‘Carrie Diaries’ Set Visit: Stefania Owen On Playing Troublemaker Dorrit

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The Carrie Diaries may portray what it was like for Carrie Bradshaw back in high school, but it also lets viewers in on what Bradshaw was like with a younger sister. Stefania Owen plays Dorrit on the favorite CW series, and we recently caught up with the 15-year-old when we visited the New York set. What did we learn from the up-and-coming actress? Not only does she love playing the troublemaker, but she actually knew AnnaSophia Robb years before the two would play sisters on television.

Check out what she had to say on playing Dorrit, what’s next for Dorrit and Carrie’s relationship, and how the show incorporated Owen and Robb’s already solid friendship.

On Comparing Herself To Dorrit
“We have a lot of differences, but there are similar aspects to Dorrit and I. We like to wear the same things. I have Doc Martens and I wear a lot of bracelets. But some differences, she’s out there smoking pot and getting drunk and that’s the opposite of me. I love school and go to the park with my friends, all those dorky things. It’s really fun to play Dorrit because I can go in and be this person that I’m totally not. It’s really fun.”

On What It’s Like Having To Be In A Mood Most Of The Time
“I’m always having a good time, but when I’m tired in the morning, it’s actually great to be Dorrit because you’re just slumping around. You’re kind of acting how you’re feeling in the morning, so it works sometimes. We’re all joking around and playing music all the time, so it’s from happy and dancing to eh. I guess that’s just part of it. But it can be really challenging.”

On Playing A Troublemaker 
“I think it’s so fun. A fun part about it is that a lot of people can relate to that trouble-making teenager because a lot of people were. They weren’t perfect. They did go out. That was their learning curves of life. It’s just great to almost experience all of those things through Dorrit, so I don’t necessarily have to go through them myself. I feel like I’ve gone through what Dorrit has and it’s so nice to have that connection.”

On Working With AnnaSophia Robb
It was funny because later (after the audition) we found out that AnnaSophia was playing Carrie, and I’ve known AnnaSophia since I was seven. She had been to our house in New Zealand. So it was really funny because we gave them pictures of when we were little and they use them for set. My older sister was inBridge to Terabithia and AnnaSophia was in that movie. So because it was filmed in New Zealand she came to our house. Our families are so close and it helped because the first scene we had for the pilot I had to bite her. So it actually helped that I knew her (laughs) and comfortable that I knew someone being so far from home too.

On Dorrit An Carrie’s Relationship 
“Dorrit and Carrie’s relationship is always up and down. It’s nice because you have those sisterly, grabbing of the hair, and hitting and biting, but you also have those moments when they’re so vulnerable. And it’s nice to see because you realize how much sisters and family need each other. It’s always up and down and I’m excited to see where it goes.”

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‘Last Man Standing’ Reunion: Star Dishes On Jonathan Taylor Thomas Stopping By

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Tonight is a ’90s throwback. Tonight is when Jonathan Taylor Thomas returns to our television screens! The ’90s hearthrob made huge buzz on the internet weeks ago when it was announced that he would be reuniting with his Home Improvement co-star Tim Allen on his latest ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, and now that day has finally come. Kaitlyn Dever, who plays Eve Baxter on the show, revealed to me what it was like to have JTT as a guest star.

“Oh my God, the live taping was just so full! Our live tapings are usually full, but there was so many people trying to get in to see JTT that we had to send people into the hallway because everyone was just so excited,” she revealed. “There was so many articles coming out, and he actually was great. He was so good.” JTT will be playing Jon, a past co-worker of Kristin’s (Amanda Fuller) who now owns a hip restaurant.

But what audiences might not know, is that JTT actually hangs out around the set quite often. “I had known him and met him even before he was even guest starring on our show. He hangs around because he knows a director and so he comes for tapings. He’s really, really nice.”

And even though Dever was a bit too young to actually watch Home Improvement herself, she could tell how close Allen and JTT stayed throughout the years. “Tim is always cracking jokes with him, so you can tell they go way back.”

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Mark Burnett And History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ Cast Celebrate “The Bible Experience” Gala In New York

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On the heels of very high ratings for the History Channel, The Bible series’ executive producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, celebrated the opening of “The Bible Experience” in New York on Tuesday, March 19. For a short period only, the gallery featuring biblical artifacts will be open for viewing. The pieces are so rare, that they’ve actually only been shown at the Vatican and in South Carolina so far.

Joined by celebrity friends and Diogo Morgado, who plays Jesus Christ in the miniseries, onlookers got the chance to take a look around the gala, and stopped for pictures on the red carpet.

Other guests included Montel Williams, Carson Kressley, Olympic gold medalist Gaby Douglas,  Ariana Huffington, actress Kristin Chenoweth, and Suze Orman.

“The Bible Experience” is located at 450 West 14th Street between Washington and 10th Avenue. Admission is free and will be open until March 27. Fans of the Bible series can also get their hands on the miniseries when it becomes available on Blu-ray, DVD and DHD on April 2nd.

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Julia Stiles Gives A Sneak Peek Of ‘Blue’ Season 2 On WIGS

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Julia Stiles is back for the second season of Blue, returning with 26 brand-new episodes for the WIGS YouTube series. On a recent conference call with the star, Stiles admitted she couldn’t be more excited for the return of the award-winning series, and gave fans a sneak peek on what’s next for her character.

“When [Executive Producer] Rodrigo [Garcia] suggested that we have Blue and her son seeing a therapist I thought that was very interesting, because obviously most people choose to go to therapy. But because Blue is forced to go to there, the idea that somebody who’s leading a double life and is trying to hide so many secrets, that she would be asked lots of questions about her past I think is a perfect set-up for tension,” she revealed about the upcoming season.

A single mother who just so happens to be an upscale escort truly doesn’t scream therapy session, but Stiles admitted that her character is one of the many reasons she signed on to the project. “What really sold me was the first scene of the first episode in Season 1. It was just such a great premise and set-up for a show, which is that this girl is leading a double life is constantly dealing with how to manage that and how to control it, and that the two worlds are going to collide,” she said. “So in Season 1 she is with a client and as things get hot and heavy she realizes that he recognizes her from high school. I just thought that the idea of having a character trying to keep something secretive and a character living with a huge secret—to me, that was worth exploring.”

Filming a series on the WIGS platform also has its perks. “One thing that’s really lovely about the WIGS channel is that it was the first time I felt like I was a part of a community.” Adding, “Doing a web series also gives you a lot of creative freedom that you sometimes don’t get when a lot more money is involved, or you’re working with a movie studio or a network.”

And though she was hesitant at first, Stiles eventually decided to join because of Garcia’s hand in it all, and because YouTube seems to be the way viewers consume entertainment today.

Season 2 of Blue debuted on the WIGS YouTube channel Friday, March 15.


Ian Somerhalder: Elena’s Sire Bond To Damon On ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Is “Tragic”

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Whether you’re a Stelena or a Delena fan, all viewers of The Vampire Diaries have to admit by now how much pain both Salavatore brothers have gone through because of Elena’s ways. She’s back and forth with her feelings, and is currently shutting all her emotions off. Seriously, how much can a blood-sucking vamp handle, you guys? Her latest adventure is with Damon on the way to New York, so we recently asked Ian Somerhalder what viewers of the CW series can expect up ahead in their relationship.

“Well you know, I don’t know because this whole sire bond thing and now that she has no emotions with her humanity shut off, it kind of backfires this whole thing,” he admitted. “This whole plan Damon had planned really backfired in his face and now with her having no emotion and not feeling anything for anyone—it’s kind of tragic that he finally found a girl he loved. He finally got her, and now he’s realized, ‘Oh shit. She’s not reallyin love with me.'”

The love triangle’s unexpected and upsetting twists do have their moments though. “It makes for really great storytelling and a great dynamic,” he added.


‘Vampire Diaries’ Scoop: Ian Somerhalder Reveals How He Wants The Series To End

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The Vampire Diaries may be experiencing a new Elena (Nina Dobrev) at the moment, but Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are still holding out for the girl they once loved to return soon. The CW series may leave fans in turmoil week after week with sudden deaths like Jeremy, but one detail is always certain: the triangle will always continue and there will be a final endgame. Wesley told me his thoughts back in January, and now it’s Somerhalder’s turn.

“If Elena could choose, she should run for the freaking hills!” the 34-year-old laughed. “You know what I mean? I mean how crazy do you have to be? Like ‘Oh, fire hot. Oh, fire hot.’ These guys are troubleeee!”

Somerhalder also agreed with Wesley, that a happy ending shouldn’t be the final endgame. “I think after this amazing journey, I think there’s a chance that either—you know this is not one of those shows where you just ride out into the sunset. There’s too many things that have happened, so I think it would be interesting—you know what, I just don’t know!” he admitted. “I just want Damon to run off into the sunset and go to the Caribbean and just sort of chill out.”

The only difference? Wesley took more of the perish route for both Salvatore brothers.


Ian Somerhalder: “I Plan On Having The Greenest House On The Block!” (Interview)

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When Ian Somerhalder isn’t vamping it up on the CW series hit The Vampire Diaries, he’s off saving the world. Honestly, does it get any better than that? The Louisiana native began his Ian Somerhalder Foundation back in 2010, and in a just a few years has made a huge impact on the environment and educating younger generations. Now partnered with Cree, the leader in LED lighting, Somerhalder has now taken on a more effective way to conserve energy.

During a recent chat with the actor, Somerhalder let me in on his work with Cree, the very moment he decided to create the IS Foundation, the impressive campaign he’s working on to let bullies and victims care for animals in order to stop bullying, and what he has found to be most rewarding so far.

When was that initial moment when you knew you wanted to start the IS Foundation?
IAN SOMERHALDER: I mean honestly, I’m going to turn a negative into a positive. It was ultimately the BP oil spill. I just felt so hopeless and so awfully helpless. I just realized I never want anyone to feel that helpless. I never want myself, my family or you or anyone, and that’s how it was born. Having that helpless feelings and wanting to educate and empower and ultimately activate people so that they never have to feel that way again. It’s been an amazing experience in watching this thing grow and in two and a half years we’ve basically spread to well over 100 countries and put some phenomenal amounts of energy out there.

Did any childhood experiences back in Louisiana help you shape that focus?
Well, yeah, actually a great deal of it. There’s a really delicate eco-system there that you realize there’s a really specific balance of life and nature and an impact will ultimately change that and affect it in such a way that it can be destroyed. And so that really gave me the desire to let people know that if you want change it has to be generational.

What’s been the most rewarding so far?
We did a fundraiser that was all about women’s empowerment. Which is, what is sexy and redefining it. It’s about your passion for animals and the environment and other people and that’s what’s sexy. It’s not what the hell you look like or wear, its just what you have in your heart really and your mind. And so we decided to do a burlesque show and it was called Empoweresque. It was this really awesome—it was our fundraiser. We did this huge beach cleanup with thousands of people in Santa Monica. The really cool thing is right now we’re buying a farm down in Louisiana and we’re turning it into an animal sanctuary. It ties into youth education and it’s a youth education camp. We’re going to be doing things like bully programs. Bringing bullies from all over the country and ultimately all over the world to work with the animals, the bully and the victim and the victim and the bully.

How did this latest partnership with Cree on LED lighting come about?
It actually happened really organically to be honest with you. I have a company that we founded that’s called Go Green Mobile Power and we have a LED light system that we’re using and is green. CREE comes right into that. They are a much more commercial company, but they created this light that uses 84% less energy with a 10-year warranty and now is at price point for consumers. It’s like $10 at Home Depot. That is going to change the entire consumer light game. They are shatter proof. You can touch them because there’s no heat that comes off of them. It’s amazing. I love this partnership. These people are changing the game and they’ve developed this product, which it literally is the coolest thing since the invention of the light bulb. This thing is going to change how we use light.

I bet you have the greenest house on the block.
I plan on having the greenest house on the block!