If you watched the original ‘Charmed’ series, you know that the magic wasn’t the only thing to watch it for. The ‘90s through the early 2000s had their own charm when it came to fashion, and the three sisters embodied that. However, it’s totally ridiculous at times to assume that these women would run around fighting demons and warlocks in heels, right? The new reboot of the beloved show is still keeping it fashionable, but within more reasonable boundaries. The costume designer on the CW’s update of Charmed is Mandi Lane. She worked on the original series but didn’t design the costumes. But now that she’s in charge, she says she’s “gonna take this and run with it.”
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Lane’s approach is a more subtle one, in line with some of the fashion trends we see today. Instead of seeing cloaks or witch hats, or totally inconvenient wardrobe choices, she likes to include “elements…[from] their past…in accessories…in necklaces.” She says of the costumes: “I think they’re more empowered, they’re a little more serious, these costumes. They’re very character-oriented. I love the original sexy costumes, but I think this day and age, you can say sexy in so many different ways, too.”
With a name like Echo, it’s no question why it clings to your memory with a resounding effect. Luckily for actor Echo Kellum, you won’t have to ask for his name twice. Kellum stars in The CW’s hit superhero show Arrow and also may be best known as Tommy from FOX’s former show Ben and Kate. He’s come a long way from portraying a lead character’s best friend to now a superhero known as Mr. Terrific. Check out our interview below as Echo Kellum talks ‘Arrow,’ Crossovers, and more. Kellum, you have not failed anything.
Cliché: When you were younger, did you know the entertainment industry is where you wanted to be? Echo Kellum: Well, I started my career as an actor. I started acting in church plays when I was younger and then school plays. When I was 13, I was fortunate enough to join a theater troupe that did live theater and professional shows. We got paid doing shows throughout Chicago and we performed for thousands of kids. That was kind of where I got my start. Some of my heroes that I look up to, that influenced me to get into acting, are Jim Carrey and Will Smith. Then, as I got older, I started doing stand-up and just really delved into comedy with improv and sketch. I always knew comedic acting was where my heart was, so I moved out to LA and really started getting into the comedy scene, and tried to figure out where I wanted to go with my career. I was fortunate enough to start booking commercials and then television shows.
If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be? It would be to keep your head up and that no matter what obstacles life throws at you, know that everything is going to be okay. And know that you will get to do what you love one day.
Season 5 ofArrow has so many things happening. Before you started shooting, what were you anticipating the most this season? Really coming into the fold as a part of Team Arrow in the vigilante sense was the most exciting part for me and it’s been a whirlwind journey.
What is the dynamic like having huge superhero shows in the same vicinity when you do crossovers? The dynamic’s really interesting and I think it adds a lot of different energy, a lot of positive energy, that comes with it because I grew up loving these heroes and these characters and seeing the actors that really bring them to life. I love the energy and spirit they bring when we get to crossover and it’s really nice to get to work with different people that you admire.
It’s a given that if you were in The Flash, Curtis would hit it off with Cisco. Who do you think would be Curtis’ confidant in Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow? I think Curtis would confide in Supergirl. I feel like she’s a nerd and they would have some connection with that. On Legends, I feel like him and Ray Palmer would have a deep connection because of their love of science and technology. Curtis would probably just want to fanboy over how he shrinks into The Atom. I think they would really have a lot of fun science and technological banter back and forth.
If you could have any DC superhero guest star on your show that hasn’t been on yet, who would it be? Batman! I love Batman. I would love for Batman to show up on one episode.
Arrow and the DC TV Universe has a MASSIVE following now. Have you felt pressure of perfecting Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific’s character? There’s definitely pressure there, but I think the fans are so awesome, passionate, and willing to go on the journey with you, so they really help in that aspect.
The fandom has a huge liking to Curtis, but what do YOU love most about him? I love his resilience. You know, that he can take a punch, get up, and keep going. I think that’s a huge thing for people to know: when you get knocked down, get up, and keep persevering. Life will be okay and you will make it through whatever struggles you’re dealing with.
Steering away from television and into music… I also hear you’re working on a hip-hop album! Can you tell us anything about that? The one thing I can say is that my brother was a rapper from Chicago in this group called LEP, so I’m kind of making an album as an homage to him. I hope for it to be completed by the summer of 2017, but it’s something I’m definitely taking my time with. I have a really busy schedule, so it’s something I’m trying to work on here and there, and put some time into. I’m not really expecting anything from it, but it’s a labor of love because it’s something I’ve always been really passionate about and I’m really doing it for my brother because he passed away.
What do you hope to accomplish in the new year? Definitely that album; that’s one of my biggest goals. The second goal is my screenplay; I would love to shoot this feature that I’m working on right now about something that happened in my life. And I would love to get picked up for another season of Arrow. That would be great!
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Jenna Ortega is a Disney princess. No, really. She plays Princess Isabel on Elena of Avalor, a show about Disney’s first Latina Princess. Ortega is also pulling double duty as Harley Diaz, the title character of Disney’s Stuck in the Middle. And when she isn’t at Disney, she pops over to The CW to play young Jane on the award-winning show Jane the Virgin. Ortega is a very busy girl, and with talent like hers, it’s not hard to understand why.
Jenna Ortega loves Harley Diaz of Stuck in the Middle and Princess Isabel of Elena of Avalor. Why wouldn’t she? After all, she brings them to life onscreen. The great thing about both girls is that they are confident, funny, smart, and creative. Harley is an engineering whiz, an inventor, and the middle child of seven. She is the show’s main character and the child who is most eager to fix the mistakes she or her family members make. Princess Isabel is an inventor, too. She loves to draw and read. She is the younger sister of Elena, who is keen on keeping her promises. However, for Ortega, the roles mean much more to her and to a lot of little girls everywhere. The practice of representation is very powerful. Seeing someone who looks like you achieving a dream you never thought was possible or seeing someone who looks like you just living their everyday life gives young people watching a chance to believe that their stories and experiences are valid, too.
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“I am very proud of Harley Diaz and Princess Isabel,” says Ortega. “I feel that a Hispanic princess was long overdue. I am so grateful that Disney saw that and did something about it. Now young Latinas can say, ‘Hey! That girl on TV looks like me!’”
Before she was Isabel or Harley, Ortega got her start in a show called Rob, a 2012 sitcom that starred Rob Schneider as a lifelong bachelor and landscape architect who marries into a close Mexican-American family. Rob spends the series trying his best to connect with his new family with quite a few hiccups and missteps along the way. Though the sitcom only lasted for an eight-episode single season, when Rob and Jenna’s characters met on the show, it wasn’t under the best circumstances.
I feel that a Hispanic princess was long overdue. I am so grateful that Disney saw that and did something about it.
“I played an 8-year-old girl who kicked Rob because he stole my baby doll,” Ortega recalls. “That day, I learned how to kick a guy without actually hurting him.”
For Ortega, her favorite thing about acting is the opportunity to play different characters. Whether she’s playing a girl who can see ghosts or a girl who she shares a lot in common with in real life, the chance to audition for these different types of characters, read their descriptions, and bring them to life is something Ortega loves and does exceptionally well. The passion she has for characters becomes apparent when she appears on our TV and film screens as characters we love almost instantly. Her easy portrayal of emotion, her girl next door personality, and her ability to play off of her fellow actors aids her when she makes the transition from comedy to drama and back again.
Top & skirt: Molly Bracken, Bracelet: Per Lo, Bangles: Nashelle, Shoes: Vince Camuto
One of Ortega’s most memorable roles outside of her current Disney roles is her portrayal of young Jane on the critically acclaimed hit Jane the Virgin. Though she leaves Disney and pops over to The CW for the role, the same magic can be found in this role, too. As young Jane, Ortega is primarily the audience’s visual aid in what and who made Jane (Gina Rodriguez) Rodriguez.
Without a doubt, The CW’s breakout star has a fan in Ortega. Gina Rodriguez’s contagious personality, humbleness, and talent are among the reasons why Ortega enjoys playing the role. The positive set environment left a lasting impression on her and her Disney employers. In fact, her role as young Jane helped Ortega get the role of Harley in Stuck in the Middle.
“When I went in the audition room to audition for Harley, the Disney execs were telling me, ‘We love you as Little Jane on Jane the Virgin!’” Ortega says. “A lot of people from Disney actually love Jane the Virgin and recognized me from the show.”
In 2017, I want to make it a priority to do something nice for someone else every day.
Actually, Ortega and her character Harley Diaz have a lot in common. They are both Latina, enjoy math and science, are the middle children in big families, and can both be silly. Ortega insists on one big difference, though; she’s not an inventor. At just 14 years old, Ortega has an extensive list of roles under her belt. She has been a guest on shows like Days of Our Lives, Richie Rich, CSI: NY, and in movies like Iron Man 3 and After Worlds. But don’t worry—she doesn’t have a favorite.
“I cannot choose a favorite role!” she says. “I love Harley Diaz because we have so much in common, but I also love Princess Isabel because she is a Latina princess! I do miss drama though, and I had an amazing time filming CSI: NY and Days of Our Lives. They were small roles, but ones that I will never forget.”
When she isn’t acting, Ortega can be found across her various social media sites (she has a whopping 800K Instagram followers last time we checked), promoting her shows, and inspiring her followers with words of wisdom and Musical.ly videos. There are even multiple compilations on YouTube of her most popular videos. When she’s not making fun videos with her family for her fans to enjoy, she’s performing in the New York Spectacular with the Rockettes; at least, that’s what she spent her summer doing. Performing with the Rockettes was her first time doing theatre, but she had so much fun that she’d love to do it again.
As the year comes to a close, Ortega took the time to reflect back on 2016 and share her hopes for 2017.
“In 2017, I want to make it a priority to do something nice for someone else every day,” she says. “There is so much hate in this world, and I feel like if I could brighten up someone’s day if I could spread some more love and light in this world. As far as my career goals for 2017, I would really love to book a big role in a feature film. That is a huge career goal for me. If I could choose, I would love for it to be a dramatic role to show the world I could be something very different than what they’re used to seeing me play.”
Personally, we can’t wait to see what comes from her in 2017 as well. Whatever that may be, we know that it will only make us love her and her characters that much more. You can catch Jane the Virgin on The CW Monday nights at 9/8c and Disney’s Elena of Avalor and Stuck in the Middle Friday nights on The Disney Channel.
This summer, I recently finished binge-watching season one of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I started the series last fall but never had the time to keep up with it–until now. Thanks to the Twitterverse, I knew this was a show I couldn’t simply pass up due to the fact I kept seeing multiple tweets praising it. A weekend and four delivered meals later, I get it. I understand the hype, and I am now a part of it.
First off, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a brilliant show from the brilliant minds of Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna. Bloom claims the leading role of the “crazy ex” named Rebecca Bunch introduced in the pilot episode as a lawyer unhappy with her life. This all changes when she runs into her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan from summer camp in 2005, AKA her first love AKA may or may not be the reason she moves to West Covina, California. After talking to Josh who spilled the beans about his move back to West Covina after living a few years in New York, Rebecca is inspired by that idea and drops her current life to hop on a plan to live on the other side of the country. She ends up landing a job at a local law firm and befriends her co-worker Paula Proctor. From this point on, the audience goes on a crazy ride of Rebecca who denies she moved all the way to California for Josh who just happens to already be in a steady relationship. Oh, did I mention this show is also partially a musical? YES! Now, think of it as Glee, but not to the point where every five minutes there’s a chorus that breaks out into song. The musical numbers pop up very sporadically, but get this: the songs are not covers, but original tracks that fit with the storyline and end up being freaking hilarious. If that didn’t convince you to hop on Netflix, like, NOW (and hopefully I didn’t give too much away either), here are even more reasons why you should watch the series. Girl Power It’s genius. It’s so beautifully written and it stars a female comedian. Not to get all full on Feminism/Girl Power crazy on you…but c’mon, let’s be real. How often do you see a leading women comedian taking the reigns on a show on cable TV? There was The Mindy Project, but FOX axed that too soon (Bless you, Hulu), but do you see my point? Another thing to point out, Rachel Bloom wasn’t a household name TBH. I never heard of her until the show popped up into my life and now I’m a complete fangirl. She gives me hope that if I work hard enough, maybe I could win a Golden Globe too. Not really, but a girl can dream. Speaking about the Golden Globes, E! Interviewed Rachel Bloom after she won her prestigious award and answered a question regarding comments on the show being seen as “sexist” (when it’s totally not. “I say watch the show and within the first two minutes you’ll understand the title is a deconstruction—the show is meant to be a deconstruction of tropes and stereotypes and take the stick out of your ass and just watch my show.” The Writing The scriptwriting for this series is phenomenal. It’s well put together and not a glitch from scene to scene. Every dialogue between characters or internal dialogue continues to build the character more and more. And the songs! They are not your average songs. They literally are on par with numbers you’ll see during an actual broadway musical. Like said musicals, the songs in the show have nothing to do with the plot, but expand on a certain moment or idea. Don’t understand what I mean? See it here:
Diversity Another great thing about the show is the diversity of the cast. I’m biased because I’m part of the enraged group of people who feel as if some cultures are underrepresented on television, but can we just point out the fact a Filipino plays one of the lead roles? A FILIPINO! That’s a win for my people. We often see so many videos, articles, etc. about how Asians don’t get the same amount of screen time as any other race. Props to Rachel Bloom for breaking social norms. Give the show a try and if you end up hating it, then blame me.
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