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John Legend on Who Should Replace Blake Shelton as a ‘Voice’ Coach

John Legend was a sight in a pink suit to kick off the live shows for “The Voice.”

“Extra’s” Katie Krause spoke with John on the carpet revealing who he think should take Blake Shelton’s chair after he bids farewell next season.

Blake has been a coach since the show premiered in 2011.  John said, “He’s our veteran. He is our OG.”

So who should take over his big red chair?  “I think it should be someone in country,” Legend said. “We have never had another country coach before, it has always been Blake… I could see Carrie [Underwood] doing it… She could be good. Just an idea, Carrie. We’ll see, we’ll see.”

John and wife Chrissy Teigen are adding to their team at home as they welcome another baby after the tragic loss of their son Jack two years ago. John said they are prepared. “Oh, we’re ready. I feel like it’s old hat for us now. And plus, my brother just had a kid. We’ve been around infants lately. I think we’re all good.”

And he is there for all of Chrissy’s cravings. The musician said, “Pregnancy makes you want to eat. And I’m there as much as possible to make a sandwich, microwave something, make pancakes, whatever I need to do.”

As for his team on “The Voice,” he shared, “I just try to make sure each of our artists, who are truly amazing… I just try to put them in the best light, pick the right songs and make sure they do all the little things that make the performance special.”

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Gwen Stefani Explains Why Blake Shelton Is Leaving ‘The Voice’

Blake Shelton is getting ready to say goodbye to “The Voice,” and his wife Gwen Stefani is opening up about why next season will be his last.

Gwen, who is coaching alongside her husband this season, told “Extra’s” Katie Krause that the country singer is ready for a break.

Stefani said, “I think he just wants more time. I don’t know if people realize if he’s doing two seasons a year, in between that he’s touring. So he actually has two teams at the same time at a certain point, they overlap. It’s a lot of brain power. It’s a lot of time away from the family. Those kinds of things, he just got to a point, he just wants time at his ranch time to do the other things he loves to do.

Smiling she said, “I’m totally speaking for you Blake, I’m sorry… I’m married to you so I can say whatever I want.”

The No Doubt singer continued, “I’m so excited for him, because we have lives outside of work and it’s a really good life and it’s really fun… We have Oklahoma which is something I never knew I needed and wanted; we plant a garden… We are looking forward to doing some of that family stuff.”

As for leaving the show, Gwen said, “I feel sorry for everyone, honestly, he is so talented, he is so funny, he is so great on the show, I’m sorry guys, it wasn’t my decision, totally him, I’m excited to see what comes next, because I bet there is somethings out there that we don’t even know about.”

Will she come back as a coach without her husband? “I have no idea,” Stefani said. “Every season I have been on the show, it has been a last minute… Yes, ask me back, I will come back, it would be really weird without Blake.”

For now, she is focused on the live shows, “I am so excited… My team is just, there are so many talented people here, there always is, but there was something about this season that was really relaxed. I came back and thought I was going to be really nervous being married to Blake… As soon as I walked on to set I was like, ‘I am back,’ it just felt normal again… I don’t know if it’s the combination of coaches, having my little daughter Camila [Cabello] here, knowing John [Legend] so much more and me and Blake being married, I don’t know.”

Sharing her strategy for the season, the star said, “My strategy was to not have a strategy, my strategy was like really listen with my heart.”

Gushing over working with Camila, Katie asked if they could collab? “We got to do her song ‘Havana’ together and that was really fun, I love her voice so much.

Saying Camila amazes her, “To come on and sit in that chair, I just thought she did such a great job… I was her age when ‘Just a Girl’ came out… It’s fascinating to me to get to know her.”

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Country Music Legend Jody Miller Passes Away At 80

“Not only was she a great talent, but she was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. She had a fantastic voice and a wonderful career. You are loved, Jody and I am so honored to have represented you.” – Jim Halsey


BLANCHARD, Okla. – Grammy award-winning recording artist Jody Miller passed away this morning in Blanchard, Oklahoma from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. She was 80 years old. Miller first signed to Capitol Records as a folk artist in 1962, landing her first single “He Walks Like a Man” on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.

Best known for her 1965 Grammy-winning hit “Queen of the House,” Miller became a country star overnight when the single crossed over from the pop to country charts, cementing her status as a pioneering cross-over artist whose radio-friendly versatility paved the way for the likes of fellow artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Anne Murray, and Olivia Newton-John. In 1966, Miller went on to win the Grammy award for the song, becoming the second woman to pick up the trophy for “Best Country Performance—Female.”

According to Miller’s longtime representative Jennifer McMullen, “Jody Miller’s talent cannot be overstated. She had this innate, God-given ability to interpret and communicate with the most beautiful tones and inflection. She made it look and sound so easy that it sometimes takes a moment to realize the greatness of what you are hearing. But she was just as authentic and exceptional in her own life as she was on stage and on record.”

Throughout the ’60s, Miller recorded for Capitol Records, releasing scores of singles such as the hit teen pop anthem “Home of the Brave”, as well as the richly expressive Hot Country charter and fan favorite “Long Black Limousine,” while making multiple appearances on teen shows such as Shindig and American Bandstand.

In the ’70s, Miller began recording for Epic Records in Nashville, working with Billy Sherrill as one of his premiere Countrypolitan artists, notching several hits, including the Top 5 singles “Baby I’m Yours,” There’s a Party Goin’ On,” “Darling, You Can Always Come Back Home,” and the Grammy-nominated cross-over hit “He’s So Fine.” With her beauty and charisma, Miller became a frequent guest on shows such as Hee Haw and Pop! Goes the Country.

In the early ’80s, Miller retired from touring to spend time at home with her daughter Robin and husband Monty Brooks, helping to manage his thriving quarter horse breeding and training business at their farm in Blanchard, Oklahoma. In the early ’90s, Miller rededicated her life to Christ as a born-again Christian and began a gospel music ministry, sharing her testimony through story and song, recording half a dozen gospel albums, culminating in her induction into the International Country Music Hall of Fame.

With all of her accolades, Miller was deeply devoted to her family. Following the death of her husband of 52 years Monty Brooks, Miller began performing with her daughter Robin Brooks Sullivan and her grandchildren Montana and Layla Sullivan as Jody Miller and Three Generations, releasing a single in 2018 “Where My Picture Hangs On the Wall.”

In 2021, Miller attended the groundbreaking for a Blanchard Public School Building named for her, The Jody Miller Performing Arts Center, an honor which she called “better than a Grammy!” Dealing with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in the past few years, Miller made the decision to enter the studio one last time in 2020 for an upcoming project Wayfaring Stranger on Heart of Texas Records. The title spiritual song, part of the artist’s folk repertoire back in the ’60s seems a fitting bookend to her 60-year career. As label President Tracy Pitcox explained, “Jody lived her life, just as she conducted her career, with the utmost class and dignity.”

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Kelly Rizzo is keeping her late husband Bob Saget’s memory alive.

 

“Extra’s” Billy Bush spoke with Kelly about how she’s continuing his work with the Scleroderma Research Foundation, including their Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine benefit.

Kelly also opened up about adjusting to her new life without him, and moving into a new home.

She said of the move, “It’s a fresh start, but yet I brought so much of his stuff and I, like, curated all of Bob’s stuff, so there’s so much of him all over the house, but it kind of gives it a happy sense.”

Billy commented, “Like the Saget Museum,” and Kelly insisted, “Just shy of a museum.”

Kelly is close with Saget’s daughters Aubrey, Jennifer and Lara, saying, “They are angels. I love them so dearly. I can’t imagine going through this without them, without us being so close. They have been the saving grace in all this…They’re my link to him and I’m a link of him to them. We are just family, and I know it would make him so happy and just thrilled we’re as close as we are.”

Billy said, “There’s that expression: ‘Don’t be sad that it’s over, be grateful that it happened.’ Is that like a load of Hallmark B.S.?”

Rizzo said, “No, it is very, very true. I had a lot of people saying right after how I got robbed. We didn’t have all the time we had hoped for, but I can’t live like that… The fact that we had six amazing years together, I’m grateful for that and I’m choosing not to focus on the fact that we got robbed of more time.”

Wednesday evening, Kelly and all Bob’s friends are gathering for the Cool Comedy • Hot Cuisine benefit in Beverly Hills.

Bob spearheaded the event for 30 years, which raises awareness about scleroderma and funds to support the SRF’s vital research programs.

Kelly explained, “John Mayer is performing and co-hosting with Jeff Ross and Jimmy Kimmel. We have Kevin Nealon… Joel McHale, Howie Mandel and John Stamos will be presenting a very special video tribute to Bob.

Kelly said some of the other “Full House” gang will be there, too.

She also shared a sweet story from “Full House” star Jodie Sweetin’s recent wedding, revealing, “John showed up wearing a shirt that I gave him of Bob’s… I don’t think he knew it was that shirt. He was walking out the door and Caitlyn was like, ‘Honey, I don’t think that shirt fits you,’ but they were late. He looked and goes, ‘Oh, my God — this is Bob’s shirt!’ so he just went with it… That’s what we do for his very close friends — his girls and I gave a lot of his clothes to them.”

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Sharon Osbourne Remembers the Queen and Offers Her Take on Royal Rift

Sharon Osbourne is opening up to “Extra’s” Terri Seymour about meeting Queen Elizabeth II and giving her take on the royal rift.

The Queen died last week at 96, and Sharon recalled she looked “so fragile, so frail” in her last public appearance.

Osbourne said of the royal’s passing, “It didn’t surprise me, but you are still heartbroken… We’ve never not had her here. She’s always been there through good times and bad times in the country.”

She recalled, “I was lucky enough to meet her on several occasions and she’s just a magnificent, strong woman, and I loved her strength and dignity and she never put a foot wrong, ever.”

Sharon says she believes they met on six occasions, recalling her favorite memory. “One of the times, I met her at Buckingham Palace and we were just talking about dogs… We were talking like we would be talking,” calling the exchange “well-rounded and relatable.”

After news broke the Queen had died, Sharon headed to London. Terri asked her why that was important to her.

“I just wanted to see and ask questions about what the Queen meant to everybody, and why are you waiting hours and hours. What inside you is making you do this?” Sharon said. “I tell you, Terri, there were people from New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France, somebody from South America… The atmosphere was one of such togetherness. Everybody was there for one reason — because they admired and loved the Queen.”

Regarding the ongoing tension between Prince William and Prince Harry, Sharon said of them smoothing things over, “I hope so. To see them walking side by side it just brings back, oh my God, I look at Harry and think, ‘This is where you belong. The people really want you to come home, this is where you belong, being our prince.’”

And what kind of king does she think Charles will make?

“I think he will be an incredible king because people, especially in America, have the total wrong impression about Charles,” she said. “They think he is unrelatable this, that, the other. He is so relatable, so grounded. He is the future of this country, and he is everything that people are talking about now with the environment and all of that, he was doing that 30 years ago… He was always saying ‘We’ve got to preserve our country.’”

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Jahleel Kamara Set to Star in “Shadow Force”

Young Actor Jahleel Kamara Set to Star in “Shadow Force”
Appearing Alongside Kerry Washington, Omar Sy and Others in Upcoming Lionsgate Action-Thriller Now Filming


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(New York, NY) It was recently announced that impressive young actor Jahleel Kamara, of Adunni Rose Talent Agency, will be starring in Lionsgate’s upcoming action-thriller Shadow Force, which has commenced production in Colombia. The studio further announced that Mark Strong, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Natalia Reyes, Yoson An, Ed Quinn, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Cliff “Method Man” Smith will also star, alongside Kerry Washington and Omar Sy in the film, which is being directed by Joe Carnahan.

In Shadow Force, Kyrah (Washington) and Isaac (Sy) were once the leaders of a multinational special forces group, called Shadow Force. They broke the rules by falling in love, and in order to protect their son, they went underground. With a large bounty on their heads, and the vengeful Shadow Force hot on their trail, one family’s fight becomes all-out war.

Jahleel, age 6, has been acting for two years. His credits include Disney+’s “Rise,” a recurring role on ABC’s “Manifest,” the Sundance feature film Nanny, BET+’s B Boy Blues, ABC/Hulu’s “Bammas,” and Amazon Prime’s “Harlem.”

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GEORGE MICHAEL: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

Who really was George Michael? 

The new documentary GEORGE MICHAEL: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST (Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play), details just that, told candidly from the people who really knew him best – his music manager Simon Napier-Bell, his longtime lover and partner Kenny Goss, fellow luminaries Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Fry, and many more.

By far the most definitive feature documentary on George’s amazing life, the film explores the many ups and downs of the illustrious Grammy Award winner, considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time with sales of over 120 million records worldwide.

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Born in North London, George Michael rose to fame as member of the pop duo Wham! with their first two albums reaching #1 on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, with hit singles including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Last Christmas”. Simon Napier-Bell managed their career, helping establish them as a global act and the driving force behind their groundbreaking Beijing concert, the first visit to China by a Western popular music act, which generated worldwide media coverage.

George’s first solo single, “Careless Whisper”, reached number one in over 20 countries including the UK and the US, with his debut album Faith topping the UK charts and staying at number one for 12 straight weeks on the Billboard 200. Globally it sold 25 million copies, and four singles from the album—”Faith”, “Father Figure”, “One More Try”, and “Monkey”—reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Michael became the best-selling music artist of 1988, and Faith was awarded Album of the Year at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

But with all of his success, George fought a continuous internal battle with his identity and public persona. Outside music, he was an active LGBT rights campaigner and HIV/AIDS charity fundraiser. His personal life, drug use, and legal troubles made headlines during the late 1990s and 2000s, as he was arrested for public lewdness in 1998 and was arrested for multiple drug-related offences after that time.

In 1996 George began a decade long romantic relationship with artist Kenny Goss, and in 1998 he came out as gay publicly for the first time. George suffered from substance abuse for many years, but in 2008 had a major comeback tour with the release of Twenty Five in celebration of his 25 years in music. George died at the age of 53 on Christmas in 2016 due to natural causes related to heart and liver disease. 

Following his death, many charities and individuals posted on social media about George’s generous philanthropic acts and how he often donated his time and much of his wealth anonymously. The pop star avoided making headlines for his many acts of kindness, which included volunteering at a homeless shelter, paying for a woman’s fertility treatments and tipping a waitress thousands of dollars to help her pay for her nursing school debts.

The documentary GEORGE MICHAEL: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST dives deeper into who George really was – a kind and generous person who ultimately fought many demons while being front and center as one of the most famous musicians of his time – through never before heard anecdotal stories of his closest friends and allies. 

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Idris Elba has a lot to celebrate

 Idris Elba has a lot to celebrate — his new survival thriller “Beast” opens on Friday, and he has a milestone birthday next month.

“Extra’s” Terri Seymour caught up with the star, asking him about his upcoming 50th birthday in September.

“Yeah, that’s me. On my way,” he said, adding he doesn’t have plans for a huge party.

“I’m going to chill this year,” Idris said. “I’ve done parties. My wife, I know my wife threw a massive surprise birthday party for me, it was massive. So this year, I just feel like I might just relax, have some friends and family, my kids, just chill.”

Elba insisted, “I’ve done a lot of partying. I’m really just thankful, you know, that if I, you know, turned 50, I’m… just thankful for it, you know what I mean?”

Terri asked, “Now that you’re turning 50, Idris, what’s next?”

The actor said, “I just want to do more of the same. I’m sort of really having fun being able to spread my wings, if you like… I’ve done some directing, but I’d like to do more. I love making music and, you know, I’m playing a few more instruments now and I think I’m just going to just make albums for the fun of doing it. I love to write songs and listen.”

He went on, “Just live. You know, just try and live, and I think the last three years for all of us, just [made us] realize how precious life is.”

Being the next James Bond apparently is not on his bucket list. Idris reportedly walked away from years of talks with movies bosses to take over the 007 role, but is busier than ever with several movies and business projects.

First up is “Beast,” the new thriller about a father hell-bent on saving his two teenage daughters from a massive rogue lion stalking them on a South African reserve.

Idris said, “It really is a bit of an old-school thriller… What would you do to save your children? You would do anything, right?”

He added, “We really designed it to be seen in the theater… We want people to… be immersed in the whole thing. It’s terrifying what happens, but at the same time, you know, there’s a real sort of sense of triumph at the end, because of what the family has gone through with their lives and what they’ve gone through in this, you know, incredibly scary scenario.”

He told Terri about shooting the scenes in which he battles the lion, saying, “It was this poor guy and his name is Owen, but he’s great. He’s an incredible sort of animal impersonator and stunt man, and he wore this, like, quite silly-looking gray suit with a big lion’s head… I mean, he was anything but scary but, you know, he was there to provide an eyeline. And actually, in the fight sequences with me, you know, there’s a real veracity to how the human body will, you know, sort of react to a lion striking it… And so we really paid a lot of attention to that, but it was, you know, it was it was hard work — there’s lots of physicality, lots of attention to detail.”

Idris is also busy working on the “Coupledom” podcast and the S’able Labs skin care line with his wife Sabrina.

He said, “We talked about partnerships in our ‘Coupledom’ podcasts, which isn’t just about marriages or relationships, it’s about just partners — you know, your family, your mom, your dad. We had some really incredible guests on, but then that sort of leaked us into what we’re doing with skincare.”

Idris added, “We’ve been sort of developing skincare for a long time, but it’s based on being unisex, it’s based on you and your partner sharing it, natural ingredients and starch… I know there’s a massive trend around, you know, celebrities doing things like this, but actually for us, it’s really just part of an extension of who we are as people.”

“Beast” is in theaters Friday.

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Anthony Gaudette, An Actor Who Performs with a Pretty Broad Brush!

Interview by Fred M. Grandinetti

Anthony Gaudette is an all-around artist whether performing for the camera, directing or painting houses.  For several years he has worked on projects which require him to paint walls, ceilings, doors, windows, cabinets, deck and fences. I had the pleasure to interview Anthony about his artistic endeavors.   

Fred: Where were you born? What activities did you enjoy growing up?

Anthony: I was born in Methuen, MA but I was only there for my first two years of existence and later grew up in Derry New Hampshire.   

In school, I liked to play sports and do outdoor activities.  I was really into basketball, snowboarding and biking.    

When did you become involved with performing? 

I got involved during my final year of college while pursuing my bachelor’s in business communications. Halfway through my last year I decided to take some film/video production classes and acting lessons for fun.  I was always interested in how movies were made and wanted to get involved in that process firsthand.  James Dean was an early inspiration of mine, and I admired his story of how he became an actor. He built himself up from nothing with little support from his direct family.  Dean was an early influence in the method style of acting sending shockwaves through the youth culture in the 50s.   He was ahead of his time and then died tragically young.   

Was your family supportive of you wanting to become a professional actor?

Yes, I had a lot of support from my family.  They’re behind me in everything I do which means everything.   

What was your first performing experience like?

My first performing opportunity was acting on a production which we were making in film class. It was a horror short and a lot of fun. The film involved friends going to a cabin for the weekend.  A little cliche.  The experience was really cool because I got to direct a couple of scenes and witness the editing process. We screened the final product and when it was all said and done, I was hooked!  

You have appeared in several short films.  Any particular favorites?

A couple of my favorites I’ve done are “The Second Life” and “Love Without Loss”. “The Second Life” is a story about reincarnation, and I play a character who lives a full life and dies. I become reborn with all the knowledge and experience from the moment of birth that he had at the end of his first life.  The film shows the journey of the character during his second life through childhood towards young adulthood. The character I portray becomes terribly withdrawn because of his previous experiences.  Instead of choosing to learn and grow in this new life, from the pain experienced in his former life, he becomes incredibly reclusive and withdrawn. Eventually he crosses eyes with one woman who changes everything for him.  It was a period piece set in the late 1800’s and actually based on a real story by Machado de Assis. The film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icw2sTXkRtE . “Love Without Loss” is about a guy who writes and pitches this great story to a bunch of producers.  He’s an unknown writer/director but is given a budget and green light to direct the film while given full creative control.  He casts his girlfriend and best friend in pivotal roles but becomes obsessed with the project. His actions lead to the point he becomes verbally abusive toward the girlfriend. He feels she is not getting from her what the film needs. While the production is commencing, he’s hurting his relationship more and more until it reaches a breaking point.  Although he creates the film so desired his relationship and friendships in the process are destroyed.  The film is very bittersweet.   

Any favorite genre you perform enjoying in?

I really like anything and performed in all sorts of genres.   I do like a good dramatic role.  It forces me to do a lot of homework on a character’s backstory/motivations and this process is always interesting.   

Your films have been shown in festivals. What were some of the festivals where your movies have been screened? Were you in attendance?

I had a film at the New Hampshire film festival in Portsmouth. For the Shawna Shea film festival, I was nominated for best actor in a feature.  I wasn’t able to make the New Hampshire film festival screening but did make the one in Shawna Shea. 

When you were offered the lead role of a gay superhero in the feature film comedy, “DynaStud” did you have to think about playing a role which may have in sighted controversy, positive or negative?  

I was offered the role of “Dynastud” back in 2018 and felt totally comfortable taking on this role.  I had worked with this director a few times in the past and he’s really a great guy.  If there was anything I was ever uncomfortable with or unsure about, I could always come to him about it. With that said, the role was very unique and a lot of fun.  The film is very campy and has a cheeky style of humor.  It’s different from the normal role for sure but in many ways that drew me to it.  Also, the crew/cast involved are really some of the best and most hard-working people in the New England indie film scene.  Working with them always seems like a no brainer decision for me.  Check out the hilarious trailer at Code Name: Dyna Stud – Watch Gay Romance Movies Online – GayBingeTV Trailer – YouTube

Where has the film been screened and what was the audience reaction?

“Dynastud” has played at the Rockbar in New York City.  It also screened at the Route One Cinema Pub in Attleboro Massachusetts. The film was also shown at the Shawna Shea film festival in Sturbridge Massachusetts. There have been several other screenings. The audience reaction has generally been a combination of utter shock and gut-wrenching laughter.   

When you’re performing in a role where the state of undress is required in several scenes do you get paid more money?

Yeah I’ve been in both cases where it does and doesn’t.  Particularly with this film, I wasn’t going to taking on extra pay for shirtless or anything like that   Like I mentioned before, these are people I’ve worked with.  We have a great relationship.  I’m comfortable with them and more than happy to be involved in whatever project they have going on no matter the circumstances. 

You’re also well- skilled behind the scenes as a director.

I’ve directed a couple films thus far and it’s something I’m interested in doing more of.  Early in my acting career I directed a feature “Clown Shank”.  It was a learning experience project for me both in acting and directing. It’s a whacky film about a man who loses everything and becomes a clown. Eventually he also becomes a killer.  The plot is a bit contrived and can be tough to follow at times.  I’m still proud of it.  It was the first thing I did and had a lot of fun.  Since then, I directed a short film a few years ago just before COVID.  It was a film which had won the script to screen contest at the Sanford film festival “Staring Down a Barrel”.   The film revolves around three buddies who come across this duffel bag of cash which had been stolen by another group of dangerous individuals.  They end up tracking the friends down and don’t expect to leave any witnesses. 

In addition to performing and directing you’re a professional painter. 

 I own a house painting business which I’ve been doing for about seven years. I originally took up painting to earn some extra money.  My stepdad had been flipping/renting out properties around my area which always needed work done. I took it upon myself to help with the painting and just naturally grew a good skill set.  I paint mostly interior—walls, ceiling, trim work.  I’ve also done exterior house painting and deck staining.  I enjoy it a lot—while hard work—it provides me a lot of flexibility to pursue acting.  As the owner, I make my schedule and can dip out of a job to go do a last second audition if I need to.  It works out nicely for me to support myself and still be able to have the time to do acting work!   

What future acting projects do you have coming up?

Presently I’ve been shooting commercials. One was for MaidPro and the other Hannifords grocery store.  I do have one film role lined up at the moment.  It’s a coming-of-age story involving a group of young adults at a summer camp. I’m playing the role of the bombastic and insecure jerk camp counselor.   It’s sure to be a lot of fun! 

Thank you for the interview, Anthony and best of luck in your artistic projects on and off camera. 

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Ivana Trump’s Friend Always Feared She Would Fall Down ‘Treacherous Stairs’

Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, died on Thursday at 73. She was reportedly found at the foot of the stairs in her Manhattan home after a possibly falling or going into cardiac arrest.

“Extra’s” Carlos Greer spoke with her close friend, socialite Nikki Haskell, about their friendship, Ivana’s final days, and how she feared her friend would fall down a “treacherous” staircase at her townhouse.

Nikki shared, “I’m in shock. I am totally devastated,” saying after she heard the news, “I spent a lot of time looking at old pictures and sort of reminiscing through the times we spent together and trying to have the best thoughts.” Nikki recalled, “The first time she went out with Donald, we double-dated… We always had a thing where we always wore the same clothes… The minute I met her it, was like we were separated at birth… The minute I met her, we became best friends.”

She had recently seen Ivana, recalling, “I had dinner with Ivana not that long ago in New York.”
Haskell said the COVID-19 pandemic was hard on her friend. “The past couple of years, she became very reclusive… She had a big townhouse and she was really afraid of getting the virus, much more so than anybody I know. She didn’t want to go anywhere, she didn’t want to travel… She took it very, very seriously. She was afraid of getting sick.”

Ivana was preparing to finally leave NYC and go to Saint-Tropez where she had a home. “She finally decided, ‘Okay, I’m going to go…’ She stayed in New York that whole time. She never left at all. and she was by herself and I am sure it was much more trying than I could even imagine.”

Nikki responded to reports that Ivana was found at the bottom of her stairs, saying, “I have to tell you something — that has always been my fear. She had one of those really beautiful staircases that was impossible to walk down. Narrow in the inside and wider as it got out. I was always afraid that she would fall. I don’t know what happened, but it’s not hard for me to believe that’s what happened — treacherous stairs.”

Ivana was the mother of Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, of whom Nikki said, “I spoke with Eric and he told me that he had received the call from Dorothy, her loyal assistant and friend… He went over there… He was totally devastated.”

Haskell said she recently asked Ivana what she wanted to do that she hadn’t yet done in life, “She said, ‘You know, Nikki, I have been working since I am 3 years old… I just want to rest. I just want to enjoy my life.’”
Getting emotional, Nikki shared how she wants people to remember Ivana, saying, “I want them to remember one of the most fearless, loving, kind, delicious, fun, loving… She was just so special. I considered it an honor to know her and to be her friend.”

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