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INTERVIEW: Christine Nguyen Talks The Bold Type And Her Love For Magic The Gathering

Born and raised in Toronto and daughter of immigrant refugees, Christine Nguyen is forging her own path into the entertainment industry and is currently building an impressive body of work including roles in CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery and NBC’s Nurses. Below we discuss her role in Amazon Prime’s The Bold Type– read on to find out more.

Hi Christine, thank you for joining us at Defective Geeks! Tell us about your character, Addison, and the role she plays in the series, The Bold Type.

Addison is someone who’s seeking the platform and mentorship necessary to amplify her voice. I think Jane and Addison share an interesting dynamic. At first Addison is a bit unsure of the fit but once Jane gains her trust she’s ALL in. Definitely challenging Jane in what it means to mentor when there is an obvious disconnect. 

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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: Kristen MacCulloch Stars In Dramatic Film, SCARBOROUGH

Kristen MacCulloch is an award-winning actor based in Toronto, Canada– seen in movies like Corporate Prey (Amazon Prime) and Steven Kostanski’s Psycho Goreman. Her new film premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Scarbourough, which she talks about in our interview below!

Hi Kristen! Can you tell us about your film, Scarborough, and the book it’s based on by author, Catherine Hernandez? Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing, Jessica.

Hi, sure! The story is anchored around three kids from a low income neighborhood who are drowning in poverty, addiction and housing instability. They come together through a morning school program run by a particularly caring and inspiring teacher and together with their families they navigate the ups and downs of life and community in a system that is failing them. I play the role of Jessica, a devastatingly neglectful mother who is unable and unwilling to care for her daughter Laura, brought to life masterfully by Anna Claire Beitel. The two of them are living a hard life and in the film we watch Jessica struggle to keep going, drowning in the disease of addiction as the bills and late rent notices pile up. Although she isn’t particularly sympathetic, I tried to play her as a whole person rather than a caricature of someone who’s easy to hate. She’s a lost and lonely victim of society’s failures as much as any of the characters we meet in the film.

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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: Avaah Blackwell Talks Being Part of the Starfleet on Star Trek: Discovery

Avaah Blackwell is both an actor and a stunt performer, known for her versatility and power on screen. She is lucky enough to be a part of one of our personal favorite series, Star Trek: Discovery. Read all about it below!

Hi Avaah, thank you for chatting with us! We are huge fans of Star Trek: Discovery. What can you tell us about the current season? What can you tell us about the Osnullus and what is it like playing one?

Hello and thank you for chatting with me! So great to hear you like the show and thank you for all of your love and support! Season three is airing on CBS All access in the States and Crave in Canada. You can catch season two on Netflix! This season is an incredible ride for all of the Starfleet crew aboard the Discovery! We are in the future fighting for everything we believe in and everything that StarFleet is about! 

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INTERVIEW: Nadia George Stars in a Compelling Short Film ‘Along the Water’s Edge’

Along the Water’s Edge is written and directed by Jonathan Elliott, a film set in the near future that explores the long term impacts of the water crises among Indigenous communities across Canada. Actor, Nadia George, stars in the film and talks to Defective Geeks about what the movie means to her.

Tell us about your upcoming short film, Along the Water’s Edge–– what does the movie and your role in it represent? How did you become involved with the movie?

I was fortunate to be offered the role. I had the pleasure of working with Writer and Director Jon Elliot before, on the film, Her Water Drum, back in 2018. Jon reached out to me and explained the concept of the film and wanted my thoughts on it and asked me if I would also do the narration. I’ve always been a big fan of Jon’s work, and was honored that he had thought of me for this project. The topic of the water crisis is also one that sits close to home for me, as my father’s health was once affected by contaminated water; so It was important to me to be a part of this story.

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INTERVIEW: Actor, Tristan D. Lalla, Helps Brings the Complexity of Nurses on TV

Nurses is a new original medical drama airing on Global TV with actor, Tristan D. Lalla who plays the head nurse in the series. Tristan has been a part of several projects including Quantico (ABC), The Art of More (Sony) and he voiced Adéwalé, the first black lead in Assassin’s Creed. Learn more about his new series below!

Hi Tristan, congratulations on the premiere of your new show! Can you tell us about NURSES, and the character you play, Damien Sanders? What role does he play in the series?

Nurses takes us into the hectic life at St. Mary’s Hospital. It follows five rookie nurses who are thrown into the realities of what it takes to be an effective team player under high stakes situations. It’s an ensemble piece, put together by a highly acclaimed team of writers, directors, producers, and editors. I’m really proud to be a part of this one. I play Damien Sanders, head charge nurse at St. Mary’s. He’s a bit of a hard ass (having been a Master Corporal and chief field medic in the military) but he definitely has a soft side. Maybe two soft sides. 

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INTERVIEW: Kenny Wong On His Emotional and Captivating Short Film, DYSTONIA

Actor and musician, Kenny Wong, bravely shares his own emotional experience through the short film, DYSTONIA, which premiered at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. Read more about focal hand dystonia and how it affected his journey as a creative person below.

Tell us about your short film, DYSTONIA, and how is it based on your own personal experience?

Dystonia is about a young violinist who, while attending university, is diagnosed with Focal Hand Dystonia and is forced to deal with the consequences that result from this incurable condition. The story was originally written as a feature film and we took a number of scenes from that script, reworked it, and made a short version of it. In my second year of university, I was practicing six to eight hours a day for my performance exam when I started feeling some tightness in my left hand. I didn’t think much of it until one day, during a violin lesson, my teacher noticed that my ring and pinky fingers were curled under my instrument. I would restart, trying my best to keep the fingers up… but to no avail. I broke down, knowing something was terribly wrong. And sure enough, the doctors diagnosed me with Focal Hand Dystonia, an incurable condition that I still struggle with to this day. 

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