Interview: Actress Nadia Gray

Nadia Gray is a name you should be hearing a lot about in the near future. Not to be confused with the actress of the same name who starred in La Dolce Vita and alongside greats such as Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. This Nadia Gray stars in David Ayer’s Netflix movie Bright, alongside today’s greats, Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. I had a chance to speak to the bubbly, fun and stunning Nadia Gray. We touch on numerous topics including her career start, acting, Bright and her favorite current TV shows. Hear all about that and more. Apologies for the audio issues. I tried.


Nadia exuded lot of excitement and passion that she spoke about. It was interesting to note that the big takeaway she had from working on Bright was to be fearless and go all out. I really enjoyed how relatable she was and honest. It was just so simple to talk to Nadia, she’s so engaging and fun.

She proclaims to be a fangirl, which is awesome in my view. Too many actors or industry people lose the sense of appreciation for film and television, just because they are deeply involved in the industry. Nadia loves the same thing that she’s doing now, which are movies. It’s that original love for film and acting that stays with you no matter way. Just cause she has been fortunate enough and worked hard to get where she’s at, she still understands where her passion for the industry comes from and manages to indulge in it. It’s important to know who you are and not forget what started your passion or interest, even when you achieve success in that industry.

Nadia had some great Netflix recommendations of Black Mirror, Mindhunters and The End of the Fuckin World are all fantastic choices. I definitely checked out Black Mirror based on her recommendation and I did find it intriguing to say the least.

Bright is coming back for a sequel, which is something to definitely look forward to.

Listening back to the interview, it brings a smile on my face. It was so much fun and time flew talking to Nadia. We even got into Bachelor discussion. I mentioned Arie knowing what he’s looking for, umm, maybe I’ll backtrack on that statement, haha.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for Nadia. She ranks as one of my favorite interviews. Such a straight shooter and joyous person with a ton of personality. Hopefully she will come on the Reel Talker podcast soon.

You can follow Nadia Grayon social media:

Instagram: itsnadiagray

Twitter: itsnadiagray

PHOTO: Julio Duffoo


Interview: Actress Diana Bang

When Thomas Middleditch isn’t pitching Verizon to you on TV commercials, he starts in interesting movies such as Entanglement. Diana Bang stars alongside Middleditch in the movie. I spoke to Diana about the film, her role and working with Middleditch.

What attracted you to the role and script of this film:

DB: Definitely just driven to the story and script. When I read it I was like oh this is a good script, I like it, I think for me for whatever reason being in a rom com indie film has been always high on my bucket list. So that already was a check for this film. The twist was really surprising and compelling to me. It was the story that drew me in.

What did you take away from the questions the film poses:

DB: Yeah, I mean what I got out of it is that we need each other. For me it’s kind of a story about self-love. My interpretation, I don’t know if it’s true or not, is that Hanna and Tabby are different versions of him.


It was easy to grasp that Diana definitely has a definitive quirky fun personality. I can totally see why she’s ideal for comedy films, especially romantic comedies. It was interesting to hear about her experience working alongside Middleditch. She described his acting as dark, depressing, interesting and playful. That’s a thoughtful and unique description that I wouldn’t have expected to have heard. Usually you’d hear something like hilarious or sarcastic, but dark and playful is an new one to me.

I had no idea she was into dancing and takes classes for it. This is the kind of information I enjoy learning about actors, as some of their hobbies off-set. Diana’s honesty and straightforwardness is refreshing and appreciated.

As far as the film goes, it’s one of these films that’s a bit out there. Just the questions it poses and approach it’s interesting as it is strange. Worth checking out for sure.

ENTANGLEMENT is out now in select theaters, Digital and On Demand

Interview: Actress Rita Volk

You don’t have to know where Tashkent, Uzbekistan is. Don’t even pretend. What you should know is that Tashkent is the birthplace of actress Rita Volk. Chances are you’ve seen Rita on the popular MTV show Faking It. Currently, she’s starring in the indie gem Almost Friends. I had a chance to speak to Rita about her role in the film, her birthplace, Uzbekistan, and much more. You can check out the interview below for the excerpts and audio.

What attracted you to this role:

RV: It was just another script sent to me, another audition. I went in on it cause I liked it. I just thought it was written very real, It seemed very real. That’s always a good thing, like a tried and true method of expressing goes on. It just having something written in a way we can all relate to, which I thought this film did a really great job doing.

Was being and filming in Alabama help you and the cast come together:

RV: Absolutely, anytime you’re in a new place together you’re experiencing things together, you’re seeing it through different eyes together. At one point during the week we took a day trip to New Orleans. That was so much fun. New Orleans was such a cool place, even Mobile (Alabama). We live in a bubble here in LA. We all live in big cities, so to see something smaller where it felt really different and unique in it’s own way and you’re doing it together.


I could really relate to Rita. I’m sure many of you can also. Being in that place where you’re afraid of life’s unknown. That lethargy and paralysis that she speaks of, I know I’ve felt it. The mental wall block, that self-doubt, shit, I still feel it often. When she talked about the breaking point and her rock-bottom of feeling like a zombie with all that weight on her shoulders. I know exactly what she meant. Wanting to pursue something you’re passionate about and determined to do while everyone else doubts you. It spoke to me. Wanting to pursue acting and working in the entertainment industry. Trying to break out as a critic and or actor. I’m sure all of you reading this can think of your own version of this struggle. 

When Rita spoke of having immigrant parents who didn’t understand the pursuit of wanting to be in entertainment, but her parents wanting her to have a real “profession”. As someone who is first generation American with a Polish born mother, I get it. Many of us come from various backgrounds and if your parents weren’t born here, I’m sure they have similar ideals and visions for their kids future. 

This is one of these conversations I’ll definitely remember for a long time. Felt as if I knew Rita for years. That commonality is hard to come by, unless you share some unique similarities. Hopefully you got something out of this interview and were inspired as I was from what Rita said. Her message was simple—go for it.

Interview: Actress Stephanie Beatriz

The Light of the Moon is one of the more important movies you’ll see this year. It details a woman’s struggle to maintain normalcy in her life after a sexual assault. I had the chance to speak to the lead actress of the film, Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), about the film. Stephanie goes in depth on her role, the impact the film had on her and the realities of sexual assaults. You can find the excerpts of the interview below along with the audio.

What attracted you to the role: 

SB: When I booked Brooklyn Nine-Nine, right before that I was doing a lot of regional theater and most of the stuff I was doing would be considered dramatic in the dramatic category. I was doing a lot of Shakespeare and American classics like Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. For me that was a place I loved living in as an actor. Really big drama. Then I booked Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the focus shifted to something else, which is common, fun, lighthearted, timing based. After a couple seasons of doing that I started feeling like, oh wait can I still act in this other way (dramatic)? I was itching to do something filled with challenges. I was already really wanting to stretch and grow.

How do you put yourself in to character to do a role like Bonnie and how do you approach it:

SB: I think if we’ve learned anything from the last couple months is that sexual assault is happening all around us to people we know. The popularity and tsunami wave of the #MeToo and how many people we all know that have been verbally assaulted on the street or physically assaulted in their lives, raped. There is so many men and women that this has happened to. I think it was just putting myself into Bonnie’s life.


I was very interested speaking to Stephanie after seeing the film. She was so open and thoughtful. I appreciated how she answered each question I asked, but added so much more to it. There is no denying that she really understood the importance of her role and the film and how it can impact so many people.

It’s great to talk to someone like her that’s engaging in the conversation and truly wants to talk to you (talk to me in this case). The points she stated speak for themselves. She really does a fantastic job in the film. It was so poignant of her to mentioned how she wanted to show this movie to every teenager. I couldn’t agree more with that and getting them to be aware of these issues can be very beneficial to their safety and prevention of these incidents.

I urge people, men and women, teens and adults to go and see this film. Sexual violence is very real and this movie delves into the unseen truth of it.

The Light of the Moon is out now in select theaters