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New @L7sville Review!!!

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Howdy guys,

I thought that I would share one my current favorite web series with you, Squaresville. I know that I’ve talked about it before, but it is completely worth watching. It’s just amazing and I guess you could say that I’m biased due to the interviews that I’ve done, but I wouldn’t have done them if I didn’t think the show was worth watching.

Below is the playlist for Season 1:

And season 2:

And my thoughts and reactions:

Let me know what you thoughts about the series and my videos is in the comments below.

TTFN,
Nerd

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

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Howdy guys,

It’s the last part of this particular series of interviews. I’m really sad. I look up to all the people who I’ve done interviews with for this series. Hope you enjoyed this.

MK Talks about Squaresville and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

You play Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD). What is LBD for readers who haven’t seen it?
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries ia a modern-day vlog-style adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Who is Lydia Bennet?
She is the younger sister of Lizzie and Jane. Lydia is known for being a bit of a loose cannon party girl, but as time has gone on I’m quite happy to say we’ve been able to add a lot more to her than appears on the surface.

Who else is in LBD?
We have a wonderful cast. Ashley Clements plays Lizzie, Laura Spencer plays Jane, Julia Cho plays Charlotte Lu, Christopher Sean plays Bing Lee, Jessica Jade Andres plays Caroline Lee, Maxwell Glick plays Ricky Collins, Briana Cuoco plays Mary Bennet, my cat Rosie plays Kitty Bennet, Wes Aderhold plays George Wikcham, Janice Lee plays Maria Lu, Craig Frank plays Fitz, and Daniel Vincent Gordh plays William Darcy.

What is Squaresville?
Squaresville is a web series about two girls, Esther and Zelda, in high school in the suburbs trying to be and do more than their surroundings afford them. It follows their misadventures and yearnings to make a difference.

Who do you play and what is she like?
I play Zelda, and she is the idealist of the two. She is the one wanting to be abducted by aliens or traveling through time and she often drags Esther along with her. Zelda is quiet but sharp, optimistic but judgmental, good-hearted but also condescending. She’s a wonderful character and I feel so lucky to be playing her.

Who else is in the cast?
Kylie Sparks plays Esther, Austin Rogers is Percy, David Ryan Speer plays Wayne, Tiffany Ariany plays Shelly, Chrissie Weatherup is Sarah, Jim Mahoney is Ozzy, Henry Monfries is Pete, and there are many many more talented actors who appear.

In what ways do you relate to your character, Zelda? Why?
I relate to Zelda in many ways more than any other character I play. Her optimism and her idealism which are in many ways her core are things that I have as well. I grew up wanting to be more and do more and experience more than my surroundings could afford me. My wants very much align with Zelda’s, and I was very much a “geek” or “nerd” or “outcast” in high school. She and I have a lot in common.

In what ways are you different than Zelda? Why?
Zelda is a little more sure of herself, at least when it comes to conflict, than I am. Zelda is stubborn and has no problem telling others that they’re wrong. I’m much more of a pushover and hate arguing with people, so I just don’t. I think if both of us could move somewhere towards the middle we’d both be better for it.

Who do you think you are most like, Lydia or Zelda? Why?
I used to think I was just like Zelda and nothing like Lydia. As time has gone on though, I have learned things about both of them that have made me balance that feeling out. I am like Lydia in ways I didn’t realize at first, and unlike Zelda in ways I hadn’t thought about before. I’m somewhere in between them. I have Lydia’s energy but Zelda’s gravity, and Zelda’s desire for activity and Lydia’s optimism.

Which character on Squaresville do you relate to most and why?
Zelda, without a doubt. For all the ways I’ve mentioned.

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?
Thank you! Yes, there will be a season 2 and I’m very excited about it. I think Season 2 is going to really excite our viewers—I’m really excited about it. There is more of an overarching storyline in some ways, with still the vignette style episodes thrown in. There is a bit more that happens in Season 2—there are some fantastical elements that I’m very excited about. We meet a lot of new characters and the world of Squaresville is fleshed out in new ways. It’s going to be quite fun.

What is a typical day on set like?
Just fun from start to finish. We move fast and we get a lot done, but we are a family and we like nothing better than being together making the show.

You and Kylie Sparks have awesome chemistry. Was it something you had to work on or was it instant?
Kylie and I knew each other before we were cast together—we were at USC together. So we really have a common place that we’re coming from and I definitely feel like the prior knowledge of each other helped us have that foundation for Zelda and Esther’s friendship.

If you could give a high school girl advice, what would it be?
Just don’t worry about what anybody else thinks about you. Do the things that make you feel fulfilled and be silly if you want. Study hard if you want. Be creative. My friends and I did the silliest things in high school and didn’t really care if we were popular or not. I’m really proud of us for that, because I had the absolute most fun in high school. If I had been more concerned with being “popular” I think I would have missed out on so much.

Three reasons to watch both Squresville and LBD.
Squaresville

  1. I bet that no matter who you are, you can relate to at least one scenario in Squaresville.
  2. Matt’s dialogue is fantastic.
  3. It’s about going on adventures, and who doesn’t love adventures?

LBD

  1. If you are a dude, three lovely redheaded sisters.
  2. If you are a lady, Wes Aderhold.
  3. It’s truly unlike any other version of P&P, and unlike any other modern adaptation.

Any words you would like to say?
I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of both these shows and to be playing such different characters. I have made wonderful friends through both of them and am so happy to have connected with our audience in the way that we have. I am very, very lucky. And thanks for the interview!

My last Words

I would really like to thank Matt, Kylie and Mary Kate for their time in doing these interviews. I had a lot of fun reading and editing them. I hope you guys had fun answering them.

If you have a web series or film that you would like me to check out, leave it in the comments below or hit me up on my social media found on the contact page. Thanks.

TTFN,
Nerd

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, @mkwiles-Part 1!!!

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Howdy guys,

This the last set of Squaresville interviews. 😦 I’m really sad about that, but what are you going to do. It’s with star of the show, Mary Kate Wiles.

Courtesy of Mary Kate Wiles

Courtesy of Mary Kate Wiles

Getting to know Mary Kate

For those of us that don’t know much about you, tell me a little about yourself.

Well, I love Lord of the Rings and cats and coffee and sweet tea and good stories and good friends. I went to USC and got degrees in Theatre and English Literature and studied abroad in London. I like to dance, to sing, to read, to write, to draw, to craft, to talk, to laugh, and to generally live life to the fullest.

Word on the street is that you’re from Fayetteville, Arkansas. What was it like growing up in a small town?
I am indeed from Fayetteville.  Fayetteville is a great place to grow up and live—but as I grew up and became aware of my desire to do something with my life, much like Zelda does. I knew that I needed to venture out of it to pursue my dreams. I wasn’t often bored because my friends and I found fun and silly things to do, like Zelda and Esther, but I was knew that I needed to go elsewhere to accomplish what I was longing to do.

How did you get started in acting?
I had always been in dance classes and choirs growing up, so I was not a stranger to performing. It was when I saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time that I remember distinctly thinking: “I want to do that.” And throughout high school I continued to pursue it by being in plays and going to Arkansas Governor’s School for Drama. And when I got into USC for theatre, I kind of thought I would be a tiny fish in a big pond, and I was, but I held my own. I continued to get cast in things so I continued to go further. And the same after I graduated. I just have been really thankful to get greenlights along the way, and hopefully they continue coming.

 What are some of the shows and films you were in?
Some of the shows I did while in school were The Pajama Game (Poopsie), Bat Boy: The Musical (Shelley Parker), Hello Again (The Nurse), and Brigadoon (Jean MacLaren), among others. After school I also did The Winter’s Tale (Perdita) and Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley), as well as some others. The films I have done are Dark Woods, Murder in the Dark, Dreamworld, The Sound at the Shadow; the short film Prism; and of course the webseries Squaresville and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD).

What were some of your favorite projects and why?
Oh, I can never pick. I have been exceedingly lucky to have been in some very fantastic projects and hardly any bad experiences. Murder in the Dark was amazing because it was a completely improvised film shot in Italy; Anne of Green Gables was wonderful because it was a marathon of a musical and such a learning experience for me; Squaresville has been fantastic because it speaks to me so strongly and has lead to so many other projects, including The LBD, which, of course, has been great in its interactivity and brand-new format.

If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing as a career?
The only other thing I ever saw myself liking at all was writing, but that wasn’t enough of a love to sustain me. I have no other thing that I could do–acting demands your everything; if there was an alternative I would be doing that. But there isn’t, and I’m quite happy.

Dream project and why?
I don’t really have one, because every new project I do finds some way to be my favorite thing. I have always had a fondness for epics, though.

If you could work with any actor/actress living or dead, who would it be and why?
Cate Blanchett. She is my ultimate idol. I look up to her in every way. Although if I really did get to work with her I can’t imagine I’d be any good because I’d just be in shock.

Tips for beginning actors?
Never stop learning, never stop trying. Never take no for an answer. Work hard. Love what you do, or do something you do love.

Tips for people who want to create their own web series?
Go for it! The web is such an open forum and a great way to get your name out there. There are no rules and there’s complete access to getting your work out in the public—why wouldn’t you?

Tips for surviving auditions?
Know that ultimately, what you get or don’t get is out of your control.  Just do your best and trust that you will get the jobs you’re meant to have.

Quick Fire Questions
Coke or Pepsi?

Coke.

Cats or Dogs?
Cats.

Summer or Winter?
Winter.

Hugs or Kisses?
Both.

Fame or Fortune?
Success? [I’d say totally valid answer.]

Which is worse: Speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
Writing a paper, definitely.

Time travel to: the past or the future?
The past.

Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
Newspaper.

Fave food?
Tortilla chips and guacamole.

Fave book?
Ultimately: David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.  Recently: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. [editor’s note: The Fault in Our Stars and anything else by John Green is a must read. Do it. Do it now!]

Fave color?
Green.

Stay Tuned!!

The last part of this series of interviews are coming your way next week. So until then, keep checking back for new content.

TTFN,
Nerd