Interview: Miles Nazaire heads to Croatia with ‘Made In Chelsea’

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MILES NAZAIRE has been stealing the show on ‘Made In Chelsea’ – a reality series which follows a group of young people residing in the Royal London Borough.

This new series comes with a twist – the cast of ‘Made in Chelsea’ have travelled to spend the summer in Croatia.

We catch up with Miles as he gives us the scoop on the new Croatia-set series.

AC: You’re from a family of sculptors, musicians and painters. What was it like growing up in such an artistic household?

MILES: It was pretty complex and creative. We were a normal family, my parents, my sister and I, but it was also pretty crazy. My parents are very relaxed and creative at heart so they encouraged us to find our own way, and to do things by not going by the book. We were challenged and encouraged to find ways to be better so I learnt to think independently.

Many people won’t know that you’re half french. Do you visit France much? Do you have any favourite go-to places there?

Yes, I love the South of France. I go there to visit my family as much as I can. My parents have relocated there permanently now from Notting Hill so it’s home from home for me. They live in between Cannes and St Tropez and I love it, one of my favourite things to do is go down to the local market, they have great men’s jewellery made there and I know it’ll be unique.

Miles Nazaire

How did you end up getting involved in ‘Made In Chelsea’?

One of my friends James was already on the show and we met in Cannes on holiday through mutual friends and hit it off. He ended up introducing me to all his friends when we were back in London so I got approached by the show to join in January this year.

Is it anything like you expected?

Yes and no, I worked in TV production before so I know the reality TV world, but what I didn’t expect was how it would feel to be in front of the camera. It’s definitely been a challenging thing to get used to. When I first got asked about the show I wasn’t sure if it would be the right thing for me, but my Dad, who doesn’t watch much TV told me to go for it. He is a big believer that you should always take opportunities and be open minded.

Miles Nazaire

What has been the biggest thing you’ve learned since being on the show?

Patience is the biggest thing, and being flexible. I can see how many people it takes to create a big show like ‘Made In Chelsea’, so I have a lot of respect for everyone who’s producing it and am learning loads by being around them every day.

How much can you tell us about Made In Croatia?

You get to see a lot of new friendships form, I am the new kid in the cast so going away with everyone for the summer was great for me to get to know everyone and you’ll see that on screen. There is a possible romance for me too so I hope you’ll start to see another side of me.

Miles Nazaire

Have you ever been to Croatia before?

No I hadn’t, it was beautiful. I definitely want to go back!

Everyone keeps comparing you to a young Johnny Depp – how do you feel about that?

I find it surprising and obviously I feel honoured – he’s not only a great looking guy but he’s very stylish. I definitely look up to him!

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH MILES NAZAIRE

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Crisps, palma ham and ketchup sandwiches.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

An dating app to find cougars!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

XXXTentacion

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

Gymnastistics

Do you have a philosophy?

Always be yourself.

What’s the last film you watched?

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ – the fight scenes are insane!

What’s the last photograph you took?

A girl on a horse at the polo.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To be invisible!

‘Made in Chelsea’ returns to E4 on Monday 6th August at 9pm

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Interview: Sonya Cassidy on AMC’s ‘Lodge 49’, ‘Humans’ & ‘The Woman In White’

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SONYA CASSIDY is landing roles in some of the most intriguing and unique TV shows of the year.

Sonya recently completely filming ‘Lodge 49′ – a major new AMC drama series in which she has a lead role. Set in Long Beach, California, the series centers on a young male ex-surfer (Wyatt Russell), who joins a fraternal lodge after his father’s death.

Sonya is currently starring in BBC One’s adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic gothic novel ‘The Woman In White’ alongside Jessie Buckley, Olivia Vinnal and Dougray Scott.

But Sonya is undoubtedly best known for her role in AMC’s sci-fi BAFTA-nominated series ‘Humans’. We had a quick conversation with Sonya Cassidy about all of her projects.

AC: You most recently starred in ‘The Woman In White’ – how did you land that role?

SONYA: I’d worked with Carl (Tibbetts) on ‘Humans’ the year before and he called me in to audition.

Did you read the novel after being cast?

I did and enjoyed it very much. I think we captured the suspense of the novel well, coupled with the beauty that people long for in a period drama. Northern Ireland provides that in abundance. I loved filming there.

Are you a fan of mystery novels?

I confess it’s not an avenue of literature I know. Until I read Woman in White for this job the mystery genre was very much that for me. I’ll happily delve into more though. Perhaps once I’ve gone through the pile of books I have at home.

Tell us about the character you play and how they fit into the story.

Madam Fosco is married to the charismatic, manipulative Count Fosco. On the run from his native Italy, the Fosco’s come to England to stay with their friend, Sir Percival, who’s in the cunning process of marrying a young woman solely for her fortune. I wanted to show Madam Fosco’s quiet, determination. Her agency, despite the era. Rather than reclining upon a chaise longue, quivering beneath her corset and swooning! at her husband’s goings on, she embraces the role of elusive partner in crime in a formidable way. Mainly in the preparation of toxic tea. Beware the sound of a cup and saucer if Madam is around.

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Your role in ‘Humans’ couldn’t be any more different. Do you have an opinion on AI and robots?

I do. Though I hold my hands up, I don’t have much tech in my life (that I’ve direct control of). In fact by modern standards I’m practically Victorian. My phone use is minimal, I’m not on FB, rarely tweet, I don’t own a laptop and I now write letters to friends and family when I’m away. Instead of email. And postcards. Of course. Who doesn’t love one of those?

AI is an incredible accomplishment of our time and I am in awe of those working for us and our planet within that realm. But there’s difference between the AI we interact with on a regular basis- lets say ‘Daily Tech’- and innovation in areas like science, medicine, the environment- ‘Big Picture Tech’. They have different motivations and to be aware of that is important I think. Cathy O’Neil’s book ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ was a revelation to me and I highly recommend it. Her focus is algorithms, how they’re crafted and used. That’s something that should be grabbing our attention. It’s a far more pressing worry than sci-fi inspired, sentient robots. AI has become so woven into our lives, with things like social media, we can’t imagine a world without it. Already. I’m of a generation (born in 1887) that remembers not having a mobile phone, facebook etc. When I want to, I disconnect. I can find fulfilment in things totally unrelated. My concern is for those growing up knowing no different, who can’t disconnect. Those studying for work that may not even be available when they leave school. Balance is important. I think a lessening of Daily Tech would be no bad thing. The world will not implode. We also need better education as to AI’s impact on our lives and how to incorporate healthy habits alongside it. Not be so frequently dazzled with exciting sounding gadgets and apps from a small number at the helm, reluctant to divulge info about these things we “must have”, while they’re probably profiting. Transparency and accountability is vital for the future of our relationship with AI and each other. In the meantime, it’s totally fine not to be connected to everything. all. the. time. Again, the world will not implode.

Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment – what would yours be?

[Laughs] Okay. At risk of sounding like a hypocrite based on my previous answer – I’d create an app that shares cultural habits and unique ways of life from countries all around the world. Each day/week you’d get sent info about a different nation to your own. It could be the holidays they celebrate and why, their cuisine, their music, cherished customs. You’d learn about somewhere new. See a place from a different perspective. Perhaps consider going there? When we travel we bring something back with us. Hopefully. This could provide a small window into those places which feel far off, but need not be unknown.

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You’ve also just been cast in a leading role in AMC’s ‘Lodge 49’ – have you worked on an American production before?

I’ve been in shows that have aired in the States, but this is my first US production.

You play the role of Liz Dudley, she is described as smart, fiercely independent and deeply cynical. Can you tell us a little bit about her?

What struck me with Liz is a character who I really liked from the get-go and who isn’t ticking any convenient boxes for a Female Character. Liz, like the show, defies easy categorization. Yes she’s smart, but still makes stupid decisions. She’s independent, but become lonely with it. She’s cynical and, I think, a refreshing realist. She works hard waiting tables but won’t/cannot focus that energy into her long term prospects. She’s not manicured for entertainment. There’s a ‘dirt’ under her finger nails and that’s part of what drew me to her and the project. I also think the more women we see on screen with that the better. We all have it. You want to hang out with the characters in ‘Lodge 49’ because they’re imperfect, but trying really hard. That proves hilarious and heart wrenching in equal measure.

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With the series being set in California – from your time there, what are some of the best places to visit?

The show is set in Long Beach which I really enjoyed spending time in. The view as you drive over the Vincent Thomas Bridge at sunset, looking out over sprawling yet perfectly ordered docks with beaches beyond- it never got old for me. Griffith Park and Observatory for views of LA and the universe. Runyon Canyon seems to be the go-to for an inner city view but Baldwin Heights gets my vote. Museum of Jurassic Technology- don’t google it, just go. Topanga makes you feel like you’re in a different time, gone by. It’s beautiful. As a Brit I happily indulged in the World Series last year. Catching a game at Dodger Stadium is good fun. The Getty museums… So much! Being a Londoner I’m used to walking everywhere, so I found LA quite overwhelming to begin with. It’s vast and seemingly unknowable. To counter this I did in a car what I’d do on foot. I just drove around and explored different neighbourhoods. Some are even walkable! Worry not, Europeans venturing to the West Coast! I’m aware this method of exploration will sound absurd to an Angeleno, but I recommend it. It helped get LA under my skin and appreciate how much it has to offer beyond what people know it for.

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AARON PIERRE is making waves on both sides on the Atlantic.

He is currently starring in ‘Krypton’ which has become a huge hit in America since it launched earlier this year. The series tells the untold story of Superman’s grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet of Krypton.

Back in his home country of England – Aaron can currently be seen starring in the epic fantasy drama series ‘Britannia’.

We had a quick catchup with Aaron in between his tight rehearsal schedule for ‘Othello’ at Shakespeare’s The Globe Theatre.

AC: ‘Britannia’ and ‘Krypton’ couldn’t be any more different – what are some of the differences in working on an American and a British show?

AARON: Both experiences are wonderful! Everyone involved, cast, crew and production are so fiercely passionate about these projects and the story they are telling. This makes for a perfect creative environment.

What was it like filming in Serbia for Krypton?

We were in Serbia October 2016 to film the pilot. I remember us all being very focused. We were all so determined to make something we would be proud of! We had a brilliant time. Fond memories!

Are you big on travelling?

I love travelling – I have constant wanderlust! I hope to travel the world.

Were you a superman fan growing up?

Yes, I have been a fan of Superman and comics for a long time. I have always enjoyed immersing myself in the stories and investing in the characters, their beliefs, their inhabitance. I love this genre of storytelling. I believe it presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our own society.

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Can you tell us abit about your role in ‘Krypton’ so far?

I play the character Dev-Em. Dev is a commander in the military guild. We first meet him in the context of his occupation. Regimented; an unwavering determination to accomplish and get the job done. However, as the series progresses we discover who Dev is outside the context of his duties. There we meet the real Dev. A meticulous over-thinker who is constantly wrestling with their moral compass.

‘Krypton’ has already aired in America. How do you think it will translate to British audiences? Does it feel like an international show?

It absolutely does feel like an international show. We feel very lucky to be working alongside such a talented and culturally aware writing team. Due to the writers room being so in touch with what is presently happening in our society and around the world the show deals with some prevalent themes. We hope irrespective of where you may be watching from, it feels inclusive!

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Who have you particularly enjoyed working with on-set?

Everyone! The whole team are a dream to work with!

How did you first get into acting?

Firstly, my parents. They have always encouraged me to pursue my passions. My dad is also an actor. Seeing his work has greatly inspired me. My mum is not an actress but has also greatly inspired me. Her outlook on life is beautiful. They’re the best!

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH AARON PIERRE

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I used to love watching Scooby-Doo as a kid! One day I decided to make my idea of a Scooby snack. I used four slices of bread and filled each layer with peanut butter, jam, crisps and hot pepper sauce…loved it! [laughs]

Is there a superpower you wish you could have?

Teleportation

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, J. Cole, Wretch 32…to name a few.

A sport you wish you could play?

Tennis

Do you have a philosophy?

I don’t think I have a philosophy as such. I just believe we need far more love and understanding.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

Visiting Curaçao – it’s on my bucket list!

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From one dark world imagined by Stephen King to another – CHOSEN JACOBS will be hitting your screens in ‘Castle Rock’ – a psychological horror television series based on the stories of Stephen King, intertwining characters and themes in one mysterious town. The show also stars Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek and is produced by J.J. Abrams.

Chosen is best known for being part of the Losers gang as Mike Hanlon in last years spine-chiller blockbuster ‘IT’ – based on the novel by Stephen King. Chosen is currently filming ‘IT: Chapter Two’ which will hit cinemas next summer. Alongside this, Chosen has a recurring role in ‘Hawaii Five-0’ which he has been appearing in since 2016.

Everyone recognizes you from your leading role in ‘IT’ last year – how have you found dealing with fame that has since come with it?

Honestly, it hasn’t fully registered with me yet. When I go home or hang out with my friends, I’m just Chosen! I’m washing dishes, folding clothes, and taking out the garbage just like everyone else.

It does take some getting used to having people run up to you for a picture or an autograph, but I try my best to lead a pretty normal life. I have a really great support system that keeps my grounded!

Are you friends with any of the cast of ‘IT’ in real life?

Most definitely! They are like family to me. We were able to do something truly extraordinary together; that really bonds you for life! We FaceTime, text, and everything in-between. Heck, I probably know them too well lol. We live in different cities but we always find time to hang out and just be kids.

This is now the second Stephen King novel adaptation you’ve starred in. I’m guessing you’ve met him right? What was that like?

Actually, I have not had the pleasure of meeting the King himself. I hope to cross paths with him one day, I’m looking forward meeting him in the future. Mr. King has created an absolutely beautiful and horrifying world, and I am grateful to be apart of it!

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How are you finding your time in Los Angeles as an Atlanta native?

I love LA because of its energy and inspirational vibe. It’s the place where you can make your dreams can come true! The weather is amazing and who doesn’t love the option of going to the beach or taking a drive to the mountains!

What can you tell us about your role in ‘Castle Rock’?

I can’t give you too much detail about my role on the show at this point in time because of confidentiality. But I believe that the people will be able to feel the spirit of Stephen King when watching “Castle Rock” and appreciate the interpretations that J.J Abrams, Sam Shay, and Dustin Thomason incorporated in this mystical thriller. Awesome project to be apart of!

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I play the role of Wendell Deaver, who is the son of Henry Deaver that is played by Andre Holland. It’s an honor to work alongside Mr. Holland and other cast such as Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, and of course; it’s always an honor and pleasure to work with Bill Skarsgård. I am excited for everyone to meet Wendell Deaver; he’s a very different character all together! I’m extremely excited about it!

Is there one thing that you’re particularly excited about for the future?

Of course, I’m excited about the release of IT 2, Castle Rock, and who wouldn’t love to travel to Hawaii and work with the cast and crew of Hawaii 5-0. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work on projects that are close to my heart and the people that I have met have become dear friends to me. Also, I will be releasing some new music this summer and fall. I can’t wait for the world to hear and feel my soul through my music.

What’s one your music playlist at the moment?

My playlist is a mix of Sting, Hans Zimmer, Bruno Mars, and Fred Astaire right now. I love every genre of music. Especially as a musician, I feel that it is important to expose yourself to every form of music because there is beauty in all of them!

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Adina Porter Photoshoot 2018ADINA PORTER is the definition of a late bloomer. For the past 30 years, she has gradually built her presence on television screens, year-by-year grabbing guest appearances on a full-array of shows – ‘Law & Order’‘ER’‘The Vampire Diaries’ & ‘Glee’. Just looking at her filmography over the past few decades clearly presents Porter as an actress capable of dramatic versatility. After landing recurring roles in ‘True Blood’ and ‘The Newsroom’, the spotlight had finally landed on Porter to give a leading performance almost 30 years in the making: inAmerican Horror Story’.

‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ (2016) was my first experience of Adina Porter’s acting. Her role in the first few episodes appeared to be relatively small, however this quickly grew as the season went on and by the final episode, Adina was center-stage. Her performance was met with acclaim, with many TV critics and fans suggesting that of all the cast, Adina was most likely to receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the season.

Now after completing her second full season on the Ryan Murphy anthology series, I speak with Adina as we reflect on the most recent season – ‘American Horror Story: Cult’.

AC: Many fans felt that you could have received an Emmy nomination last year for your work on ‘AHS: Roanoke’, which season has challenged you the most? 

ADINA PORTER: Thank you; that’s very kind of you to say. I guess ‘AHS: Cult’ was very challenging. In that Beverly Hope was a newscaster, there were many lines to memorize and recite. Newscasters, especially local news reporters have a very recognizable cadence. Those particular inflections and rhythmic patterns were important for me to reproduce. When Beverly became a bit of a ‘double agent,’ it was challenging to discover the precise amount to reveal to the audience.

For me, you stand-out scene was in Episode 9 – ‘Drink The Kool-Aid’, when your character Beverly breaks down after being tricked by Kai into thinking you were drinking poison. What was your favorite scene?

Thank you, once again. The meltdown scene in “Drink the Kool-Aid” was interesting. The ‘powers that be’ came down to set when that scene was shot, specifically to make sure I could bring the emotion. So I made sure to breakdown when the camera was on my face and on my back. I also enjoyed delivering the news report of Harrison’s dismembered body being found.

Once again, you’ve had another character that has survived the season. Despite the secrecy, are you given an idea as to how many episodes you will be involved in? 

It is complicated with ‘American Horror Story’, in a good way. As an actor, one is told, by an agent how many episodes are guaranteed. So you have an idea how many episodes for which you will be paid. With the AHS franchise, you have no idea what ‘twist and turns’ will subsequently transpire in the writers’ room. You have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen to your character or how long your character will survive. It’s never about the actor. To quote Shakespeare: “The play’s the thing.”

As has been the case in the past few years, American Horror Story has had predominately female episodic directors at the helm, who did you particularly enjoy being directed by?

Being directed by Angela Bassett is always a treat. Especially in Season 7, after getting to know her as a scene partner in Season 6, I was extremely comfortable. We even carpooled to a few locations; she has amazing stories.

If offered, would you direct an episode of the show?

Not yet. I don’t know enough about camera angles, lighting or editing to tackle that job…yet. I do know how to get a performance out of myself. Perhaps I’m also too selfish. The acting is just one piece of the puzzle. I’m still discovering that as I view the finished product and compare — what is on screen — to my memory of what we shot. Now I know what people mean by the expression: “It’s all about the editing.”

What other Ryan Murphy show would you be particularly keen to be a part of?

Who wouldn’t want to be part of one of his real crime stories? And to have the added challenge of portraying a real person about whom the audience already has a preconceived perception – I’d love that sort of challenge. By the way, I did work on Glee several years ago, which was a blast.

Who would you love to see join the cast next season?

Umm…myself! There is never a guarantee that Ryan Murphy is going to use an actor again. It has been an amazing ride working with the writers, producers, makeup artists, editors – the entire crew on American Horror Story – just the best. I would be thrilled to be invited back.

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