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@EllenPage Comes Out as Gay!!!

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Hey guys,

Holy cow. I’m still in shock. Maybe that’s due to my terrible, terrible gaydar or what but I can die a happy woman. Ellen Page is gay. Here is what she had to say on the topic:

Here’s a quote from her speech that really stuck out to me:

“I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility… It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me. You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”

I struggle with the the very thing that caused Ellen to come out. I feel fake to those who don’t know, but there are some people who don’t need to know, but on the other hand it’s incredibly draining to keep it a secret. I remember feeling the incredible feeling of lightness (that’s not a word but I couldn’t come up with anything else) after telling my mom, but you can watch the story on my youtube channel.

That being said, it’s not an easy thing to come out. I think the kids that come out at younger and younger ages are amazingly strong. I applaud the kids who do that.

Did you suspect she was gay? Tell me what you think about it in the comments below.

In other news, I finally donated my hair. More on that coming soon.

TTFN,
Nerd

Why is @OutWithDad important to me?

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Howdy guys,
Given the title I’m sure that you’re sick of hearing about my favorite web series but this was requested by Jason Leaver, the creator of Out with Dad. I thought I’d give him why.

Why OWD is Important to me?

This is an interesting question for me to answer. I think it came at a time in my life when I was still in the closet like Rose and was figuring things out. I was an escape from keeping it a secret from everyone in my life.

It is also important to me because it is easy to relate to. I felt all the feelings that Rose felt as she was coming out. It was real. I think that Jason wrote a believable story with real characters.

It is a teaching tool. That is the big reason that the series is important to me.

For these reasons, OWD is important to me.

Ending time

If you want to learn more about the series, you can listen to my interview with Jason here, read my interview with the actress who plays Rose here and here or check out their web site here.

TTFN,
Nerd

Interview with @OutWithDad’s Kate Conway-Part 2!!!

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Howdy all,

I’m bringing you part 2 of my interview with Kate Conway. If you missed part 1, you can read it here. In this part, she talks about Out with Dad and the awesomeness that has come because of the show.

What is Out with Dad [OWD] about?
Out with Dad is about a teenage girl, Rose,  who is struggling with coming out of the closet. Her single father Nathan is also struggling with trying to help her through this difficult time, while making her feel supported and loved.

Tell us a bit about your character Rose.
She is a shy girl, who can be a real powerhouse around certain people. She’s going through both the extremely difficult time of coming out and also being in love with her best friend. She is very complex and has a lot on her plate. Kinda like most teens.

You give Rose quite a truth. Where does your inspiration for Rose come from?
From the people in my life who have been super brave. I’ve watched close people around me battle addiction and mental illness, lose friends and loved ones. They’ve all come back on top.  I am constantly surrounded by inspirational people. Rose is meant to be a fighter like them.

I know there’s a little bit of a story about you landing the role of Rose. Tell us a little bit about that experience?
I saw a casting call for a web series about a teen girl struggling in high school. She was meant to be a shy girl who opens up around her closes friends and family. Highschool sucks for her because she can’t date the people she wants. Other than being gay, Rose was me. I was shy, hated high school, yet was super awesome to my close friends. I went and read for both Rose and Vanessa. Then Rose…Then Vanessa..I couldn’t tell if Jason thought I fit either of them. Then I got a call to meet Jason the director and Eric Taylor the producer at a coffee shop for a follow up interview. Apparently, they needed to double check that I was cool before they gave me the part. I’ve been trying to prove to them ever since that I am.

What is a typical day on set like?
A typical day on set begins with Jason (or some other awesome human being) bringing me an energy drink. My contract is very specific; no acting unless energy drinks are generously provided. Then we make-up and costume while production lights and sounds the space. The actors will practise lines and then Will proceeds to tell some hilarious story to lighten the mood. We will film whatever scenes are set for that location for the whole season. It’s weird shooting a crying scene for the 7th episode and then shooting a chill relaxed scene from perhaps the 1st or 5th episode. But I love that about film making. It’s challenging. Then after wrap, we might all go home because of next day shooting. If not, drinks and fun times for those who can. Hanging out and talking about set or whatever is something I really love.

What is the most rewarding part of working on Out with Dad?
This question takes the most thought. Where do I begin. The show has given me so much. Number one, I love filming and sets SO MUCH. The feeling of being on a set is like Christmas to me. It gives me purpose because watching film has given so much to my life that being a part of it now is truly wicked. Next is career opportunities. Because of OWD’s success around the world and its great notoriety, I have been able to progress in my career and had opportunities given to me I would have never had otherwise. But probably if you had a gun to my head and said “for the love of God, just PICK!”, I would say the affect I’ve had on people I have never met. I grew up feeling forever changed by the inspiring things I watched on tv and in movies. When watching though, I personally never felt or did anything in the way of “I came out a gay/lesbian/trans/finally admitted to myself/family/decided to keep going/I can now talk/understand/show my love to my child” that OWD has given other people. As an actress, “move people significantly”  was on my bucket list. I guess I can cross it off now.  I could never book a single job for the rest of my life and feel like I’ve helped change the world for the better as an artist. Which is pretty bad-ass, don’t you think? [I would imagine. Great job btw. (^__^) ]

Congratulations on the awards you’ve won personally. Which ones did you win and what was it like to find out that had won?
Thanks! I won Outstanding Lead actress in a Drama Series at 2011 LA Webfest and Best Actress at the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards. The ensemble cast also won at the 2012 LA Webfest awards. The cast and crew have one a boat load of others. The LA ones we kinda found out surprisingly. No idea we were up for them. It was awesome! The best was the ISA. This was my second year going and nominated. It’s totally cliché but I really did not expect to win. I was completely floored and ended up giving a ridiculously out of breath acceptance and forgot to thank Will and Lindsey. I will never live it down. After, I went and called mom. I left a very excited and tearful message on her machine. She needed to know that her awesome mom-ness was paying off.

What is it like to work with the cast and crew?
Oh don’t get me started. THEY ARE ALL TERRIBLE. They are no fun. They are unprofessional and lazy. They DON’T work their asses off like you’d think. They don’t leave their loved ones and sacrifice their social lives for no monetary gain like they should. Their lack of talent is SO obvious due to the shitiness of the show. Who would ever want to work with this rag-tag bunch of hooligans? Oh and did I say they are no fun? Don’t ever try to have fun with them. They will just lead you to the worst times in your life. The WORST!

What have been your favorite moments from each season of the show?
Just take everything I said in the last answer and make it not sarcastic. Generally speaking, everything. But the movie theatre scene of season one was great. We shot all night. Josh, one of the production guys drove like 5 of us home and none of us had any sleep. Being in the car, trying to keep him awake and just talking warms my heart to this day. No one got paid that night, but we all suffered, laughed and joyed together. Season 2….I guess the table read-through. We had almost everyone there. The family was back together. I was overwhelmed with joy.

The 2 episodes that Rose and her father go to the PFLAG meeting were some of the most powerful episodes of the entire series for me. What was the experience like filming those episodes?
Holy God, unreal. I say that for Rose, Season 2 is “the season of tears”. For other non PFLAG emotional scenes in the show, I use learned actor tools to get into the emotional state I need. The two PLFLAG episodes were filmed in one day and it was emotionally exhausting. Like I said before, I have been lucky enough to connect with fans in the LGBT community who have either gone through crazy struggles or are currently battling them alone. This experience brought those amazing stories to life right in front of me. I had only one scene where I cried as reaction to the stories. Needless to say, the tears were 100% my own for the people who really lived these experiences.

I just want to thank you for your time. The series as a whole and I may dare to say your performance, have led me to be more comfortable in my own skin and really be true to myself. Is there anything else that you would like to say to my readers about the show or otherwise?
Thank you SO much. You sharing your experience and wisdom with the world is something priceless. I don’t know what it’s like AT ALL to go through this but it seems like something that takes every last ounce of strength to do. I’m appalled that it still does. It should just be life by now. Hopefully forums like yours, OWD and other LGBT blogs, vlogs and the like around the world will change that. I do honestly believe that these struggles will one day be something of the past that you’ll tell your grand kids about. Art on the internet is changing history. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it. It is a tremendous gift in my life. 🙂

Loved the interview, Kate. Thanks for taking the time to do it.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Dana Puddicombe-Part 2!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

Here’s part 2 of my interview with Dana Puddicombe. Read part 1 here. Part 2 is all about her involvement in the show and the show itself. Enjoy.

N:  A basic summary of the show is really had to come by. In your own words, what is B.J. Fletcher Private Eye (Fletch) all about?
DP:  A bumbling private investigator painstakingly solves simple crimes while balancing her complicated friendship with the woman she loves. (It is hard to summarize!) [I would agree that it’s hard to summarize. I love this summary!!!]

N: How did you get involved with show?
DP: 
Lindy (B.J Fletcher) was my roommate in university, so when I moved to Toronto, we hung out quite often. She asked me if I wanted to do a small part in a contest submission she was doing and I was up for it. And four years later, here we are!

N: Tell me about your character, Georgia Drew (George).
DP: 
George tries very hard to do the right thing. I think she is smart and honorable but maybe a tad gullible, only because she is so earnest.

N: In what ways are you like George? Different?
DP:  I am a lot like George, I think. I would like to think of myself as an earnest person, but not terribly serious…I certainly like to have a laugh whenever I can. I may be a bit bolder.

N: George is Fletch’s assistant. What is their relationship like?
DP:  Fletch definitely leads the team, but I think it is fairly obvious to both of them that George makes up for Fletcher’s failings. They are a great team and balance each other out. They value the other so greatly that they would do anything to preserve that bond… including hiding their attraction for so long.

N: George has a girlfriend Jenna. How did they meet? How has their relationship grown since they first met?
DP:  George and Jenna meet in Episode 10 of Season 1, when Fletch and George are hired to find her. At the beginning of Season 2, we find them together and through the season it comes out that George went to Jenna to vent after Fletch seemed to take Marjorie back. Their relationship has grown alot (Season 3 finds them sharing a home), but Fletch has been an issue from Day 1!

N: Is it just me, but does it seem like Fletch causes tension in George and Jenna’s relationship? Why or why not?
DP:  See above answer! Fletch definitely causes tension… She and Jenna constantly put George in a position to choose between them. Jenna feels threatened by Fletch, Fletch feels threatened by Jenna but only George truly knows who she wants to be with!

N: What is it like working with Vanessa Dunn? Rest of the cast and crew?
DP:  Vanessa is a riot and lots of fun to work with. She is super smart and witty and we have a laugh. Everyone is great… we had a lot of fun this season. Our primary cast are so hilarious and gifted, but we have also been fortunate to have lots of amazing guest stars, too! We have an absolutely fantastic crew… Everyone works so hard and care so much about the series. And I think it shows. 🙂 [I completely agree]

N: What is a typical day on set like?
DP:  Rikki (our superhuman hair/makeup maven) usually will pick up Lindy and I (and whoever else needs a lift in our neighbourhood) and we head to location for hair/makeup. Sometimes we just meet at her house and do it there. We run lines while she dolls us up, Regan and company (often Jessica or Jonny) set up the scene during that. We discuss the scene, propose changes we developed during line run, and then we do the scene! I like to see the best take of most of the scenes, whereas Lindy likes to wait, so before we move on, I usually watch with Regan and the crew. Sometimes we have to go to a couple of different locations and have a snack. We only take a long break if its an extremely long shooting day… otherwise we eat and take a little break while we are getting set up for the next scene and keep on truckin’ til we are done.

N: I’ve watched all the outtakes and behind the scenes videos that are up from the show, are there any outtakes/stories that didn’t make the reels or videos that stick out in your mind? 
DP:  A lot  of funny stuff doesn’t make it to the blooper reel, or only a fraction of it. We did a scene with Maria (Mrs. Watson) last season. A simple scene, we tell her the mob are using her warehouse, but it starts with her on the phone. We must have done 30 takes… some are on the blooper reel but it was insane. She was just so funny.. she is truly priceless. There are a few clips of that on the outtake reel, but they can’t capture it… really, it was so funny.

N: From what I read, you aren’t of the LGBT community (correct me if I’m wrong), what made want to portray a lesbian character?
DP:  I am a straight woman. But I very much support the community and believe that with that support, I am part of it. [I would agree…that was worded poorly. Sorry. :(]

I didn’t intend on playing a lesbian character, it kind of just happened. George was not intended to [be] feature[d] as heavily as she [is], and her crush on Fletch was developed while we filmed the pilot and Regan pursued it. I was all for it when that aspect of the story developed. Because it made sense and it made drama! It makes absolutely no difference to me whether a character I play loves men or women. I can 100% identify with a young woman finding herself, as I believe George has been doing since Day 1. That journey is precious to me. I can identify with George: I have lusted after a friend, I have felt jealous of my crush’s lover, I have definitely been uncertain about the future of a relationship (or lack thereof). It’s all love. It’s complicated and heartbreaking and universal. I love Lindy Zucker with all my heart and we have been friends for 10 years. That familiarity and love, right out the gate, is hard to manifest. And Vanessa is unbelievably beautiful and so funny. With these two women as my objects of affection, gay or straight, I don’t have to work very hard!

N: How is to kiss on set? I would imagine it can be quite awkward and uncomfortable at times.
DP:  It can be pretty awkward… it isn’t sexy… not at all. There’s a room full of people, and you need to be aware of the angle you are on and whether it looks okay (which makes it look anything but sexy!). I am not a big PDA person anyway, so I need a few takes just to stop blushing! And you have to do it over and over again… I just find it a bit embarrassing.

N: What has been the most rewarding/best part of working on the show?
DP:  It is very rewarding to get feedback from the viewers. To know that they enjoy it so much, and really connect with the characters is awesome. The entire process, from the first table read to the last shot of Season 3, has taught me so much. And I think the rest of our crew would agree. You can see each episode get better and tighter and cleaner. I am very proud of how far we’ve come.

N: Favorite episode/scene from each season?
DP:  Season 1: Episode 9 was hilarious to film and prob my fave episode of all of them! We had such a laugh 🙂

Season 2: The Tony/ Mr. Joshua hot tub scene. Or the scene when George and Fletch chase down Claire Calnan on Freedom Rider. Or the pirate restaurant scene. Hard to pick!

Season 3: The opening scene of us running in Episode 1. We call it the Spadina Chase scene because Lindy and I have been bugging Regan for years to do a chase scene on that particular street. There are a bunch of vendors and it can be hard to get around people, so we thought it would be funny. It sounds really silly, but it meant the world that Regan made it happen! 🙂

(Watch that scene here. It’s hilarious.)

N: Are there any spoilers you can give us? (Can’t blame me for trying)
DP:  Sorry… Regan would kill me. And she knows where I live.

Well, I had to try…maybe I’ll be more successful with Regan Latimer, the Creator / Executive Producer / Director / Writer of the show, but some how I doubt it.

Today, all new content that I’m sure you don’t want to miss is being put up on the show’s web site. The link is below.

If you would like more information on the show or to watch the episodes, check out their web site, Facebook and Twitter.

TTFN,
Nerd

Lock and Load: Interview with @bjfletcherpi’s Dana Puddicombe-Part 1!!!

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Compliments of Regan Latimer

I’m really excited to be able to share this interview with all of you. It’s with Dana Puddicombe (puh-D-ick-cum) who plays Georgia Drew, the assistant to B.J. Fletcher from the web series, B. J. Fletcher Private Eye.

Here’s more information about Dana from the show’s web site:

Dana is an Actress and Writer from Roaches Line, NL (Newfoundland, Canada). She holds a BFA from Memorial University of Newfoundland and spent 4 seasons in the company of The Gros Morne Theatre Festival. After graduation, she lived on Nunnery Hill (literally) and appeared on stage for c2c, RCA, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival and East of Reason Theatre (co-founder). Upon moving to Toronto, Dana co-starred in the East of Reason production the ecstatics for SummerWorks and has performed her own material for various hosting and stand up comedy appearances. Her TV & Radio credits include Afghanada (CBC), Rookie Blue (ABC/ Global) and a guest starring role on Republic of Doyle (CBC). Dana is absolutely thrilled to return to her role as Georgia Drew! Lock & Load!!!


Nerd:  What are some other productions/projects that you have been involved in?

Dana Puddicombe:  The last thing I did was a couple of episodes of a CBC Radio Drama called Afghanada, and the first thing I did was the part of Mother Rabbit in a very cutting-edge production of Peter Rabbit with my Grade 1 class at St. Edward’s Elementary in Brigus, circa 1987. “Your ears fell off, but you kept on going” -a quote from Roxy, my mom.

N:  Favorite production/project. (not including BJ Fletcher)
DP:  Its a bit of a toss up! I did a play a few years back called the ecstatics, which was very near to my heart for many reasons. Straight out of university, a friend and myself produced and performed it, and not only was it a super interesting piece, it really proved to me how much you can achieve if you just go for it. And I did a role in the first season of Republic of Doyle, which is filmed in Newfoundland. I got to go home and work with amazing friends, and be a part of something really special. It was a really fun part.

N:  What made you want to get into acting?
DP:  I was really terrible at volleyball.

N:  What tips do you have for someone wanting to get into acting?
DP:  1. Read plays, take classes, and observe your surroundings closely every day… find the drama in your own world and the people around you. “Specificity is the soul of all good communication”-a quote from a smart person.

2. Don’t take yourself too seriously and avoid getting a facial tattoo. If you already have a facial tattoo, become great friends with a good makeup artist and carry on.

N:  If you weren’t acting, what would you want to do for a living?
DP:  I am not always acting for a living, so I bar tend to keep myself clothed and fed when jobs are dry. But if I chose another career focus, I would probably study Psychiatry or Architecture.

N:  If you could work with any actor or actress, who would be and why?
DP:  I would have loved to work with Audrey Hepburn. She is my all-time favorite person to watch (she just glowed… what a presence!), so I could only imagine what it would have been like to share a scene with her. If we focus on living performers, probably Chazz Palminteri or Helen Mirren. 

N:  Dream project? (other than Fletch)
DP:  I would love to be on Days of our Lives.

N:  Coke or Pepsi?
DP:  Pepsi

N:  Cats or dogs?
DP:  Dogs

N:  Summer or winter?
DP:  Summer

N:  Hugs or kisses?
DP:  Hugs

N:  Fame or fortune?
DP:  Fortune

N:  Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
DP:  I like both.

N:  Time travel to: the past or the future?
DP:  Future

N: Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
DP:  Trashy mag

N:  Fave food?
DP:  Movie theatre popcorn

N:  Fave  book?
DP:  The Godfather or The Alchemist

N:  Fave color?
DP:  Black. Does that count? Everyone looks so good in black.

Yes, Dana, I think that black does count and everyone does look good in black.

If you would like more information on the show or to watch the episodes, check out their web site, Facebook and Twitter.

TTFN,
Nerd