interviews

Exclusive Interview: Mpho Koaho ("Black or White")

Black or White is a film that’s hoping to give people new things to think about when it comes to dealing with race relations, especially those involving multiracial families. Kevin Costner believes heavily in the film, and it’s a lot of his stories about the journey it took to bring Black or White to the screen that has put Black or White on the tongues of everyone who follows filmmaking.

Joining in the storytelling is Mpho Koaho, one of the actors in the film. I was happy to speak with Koaho about his role in the film, his take on Hollywood’s resistance towards certain films, and what fans can expect from his role in the upcoming season of Falling Skies.

Black or White is currently playing in theaters. Falling Skies comes back to TNT this summer.

Exclusive Interview: Malia Dawkins (Writer, "Rapunzel Jackson")

Malia Dawkins is known for her acting work on shows like Jonas and Wizards of Waverly Place, but now she’s adding the titles of screenwriter and producer to her list of talents.

Dawkins’ first film, Rapunzel Jackson, created through her production company East to West Productions, is set to show at Los Angeles’ Pan African Film Festival, and I was excited to speak with Dawkins about the film, which focuses on a girl who gets her first perm. We also discussed black women’s complicated relationship with hair, the self-placed boundaries between natural and permed hair, and where the conversations about both hair types can meet in the middle.

Rapunzel Jackson is directed by Dabling Harward (who, as Dawkins said, was a “dream director,”) and stars Morgan Ashley in the title role. The rest of the cast includes Dawkins, Juanita Jennings, Haley Powell, Coley Speaks, Bruce Lemon, Demitris Dajoun and Marissa Herrera. Rapunzel Jackson will screen at the Pan African Film Festival this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2:10pm and Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 1:40pm. You can learn more at the festival’s site.


 

Exclusive Interview: Sterling Studio's Constance Tillotson

You might have read my EW Community interview with Marcus Scribner, who plays Andre Jr. on black-ish. Now, you can read how he honed his talent with my interview with his acting coach and CEO of Hollywood’s Sterling Studio, Constance Tillotson.

As you read below, you’ll see how Tillotson became one of the industry’s best acting coaches, her method of teaching, and some advice she has for those wanting to get in the acting business. At the end of the article, you’ll know why she believes that “cultivating the mindset of mastery” is best approach not only to acting, but to all aspects of life.

Exclusive Interview: Abhi Sinha ("Chasing Life")

If you’re new to the game, get used to the name Abhi Sinha. Sinha is currently on ABC Family’s hit show Chasing Life as Danny, the jerk-ish journalist who’s always trying to one-up April (Italia Ricci). Sinha is also hoping he can be one of the actors in Hollywood that makes the industry better for others.

I was excited to talk with Sinha about his role on Chasing Life, his life before acting and how he feels about representation in Hollywood. Chasing Life airs Mondays at 9/8c on ABC Family.

Exclusive Interview: Eunice Lau and Grace Jung, Director and Producer of "A-Town Boyz"

A-Town Boyz is a documentary that everyone needs to get on their radar. The film, directed by Eunice Lau, focuses on several young second-generation Asian men living in Atlanta and their struggle to live productively amid a lack of opportunities, understanding, and role models. These young men were led to the allure of gang life, which provided the protection and sense of identity these men were desperately searching for throughout their lives.

Interview Rewind: "Wedding Palace" Co-Screenwriter Robert Gardner

Originally posted on Moniqueblog.net in 2013. 

Wedding Palacedirected by Christine Yoo and written by Robert Gardner and Derek Draper and starring Brian Tee, Hye-jeong Kang, Bobby Lee, Jean Yoon and Margaret Cho, is a film that has charm, humor, and tons of sweet likability. The film is also unique–even though the film is one that’s about Korean culture, the writers, Gardner and Draper, are both African-American. So how did this film come to be, and what type of research was done to get the film’s voice just right? I was able to discuss this with Gardner in an email interview. Check out his insight into the writing process and what his favorite film from the scene is. Also look below for a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the film. Wedding Palace is now available to home audiences.