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Olivia Rose Keegan Shines Bright in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

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The trope of playing a villain entails a criterion dating back to silent films. Villains ooze confidence and lack remorse. They carry themselves above the world in which they inhabit. As an actor, setting aside your personal morals and beliefs to justify the words and actions of your heinous character is mandatory. For Olivia Rose Keegan, transforming into a villain has become her trademark. The sweet and endearing tone of Olivia’s voice makes you wonder how the young actress is able to portray wickedness time and time again. 

At 11 years old, Olivia Keegan decided to transition from the stage to on-camera. Starring in critically acclaimed projects such as the short film Picture Perfect and the feature film Decoding Annie Parker, Olivia tended to her acting skills. This led to her landing the role of Claire Brady on the beloved and world-famous soap opera, Days of Our Lives. The “acting boot camp,” as Olivia describes it, prepared the actress for her latest role of Lily in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, streaming on Disney+. Lily joins her fellow Wildcats at East High, some of whom include Joshua Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo, with the determination to land the leading role in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is currently streaming on Disney+. 

As Olivia’s career continues to flourish with every cutthroat line and glaring stare she delivers, we hopped on the phone with her to discuss High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Days of Our Lives, Twilight, and so much more!

Cliché: What inspired you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry at such a young age?

Olivia: That’s a good question! I don’t know what possessed me really, but I was so determined. I started in musical theater when I was about 7 years old, so that’s probably how I caught the ‘bug’. When I was 10, I woke up one day and knew that I needed to pursue on-camera acting and dedicate my life to it. I wrote essays to my parents every day, for almost a year, to convince them. After a while, I wore them down and they let me go and do it. I found myself an agent online in San Francisco and she started sending me to auditions. I think I’m very lucky to have [started] at such a young age. When we’re young, we go through life head first and follow our instincts. We’re less afraid of judgment and fear. I’m very grateful I got into it at the age I did because I don’t know if I would have the guts to do it now. 

Cliché: How did it feel to join such a successful show like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and work alongside Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo, Matt Cornett and so many other talented actors?

Olivia: It has been amazing and a literal dream come true. I used to dress up as Belle as a child and now I get to wear this beautiful Broadway-caliber Belle dress for a Disney+ series. Coming in for season 2 could have been an intimidating situation inherently because the cast was so close. But as soon as I walked through the door, all of those feelings melted away. Everyone could not have been more warm and welcoming. That cast is so incredibly talented in their own way, so I’m just enjoying it all and trying to soak it all in. It is such a dreamy and inspiring environment to be in.

Cliché: Tell us about your character Lily in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series?

Olivia: Lily is a transfer student who comes to East High with her heart set on landing the lead role of Belle in the school production of Beauty and the Beast. She is a very determined girl and willing to knock down anything in the way of what she wants. It has been a really fun journey, with lots of twists and turns and I’m excited people get to see it all play out over this season. 

Cliché: Up until last year, you portrayed Claire Brady on the beloved series Days of Our Lives. What was that experience like and what did you learn from your time on that show?

Olivia: I probably learned almost everything I know on that set! I also grew up on that set, so all of my awkward phases were nationally broadcasted! It was so, so great though. Soap Operas really are the best [acting] boot camp. We would shoot anywhere from 60-70 scenes a day with so much dialogue. Usually, on any other show, you would shoot 4 scenes on a ‘heavy’ day. It’s a very ‘sink or swim’ world. It pushed me to new limits and gave me a sense of confidence in what I can handle.

Olivia Keegan

Cliché: A few of the roles you have portrayed in your career have a “villain” undertone to them. What draws you to those roles?

Olivia: It has absolutely been a coincidence! I’ve been reflecting lately and thinking maybe it is time to look inward and see what kind of energy I’m putting out into the universe. It purely is a coincidence, but, with that being said, it is so fun to play the villainous character. It’s a great challenge because my characters, Lily and Claire, are doing some bad stuff and it can be difficult to justify their actions as an actor. It is a beautifully cathartic experience. 

Cliché: Is there a role or genre of film/television you hope to explore in your career? If so, what is it?

Olivia: I’ve had an obsession with vampires since I was a kid. So, I’m trying to manifest being able to play a vampire. I’m not sure what hooked me into that, maybe it was seeing Twilight when I was younger, but I’ve wanted to play a vampire for about a decade now. I also recently finished the show Outlander and loved it! It made me want to do a period piece as well. 

Cliché: What can fans expect next from you?

Olivia: Well, they can expect some fun stuff from the rest of season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. We’ve got some twists and turns that I don’t think people will expect! Other than that,  just trying to manifest a vampire role! 

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

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Contracts, whips and chains, oh my!
Okay, ladies (and gents) Valentine’s Day weekend is here and so is Cliché Mag’s Fifty Shades of Grey movie review!
Audiences are flooding their local movie theaters this weekend with their friends, significant others and some even solo to see the film that’s been heating up movie screens, but is it worth it? Well…some things you’ll love, some things you’ll hate and others will make you go WTF.
First things first, the movie is based on the first book in British author E. L. James’ erotic trilogy, which began as Twilight fan fiction and stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a sexually inexperienced college student and Jamie Dornan as Christen Grey , the handsome, charming, BDSM-obsessed young billionaire. The two unexpectedly fall for each other, but Steele wants a love story and fairytale romance while Grey admits that he wants her, but on his own terms.
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Let’s break things down. If you were expecting to see heart racing erotica, steamy sex scenes in the “Red Room of Pain” or anything that was too hot for TV in order to pick up a tip or two- you’d be disappointed. It’s not to say the film lacked these things, but let’s just say the build up was better than the actual climax.
Now, if you’re one of those people who knew all along that the film was going to be a bust, you’re not entirely correct, but you have a point. The lovers of the Fifty Shades book series would encourage those to read the book and just skip on the movie, but we must remember that only so much can be translated from book to big screen, so bare with it and keep an open mind.
Some things you’ll love about the movie: the sexual chemistry between Steele and Grey, although their regular interaction was a bit awkward and reminiscent of the relationship between Bella and Edward from the Twilight movies. The two did an amazing job capturing the lust, sensuality and dominance of their relationship, while also staying true to the real life situations people encounter while dating (i.e. drunk phone calls and jealousy).
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Some things you’ll hate: the contract, the contract, the contract! The constant talk about the contract, which became irrelevant as time went on. Also, the ending. Compare it to a bad sexual encounter, just when things start to get good, they finish first and just leave you hanging. Completely unsatisfied. Now, you have to wait for the next time around or in this case for the next movie.
Overall, did Fifty Shades of Grey live up to the hype? Not exactly. Was it enjoyable? Yes. It kept audiences interested and might have sparked some sexual fantasies, but it also triggered many side conversations about book comparisons, inconsistencies and more laughs and funny lines than expected.
For the first installment, the movie was OK, but the real verdict is how the trilogy will do as a whole in the future.
Photos Courtesy of E! Online

Good Movies With Better Soundtracks

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The mark of a good movie is one that sticks with you long after you’ve seen it, but the mark of a great movie soundtrack is one that keeps you humming its tunes long afterwards. Look through our list of good movies with better soundtracks to discover what soundtracks were the star of the show.
1. Juno
Juno tells the story of a quirky pregnant teenager struggling to navigate first love and an unexpected pregnancy. Mixed with fun one-liners and an oddball lead character, the Juno soundtrack featured music from The Moldy Peaches, The Velvet Underground, and Belle & Sebastian. While Juno remains a cute, offbeat comedy, it’s the soundtrack that has us hooked.
2. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Bringing bluegrass to the big screen, O Brother, Where Art Thou’s soundtrack took the world by storm after its release in 2002. Despite being an unlikely win, O Brother, Where Art Thou beat musicians and bands like U2 and Outkast for Album of the Year award at the 2002 Grammy’s.
3. The Bodyguard 
Okay, so maybe this movie isn’t what most what consider a quality movie, but The Bodyguard featured Whitney Houston’s famous “I Will Always Love You,” a hit that later went on to be a quadruple platinum hit. Houston’s ballad continues to have us sobbing and belting along, years after the soundtrack was released. After all, who hasn’t tried to hit Houston’s legendary high note?
4. Twilight Series 
Say what you want about the Twilight phenomenon, but Twilight’s soundtracks perfectly blended top artists of the day with edgy indie bands. From The Muse to Lykke Li, Twilight’s soundtracks have just the right amount of teen angst, killer beats, and intriguing verses. The Twi-hards may be focusing on the love triangle, but we’re focusing on the soundtracks.
5. Saturday Night Fever
There’s no denying the huge success of this 70’s classic, but who can forget this retro soundtrack? Saturday Night Fever gave The Bee Gees their shining moment with their hits like “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive” incorporated into this hit soundtrack. It’s hard not to dance listening to these classic disco hits.
Photo Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment

LUSH Bath Bombs

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Tired of your same old dull baths? Then add some LUSH into your life. LUSH Cosmetics believes in providing their customers with handmade products, all of which are made with organic fruits and vegetables, essential oils and safe synthetics. They are also very conscious when it comes to buying ingredients, they only buy from vendors that do not test their products on animals. LUSH is not your average cosmetic company, they are trying to make a difference in this world. So far they have donated more 4,750,000 dollars to over 400 grassroot charities in 35 countries. If that doesn’t prove what LUSH is all about, then I don’t know what will.

Aside from all the changes they been making in the world they have definitely changed my bath time. Pinks, blues, bubbles, a wonderful smell that will linger on your skin for hours or more. That’s what I am talking about when I tell you that you have never had a bath experience like this. So far I have tried three of the most popular bath bombs, Sex Bomb, Butterball and Twilight and I enjoyed all three. Let me tell you a little more about these babies.

Sex Bomb: If you are looking to share a bath (or not) this would be the bath bomb to work with. It is made from naturally seductive ingredients, Scintillating jasmine, clary sage and ylang ylang. They will have you relaxing and in a great mood. I know when I tried it out the first thing I noticed was it turned my bath water pink. The second, after the bomb fizzled down to nothing there was smooth fragile rose heads floating around my tub and last, but my most favorite feature of this ball, was that it smells absolutely wonderful. Trust me when I tell you everyone in your house will know that you have just finished using the Sex Bomb.

Butterball: I don’t know about you guys but I have always loved the scent of vanilla and this bath bomb makes that list. Mixed with chunks of cocoa butter it does wonders in rehydrating dry skin. Literally you don’t have to do any work, but lay in a blanket of creamy, buttery froth. Once I was done with my bath and all dried up I did notice that my skin felt a lot softer.

Twilight: If you’re having a hard time sleeping take a warm bath with the Twilight bomb, it will sure get you in a dazed mood. Twilight contains a combination of lavender and tonka that will have you feeling stress free and ready to count some sheep. It transforms your bath into a blanket of ever changing colors, ranging from purple and pink, to magenta and blue. When I did test the bomb out it really did take me into a state of tranquility and the best thing about it is that it smells lovely.
One thing I do have to mention about these bath bombs is that it is safe for sensitive skin.  Also, if you really do have severe dry skin you should invest in a few Butterballs. If these LUSH bath bombs seem to spark an interest within you I suggest visiting their website and reading up about the benefits of each one of their bath bombs to find one that fits your needs. Also, you might just want to take a look because LUSH is always coming out with great products.

Photo courtsey of LUSH Cosmetics