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A Conversation with Virgin River Star, Jenny Cooper

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If you are a fan of great television, specifically, shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and 24, then Jenny Cooper is a familiar face. The Canadian-born actress continues to grow her impressive resumé as she stars in the hit Netflix series, Virgin River.   

Based on the novels by Robyn Carr, Virgin River follows Melinda ‘Mel’  Monroe, a woman who answers an ad to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River. While she hopes it will be the perfect place to start fresh, she soon discovers that small-town living isn’t quite as simple as she expected. She must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home. Jenny Cooper plays Mel’s cautious older sister, Joey Barnes. Joey is weary of Mel’s move to Virgin River and makes every attempt to convince her to return to Los Angeles. 

The critically acclaimed series has made its mark in Netflix streaming history. The season 2 premiere was given a coveted 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes while racking in nearly 1.8 billion views in November and December of 2020. Following the news of Virgin River being picked up for a third season, we caught up with Jenny Cooper to chat about her admirable career and of course, Virgin River

 

Jenny Cooper

Cliché: What drew you to acting? How did you get your start in the business?

Jenny Cooper: My parents were huge movie and theatre buffs. So, I grew up really appreciating the arts, both visual and performing. At some point, when the lights would dim before a performance or a movie, I started to have a sense of belonging. That led to studying acting, which was extremely fulfilling, and finding “my people.” I had done a few commercials when I was little so had my SAG card when I came out to LA. My career kind of started backwards with a couple of series regular roles (Jake and the Kid, a Canadian series) and Fast Track (Showtime). They both filmed in Canada and lasted one season each. When I came back to LA, I had to start back at square one. I had to build my resume with guest star roles and take every acting class I could fit into my schedule.

 

What entices you about joining a project, the people involved, the overall script or the character you are reading for? 

All of the above! Definitely the people involved. The longer I am in this business, the more I want to be surrounded by like minded people I can trust and grow with. And of course the script and relationships depicted are key. I love it when a theme or role mirrors an experience I have had or grown from, something I can recognize. That’s part of what I love about playing Joey on Virgin River. My own sister lives in NYC so we have, for the most part, a long distance phone relationship. But we are so close that it always feels like we are in each other’s living rooms. And no one knows me better than she does. No one shares your life experiences quite like a sibling does…

 

You’ve been on so many successful shows with such incredible followings like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and now Virgin River. How does having such dedicated fans inspire and motivate you on set?

So, it’s an interesting relationship. Of course, we’re not really thinking about pleasing the fans when we’re on set doing the actual work. The writers come up with the storylines they feel work best, a million things go on behind the scenes to help realize those storylines and lastly, the actors (and director and crew!) come in and do their best to bring them to life. But I have often found there is no rhyme or reason to shows that do amazingly well and some that just don’t find their way. Virgin River definitely seems to have found a robust and international audience. It is very exciting, and I find our fans to be incredibly loving and generous, both to the show and, personally, to the cast. Social media really allows you to hear from everyone, for better or worse, and the support has been extraordinary.

Tell us about your character Joey on Virgin River.

I would love to! Joey is a mother of three. She’s recently separated from her husband, Bill and is heading into unchartered territory. Joey is used to being on top of everything; a multi-tasker who manages to take care of her busy life with effortless style. However, all of that comes crumbling down when her marriage falls apart and she has to figure out what to do next. Mel relies on Joey for her big sister advice, but Joey leans on Mel too for comfort and support. And I think that’s why she has such a hard time accepting the fact that Mel is really happy somewhere else.

Congratulations on Virgin River being renewed for a third season! Is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming season?

Thank you. I can’t really say much other than you’ll get to see more of Joey’s awesome house!

You’ve played some amazing roles in your career. Is there a dream role you’d like to play?

I would love to do something totally different, like a period piece or play a vampire. Just a fun 180 of some sort.

What’s next for you? 

I am working on a couple of projects that I am writing and producing, which are my other passions. And sending my children back to school in April, which is very exciting!

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A Conversation With a Rising Star, Shiloh Nelson

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Shiloh Nelson is an up and coming starlet, most recently featured in Netflix’s original film, “Feel The Beat”.

Cliché: How does it feel to be the star of a hit Netflix movie at such a young age? Is it exciting to know that you will be having such a large role in the movie?

Shiloh:It feels so amazing to be in a Netflix movie! Seeing myself on the poster was such a surreal moment. It had been a goal of mine to be in a Netflix original for a while. I recently said on Instagram that this was my first time being on Netflix and a fan corrected me that two of my movies were on Netflix which I’m glad he did! But it’s a big career move for me to be in a Netflix original.

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Cliché: Did you get to work with anyone that you look up to? If so, was it interesting to get to know them personally on set?  

Shiloh: “I had really looked up to Sofia Carson before doing this movie. I had watched her in all of her Descendants movies and her A Cinderella Story film so getting to work with her was such a dream. I learned so much from her and had the best time on set. One time we were doing lines off-camera for one of the girls and the camera separated us and we started singing her song ‘Space Between’ that she sang with Dove Cameron in her Descendants 2 film. I’ve loved that song for forever so that was so much fun! Getting to know her on set I saw what a genuine, kind person she really was which was so special.

Cliché: How does working on a Netflix show differ from working on a movie like “Annabelle” or, “Tomorrowland”?

Shiloh: “Annabelle was a much smaller set due to it being a horror film. This set was definitely much bigger! This was also the longest I’ve ever worked on a film due to the month of dance training before filming which was so much fun!” 

Cliché: Being prominent on TikTok is a really good way to get your name out there and develop a good fan base, do you enjoy having a large TikTok following? And do you feel that it brings you closer to your fans in a fun and interactive way?  

Shiloh: “Absolutely. One of my favorite things is watching the duets that my fans make on Tik Tok. Being able to see their faces watch my videos and see their reactions is priceless. They’ve been making their own Tik Toks acting Ruby’s lines from the movie and tagging me in them which has been so special. As an actor, I make films and videos for the audience so being able to have that interaction with them and that closeness is absolutely incredible.

Cliché: Was it overwhelming to handle all of the opportunities you have been involved with since your role in

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“Mom’s Night Out”? And if so, how have you learned to handle the stress that comes with balancing all of your projects, such as youtube and tiktok, and also finding time for fun? 

Shiloh: “It’s really important for me to take one day off over the weekend. Even if I have a lot to do on Monday or a big audition, I still take a day off because it’s so important for me. I have a lot of fun playing computer games with my brothers and friends and baking and making crafts!

Cliché: Did working with Sofia Carson teach you anything new about being an actress? 

Shiloh: “Sofia taught me to always bring my mom to set even when I’m 18 and don’t have to. You always need your mom, even when you’re older. And Sofia brought her mom to set!

Cliché: Is there anything about your character Ruby that you see yourself in? Do you two have anything in common? 

Shiloh: “I so respect how Ruby knows who she is and knows what she isn’t which I wish was a skill I had more of. We’re both optimistic which I love!” 

Cliché: What was your favorite part of the movie to film?

Shiloh: “The really bad dance at the beginning! Before Sofia’s character April teaches the girls how to dance, we go to a competition and the dance is so bad. It was fun because they let us add our quirks and mess-ups and it was so much fun to just be bad and the dance turned out so hilarious.

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Why Beyoncé’s Homecoming is a Masterclass on Excellence

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When Beyoncé hit the Coachella stage last year, many of us expected amazing live vocals, her iconic hits, and memorable choreography. Instead, when she hit the stage, the audience at Coachella and those watching online were left in awe when Beyoncé delivered more than just a regular performance. In a 105-minute set, Beyoncé presented a statement on Black culture and history. No one could’ve guessed one of the many songs she performed would be The Black National Anthem. No one expected Beyonce to have a full marching band (from Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to help lead her performance. And of course, no one expected a Destiny’s Child reunion.

Beyoncé’s Coachella performance was not only celebrated because of her amazing talent, but because it was a tribute to Black American culture. In the film, Beyoncé said she “wanted every person that has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage.” And that night, she did just that.

A year later, Netflix set the internet on fire when they released the trailer for Homecoming. The trailer included a voiceover from Maya Angelou discussing the honor of representing her race through her art. Though Homecoming included the entire Coachella performance, there were interviews and rehearsal footage of Beyoncé sprinkled throughout. Those clips detail Beyoncé’s extensive eight-month rehearsal for the performance plus her journey post pregnancy. The excellence in Homecoming is not just the actual performance, but being able to witness what it takes to be the undisputed greatest performer of our generation.

In the film, not only do we hear Beyoncé struggle with her ridiculously strict diet post giving birth, but we witness her calling all the shots from the shape of the stage, the lights, and costumes, all the way down to the camera shots. We see Beyoncé hold meetings with her team demanding them to do better and then leave to take care of her two infant children. We hear Beyoncé, who we have crowned the Queen, doubt her performance abilities after giving birth to twins. Homecoming is a masterclass on excellence because Beyoncé never makes excuses nor does she slack off. She gathers her crew, has three sound stages and rehearses for eight months straight. Homecoming shows that the brilliance of Beyoncé does not come from magic, but from determination. Seeing the blood, sweat, and tears she puts into her performances and seeing her leave her heart out on that Coachella stage, reinforced the truth that Beyoncé has no equals.

It’s impossible to watch Beyoncé at her peak and not be inspired. However, the beauty of it is Beyoncé doesn’t make you want to be her, she inspires you to be the best version of yourself. She inspires women who watch her, to be excellent at whatever it is they do. Beyoncé shows women that there are no limits to the greatness within us.

 

 

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Why Netflix’s BoJack Horseman Is A Show You Should Be Watching

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Bojack Horseman is a Netflix original adult animated series, that follows the life of a horse, BoJack. BoJack is a washed-up actor from a 90’s sitcom, struggling to revamp his career in Hollywood. In this animated alternate universe, animals and humans live side by side and even work alongside each other in Hollywood. Though it’s animation, the problems, the characters, and even the foul language are very much real.

With five critically acclaimed seasons under its belt, it has built a cult-like following with a diverse audience and universal praise for tackling serious topics. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, an animated series? for adults? serious topics?

BoJack Horseman is more than what you think and it’s a show you should be watching. Here are three reasons why:

  1. The Flawed Characters Are Intensely Relatable  Many of the (well deserved) praise BoJack Horseman receives derives from the compassionate portrayal of mental illness. Furthermore, none of the characters on screen are one dimensional. There is no perfect hero or obvious evil villain. There is no emotional redemption arc at the end of the season that wipes away a character’s previous mistakes. The supporting cast has many faults and we love it that way because we see portions of ourselves in each of them.
  1. Guest Appearances From Your Favorite Hollywood Stars! BoJack Horseman does take place in Hollywood so it only makes sense the show is littered with hilarious celebrity cameos! Season One’s guest list included Stephen Colbert, Olivia Wilde, and Naomi Watts. As the series continued, the stars only got bigger. In the most recent season, there is a hilarious cameo from Mr. Paul McCartney himself, alongside Felicity Huffman, Zach Braff, and Daniel Radcliffe. These celebrities stop by to play exaggerated versions of themselves proving that they too can get in on the joke!
  1. It’s a Comedy With Heart and Smarts The premise of the series might sound far fetched and the visuals of talking animals on screen might seem childish to some, but the show is far from childish. It has been tackling dark themes so well that many have awarded it the title of “The Funniest, Saddest Show”. Before clicking play, none of us would’ve thought that a series with a talking horse would tackle subjects such as mass shootings, women’s rights, addiction, or depression. But it has done just that. Sprinkled in between an amazing theme song and jokes about celebrities, BoJack Horseman leaves its viewers with a new look on life and a deeper look within themselves.

 

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Why Netflix’s BoJack Horseman Is A Show You Should Be Watching: Featured Image Credit: @BoJackHorseman on Instagram. 

What To Expect From Season 6 of Orange Is The New Black

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The most anticipated series of the summer, Orange is the New Black Season 6, is weeks away from return.  While there is currently no release date set for the sixth season premiere, we can most likely expect it to air between June 6th and June 18th, as the last five seasons went live around that time.  So what can we expect from OITNB this time around?

 

During the majority of season five, there was a three day long riot going on within the prison. Then the SWAT team blew down the door to Frieda’s secret bunker, exposing 10 of Litchfield’s inmates, while the rest of the inmates were loaded onto buses headed to new prisons. Talk about a cliffhanger.

 

We can only assume (and hope) that Season 6 starts right where Season 5 ended, so we can see what happens to the ladies in the bunker and where all the inmates being transferred, or if they’re even being transferred at all. Knowing how OITNB works, I wouldn’t be surprised if, last minute, no one ends up getting transferred.

 

Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, told Variety, “There’s no up from there. There’s nowhere you can go that’s a positive. So you’re definitely going to see all of the girls trying to figure out how to get out of this rabbit hole they’ve created. Who is loyal to whom? Who is standing alone? Who is motivated by their own personal will to get out of prison? Who lies and who tells the truth? All of that stuff will come out this season.”

 


Stay tuned via Netflix for the soon to be released trailer, so you too can know what to expect from OITNB Season 6.

 

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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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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Doesn’t Disappoint

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A Netflix Original, BoJack Horseman is an animated series that focuses on the life of BoJack, a washed up actor who found fame starring in a ’90s sitcom. This often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking series takes its viewers through a whirlwind of scenarios as we experience the life of BoJack Horseman. Season 3 of the series was just released and is already receiving praise. Here are some of the best moments of season 3, streaming on Netflix now.

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2007 Throwback
Who doesn’t love a good throwback? An important episode, this flashback to 2007 let us see how BoJack and Princess Carolyn’s romantic relationship formed and gave us a backstory on “The BoJack Horseman Show” and why it failed. While learning these backstories, we got the chance to laugh at cheesy 2007 trends that seem like they were cool just yesterday, while simultaneously making us feel incredibly old. Either way, it was a hilarious walk down memory lane.

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The New BoJack
After getting his act together in season 2, BoJack lands his dream role as Secretariat. As BoJack is gaining his success back, we see his struggles with fame and truly finding happiness. In season 3, we learn that BoJack may be nominated for an Oscar for his role. We get to see BoJack as what Princess Carolyn refers to as “a bonafide movie star.” He’s surrounded by admirers, partying and having a great time. However, we also see BoJack learn the hard way that people, and fame, are fickle.

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A comedy that deals with social issues
BoJack Horseman uses its dark humor and satire to actually address larger social issues. Season 3 continues this theme when in Episode 3 SeaWorld is put on blast. The show takes a twist on the SeaWorld controversy by comparing going to SeaWorld to going to the strip club. Throwing money at abused animals to watch them perform is used to address the issues with throwing money at women to perform.

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Poking fun at Hollywood
BoJack Horseman is a show always poking fun at Hollywood. Season 3 doesn’t disappoint. Between Mr. Peanutbutter’s obnoxious and delusional thinking that he’s a star, to the flashy Academy parties and snobby Oscar voters, we get to laugh a little at some of the over-the-top Hollywood ways.

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Complex Characters that keep getting more complex
The best part about season 3 is that we get to delve deeper into the complexities of many of the characters, and continue to learn more about them. It may be an emotional ride seeing the backstories of many of the characters, but it’s a great one.
BoJack Horseman is a series not to miss, and season 3 surely doesn’t disappoint. Check out the trailer below.

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