“In Indie Film You Often Can Try Things And See What Works:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Abby Wathen

Abby Wathen

Hey, everybody, it’s actress and Best Tall Tale winner Abby Wathen!

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Abby Wathen. Abby spoke to us about her upcoming film,”Besetment,” how her grandfather inspired her and the biggest difference between working on soap operas and movies. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actress Abby Wathen:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business? 

Abby Wathen: When I was little I used to round up the neighborhood kids and make them put on plays with me. We would invite all the parents and put out chairs; you know, the real deal. I remember fighting with my sister during one of our “rehearsals” and she threatened to quit. At that moment, I knew that whatever she wanted me to do I would do for her not to walk away. I needed to do that play. Shortly after that, I convinced my parents to enroll me in an actors camp at the local children’s theater. I was hooked. There has never been a back up plan. It was always performing. Also I watched “The Sandlot” and decided that I should be Mike Vitar’s girlfriend and what better way to do that than become an actress.

PS: I was never Mike Vitar’s girlfriend 

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

AW: Growing up, Julia Roberts. 

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

AW: “The Music Man.” 

TDQ: What was the best advice you ever got?

AW: Always reach for the stars because you’ll never just get a handful of mud. My grandfather always said that to me. He made me believe in magic 

TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?

AW: Have a back up plan.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

AW: My dad, he has such peace; even in hard times, that man has found inner peace. I strive for that. My grandfather, he believed in the magic of rainbows and nature, he was a storyteller. We used to have Tall Tale contests. I even have a plaque that says, “winner of the best tall tale.” He encouraged me to use my imagination and tell stories! He’s a big reason why I do what I do. Michael Beckwith, he’s a minister and a really beautiful person. Audrey Hepburn not only was she an amazing actress she was a humanitarian. Michelle Obama. And you can’t leave Oprah off the list. 

Abby Wathen - Besetment

Look for Abby Wathen starring in Besetment which is film about how difficult it can be for Millenials to find a job in today’s economy and the fear of taking the wrong job out of desperation.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “Besetment.”

AW: “Besetment” is about a woman who is basically out of options job-wise, she’s in a bad situation with her alcoholic mother and is uneducated, so the options are limited until she gets an offer to work at a small hotel in the middle of nowhere Oregon. It’s the perfect situation, until it isn’t! “Besetment” is a twist of “Psycho” meets “Misery.” I had the best time shooting that film. We shot on location in Oregon. It’s gorgeous there. I literally want to do a sequel just to hang with the cast and crew again! We became a family and I hope to work with each and every one of them again!  

TDQ: Besides movies and primetime TV shows, you also have appeared on “All My Children” and “The Young and the Restless.” What’s the biggest difference between working on soap operas and other projects? 

AW: Working on soaps is very different. It’s fast. Like, really fast. After the hurry and wait, once you get on set you move quickly. It’s a different thing. I do love working on soaps. It works a different muscle. I have the utmost respect for the actors that do it everyday. Working on indie films, which I mostly do, gives you more time to explore the character, you have options and there is more creative freedom in my experience. I love to play with dialog (as Brad Douglas will attest to). In soaps you cannot do that. In fact, in TV you can’t either. But in indie film you often can try things and see what works. 

TDQ: What project are you working on next? 

AW: I have a few things that I am working on. Brad Douglas and I have teamed up with an incredible writer Michael Kane, he’s old school and so interesting. He wrote a beautiful script about the back side of a horse track and we are working on putting that together.  I would play this incredible character, very gritty, she uses her sex appeal to get what she wants, she would be completely out of my wheelhouse, and it’s something that I am very much looking forward too.  

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

AW: Five years hmm that’s always a hard question. I am so open to what this adventure brings, and it usually is something out of left field. Five years I would love to have several more features under my belt. I would love to have a steady gig on a primetime hour show. Also I want to produce and jump into that side of things. My husband and I also want to start a family. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. So I guess the next 5 years are going to be pretty busy!!! 

Be sure and follow Abby on Twitter and check out her website

“People’s True Crazy Lives Have Always Been A Source Of Fascination For Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart looking vibrant. How vibrant you ask? So vibrant we had to turn down the vibrance in Photoshop.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Samantha Stewart. Samantha discussed with us her eclectic tastes in movies, her latest movie, “Voodoo” and the sacrifices she makes for her art. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Samantha Stewart: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Samantha Stewart: I love the spotlight, and being the center of attention, so it was an easy choice for me! In high school I was voted “Most Talented” and “Least Likely to Work in a Cubicle”. There was just never a doubt in anyone’s mind that I was gonna leave TN asap and go be in show business. I was definitely THAT kid.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SS: Reese Witherspoon was definitely someone I looked up to. She went to school right down the road from me, and I remember being obsessed with movies like “Cruel Intentions,” “Man in the Moon,” and “Freeway.” Then when “Walk the Line” came out, I basically worshipped her. I thought I would grow up and be her. But instead I turned out to be me, which is different, but no less awesome. :)

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SS: “Newsies” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Haha! Two polar opposite movies, right? That’s definitely my taste, I love musicals and cute boys dancing, and then I love just really gritty dramas that make you wanna kill yourself :P I was a weird kid!

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SS: My Dad for sure. He is driven by a logical brain, a Type A personality, and a penchant for sticking your foot in your mouth. That’s me for sure, which is interesting ’cause most artists are that creative type, which has never really been me. I’m my own kind of artist. I’m also influenced by some of my favorite singers, like James Taylor and Barbra Streisand and George Michael. I love reading biographies on celebrities I look up to, and figure out how they did it. People’s true crazy lives have always been a source of fascination for me. Oh, and Oprah. She’s the best.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

SS: Ru Paul’s catch phrase “Don’t F— it Up.” I think that just about covers all the bases.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

SS: To wait till I was married to have sex. Thank God I didn’t listen to that one :)

Samantha Stewart, VooDoo

Samantha Stewart cooking in the kitchen with a friend in VooDoo.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “VooDoo”

SS: I did “Voodoo” over 3 years ago, so it’s crazy it only recently came out! It’s this really effed up portrayal of how bad things can happen to you, even when it’s not your fault haha. My character spends half the movie getting the complete s— beaten out of her, and as an actress in the film, I had a very similar experience. I hope it comes across like a realistic portrayal, ’cause most of the time I wasn’t acting. I was genuinely tired, sick, cold, beaten up, and miserable. All in the name of THE CRAFT. And it was awesome. Gotta love this job!

TDQ: Besides films, you’ve also appeared in soap operas like “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” What’s the biggest difference between working on soaps and working on films?

SS: I talk about this in every interview, but I’ll keep saying it. Soaps are way tougher than anyone gives them credit for. You get one take to nail your lines. They are shooting so quickly, there’s no time to for second chances. And I love that about them. It really helped me learn how to give the best performance I could the first time. It’s an amazing help for auditions too. Films are different, cause you can just always ask for another take if you mess up, or want to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, that’s also equally great, and I’m very grateful when I get opportunities to play around and have fun with a role. That’s harder to do on a soap.

Samantha Stewart, VooDooTDQ: What project are you working on next?

SS: Not sure what will be next, that’s the great thing about the job, is that the opportunities come last minute, and you never know what might be in store for you. I could get an audition tomorrow, and be on a plane for South America next week. But definitely keep an eye out during the commercial breaks for me. I’ve been doing a ton of commercials, and should be all over your TV. :)

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SS: Pregnant!!! No seriously, I want babies, like, now. I’m turning 30 this year, time to start cranking them out!! ;) My dream life is to have babies with a man I’m obsessed with, who never wants to stop having sex with me, own a bunch of property that keeps the money coming in, travel around the world, and get offers to star in dream projects that win me Oscars, but I still never get recognized on the street so I can continue to go to Chipotle with sweat pants and no make up….. *sigh* That’s the life…..

Follow Samantha on Twitter and check out her website

“I’m Hoping This Gets Me Some Endorsements:” A TDQ Q&A With Sports Writer Ed Sherman. Part 2

Ed Sherman

Who reports on the sports reporters? Ed Sherman does. The answer was there the whole time.

TDQ: Tell us about your golf show, Score Card, on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago.

Sherman: We just finished our third year. We air from March through September from 6-8 a.m. I have a lot of fun with my co-host, Steve Olken. We both love the game, even though the game rarely loves us back. We talk about all things golf, which is the great thing about golf. Unlike football (when was the last time you put on the pads?), people watch the pros play on Sunday and then go out and play the same game on Monday.

TDQ: How do you explain to golf fans like me what the hell happened to the US Team at the Ryder Cup this year? I personally got the impression that every US player (especially Phil) felt on Sunday that somebody else on the team would earn the point that they just lost, so nobody panicked until it was too late.

Sherman: Probably something to that. Let’s not forget the Euros played out of their minds. They couldn’t miss a putt. Justin Rose making bombs at the end to beat Mickelson? C’mon.
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Rihanna Insists Chris Brown’s Tattoo That Looks Like Her Beaten Face Is Somebody Else’s Beaten Face

Rihanna's New Tattoo

Rihanna claims her new tattoo is NOT a likeness of Chris Brown.

Los Angeles—Rihanna once again took the press conference route yesterday to address all the talk about the classy new neck tattoo that her…the guy she used(?) to date, Chris Brown recently unveiled. She said she felt the need to defend…Brown regarding the abomination below his right ear after many people in the media and others with taste and decency questioned whether the image was of a battered, beaten woman, and if so, if that woman was, in fact, representative of her.

“I don’t know why y’all all got to attack Chris,” a sometimes tearful, sometimes defiant Rihanna said during the eleven minute press conference. “He just trying to move on and to get on with his life, but you jackals in the press won’t let him. No, for the record, that tattoo ain’t of me. Y’all think I’m the only woman he ever beat on? Please.”
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“I’ve Always Been Good In Math So I Thought I Could Be A Comedian:” A TDQ Q&A With Comedian Martel Blue, Part 2

Martel Blue

Martel Blue

TDQ: Tell us about Getcha Weight Up

Blue: It’s a little group that my friends made up. Who knows, it might turn into something big. “Getcha Weight Up” is a term that means do better or get better.

TDQ: You graduated from the same high school as Megan Fox. Surely that fact has opened some doors for you in the entertainment industry, right?

Blue: Not yet but I’m sure it will in the future! PSL is a small area and I just might have to move down to Miami to be around all the action.

TDQ: What’s the comedy scene like right now where you live, in South Florida?

Blue: Comedy is pretty good! I perform now at Shindig Pub and different spots in S. FL during the week. I try to perform at least four times a week. It’s tough but it will pay off. I also have a show April 19th in Kissimmee for Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa colleges.
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