“I Have To Be Fearless In Showing What I Feel In The Moment:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Shonna Major

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Shonna Major in a scene from Clinger with a gift basket. Gift baskets are a great way to show appreciation. (Our mailing address is on the “About” page. Make sure they can deliver to a PO box.)

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Shonna Major. Shonna spoke to us about working for her Masters degree, her latest movie, “Clinger” and how going gluten-free isn’t for her. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Shonna Major:

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

Shonna Major: I always loved performing. I started performing in school plays and dance recitals when I was really young. I just enjoyed doing it. As I got older and experienced more emotional hardships, I would turn to my favorite TV show or watch a movie to escape. And I realized that’s what I wanted to do: help people escape their reality for a little.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SM: I loved Halle Berry. I thought she was gorgeous and talented and someone I could relate to. I also loved Lucy Lawless because I was obsessed with Xena.

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Shonna Major, left, with the good book and Jennifer Laporte in Clinger.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SM: I grew up watching Robin Williams. I could recite Mrs. Doubtfire and Hook word for word when I was younger. My friends probably thought I was so weird.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

SM: Acting coach Andrew Benne always had great advice. One that stuck was to let go of my “control freak” nature and just be. I have to be fearless in showing what I feel in the moment. I think that resonated with me because it’s not just great acting advice but something I try and do on a daily basis.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten?

SM: “You should try the gluten-free diet.”
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Oscar Winning Alien/Psychologist Genie Robin Williams Dead At 63

Oh Captain! My Captain!

RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left upper desk, first met Robin Williams, right foreground, as an extra on the set of Dead Poet’s Society. DiMaio was later asked to leave after repeated failed attempts to get director Peter Weir to use the phrase “Git-R-Done!” instead of what would become the iconic “Carpe diem.” DiMaio would later trade the phrase to Daniel Lawrence Whitney for a pulled pork sandwich.

Tiburon, CA—Funny man Robin Williams was found dead at his home Monday. He was 63.

He won an Oscar for best supporting actor his dramatic turn in “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society.”

He also appeared in huge mega-hit films like “Aladdin,” “The Birdcage,” “RECOiL” and “Night at the Museum.”

The former star of “Happy Days” spin-off “Mork & Mindy,” Williams also appeared on the Broadway stage and won two Emmyy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He also teamed up with fellow comics Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg to found Comic Relief to help the nation’s homeless, and went on numerous overseas USO tours.

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TDQ Investigates: What Happened To The Story-Telling Peddler At The Beginning Of “Aladdin?”

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Flyers have been put up around Agrabah city. The Daily Quarterly vows to get to the bottom of this mystery. Or, at least, scratch the surface very deeply.

Of the several, nay, dozens of glaring plot issues we have with the Disney “classic” “Aladdin,” the one that we still lose sleep over to this very day is the unanswered question we have about the peddler who introduces the story at the beginning of the flick. They never revisit him at the end! He starts the story, but disappears by the time the credits roll. What the heck happened to him?

He was a rather important character, wasn’t he? At least at the beginning of the movie anyway. He started the whole film! That’s not an important enough gig to warrant a re-visit at the end of the movie? If it was a time issue, and Disney was all of a sudden worried about running long, they surely could have cut one of the dozens of grown-up Hollywood star impressions that Robin Williams did the entire movie that completely sailed over the heads of anybody under 12 in the theater.
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