“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…..

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“I Find Happiness In Living Moment To Moment:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Sonia Rockwell

Sonia Rockwell

Sonia Rockwell

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Sonia Rockwell. Sonia spoke to us about her role in the new version of “MacGyver,” her recent work in “The Bounce Back” and how great Mike Judge is. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Sonia Rockwell:

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

Sonia Rockwell: Getting paid to play sounded like the best idea in world! Sign me up!

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SR: I absolutely adore Reese Witherspoon! She can be serious, cute, corky, dorky, and just plain adorable! I have really enjoyed watching her career.

TDQ: What was your favorite TV show growing up?

SR: Honestly, any cartoons. I loved cartoons growing up. I didn’t really watch a lot of regular TV as a kid other than cartoons. Then of course…there were “Friends,” the “X-FILES,” and “MacGyver”!!!

SoniaRockwell in the movie Spread.

Sonia Rockwel in the movie Spread with Ashton Kutcher. You may think this movie is about a guy giving out free samples of a tasty new veggie spread at the grocery store but it is not.


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

SR: It’s funny, I get asked this question a lot! Live in the moment! Like children, they don’t worry about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, they just enjoy the present. I find happiness in living moment to moment.

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

SR: Yikes! The worst advice, hmmm, I can’t remember…maybe I didn’t take it! Haha

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SR: My Mother is my absolute biggest influence. She’s a walking angel, she has more love in one person to give than I have ever seen. Truly a selfless woman, she was a successful Biochemist, and at one time a flight attendant. She is just a big bundle of love. I admire her so much, if I could be half the woman she is I would be proud.

Sonia Rockwell at The Bounce Back premiere.

Sonia Rockwell at The Bounce Back premiere.


TDQ: Tell us about your work on your latest movie, “The Bounce Back” and upcoming series, “American Crime”.

SR: In “The Bounce Back” I play a Chicago talk show host. Shemar Moore and his love interest battle it out in their opposing views of getting over love on my talk show. We had fun with it, and played a lot with improv. It was a lot of fun and we had a lot of surprises. “American Crime” will be airing soon, unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, other than working with Felicity Huffman was an honor.

TDQ: You’ve also appeared on the reboot of “MacGyver.” What was it like working on an updated version of such an iconic show?

SR: Oh my gosh, it was a dream. I actually remember my parents watching the original series, so I was stoked to get to play on it. My character is from Portugal and I got to speak Portuguese and had a real thick Portuguese accent. It was fun working with George Eads again, we did an episode together on “CSI,” playing totally different characters. We had a blast.

Sonia Rockwell and Snoop Dogg

Sonia Rockwell and close personal friend Snoop Dogg.

TDQ: What other projects are you working on next?

SR: I play Jenny McCarthy on Mike Judge’s new show “History of the World…For Now.” It’s pretty silly, you learn about pop culture in an almost “Saturday Night Live Style.” I love comedy, it’s so much fun, and of course, Mike Judge is a legend!

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SR: In five years I’m still going to be acting on TV and in film and by then I’ll have the TV show I am currently writing finished. It’s a comedy and that will be in the works to make its debut! I’m so excited, I can’t wait, I love writing. And I’ll definitely have my pilots license in the bag, so then, I’ll go flying!

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Hollywood Stars Sign Petition Calling For Immediate Release Of Reese Witherspoon

Free Witherspoon

The “Free Witherspoon” movement has even attracted international supporters.

AtlantaAcademy Award-winning actress Reese “Do you know who I am?” Witherspoon was arrested last weekend and charged with disorderly conduct after her husband was pulled over and eventually arrested and charged with DUI.

And it didn’t take long for Hollywood to come out in support of the star. Scores of cinema luminaries including Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese signed a petition that called for Reese to be freed immediately.

Luc Besson, the director of “Léon,” however, refused to sign the Hollywood petition, saying that no one should be above the law. Continue reading

Ryan Phillippe Slated To Star In Film Version Of “The Greatest American Hero”

Ryan Phillippe: The Greatest American Hero

Phillippe, best known for his role in MacGruber, was the obvious choice to star in Michael Bay's take on The Greatest American Hero.

Los Angeles—Believe it or not, Ryan Phillippe is walking on air. He never thought he could feel so free. The “actor,” who has miraculously appeared in some Hollywood films, but is way more well-known as the lucky bastard who used to be married to Reese Witherspoon, apparently has been cast at Ralph Hinkley in the film version of TV’s “The Greatest American Hero.”

The program, which ran on ABC from 1981 to 1983, originally had William Katt as the titular role of a superhero whom aliens leave a suit with superpowers, but who loses the instruction manual to the suit and hilariously discovers its secrets on his own as he fights crime in California.

Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could the director be? Believe it or not, it’s reportedly the main reason Phillippe wanted to don the suit: “Transformers” auteur Michael Bay.
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