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Thanks @mkwiles!!!

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Howdy guys,

I just wanted to let you all know that thanks to my interview with Mary Kate, we’ve hit a new record for most views in a day with 596. That is about 4.5 times higher than the last record. It’s really neat to see that people have enjoyed the interview with her.

Anyways, here’s the video that I record yesterday. There were some technical issues, but I hope that you enjoy.

If you want to read the interviews that I’ve done with Matt, Kylie and Mary Kate, you can do so here.

Anyway, there should be another new video tomorrow as well as some new interviews coming soon.

TTFN,Nerd

Interview with @L7sville Star, @kyliesparks-Part 2!!!

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Howdy guys,

And we’re back! Yeah. This part is where we get to see what Kylie has to say about the series. Yipee!

Kylie Talks about The Show!

What is Squaresville?
Squaresville is a webseries about two teenage girls dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up in the suburbs where everyone has settled down a little too quickly.

Who do you play and what is she like?
I play Esther. She is a sarcastic, witty, realist who isn’t afraid of dishing out some truth and knowledge, but she also can be very insecure, very unsure of her future, very supportive and loyal, but when she’s had enough, she has HAD enough. She’s also trying to figure out who SHE is and there’s a part of her that she’s still trying to deal with and figure it out.

Who else is in the cast?
The main cast consists of Mary Kate Wiles, who plays Zelda (Esther’s BFF), Austin Rogers as Percy (The third prong in Esther and Zelda’s triangle), Tiffany Ariany as Shelly (the resident hot mess and Esther’s foil), David Ryan Speer as Wayne (Zelda’s Love Interest), and Christine Weatherup as Sarah (Zelda’s Big Sister). We also have recurring characters Pete (Wayne’s buddy and Esther’s “date” during Season 1, episode 14, played by Henry Monfries) and Ozzy (Esther’s big brother, played by Jim Mahoney).

In what ways to you relate to your character, Esther? Why?
I really relate to Esther in that personality wise, we are very similar. I’m very sarcastic and loud and I have a filter, I just choose not to use it most of the time, and I’m very independent as well (I think Esther really is truly independent, she’d rather go home and watch Roller Derby or read and do homework than ride a shopping cart, sorry Zelda). I’m also very loyal to my best friends and would do anything for them, and like everyone, I have the tendency to listen to my insecurities sometimes.

In what ways are you different than Esther? Why?
Esther has a lot of angst and insecurity behind her, and while I get that and definitely feel for her there, I’m way more bubbly and although I’m independent and like doing my own thing, I love going out to parties and travelling and exploring world and getting together with my friends and just being crazy. My wardrobe also is different than Esther; while 99% of the clothes I wear on the show are mine, I love dresses, I love fashion and working on my style and aesthetic and seeing what outfits I can come up with (my style is very ‘girly edgy hipster’ where I pair pretty/colorful things with studs and leather jackets and lots of black)

Which character do you relate the most to and why?
I’ve always said if I’m the hybrid of Shelly and Esther. I know Esther like the back of my hand, but Shelly is definitely more my wild and fun side and she can be just as snarky as Esther sometimes.

Congrats on season 1. A little birdy told me that there’s going to be a season 2. What can we expect from season 2. (of course I don’t expect spoilers.)
Thanks so much! I’m so excited about season 2, and it was SO hard to sit on all the season 2 info because 1. We’re all SO stoked about it, and 2. We couldn’t talk about it on social media while we were shooting season 2, which was the complete opposite of protocol for season 1. (don’t worry, I have things I’ll share when the time is appropriate!) Not to spoil anyone who hasn’t watched Squaresville yet, but season 1 ends on a very chaotic time for Esther and in season 2, she really has to evaluate her whole life and who she is and who she wants by her side, and this second season is really about Esther coming into her own. There’s still a ton of snark (it’s Esther, obviously the girl is still her typical sarcastic self!) plus we have some episodes that were REALLY fun to shoot because of the creativity involved.

What is a typical day on set like?
Crazy. Seriously, we shoot anywhere from 10-14 pages a day (for reference, a typical studio movie shoots 1-3 pages a day, a one hour TV show shoots 5-8 pages a day, and a sitcom will pre-tape scenes before shooting most of the episode in front of a live audience) and we have 12 hours to do it. But we have the most fun and the crew and cast have been together now for over 2 years doing the show, so it’s really more like extreme playtime because we love what we do and we laugh a LOT. Even when things are heated and intense, there are times where I literally have to bite my cheek to not laugh.

You and Mary Kate Wiles (MK) (co-star) have an awesome chemistry. Was it something you had to work on or was it instant? Why or why not?
It was pretty instant. MK and I knew each other before we found out we were going to be on the show together because we went to USC at the same time since the School of Theatre was a very close community. We became better friends because of the show, definitely, but when we first started we really got to know each other well and now we just lock it in and do it since we’ve been in the trenches for so long.

If you could give a girl in high school advice, what would it be?
If you have a passion, invest your spare time in it. People suck and in these four years, people will be your friend one minute and hurt you the next, but if you have a passion you love, devote all the negativity in your life into energy for your passion. You will find true friends that will love you for you and you don’t need to feel pressure to be perfect all the time, and bullies are just insecure individuals who don’t know how else to deal with it and take it out on people. You are worth fighting for, and you will grow up to be a kickass person.

If you haven’t seen the series, three reasons to watch.
1. It deals with real issues that make you think while making you laugh at the same time.

2. The Squaresville Community (or Squares/family of Squares as we call them) is one of the most supportive, loving, creative communities I’ve ever seen. You don’t just watch the show; you become invested and build friendships because of it, and we love our Squares and we love making the show for you

3. Everyone can relate to feeling like Zelda and Esther, whether you’re a teen girl or a 40-something man. We all have felt the same way at one point in our lives and we still work on the pursuit of happiness (or even the pursuit of okay-ness.)

Any words you would like to say?
If you’ve been around for season 1, whether it’s been since the beginning or you’re just joining us, thank you. You are the reason we make our show and we love making our show. We are so excited for season 2….so many new twists and turns in store, plus, as we announced during our supersized Google hangout during Wonderly Weekend, a whole new video format will be happening as well, so season 2 is going to be epic.

Stay Tuned!!!

We got two more weeks of interviews with Squaresville star, Mary Kate Wiles. I hope that you enjoyed this one and will continue reading my blog.

TTFN,
Nerd

Interview with @L7sville Star, @kyliesparks-Part 1!!!

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Howdy guys,

I hope that you enjoy this interview with Kylie Sparks, one of the stars of Squaresville, as much as I did. She’s a really, really funny woman. We’ve had many a chat on twitter and they were fantastic.

Courtesy of Kylie Sparks

Courtesy of Kylie Sparks

Getting to Know Kylie

For those of us who don’t know much about you, tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Kylie Sparks and I play Esther on “Squaresville.” I was born and raised in Tulsa, OK, but have been living in Los Angeles since I was about 17 (I started coming out here part-time when I was 13) and steadily working as an actor ever since, including during college (I graduated from USC). I have two dogs, love fashion, writing, music (both singing and listening to it!), travelling, and just generally having a good time.

How did you get started in acting?

I always credit my second grade teacher, Susan Sullivan, because she cast me in my first play-a simple retelling of Snow White for the Second Grade Fairy Tale Tea Day and I played the Wicked Queen. It was love at first sight for me, and I began training in Tulsa at a performing arts studio, Theatre Arts, in musical theatre, dance, voice, and acting (on top of the 1200 other extracurriculars I participated in) as well as doing theatre around town. I was 13 when my mother and I decided to try auditioning in Los Angeles, and was in LA part-time while still going to school in Tulsa. I ultimately began homeschooling and tested out of High School when I was 16 and booked my first professional job, the IFC Films feature “Pizza.”

What are some of the shows and films that you were in?
Besides “Pizza,” where I was the female lead opposite Ethan Embry and a whole ensemble of incredible actors, I’ve recurred on ABC’s “Complete Savages” and “Desperate Housewives,” as well as guest starring on such shows as “Bones,” “Melissa & Joey,” “ER,” and “Greek,” among other shows and have worked in commercials, stage, and other new media series. I recently worked on my second feature, an indie college-football-slacker comedy called “Mr. Intangibles” that should be out in 2013.

What were some of your favorite projects and why?
I really can’t pick a favorite because I have been so spoiled in my career that every job has been absolutely incredible and I learn so much from each of them. If I HAD to choose, it’s a three-way tie between Complete Savages, ER, and Squaresville. I started watching ER from the VERY beginning at 7 years old (my mom was a huge fan of George Clooney, and I don’t blame her!), and 10 years later I was a guest lead on one of my favorite shows, so it was a dream come true and I got to work with some of the best actors on television that I had been watching for years. Squaresville has been our “little engine that could” that when we shoot the show, we are a family, and while we are shooting a ridiculous amount of work each day, I come home exhausted but happy and just excited about the whole thing even if there are times where I personally feel frustrated or anxious about how I did that day, I just know the next day I get to see my friends again. The same is for Complete Savages-it was my first television job, I had three lines in the pilot but they treated me like I was one of the stars of the show and when the series was picked up, they kept asking me back and every time I stepped onto the set, I felt like I was home. I had a whole family of people who just loved their job and fought for it tooth and nail and always had my back 100%.

If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing as a career?

Acting has been the only job I’ve ever known and I’m not sure what I would do as an alternate. I think I’d probably go back to school for journalism or producing to learn how to be a film producer or an agent or a music journalist, but I’m hoping that’s not the case (although at some point I do want to write and develop my own projects to produce down the road.)

Dream project and why?
There are so many people I want to work with that I admire and that I met that as long as I get to keep working, that’s my ultimate dream. I hope someday I get to be in a film adaptation of a book or two that I love (or the film adaptations of musicals I’m obsessed with since I started in musical theatre) just because it would be extra-special to me.

If you could work with any actor/actress living or dead, who would be and why?
Well, besides Bradley Cooper (who I LOOOOOOOVE. This is not new information, haha!) I want to work with Marion Cotillard. She is absolutely flawless and incredible in everything she does and she just seems like the nicest person on the planet who just does her job and doesn’t get sucked into all the hoopla. And I think if I could go back in time, I’d love to work with Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney. White Christmas is one of my favorite films ever, and I LOVE Doris Day in Pillow Talk. It’s such an adorable classic.

Tips for beginning actors?

Tenacity. Keep going. It’s hard, but to survive, you have to keep going and work hard every day. It gets tough (believe me, I know and still experience it), but the pay off is so worth it. At the same time, do not take this whole game seriously. That will kill your spirit (and your career) in the long run, because you have to have something else you love that will distract you during the hard times.

Tips for people who want to create their own web series?
I’m very new to the web space, but what I’ve learned is that if you have an idea and a camera, just do it. Write it out. Shoot it, whether you have a point-and-shoot camera (or even an iPhone) and a few friends or a professional camera with a boom and grips and a crew of a bajillion, as long as you just do it and you do the best job you can, there’s room for everyone.

Tips for surviving auditions?
Don’t let the mind games win. Just go in, be prepared, but have fun and be nice to everyone. Learning HOW to audition is also necessary, so be in class to learn how to audition so you can get the job.

Quick fire questions
Coke or Pepsi?
Diet both (I have a serious addiction to diet soda!)

Cats or dogs?
DOGS.

Summer or winter?
Winter!

Hugs or kisses?
Both 😉

Fame or fortune?
Fortune.

Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?

This is gonna sound so weird coming from me, but speaking in front of a crowd. NERVEWRACKING.

Time travel to: the past or the future?

probably the future.

Celebrity magazine or newspaper?

celebrity mag (you can always get the news online!)

Fave food?

pancakes.

Fave book?

oh MAN this question hurts me…tie between “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” anything by Nick Hornby, Joe Meno’s “Hairstyles of the Damned,” and one of the most haunting memoirs I’ve ever read, “Wasted” by Marya Hornbacher.

Fave color?
Blue, Black, and Silver.

Stay Tuned

Next week, we have the final part to Kylie’s interview and then we have the final two interviews with the other star, Mary Kate Wiles.

TTFN,
Nerd

New Video!!!

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Howdy guys,

I posted a new video yesterday in which I preform some poetry and promote some things that I love. Watch below:

Stay tuned for the started of my interview with Kylie Sparks tomorrow and for my video review of the first episode of season 2 of Squaresville on Friday.

TTFN,
Nerd