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INTERVIEW: Lisa Michelle Cornelius Stars In OWN’s A Sisterly Christmas And Talks Magic and The Holidays

Who doesn’t love a fun and heartwarming Christmas movie to celebrate to start the holiday season celebration? Lisa Michelle Cornelius talks to Defective Geeks about her movie, A Sisterly Christmas, which you can watch on the OWN network. Find out more below!

First of all– A Sisterly Christmas looks so heartwarming and magical! Can you tell our readers about this movie and your role as Vicky?

Yes! This film is about two sisters who’ve been at odds since their mother passed when they were teenagers. So their Aunt Debbie decides to send them on an all-expense paid holiday trip to a fancy resort so they can make amends and spend time together. My character Vicky LOVES Christmas and is all about it, even if it means being stuck with her “Scroogy” little sister Kristina (played by Deborah Joy Winans). To please their aunt, they both agree to go and end up having quite the adventure: swanky accommodations (above their pay-grade), handsome gents and a drama-filled run-in with their former high-school friend-turned-nemesis. Nothing brings people together like a common enemy [laughs], so the sisters are forced to find some common ground as they take on the ‘mean girl’ and try to have some fun along the way! 

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INTERVIEW: Alexander Nunez, Star of CBC’s MOONSHINE, A Show About Family Dysfunction and Dark Secrets

Toronto-based, Alexander Nunez, is an actor and a screenwriter whose career we should all keep a close watch on! You can watch his show, Moonshine, and find out more about his upcoming projects in our interview below.

Thank you so much for answering our questions, Alexander. We’d love to get to know you! When did you know you wanted to be an actor and creator? What inspired you and what continues to inspire you?

Thank you so much for reaching out! Growing up, weekly family movie nights were upheld almost religiously. It turned watching movies into a huge hobby of mine. We rented Kill Bill (my parents obviously had no idea how violent it would be) and — I know it sounds dramatic, but — Uma Thurman changed my life. She made me feel everything her character was feeling: rage, despair, love, exhaustion, relief… And she kicked ass! I just thought, “This must have been so satisfying for her to perform (minus that infamous on-set car crash). I want to do that too.” Of course, lots of films, shows, and actors inspired me to want to create. But dang, I know every line from that movie. I’ve watched it hundreds of times. I’ve been chasing roles and writing stories ever since! Today, I’m inspired all the time by so many. Issa Rae comes to mind, specifically. Watching her growth and success is awe inspiring. Her stories are centered around black joy and the beauty of interpersonal relationships and that’s exactly the energy I want to put into the world. 

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INTERVIEW: Kyle Lucey On Continuing Comedy During a Global Pandemic with The Secret Show!

Toronto-based comedian, Kyle Lucey, found a (safe) way to continue to bring laughter to a few people during the global pandemic through The Secret Show! Learn more about how he did it below.

Hi Kyle! Can you tell us about The Secret Show! and what was the inspiration behind it?

The Secret Show is part of my comedy company, “Renegade Comedy” that has been producing sold out shows at bars, comedy clubs, casinos and theaters for over 5 years now. When the lockdown hit Toronto, every comedy club in the country had to closed its doors to keep everybody safe. Comedians were greatly affected by this because we had no way of doing our art. Comedians were labelled, “non-essential” and our industry was decimated. Around June 2021, the Ontario government started allowing up to 10 people outside. I saw an opportunity there. I thought, “let’s turn my backyard into a comedy club!” This would give myself and fellow comics some much needed stage time. We made sure we capped the audience so we would be abiding by government protocol for outside gatherings. I branded it as a secret show so that I wasn’t sending out my address to strangers but it was a happy accident. Audience loved the speakeasy vibe The Secret Show created and we have been sold out every week for over 3 months!

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INTERVIEW: Actor, Sarah Podemski, Talks SyFy’s Resident Alien, Indigenous Representation and Totem Designs

As Indigenous representation continue to grow in movies and television, Sarah Podemski, an Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi actor, joins SyFy’s Resident Alien. Read more below about her role in the show as well as her own personal pursuits and goals as an actor.

Hi Sarah, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Tell us about SyFy’s comedy/drama series, Resident Alien. You play a character named Kayla, what kind of person is she and what role will play into the story?

This show is a mash up of comedy, sci-fi, heartfelt drama, and total insanity, it’s a real trip! The character I play, Kayla, is awesome! She is funny, and tough, a great mother, and a support for Asta at a pivotal point in the show.

Resident Alien’s premise is so funny and interesting, especially with Alan Tudyk playing the “resident alien”, Harry Vanderspeigle. What drew you to this unique series? What has been your favorite part about it?

I loved the way this role was written! It was written by an Indigenous writer named Tazbah Chavez, and she did such a beautiful job of creating a multi dimensional character. It’s very rare to find an Indigenous character written by Indigenous writers, unfortunately, so I was so happy to hear she was involved, and it made it that much more exciting to get the job! My favorite part of the whole show is the Indigenous representation. The show’s creator Chris Sheridan made it a priority to portray an Indigenous family, who are written with such love and care. It was so exciting to see on TV for the first time in a long time! 

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INTERVIEW: Creator and Star of Dramady Series, FAK YAASS, Vasilios Filippakis

Actor and creator, Vasilios Filippakis, talk to Defective Geeks about the brilliant origin story of the title his new series, FAK YAASS– and if you wanted to find out what his dream project would be, keep reading below!

Hello, Vasilios, thank you for talking to Defective Geeks! FAK YAASS looks absolutely hilarious and heartfelt. What inspired the title and how does it tie-in with the themes of the show?

Hey there! Thanks so much for taking the time to ask me some questions about the show. I love shows that are exactly that, have heart but make you laugh out loud. I was serving a table at my night job and I happened to serve these wonderful Greek ladies and their mother. We got chatting, I told them about the show and how I wanted a title with a pun. I tossed the ideas of something with gyro, or souvlaki but still couldn’t figure it out. Later when I got back to the table, they said “what about FAK YES!” So that’s how I get the title! Fakes– pronounced “fah-kehs”– is an authentic Greek lentil dish. We put a play on the words and created our title FAK YAASS. I owe those ladies a free dinner. 

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INTERVIEW: Simone Miller Stars In Detention Adventure Talks Making Sacrifices

Only thirteen-years-old and already making a name for herself, actor and singer, Simone Miller stars in a new original web series called Detention Adventure. Check out this incredibly fun series on CBC Gem and get to know Simone below!

Hi Simone! Detention Adventure looks like such a fun show! Please tell us about it and about your character, Raign Westbrook.

Hello! Thank you so much for this opportunity Defective Geeks! Detention Adventure is a CBC Gem original web series, about three nerds who purposefully get themselves thrown into detention. In detention they meet Brett, the school bully, and together the group looks for hidden clues to try and find Alexander Graham Bells’ hidden lab that is said to be hidden under the school. 

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INTERVIEW: Female Queer Series BARBELLE Season 2 Is Back On KINDAtv

Boss & Co’s Gwenlyn Cumyn and Karen Knox stars on their award-winning series, BARBELLE, with season one boasting over four million views. This colorful show explores the relationship between pop-star duo, Alice O’Hara and Veronica Vale and their public relationships– both professional and romantic. Watch the show now on KINDAtv’s YouTube channel and read our interview below!

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Gwenlyn and Karen! Tell us about your show, BARBELLE, and about the characters you play. What was the inspiration behind the show and Veronica and Alice?

We like to describe BARBELLE as the Gay Soap Opera of your dreams with good jokes, or if you prefer, a woke lesbian Spiceworld for 2019. The show is a short form digital series, and Season Two JUST started airing! You can watch it on Shaftesbury’s YouTube channel KINDAtv. The Series was inspired mostly by a drive to create a show that we (Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn) would have wanted to watch as teenage girls! There simply wasn’t representation for queer women that was hitting the mark in terms of quality TV shows. SO… We decided to make one!

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INTERVIEW: Actor, Veronika Slowikowska, Stars in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ TV Series

Veronika Slowikoska began acting at a young age, trained in improv with Second City Conservatory, and has been seen in Degrassi: Next Class and See No Evil. You can soon watch her in What We Do in the Shadows is one of the most anticipated comedy-horror series which premieres March 27th on FX. Find out more below!

I have to say, I am excited to watch the What We Do In The Shadows television series! Tell us about your character Shanice, and what kind of role will she be playing along the vampire shenanigans.

Shanice is an insecure, sassy, LARPer (Live Action Roleplayer). She’s the nerd-ier side, but so am I! 

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