Video Interview: The Wilds' Zack Calderon & Aidan Laprete on Friendships & High Stakes

The WildsSeason one of The Wilds followed a group of teen girls who crashed on a deserted island and had to band together to survive what turned out to be not an accident, but rather part of a twisted experiment. Season two, which comes to Prime Video on May 6th, brings the addition of a group of males, the control group, who find themselves in a similar situation.

The boys group, like the girls, must learn to get along and work together if they want to survival their new harsh reality. “I think that friendship is super important,” Zack Calderon, who plays the character of Rafael Garcia, told SciFi Vision during a recent roundtable. “I think that with any friendship, when put in high stress situations, it definitely tests that friendship; it tests the interpersonal relationship of the people involved in the friendship. And I think, with this show, this is the highest of stakes…and there're countless possibilities when it comes to high stakes.”

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Exclusive: American Song Contest Semi-Finalist Michael Bolton Talks Inspiration, Collaboration, & More

Michael BoltonNBC’s music competition series American Song Contest, featuring live performances representing the fifty states, US territories, and the nation’s capital, first premiered over a month ago. Boasting both new and established artists, the series is based on the international series, Eurovision Song Contest. Legendary singer and songwriter Michael Bolton took to the stage in the first round to represent Connecticut with his song “Beautiful World.” Last night, he performed once more during the semi-finals.

According to the Grammy winner, who spoke with SciFi Vision recently, when he was asked to represent his state, he knew right away he wanted to do it. “It was a no brainer,” said Bolton. “Connecticut is where I was born and raised and where I still live today. I have so many vivid memories of growing up there, trying to get my cassette tapes into local record stores, playing gigs at bars I was too young to be in, busking on the streets to get a slice of pizza and a soft drink. There was a very supportive community for young artists there, and I am grateful for the support I received over the years.”

The series reminded him of his roots. “It’s such a great platform for singer songwriters to be able to share new music to a large audience and for people to embrace such a diversity of styles and genres. It reminds me of how much great creativity there is out there,” said the musician about the competition.

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Video Interview: Semi-Finalists of American Song Contest - Week 2

American Song ContestTonight, NBC airs the second week of semi-finals for American Song Contest where eleven semi-finalists will take the stage.

Tuesday, we spoke with the performers who made it during a roundtable about what the show has taught them as artists, their plans for tonight’s performances, and more. The second round of singers featured include: Tyler Braden, Enisa, Stela Cole, Tenelle, Sweet Taboo, Chloe Fredericks, Christian Pagan, Broderick Jones, John Morgan, and Grant Knoche. The interview with Michael Bolton, who also made it through, will be posted tomorrow, separately, as it was an exclusive.

Watch our interviews below, stay tuned for more of our coverage, and watch the second round of semi-finalists perform tonight.

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Interview: Fear the Walking Dead's Blades, Garcia, & Hollman on Daniel's State of Mind

***The following interview contains spoilers for 7.11***

Fear the Walking DeadIn last night’s all-new episode of Fear the Walking Dead, Daniel (Rubén Blades)’s mind continues to break down and he takes off on his own, thinking Ofelia is alive. Luciana (Danay Garcia), who has been helping him with his memory, and Wes (Colby Hollman) go after him, while the others go after the weapons cache. Things go from bad to worse when the three of them are captured by Arno (Spenser Granese), who uses Daniel’s mental state to his advantage, telling him that he has Ofelia and will take him to her, if he tells him where the weapons are. Daniel sends him to the wrong coordinates, but in the end tortures Arno and puts Luciana and Wes in danger trying to get back his daughter.

Recently, SciFi Vision talked to Blades, Garcia, and Hollman at a roundtable interview about how dangerous Daniel has become and if he still can be trusted and useful.

“I think what happens right now is that Daniel is traveling between the dark and the light,” Blades told SciFi Vision. “I mean, when he's in the light, he's very effective…I mean, Daniel got them there, but he got him out of there as well. So, that's the two sides of the coin that Luciana is considering in the end, the larger plan, the longer view. It’s like, he can help [them] actually, with Strand (Colman Domingo). If we lose him, Morgan (Lenny James) may not have the capacity to understand what Strand is going to be doing, and how Strand thinks, as Daniel does. So, he is dangerous, and in that state, when he's in the dark, he can get you killed, but when he's in the light, he can save you. So, it's like a roll of the dice at this point.”

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Exclusive: Fear the Walking Dead's Alycia Debnam-Carey on Directing "Ofelia"

***The following interview contains spoilers for episode 7.11***

Alycia Debnam-CareyTonight, on an all-new episode of Fear the Walking Dead, Daniel (Ruben Bladés)’s mental state declines, and it puts everyone in danger. The episode, called “Ofelia,” marks the directorial debut of Alycia Debnam-Carey, who stars as Alicia on the series.

Debnam-Carey had thought about directing long before working on Fear. “It is something I've thought about for quite a long time, I'd say,” the actress told SciFi Vision in a recent exclusive interview. “I think, even as a kid, I was always framing my worldview at a perspective that was quite sort of cinematic and had a frame of the world that kind of always [had] the storytelling aspect. I think that's just a part of my creativity as a person, I suppose.”

Working on the series, however, was when it became real for the actress, when she was encouraged by other directors, as well as producing director on the series, Michael Satrazemis.

The actress felt lucky to have the support of fellow cast members in the episode as well. “I love working with Ruben and Colby [Hollman] and Danay [Garcia] and Spenser [Granese],” said Debnam-Carey. “They were all really generous, really trusting, really open actors…I've known their character arcs for years; I’ve known them as people for years. There is that inherent level of trust that we have, and they wanted to see me succeed.”

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Video Interview: The Wilds' Sarah Streicher & Amy Harris on Adding a Male Perspective

Sarah Streicher and Amy HarrisThe Wilds, which returns to Prime Video on May 6th, follows a group of teenage girls that have crashed on a deserted island, which it’s later revealed was not by accident, but rather part of an experiment. The second season brings with it the addition of the boys’ group and shows how their experiences compare to the girls. The writers recognize not all the fans are on board with the addition, but it was important to tell that side as well, according to executive producers and writers Sarah Streicher and Amy Harris.

“We really tried to tell the story authentically and honestly,” Harris told SciFi Vision during a recent roundtable interview. “I think Gretchen (Rachel Griffiths) very wisely realized a control group has to happen, because if all she shows as a group of women doing a good job, they could argue men would have done the same. So, I think once we just sort of started chasing what Gretchen's next [move was], like, what would she actually be doing, it was very clear to us that the boys’ island had to come.

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Video Interview: Undone Stars Angelique Cabral & Constance Marie

***The following interview contains slight spoilers for season 2***

Angelique Cabral and Constance MarieYesterday, Amazon released season two of the animated dramedy Undone. The series, which comes from creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg, stars Rosa Salazar as Alma, who lives in Texas with her mother, Camila (Constance Marie), and sister, Becca (Angelique Cabral). In season one, after a car accident, Rosa finds herself with the ability to move through time, which she uses to find the truth about her father (Bob Odenkirks)’s death. In season two, Rosa convinces her reluctant sister to help her uncover more truth of their past.

SciFi Vision recently spoke to Marie and Cabral as part of a roundtable interview to promote the series, where we asked the actresses about the parts in the characters they felt were the easiest and most difficult to connect to.

“The easiest part for me to connect to Becca is her kind of good girl, uptight side,” said Cabral. “Then, where I am in my life personally as a mother in this industry post COVID, all of it is kind of like the not giving a crap and just fully leaning into the things I want to know and care about. I think that that's where Becca ends up in this season, just kind of like throwing abandon to the [wind] and just going all in.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: Michelle MacLaren on Directing Shining Girls

The following interview contains slight spoilers for the premise of Shining Girls.

Michelle MacLarenToday, the new series, Shining Girls, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Lauren Beukes, premieres on Apple TV+. The series follows Kirby Mazrachi (Elisabeth Moss), who after a traumatic assault where her attacker was never found, is left in an ever-changing reality. Years after the attack, her world is upended when she realizes a recent murder victim suffered identical injuries to her own. Kirby, now an archivist working at a newspaper after putting her career on hold, enlists the help of reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura) to identify her attacker and understand the shifting world around her.

The eight-episode series is a thriller but also involves science fiction elements. Executive producer Michelle MacLaren, who also directed some of the episodes, loved the “genre bending” of the project, which was new for her. “I always feel it's fun to take on things I haven't done before that I find challenging and a little bit scary,” MacLaren told SciFi VIsion. “It had all those factors involved, and so I was very fortunate to say, ‘yes,’ and also it was Apple TV plus that was making it, who I love working with.”

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Video Interview: The Wilds’ Sophia Ali, Shannon Berry, & Jenna Clause Tease Season 2

The WildsMay 6th marks the return of fan-favorite series The Wilds on Prime Video. The series follows a group of teens who crash land on a deserted island, but not by accident, but rather as part of an experiment. SciFi Vision recently took part in a roundtable to promote the series with stars Sophia Ali, who plays Fatin, Shannon Berry, who plays Dot, and Jenna Clause, who plays Martha.

With the popularity of the show, we asked the actresses if that put added pressure on them. Berry admitted that it does for her. “I definitely think there was kind of an expectation that I kind of put on myself,” said the actress. “…People have seen it now, and now, moving forward to shooting future seasons, knowing that people now know about our characters and they have an attachment to that, it is kind of scary to walk in and create a whole new story. You're like, ‘Oh, I hope that everyone kind of accepts this second part of the tale.’”

Clause agreed about the pressure, but thought it’s also had a positive. “Honestly, with that, it's just like a whole another group of support that wasn't there originally, because they didn't know each and every one of us yet…It's pressure, but it's just so much more support in my eyes really.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: Outer Range's Imogen Poots on Playing the Mysterious Autumn

Imogen PootsRecently Amazon released the new series Outer Range, created by Brian Watkins. The series follows Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), who finds a mystery on his ranch that will change his and the life of his family forever. Imogen Poots plays the role of Autumn, a mysterious woman who makes camp on the ranch and becomes vary interested in Royal’s discovery.

According to Imogen Poots, who recently spoke with SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview, her reason for visiting the ranch is unclear at the beginning. “[T]he motive soon becomes apparent, but I probably can't say too much,” teased the actress.

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Welcome! This is a place for those inspired by the strange, fantastic, and unknown. It is dedicated to those who share their talents with us and shine, whether it be on our televisions or on the silver screen. Here you will find interviews with celebrities, reviews from multiple genres, and other pop culture news and multimedia. While we originally started with a love for science fiction and fantasy, this site is no longer just for any one genre.Something you want to see featured here? Have your own site you'd like to see here? Don't hesitate to let us know!
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