to make quite a splash. Hopefully, these shows can match up to big contenders such as The Americans, Fargo, and Silicon Valley and get  promising responses from viewers.
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American Horror Story In A Decline?

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With four seasons and an amazing cast of characters, American Horror Story has forced viewers to take notice of it. It is true that a series like American Horror Story can be very polarizing. Some will love it while others would rather tune it out. So, we won’t be looking at the series from a love it or hate it angle. We will look at how it is structured and written. For instance, the stories and themes used are different, but are they handling themselves in the right way? Have they been working to better the series as a whole or vainly trying to keep their hold on viewers? Or is American Horror Story in a decline?

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American Horror Story season 2. Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rade) and Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell)


Since season two, it has become plainly clear that the series overdoes it with needless storylines. Aliens, serial killers, war criminals, human experimentation, and demons crammed into 13 episodes hasn’t been the best idea. A great deal had to fall to the wayside in order to get to the finale, and it felt like the story was confused with itself. Yet, that could have been taken as nothing but trying too hard to improve from the first season if they hadn’t done something similar in the next one.
Overall, Coven, better known as season three, had a lot of good elements that were lost to a poorly thought-out story. The saving grace was that many viewers saw the seasons as one offs. Who was really going to stress about how the witch hunters arc was never finished or talked about more when it didn’t really affect the events of the next season. Now that the co-creator of American Horror Story Ryan Murphy has publicly stated that all the seasons are connected and a clear link has been made between seasons two and four, the writers have to be very careful not to just ignore huge plot holes. Because the witch hunters looked like a highly organized, widely branched group, there was no way it would have been over that quickly, nor should the ending of season three just ignore that the threat of them was over.
American Horror Story season 3. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), Madison Montgomrty (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer), Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe)

American Horror Story season 3. From left to Right, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange), Madison Montgomrty (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer), Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe)


This leads to what I believe has been their biggest mistake. I do not think it was wise to have all the seasons connected.  What drew me in was the idea that each season could stand alone. If I didn’t like one storyline, it didn’t really affect the next season. I could pick and choose which seasons to watch instead of forcing myself to sit through a horrible storyline. Connecting all the seasons was nothing more than a fan service that may do more harm than good. Much like having Marvel’s television and movie universes coexisting, having all the seasons of American Horror Story linked limits their writers creativity. There will be a strong push in future seasons to show clear links, or even vague ones, about how they all come together. This may even lead to having a season, or at least part of a season, dealing with how all the pieces come together in a messy, poorly thought-out end.
Though as a possible upside, we may get a chance to see Kit’s (season two) alien/human hybrid grandchild (season two) fight Tate’s weird demon child (season one), while he leads a group of witch hunters to destroy the coven and all traces of witches in the world.
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Actress KIM ROBERTS Lands on Global and FX Networks

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Actress KIM ROBERTS Lands on Global and FX Networks

Toronto, Ontario, February 4, 2014 – Canadian actress Kim Roberts fresh off her role as Gloria in the Steven Spielberg produced ABC Drama “Lucky 7” has landed a guest starring spot on Global’s Original Drama series “Remedy” set to air February 24, 2014. Roberts, plays Aunt Priscilla, Brian Decker’s “favorite aunt”, who comes all the way from Ghana for a visit.  Auntie, is a woman who speaks her mind and always, it seems, has something to say. Every now and again, it’s actually worth listening to. The multi- talented Roberts will also be taking on the recurring role of Neeva, on FX’s “The Strain”airing summer 2014.   Neeva the Luss’s Haitian Nanny is a protector of children and wise to mysteries unknown.  Neeva is savvy enough to fear dark forces, but brave enough to fight back if she needs to.   Roberts versatility and knack for making a role her own ups the ante for herself and her audiences.  This ability to bring an unparalleled sense of humor and compassion bonds the actress to her audience.  Roberts has worked with many Hollywood Greats Sidney Lumet, Todd Haynes, Maya Angelou, Wesley snipes Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Mariah Carey, Richie Havens, Lindsay Lohan, and Jackie Chan, to name a few.   Known for her professionalism and the ease with which she slides into character, Robert has garnered recognition both in Canada and Internationally for her appearances in film and television projects such as “I’m Not There”, Dawn Of The Dead, Saw III and IV,  “Blue Bloods”, “Being Erica”, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, “Rookie Blue”, “Suits”, and the Doodlebops where she played Mazz.  The actress continues to evolve as a person and an artist with honest and relatable performances that bring heart and soul to the screen. When we see flaws, vulnerability, and fears, we see ourselves and that is what Kim Roberts brings to the table.

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